Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
The thief cometh not,
but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly.
Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.
"Therefore let all Israel be assured of this:
God has made this Jesus,
whom you crucified,
both Lord and Christ."
When the people heard this,
they were cut to the heart
and said to Peter and the other apostles,
"Brothers, what shall we do?"
"Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ
for the forgiveness of your sins.
And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The promise is for you and your children
and for all who are far off�?
for all whom the Lord our God will call."
That if you confess with your mouth,
"Jesus is Lord,"
and believe in your heart
that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For it is with your heart
that you believe and are justified,
and it is with your mouth
that you confess and are saved.
As the Scripture says,
"Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile�?
the same Lord is Lord of all
and richly blesses all who call on him,
for, "Everyone who calls on
the name of the Lord
will be saved."
O the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
how unsearchable are his judgments,
and his ways past finding out!
For who hath known the mind of the Lord?
or who hath been his counsellor?
Or who hath first given to him,
and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things:
to whom be glory for ever.
For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor)
that you are saved
(delivered from judgment
and made partakers of Christ's salvation)
through [your] faith.
And this [salvation] is not of yourselves
[of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
Not because of works
[not the fulfillment of the Law's demands],
lest any man should boast.
[It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do,
so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]
For we are God's [own] handiwork
recreated in Christ Jesus,
that we may do those good works
which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us
[taking paths which He prepared ahead of time],
that we should walk in them
[living the good life which He prearranged
and made ready for us to live].
1 John 1:4, 5
And we are now writing these things to you
so that our joy [in seeing you included] may be full
[and your joy may be complete].
And this is the message [the message of promise]
which we have heard from Him
and now are reporting to you:
God is Light,
and there is no darkness in Him at all
[no, not in any way].