10 Once you were not a people [at all], but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.
11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges
[those dishonorable desires] that wage war against the soul.
12 Keep your behavior excellent among the [unsaved] Gentiles
[conduct yourself honorably, with graciousness and integrity],
so that [a]for whatever reason they may slander you as evildoers,
yet by observing your good deeds they may [instead come to] glorify God
[b]in the day of visitation [when He looks upon them with mercy].
17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
6But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says,
5 Examine and test and evaluat
and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves
Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?
3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
2 Those who think they know something do not yet know anything as they should.
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”
27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”