Friday, October 16, 2020
 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.
 I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification were through the law, then Christ died to no purpose.
 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?
 Are you so foolish? Having begun with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh?
 Did you experience so many things in vain? — if it really is in vain.
 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?
 Thus Abraham “believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”
 So you see that it is men of faith who are the sons of Abraham.
 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”
 So then, those who are men of faith are blessed with Abraham who had faith.
 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be every one who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, and do them.”
 Now it is evident that no man is justified before God by the law; for “He who through faith is righteous shall live”;
 but the law does not rest on faith, for “He who does them shall live by them.”
 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
 And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
 And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.
 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away before all these things take place.
 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
 “But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
 Take heed, watch; for you do not know when the time will come.
 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch.
 Watch therefore — for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning —
 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.
 And what I say to you I say to all: Watch.”
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