Transform Your View on Pauline Theology

transformation-the-heart-of-pauls-gospelThe Apostle Paul found the gospel message so compelling that he became a rootless wanderer and endured hardships and deprivation to spread this good news throughout the Roman Empire.

What was the “gift of righteousness” that Paul was so eager to share? In David deSilva’s forthcoming book, Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel, he examines Paul’s gospel message presented in his letters. In this excerpt from the book, deSilva argues that the justified life is a transformed life:

As Paul reflects on God’s saving intervention in his own life, on the results of his having trusted in Jesus, and on his quest to be justified before God through the way opened up by Jesus, he writes:

I died to the Torah through the Torah in order that I might live to God. I was crucified together with Christ; it’s no longer me living, but Christ living in me. The life I’m living now in the flesh, I live in faith toward the Son of God who loved me and gave himself up for me. (Gal 2:19–20)

Paul speaks of a dramatic and real change in his life. As he looks upon his life, he sees that the person he was is no longer driving or shaping his being or his practice. Instead Jesus Christ himself has taken on flesh in a new way in Paul, making Paul into a new person—a Christ-directed person, an extension of Christ’s own willing, being, and doing. This, I would propose, is Paul’s description of the justified life. Indeed, the verses preceding these, namely Gal 2:15–18, provide one of Paul’s densest discussions of justification through trusting Jesus as opposed to shaping one’s life after Torah-prescribed practices. This description of the justified life is a description of a transformed life. The person brought in line with God’s righteousness is the person whose flesh Christ himself has taken on.

What people are saying about Transformation

We sent advance reader copies to a few reviewers, and here’s what they’re saying:

Sadly, too much of what passes for Christian theology puts the gospel in a straightjacket and imagines salvation as little more than cosmic paperwork. deSilva’s approach in Transformation, exegetically cogent and carefully argued, bursts with power and possibility appropriate to the life-changing purpose of the work of God in Jesus Christ. The Snapshots series is off to a great start!”

—Nijay K. Gupta, assistant professor of New Testament, George Fox Evangelical Seminary

In Transformation, David deSilva opens up for us the life-changing gospel of Jesus that Paul preached but that many have reduced to a kind of easy believism with little substance. Readers will benefit from David’s careful reading of Paul’s letters, his in-depth knowledge of Paul’s culture, and his understanding of Paul’s interpreters (and misinterpreters). The result is an insightful reintroduction to the apostle and his message of transformation for individuals, communities, and the entire creation.”

—Michael J. Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary & University

Christian interaction with the world has long been hobbled by a stunted picture of what it means to be a Christian. We fail at what we are called to do, because we have far too narrow a picture of what we are called to be. David deSilva seeks to broaden our picture of the good news through a close reading of the Apostle Paul’s writings. But do not misunderstand, deSilva’s no revisionist. He is not rejecting traditional approaches to Paul, he is refocusing our attention on the big picture: The Christian life is about transformation. And I can think of no more timely and important message than that. A must read for any Christian who desires to take seriously the call to be salt and light in the world.”

—Jim Beilby, professor of theology, Bethel University

A snapshot

The Snapshots series, edited by renowned scholar Michael Bird, engages significant issues in contemporary biblical scholarship, making them accessible to busy students of the Word and applicable in the life of the church.

Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel is the first book in the Snapshots series, and we’re preparing to ship this volume in a matter of weeks.

Don’t miss out on this excellent perspective on Paul, order yours now while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

Comments

  1. Will Scholten says:

    I think the Bible is clear that Paul cannot be teaching against the Torah, but the laws made by man(Pharisees).

    Proof Paul is teaching Torah

    NIV: Chapter 3
    14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
    17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

    The New International Version. (2011). (2 Pe 3:14–1 Jn). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Note:
    We all say the Bible doesn’t contradict itself correct.
    Lets do something interesting here, The Bible says you need 2 or 3 witnesses to prove a matter, lets look at what Paul says to see if Paul is in agreement with Peter.
    Tags: 2 Pe 3:14–1 Jn
    Clipped: July 04, 2014

    NIV: Chapter 21
    20 When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law. 21 They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs. 22 What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come, 23 so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow. 24 Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everyone will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law. 25 As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.”
    26 The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them.

    The New International Version. (2011). (Ac 21:20–26). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Note:
    If Paul is living in obedience to the law(Torah), do you think he would preach the opposite?
    Tags: Ac 21:20–26
    Clipped: July 03, 2014

    NIV: Chapter 24
    5 “We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect 6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him. [7] 8 By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him.”
    9 The other Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.
    10 When the governor motioned for him to speak, Paul replied: “I know that for a number of years you have been a judge over this nation; so I gladly make my defense. 11 You can easily verify that no more than twelve days ago I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 12 My accusers did not find me arguing with anyone at the temple, or stirring up a crowd in the synagogues or anywhere else in the city. 13 And they cannot prove to you the charges they are now making against me. 14 However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, 15 and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. 16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.

    The New International Version. (2011). (Ac 24:5–16). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Tags: Ac 24:5–16
    Clipped: July 03, 2014

    NIV: Chapter 7
    17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. 18 Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. 20 Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.

    The New International Version. (2011). (1 Co 7:17–20). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Tags: 1 Co 7:17–20
    Clipped: July 03, 2014

    NIV: Chapter 2
    12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.

    The New International Version. (2011). (Ro 2:12–13). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Tags: Ro 2:12–13
    Clipped: July 03, 2014

    NIV: Chapter 26
    19 “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. 20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. 21 That is why some Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. 22 But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen—23 that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”
    24 At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”

    The New International Version. (2011). (Ac 26:19–24). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Tags: Ac 26:19–24
    Clipped: July 03, 2014

    NIV: Chapter 18
    18 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.

    The New International Version. (2011). (Ac 18:1–4). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Note:
    He kept the Sabbath
    Tags: Ac 18:1–4
    Clipped: August 12, 2014

    NIV: Chapter 5
    6 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

    The New International Version. (2011). (1 Co 5:6–8). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Tags: 1 Co 5:6–8
    Clipped: August 12, 2014

    NIV: Chapter 20
    Paul’s Farewell to the Ephesian Elders
    13 We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul aboard. He had made this arrangement because he was going there on foot. 14 When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene. 15 The next day we set sail from there and arrived off Chios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day arrived at Miletus. 16 Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost.

    The New International Version. (2011). (Ac 20:13–16). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Tags: Ac 20:13–16
    Clipped: August 12, 2014

    NIV: Chapter 1
    8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

    The New International Version. (2011). (1 Ti 1:8–11). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Tags: 1 Ti 1:8–11
    Clipped: August 12, 2014

    NIV: Chapter 6
    False Teachers and the Love of Money
    These are the things you are to teach and insist on. 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

    The New International Version. (2011). (1 Ti 6:2–5). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Note:
    Yahshua had to live by and teach Torah, Paul taught the same thing. He did not teach against Torah, but against the add-ons from the Pharisees (traditions of man)
    Tags: 1 Ti 6:2–5
    Clipped: August 12, 2014

    NIV: Chapter 4
    4 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

    The New International Version. (2011). (1 Ti 4). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Note:
    where do we find the Truth?
    Tags: 1 Ti 4
    Clipped: August 12, 2014

    NIV: Chapter 3
    A Final Charge to Timothy
    10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

    The New International Version. (2011). (2 Ti 3:10–17). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Note:
    The OT is the only scripture he could have been taught.
    Tags: 2 Ti 3:10–17
    Clipped: August 12, 2014

    NIV: Chapter 3
    27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law

    The New International Version. (2011). (Ro 3:27–31). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Tags: Ro 3:27–31
    Clipped: August 12, 2014

    NIV: Chapter 14
    20 Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults. 21 In the Law it is written:
    “With other tongues
    and through the lips of foreigners
    I will speak to this people,
    but even then they will not listen to me,
    says the Lord.”

    The New International Version. (2011). (1 Co 14:20–21). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
    Tags: 1 Co 14:20–21
    Clipped: August 12

    Food for thought;
    Will Scholten

    • Amen brother! I am sure our brother is well meaning and has sincere intentions. However, reading through the description and the author’s intent, I think that he is possibly misguided in his hermeneutic when it come to the issue of the Covenant of works in Adam and the righteousness of Christ and the Law of God concerning the new birth. One can only conclude that he is teaching antinomianism.

      Antinomianism leads to legalism, superstition and confusion concerning the discernment of the “will of God” in the life of the believer. The righteousness of Christ is obedience to His law in sanctification as the believer seeks to put sin to death in the flesh by the spirit.

      “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” (James 1:19–25, ESV)

      “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:1–11, ESV)

      “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:16–24, ESV)

      “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.” (Colossians 3:5–6, ESV)

  2. I just finished teaching through the book of Galatians and am leading a year long inductive study through the book of Romans with my men. I'm excited to read this book and add it as a resource for my preparation.

  3. Going only from the words delivered on this snapshot page it appears that a leap has been made that misses out the message of the cross as prefigured by Moses lifting up the serpent – look and live!

    The doctor appears to be saying that one BECOMES acceptable to god through gradually being conformed to the image of Christ Jesus.

    Is it not the fact of the grace of God in Christ Jesus that one is IMMEDIATELY and for all time MADE acceptable to God for all time through faith alone in the work of Christ Jesus on the the cross and we are justified (Immediately and for all time) by his resurrection? This is by grace alone through faith alone. All else is returning to justification by works. Saved by Grace but kept by a mixture of grace and works is a false theology that has no place in the Body of Christ.

    Can anyone point to all these people who, by stint of their careful lives have become literally perfect? If there were surely they would be as Enoch – so perfect that God takes him.

    I think a rethink is required.

    • Who receives Grace, according to the Bible?

      ESV: Chapter 18
      The Soul Who Sins Shall Die
      18 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? 3 As I live, declares the Lord GOD, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. 4 Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.
      5 “If a man is righteous and does what is just and right— 6 if he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife or approach a woman in her time of menstrual impurity, 7 does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, 8 does not lend at interest or take any profit, withholds his hand from injustice, executes true justice between man and man, 9 walks in my statutes, and keeps my rules by acting faithfully—he is righteous; he shall surely live, declares the Lord GOD.
      10 “If he fathers a son who is violent, a shedder of blood, who does any of these things 11 (though he himself did none of these things), who even eats upon the mountains, defiles his neighbor’s wife, 12 oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore the pledge, lifts up his eyes to the idols, commits abomination, 13 lends at interest, and takes profit; shall he then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself.
      14 “Now suppose this man fathers a son who sees all the sins that his father has done; he sees, and does not do likewise: 15 he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife, 16 does not oppress anyone, exacts no pledge, commits no robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, 17 withholds his hand from iniquity, takes no interest or profit, obeys my rules, and walks in my statutes; he shall not die for his father’s iniquity; he shall surely live. 18 As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother, and did what is not good among his people, behold, he shall die for his iniquity.
      19 “Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is just and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. 20 The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
      21 “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? 24 But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live? None of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die.
      25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? 26 When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it; for the injustice that he has done he shall die. 27 Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life. 28 Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions that he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 29 Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, are my ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?
      30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live.”

      The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Eze 18:1–32). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
      Note:
      32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live.”
      This sure sounds like we have to turn, to receive grace!
      Tags: Eze 18:1–32
      Clipped: July 05, 2013

      NIV: Chapter 20
      The Ten Commandments
      20:1–17pp—Dt 5:6–21
      20 And God spoke all these words:
      2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
      3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
      4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

      The New International Version. (2011). (Ex 20:1–6). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
      Note:
      6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
      “showing love” could also say giving the covenant of grace
      Tags: Ex 20:1–6
      Clipped: July 06, 2013

      NIV: Chapter 5
      8 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 9 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 10 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

      The New International Version. (2011). (Dt 5:8–10). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
      Note:
      same as Exodus 20
      Tags: Dt 5:8–10
      Clipped: July 06, 2013

      NIV: Chapter 9
      Daniel’s Prayer
      9 In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom—2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. 3 So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.
      4 I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed:
      “Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.
      7 “Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. 8 We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered with shame, LORD, because we have sinned against you. 9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; 10 we have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. 11 All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you.
      “Therefore the curses and sworn judgmen27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. ts written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you. 12 You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing on us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. 13 Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. 14 The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.
      15 “Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. 16 Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.
      17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”
      The Seventy “Sevens”
      20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the LORD my God for his holy hill—21 while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23 As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision:
      24 “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.
      25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

      The New International Version. (2011). (Da 9:1–27). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
      Note:
      Who recieves grace?
      “Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws.

      Did Daniel know he was under Grace?
      “We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”

      Does this say the “Law/Torah/Instruction” will come to an end? No, the Ceremonial law;
      27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering.
      Yahweh will make a covenant for one seven (7000 years)
      “In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering.”
      the middle of 7 is also a Wednesday!

      Tags: Da 9:1–27
      Clipped: July 13, 2013

      ESV: Chapter 7
      The Golden Rule
      12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
      13 “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. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
      A Tree and Its Fruit
      15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
      I Never Knew You
      21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

      The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Mt 7:23). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

      The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Mt 7:12–23). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
      Note:
      14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
      21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 23And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

      I have to ask you what is “lawlessness”? It is not someone that is “not under the law”?
      Does the Bible really say just “take the gift of Grace”? Grace over rules rules, so forget the rules and just take the Grace. We live in the “days of grace.” Sorry I don’t read that anywhere here, do you?

      What is “lawlessness?
      1 John 3:4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.

      The New International Version. (2011). (1 Jn 3:4). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

      Lawlessness here is strong #458
      458. ἀνομία anŏmia, an-om-ee´-ah; from 459; illegality, i.e. violation of law or (gen.) wickedness:—iniquity, × transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness.

      Strong, J. (2009). A Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek Testament and The Hebrew Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

      The Bible defines righteousness in Deut 6:24-25
      24 The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. 25 And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”

      The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

      I believe unrighteousness will be the opposite if righteousness!!

      Tags: Mt 7:12–23
      Clipped: July 13, 2013

      NIV84: Chapter 8
      8But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
      But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
      9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
      11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

      The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). (Jn 8). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
      Note:
      6 They were using this question as a trap,
      (They were testing Messiah to see how well He knew Torah, the Torah says both the man AND woman must be put to death.) The witnesses had to throw the first stone, Messiah was not a witness!!!!
      Lev. 20:10
      10 “ ‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.
      ( Messiah was being obedient to Torah!!!!) Not just giving her grace, also He said go sin no more!!

      The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). (Le 20:10). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

      Tags: Jn 8
      Clipped: November 12, 2013

      NIV: Chapter 5
      Ananias and Sapphira
      5 Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
      3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”
      5 When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. 6 Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.
      7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”
      “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”
      9 Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”
      10 At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.

      The New International Version. (2011). (Ac 5:1–11). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
      Note:
      When do “these days of grace” start, these two missed out somehow!!!!
      Tags: Ac 5:1–11
      Clipped: November 12, 2013

      NIV: Chapter 6
      Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
      6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, •we too may live a new life.

      The New International Version. (2011). (Ro 6:1–4). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
      Tags: Ro 6:1–4
      Clipped: December 07, 2013

      Does anyone see any Bible references I missed?