Though Christ’s faithfulness thoroughly proved God’s
side of the issue, others are permitted to share in
27:11) The effects of Christ’s integrity-keeping
course, including his sacrificial death, are pointed out
by the apostle: "Through one act of justification the
result to men of all sorts is a declaring of them
righteous for life." (Ro
5:18) Christ has been made the Head of a
congregational "body" (Col
1:18), the members of which share in his death of
integrity, and he is glad to have them share with him as
joint heirs, as associate kings in his Kingdom rule. (Lu
Re 20:4, 6)
Faithful men of old, looking forward to God’s provision,
maintained integrity, though imperfect in body. (Heb
11:13-16) And the many others who eventually bend
the knee in acknowledgment will likewise do so in
heartfelt recognition of God’s righteous, worthy
sovereignty. As the psalmist sang prophetically: "Every
breathing thing—let it praise Jah. Praise Jah, you
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27:11) Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice, that I
may make a reply to him that is taunting me.
5:18) So, then, as through one trespass the result to men
of all sorts was condemnation, likewise also through one act
of justification the result to men of all sorts is a declaring
of them righteous for life.
1:18) and he is the head of the body, the congregation.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that he
might become the one who is first in all things;
22:28-30) "However, YOU are the ones that have stuck with
me in my trials; 29 and I make a covenant
with YOU, just as my Father has made a covenant with me, for a
kingdom, 30 that YOU may eat and drink at my
table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones to judge the twelve
tribes of Israel.
6:3-5) Or do YOU not know that all of us who were
baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we were buried with him through
our baptism into his death, in order that, just as Christ was
raised up from the dead through the glory of the Father, we also
should likewise walk in a newness of life. 5 For
if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death,
we shall certainly also be [united with him in the likeness] of
8:17) If, then, we are children, we are also heirs: heirs
indeed of God, but joint heirs with Christ, provided we
suffer together that we may also be glorified together.
20:4) And I saw thrones, and there were those who sat
down on them, and power of judging was given them. Yes, I
saw the souls of those executed with the ax for the witness they
bore to Jesus and for speaking about God, and those who had
worshiped neither the wild beast nor its image and who had not
received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand. And
they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for a
20:6) Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first
resurrection; over these the second death has no authority,
but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and will rule
as kings with him for the thousand years.
11:13-16) In faith all these died, although they did not
get the [fulfillment of the] promises, but they saw them
afar off and welcomed them and publicly declared that they were
strangers and temporary residents in the land. 14 For
those who say such things give evidence that they are earnestly
seeking a place of their own. 15 And yet, if
they had indeed kept remembering that [place] from which they
had gone forth, they would have had opportunity to return.
16 But now they are reaching out for a better
[place], that is, one belonging to heaven. Hence God is not
ashamed of them, to be called upon as their God, for he has made
a city ready for them.
150:6) Every breathing thing—let it praise Jah. Praise
Jah, YOU people!