Wednesday, June 30, 2021
 Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on the law shall live by it.
 But the righteousness based on faith says, Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down)
 or “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
 But what does it say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach);
 because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
 For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.
 The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.”
 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and bestows his riches upon all who call upon him.
 For, “every one who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”
 But how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?
 And how can men preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!”
 But they have not all obeyed the gospel; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”
 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.
 Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field;
 it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
 He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”
 All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable.
 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables,
I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the
 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”
 He answered, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man;
 the field is the world, and the good seed means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the evil one,
 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels.
 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age.
 The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers,
 and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.
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