Isaiah 60:1-62:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Gentiles Bless Zion
60 Arise, shine;
4 “Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
8 “Who are these who fly like a cloud,
10 “The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls,
13 “The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
15 “Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
17 “Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
God the Glory of His People
19 “The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
The Good News of Salvation
61 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
8 “For I, the Lord, love justice;
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
Assurance of Zion’s Salvation
62 For Zion’s sake I will not [e]hold My peace,
Philippians 1:27-2:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
Striving and Suffering for Christ
27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but [a]to you of salvation, and that from God. 29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.
Unity Through Humility
2 Therefore if there is any [b]consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
The Humbled and Exalted Christ
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it [c]robbery to be equal with God, 7 but [d]made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without [e]complaining and disputing,[f] 15 that you may become blameless and [g]harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.
Psalm 72 New King James Version (NKJV)
Glory and Universality of the Messiah’s Reign
A Psalm of Solomon.
72 Give the king Your judgments, O God,
5 [b]They shall fear You
8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
12 For He will deliver the needy when he cries,
15 And He shall live;
16 There will be an abundance of grain in the earth,
17 His name shall endure forever;
18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.
Proverbs 24:11-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
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