God’s love and gift of salvation are freely given, should you choose them. There’s nothing else like it. It’s not something we can earn or purchase it’s ours free and clear.
In the same way that God loves and forgives us, we must return it to our brothers and sisters. And when we do, we gain a small understanding of how wonderful He truly is.
Have you accepted the Gift He’s giving?
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1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, “The LORD has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. 3 So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after Abram had settled in the land of Canaan.) 4 So Abram had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. But when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress, Sarai, with contempt. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “This is all your fault! I put my servant into your arms, but now that she’s pregnant she treats me with contempt. The LORD will show who’s wrong—you or me!” 6 Abram replied, “Look, she is your servant, so deal with her as you see fit.” Then Sarai treated Hagar so harshly that she finally ran away. 7 The angel of the LORD found Hagar beside a spring of water in the wilderness, along the road to Shur. 8 The angel said to her, “Hagar, Sarai’s servant, where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I’m running away from my mistress, Sarai,” she replied. 9 The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her authority.” 10 Then he added, “I will give you more descendants than you can count.” 11 And the angel also said, “You are now pregnant and will give birth to a son. You are to name him Ishmael (which means ‘God hears’), for the LORD has heard your cry of distress. 12 This son of yours will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey! He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him. Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives.” 13 Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the LORD, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” 14 So that well was named Beer-lahai-roi (which means “well of the Living One who sees me”). It can still be found between Kadesh and Bered. 15 So Hagar gave Abram a son, and Abram named him Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Ishmael was born.
“Because God knows and sees all, our actions are apparent.”
Because God knows all, it’s best that we love as He loves us. Will it hurt? Yes. Will people do dumb things in spite of our good intentions? Yes. But friends, remember who we give our account to as He is the ultimate decision-maker. Therefore, His opinion and judgment is the only one that matters.
God knows our hearts, therefore, there is no need for me or anyone else to expose you. Should you be given the benefit of correction, openly welcome it, unless you desire to toil in your flesh. When your intentions line up with God, it makes sense. When your intentions line up with the opposition, God sees this too.
Are you dumb enough to believe you are smarter than God?
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1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the boat. He sent a wind to blow across the earth, and the floodwaters began to recede. 2 The underground waters stopped flowing, and the torrential rains from the sky were stopped. 3 So the floodwaters gradually receded from the earth. After 150 days, 4 exactly five months from the time the flood began, the boat came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 Two and a half months later, as the waters continued to go down, other mountain peaks became visible. 6 After another forty days, Noah opened the window he had made in the boat 7 and released a raven. The bird flew back and forth until the floodwaters on the earth had dried up. 8 He also released a dove to see if the water had receded and it could find dry ground. 9 But the dove could find no place to land because the water still covered the ground. So it returned to the boat, and Noah held out his hand and drew the dove back inside. 10 After waiting another seven days, Noah released the dove again. 11 This time the dove returned to him in the evening with a fresh olive leaf in its beak. Then Noah knew that the floodwaters were almost gone. 12 He waited another seven days and then released the dove again. This time it did not come back. 13 Noah was now 601 years old. On the first day of the new year, ten and a half months after the flood began, the floodwaters had almost dried up from the earth. Noah lifted back the covering of the boat and saw that the surface of the ground was drying. 14 Two more months went by, and at last the earth was dry! 15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Leave the boat, all of you—you and your wife, and your sons and their wives. 17 Release all the animals—the birds, the livestock, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—so they can be fruitful and multiply throughout the earth.” 18 So Noah, his wife, and his sons and their wives left the boat. 19 And all of the large and small animals and birds came out of the boat, pair by pair. 20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and there he sacrificed as burnt offerings the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose. 21 And the LORD was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things. 22 As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”
“We all have something to buy, sell, or give as we try to close the deal, but few will honor the good customer service part of the contract, as many will hide, cheat, lie and pretend that it doesn’t exist and is not real with God” ~ Jon Barnes
The service you provide for God with your actions of faith will communicate the intentions of your heart and the wealth of knowledge you have learned from the scriptures. Your laziness and lack of following God’s directions will also expose your lack of faith and belief in God as well. Speaking of love and doing evil is not what true Christians do. Clearly communicate who you are so that others can properly follow your customer service for your own selfish wickedness or for God.
It is written, you cannot fool God with your nonsense, yet people are easily misled because of their unbelief, lack of wisdom, and knowledge. The basic building blocks of God are often ignored because many people leave their bibles on the shelf, waiting for someone else to teach them about God’s love and lifestyle. The beginning of God’s History is not interesting for them along with making heaven their future home with God. Your proof is in the spiritual connection to God with your customer service and lifestyle.
We must respond to the customer service part of God’s contract, by reading and following the commandments in His series of life books, call the bible. The living proof of your daily actions will testify about your character and faith walk with God and your customer service record will be a character witness to the integrity of your lifestyle. Repentance is the free pass from God, but your faith and works are your access codes through Heaven’s Gate. Know your Bible access codes.
Are you committed to the truth and customer service part of God’s contract with your repentance and Christian lifestyle?
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The Gibeonites Deceive Israel
9 Now all the kings west of the Jordan River heard about what had happened. These were the kings of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, who lived in the hill country, in the western foothills,[a] and along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea[b] as far north as the Lebanon mountains.2 These kings combined their armies to fight as one against Joshua and the Israelites.
3 But when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,4 they resorted to deception to save themselves. They sent ambassadors to Joshua, loading their donkeys with weathered saddlebags and old, patched wineskins.5 They put on worn-out, patched sandals and ragged clothes. And the bread they took with them was dry and moldy.6 When they arrived at the camp of Israel at Gilgal, they told Joshua and the men of Israel, “We have come from a distant land to ask you to make a peace treaty with us.”
7 The Israelites replied to these Hivites, “How do we know you don’t live nearby? For if you do, we cannot make a treaty with you.”
8 They replied, “We are your servants.”
“But who are you?” Joshua demanded. “Where do you come from?”
9 They answered, “Your servants have come from a very distant country. We have heard of the might of the Lord your God and of all he did in Egypt.10 We have also heard what he did to the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River—King Sihon of Heshbon and King Og of Bashan (who lived in Ashtaroth).11 So our elders and all our people instructed us, ‘Take supplies for a long journey. Go meet with the people of Israel and tell them, “We are your servants; please make a treaty with us.”’
12 “This bread was hot from the ovens when we left our homes. But now, as you can see, it is dry and moldy.13 These wineskins were new when we filled them, but now they are old and split open. And our clothing and sandals are worn out from our very long journey.”
14 So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the Lord.15 Then Joshua made a peace treaty with them and guaranteed their safety, and the leaders of the community ratified their agreement with a binding oath.
16 Three days after making the treaty, they learned that these people actually lived nearby!17 The Israelites set out at once to investigate and reached their towns in three days. The names of these towns were Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth, and Kiriath-jearim.18 But the Israelites did not attack the towns, for the Israelite leaders had made a vow to them in the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
The people of Israel grumbled against their leaders because of the treaty.19 But the leaders replied, “Since we have sworn an oath in the presence of the Lord, the God of Israel, we cannot touch them.20 This is what we must do. We must let them live, for divine anger would come upon us if we broke our oath.21 Let them live.” So they made them woodcutters and water carriers for the entire community, as the Israelite leaders directed.
22 Joshua called together the Gibeonites and said, “Why did you lie to us? Why did you say that you live in a distant land when you live right here among us?23 May you be cursed! From now on you will always be servants who cut wood and carry water for the house of my God.”
24 They replied, “We did it because we—your servants—were clearly told that the Lord your God commanded his servant Moses to give you this entire land and to destroy all the people living in it. So we feared greatly for our lives because of you. That is why we have done this.25 Now we are at your mercy—do to us whatever you think is right.”
26 So Joshua did not allow the people of Israel to kill them.27 But that day he made the Gibeonites the woodcutters and water carriers for the community of Israel and for the altar of the Lord—wherever the Lord would choose to build it. And that is what they do to this day.
“What you do for free each day is that type of work you should be doing and people will love the quality of your love so much that they will gladly pay you well for what you do and what you know!” ~ Jon Barnes
The blessings of God is in your life when you can see the honest balance of power and organization of faith in your personal walk and work for God.We don’t need titles to serve people with kindness, gladness, meekness, and humility. The truth about God is easy and simple.We do need the love of God to flow and blow down strongholds of evil that can block your good path when you are off task. Quickly accept God’s information and blessings that can come from family, friends, and enemies, but it is hard to do this when you are talking all of the time, which leaves you no time to recognize or receive the blessings. Close your mouth and pray more.
Get to work and be quiet!I receive more blessing from cleaning, fixing, teaching, helping, and loving than talking and giving my opinions about life. I do not know anything, but God’s wisdom, because I threw my own fake thoughts of lies, lust, greed, power, and junk away. When I do talk, I am pointing to scriptures and stories that I know and continue to read each day to stay fit and spiritually in shape. I do not quote scriptures, I share the stories of them and live the example of what I have learned from them.Talk is cheap and useless without real love and action. Talking without good actions, motives, and intentions is called lying!
Freely give your tithes and offerings to God from you first fruits and 10 Percent of your increase and help to build and maintain a better church than your parents.New ideas are needed to attract new people and we can maintain the fundamental message and purpose of our mission from God, without compromise too. Our wisdom sits inside of growth, practice, sharing, loving, and caring for one another, which is always free and Good People are always willing to pay for that kind of excellence. Don’t be a cheapskate with your time, money, tithes, and offerings to God. Otherwise, you are paying for evil by default, because you are robbing God and financing the devil with your personal actions and thoughts.
What is in your wallet BOC Bank of Christ or BOS Bank of satan?
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Cities of Refuge
19 “When the Lord your God destroys the nations whose land he is giving you, you will take over their land and settle in their towns and homes.2 Then you must set apart three cities of refuge in the land the Lord your God is giving you.3 Survey the territory,[a] and divide the land the Lord your God is giving you into three districts, with one of these cities in each district. Then anyone who has killed someone can flee to one of the cities of refuge for safety.
4 “If someone kills another person unintentionally, without previous hostility, the slayer may flee to any of these cities to live in safety.5 For example, suppose someone goes into the forest with a neighbor to cut wood. And suppose one of them swings an ax to chop down a tree, and the ax head flies off the handle, killing the other person. In such cases, the slayer may flee to one of the cities of refuge to live in safety.
6 “If the distance to the nearest city of refuge is too far, an enraged avenger might be able to chase down and kill the person who caused the death. Then the slayer would die unfairly, since he had never shown hostility toward the person who died.7 That is why I am commanding you to set aside three cities of refuge.
8 “And if the Lord your God enlarges your territory, as he swore to your ancestors, and gives you all the land he promised them,9 you must designate three additional cities of refuge. (He will give you this land if you are careful to obey all the commands I have given you—if you always love the Lord your God and walk in his ways.)10 That way you will prevent the death of innocent people in the land the Lord your God is giving you as your special possession. You will not be held responsible for the death of innocent people.
11 “But suppose someone is hostile toward a neighbor and deliberately ambushes and murders him and then flees to one of the cities of refuge.12 In that case, the elders of the murderer’s hometown must send agents to the city of refuge to bring him back and hand him over to the dead person’s avenger to be put to death.13 Do not feel sorry for that murderer! Purge from Israel the guilt of murdering innocent people; then all will go well with you.
Concern for Justice
14 “When you arrive in the land the Lord your God is giving you as your special possession, you must never steal anyone’s land by moving the boundary markers your ancestors set up to mark their property.
15 “You must not convict anyone of a crime on the testimony of only one witness. The facts of the case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
16 “If a malicious witness comes forward and accuses someone of a crime,17 then both the accuser and accused must appear before the Lord by coming to the priests and judges in office at that time.18 The judges must investigate the case thoroughly. If the accuser has brought false charges against his fellow Israelite,19 you must impose on the accuser the sentence he intended for the other person. In this way, you will purge such evil from among you.20 Then the rest of the people will hear about it and be afraid to do such an evil thing.21 You must show no pity for the guilty! Your rule should be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
“Notice the quality of inventory you personally carry around with you in your heart, mind, and body, because that is what you soul is made out of, which determines your destiny for Hell or Heaven.” ~ Jon Barnes
The devil wants to get a free ride from you in the trunk of you spiritual car, hiding under the spare tire, where you think the secrets of your mind, body, and heart are kept. There are no secrets with God, so get rid of the junk, scams, plans, and problems from other people and focus on how God wants you to carry His Inventory, The Holy Spirit!
There is no room to carry the inventory of another person. You can only take what you can personally get and carry from God. Your source and supplier will not honor other brands and copies of the original Holy Spirit, which is the only certified, qualified dealer from God. Nothing else on the shelf will work.
Tell yourself stop copying fake people, religions, ideas, cults, idols, and witchcraft like behavior and obey your heavenly father God. Put yourself on the shelf and take God off of the shelf so that you can Hear what the Spirit of God will teach you and show you in the Bible. Your self-studies, reading, praying, fasting, and walk with God will grow your Spiritual Inventory and purge your trash!
Are you open to God’s Inventory and Plans of action or are you stuck with the ways of money, power, fame, lust, greed, and the world order?
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Clothing for the Priests
39 The craftsmen made beautiful sacred garments of blue, purple, and scarlet cloth—clothing for Aaron to wear while ministering in the Holy Place, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Making the Ephod
2 Bezalel[a] made the ephod of finely woven linen and embroidered it with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread.3 He made gold thread by hammering out thin sheets of gold and cutting it into fine strands. With great skill and care, he worked it into the fine linen with the blue, purple, and scarlet thread.
4 The ephod consisted of two pieces, front and back, joined at the shoulders with two shoulder-pieces.5 The decorative sash was made of the same materials: finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.6 They mounted the two onyx stones in settings of gold filigree. The stones were engraved with the names of the tribes of Israel, just as a seal is engraved.7 He fastened these stones on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod as a reminder that the priest represents the people of Israel. All this was done just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Making the Chestpiece
8 Bezalel made the chestpiece with great skill and care. He made it to match the ephod, using finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread.9 He made the chestpiece of a single piece of cloth folded to form a pouch nine inches[b] square.10 They mounted four rows of gemstones[c] on it. The first row contained a red carnelian, a pale-green peridot, and an emerald.11 The second row contained a turquoise, a blue lapis lazuli, and a white moonstone.12 The third row contained an orange jacinth, an agate, and a purple amethyst.13 The fourth row contained a blue-green beryl, an onyx, and a green jasper. All these stones were set in gold filigree.14 Each stone represented one of the twelve sons of Israel, and the name of that tribe was engraved on it like a seal.
15 To attach the chestpiece to the ephod, they made braided cords of pure gold thread.16 They also made two settings of gold filigree and two gold rings and attached them to the top corners of the chestpiece.17 They tied the two gold cords to the rings on the chestpiece.18 They tied the other ends of the cords to the gold settings on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod.19 Then they made two more gold rings and attached them to the inside edges of the chestpiece next to the ephod.20 Then they made two more gold rings and attached them to the front of the ephod, below the shoulder-pieces, just above the knot where the decorative sash was fastened to the ephod.21 They attached the bottom rings of the chestpiece to the rings on the ephod with blue cords. In this way, the chestpiece was held securely to the ephod above the decorative sash. All this was done just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Additional Clothing for the Priests
22 Bezalel made the robe that is worn with the ephod from a single piece of blue woven cloth,23 with an opening for Aaron’s head in the middle of it. The opening was reinforced with a woven collar[d] so it would not tear.24 They made pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and attached them to the hem of the robe.25 They also made bells of pure gold and placed them between the pomegranates along the hem of the robe,26 with bells and pomegranates alternating all around the hem. This robe was to be worn whenever the priest ministered before the Lord, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
27 They made tunics for Aaron and his sons from fine linen cloth.28 The turban and the special head coverings were made of fine linen, and the undergarments were also made of finely woven linen.29 The sashes were made of finely woven linen and embroidered with blue, purple, and scarlet thread, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
30 Finally, they made the sacred medallion—the badge of holiness—of pure gold. They engraved it like a seal with these words: Holy to the lord.31 They attached the medallion with a blue cord to Aaron’s turban, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Moses Inspects the Work
32 And so at last the Tabernacle[e] was finished. The Israelites had done everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.33 And they brought the entire Tabernacle to Moses:
the sacred tent with all its furnishings, clasps, frames, crossbars, posts, and bases; 34 the tent coverings of tanned ram skins and fine goatskin leather; the inner curtain to shield the Ark; 35 the Ark of the Covenant[f] and its carrying poles; the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement; 36 the table and all its utensils; the Bread of the Presence; 37 the pure gold lampstand with its symmetrical lamp cups, all its accessories, and the olive oil for lighting; 38 the gold altar; the anointing oil and fragrant incense; the curtain for the entrance of the sacred tent; 39 the bronze altar; the bronze grating and its carrying poles and utensils; the washbasin with its stand; 40 the curtains for the walls of the courtyard; the posts and their bases; the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard; the ropes and tent pegs; all the furnishings to be used in worship at the Tabernacle; 41 the beautifully stitched garments for the priests to wear while ministering in the Holy Place—the sacred garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments for his sons to wear as they minister as priests.
42 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses.43 Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lordhad commanded him, he blessed them.
“Life is Great but your priceless Soul is Gold and would you Give it Up for a piece of meat to eat; you’ve been sold? Enjoy Your Priceless Meal” ~ Jon Barnes
Invite the Poor
We are all poor, when God is not leading and guiding us to understand his ways and commandments. We are all worse than the a dirty person, who has not washed for a month, with body smell that churns your stomach to puke, if we don’t know God! Invite yourself to God’s Grace and humble yourself in His space to taste the love of God at the table. The Food is Free!
Your Rotten Meat
Why would you serve people your rotten meat, which you left out, uncooked, spoiled, and on your street? You picked it up, cooked it in your house, hoping no one could smell or tell, that your actions are that of a liar, headed straight for hell. Your guests are all drunk and drugged up so they can’t really see, the meal they are about to eat, came from a dead person hanging from a tree! What is in your stomach, what’s in your heart, you are about to see? You are rich indeed, so why is everyone in need? Your fist are so tight, while thinking everything and everyone is alright, your soul is probably hell bound, tonight.
When you shed innocent blood, your sin rises above, and it is like eating the body of a dead corps. Your mind and heart has no remorse, the blame and shame you pin on someone else, of course. The senses are numb, you smell like dung, and your friends look to find you, as they run. You chose this table to eat, the meat that’s off the street, your evil inside can finally reside with you in hell for eternity. Or you can work for God, eating Fabulous Food For Free! Enjoy Your Meal!
God is Good, so you choose the menu and facility by the quality lifestyle you led with or without God!
Can you see the people in hell right now gnashing their teeth, wailing, moaning, and trying to tell you to change your wicked ways or do you see the Fabulous Free Food God has For You and For Me?
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Luke 16New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Shrewd Manager
16 Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’
3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg—4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’
5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
6 “‘Nine hundred gallons[a] of olive oil,’ he replied.
“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’
7 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’
“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’
8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.
16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it.17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.
18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family,28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”