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General Epistles

Updated on November 14, 2017
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MICHELANGELO SCULPTURE "PIETA" 1499
JAMES (FROM A CHURCH IN NOVGOROD RUSSIA)
JAMES (FROM A CHURCH IN NOVGOROD RUSSIA)
JESUS WITH HIS APOSTLES (STAINED GLASS)
JESUS WITH HIS APOSTLES (STAINED GLASS)

The Epistle of James

Christians should be glad when we go through difficult times, because our faith is being tested to produce patience. If we overcome temptation, we will be rewarded with blessings. God does not tempt anyone. Rather, people are tempted by their own desires, which if yielded to, become sin and sin brings—in the end—eternal death.

Pray to God to grant you wisdom and He will do so, if you do not doubt that He will. The wisdom from God is pure, peaceful, gentle, and merciful. Every good thing that exists comes from God. God is very caring and loving to Christians who patiently endure and persevere through earthly suffering—as Jesus did. It is impossible to both serve God and serve worldly desires. Submit to God and not the Devil. The more diligently you work toward personally knowing God, the more He will reveal to you about Himself. Approach God in utter humility and He will lift you up.

Really listen to other people, rather than blabbering away yourself. Don't seek revenge, don't be filthy, and don't be wicked. Take special care to comfort widows and orphans. Have mercy on people and God will show you mercy. Keep control of your tongue as it is the most powerful and uncontrollable part of your body—capable of inflicting great harm on people. Bitterness, envy and selfishness come from evil spirits.

When you are at church, greet each person with the same love and attention regardless of how wealthy or well dressed they are. Christians are never to speak ill of each other, or complain about other Christians. We are to confess our sins to each other and pray for one another. If one of our brothers or sisters loses their way, we can save their soul from eternal death by turning them around from the errors that lead to perdition.

If you claim to have faith but your deeds show that you do not put your faith into action—this is a worthless kind of belief. The elders of the church should fervently pray over the sick—and anoint them with oil—so they'll be healed from their illnesses.

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JESUS CHRIST
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"ST PETER REPENTANT" PAINTED IN 1600 BY TINTORETTO
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"MADONNA AND BABY JESUS" PAINTED IN 1436 BY JAN VAN EYCK
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HOLY BIBLE
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"HEAD OF CHRIST" PAINTED IN 1650 BY REMBRANDT

The Epistles of Peter

God the Father, out of His mercy toward us, resurrected Jesus Christ from the dead, producing a living hope in us that we will go to heaven through faith in salvation. God revealed Himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ. Even though none of us living presently have seen Jesus in the flesh, we must praise, honor and glory Him—in order to be saved. We must put our hope in grace and devote ourselves to the service of God in all of our behavior.

Christians have been redeemed by the precious blood of the sinless sacrificial lamb: Jesus Christ. Utilize the power of the Holy Spirit that abides in you to purify your soul and obey the truth. Demonstrate that you have been born again by sincerely, fervently loving your Christian brothers and sisters with a pure heart. God chose you. You are precious. You are part of the spiritual house God is building and His holy, royal Priesthood. You are one of God's special people that He called out of darkness into His light to be His own; so praise Him and obtain His mercy. The lusts of the flesh seek to destroy your soul—abstain from them. Do not use Liberty from the Law—that God has granted you—as an excuse for vice.

Jesus—who was reviled without reviling and suffered without threatening—bore our sins on the cross. By his stripes you are healed. He is the Good Shepherd who saves you. Let the hidden person in your heart be a gentle and quiet spirit of incorruptible beauty—which is very precious to God. All Christians should be of one mind; having compassion, tenderheartedness, and courteousness for each other. Be a blessing to one another and minister to each other. Honor all people. Be living examples to the rest of the flock.

Jesus Christ is in heaven with God. Humble yourselves before God and cast all your cares upon Him—for He cares for you. Be vigilant because your adversary, Satan, is roaming around looking for whom he might devour. Resist him.

Jesus is Christ is our Savior, our Lord, and our God. He has divine power; he called us by His glory and virtue to have knowledge of Him. He has given us precious promises that we may partake in His divine nature—once we escape the corrupt lusts of this world. We must be diligent, faithful, virtuous—and we need to know Him. We should learn to control ourselves; to maintain our purpose in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement; to imitate Christ—to live with Him forevermore.

Peter slams down any claim that the gospel is a fable. He was an eyewitness to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in His power and majesty. You will do well to heed this light that shines in a dark place. The words in Scripture are not mere words of men—but the words of holy men who spoke as they were moved to do so by the Holy Spirit of God.

Beware of false teachers among you who sneak in with destructive heresies—some even denying who Jesus is—bringing destruction on themselves. Many will follow their blasphemy against the way of truth. Do not allow them to exploit you with cunning, deceptive words. They are like brute beasts who will be caught and destroyed—perishing in their own destruction—for they speak evil of things they do not understand. False teachers carouse in their own deceptions while they feast on you and entice unstable souls. They twist the Scriptures to untaught people. They speak great swelling words of emptiness and their reward shall be the blackness of darkness forever.

The doctrine of backsliding is: that if you have come to know the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ but then go back to the pollution of the world and the corruption of the flesh—it would have been better for you to have never known Him, for your end will be worse than if you hadn't. Ungodly people will be destroyed by fire when judgment day comes. But the Lord does not want any to perish. He wishes all would sincerely ask for forgiveness of their sins and then—change their wicked ways.

Jesus has promised there will be new heavens and a new Earth after judgment day. Peter endorses the wise words written in the Epistles of the Apostle Paul. And he urges us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


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THE BELOVED APOSTLE JOHN
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"CHRIST CRUCIFIED" PAINTED BY VELAZQUEZ IN 1632
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"DEPOSITION OF JESUS" PAINTED BY CARAVAGGIO IN 1604

The Epistles of John

John testifies that he has heard Jesus speak with his own ears; seen Jesus with his own eyes; touched him with his own hands. John therefore proclaims himself an eyewitness to the life of Jesus (the Word) and he declares eternal life for Christians—who are those in fellowship with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

God is light. If we claim to be Christians but walk in the darkness we lie. If we live our lives in the light of God, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. If we do miss the mark, Jesus is our advocate with the Father. Jesus has appeased God and therefore is able to reconcile us to God.

If you know Jesus you will keep His commandments. If you claim to know Him but do not keep His commandments—you are a liar. Do not love the things of this world—lust of the flesh; lust of the eyes; pride—instead obey the will of God. Anyone who denies that Jesus is the anointed Messiah of God is a deceiver who cannot abide with the Father. By acknowledging Jesus you continue in an everlasting relationship with the Father. The promise of God to us is: eternal life after death.

Christians should listen to the Holy Spirit, which dwells inside us, as it will teach us everything we need to know about all things. The Father loves us so much He calls Christians His children. Therefore, purify yourself. The Son of God was made clear to us beyond a shadow of a doubt and He will destroy the works of the Devil. Jesus laid down His life for us.

Christians are to love one another. Pray for each other's health and prosperity. If your Brother in the Faith needs something you are able to provide, you must provide it. For love is an action verb. Love is not merely a word or a feeling—love is a truthful deed done for another. We must do those things that are pleasing in the sight of God. Most of all: we must believe and confess on the name of the Son of God Jesus Christ.

Those who will not believe and confess that Jesus Christ is God made manifest cannot know God. Those who cannot know God will reject this very message written here today. Those who do not love cannot know God, for God is love. God demonstrated His love for us by sending the only Son He ever generated to the world that we might live through Him. It's not that we loved God. It's that God loved us—enough to send His Son to die for our sins. If God loves us that much, then we surely ought to love one another. If we do, God is with us.

The Holy Spirit is truth and bears witness to Jesus Christ. There are three persons in heaven: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—and these three are one.

God has granted us eternal life and this life is in His Son. Anything we ask for that is in His will—He hears us. But this world is under the sway of the Wicked One. The Son of God came to Earth and gave understanding. We must continue in the teachings of Christ; and walk in the truth.


"ST JUDE" PAINTED BY ANTHONY VAN DYCK IN 1641
"ST JUDE" PAINTED BY ANTHONY VAN DYCK IN 1641

The Epistle of Jude

Christians are strongly urged to strive—against all opposition or difficulties—for their beliefs. Certain ungodly men have quietly crept in to deny the Lord Jesus Christ.

Those who are sexually immoral, or practice homosexuality, shall suffer God's vengeance of destruction by his unquenchable fire. They are mere animals who defile the flesh and corrupt themselves. The Lord Jesus will exact judgment on all who are ungodly and convict them of their ungodly deeds—including their harsh words spoken against God. The ungodly live in their lusts, but mouth great and flattering words.

Christians are to remember the words of the Apostles: who told us those would come who would mock God to cause division. Build yourselves up in the faith by praying in the Holy Spirit; abide in the love of God; and look for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.



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    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      5 years ago from Chicago

      cynthtggt— You are quite welcome, my friend. Thank you for coming back with a pair of most excellent comments. I could kick myself and so must begin my response by pointing out I left out a most important word in my last post here; the word "Not." As in: "I pray that you do NOT mean this in a Gnostic way." Don't you hate it when you leave 3 little letters out and it makes your meaning the opposite of what you intended? :D

      Yes, I surely agree with you that some folks merely mimic the fruits without actually having them. And yes, I also agree with you that to God we are individuals, to be sure. We are saved as individuals; we will stand before God as individuals. I suppose there is also much to be said for Christian Community while we are in this Vale of Tears.

      Harold Camping really needs to get off that predicting the end of the world stuff. It makes him look bad, cast a bad light on Christianity, and it is unbiblical.

      I do not agree with him that all churches are apostate by any means. Take the Moody Church, for instance, in Chicago. Absolutely wonderful worship and the theology is right on.

      I do agree with Camping on annihilationism, though, which puts me decidedly outside mainstream orthodoxy on that one point.

      I think that you and I can agree there is the invisible Church and there is the visible Church.

      I like your explication of the inward man. And Ravi Zacharias I have met and I admire greatly as a fine man of God and teacher. Oswald Chambers is marvelous. I have read "My Utmost for His Highest" several times. I used to read it every morning.

      I appreciate your blessings. God Bless You.

      james

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      Cynthia Taggart 

      5 years ago from New York, NY

      Want to add that Charles Stanley is one whose message is more in line with what I am saying about the "spiritual" church, as well as Ravi Zacharias and Oswald Chambers. Good day, God bless.

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      Cynthia Taggart 

      5 years ago from New York, NY

      Thank you, James, for responding. I agree with you with respect to your argument about "works" and I am not gnostic. But there is a way to "mimic" the fruits for show inasmuch as there are those whom you say can utter "I believe in Jesus Christ" and actually do not. When I speak of the "group" calling that you asked me to explain, I have found many in churches fall into a "group" psychology and find even in themselves it difficult to distinguish whether their rejection of some is not in fact influenced unfairly. I come from the old Presbyterian way in church, and that is of silence. Of silence for God in prayer (in the closet) so-to-speak. One should be careful not to be deceived by works and though I not forsake "gathering" among other Christians, the Church to me is truly two or more and is not contingent on man's authority. Curious, is it not, that the New Testament would tell us not to forsake coming together but say it as though it would naturally follow that those who love God are - even among the masses - individuals? We must be careful to always maintain our individuality. I do not follow Harold Camping, for example, but when he talks about what the "church" really is in the spiritual sense that Christ intended, he is right on.

      You said you are confused about what I mean when I talk about "inward." You know and I know and most people I think know that our inward selves can never be fully known by others, only God. Sometimes they cannot even be fully known by ourselves. God blesses the inward man because the man or woman who privately looks at their thoughts and motives and His guidance in doing so takes responsibility for what they do. I do believe also that when Carl Jung and other psychologists write in depth about our need to control others, for example, and offer logical explanations for why we are the way we are, that should not be ignored.

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      James A Watkins 

      5 years ago from Chicago

      cynthtggt— Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article. I surely appreciate your outstanding commentary. I value your wise and discerning opinions.

      While we are saved (justified) by faith alone, and not by the means of good works, this does not mean that a true faith, as opposed to simply saying "I believe in Jesus"—as do even demons—does not show the fruit of obedience which is demonstrated by good works. Saving faith is a living faith. Faith without works is dead; works without faith is dead. Neither is complete in itself.

      I do not think that prayer is consider "works." The verses about having the elders of the Church pray over the sick I think applies not only to physical illness but also the weak, feeble, distressed, troubled, and those in various hardships. I would not see that devout intercessory prayer by the Christian community as "works" but as an expression of faithful dependence on God.

      You write: "There are "fruits" and they are what the Bible says they are, which is in Gal. 5.22-23 are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. I do not know about you but I have never known any person who is not of inward mind and conscience that is an embodiment of these fruits."

      Hmmm . . . I am not sure I know what you mean by "inward mind and conscience" I guess. I have know some persons who did exhibit these qualities in abundance but they did not find it through some inner light or something. They found it through the Bible, through prayer, and through getting to know and love God the Father who is in heaven, through devotion and worship and obedience. If by inward you mean by an indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the body, which is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, then yes, I understand and agree with you.

      You write, "The gospels are entirely with regard to the inward man because it is there that he is most honest with himself, not in a show for others in doing good deeds."

      Well, yes, if you mean that from inside a man, in his heart and soul and mind, come good or evil thoughts, words, and deeds. Of course, you are right. I pray that you do mean this in a Gnostic way.

      You write, "so many times I see the "group" expectation of good deeds in Church gatherings completely at variance with the Word. Not in all but in most, and often causing great psychological pain to those that Jesus Christ preferred to sit with."

      I must confess that I am bewildered and confused. I just don't follow. Please explain.

      Thanks again! And God Bless You.

      James

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      James A Watkins 

      5 years ago from Chicago

      Karen Roland Todd Varpa--- I am honored to see that you read and enjoyed my little Hub. You warm words leave me well pleased. Thank you for them. I appreciate the visitation and I am going to pray right now that the Lord will put a hedge around you.

      Faithfully Yours,

      Jim :-)

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      Cynthia Taggart 

      5 years ago from New York, NY

      This is an informative hub about the Church teachings and The New Testament. Like you commented on my hub, James, I however do cringe a little with your phrase: "If you claim to have faith but your deeds show that you do not put your faith into action—this is a worthless kind of belief. The elders of the church should fervently pray over the sick—and anoint them with oil—so they'll be healed from their illnesses." Why? There is no deed that can evidence your faith (except if one is gathered in a place where faith is irrelevant". There are "fruits" and they are what the Bible says they are, which is in Gal. 5.22-23 are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. I do not know about you but I have never known any person who is not of inward mind and conscience that is an embodiment of these fruits. We grow, we make mistakes, we test boundries in our youth and our minds are "renewed" when we take the yolk of God as strength for inward selves. And, above all, God Himself says he gave the law KNOWING man could not keep it. If we are without patience, without self-control, without love, we ususally find within ourselves that letting go and letting God heals us; or we find as Malcolm Muggeridge did at the late age of 45 that the reasons we are the way we are and pray for the courage to change by doing God's Will and accepting Christ as our Savior (and what that means inside us). As Samuel Shoemaker - who healed many an alcoholic in his day said, "Abandon yourself! Say to yourselves, "Thy Will be done." The gospels are entirely with regard to the inward man because it is there that he is most honest with himself, not in a show for others in doing good deeds.

      I totally appreciate your comments to me on my hub the other day, but I had not heard back to my reply to you, so I thought this might be the place to do it. I defend rigorously the inward man or woman because so many times I see the "group" expectation of good deeds in Church gatherings completely at variance with the Word. Not in all but in most, and often causing great psychological pain to those that Jesus Christ preferred to sit with. God bless.

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      Karen Roland Todd Varpa 

      5 years ago

      James, I enjoyed reading the article and the opinions. I also found satin making me have heavy eyes while reading. I had to stop and pray and return to reading a few times. Keep writing the hubs. I believe this is your niche.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      stars439— I just love art. Gosh, I have to thank you from the heart for your accolades. I really appreciate all the encouragement you have given me. You have lifted my spirits!

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      stars439 

      9 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Your work and the photographs are informative, educational and magnificent. I am learning more about our Lord because of your fine work. God Bless

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      msorensson— The language of the Bible is beautiful. I especially love the King James Version, with its Elizabethan, or Shakespearean, English. But I wouldn't recommend it for beginners, to be sure.

      You are welcome. I thank you for your compliments.

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      msorensson 

      9 years ago

      I must admit that only in the last ten years have I ventured reading and trying to understand the New Testament.

      I was fascinated by the language of the Old Testament but have found myself going and cross referencing the New Testament.

      Thank you for this great hub, James. As usual, you write with such precision and clarity.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Zanetta— Thank you! I am glad you liked it. I look forward to reading your Hubs as well.

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      Zanetta 

      9 years ago

      great writing, I like this hub

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      A God Man— This is awesome. Is it from a catechism or one of the church councils? If so, thank you very much for sharing it. It's beautiful. If you wrote this then I am honored that you posted it here. Either Way, thanks!

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      A God Man 

      9 years ago

      Jesus Christ

      God being God, and Jesus Christ being the “Son of God” and the “Son of Mary”

      was One in Being with the Father, One in Being with God, was the essence of

      God in Human Form and Total Likeness, yet fully Human in Human Perfection,

      Fully Human in Being, Man as MAN. Man who was created less then the Angles

      Is to be greater then the Angles when fully born. God became man so Man and Mankind

      could be saved from his own separation from the Love of God, (A separation from is own

      essence due to his own free will of selfishness. Free Will is the active essence of Love and the Connection to being in one with God. For God and Man to have a relationship both Free-Will and Love must be present. There must be Reciprocal Loving Relationship. God through the eyes of man see his creation his Universe and man through the eyes of God sees his Humanity.

      While he walked among mankind he did not seek human love for himself or devotion

      to him-self buts asked of those that loved him (out of his love and grace to them) to love each other and serve each other. Love is the essence of God, the expression of God; God grows in Humanity as Humanity grows in its love for each other and the Universe around them-selves. That which transforms Material Matter into Living Life is the essence of love it self, GOD

      Christ came upon Human History to fulfill the need for the Salvation of the Human Race and to Express the Will of God and show Man-Kind “MAN”. The Community of Humanity was broken; Love did not flow through Humanity. GOD is LOVE IN ACTION, an active, dynamic, living flowing Word. That Energy which holds the Universe together is of the same kind of Energy that holds a child to the Nucleus of his Family yet the Essence of God Energy is “Un-Created” Energy, Love It-self. THAT WHICH BRING ALL THINGS INTO BEING. It is the essence of Life It-self.

      It was in the Expression of Love by Christ to man, that God was present to man.

      Dis-Ease, Sickness, Wars are a product of a Broken Humanity caused by the absence of the flow of Love “God” in Humanity. As Love flows through Individual Man into Humanity the Will of God becomes Conscious in Man and thus in Humanity and

      Man becomes MAN and a CO-Creator of the Universe.

      Man Reason for Being.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      cristina327— Thank you dear. You yourself always write such lovely Hubs that I enjoy so much. It is a pleasure to see you here showing your appreciation of mine. :D

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      9 years ago from Manila

      Great hub. This is a beautiful summary of the great Epistles of the New Testament. You have presented it very well. Thank you for sharing this.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Denizee— I agree with you: we can change and live better lives. I am living proof of your phrases. Obedience is not easy, and nobody is going hit the mark 100% of the time, but it seems to me the striving is important.

      I am glad you liked this article. Thank you for coming.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Duchess OBlunt— Thank you. I am surely guilty of not living up to the truth I know. I need constant reminders. That's why I read my Bible every morning. Even though I don't always do the right thing, I do recognize what the right thing is. That, of course, is a double edged sword. :)

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      Denizee 

      9 years ago

      Exceptional write, happy I had the opportunity to start my morning reading this for it's depth & encouraging purpose.

      We can change, we can live better lives if we believe, trust and have faith that God will hear us. To obey the Father & live his way, will bring us peace, & eternal bliss.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago

      This is a strong testament to God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost James. So many of us get caught up in the religion that we fail to see that by not living what we preach, we are sending out such mixed messages. Good reminders here for all of us.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      infonaturale— Thank you so much for the compliments. I am very pleased that you liked my summation. You are welcome! :)

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      infonaturale 

      9 years ago from Nigeria

      Another wonderful hub from a great hubber. I am happy and glad to read this summary of the New Testament from you. Thanks a lot.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Kebennett1— I am grateful to you for the accolades. It is designed to be simple and therefore easily understood. I am appreciative of any friends you can share it with. Thank you!

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      Kebennett1 

      9 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      Your concise presentation of the New Testament is not only accurate but it is clear and uncomplicated! I like that. I have a few people I plan on sending this Hub to! I am hoping it will help to clarify the Gospel for them! As always James--Bravo!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      R Burow— Thank you! I am humbled by your remarks. Thank you for them.

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      R Burow 

      9 years ago from Florida, United States

      Excellent overview! I appreciate your commitment to the Holy Scriptures. God bless you for efforts on behalf of His kingdom.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Waren E— True and noble. You can't beat that. I am so glad you liked my summary. Thank you for the affirmation.

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      Waren E 

      9 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

      All true and noble principals,that was a good sermon/reminder of how we should act as children of the Creator!

      As always it was a pleasure and of great gain to read Br.James thank you!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Tina Irene— Thank you Ms. Tina! It's even better vocalized! :)

      I appreciate the affirmation. It always helps.

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      Tina Irene 

      9 years ago

      Hey...quite a sermon, James!...and the photos are fantastic!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      ethel smith— Always a pleasure to hear from you. I agree that all people should share these qualities. At the least, I suppose we can acknowledge where these ideas came from. Thank you for coming by to visit and leaving your remarks. St. Jude—I think he is the patron saint of either hospitals or children?

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Ken R. Abell— Thank you for the encouragement, Ken. I do appreciate your warm words. And you are welcome. :)

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Tom Whitworth— You are welcome. You are so right. Maybe the chastening we are experiencing right now will produce another Great Awakening. One never knows. I hope so.

      Your second paragraph is full of wisdom, Tom. I like it better than this Hub! :)

      And you are right on. Thank you so much for your gracious words.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      heyju— You are welcome and I thank you very much for leaving your comment.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Pamela99— You are welcome. I agree there are plenty of false teachers out there today of various stripes. And they do win over some acolytes. I am glad you enjoyed the article and that you loved the art, too. Thank you for letting me know.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      DeBorrah K. Ogans— It is such a pleasure to read your comments. You are always uplifting to others. That's what's its all about. It is obvious from your words whom you serve. Thank you for coming to visit.

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I was confirmed at a church called St Judes. I do not have faith these days but still agree that we should be good citizens. Kindness, forgiveness and caring should be part of being a good human being. Its all about having standards, that are not simply commercially based.

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      Ken R. Abell 

      9 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thanks, James. This is a wonderful summation, reliably true to the texts. Very well done & informative. It obviously came from the heart. Be encouraged & blessed.

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      Tom Whitworth 

      9 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      James thank you for your witness and testimony. It is a true inspirarion. As Christians we must never forget the Word. The true Word of Jesus our Lord and Savior, He will sustain us in all times both good and bad. It may be easy in good times to backslide but Christians must resist temptation.

      Jesus had the the flesh scorged from his body, he allowed himself to be nailed upon the cross. Jesus did this for us. He performed this act in His eternal mercy for we mere humans. To purge all the sin from our souls so that like Him we could come to the Father with sinless souls. We only need to acknowlege Jesus as the Savior and pray to God the Father for forgiveness and we all may share the speldor of eternal Paradise in The Presense of Jesus The Son and God The Father.

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      heyju 

      9 years ago

      James,

      Again another uplifting hub. Thank you I enjoyed it very much.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I really enjoyed reading this hub of the new testament as you brought out the many key points os the apostles. Beware of false teachers is so important in these days. I loved the pictures also. This is an excellent hub. Thanks.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      James

      This is a wonderfully balanced presentation! Great understandable reference resource for anyone to better comphrehend the New Testament. Informative, clear and concise! Great witness tool!

      Blessings

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      itakins— You are welcome.

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      itakins 

      9 years ago from Irl

      Thank you,James.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      ThePeeDeeWildcat— I find it hard, too. I'll bet most people do. But the best course is not usually the easiest. I want to thank you very much for your kind compliments. I am grateful.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      thelesleyshow— Thank you, dear. If it is helpful, then I have accomplished my purpose. Thank you for the affirmation.

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      ThePeeDeeWildcat 

      9 years ago from Just Across The State Line

      James: Yours is an excellent, scholarly summation of the Epistles of James, John I, II, III; Peter I, II; and Jude. After all these years, I still find it very hard to rejoice during times of duress.

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      TheLesleyShow 

      9 years ago from US

      What a beautiful hub. This is very helpful when it comes to understanding the New Testament. Thank you for spreading the word. THUMBS UP!!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      vanderhaven— Thank you very much. Insiders know what propitiation, atonement, meekness and other words with special Christian connotations mean but I have found that many people in the general public don't and they stumble trying to understand it. I am hoping this is helpful to even one person. I know there is somebody out there that this is for.

      I am humbled by your kind comments. Thank you for your remarks.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      divinemercylover1— Thank you, Brother. I appreciate your encouragement and support. You are surely welcome. I'll do what I am able to redeem the time. I am grateful for your gracious response.

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      vanderhaven 

      9 years ago

      James this is very helpful and understandable. I didn't even know you had summarized other things in your hubs, I hadn't been able to read the entirety of your hubs yet so I am looking forward to reading the other ones too. It is wonderful that you have chosen to do this because I think it will really help people that read it.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      jiberish— I love that line, too. Humility is an absolute requirement when approaching God. He will exalt the humble but not the proud. Thank you for reading and leaving your fine comments. :)

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      divinemercylover1 

      9 years ago

      Very Good, James! I agree with jiberish. Our inner selves. I really, really liked this hub but I really enjoyed your documentation and artwork of JOhn. It touched my heart in a spiritually deep way James. Thanks for being a leader amongst the Christian community and a beacon for those still searching. Thanks for being such a friend to everyone. Peace! John

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      jiberish 

      9 years ago from florida

      "Let the hidden person in your heart be a gentle and quiet spirit of incorruptible beauty—which is very precious to God." Humility! It would serve many well to read this Hub, and to revisit their inner selves. Outstanding work!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      creativeone59— You are welcome. God placed it on my heart to summarize this in simple English to where all could understand—even if they had never cracked open a Bible. I know that you knew all this quite well, but it never hurts to hear it again. :)

      Living words of truth! I like that. Thank you for comments. You are my first reader! God Bless You for it.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for enlightening us from the new testament of christ and his living words of truth. very touching hub, James. creativeone59

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