8:26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Get up and go
toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to
Gaza." (This is a wilderness road.)
So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court
official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her
entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship
and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the
Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over to this chariot and
So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah.
He asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
He replied, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And
he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him.
Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:
"Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb
silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his
generation? For his life is taken away from the earth."
The eunuch asked Philip, "About whom, may I ask you, does the
prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?"
Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he
proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus.
As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and
the eunuch said, "Look, here is water! What is to prevent me
from being baptized?"
He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the
eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord
snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his
But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through
the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he
came to Caesarea.
22:25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows
I will pay before those who fear him.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall
praise the LORD. May your hearts live forever!
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and
all the families of the nations shall worship before him.
For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.
To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before
him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for
Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about
and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that
he has done it.
4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God;
everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only
Son into the world so that we might live through him.
In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and
sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one
No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us,
and his love is perfected in us.
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has
given us of his Spirit.
And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son
as the Savior of the world.
God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and
they abide in God.
So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is
love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have
boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for
fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached
perfection in love.
We love because he first loved us.
Those who say, "I love God," and hate their brothers or
sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister
whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.
The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must
love their brothers and sisters also.
15:1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.
He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch
that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.
You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to
Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear
fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you
unless you abide in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I
in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.
Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and
withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever
you wish, and it will be done for you.
My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and
become my disciples.