In my last post, I recorded verses that were important to me out of the Old Testament of a very well used Bible. Now it’s the New Testament’s turn.
Here are some underlined New Testament passages.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 I am slowly learning the truth of this verse. Oh, so slowly. I still worry, but not as much.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 I can almost feel my blood pressure lower every time I read this. Who doesn’t feel weary and burdened these days? Jesus promises rest, and I need these beautiful verses to take him up on it.
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news.” Mark 1:15 Jesus called this the good news of God. I love that Jesus inaugurated the Kingdom of God for us to live in and to share. We’re still living in two conflicting kingdoms, but when we realize that we can tune into God’s Kingdom and get a glimpse of heaven.
“What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.” Luke 16:15 Jesus said this to Pharisees who sneered at his teaching that one cannot serve both God and money. God’s values are very different from the world’s, and it is well worth a little thought to imagine what God really values.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth…For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:14, 17 The first eighteen verses of John are all colorfully underlined in my Bible. They are deep, profound, and beautiful.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16 Who would be ashamed of the indescribable and unlimited power of God? I’m sorry to say that I have been, and this verse helps me to correct my error.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us…” Romans 8:1-4 I wrote “Romans 8 begins with no condemnation, ends with no separation, and everything works together for good in between” at the top of the page, and I have no clue who said it. I think it’s a good summary of the Christian life as well as Romans 8.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 God is for us. Sometimes I just need to remember that.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another.” Romans 12:9-16 “Summer 2001 – this is my goal,” I wrote. It is still my desire, and I have had some practice developing it.
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 This strikes me as an impressively bold statement. What would it take to be able to say that with such confidence?
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1 I remember the first time I did a study of Galatians, and the emphasis was on freedom in Christ. I didn’t understand how Jesus Christ could bring freedom. Now I do.
“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:17-19 “My prayer, spring 2003,” according to the scribbles next to these verses.
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11 This was my prayer during the summer of 1998, and it is still a good one.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 I have been praying Hebrews 11 prayers, for which there is no earthly evidence, since 2001, according to my Bible, and I see no reason to stop.
This is just a sample of the impact that God’s Word has had on my life. It’s been meaningful to read the words again and remind myself why they were important to me years ago and why they are still very deeply felt.
What passages have you noted in your New Testament?