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ESV — Daily Light on the Daily Path: Day 212
212
Morning
Col. 3:1; Prov. 4:5; Jas. 3:17; Job 28:14; Rom. 6:4, 5; Heb. 12:1; Eph. 2:4-6; Heb. 11:14; Zeph. 2:3

Seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Get wisdom; get insight.—The wisdom from above.—“The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’ and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’”—We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.—God… made us alive together with Christ… and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

People who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.—Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility.

Evening
John 7:50; Matt. 26:58; John 12:42, 43; Prov. 29:25; John 6:37; Isa. 42:3; Matt. 17:20; 2 Tim. 1:7, 8; 1 John 2:28; Matt. 10:32

Nicodemus, who had gone to him before.

Peter was following him at a distance.—Many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.—The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.

“Whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”—A bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench.—“Faith like a grain of mustard seed.”

God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord.—Little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.—“Everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.”

Put On the New Self

bIf then you have been raised with Christ, seek cthe things that are above, where Christ is, dseated at the right hand of God.


nGet wisdom; get ginsight;

do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.


17 But rthe wisdom from above is first pure, then speaceable, gentle, open to reason, tfull of mercy and good fruits, uimpartial and vsincere.


14  iThe deep says, ‘It is not in me,’

and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’


We were qburied therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as rChrist was raised from the dead by sthe glory of the Father, we too might walk in tnewness of life.


For uif we have been united with him in va death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.


Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and wsin which clings so closely, and xlet us run ywith endurance the race that is zset before us,


But1 God, being rrich in mercy, sbecause of the great love with which he loved us, even twhen we were dead in our trespasses, umade us alive together with Christ—vby grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and wseated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Footnotes

[1] 2:4 Or And


14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.


wSeek the Lord, xall you humble of the land,

who do his just commands;1

yseek righteousness; seek humility;

yperhaps zyou may be hidden

on the day of the anger of the Lord.

Footnotes

[1] 2:3 Or who carry out his judgment


50 wNicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them,


58 And sPeter was following him at a distance, as far as rthe courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with tthe guards to see the end.


42 Nevertheless, vmany even of the authorities believed in him, but wfor fear of the Pharisees they did not xconfess it, so that they would not be xput out of the synagogue;


43 yfor they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.


25  iThe fear of man lays a snare,

but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.


37 zAll that athe Father gives me will come to me, and bwhoever comes to me I will never cast out.


ja bruised reed he will not break,

and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;

khe will faithfully bring forth justice.


20 He said to them, h“Because of your little faith. For itruly, I say to you, jif you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, kyou will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and lnothing will be impossible for you.”1

Footnotes

[1] 17:20 Some manuscripts insert verse 21: But this kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting


for God gave us oa spirit not of fear but pof power and love and self-control.


Therefore qdo not be ashamed of rthe testimony about our Lord, nor of sme his prisoner, but tshare in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,


Children of God

28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that twhen he appears uwe may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his vcoming.


32 oSo everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven,