The word “purpose” appears 80 times throughout the books of the Bible. The graph below shows the locations of each appearance. It begins with Genesis in the top left and concludes with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 50 most meaningful Bible scriptures on purpose.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Corinthians 10:31
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 2:17
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
1 Peter 4:10
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
2 Corinthians 3:18
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
2 Timothy 1:9
Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.
He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise.
“But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.”
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.”
For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?
“Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
“Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.’”
“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.