Changing Views of Paul: From Conversion to Call. I. Paul the Convert. Augustine of Hippo 354-430. Romans 13:13-14. let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.
Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
For in it the righteousness of God
is revealed through faith for faith;
as it is written,
“The one who is righteous will live by faith.”
We know that a person is justified not by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ…because no one will be justified by the works of the law. (Gal 2:16)
All who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book of the law.” (Gal 3:10)
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. (Gal 3:13)
For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. (Rom 4:14-15)
Christ is the end of the law. (Rom 10:4)
It is not the hearers of the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but the doers of the law who will be justified (Rom 2:13)
The law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good. (Rom 7:12)
Is the law then opposed to the promises of God? Certainly not! (Gal 3:21)
What advantage has the Jew? What is the value of circumcision? Much in every way! (Rom 3:1)
“called, not converted”
For you heard of my earlier life in Judaism…
how I progressed in Judaism beyond many
of my own age among my people, because I
was especially eager for my ancestral
traditions. But when God, who chose me
while in my mother’s womb and called me
through his grace, thought it right to reveal his
Son in me, so that I might proclaim him among
…circumcised on the eighth day, by virtue of
belonging to the people of Israel, from the
Tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews, with
regard to Torah --a Pharisee, with regard to zeal--
a persecutor of the church, in terms of righteousness
attained by (the practice of) Torah--I was blameless. But
Whatever gains had accrued to me, these I now count
as a loss because of Christ. …
R. Yosi b. Yoezer of Zereda testified that the Ayil-locust
is clean,and that the liquid that flows in the shambles
[in the Temple] is not susceptible to uncleanness; and
That he that touches a corpse becomes unclean.
And they called him “Yosi the Permitter.”
--Mishnah, Edduyot 8.4
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing; but the commandments of God are everything.
1 Corinthians 7:19
NRSV: I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.
PME: I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died as a gift.