Reading: Jesus, the chief Cornerstone
Reference: 1 Pet. 2:4-10
I Peter 2:4: To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
I Peter 2:5: Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
I Peter 2:6: Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
I Peter 2:7: Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
I Peter 2:8: And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
I Peter 2:9: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
I Peter 2:10: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Reading: Every eye shall see him
Reference: Rev. 1:4-8
Revelation of John 1:4: John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
Revelation of John 1:5: And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Revelation of John 1:6: And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation of John 1:7: Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Revelation of John 1:8: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Reading: Jesus’ servants will see His face
Reference: Rev. 22:1-5
Revelation of John 22:1: And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Revelation of John 22:2: In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Revelation of John 22:3: And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
Revelation of John 22:4: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Revelation of John 22:5: And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
Reading: Faithful till Jesus’ appearing
Reference: 1 Pet. 1:3-9
I Peter 1:3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
I Peter 1:4: To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
I Peter 1:5: Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
I Peter 1:6: Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
I Peter 1:7: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
I Peter 1:8: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
I Peter 1:9: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Reading: My Redeemer liveth
Reference: Job 19:23-27
Job 19:23: Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
Job 19:24: That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
Job 19:25: For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
Job 19:26: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Job 19:27: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
Reading: Man dies . . . and where is he?
Reference: Job 14:7-15
Job 14:7: For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
Job 14:8: Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
Job 14:9: Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
Job 14:10: But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
Job 14:11: As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
Job 14:12: So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
Job 14:13: O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
Job 14:14: If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
Job 14:15: Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
Reading: The second death
Reference: Rev. 20:11-15
Revelation of John 20:11: And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Revelation of John 20:12: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Revelation of John 20:13: And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Revelation of John 20:14: And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Revelation of John 20:15: And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Reading: The first resurrection
Reference: Rev. 20:6-10
Revelation of John 20:6: Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Revelation of John 20:7: And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Revelation of John 20:8: And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Revelation of John 20:9: And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
Revelation of John 20:10: And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Reading: Man has no power over death
Reference: Eccles. 8:4-8
Ecclesiastes 8:4: Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?
Ecclesiastes 8:5: Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment.
Ecclesiastes 8:6: Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.
Ecclesiastes 8:7: For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?
Ecclesiastes 8:8: There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
Reading: My soul has been delivered from death
Reference: Ps. 116:1-9
Psalms 116:1: I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.
Psalms 116:2: Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
Psalms 116:3: The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
Psalms 116:4: Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
Psalms 116:5: Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
Psalms 116:6: The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
Psalms 116:7: Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.
Psalms 116:8: For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
Psalms 116:9: I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
Reading: Therefore choose life
Reference: Deut. 30:15-20
Deuteronomy 30:15: See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
Deuteronomy 30:16: In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
Deuteronomy 30:17: But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
Deuteronomy 30:18: I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.
Deuteronomy 30:19: I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Deuteronomy 30:20: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Reading: Christ’s final great sacrifice
Reference: Luke 23:32-46
Luke 23:32: And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
Luke 23:33: And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
Luke 23:34: Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Luke 23:35: And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
Luke 23:36: And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
Luke 23:37: And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
Luke 23:38: And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Luke 23:39: And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
Luke 23:40: But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
Luke 23:41: And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
Luke 23:42: And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luke 23:43: And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Luke 23:44: And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
Luke 23:45: And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
Luke 23:46: And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
Reading: False teachers rebuked
Reference: Luke 11:37-52
Luke 11:37: And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat.
Luke 11:38: And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.
Luke 11:39: And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.
Luke 11:40: Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?
Luke 11:41: But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.
Luke 11:42: But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Luke 11:43: Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.
Luke 11:44: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.
Luke 11:45: Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also.
Luke 11:46: And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.
Luke 11:47: Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
Luke 11:48: Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.
Luke 11:49: Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:
Luke 11:50: That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
Luke 11:51: From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
Luke 11:52: Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
Reading: He forgiveth all thine iniquities
Reference: Ps. 103:1-12
Psalms 103:1: Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Psalms 103:2: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Psalms 103:3: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Psalms 103:4: Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Psalms 103:5: Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalms 103:6: The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
Psalms 103:7: He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
Psalms 103:8: The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
Psalms 103:9: He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
Psalms 103:10: He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Psalms 103:11: For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
Psalms 103:12: As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Reading: He shall feed His flock like a Shepherd
Reference: Isa. 40:3-11
Isaiah 40:3: The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Isaiah 40:4: Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
Isaiah 40:5: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
Isaiah 40:6: The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
Isaiah 40:7: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
Isaiah 40:8: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
Isaiah 40:9: O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
Isaiah 40:10: Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
Isaiah 40:11: He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
Reading: Faithful pastors
Reference: Jer. 23:1-6
Jeremiah 23:1: Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:2: Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:3: And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
Jeremiah 23:4: And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:5: Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Jeremiah 23:6: In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE Lord OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Reading: Many shall profess to be Christ
Reference: Matt. 24:1-13
Matthew 24:1: And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
Matthew 24:2: And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Matthew 24:3: And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Matthew 24:4: And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Matthew 24:5: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Matthew 24:6: And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matthew 24:7: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Matthew 24:8: All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Matthew 24:9: Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Matthew 24:10: And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Matthew 24:11: And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Matthew 24:12: And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Matthew 24:13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Reading: The Lord is my Shepherd
Reference: Ps. 23:1-6
Psalms 23:1: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalms 23:2: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psalms 23:3: He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalms 23:4: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalms 23:5: Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psalms 23:6: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Reading: God has spoken through the Son
Reference: Heb. 1:1-14
Hebrews 1:1: God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Hebrews 1:2: Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Hebrews 1:3: Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Hebrews 1:4: Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Hebrews 1:5: For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
Hebrews 1:6: And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
Hebrews 1:7: And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
Hebrews 1:8: But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Hebrews 1:9: Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Hebrews 1:10: And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
Hebrews 1:11: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
Hebrews 1:12: And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
Hebrews 1:13: But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Hebrews 1:14: Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
Reading: The Son has authority from the Father
Reference: John 5:19-30
John 5:19: Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
John 5:20: For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
John 5:21: For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
John 5:22: For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
John 5:23: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
John 5:24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 5:25: Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
John 5:26: For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
John 5:27: And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
John 5:28: Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
John 5:29: And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
John 5:30: I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.