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“I will declare the [a]decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
(A)‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
(B)You shall [b]break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”

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  1. Psalm 2:7 Or decree of the Lord: He said to Me
  2. Psalm 2:9 So with MT, Tg.; LXX, Syr., Vg. rule (cf. Rev. 2:27)

27 All the ends of the world
Shall remember and turn to the Lord,
And all the families of the [a]nations
Shall worship before [b]You.
28 (A)For the kingdom is the Lord’s,
And He rules over the nations.

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  1. Psalm 22:27 Gentiles
  2. Psalm 22:27 So with MT, LXX, Tg.; Arab., Syr., Vg. Him

The Answered Prayer

12 (A)“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

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Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who [a]will believe in Me through their word; 21 (A)that they all may be one, as (B)You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the (C)glory which You gave Me I have given them, (D)that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; (E)that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

24 (F)“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; (G)for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! (H)The world has not known You, but (I)I have known You; and (J)these have known that You sent Me. 26 (K)And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love (L)with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

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  1. John 17:20 NU, M omit will

25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be (A)wise in your own [a]opinion, that (B)blindness in part has happened to Israel (C)until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be [b]saved, as it is written:

(D)“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
27 For (E)this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”

28 Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are (F)beloved for the sake of the fathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are (G)irrevocable. 30 For as you (H)were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, 31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God has [c]committed them (I)all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.

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  1. Romans 11:25 estimation
  2. Romans 11:26 Or delivered
  3. Romans 11:32 shut them all up in

The Last Enemy Destroyed

20 But now (A)Christ is risen from the dead, and has become (B)the firstfruits of those who have [a]fallen asleep. 21 For (C)since by man came death, (D)by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall (E)be made alive. 23 But (F)each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers (G)the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign (H)till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 (I)The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For (J)“He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 (K)Now when all things are made subject to Him, then (L)the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 15:20 Died

Our Final Victory

50 Now this I say, brethren, that (A)flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a [a]mystery: (B)We shall not all sleep, (C)but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. (D)For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and (E)this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: (F)“Death is swallowed up in victory.”

55 “O(G)[b] Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and (H)the strength of sin is the law. 57 (I)But thanks be to God, who gives us (J)the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 (K)Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing (L)that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 15:51 hidden truth
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:55 NU O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, (A)for the [a]edifying of (B)the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith (C)and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to (D)a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be (E)children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of (F)deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the (G)head—Christ— 16 (H)from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

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  1. Ephesians 4:12 building up

20 For (A)our citizenship is in heaven, (B)from which we also (C)eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 (D)who will transform our lowly body that it may be (E)conformed to His glorious body, (F)according to the working by which He is able even to (G)subdue all things to Himself.

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The Comfort of Christ’s Coming

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen [a]asleep, lest you sorrow (A)as others (B)who have no hope. 14 For (C)if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him (D)those who [b]sleep in Jesus.

15 For this we say to you (E)by the word of the Lord, that (F)we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are [c]asleep. 16 For (G)the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with (H)the trumpet of God. (I)And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 (J)Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (K)in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus (L)we shall always be with the Lord. 18 (M)Therefore comfort one another with these words.

The Day of the Lord

But concerning (N)the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that (O)the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then (P)sudden destruction comes upon them, (Q)as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. (R)But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all (S)sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. (T)Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but (U)let us watch and be [d]sober. For (V)those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk (W)are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, (X)putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For (Y)God did not appoint us to wrath, (Z)but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 (AA)who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

11 Therefore [e]comfort each other and [f]edify one another, just as you also are doing.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 Died
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 Or through Jesus sleep
  3. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Dead
  4. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 self-controlled
  5. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Or encourage
  6. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 build one another up

God’s Final Judgment and Glory

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that (A)we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God (B)for your patience and faith (C)in all your persecutions and [a]tribulations that you endure, which is (D)manifest[b] evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, (E)for which you also suffer; (F)since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with [c]tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled (G)rest with us when (H)the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. (I)These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and (J)from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes, in that Day, (K)to be (L)glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who [d]believe, because our testimony among you was believed.

11 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would (M)count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and (N)the work of faith with power, 12 (O)that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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  1. 2 Thessalonians 1:4 afflictions
  2. 2 Thessalonians 1:5 plain
  3. 2 Thessalonians 1:6 affliction
  4. 2 Thessalonians 1:10 NU, M have believed

A Multitude from the Great Tribulation

After these things I looked, and behold, (A)a great multitude which no one could number, (B)of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, (C)clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, (D)“Salvation belongs to our God (E)who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 (F)All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and (G)worshiped God, 12 (H)saying:

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
Amen.”

13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in (I)white robes, and where did they come from?”

14 And I said to him, [a]“Sir, you know.”

So he said to me, (J)“These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and (K)washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

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  1. Revelation 7:14 NU, M My lord

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