The Bread of Life
The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on the evening before, during the “night to be much observed” (Exodus 12:42 Exodus 12:42It is a night to be much observed to the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.
American King James Version×, KJV). This night, also called the “night of solemn observance” (NKJV), begins the seven-day festival. The readings for this period concentrate on the institution and observance of the Festival as well as the need to do what it pictures—put out sin and live a life of overcoming as Christ and the apostles instructed.
The Sunday during the Feast of Unleavened Bread is the day on which the ancient wave-sheaf offering would fall each year, picturing Christ being presented before the Father for acceptance as the first of the firstfruits—and this is reflected in the selected scriptures given below. Leviticus 23:11 Leviticus 23:11And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
American King James Version×identifies the day of the wave sheaf as being a Sunday (a weekday for which the Hebrews had no name, and which is described in the Old Testament only as “the day after the Sabbath”). Because of its symbolism, it is clear that this is not just any Sunday, but the one that occurs during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Lastly, according to Jewish tradition, the crossing of the Red Sea (which, the New Testament explains, was a forerunner of baptism) took place at the end of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And, during the feast, it would also be helpful to read “The Feast of Unleavened Bread: Replacing Sin With the Bread of Life” from our booklet God’s Holy Day Plan.
|Festival instituted (including Night to Be Much Observed); Meaning of leaven; Festival kept in New Testament||
Exodus 12:15-20 Exodus 12:15-20  Seven days shall you eat unleavened bread; even the first day you shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
 And you shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall you observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.
 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.
 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whoever eats that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.
 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall you eat unleavened bread.
American King James Version×; Exodus 12:37-42 Exodus 12:37-42  And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.  And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.  And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.  Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelled in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.  And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.  It is a night to be much observed to the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.
American King James Version×; Exodus 12:50-51 Exodus 12:50-51  Thus did all the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.  And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.
American King James Version×; Exodus 13:3-10 Exodus 13:3-10  And Moses said to the people, Remember this day, in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.  This day came you out in the month Abib.  And it shall be when the LORD shall bring you into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, that you shall keep this service in this month.  Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the LORD.  Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with you, neither shall there be leaven seen with you in all your quarters.  And you shall show your son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the LORD did to me when I came forth out of Egypt.  And it shall be for a sign to you on your hand, and for a memorial between your eyes, that the LORD’s law may be in your mouth: for with a strong hand has the LORD brought you out of Egypt.  You shall therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.
American King James Version×; Leviticus 23:4-8 Leviticus 23:4-8  These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their seasons.  In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’s passover.  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread to the LORD: seven days you must eat unleavened bread.  In the first day you shall have an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein.  But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein.
American King James Version×; Matthew 16:5-12 Matthew 16:5-12  And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread.  Then Jesus said to them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.  And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.  Which when Jesus perceived, he said to them, O you of little faith, why reason you among yourselves, because you have brought no bread?  Do you not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up?  Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets you took up?  How is it that you do not understand that I spoke it not to you concerning bread, that you should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?  Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
American King James Version×; Luke 12:1-3 Luke 12:1-3  In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, so that they stepped one on another, he began to say to his disciples first of all, Beware you of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.  Therefore whatever you have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which you have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed on the housetops.
American King James Version×; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 1 Corinthians 5:1-13  It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.  And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that has done this deed might be taken away from among you.  For I truly, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that has so done this deed,  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,  To deliver such an one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.  Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.  I wrote to you in an letter not to company with fornicators:  Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortionists, or with idolaters; for then must you needs go out of the world.  But now I have written to you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortionist; with such an one no not to eat.  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not you judge them that are within?  But them that are without God judges. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
American King James Version×
|Walk in obedience||
John 14:1-31 John 14:1-31  Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.
 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
 And where I go you know, and the way you know.
 Thomas said to him, Lord, we know not where you go; and how can we know the way?
 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.
 If you had known me, you should have known my Father also: and from now on you know him, and have seen him.
 Philip said to him, Lord, show us the Father, and it suffises us.
 Jesus said to him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known me, Philip? he that has seen me has seen the Father; and how say you then, Show us the Father?
 Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak to you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works.
 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to my Father.
 And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
 If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
 If you love me, keep my commandments.
 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.
 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
 Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also.
 At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
 Judas said to him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?
 Jesus answered and said to him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our stayed with him.
 He that loves me not keeps not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
 These things have I spoken to you, being yet present with you.
 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you.
 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
 You have heard how I said to you, I go away, and come again to you. If you loved me, you would rejoice, because I said, I go to the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, you might believe.
 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me.
 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
American King James Version×; John 15:1-17 John 15:1-17  I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer.  Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken to you.  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me.  I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you.  Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you: continue you in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.  These things have I spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.  This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.  From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known to you.  You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.  These things I command you, that you love one another.
American King James Version×
|Put out sin and live in obedience to God||
1 Corinthians 6:9-20 1 Corinthians 6:9-20  Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
 All things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
 And God has both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
 Know you not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
 What? know you not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, said he, shall be one flesh.
 But he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body.
 What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own?
 For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
American King James Version×; 2 Corinthians 6:11-18 2 Corinthians 6:11-18  O you Corinthians, our mouth is open to you, our heart is enlarged.  You are not straitened in us, but you are straitened in your own bowels.  Now for a recompense in the same, (I speak as to my children,) be you also enlarged.  Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness?  And what concord has Christ with Belial? or what part has he that believes with an infidel?  And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.  And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.
American King James Version×; 2 Corinthians 7:1 2 Corinthians 7:1Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
American King James Version×; 2 Corinthians 10:1-6 2 Corinthians 10:1-6  Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:  But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, with which I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
American King James Version×; Galatians 5:9 Galatians 5:9A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
American King James Version×; Galatians 5:16-26 Galatians 5:16-26  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would.  But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
American King James Version×; Galatians 6:1-10 Galatians 6:1-10  Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.  Bear you one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.  For every man shall bear his own burden.  Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teaches in all good things.  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.  For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to them who are of the household of faith.
American King James Version×
|Wave-sheaf offering; Christ the Firstfruit; Following His example of obedience||
Leviticus 23:9-14 Leviticus 23:9-14  And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When you be come into the land which I give to you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest:
 And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
 And you shall offer that day when you wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering to the LORD.
 And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire to the LORD for a sweet smell: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin.
 And you shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that you have brought an offering to your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
American King James Version×; 1 Corinthians 15:20 1 Corinthians 15:20But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.
American King James Version×; Colossians 1:18 Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
American King James Version×; Romans 8:29 Romans 8:29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
American King James Version×; Romans 12:1-2 Romans 12:1-2  I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
American King James Version×; Romans 13:11-14 Romans 13:11-14  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  But put you on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
American King James Version×; 1 John 1:5-10 1 John 1:5-10  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
American King James Version×; 1 John 2:1-6 1 John 2:1-6  My little children, these things write I to you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  He that said, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoever keeps his word, in him truly is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
American King James Version×; 1 John 2:15-17 1 John 2:15-17  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God stays for ever.
American King James Version×; 1 John 3:4-23 1 John 3:4-23  Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.  And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.  Whoever stays in him sins not: whoever sins has not seen him, neither known him.  Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whoever does not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loves not his brother.  For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.  Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And why slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.  Marvel not, my brothers, if the world hate you.  We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers. He that loves not his brother stays in death.  Whoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.  But whoever has this world’s good, and sees his brother have need, and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwells the love of God in him?  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.  And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.  For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.  Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.  And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.  And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
American King James Version×
Ephesians 4:1-3 Ephesians 4:1-3  I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called,
 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love;
 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
American King James Version×; Ephesians 4:17-32 Ephesians 4:17-32  This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now on walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.  But you have not so learned Christ;  If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  Why putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.  Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.
American King James Version×; Ephesians 5:1-21 Ephesians 5:1-21  Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling smell.  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becomes saints;  Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.  For this you know, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God on the children of disobedience.  Be not you therefore partakers with them.  For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light:  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)  Proving what is acceptable to the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.  But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatever does make manifest is light.  Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.  See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  Giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
American King James Version×; Ephesians 6:10-18 Ephesians 6:10-18  Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Why take to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
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|Living according to the new life in Christ; Drawing near to God and resisting Satan||
Philippians 2:12-16 Philippians 2:12-16  Why, 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.
 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the middle of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world;
 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
American King James Version×; Colossians 3:1-17 Colossians 3:1-17  If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory.  Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:  For which things’ sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience:  In the which you also walked some time, when you lived in them.  But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.  Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds;  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering;  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you.  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be you thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
American King James Version×; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8  Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as you have received of us how you ought to walk and to please God, so you would abound more and more.  For you know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication:  That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor;  Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:  That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.  For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness.  He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who has also given to us his holy Spirit.
American King James Version×; Titus 2:11-12 Titus 2:11-12  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
American King James Version×; Titus 3:1-8 Titus 3:1-8  Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,  To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness to all men.  For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.  But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared,  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior;  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
American King James Version×; James 1:12-15 James 1:12-15  Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man:  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.
American King James Version×; James 1:21-27 James 1:21-27  Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.  But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like to a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was.  But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.  If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
American King James Version×; James 4:7-12 James 4:7-12  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.  Speak not evil one of another, brothers. He that speaks evil of his brother, and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law, and judges the law: but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge.  There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who are you that judge another?
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1 Corinthians 9:24-27 1 Corinthians 9:24-27  Know you not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain.
 And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beats the air:
 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
American King James Version×, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 1 Corinthians 10:1-13  Moreover, brothers, I would not that you should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;  And were all baptized to Moses in the cloud and in the sea;  And did all eat the same spiritual meat;  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.  But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.  Neither be you idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.  Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.  Neither murmur you, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.  Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the world are come.  Why let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.  There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.
American King James Version×, Romans 6:1-23 Romans 6:1-23  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?  Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that from now on we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more; death has no more dominion over him.  For in that he died, he died to sin once: but in that he lives, he lives to God.  Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin: but yield yourselves to God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.  What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.  Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?  But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness.  I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as you have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity to iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness to holiness.  For when you were the servants of sin, you were free from righteousness.  What fruit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end everlasting life.  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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|Old self dead through baptism—live a life of overcoming||
1 Peter 1:13-25 1 Peter 1:13-25  Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
 But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation;
 Because it is written, Be you holy; for I am holy.
 And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
 Who truly was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned love of the brothers, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently:
 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and stays for ever.
 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass wither, and the flower thereof falls away:
 But the word of the Lord endures for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached to you.
American King James Version×; 1 Peter 2:1-3 1 Peter 2:1-3  Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings,  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby:  If so be you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
American King James Version×; 1 Peter 2:11-12 1 Peter 2:11-12  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;  Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
American King James Version×; 1 Peter 3:8-12 1 Peter 3:8-12  Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brothers, be pitiful, be courteous:  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that you are thereunto called, that you should inherit a blessing.  For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:  Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.  For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
American King James Version×; 1 Peter 3:18-22 1 Peter 3:18-22  For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:  By which also he went and preached to the spirits in prison;  Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.  The like figure whereunto even baptism does also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:  Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject to him.
American King James Version×; 1 Peter 4:1-8 1 Peter 4:1-8  For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin;  That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.  For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revelings, parties, and abominable idolatries:  Wherein they think it strange that you run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:  Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.  For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.  But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and watch to prayer.  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
American King James Version×; 1 Peter 5:8-11 1 Peter 5:8-11  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brothers that are in the world.  But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you.  To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
American King James Version×; 2 Peter 1:5-11 2 Peter 1:5-11  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Why the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall:  For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
American King James Version×; 2 Peter 3:17-18 2 Peter 3:17-18  You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
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