“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meeekness and fear:” 1 Peter 3:15.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…
“If it be so,
our God whom we serve
is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace,
and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
But if not, be it known unto thee, O king,
that we will not serve thy gods,
nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
“And saith unto him,
All these things will I give thee,
if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Then saith Jesus unto him,
Get thee hence, Satan:
for it is written,
THOU SHALT WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD,
AND HIM ONLY SHALT THOU SERVE.”
“and be ready always to give an answer to every man…”
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD;
though your sins be as scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson,
they shall be as wool.”
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel,
that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
whom ye crucified,
whom God raised from the dead,
even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
THIS IS THE STONE,
WHICH WAS SET AT NOUGHT OF YOU BUILDERS,
WHICH IS BECOME THE HEAD OF THE CORNER.
Neither is there salvation in any other:
for there is none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved.”
“That asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you…”
“And if Christ be not raised,
your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins…
If in this life only we have hope in Christ,
we are of all men most miserable.
But now is Christ risen from the dead,
and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
For since by man came death,
by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
But every man in his own order;
Christ the firstfruits;
afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.”
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy
hath begotten us again unto a lively hope
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
1 Peter 1:3.
“To whom God would make known
what is the riches of the glory
of this mystery among the Gentiles;
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”
“with meekness and fear.”
“Let your speech be always with grace,
seasoned with salt,
that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive;
but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves;
if God peradventure will give them repentance
to the acknowledging of the truth;
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil
who are taken captive by him at his will.”
2 Timothy 2:24-26.
Our Sure Hope:
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32.