Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
For it is from inside, from men's hearts, that designs of evil come; immorality, stealing, murder, adultery,
Then produce fruit that will be consistent with your professed repentance! And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our forefather,' for I tell you, God can produce descendants for Abraham right out of these stones!
But Jesus saw what they were discussing, and said to them, "What are you pondering over in your minds?
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were really a prophet, he would know who and what the woman is who is touching him, for she leads a wicked life."
And he said to himself, 'What am I going to do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?'
And he called to him and said, 'Father Abraham! take pity on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in torment, here in the flames!'
They answered, "We are descended from Abraham, and have never been anyone's slaves. How can you say to us, 'You will be set free'?"
Brothers! Descendants of the house of Abraham, and those others among you who reverence God! It is to us that this message of salvation has been sent.
Then what are we to say about our ancestor Abraham?
nor are they all children of Abraham because they are descended from him, but he was told, "The line of Isaac will be called your descendants."
For the Scripture says that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave-girl, and one by the free woman.
And I tell you, many will come from the east and from the west and take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the Kingdom of Heaven,
And he answered, "I tell you, if they keep silence, the stones will cry out!"
Symeon has told how God first showed an interest in taking from among the heathen a people to bear his name.
as the Scripture says, "I have made you the father of many nations." The promise is guaranteed in the very sight of God in whom he had faith, who can bring the dead to life and call into being what does not exist.
1 Corinthians 1:27
But it was what the world calls foolish that God chose to put the wise to shame with, and it was what the world calls weak that God chose to shame its strength with,
For all of you who have been baptized into union with Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
At that time you had no connection with Christ, you were aliens to the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the agreements about God's promise; with no hope and no God in all the world.