These are my favorite bible verse's that are not literal quotes because I took out from the verse only what I wanted. And I will bet that you cannot find one verse where the meaning was changed as of the result of me only taking the basic truth from the verse. Here's an example:
If ye then be risen with Christ...
The word "if" is introducing a simple condition assuming that it's true. In that respect, it may also be rendered "since." The fact that it's an accomplished reality was stated in Colossians 2:12-13 and Ephesians 2:5-6. Since these are my favorites, I made them easy for me to commit to memory using my own language. Thus I wrote:
Since I have been risen with Christ...
I did this often while I also left the old English in the verse wherever I wanted to. Why? Because these are only for me. They are my favorite truths from the listed verse's... in the language that would be best for me to understand. Oh, and one more thing, which is very important. Please keep in mind that I can change the wording of the following verse's without losing any part of the meaning because I know how to do it.
Jesus Christ was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the son of God with power, by the resurrection from the dead.
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes.
There is no respect of persons with God.
When the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, they having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
No flesh shall be justified in his sight by the deeds of the law. For by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Being fully persuaded that what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
As sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
There is no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
They that follow after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that follow after the spirit mind the things of the spirit.
Who God did predestinate, he also called, and who he called, he also justified, and who he justified, he also glorified. Since God be for us who can be against us?
I am persuaded, that neither death, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believed unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.
1 Corinthians 2:14
The natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him:
1 Corinthians 4:20
The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
2 Corinthians 9:8
God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
A man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. For by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of Jesus Christ.
For if there had been a law given which could have given life, then righteousness should have been by the law. But the scriptures hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
That ye may know what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.
By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Through Christ we have access unto the Father.
That God would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his spirit in the inner man.
To know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
That we be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.
Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.
Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of life.
I count all things lost for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the lost of all things, and do count them dung, that I may win Christ.
Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.
Since you have been risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Above all put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
1 Thessalonians 4:16
The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1 Timothy 6:7
We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
1 Timothy 6:10
The love of money is the root of all evil:
2 Timothy 1:7
God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 2:13
If we believe not, God abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 3:5
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2 Timothy 3:7
Forever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Christ was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Without faith it is impossible to please God. For he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them who diligently seek him.
Through faith men subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, and escaped the edge of the sword.
Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
2 Peter 3:10
The heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
1 John 1:5
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1 John 2:15-16
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
1 John 4:5
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
1 John 4:12
No man hath seen God at any time.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
1 John 5:1
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God:
1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
When pride cometh, then cometh shame:
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
Only by pride cometh contention:
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Pride goeth before destruction.
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise:
He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is a shame unto him.
A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
The fear of a man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
And Now For A Final Thought
For years I searched for a formula that would put me in good standing as a Christian. This all began in May of 1975 when I took my first Christian bible class. I was taught then that somehow I had the power of Jesus within me, the holy spirit, which is the gift from God when I accepted Jesus as my Lord.
I never really knew what that meant... "Jesus as my Lord". All I was trying to do was get born again, filled with the gift from God so I could have this holy spirit in my life. Now back to this idea that somehow I had the power of Jesus within me, the holy spirit, which is the gift from God. It was with this idea that I was taught that I had to operate this power because I had it.
I was never happy with what I was never able to produce with this spiritual power within me. So at the age of 40 years old is when I gave up on this idea that I could get God to energize His spirit that was now mine and then tell me how to use it. Oh, and there were the magic words that had to be said with this. No magic wands, just the words "in the name of Jesus Christ" like if magic words could make a difference.
This was the formula I first started to use to help me be a good Christian. Rule number one that I came to believe in the year of 1995.
I cannot produce or operate a damn thing on my own. Nothing can I produce or operate concerning the things of God by myself.
I then spent the next 15 years trying to figure out how I could love God with all of my heart, with all of my mind, with all of my soul, and with all of my strength. So that became rule number two.
Love God with all of my heart, with all of my mind, with all of my soul, and with all of my strength.
I got the idea in 1987 that Jesus was not really on vacation, waiting to do stuff again after he returns. But I still could not connect to him concerning the relationship I was seeking. However, I was able to make some sense out of the many verse's that say we could have fellowship with Jesus Christ and with the Father. This fellowship idea was blocked from my understanding for years because I was taught that the word "fellowship" in the bible meant a way that I needed to get my sins forgiven.
When I threw that idea out the window is when I was able to begin having a
relationship with both Jesus Christ and the Father. I might add just a side note
here that it's impossible to have a relationship with someone if we do not
believe they are there. Or to receive something from them if we do not believe
they could give it to us... mostly because we are not sure if they are there. E.W.
Bullinger, defines the word "fellowship" in the following verse's as an act of
partaking, sharing, i.e., participation.
1 Corinthians 1:9
called unto the fellowship of his Son
1 John 1:3
fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ
1 John 1: 6
have fellowship with him (God)
1 John 1:7
we have fellowship one with another (God and us)
Fellowship with Jesus Christ and with the Father.
God has made His Christ to be the Lord in my life. It's the Christ who has the power of God. Not me. It's done by his faith because it's he who has the power of God. Thus, it's by his authority, by his believing that the power of God is brought to pass.
Jesus Christ has the power of God.
I simply believe because at this level to renew the mind is not to make it behave, but rather to make it believe. In doing so I bond in my mind with the spirit of Jesus Christ who has the authority to use the power of God.
It seems to me that it all came to me two days ago on my birthday. I cannot do a damn thing on my own. Nothing. I have no ability. I have no power. I have no brains on my own. I have nothing without them. Nothing. So I now live there. I cannot do anything without their help. Outside of maybe brushing my teeth... I don't depend on myself for anything. In fact, I don't even think I am going to try to brush my teeth correctly without thinking of them when I do it.
I by myself, will probably screw it up somehow. Don't laugh. I just saw the dentist last Friday. Why am I writing all of this to you? Really I'm not. I wrote it for me. However, I will share since I now have it up here on the computer.
Note: It's been a few years since I wrote what I call "And Now For A Final Thought". If you are interested in how I grew and developed into walking by the spirit. Then feel free to view Appendix A and C that can be found at the bottom of the following link.