Genesis 1:26 - God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them
have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and
over everything that creeps upon the earth.
Genesis 11:6-9 - And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning
of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and
there confound (mix up, confuse) their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord scattered
them abroad from that place upon the face of the whole earth, and they gave up building the city. Therefore the name of it
was called Babel--because there the Lord confounded the language of all the earth; and from that place the Lord scattered
them abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Isaiah 6:1-8 - In the year that King Uzziah died, [in a vision] I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up,
and the skirts of His train filled the [most holy part of the] temple. Above Him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with
two [each] covered his [own] face, and with two [each] covered his feet, and with two [each] flew. And one cried to another
and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory! And the foundations of the thresholds
shook at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined,
because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King,
the Lord of hosts! Then flew one of the seraphim [heavenly beings] to me, having a live coal in his hand which he had taken
with tongs from off the altar; And with it he touched my mouth and said, Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity
and guilt are taken away, and your sin is completely atoned for and forgiven. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,
Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
The Angel of the Lord - in text is actually referring to Yahweh (Christ Jesus). Spiritual wisdom is required here. No angel
is ever called God.
Genesis 16:7-13 – Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. She had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar.
And Sarai said to Abram, See here, the Lord has restrained me from bearing [children]. I am asking you to have intercourse
with my maid; it may be that I can obtain children by her. And Abram listened to and heeded what Sarai said. So Sarai, Abram's
wife, took Hagar her Egyptian maid, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram
to be his [secondary] wife. And he had intercourse with Hagar, and she became pregnant; and when she saw that she was with
child, she looked with contempt upon her mistress and despised her.
Then Sarai said to Abram, May [the responsibility for] my wrong and deprivation of rights be upon you! I gave my maid into
your bosom, and when she saw that she was with child, I was contemptible and despised in her eyes. May the Lord be the judge
between you and me. But Abram said to Sarai, See here, your maid is in your hands and power; do as you please with her. And
when Sarai dealt severely with her, humbling and afflicting her, she [Hagar] fled from her. But the Angel of the Lord found
her by a spring of water in the wilderness on the road to Shur. And He said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, where did you come from,
and where are you intending to go? And she said, I am running away from my mistress Sarai. The Angel of the Lord said to her,
Go back to your mistress and [humbly] submit to her control.
Also the Angel of the Lord said to her, I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be numbered for
multitude. And the Angel of the Lord continued, See now, you are with child and shall bear a son, and shall call his name
Ishmael [God hears], because the Lord has heard and paid attention to your affliction. And he [Ishmael] will be as a wild
ass among men; his hand will be against every man and every man's hand against him, and he will live to the east and on the
borders of all his kinsmen. So she called the name of the Lord Who spoke to her, You are a God of seeing, for she said, Have
I [not] even here [in the wilderness] looked upon Him Who sees me [and lived]? Or have I here also seen [the future purposes
or designs of] Him Who sees me?
Genesis 18:1-22 - Now the Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks or terebinths of Mamre; as he sat at the door of his tent in
the heat of the day, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men stood at a little distance from him. He ran from
the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the ground and said, My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, do
not pass by your servant, I beg of you. Let a little water be brought, and you may wash your feet and recline and rest yourselves
under the tree.
And I will bring a morsel (mouthful) of bread to refresh and sustain your hearts before you go on further--for that is why
you have come to your servant. And they replied, Do as you have said. So Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah and said,
Quickly get ready three measures of fine meal, knead it, and bake cakes. And Abraham ran to the herd and brought a calf tender
and good and gave it to the young man [to butcher]; then he [Abraham] hastened to prepare it.
And he took curds and milk and the calf which he had made ready, and set it before [the men]; and he stood by them under the
tree while they ate. And they said to him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, [She is here] in the tent. [The Lord] said,
I will surely return to you when the season comes round, and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son. And Sarah was listening
and heard it at the tent door which was behind Him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in years; it had ceased
to be with Sarah as with [young] women. [She was past the age of childbearing].
Therefore Sarah laughed to herself, saying, After I have become aged shall I have pleasure and delight, my lord (husband),
being old also? And the Lord asked Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I really bear a child when I am so old? Is
anything too hard or too wonderful for the Lord? At the appointed time, when the season [for her delivery] comes around, I
will return to you and Sarah shall have borne a son. Then Sarah denied it, saying, I did not laugh; for she was afraid. And
He said, No, but you did laugh. The men rose up from there and faced toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to bring them
on the way. And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham [My friend and servant] what I am going to do, since Abraham shall
surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed through him and shall bless themselves
For I have known (chosen, acknowledged) him [as My own], so that he may teach and command his children and the sons of his
house after him to keep the way of the Lord and to do what is just and righteous, so that the Lord may bring Abraham what
He has promised him. And the Lord said, Because the shriek [of the sins] of Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is exceedingly
grievous, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether [as vilely and wickedly] as is the cry of it which
has come to Me; and if not, I will know. Now the [two] men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood
before the Lord.
Zechariah 1:8-20 - I saw in the night [vision]
and behold, a Man riding upon a red horse, and He stood among the myrtle trees that were in a low valley or bottom, and behind
Him there were horses, red, bay or flame-colored, and white. Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel who talked
with me said, I will show you what these are. And the Man who stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are they
whom the Lord has sent to walk to and fro through the earth and patrol it. And the men on the horses answered the Angel of
the Lord Who stood among the myrtle trees and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth [patrolling it] and behold,
all the earth sits at rest [in peaceful security].
Then the Angel of the Lord said, O Lord of hosts, how long will
You not have mercy and lovingkindness for Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, against which You have had indignation these
seventy years [of the Babylonian captivity]? And the Lord answered the angel who talked with me with gracious and comforting
words. So the angel who talked with me said to me, Cry out, Thus says the Lord of hosts: I am jealous for Jerusalem and for
Zion with a great jealousy. And I am very angry with the nations that are at ease; for while I was but a little displeased,
they helped forward the affliction and disaster.
Therefore thus says the Lord: I have returned to Jerusalem with compassion
(lovingkindness and mercy). My house shall be built in it, says the Lord of hosts, and a measuring line shall be stretched
out over Jerusalem [with a view to rebuilding its walls]. Cry yet again, saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts: My cities shall
yet again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord shall yet comfort Zion and shall yet choose Jerusalem. Then I lifted up my
eyes and saw, and behold, four horns [symbols of strength]. And I said to the angel who talked with me, What are these? And
he answered me, These are the horns or powers which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem. Then the Lord showed me four
smiths or workmen [one for each enemy horn, to beat it down].
Malachi 3:1-6 - Behold, I send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me. And the Lord [the Messiah], Whom you
seek, will suddenly come to His temple; the Messenger or Angel of the covenant, Whom you desire, behold, He shall come, says
the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's
fire and like fullers' soap; He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the priests, the sons of
Levi, and refine them like gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord offerings in righteousness.
Then will the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in ancient years. Then
I will draw near to you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against the
false swearers, and against those who oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, and who turn aside
the temporary resident from his right and fear not Me, says the Lord of hosts. For I am the Lord, I do not change; that is
why you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
John 1:18 - No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the
intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has
interpreted Him and He has made Him known].
Hebrews 1:1-6 - In many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke
of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets, [But] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of
a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches
of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order].
He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect
imprint and very image of [God's] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty
word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the
right hand of the divine Majesty on high, [Taking a place and rank by which] He Himself became as much superior to angels
as the glorious Name (title) which He has inherited is different from and more excellent than theirs.
For to which of the angels did [God] ever say, You are My Son, today I have begotten You [established You in an official Sonship
relation, with kingly dignity]? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He will be to Me a Son? [II Sam. 7:14; Psalm. 2:7.]
Moreover, when He brings the firstborn Son again into the habitable world, He says, Let all the angels of God worship Him.
Exodus 14:18-21 - The Egyptians shall know and realize that I am the Lord when I have gained honor and glory over Pharaoh,
his chariots, and his horsemen. And the Angel of God Who went before the host of Israel moved and went behind them; and the
pillar of the cloud went from before them and stood behind them, coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel.
It was a cloud and darkness to the Egyptians, but it gave light by night to the Israelites; and the one host did not come
near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong
east wind all that night and made the sea dry land; and the waters were divided.
Exodus 23:20-25 - Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep and guard you on the way and to bring you to the place I have
prepared. Give heed to Him, listen to and obey His voice; be not rebellious before Him or provoke Him, for He will not pardon
your transgression; for My Name is in Him. But if you will indeed listen to and obey His voice and all that I speak, then
I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.
When My Angel goes before you and brings you to the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites, and
the Jebusites, and I reject them and blot them out, you shall not bow down to their gods or serve them or do after their works;
but you shall utterly overthrow them and break down their pillars and images. You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall
bless your bread and water, and I will take sickness from your midst.
1 Corinthians 10:1-4 - For I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, that our forefathers were all under and protected by
the cloud [in which God's Presence went before them], and every one of them passed safely through the [Red] Sea, and each
one of them [allowed himself also] to be baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea [they were thus brought under obligation
to the Law, to Moses, and to the covenant, consecrated and set apart to the service of God]; And all [of them] ate the same
spiritual (supernaturally given) food, and they all drank the same spiritual (supernaturally given) drink. For they drank
from a spiritual Rock which followed them [produced by the sole power of God Himself without natural instrumentality], and
the Rock was Christ.
When Christ Jesus was born of a virgin and prepared the way of salvation for all men, the mention of the Angel of the LORD
is no longer talked about, because Jesus represented Himself. During the transfiguration on the mountain with Peter and John
present, He appeared as an angel as He reflected the very image of God.
Matthew 14:25-33 - And in the fourth watch [between 3:00--6:00 a.m.] of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified and said, It is a ghost!
And they screamed out with fright. But instantly He spoke to them, saying, Take courage! I AM! Stop being afraid! And Peter
answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and
walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he
began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]! Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying
to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt? And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat
knelt and worshiped Him, saying, Truly You are the Son of God!
Luke 2:7-18 - And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger,
because there was no room or place for them in the inn. And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open
sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the
glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, Do not
be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people. For to you is born this day
in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord! And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize
Him]: you will find after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
[I Samuel 2:34; II Kings 19:29; Isaiah 7:14.] Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven
a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom
He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favor]. When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one
to another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing saying) that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to
us. So they went with haste and by searching] found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it,
they made known what had been told them concerning this Child, and all who heard it were astounded and marveled at what the
shepherds told them.
Luke 2:25-35 - Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout [cautiously and
carefully observing the divine Law], and looking for the Consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had
been divinely revealed (communicated) to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's
Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). And prompted by the [Holy] Spirit, he came into the temple enclosure]; and when the
parents brought in the little child Jesus to do for Him what was customary according to the Law, [Simeon] took Him up in his
arms and praised and thanked God and said, and now, Lord, You are releasing Your servant to depart (leave this world) in peace,
according to Your word.
For with my [own] eyes I have seen Your Salvation, which You have ordained and prepared before (in the presence of) all peoples,
a Light for revelation to the Gentiles [to disclose what was before unknown] and [to bring] praise and honor and glory to
Your people Israel. And His [legal] father and [His] mother were marveling at what was said about Him. And Simeon blessed
them and said to Mary His mother, Behold, this Child is appointed and destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel,
and for a sign that is spoken against--And a sword will pierce through your own soul also--that the secret thoughts and purposes
of many hearts may be brought out and disclosed.
Luke 22:67-71 - If You are the Christ (the Messiah), tell us. But He said to them, If I tell you, you will not believe (trust
in, cleave to, and rely on what I say), and if I question you, you will not answer. But hereafter (from this time on), the
Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God. And they all said, You are the Son of God, then? And He
said to them, it is just as you say; I AM. (Exodus 3:14). And they said, What further evidence do we need? For we have heard
[it] ourselves from His own mouth!
John 1:1-4 - In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.
He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even
one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.
John 1:14 - And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile)
among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father,
full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.
John 5:16-18 - For this reason the Jews began to persecute (annoy, torment) Jesus and sought to kill Him, because He was doing
these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, My Father has worked [even] until now, [He has never ceased working;
He is still working] and I, too, must be at [divine] work. This made the Jews more determined than ever to kill Him [to do
away with Him]; because He not only was breaking (weakening, violating) the Sabbath, but He actually was speaking of God as
being [in a special sense] His own Father, making Himself equal [putting Himself on a level] with God.
John 8:48-59 - The Jews answered Him, Are we not right when we say You are a Samaritan and that You have a demon [that You
are under the power of an evil spirit]? Jesus answered, I am not possessed by a demon. On the contrary, I honor and reverence
My Father and you dishonor (despise, vilify, and scorn) Me. However, I am not in search of honor for Myself. [I do not seek
and am not aiming for My own glory.] There is One Who [looks after that; He] seeks [My glory], and He is the Judge. I assure
you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone observes My teaching [lives in accordance with My message, keeps My word], he will
by no means ever see and experience death.
The Jews said to Him, Now we know that You are under the power of a demon (insane). Abraham died, and also the prophets, yet
You say, If a man keeps My word, he will never taste of death into all eternity. Are You greater than our father Abraham?
He died, and all the prophets died! Who do You make Yourself out to be? Jesus answered, If I were to glorify Myself (magnify,
praise, and honor Myself), I would have no real glory, for My glory would be nothing and worthless. [My honor must come to
Me from My Father.] It is My Father Who glorifies Me [Who extols Me, magnifies, and praises Me], of Whom you say that He is
Yet you do not know Him or recognize Him and are not acquainted with Him, but I know Him. If I should say that I do not know
Him, I would be a liar like you. But I know Him and keep His word [obey His teachings, am faithful to His message]. Your forefather
Abraham was extremely happy at the hope and prospect of seeing My day (My incarnation); and he did see it and was delighted.
Then the Jews said to Him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham? Jesus replied, I assure you, most solemnly
I tell you, before Abraham was born, I AM. So they took up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus, by mixing with the crowd, concealed
Himself and went out of the temple enclosure].
John 10:22-33 - After this the Feast of Dedication [of the reconsecration of the temple] was taking place at Jerusalem. It
was winter, and Jesus was walking in Solomon's Porch in the temple area. So the Jews surrounded Him and began asking Him,
How long are You going to keep us in doubt and suspense?
If You are really the Christ (the Messiah), tell us so plainly and openly. Jesus answered them, I have told you so, yet you
do not believe Me [you do not trust Me and rely on Me]. The very works that I do by the power of My Father and in My Father's
name bear witness concerning Me [they are My credentials and evidence in support of Me]. But you do not believe and trust
and rely on Me because you do not belong to My fold [you are no sheep of Mine]. The sheep that are My own hear and are listening
to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never
by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand. My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater
and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are One. Again
the Jews brought up stones to stone Him. Jesus said to them, My Father has enabled Me to do many good deeds. [I have shown
many acts of mercy in your presence.] For which of these do you mean to stone Me? The Jews replied, We are not going to stone
You for a good act, but for blasphemy, because You, a mere Man, make Yourself [out to be] God.
John 11:25-26 - Jesus said to her, I Am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in,
and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live; And whoever continues to live and believes in (has faith in, cleaves
to, and relies on) Me shall never [actually] die at all. Do you believe this?
John 14:6-9 - Jesus said to him, I Am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.
If you had known Me [had learned to recognize Me], you would also have known My Father. From now on, you know Him and have
seen Him. Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father [cause us to see the Father--that is all we ask]; then we shall be
satisfied. Jesus replied, Have I been with all of you for so long a time, and do you not recognize and know Me yet, Philip?
Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say then, Show us the Father?
John 14:12-18 - I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do
the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father. And I will do [I Myself will
grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through)
[Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]. If you [really]
love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper,
Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever--The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world
cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize
Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved,
forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.
John 15:1-8 - I Am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops
bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit,
to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit. You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I
have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you]. Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live
in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you
bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant)
fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up
and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. 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.
John 20:21-29 - Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you! [Just] as the Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you.
And having said this, He breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit! [Now having received the Holy Spirit,
and being led and directed by Him] if you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of anyone,
they are retained. But Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples
kept telling him, We have seen the Lord! But he said to them, Unless I see in His hands the marks made by the nails and put
my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe [it].
Eight days later His disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, though they were behind closed
doors, and stood among them and said, Peace to you! Then He said to Thomas, Reach out your finger here, and see My hands;
and put out your hand and place [it] in My side. Do not be faithless and incredulous, but [stop your unbelief and] believe!
Thomas answered Him, My Lord and my God! Jesus said to him, Because you have seen Me, Thomas, do you now believe (trust, have
faith)? Blessed and happy and to be envied are those who have never seen Me and yet have believed and adhered to and trusted
and relied on Me.
Acts 9:3-16 - Now as he traveled on, he came near to Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him, and he
fell to the ground. Then he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me [harassing, troubling, and
And Saul said, Who are You, Lord? And He said, I am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting. It is dangerous and it will turn out
badly for you to keep kicking against the goad [to offer vain and perilous resistance]. Trembling and astonished he asked,
Lord, what do You desire me to do? The Lord said to him, But arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must
do. The men who were accompanying him were unable to speak [for terror], hearing the voice but seeing no one. Then Saul got
up from the ground, but though his eyes were opened, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into
Damascus. And he was unable to see for three days, and he neither ate nor drank [anything]. Now there was in Damascus a disciple
The Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias. And he answered, Here am I, Lord. And the Lord said to him, Get up and go to the
street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying [there]. And
he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias enter and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight. But Ananias
answered, Lord, I have heard many people tell about this man, especially how much evil and what great suffering he has brought
on Your saints at Jerusalem; Now he is here and has authority from the high priests to put in chains all who call upon Your
name. But the Lord said to him, Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of Mine to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings
and the descendants of Israel; For I will make clear to him how much he will be afflicted and must endure and suffer for My
Romans 9:5 - To them belong the patriarchs, and as far as His natural descent was concerned, from them is the Christ, Who
is exalted and supreme over all, God, blessed forever! Amen (so let it be).
Philippians 2:5-7 - Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be
your example in humility:] Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of
the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, but
stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became
like men and was born a human being.
Titus 2:13-14 - Awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing
of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One), Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem
us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager
and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds.
2 Peter 1:1 – Simon Peter, a servant and apostle (special messenger) of Jesus Christ, to those who have received (obtained
an equal privilege of) like precious faith with ourselves in and through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Revelation 1:10-18 - I was in the Spirit [rapt in His power] on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a great voice like the
calling of a war trumpet, saying, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last. Write promptly what you see (your
vision) in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia--to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira
and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
Then I turned to see [whose was] the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the
midst of the lampstands [One] like a Son of Man, clothed with a robe which reached to His feet and with a girdle of gold about
His breast. His head and His hair were white like white wool, [as white] as snow, and His eyes [flashed] like a flame of fire.
His feet glowed like burnished (bright) bronze as it is refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters.
In His right hand He held seven stars, and from His mouth there came forth a sharp two-edged sword, and His face was like
the sun shining in full power at midday.
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as if dead. But He laid His right hand on me and said, Do not be afraid! I am the First
and the Last, and the Ever-living One [I am living in the eternity of the eternities]. I died, but see, I am alive forevermore;
and I possess the keys of death and Hades (the realm of the dead).
Precious Names of God
Elohim - My Creator
Jehovah - My LORD God
El Shaddai - My Supplier
Adonai - My Master
Jehovah-Jireh - My Provider
Jehovah-Rophe - My Healer
Jehovah-Nissi - My Banner
Jehovah-Mikkadesh - My Sanctifier
Jehovah-Tsidkenu - My Righteousness
Jehovah-Shalom - My Peace
Jehovah-Rohi - My Shepard
Jehovah-Shammah - My Abiding Presence