- On the commandments and eternal life:
 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died;
 the very commandment which promised life proved to be death to me.
 And he said to him, Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.
- On your father:
 For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
 I appeal to you for my child, Ones’imus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment.
 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
- On qualifying for eternal life:
 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
- On the destiny of the creation (heavens and earth):
 because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.
 Heaven and earth will pass away,
- On the destiny of the Law and the Prophets:
 For Christ is the end of the law, that every one who has faith may be justified.
 Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.
 For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
- On the number and identity of teachers:
 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third, teachers,
 And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
 For this I was appointed a preacher and apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
 For this gospel I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher,
 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren.
- On the number to be saved:
 Lest you be wise in your own conceits, I want you to understand this mystery, brethren: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles come in,
 and so all Israel will be saved; as it is written, "The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob.
 Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
- On the number and identity of pastors (shepherds):
 And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors (shepherds) and teachers,
 And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.
- On the number and identity of leaders:
 For though you have countless leaders in Christ . . …
 Neither be called leaders, for you have one leader, the Christ.
21: On total depravity:
 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all; for I have already charged that all men, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin,
 as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one;
 For there is no distinction;
 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, . . …
 The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.
 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
 that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of innocent Abel to the blood of Zechari’ah the son of Barachi’ah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.
- On how one becomes a child of God:
 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is begotten from above,* he cannot see the kingdom of God.
 That which is begotten of the flesh is flesh, and that which is begotten of the Spirit is spirit.
 Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be begotten from above.*
- John 3:3 and 3:7 are the author’s translations. These differ from the RSV only in the expression “begotten from above” that replaces "born anew’ in the RSV. “Born anew” does not represent the fullness of what Jesus is stating here, and does not correspond to the literatal translation of the Greek, anothen (a()nwqen).