September 8


You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting. 

The Lord is the God of knowledge; and by Him actions are weighed. § What is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God. § The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. § Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? § What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.

Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts. § You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing.

Dan. 5:27; 1 Sam. 2:3; Luke 16:15; 1 Sam. 16:7;
Gal. 6:7–8; Matt. 16:26; Phil. 3:7; Ps. 51:6; 17:3


Christ the firstfruits. 

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. § If the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. § Now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. § If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. § The Lord Jesus Christ … will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

The firstborn from the dead. § If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

1 Cor. 15:23; John 12:24; Rom. 11:16; 1 Cor. 15:20;
Rom. 6:5; Phil. 3:20–21; Col. 1:18; Rom. 8:11; John 11:25

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