Key Scriptures

Yung Suk Kim
The following scriptures, in particular, have been with me for some time, forming my further thoughts about theology and life. The list will continue to grow with new reflections.

KEY SCRIPTURES
  • 1 Cor 1:9  God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • 1 Cor 1:25 For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength. [DDJ 52]
  • 1 Cor 2:2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
  • 2 Cor 5:14  For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.
  • 2 Cor 13:4 For he was crucified by (ek) weakness, but lives by (ek) the power of God. For we are weak in (en) him, but in dealing with you we will live with (syn) him by (ek) the power of God.
  • Jer 4:4a Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, remove the foreskin of your hearts.
  • Rom 2:29 Real circumcision is a matter of the heart; it is spiritual and not literal.
  • Gal 2:20 It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live in the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me
  • 1 Thess 5:21 But test everything; hold fast to what is good.
  • Rom 7:24 Who will rescue me from this body of death?
  • Rom 8:26: Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
  • Rom 6:6 vs. 7:4: the body of sin and the body of Christ.
  • 2 Cor 12:9-10 My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
  • Galatians 5:14 "For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
  • Romans 13:8-10  8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet"; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, "Love your neighbor as yourself." 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. "Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law."
  • Romans 10:4 "For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes."
  • Rom 3:26-31 it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has the faith of Jesus. 27 Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
  • Rom 7:25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.


  • Mark 3:35 Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother?
  • Matt 5:17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
  • Mark 10:45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.
  • Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost."
  • John 18:37 Pilate asked him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."
  • Mark 2:27 The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath.
  • Matt 5:43-48 You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
  • Matt 23:3 therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach.
  • John 11:26: "Whoever lives and believes in me will never die."

  • Rom 11:33-36  O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 "For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?" 35 "Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in return?" 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.

  • James 2:24-26  You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 Likewise, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another road? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.

  • 1 Cor 15:45: Thus it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. *"living being" (psyche zosan). In Hebrew, nefesh is a living being (Gen 2:7). *"a life-giving spirit" (pneuma zoopoioun)
  • 2 Corinthians 3:17: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.
  • Rom 6:1: What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound?
  • Rom 6:10: The death he died, he died to sin, once and for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
  • Rom 6:12-13: Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in our mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.
  • Rom 7:5-6: While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we are slaves not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.
  • Rom 7:12-13: So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good. Did what is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.
  • Rom 7:14: For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin.
  • Rom 7:25: Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.

Other quotes from others:

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. But that might just be me being stupid." --Albert Einstein

“Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.”
--Friedrich Nietzsche

"Intuitions without concepts are blind. Concepts without intuitions are empty."
-- Emmanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason

"When I look inside and see that I am nothing, that is wisdom.
When I look outside and see that I am everything, that is love.
And between these two, my life turns."
– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


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