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The Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by over 40 different authors from all walks of life:shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians, fishermen, priests, philosophers and kings. Despite these differences in occupation and the span of years it took to write it, the Bible is an extremely cohesive and unified book.
True Forgiveness! 

Have you ever tried to forgive someone and found you simply couldn't do it?

You've cried about it and

- prayed about it and

- asked God to help you.

But those old feelings of resentment just failed to go away.


Put an end to those kinds of failures in the future-

- by basing your forgiveness on faith rather than feelings.


True forgiveness doesn't have anything at all to do with how you feel.

It's an act of the will. It is based on obedience to God and on faith in Him.


That means once you've forgiven a person-

- you need to consider him permanently forgiven! When old feelings rise up within you and


Satan tries to convince you that you haven't really forgiven, resist him.

Say, "No, I've already forgiven that person by faith. I refuse to dwell on those old feelings."


Then, according to 1 John 1:9-

Believe that you receive forgiveness and cleansing from the sin of unforgiveness and from all unrighteousness associated with it including any remembrance of having been wronged!


Have you ever heard anyone say, "I may forgive, but I'll never forget!"

That's a second-rate kind of forgiveness-

- that you, as a believer, are never supposed to settle for.

You're to forgive supernaturally "even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Eph. 4:32.


You're to forgive as God forgives.

To release that person from guilt permanently and unconditionally and to operate as if nothing bad ever happened between you.

You're to purposely forget as well as forgive.


As you do that-

- something supernatural will happen within you.

The pain once caused by that incident will disappear.

The power of God will wash away the effects of it.

And you'll be able to leave it behind you once and for all.


Don't become an emotional bookkeeper-

- keeping careful accounts of the wrongs you have suffered.


Learn to forgive and forget.

It will open a whole new world of blessing for you.

" not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it pays no

attention to a suffered wrong." 1 Corinthians 13:5.

Women's Responsibility in the Church?

Study No. 3

  What responsibilities can women perform in the church? Are women to be ministers and preachers? Can women be allowed to teach in church? These questions can only be answered by a careful study of the scriptures and by looking at the examples given in God's Word.


Salvation ? Equal For Both Sexes

Let it be said at the onset, as far as salvation is concerned, there is no difference between Greek, Jew, black, white ? men or women. There is ONE Lord for all. Men and women must be saved exactly the same way. ALL have sinned ? ALL need redemption ? ALL need Christ's blood to justify and His life in us (through the Holy Spirit) to save us. Both men and women are called the sons of God. Both will be glorified, made immortal and inherit all things. Women are to pray, study, fast and grow in grace and knowledge as MUCH as men are to do these things. Both will be rewarded according to their works. If a woman has been faithful in what God has given her to do, she will be rewarded accordingly. God is no respecter of persons.

But God did make men and women for different roles in life and in the church. Let's find out what God wants WOMEN to do in the church.


To Teach Good Things

One of the greatest blessings a woman can give to the church is to be the kind of feminine woman God intended all women to be. Read I Peter 3:1-6; I Timothy 2:9-15; Ephesians 5:21-24; I Corinthians 11:3. Man was created to need the help of a woman. He is not all-encompassing ? woman was made to be a helpful, inspiring, helpful companion to man, Genesis 2:18, 21-25. She was not only to be the bearer of all children, but it was through a woman that Christ was born ? the Saviour of MAN as well as WOMAN, Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; I Timothy 2:15 (Amplified Bible).

She is not only to be an example of Godly character and femininity, but also to teach it to others. Paul, writing to Titus, told him to "teach the older women to be quiet and respectful in everything they do. They must not go around speaking evil of others and must not be heavy drinkers, but they should be TEACHERS OF GOODNESS. These OLDER WOMEN MUST TRAIN THE YOUNGER women to live quietly, to love their husbands and their children, and to be sensible and clean minded, spending their time in their own homes, being kind and obedient to their husbands, so that the Christian faith won't be spoken against by those who know them," Titus 2:3-6 (Living Bible).


Service And Good Works

During Christ's ministry there were evidently certain women who were "rendering Him service," Matthew 27:55 (Modern Language Bible) in one way or another. Christ did not only have His immediate twelve disciples but others also who followed Him, Matthew 10:1-5; Luke 10:1-2. With all those men following Him, there would be ample work for the service of women to do the domestic things that were needed.

In Acts 9:36 we read about a woman of God called Dorcas who was known for "good works and acts of charity" (RSV).

Acts 16:13-15 tells us about Lydia and how she was converted, baptized and was hostess to Paul and others for a short time. She, no doubt, not only gave them a place to sleep, but food and drink, and other acts of service and kindness.

Timothy and other ministers at one time were in the need of women to help them as they preached the gospel. Paul wrote and told Timothy that "a widow who wants to become one of the special church workers should be at least sixty years old . . . well thought of by everyone because of the good she has done. Has she brought up her children well? Has she been kind to strangers as well as to other Christians? Has she helped those who are sick and hurt? Is she always ready to show kindness?" I Timothy 5:9-10 (Living Bible). The women chosen for this special group probably did the same kind of service that the women who followed Christ during His earthly ministry did.


Women as ? "Spiritual Elders?"

Was Paul speaking about "spiritual elders" in I Timothy 5:1-2? Was he instructing Timothy how to deal with women who were church elders or ministers?

The Modern Language Bible renders these verses, "Do not rebuke an older man but plead with him as a father, and younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters with absolute purity." Paul was speaking of AGE ? not ministerial office.

Just before the day of Pentecost, Christ's disciples were together "with the women" in the upper room. "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication," Acts 1:13-14. But there is NOTHING in these verses to prove or disprove what the women did or said ? if indeed they did or said anything.

Some say I Corinthians 11:1-16 is talking about church services and both men and women praying and preaching ? one wearing a hat (women) and the other (men) not.

First, the "covering" Paul is speaking about is not hats but hair, verses 14-16. Women are to have hair of decent length, while men are have shorter hair.

Second, the words "church service" or "synagogue" or "meetings" can not be found in this passage. Praying or foretelling future events (as the Greek word 'prophes-ying/ieth' means) can be done any time or any place. Paul is NOT here talking about church services.


Women As Messengers?

Certainly, it is possible for God to send an angel to a woman with a message to the church about some future event, or something He wants His ministers to do. But NEVER WILL such a dream or revelation be contrary to God's inspired Word as given in the Bible, Isaiah 8:20. If it is, then we can know it is not from God ? but Satan. For Satan can also appear as an angel of light, II Corinthians 11:13-15.

Christ appeared to the two Mary's shortly after His resurrection, and He gave them a message to His ministers-to-be, for the men to go into Galilee and there Jesus would meet them, Matthew 28:5-9.

This amounted to a prophecy ? the two Mary's were at this time as prophetesses. God has used women as prophets ? to foretell future happenings: Exodus 15:20; Judges 4:4; II Kings 22:14; II Chronicles 34:22; Nehemiah 6:14; Isaiah 8:3.

The only example in the entire Bible of a prophetess doing anything like what we call "preaching" is that of Deborah in Judges 4. The Israelites had left off obeying God ? obviously, there was no man around whom God could use until Gideon was old enough, Judges 6:11-16 to do God's work. So God used a woman under this ONCE in 6,000 years situation. God only used Deborah for a short time to lead and teach the Israelites ? ONLY UNTIL a man came along to assume leadership [Barak]. This is not "putting down" women. It is just looking at what God has said and how He has decided to do things. [Editor's Comments: Israelite men at the time failed to qualify for God's service. God is not limited. He has used other women for His purposes down through the ages.]

Let us be willing to be honest. Nowhere in the Bible do we have ANY prophetess becoming a priest, apostle, church minister, or elder. Nowhere in the Bible can we find a prophetess preaching or teaching from the temple or in church meetings. Never to date has God once used a prophetess to write ANY book of the Bible. No other so-called "inspired" books by women or men have been handed down to us except those in the Bible. Prophetesses were/are used by God, but to date God has never used a prophetess to WRITE "inspired books" ? any church CLAIMING it has a prophetess as its founder or has "inspired books" written by a claimed prophetess does so without one word of scriptural background authority.

Prophetesses were used as MESSENGERS to the church. They were used VERBALLY by God ? never being used to write books on Biblical understanding.


New Testament Prophetesses!

There are only TWO passages in the New Testament where the word "prophetess" is used. The first is in Luke 2:36-37. Anna, a prophetess, served God in the temple with prayers and fastings. It does not say she PREACHED or was a TEACHER in the temple. She did on one occasion talk to others about Jesus (verse 38). This was on the day that Joseph and Mary had brought Jesus to the temple to dedicate and buy Him back (redeem) ? as was required by the law, Exodus 13:2, 13, 15; Leviticus 12 ? and being blessed by Simeon (verse 34). It was certainly fitting that Anna " . . . began thanking God and telling everyone in Jerusalem who had been awaiting the coming of the Saviour that the Messiah had finally arrived." (verse 38, Living Bible).

Notice, she only told those who were also looking for the arrival of the Messiah ? she did not "preach" or "teach" or hold a street-corner revival. All women can talk of Jesus to all who look for salvation, on ANY day of the week. They can talk of Christ before church and after church. There is nothing in this example to prove that women should be MINISTERS, ELDERS, or TEACHERS in church.

The only other place in the New Testament where the word "prophetess" is used is in Revelation 2:20 ? where God tells the church era of Thyatira, " . . . I have a few things against you, because you suffer that woman Jezebel, which calls herself a prophetess, to TEACH and to seduce My servants to commit fornication . . . ." God goes on to say He will cast her and the ones following her into tribulation if they do not repent (verse 22). Not a good commentary at all. God said the CHURCH of Thyatira was PERMITTING this woman Jezebel to teach and lead people astray.


To Teach Or Not To Teach?

After being willing to look at all the verses in the Bible pertaining to women, woman, wife, prophetess, we come to TWO plain passages on the question of women as preachers, ministers or church teachers. These two passages of scripture are I Corinthians 14:34-35 and I Timothy 2:11-12.

Paul says in I Corinthians 14:34, "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak . . . ." Now, is Paul saying that a woman cannot say "Hello" to anyone? Is she not permitted to have a conversation with anyone while she is in church? Is she not to speak if someone talks to her? Hardly. This was not the problem at Corinth. Paul was answering questions about women being teachers, elders, ministers over men, in and during church services, as well as a woman who had a "spiritual gift" ? when or when not to use it.

I Timothy 2:12 says, "But I suffer not a woman to teach . . . ." Is Paul saying that a woman cannot teach her children, cannot teach in a secular school, college, or at the YWCA? No! This verse must be put with the passage in I Corinthians 14:34. Then the truth is clear. Paul is talking about the DUTY of a woman DURING church MEETINGS.

The Living Bible renders I Timothy 2:12 as, "I never let a woman teach men or lord it over them. Let them be silent in your church meetings . . . ." I Corinthians 14:34 is translated as, "Women should be silent during the church meetings. They are not to take part in the discussion, for they are subordinate to men as the Scriptures also declare."

Some would have us believe that Paul is only talking to Jewish churches about a Jewish custom. This can hardly be the case, when the church at Corinth was predominantly GENTILE, and Paul uses the plural ? "churches" ? not just one church, but all the Churches of God. Paul was desirous that all the churches be run "decently and in order," verse 40. "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints," verse 33.

The letters to Timothy are known as "pastoral letters" by the Bible commentaries. They contain instruction to the pastors on church administration ? how things should be run in the churches at large. Paul's instruction was inspired of God, and is applicable as much today as in Paul's lifetime.

Matthew Henry's Bible Commentary says this on I Corinthians 14:34-35. Here the apostle

"1. Enjoins silence on their women in PUBLIC ASSEMBLIES, and to such a degree that THEY MUST NOT ASK QUESTIONS for their own information in the church, but ASK THEIR HUSBANDS AT HOME. They are to LEARN IN SILENCE with all subjection; but, says the apostle, "I SUFFER THEM NOT TO TEACH" (I Timothy 2:11-12) . . . . They are not permitted to speak (verse 34) in the church, neither in praying nor PROPHESYING. The connection seems PLAINLY to INCLUDE THE LAST ? in the limited sense in which it is taken in this chapter; that is, for preaching or interpreting scripture by inspiration. And indeed, for a woman to PROPHESY, in this sense, were to teach, does not so well befit her state of subjection. A teacher of others has in that respect superiority over them, which is not allowed the woman over the man, nor must she therefore be allowed to teach in a congregation . . . but PRAYING and uttering inspired HYMNS were not teaching . . . . There were women who had spiritual gifts of this sort in that age of the church . . . . Why should they have this gift, if it must never be publicly exercised? . . . They were not ordinarily to teach, not so much as to DEBATE AND ASK QUESTIONS IN THE CHURCH, but learn in silence there; and, if difficulties occurred, ASK THEIR HUSBANDS AT HOME. Note ? as it is the woman's duty to learn in subjection, it is the man's duty to keep up his ability to instruct her. If it be her duty to ask her husband at home, it is his concern and duty to endeavor at least to be able to answer her inquiries. If it be a shame for her to speak in the church, where she should be silent, it is a shame for him to be silent when he should speak, not being able to give an answer when she asks him at home.

"2. We have here the reason of this injunction ? it is God's law and commandment that they should be under obedience (verse 34); they are placed in subordination to the man; and it is a shame for them to do anything that looks like an affectation of changing ranks (which speaking in public seemed to imply) . . . as would public teaching much more: so that the apostle concludes it was a shame for women to speak in the church, in the assembly. Note ? our spirit and conduct should be suitable to our rank. The natural distinctions God has made, we should observe . . . . The woman was made subject to the man, and she should keep station, and be content with it. For this reason they must be silent in the church, not set up for teachers; for this is trying to take superiority over the man.

"We may also note here the spiritual gifts of TONGUES, INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES, PROPHECY, REVELATION ? all of which may be given to women as well as men. But such gifts are not to be exercised by the women DURING the church meetings or assemblies. Any woman who would claim she is compelled to use such gifts, Paul would answer, THE SPIRITS OF THE PROPHETS ARE SUBJECT TO THE PROPHETS (verse 32). God does not give a gift to His child which cannot be controlled by His child and controlled as to when it may be used.

"The other question not raised here is if women are to learn in silence in church and ask questions to their husbands at home ? what about the WIDOWS and UNMARRIED WOMEN who have no husband to ask? Paul's instruction on keeping silent in church meetings is to ALL women ? married, widows, single. The women who have no physical husbands certainly do have SPIRITUAL husbands ? the elders of the church. They are the ones to whom women should direct their questions on Biblical understanding."

Matthew Henry's comments on I Timothy 2:11-15 are also very pertinent:

" . . . Women must LEARN ? learn the principles of their religion, learn CHRIST, learn the scriptures; they must not think that their femininity excuses them from that teaching which is necessary for salvation.

"Women must be silent and submissive, and subject, and NOT USURP AUTHORITY. The reason given is, because ADAM was FIRST FORMED, then EVE ? out of him ? to denote her subordination to him, to be a HELP, MEET for him. And as she was last in the creation, which the one reason for her subjection, so she was first in the transgression; and that is another reason. Adam was not deceived (that is ? not first). The serpent did not immediately set upon him, but the woman was first in the transgression (II Corinthians 11:3); and it was part of the sentence ? THY DESIRE SHALL BE TO THY HUSBAND, AND HE SHALL RULE OVER THEE. (Genesis 3:16).

"But it is a word of comfort (verse 15 of I Timothy 2) that they who continue in sobriety shall be SAVED IN CHILDBEARING, or WITH childbearing. The Messiah, who was born of a woman, should break the serpent's head (Genesis 3:15) ? or ? the sentence which women are under for sin shall be no bar to their acceptance with Christ, IF they CONTINUE in faith, and charity, and holiness, with sobriety.

"Here we observe . . . according to St. Paul, women must be learners, and are not allowed to be public teachers in the church; for teaching is an office of authority; whereas she must not usurp authority over the man, but is to be in silence. But, notwithstanding this prohibition, good women may and ought to teach their children at home the principles of God's teaching. Timothy from a child had known the holy scriptures; and who should teach him but his mother and grandmother? (II Timothy 1:5, 3:15).

"Aquilla and his WIFE PRISCILLA expounded unto Apollos the way of God more perfectly; but then they did it PRIVATELY, for THEY TOOK HIM UNTO THEM (Acts 18:26). Here are two very good reasons given for man's authority over the woman, and her subjection to the man (verses 13-14 of I Timothy 2). Adam was FIRST formed, then EVE; she was created for the man, and not the man for the woman (I Corinthians 11:9). Then she was deceived, and brought man into the transgression . . . .

"In Romans 16:3 we see that PRISCILLA was a HELPER in Christ. A woman can and should be a worker for the gospel WITHIN the bounds God has decreed. As we can see from Acts 18:26, a WOMAN can on a personal basis be an instrument for the spread of the gospel and teaching of God's Word as much as any man."

The teaching of God on the ROLE that women are to take in the church may not be popular with the "WOMEN'S LIBERATION" movement; but it is the truth of God ? and God is LOVE and WISDOM. He knows what is best for us and why in this life we were created MALE and FEMALE. God is the DESIGNER and LAWGIVER ? when we are willing to obey His laws governing every facet of our lives, then we shall have happiness, peace and joy.

God has given us instruction on how the family relationship ? husband, wife, children ? should be run: Ephesians 5:21-33; I Corinthians 11:3; Colossians 3:18-21; Genesis 3:16. He has revealed to us the role that WOMEN are to take in the function of the church.

Let us willingly obey, so Christ may present the Church to Himself " . . . a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" Ephesians 5:27.

? written by Keith Hunt W

  Editor's Note: It is essential to understand that God-ordained husband-wife relationships must have their basis in love (outgoing concern). The man who misinterprets the Biblical instructions, and "lords it over" his wife is dishonoring the Creator of marriage. Likewise, the woman who usurps authority over a man is a rebel at heart. "Head knowledge" of the respective roles of husband and wife is one thing. Putting these statutes into practice is what counts. May our Heavenly Father help each married believer to love his or her mate with Godly love.




Let's not forget the blood that was shed for this great nation. Let's not forget the men and women that have died and made the sacrifice so we can have the freedom to love, to worship, and to excercise our faith.FlyHigh Ministries salutes all the soldiers who have made such a sacrifice. Let's not forget the Sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross that allowed us to have fellowship with the Father.

1John 4:9-10 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we love God, but that He love us and sent His Son as an atoning Sacrifice for our sins.

Declaring His Promises 


Ex 23:27 I will send My terror before you and will

throw into confusion all the people to whom you shall

come, and I will make all your foes turn from you [in


Deut 20:4 For the LORD your God is the one who goes

with you to fight for you against your enemies to give

you victory."

Deut 28:7 "The LORD will cause your enemies who rise

against you to be defeated before your face; they

shall come out against you one way and flee before you

seven ways.

Deut 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge and

dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting

arms; He drove the enemy before you and thrust them

out, saying, Destroy!

Isa 42:13-17 The LORD will march out like a mighty

man, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a

shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph

over his enemies. 14 "For a long time I have kept

silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But

now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and

pant. 15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills and

dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into

islands and dry up the pools. 16 I will lead the blind

by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I

will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light

before them and make the rough places smooth. These

are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. 17

But those who trust in idols, who say to images, 'You

are our gods,' will be turned back in utter shame.

Isa 54:17 But no weapon that is formed against you

shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise

against you in judgment you shall show to be in the

wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph

over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of

the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord

is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the

vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that

which I impart to them as their justification], says

the Lord.

Isa 65:24 And it shall be that before they call I

will answer; and while they are yet speaking I will

hear. [Isa 30:19; 58:9; Matt 6:8.]

Luke 1:37,45 For with God nothing is ever impossible

and no word from God shall be without power or

impossible of fulfillment.

...And blessed (happy, to be envied) is she who

believed that there would be a fulfillment of the

things that were spoken to her from the Lord.

John 15:7-8 If you live in Me [abide vitally united

to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live

in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be

done for you. When you bear (produce) much fruit, My

Father is honored and glorified, and you show and

prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.

1 Cor 15:25-28 For [Christ] must be King and reign

until He has put all [His] enemies under His feet. [Ps

110:1.] 26 The last enemy to be subdued and

abolished is death. 27 For He [ the Father] has put

all things in subjection under His [Christ's] feet.

But when it says, All things are put in subjection

[under Him], it is evident that He [Himself] is

excepted Who does the subjecting of all things to Him.

[Ps 8:6.] 28 However, when everything is subjected to

Him, then the Son Himself will also subject Himself to

[the Father] Who put all things under Him, so that God

may be all in all [be everything to everyone, supreme,

the indwelling and controlling factor of life].

1 Cor 15:54-57 And when this perishable puts on the

imperishable and this that was capable of dying puts

on freedom from death, then shall be fulfilled the

Scripture that says, Death is swallowed up (utterly

vanquished forever) in and unto victory. [Isa 25:8.]

55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is

your sting? [Hos 13:14.] 56 Now sin is the sting of

death, and sin exercises its power [upon the soul]

through [the abuse of] the Law. 57 But thanks be to

God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors]

through our Lord Jesus Christ.


Rom 4:19-20 He did not weaken in faith when he

considered the [utter] impotence of his own body,

which was as good as dead because he was about a

hundred years old, or [when he considered] the

barrenness of Sarah's [deadened] womb. [Gen 17:17;


20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver

(doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God,

but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he

gave praise and glory to God,

Ex 15:6-10

6 "Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in

power; Your right hand, O LORD, has dashed the enemy

in pieces. 7 And in the greatness of Your excellence

You have overthrown those who rose against You; You

sent forth Your wrath; It consumed them like stubble.

8 And with the blast of Your nostrils The waters were

gathered together; The floods stood upright like a

heap; The depths congealed in the heart of the sea. 9

The enemy said, 'I will pursue, I will overtake, I

will divide the spoil; My desire shall be satisfied on

them. I will draw my sword, My hand shall destroy


10 You blew with Your wind, The sea covered them; They

sank like lead in the mighty waters.

Deut 26:8 And the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt

with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, and

with great (awesome) power and with signs and with


Ps 106:9 He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it dried

up; so He led them through the depths as through a

pasture land. [Ex 14:21.]

Isa 40:25-26 "To whom then will you liken Me, Or to

whom shall I be equal?" says the Holy One. 26 Lift up

your eyes on high, And see who has created these

things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls

them all by name, By the greatness of His might And

the strength of His power; Not one is missing.

Isa 40:28-31 Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends

of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary.His

understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to

the weak, And to those who have no might He increases

strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,

And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those

who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They

shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run

and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Isa 44:24-26 [Judah Will Be Restored ]

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, And He who formed

you from the womb:"I am the LORD, who makes all

things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who

spreads abroad the earth by Myself;

25 Who frustrates the signs of the babblers, And

drives diviners mad; Who turns wise men backward, And

makes their knowledge foolishness;

26 Who confirms the word of His servant, And

performs the counsel of His messengers; Who says to

Jerusalem, 'You shall be inhabited,' To the cities of

Judah, 'You shall be built,' And I will raise up her

waste places;

Eph 1:17-22 [For I always pray to] the God of our

Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may

grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of

insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and

intimate] knowledge of Him, 18 By having the eyes of

your heart flooded with light, so that you can know

and understand the hope to which He has called you,

and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints

(His set-apart ones), 19 And [so that you can know

and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited

and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us

who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His

mighty strength,

20 Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from

the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the

heavenly [places],

21 Far above all rule and authority and power and

dominion and every name that is named [above every

title that can be conferred], not only in this age and

in this world, but also in the age and the world which

are to come. 22 And He has put all things under His

feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme

Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout

the church], [Ps 8:6.]

Col 2:12-15 And you, being dead in your trespasses

and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made

alive together with Him, having forgiven you all

trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of

requirements that was against us, which was contrary

to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having

nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed

principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle

of them, triumphing over them in it.

Rev 1:16-19 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet

as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to

me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.

18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am

alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades

and of Death.