Paul’s teachings to Gentile Believers not familiar with the importance of Godly behavior through obdience to God’s word for defeating Christ’s enemies

15 Nov

Salvation is by grace.  Conduct is by choice.  #1 I Peter 2:9

Paul, the Apostle of Grace, left these instructions
for Gentile believers.  #2 Acts
15:14   #3 Acts 13:44F

#4 Romans 5:3-5
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that
tribulation brings about perseverance, and perseverance proven character; and
proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God
has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to
us.

#5 Romans 6:6  Knowing this, that our old self was crucified
with him in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we
would no longer be slaves to sin.

#6 Romans 6:12
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey it’s
lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as
instruments of unrighteousness.

#7 Romans 12:1-2
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your
bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual
service of worship, and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is,
that which is good, acceptable and perfect.

#8 Romans 12:9-21 (See)

#9 Romans 13:1
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities.

#10 Romans 13:9
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

#11 Romans 13:10
Love does no wrong to a neighbor.
Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

#12 Romans 14:1
Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of
passing judgment on his opinions.

#13 Romans 15:1
Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of these without
strength and not just please ourselves.
Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good and to his
edification.

#14 Romans 15:7
Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the
glory of God.

#15 Romans 15:9
And for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy.

#16 Romans 16:17
Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions
and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from
them.

#17 Romans 16:19B-20
But I want you to be wise in what is good, and innocent in what is
evil.  The God of peace will soon crush
Satan under your feet.

#18 I Cor. 1:10 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no
divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and the
same judgment.

#19 I Cor. 1:29-30
So that no man may boast before God.
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom, from
God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.

#20 I Cor. 3:16-17
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the spirit of God
dwells in you?  If any man destroys the
temple of God, God will destroy him.  For
the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

#21 I Cor. 4:6B
So that in us (Paul & Apollos) you may learn not to exceed what is
written.  So that no one of you will
become arrogant in behalf of one against the other.

#22 I Cor. 4:16
Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me.

#23 I Cor. 6:11-12
But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother
if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a
drunkard, or a swindler – not even to eat with such a one.  For what have I to do with judging outsiders?  Do you not judge those who are within the
church. But those who are outside, God judges.
Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.

#24 I Cor. 6:1
Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go
to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints?

#25 I Cor. 6:18
Flee immorality.  Every other sin
that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his
own body.  Or do you not know that your
body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you; whom you have from God, and
that you are not your own?  For you have
been bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

#26 I Cor. 7:3
The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife and likewise also the wife
to her husband.

#27 I Cor. 7:10
But to the married I give instructions, not I but the Lord, that the
wife should not leave her husband.  (But
if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her
husband.)  And that the husband should
not divorce his wife.

#28 I Cor. 7:10
Each man must remain in the condition in which he was called.

#29 I Cor. 7:24
Brethren each one is to remain with God in that condition in which he
was called.

#30 I Cor. 8:9
But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a
stumbling block to the weak.

#31 I Cor. 10
Do not be idolaters, nor let us act immorally, nor let us try the Lord,
nor grumble.  No temptation has overtaken
you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you
to be tempted beyond what you are able.
But with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you
will be able to endure it.

#32 I Cor. 10:14
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.  NOTE:
Excessive attachment or veneration for anything, respect or love which
borders on adoration.

#33 I Cor. 10:32-33
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory
of God.  Give no offense either to Jews,
or to Greeks, or to the church of God.

#34 I Cor. 14:1
Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you
may prophesy.

#35 I Cor. 14:39
Do not forbid to speak in tongues.
But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.

#36 I Cor. 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the
Lord.

#37 I Cor. 16:13
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

#38 2 Cor. 6:14
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have
righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?

#39 2 Cor. 7:1
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from
all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of
God.   NOTE:  Holiness – Consecrated to God’s service, and in
so far as they (Christians) are conformed in all things to the will of God.

#40 2 Cor. 9:6
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he
who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must do just as he has purposed in his
heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

#41 2 Cor. 13:5
Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!  Or do you not recognize this about
yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you fail the test?

#42 2 Cor. 13
Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, live in peace; and the God
of love and peace will be with you.

#43 Gal. 5:15
But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not
consumed by one another.

#44 Gal. 5:16
But I say walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of
the flesh.

#45 Gal. 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

#46 Gal. 5:26
Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one
another.

#47 Gal. 6:2
Bear one another’s burdens and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.

#48 Gal. 5:9
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we
do not grow weary.  So then, while we
have opportunity let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are
of the household of the faith.

#49 Eph. 4:1
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord implore you to walk in a manner
worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and
gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being
diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

#50 Eph. 4:14
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by
waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by
craftiness in deceitful scheming:  But
speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is
the head, even Christ.

#51 Eph. 4:17
That you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility
of their mind.

#52 Eph. 4:26
Be angry and yet do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your anger,
and do not give the devil an opportunity.

#53 Eph. 4:28
He who steals must steal no longer – but rather must labor.  Performing with his own hands what is
good.  So that he will have something to
share with one who has need.

#54 Eph. 4:29
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as
is good for edification according to the need of the moment so that it will
give grace to those who hear.  Do not
grieve the Eph. 4: Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of
redemption.

#55 31  Let all
bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you,
along with all malice.

#56 Eph. 4:32
Be kind to one another, tender hearted forgiving each other, just as God
in Christ also has forgiven you.

#57 Eph. 5:1
Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love.

#58 Eph. 5:3
But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among
you, as is proper among saints.

#59 Eph. 5:4
There must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are
not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

#60 Eph. 5:6
Let no one deceive you with empty words.

#61 Eph. 5:10
Walk as children of light trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

#62 Eph. 5:11
Do not participate in the unfaithful deeds of darkness, but instead even
expose them.

#63 Eph. 5:15 Be careful how you walk, not as unwise
men but as wise, making the most of your time.
Because the days are evil – So then do not be foolish, but understand
what the will of the Lord is.

#64 Eph. 5:18
Do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with
the Spirit.  Always giving thanks for all
things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.

#65 Eph. 5:21
Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

#66 Eph. 5:22
Wives be subject to your own husbands as to the Lord.

#67 Eph. 5:25
Husbands love your wives just as Christ also loved the church and gave
himself up for her.

#68 Eph. 5:28
Husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies.  He who loves his own wife loves himself.

#69 Eph. 5:33
And the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.

#70 Eph. 6:1
Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.

#71 Eph. 6:4
Fathers do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the
discipline and instruction of the Lord.

#72 Eph. 6:5
Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the
flesh, with fear and trembling in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ.

#73 Eph. 6:9
Masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing
that both their master and yours in in heaven, and there is no partiality with
him.

#74 Eph. 6:10 Be strong in the Lord, and in the
strength of His might:  Put on the full
armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the
devil.

#75 Eph. 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at
all times in the Spirit, and with this in view.
Be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.

#76 Phil. 1:9
That your love may abound still more in real knowledge and all
discernment.

#77 Phil. 1:27
Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ,
standing firm in one spirit with one mind striving together for the faith of
the gospel.

#78 Phil. 2:3
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind
regard one another as more important than yourselves.

#79 Phil. 2:12
Work out your salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who is at
work in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

#80 Phil. 2:14
Do all things without grumbling or disputing.

#81 Phil. 3:1
Rejoice in the Lord.

#82 Phil. 3:20
For our citizenship is in heaven.

#83 Phil. 4:5
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.  The Lord is near.

#84 Phil. 4:6
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all
comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

#85 Phil. 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if
there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these
things.

#86 Phil. 4:9
The things you have learned and received and heard, and seen in me.
(Paul)   practice these things and the
God of peace will be with you.

#87 Phil 4:19
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory
in Christ Jesus.

#88 Col. 1:9
Be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and
understanding.

#89 Col. 1:10
Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please him in all respects,
bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.  Strengthened with all power according to His
glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience, joyously
giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance
of the saints of light.

#90 Col. 1:23
Continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved
away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in
all creation under heaven , and which I , Paul was made a minister.

#91 Col. 2:2
Be encouraged, knit together in love attaining to all the wealth that
comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge
of God’s mystery, Christ.  In whom are
hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

#92 Col. 2:6
As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord.  Walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and
now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were
instructed, and over flowing with gratitude.

#93 Col. 2:8
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty
deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary
principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.  For in Him all the fullness of deity dwells
in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over
all rule and authority.

#94 Col. 2:13
He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our
transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of
decrees against us, which was hostile to us and He has taken it out of the way,
having nailed it to the cross.  When He
had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them
having triumphed over them through Him.

#95 Col. 2:16
No one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink, or in respect
to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day.
Things which are a mere shadow of what are to come; but the substance
belongs to Christ.

#96  Col.
2:18  Let no one keep defrauding you of
your prize by delighting in self-abasement, and
the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen,
inflated without care by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the head,
from whom the entire body , being supplied and held together by this joint and
ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.

#97 Col. 2:20
Do not submit yourself to decrees, such as “Do not handle”, “Do not
taste”, “Do not touch” which refer to things destined to perish with use.   In accordance with the commandments and
teachings of men.

#98 Col. 3:1
Seek the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God –
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

#99 Col. 3:4
When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be
revealed with Him in glory.

#100 Col. 3:5
Consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality,
impurity, passion, evil desire and *greed, which amounts to idolatry.

*Greed – an eager desire or longing; as a greed of
gain.  A desire to have more.  Rom. 1:29, Eph. 5:3, I Thes. 2:5, 2 Peter
2:3, 2 Cor. 9:5, Eph. 4:19, *Col. 3:5, 2 Peter 2:14

#101 Col. 3:8
Put aside anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech.

#102 Col. 3:9
Do not lie to one another.

#103 Col. 3:12
Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and
patience, bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a
complaint against anyone, just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

#104 Col. 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

#105 Col. 3:16
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you.

#106 Col. 3:17
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

#107 Col. 3:18
Wives be subject to your husbands.

#108 Col. 3:19
Husbands love your wives and do not be embittered against them.

#109 Col. 3:20
Children, be obedient to your parents in all things.

#110 Col. 3:21
Fathers, do not exasperate your children.

#111 Col. 3:22
Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth.

#112 Col. 3:23
Whatever you do, do your work heartily as for the Lord rather than for
men.

#113 Col. 4:1
Masters grant to your slaves justice and fairness.

#114 Col. 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert.

#115 Col. 4:5
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the
opportunity.

#116 Col. 4:6
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt.

#117 I Thes. 2:12
Walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom
and glory.

#118 I Thes. 3:12
Increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as
we also for you:  So that He may
establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at
the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.

#119 I Thes. 4:3
Abstain from sexual immorality.

#120 I Thes. 4:4
Know how to possess your own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in
lustful passion.

#121 I Thes. 4:11
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, and attend to your own
business and work with your hands.

#122 I Thes. 4:12
Behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.

#123 I Thes. 5:11
Encourage one another and build up one another.

#124 I Thes. 5:14
Admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be
patient with everyone.

#125 I Thes. 5:15
Do not repay another with evil for evil, but always seek after that
which is good for one another and for all people.

#126 I Thes. 5:16
Rejoice always.

#127 I Thes. 5:17
Pray without ceasing.

#128 I Thes. 5:18
In everything give thanks.

#129 I Thes. 5:19
Do not quench the Spirit.

#130 I Thes. 5:20
Do not despise prophetic utterances.

#131 I Thes. 5:21
But examine everything, hold fast to that which is good.

#132 I Thes. 5:22
Abstain from every form of evil.

#133 2 Thes. 2:15
Stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught.

#134 2 Thes. 3:1
Pray that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified.

#135 2 Thes. 3:10
If anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat either.

#136 2 Thes. 3:13
Do not grow weary of doing good.

#137 I Tim. 1:5
The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good
conscience and a sincere faith.

#138 I Tim. 2:7
Entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings are to be made on
behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead
a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

#139 I Tim. 2:8
Men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without wrath and
dissension.

#140 I Tim. 2:9
Women are to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and
discreetly.

#141 I Tim. 2:11
A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness.

#142 I Tim. 2:12
Do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to
remain quiet.

#143 I Tim. 4:7
But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women.  On the other hand discipline yourself for the
purpose of godliness.

#144 I Tim. 5:3
Honor widows who are widows indeed.
But if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to
practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their
parents.

#145 I Tim. 5:8
If anyone does not provide for his own and especially for those of his
household he has denied the faith is worse than an unbeliever.

#146 I Tim. 5:9
A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than 60 years
old.  Having been the wife of one man,
having a reputation for good works, has brought up children, shown hospitality
to strangers, washed the feet of the saints, assisted those in distress and has
devoted herself to every good work.

#147 I Tim. 5:11
Refuse to put younger widows on the list.

#148 I Tim. 5:14
Younger widows are to get married, bear children, keep house, and give
the enemy no occasion for reproach.

#149 I Tim. 5:16
If any woman who is a believer has dependent widows, she must assist
them and the church must not be burdened.

#150 I Tim. 5:17
Elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor,
especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.

#151 I Tim. 5:19
Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two
or three witnesses.  Those who continue
in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of
sinning.

#152 I Tim. 6:1
Slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor.

#153 I Tim. 6:2
Believers who are masters must not be disrespectful to them.

#154 I Tim. 6:3
If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound
words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to
godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing.

#155 I Tim. 6:8
If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content, but those
who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and
harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.

#156 I Tim. 6:11
But flee from these things you man of God and pursue righteousness,
godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.

#157 I Tim. 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which
you were called and you made the good confession in the presence of many
witnesses.

#158 I Tim. 6:14
Keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of
our Lord Jesus Christ.

#159 I Tim. 6:17
Those who are rich in this present world should not be conceited or to
fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us
with all things to enjoy.

#160 I Tim. 6:18
Instruct the rich to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous
and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation
for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

#161 I Tim. 6:20
Guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter
and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called knowledge which some have
professed and thus gone astray from the faith.

#162 2 Tim. 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and
discipline.

#163  2 Tim.
1:13  Retain the standard of sound word
which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

#164 2 Tim. 1:14
Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has
been entrusted to you.

#165 2 Tim. 2:14
Charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is
useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers.

#166 2 Tim. 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does
not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

#167 2 Tim. 2:16
Avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further
ungodliness.

#168 2 Tim. 2:22
Flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace
with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

#169 2 Tim. 2:24
The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all,
able to teach patient when wronged.

#170 2 Tim. 3:12
All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

#171 2 Tim. 3:16
All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for
reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.

#172 2 Tim. 4:2
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke,
exhort, with great patience and instruction.

#173 Titus 2:2
Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in
love, in perseverance.

#174 Titus 2:3
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious
gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so they may encourage
the young women to love their husband, to love their children.

#175 Titus 2:5
Older women be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to
their own husbands so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

#176 Titus 2:6
Likewise urge young men to be sensible.

#177 Titus 2:9
Bond-slaves are to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be
well-pleasing not argumentative, not pilfering.

#178 Titus 2:11
The grace of God has appeared bringing salvation to all men instructing
us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously
and godly in the present age.  Looking
for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and
Savior, Christ Jesus who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless
deed and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for
good deeds.

#179 Titus 3:1
Be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for
every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle showing every
consideration for all men.

#180 Titus 3:9
Avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes
about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

#181 Titus 3:10
Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that
such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.

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