Day 41

 

Mark 13

 

13:1 As he went out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Teacher, see what kind of stones and what kind of buildings!"

 

13:2 Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone on another, which will not be thrown down."

 

13:3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately,

 

13:4 "Tell us, when will these things be? What is the sign that these things are all about to be fulfilled?"

 

13:5 Jesus, answering, began to tell them, "Be careful that no one leads you astray.

 

13:6 For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he' and will lead many astray.

 

13:7 "When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, don't be troubled. For those must happen, but the end is not yet.

 

13:8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places. There will be famines and troubles. These things are the beginning of birth pains.

 

13:9 But watch yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils. You will be beaten in synagogues. You will stand before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them.

 

13:10 The Good News must first be preached to all the nations.

 

13:11 When they lead you away and deliver you up, don't be anxious beforehand, or premeditate what you will say, but say whatever will be given you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

 

13:12 "Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death.

 

13:13 You will be hated by all men for my name's sake, but he who endures to the end, the same will be saved.

 

13:14 But when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not - let the reader understand, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains,

 

13:15 and let him who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter in, to take anything out of his house.

 

13:16 Let him who is in the field not return back to take his cloak.

 

13:17 But woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babies in those days!

 

13:18 Pray that your flight won't be in the winter.

 

13:19 For in those days there will be oppression, such as there has not been the like from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will be.

 

13:20 Unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would have been saved; but for the sake of the chosen ones, whom he picked out, he shortened the days.

 

13:21 Then if anyone tells you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, there!' don't believe it.

 

13:22 For there will arise false christs and false prophets, and will show signs and wonders, that they may lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.

 

13:23 But you watch. "Behold, I have told you all things beforehand.

 

13:24 But in those days, after that oppression, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light,

 

13:25 the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.

 

13:26 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.

 

13:27 Then he will send out his angels, and will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the sky.

 

13:28 "Now from the fig tree, learn this parable. When the branch has now become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near;

 

13:29 even so you also, when you see these things coming to pass, know that it is near, at the doors.

 

13:30 Most certainly I say to you, this generation  will not pass away until all these things happen.

 

13:31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

 

13:32 But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

 

13:33 Watch, keep alert, and pray; for you don't know when the time is.

 

13:34 "It is like a man, traveling to another country, having left his house, and given authority to his servants, and to each one his work, and also commanded the doorkeeper to keep watch.

 

13:35 Watch therefore, for you don't know when the lord of the house is coming, whether at evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning;

 

13:36 lest coming suddenly he might find you sleeping.

 

13:37 What I tell you, I tell all: Watch."

 

Ephesians 1

 

1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus:

 

1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ;

 

1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love;

 

1:5 having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire,

 

1:6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he freely bestowed favor on us in the Beloved,

 

1:7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

 

1:8 which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

 

1:9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him

 

1:10 to an administration of the fullness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, in him;

 

1:11 in whom also we were assigned an inheritance, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his will;

 

1:12 to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

 

1:13 in whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the Good News of your salvation,--in whom, having also believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

 

1:14 who is a pledge of our inheritance, to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of his glory.

 

1:15 For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and the love which you have toward all the saints,

 

1:16 don't cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers,

 

1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;

 

1:18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

 

1:19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might

 

1:20 which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places,

 

1:21 far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come.

 

1:22 He put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things for the assembly,

 

1:23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

Ephesians 2

 

2:1 You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins,

 

2:2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience;

 

2:3 among whom we also all once lived in the lust of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

 

2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us,

 

2:5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

 

2:6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

 

2:7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus;

 

2:8 for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

 

2:9 not of works, that no one would boast.

 

2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

 

2:11 Therefore remember that once you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "uncircumcision" by that which is called "circumcision," (in the flesh, made by hands);

 

2:12 that you were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

 

2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ.

 

2:14 For he is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition,

 

2:15 having abolished in the flesh the hostility, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man of the two, making peace;

 

2:16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, having killed the hostility thereby.

 

2:17 He came and preached peace to you who were far off and to those who were near.

 

2:18 For through him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

 

2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God,

 

2:20 being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief cornerstone;

 

2:21 in whom the whole building, fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord;


2:22 in whom you also are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.