Wednesday, October 13, 2021
 But when Cephas came to Antioch I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.
 For before certain men came from James, he ate with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.
 And with him the rest of the Jews acted insincerely, so that even Barnabas was carried away by their insincerity.
 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
 We ourselves, who are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners,
 yet who know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified.
 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not!
 But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor.
 For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God.
 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
 “But when you see the desolating sacrilege set up where it ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains;
 let him who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything away;
 and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle.
 And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days!
 Pray that it may not happen in winter.
 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will be.
 And if the Lord had not shortened the days, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days.
 And then if any one says to you, `Look, here is the Christ!’ or `Look, there he is!’ do not believe it.
 False Christs and false prophets will arise and show signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
 But take heed; I have told you all things beforehand.
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