Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
Henceforth Saul was one of them, going in and out of the city,
"After my return to Jerusalem, and while praying in the Temple, I fell into a trance.
I will save you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I send you to open their eyes,
Then, throwing off all reserve, Paul and Barnabas said, "We were bound to proclaim God's Message to you first. But since you spurn it and judge yourselves to be unworthy of the Life of the Ages--well, we turn to the Gentiles.
In times gone by He allowed all the nations to go their own ways;
"'Go,' He replied; 'I will send you as an Apostle to nations far away.'"
beware of glorying over the natural branches. Or if you are so glorying, do not forget that it is not you who uphold the root: the root upholds you.
Therefore let your lives prove your change of heart;
Live lives which shall prove your change of heart; and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our forefather,' for I tell you that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones.
Zacchaeus however stood up, and addressing the Lord said, "Here and now, Master, I give half my property to the poor, and if I have unjustly exacted money from any man, I pledge myself to repay to him four times the amount."
Therefore I warn you, and I implore you in the name of the Master, no longer to live as the Gentiles in their perverseness live,
Therefore be imitators of God, as His dear children.
Children, be obedient to your parents as a Christian duty, for it is a duty.
Exhort aged men to be temperate, grave, sober-minded, robust in their faith, their love and their patience.
1 Peter 1:14
And, since you delight in obedience, do not shape your lives by the cravings which used to dominate you in the time of your ignorance,
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a priesthood of kingly lineage, a holy nation, a people belonging specially to God, that you may make known the perfections of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.
1 Peter 4:2
that in future you may spend the rest of your earthly lives, governed not by human passions, but by the will of God.
2 Peter 1:5
But for this very reason--adding, on your part, all earnestness-- along with your faith, manifest also a noble character: along with a noble character, knowledge;
I have not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners."