Bible 1 Yr – Day 60 – Psalm 62 and Peter before the Sanhedrin

Psalms

If anyone has any doubt about how salvation works then they just need to look to Psalm 62, which sums it up perfectly and succinctly:

Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you will render to a man
according to his work.

So God is all powerful (sovereignty) but also all loving (merciful) and judges men according to their works. Simple.

New Testament

Today we see Peter brought before the Sanhedrin. What a difference a few weeks makes. A short time ago Jesus stood silent in front of this council at a show trial and was railroaded off to crucifixion. Now Peter is before them. Filled with the Holy Spirit he speaks plainly yet forcefully.

The Sanhedrin ask him by what authority does he teach and do the things he does. Peter’s response is shocking! Two months ago it would have gotten him stoned for blasphemy but now, the council seems impotent to do anything about it:

…let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well.


And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Peter states directly to the leaders of the Jewish people that salvation comes through Jesus Christ. This is undoubtedly putting Jesus on par with God. However, all the Sanhedrin can think to do is scold him and tell him not to do it anymore. For his part, Peter points out that the Sanhedrin no longer have authority over them. He now answers to a higher authority:

But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

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12 Responses to Bible 1 Yr – Day 60 – Psalm 62 and Peter before the Sanhedrin

  1. Jon musso says:

    This is the Old Testament we are saved by works, live a perfect life never sin and you will go to heaven! You see dave that’s what Jesus did, so hear are your choices one live a perfect life like Jesus and than I guess you don’t need Jesus because you are Jesus, or as the christian message teaches,we connect to Jesus not by work, but by faith in the perfect work ofJesus Christ! Christ came because you couldnot fullfill the required works! Christ is the substitute for my failed works! We are now justified by faith in Christ! You either believe as I believe that the cross is sufficient and that my sin is nailed on the cross or you believe that the cross just a small part of the faith! This is the separation between Protestant and Catholics, where there no middle grown it’s all grace in Christ or it’s not grace and it’s like you said works based faith! Now don’t get me wrong we are called to live a sanctifying life, but justification is forensic, santification is always moving

    • It doesn’t say we are SAVED by works, it says we are JUDGED by our actions. It corresponds exactly with what Peter says in Acts. Faith in Jesus heals the cripple. He is healed through Jesus’ name and salvation only comes through his name. But Peter also preaches that saving faith requires action, namely “repent and be baptized”. You need to read the words more closely. Stop trying to fit the words into your preconceived notion. NO ONE, least of all me, denies the sufficiency of the Cross. No one here is preaching works salvation. We take the words as they come and harmonize them into one conceptual framework.

      • Jon musso says:

        Dave if you believe I was trying to condemn you I apologize, I really do! Galation 3:10 and james 2:10 are my point! We are a called to live a sanctifying life, but it’s clear in james and in galations that you need to keep the whole law and you can’t! With all do respect you want it both ways you want works as a requirement of faith and the scripture don’t allow for it!

        My words were a little harsh and for that I apologize! I hope you understand that was not Im intention!

  2. Both those verses you site are referring to “works of the law”. Which is the mosaic law. Which indeed we cannot keep and which was fulfilled and therefore finished with the life, death and resurrection of Christ. We agree on that.

    But over and over again the gospel says with faith we are expected to do good works. The word “works” is the same as in “works of the law” but the two things have nothing to do with each other. Works of the law are gone, “good works” are part of our discipleship.

    Indeed, the very next verse in James is, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Jam 2:14-17″

    This is not having in both ways. It was once says that, “all heresy is premised on the false assumption that the answer must be either this or that.” God is so big that it is never this or that. It is always BOTH this AND that. God is BOTH one God AND three divine persons. Jesus is BOTH God AND man. Jesus is BOTH human AND divine.

    • Jon musso says:

      Yes agree but Jesus is the only one who can save! There certain theological principle that can not be disputed! I don’t disagree that we are called to good work, but we are justified completely and solely by the life, death and resurrection, of Jesus christ! The bible clear that you saved by Christ alone through faith alone as long as you can except this premise we agree! Works is santification not justification!

      • Congratulations! You’ve just articulated what the Catholic Church has been teaching for 2,000+ years (close enough anyway). It’s taken 3+ years but you now can espouse the proper place of works in the process of salvation. We will have you at Mass worshiping statutes in no time! 🙂

  3. Jon musso says:

    Perfect your a Protestant this is what the reformation was all about! Lol

    • Jon musso says:

      The problem now is how that plays out and define the term of saved by faith alone through justification! Christ is the only means to salvation you can’t earn your way to heaven Christ died for the salvation of the elect!

  4. Ah, one step forward and two steps back. I rely on the words of Jesus himself when asked ‘what must I do to be saved’? Jesus replied, “Keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:17

    That is not faith alone and it implies works for life. Furthermore, Christ did not just die for the sake of the elect, that would imply a limited value of Christ’s sacrifice.

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