Christ Fulfills the Law

17 (A)“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, (B)till heaven and earth pass away, one [a]jot or one [b]tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

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  1. Matthew 5:18 Gr. iota, Heb. yod, the smallest letter
  2. Matthew 5:18 The smallest stroke in a Heb. letter

29 Jesus answered and said to them, “You are [a]mistaken, (A)not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.

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  1. Matthew 22:29 deceived

The Scriptures Opened

44 Then He said to them, (A)“These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And (B)He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

46 Then He said to them, (C)“Thus it is written, [a]and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,

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  1. Luke 24:46 NU that the Christ should suffer and rise

39 (A)You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and (B)these are they which testify of Me.

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13 However, when He, (A)the Spirit of truth, has come, (B)He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 (C)He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 (D)All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He [a]will take of Mine and declare it to you.

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  1. John 16:15 NU, M takes of Mine and will declare

17 (A)Sanctify[a] them by Your truth. (B)Your word is truth.

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  1. John 17:17 Set them apart

16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘And(A) it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
(B)That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and (C)your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
(D)And they shall prophesy.
19 (E)I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 (F)The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
21 And it shall come to pass
That (G)whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.’

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you (H)by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— 23 Him, (I)being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, (J)you [a]have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 (K)whom God raised up, having [b]loosed the [c]pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. 25 For David says concerning Him:

(L)‘I foresaw the Lord always before my face,
For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad;
Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.
27 For You will not leave my soul in Hades,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see (M)corruption.
28 You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’

29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you (N)of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, being a prophet, (O)and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, [d]according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, (P)that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. 32 (Q)This Jesus God has raised up, (R)of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore (S)being exalted [e]to (T)the right hand of God, and (U)having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He (V)poured out this which you now see and hear.

34 “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself:

(W)‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
35 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’

36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

37 Now when they heard this, (X)they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said to them, (Y)“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the [f]remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and (Z)to your children, and (AA)to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

A Vital Church Grows

40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this [g]perverse generation.” 41 Then those who [h]gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 (AB)And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ [i]doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and (AC)many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and (AD)had all things in common, 45 and [j]sold their possessions and goods, and (AE)divided[k] them among all, as anyone had need.

46 (AF)So continuing daily with one accord (AG)in the temple, and (AH)breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And (AI)the Lord added [l]to the church daily those who were being saved.

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  1. Acts 2:23 NU omits have taken
  2. Acts 2:24 destroyed or abolished
  3. Acts 2:24 Lit. birth pangs
  4. Acts 2:30 NU He would seat one on his throne,
  5. Acts 2:33 Possibly by
  6. Acts 2:38 forgiveness
  7. Acts 2:40 crooked
  8. Acts 2:41 NU omits gladly
  9. Acts 2:42 teaching
  10. Acts 2:45 would sell
  11. Acts 2:45 distributed
  12. Acts 2:47 NU omits to the church

11 These were more [a]fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and (A)searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

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  1. Acts 17:11 Lit. noble

For (A)whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the [a]patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

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  1. Romans 15:4 perseverance

Benediction

25 [a]Now (A)to Him who is able to establish you (B)according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, (C)according to the revelation of the mystery (D)kept secret since the world began 26 but (E)now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for (F)obedience to the faith—

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  1. Romans 16:25 M puts Rom. 16:25–27 after Rom. 14:23.

15 and that from childhood you have known (A)the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 (B)All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, (C)and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for [a]instruction in righteousness, 17 (D)that the man of God may be complete, (E)thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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  1. 2 Timothy 3:16 training, discipline

God’s Supreme Revelation(A)

God, who [a]at various times and (B)in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the [b]worlds;

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  1. Hebrews 1:1 Or in many portions
  2. Hebrews 1:2 Or ages, Gr. aiones, aeons

12 For the word of God is (A)living and powerful, and (B)sharper than any (C)two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is (D)a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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25 (A)But the [a]word of the Lord endures forever.”

(B)Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

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  1. 1 Peter 1:25 spoken word

19 [a]And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a (A)light that shines in a dark place, (B)until (C)the day dawns and the morning star rises in your (D)hearts; 20 knowing this first, that (E)no prophecy of Scripture is of any private [b]interpretation, 21 for (F)prophecy never came by the will of man, (G)but [c]holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

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  1. 2 Peter 1:19 Or We also have the more sure prophetic word
  2. 2 Peter 1:20 Or origin
  3. 2 Peter 1:21 NU men spoke from God