Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
But if our unrighteousness sets God's righteousness in a clearer light, what shall we say? (Is God unrighteous--I speak in our everyday language-- when He inflicts punishment?
What then shall we say that Abraham, our earthly forefather, has gained?
To what conclusion, then, shall we come? Are we to persist in sinning in order that the grace extended to us may be the greater?
What follows? Is the Law itself a sinful thing? No, indeed; on the contrary, unless I had been taught by the Law, I should have known nothing of sin as sin. For instance, I should not have known what covetousness is, if the Law had not repeatedly said, "Thou shalt not covet."
But there are also many other things which Jesus did--so vast a number indeed that if they were all described in detail, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would have to be written.
"As to the patriarch David, I need hardly remind you, brethren, that he died and was buried, and that we still have his tomb among us.
After removing him, He raised up David to be their king, to whom He also bore witness when He said, "'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man I love, who will obey all My commands.'
Yes, and all the Prophets, from Samuel onwards--all who have spoken--have also announced the coming of this present time.
and afterwards He gave them judges down to the time of the Prophet Samuel.
Be joyful and triumphant, because your reward is great in the Heavens; for so were the Prophets before you persecuted.
"There will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the Prophets in the Kingdom of God, and yourselves being driven far away.
"'If they are deaf to Moses and the Prophets,' replied Abraham, 'they would not be led to believe even if some one should rise from the dead.'"
To Him all the Prophets bear witness, and testify that through His name all who believe in Him receive the forgiveness of their sins."
In illustration, brethren, of persecution patiently endured take the Prophets who have spoken as messengers from the Lord.
1 Peter 1:10
There were Prophets who earnestly inquired about that salvation, and closely searched into it--even those who spoke beforehand of the grace which was to come to you.
2 Peter 1:21
for never did any prophecy come by human will, but men sent by God spoke as they were impelled by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 3:2
so that you may recall the words spoken long ago by the holy Prophets, and the commandments of our Lord and Saviour given you through your Apostles.