THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 18 (5), 2015


Sunday before the Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
Eve of the Theophany (Kreshchenskyi Sochelnik).
Fast Day.
Martyrs Theopemptus, bishop of Nicomedia, and Theonas (303).
Venerable Syncletica of Alexandria (350).

2 Timothy 4:5-8 (Sunday Before)

5

But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

6

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.

7

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

8

Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Luke 3:1-18

1

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,

2

while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

3

And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins,

4

as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.

5

Every valley shall be filled And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough ways smooth;

6

And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ “

7

Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8

Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.

9

And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

10

So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?”

11

He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”

12

Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”

13

And he said to them, “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.”

14

Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?” So he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.”

15

Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not,

16

John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

17

His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.

18

And with many other exhortations he preached to the people.

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