Most of the books of the New Testament are actually letters…
These Epistles contain general Christian teaching…
And specific instructions for the congregation to which they were addressed…
Paul’s Letters to the Churches:
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus,
called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—
the gospel He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures
regarding His Son,
who as to His earthly life
was a descendant of David,
and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power
by His resurrection from the dead:
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through Him we received grace and apostleship
to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from
faith for His Name’s sake.
And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be His holy people:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“Paul, an apostle—
sent not from men nor by a man,
but by Jesus Christ and God the Father,
who raised Him from the dead…
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
who gave Himself for our sins
to rescue us from the present evil age,
according to the will of our God and Father,
to whom be glory for ever and ever.
“We always thank God,
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
when we pray for you,
because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
and of the love you have for all God’s people—
the faith and love that spring from the Hope stored up for you in Heaven
and about which you have already heard
in the true message of the Gospel that has come to you.
In the same way,
the Gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—
just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it
and truly understood God’s Grace.”
1 Timothy 1:1-2
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus
by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our Hope,
To Timothy my true son in the faith:
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:4-9
“I always thank my God for you
because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus.
For in Him you have been enriched in every way—
with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—
God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you.
Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift
as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
He will also keep you firm to the end,
so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful,
who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world
to be holy and blameless in His sight.
In love He predestined us for adoption to Sonship
through Jesus Christ,
in accordance with His pleasure and will—
to the praise of His glorious grace,
which He has freely given us in the One He loves.
In Him we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins,
in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
that He lavished on us.
With all wisdom and understanding,
He made known to us the mystery of His will
according to His good pleasure,
which He purposed in Christ,
to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—
to bring unity to all things in Heaven and on earth under Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 1:2-6
“We always thank God for all of you
and continually mention you in our prayers.
We remember before our God and Father
your work produced by faith,
your labor prompted by love,
and your endurance inspired by hope
in our Lord Jesus Christ.
For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God,
that He has chosen you,
because our Gospel came to you not simply with words
but also with power,
with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.
You know how we lived among you for your sake.
You became imitators of us and of the Lord,
for you welcomed the message
in the midst of severe suffering
with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”
“I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,
because I hear about your love for all His holy people
and your faith in the Lord Jesus.
I pray that your partnership with us in the faith
may be effective in deepening your understanding
of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement,
because you, brother,
have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.”
“I thank my God every time I remember you.
In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy
because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day
being confident of this,
that He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion
until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ
to further the faith of God’s elect
and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness—
in the hope of eternal life,
who does not lie,
promised before the beginning of time,
and which now at His appointed season
He has brought to light
through the preaching entrusted to me
by the command of God our Savior,
To Titus, my true son in our common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.”
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