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Posted: March 19, 2011 in Jesus
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Jesus is not a white middle class republican.

For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.  2 Corin 11:4

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  1. James says:

    So does this apply to Paul if what Paul teaches contradicts Jesus?

    • fleebabylon says:

      Sure but paul never contradicts Jesus. Only the many antichrists in the emergent movement would make such a claim. These perverse men have to make such a claim and set themselves up as super apostles to further their own agenda. They start using terms like paulian theology to sytematically pick away at the whole council of the word of God thinking they have an enlightened revelation when they are merely darkened reprobates. From such withdraw yourself.

      In Christ – Jim

      On Sat Mar 19th, 2011 12:06 AM EDT

      • James says:

        Paul says:
        Rom.7
        [9] I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died;
        [10] the very commandment which promised life proved to be death to me.

        Jesus says:
        Matt.19
        [17] And he said to him, Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.

      • James says:

        Paul says:
        Rom.10
        [4] For Christ is the end of the law, that every one who has faith may be justified.

        Jesus says:
        Matt.5
        [17] Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.
        [18] For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.

  2. fleebabylon says:

    Poor hermeneutic on the readers part does not remove the Holy Spirit authority of a true apostle. Clearly all those who are outside of Christ are damned by the law. The law has not passed away, but the true Christian is dead to it.

  3. James says:

    Yep. According to Paul. See this is the problem I am having. Either Paul agrees with Christ, Disagrees with Christ, or is not a true Apostle.

    Some things that I’m struggling with because of the clear contradictions of Christ’s teaching on the law, and the keeping of the commandments are,

    Paul was not one of the twelve.
    Paul states he received nothing in way of doctrine from the original Apostles
    Paul’s doctrine concerning grace by faith contradicts James and Jesus

    I do not think its a matter of poor hermeneutics at this point, I think its a matter of trusting Jesus concerning the law. Jesus condemns the churches in revelation for eating meat sacrificed to idols, yet Paul says its fine? Jesus says keep the commandments and you will have life, Paul says the law and God of Sinai are dead….

  4. ian vincent says:

    Joh 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

    Joh 3:36 He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.
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    Justification by faith, and sanctification by faith.

    Take ALL that Jesus said, and ALL that Paul said, and you have perfect agreement.

  5. fleebabylon says:

    James,

    I appreciate your consistency in being a good berean in all matters and seeking all things out diligently given the time and place in which we live. Yet, imagine for a second that I told you I am reading a book that has made me question if it is actually ok to cheat on my wife. I am not sure what the answer is. You would have to admit there is a seed of perversity in the question itself, as a swift conclusion should be drawn on the matter for any true believer. It’s been said that some men by entertaining strangers have actually entertained angles, while others by entertaining strange doctrine have actually been entertaining demons. I believe 100% that this fits into that category.

    True faith produces works. We are justified by faith, but by saving faith that produces works (not demon faith)… therefore we are not justified by faith alone, for faith is made perfect in works. Though if I am talking about law I can certainly say we are justified by faith alone. It’s a matter of emphasis and someone’s starting point. If I tell someone from California how to get to Chicago I will instruct them to head east. If I tell someone in New York how to get there I will tell them to head west. This is not contradictory; likewise there is one Gospel with different thrusts to different people in different situations. The word of God is not a five step religious program but living and powerful. The law was like that, step by step, check boxes. The dispensation of the Holy Spirit is not… those who are putting such ideas in your head have not the Holy Spirit.

    Let’s see what the plain letter says though to make this short and easy.

    2 Peter 3:14-18 NKJV
    Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

    Reading through Acts, it seems that the following people besides Peter also acknowledged Pauls authority as an apostle..

    Ananias Acts 9:7
    Barnabas and all of the apostle in Jerusalem Acts 9:27-30
    All of the Apostles and elders in Jerusalem Acts 15:2
    Including James Acts 15:12-13
    The apostles, elders, and the whole church Acts 15:22-23
    Including Barnabas, and Silas (chief men among the brethren)
    Luke (wrote acts)

    Not a matter of hermeneutics you say? Sadly you are partially correct; it is also a matter of the doctrines of demons being espoused by men who are “untaught and unstable people that twist Pauls words to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures”. Run for your life from them, throw away the books however greatly they write about other matters such as the Lords table, early Church practice, etc.
    Do not flatter yourself that you cannot be lead away in the error from the wicked and fall from your own steadfastness.
    You cannot read the scriptures I just presented and tell me you still questions Paul authority as an apostle. Might as well toss out the bible and write your own version at that point.

    In Christ – Jim

    • James says:

      Jim, thanks for your response. I am glad to have this conversation. It is one I believe very important to have, especially given the debate between the issue of law/non-law. First and foremost, let me restate my case in the reason for examining these things,

      The Lord taught explicitly that there is an essence of obedience + faith in Him. No questions asked. And along with people like Kirkegaard and Bonhoeffer I would stand against the prolific and insidious nature of cheap grace that permeates the modern church…all manifestations of it..from steeple house to home church.

      You said,

      “I appreciate your consistency in being a good berean in all matters and seeking all things out diligently given the time and place in which we live. Yet, imagine for a second that I told you I am reading a book that has made me question if it is actually ok to cheat on my wife. I am not sure what the answer is. You would have to admit there is a seed of perversity in the question itself, as a swift conclusion should be drawn on the matter for any true believer. It’s been said that some men by entertaining strangers have actually entertained angles, while others by entertaining strange doctrine have actually been entertaining demons. I believe 100% that this fits into that category.”

      Kind of unsure what your point is in this statement. I am not questioning Paul’s authority as an apostle so much as I am trying to,

      a. Reconcile what Christ taught concerning the law, and therefore grace and faith with what Paul teaches.

      b. Hold fast to the form of sound words, be a Berean, and stand obedient to the direct teachings of the Christ.

      C. Judge earnestly that either what Paul teaches on the law agrees with Christ, abrogates what Christ teaches, or Paul is a false teacher.

      You said,
      “True faith produces works. We are justified by faith, but by saving faith that produces works (not demon faith)… therefore we are not justified by faith alone, for faith is made perfect in works. Though if I am talking about law I can certainly say we are justified by faith alone. It’s a matter of emphasis and someone’s starting point. If I tell someone from California how to get to Chicago I will instruct them to head east. If I tell someone in New York how to get there I will tell them to head west. This is not contradictory; likewise there is one Gospel with different thrusts to different people in different situations. The word of God is not a five step religious program but living and powerful. The law was like that, step by step, check boxes. The dispensation of the Holy Spirit is not… those who are putting such ideas in your head have not the Holy Spirit.”

      This is offensive, regardless of your demeanor in making the statement, you on one hand call me a “Berean” but then state I am subjecting myself to ideas being put into my head. This is untrue. I must once again emphasize, either Paul and Christ agree, or they disagree, or Paul is a false teacher, there is not a happy medium. Remember, Christ criticizes the Pharisees for neglecting the weightier matters of the law, and straining at gnats instead. While Christ call’s them lax, Paul calls them rigorous in keeping the law. Should then this not warrant thorough examination?

      One such passage related to C above that I find of most interest finds its contrast regarding meat sacrificed to idols, please note:

      Deu 13:5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in (the Law). So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

      The examination of the issue of meat sacrificed to idols MUST be reconciled on several fronts

      a. Paul either endorses it – thus clearly contradicting the OT Law, and if we must say Gentiles are not under that prohibition, then we consult Christ.

      In Revelation Christ says,

      But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
      (Rev 2:6-14)

      and again…

      Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
      (Rev 2:20)

      The Jerusalem council, the one you stated above affirms Paul’s Apostleship, says…

      Act 15:20-29 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. (21) For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day. (22) Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren: (23) And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: (24) Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: (25) It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, (26) Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (27) We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. (28) For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; (29) That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

      and again…

      Act 21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

      b. Paul disagrees with these findings, and subverts the teaching of the council, because as he stated himself

      Gal 1:17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

      Paul’s authority is based not in Apostolic teaching from those before him, but rests solely in visions and encounters he claims from the Lord. I am fine with that, but where I become suspicious is that his doctrines disagree with Christ regarding the law and works. Once again, the issue concerning meat and idols,

      Paul says…

      Rom 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

      1Co 8:4-13 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. (5) For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) (6) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. (7) Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. (8) But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. (9) But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. (10) For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; (11) And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? (12) But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. (13) Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

      and again…

      1Co 10:19-29 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? (20) But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. (21) Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. (22) Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? (23) All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. (24) Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth. (25) Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: (26) For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof. (27) If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. (28) But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof: (29) Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?

      So either the contemporary understanding of liberty concerning these matters is wrong, or Paul is clearly, according to the Lord’s own teaching, wrong. And the implication of that is a false prophet no?

      The Lord said,

      Mat 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

      If all the things Jesus commands us, even concerning the law, or the commandments, is subverted by the teaching of Paul, and the law is wholly abrogated, there is a MAJOR contradiction here. For Jesus states plainly in the Gospels, the Law is essential to eternal life. The only way to read a thorough abrogation of those words are to impose a false understanding of cheap grace, and the abrogation of the law INTO the words of the Lord when he says,

      Mat 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

      You said,

      “This is not contradictory; likewise there is one Gospel with different thrusts to different people in different situations. The word of God is not a five step religious program but living and powerful. The law was like that, step by step, check boxes. The dispensation of the Holy Spirit is not… those who are putting such ideas in your head have not the Holy Spirit.”

      I disagree with the ideal that the Gospel varies contingent upon people, culture, and background. You equalize yourself with the very emergents you despise so much when you plead the ideal of contextualizing the Gospel. It either is or it isn’t the Gospel…The doctrine of Christs commandments are the words by which all things must be measured. The Gospel is the life, death, and resurrection of Christ so that God gets the Glory for redeeming a people unto himself. Period. So this ideal you do interject concerning faith+works makes total sense, when you consider that the works is obedience to Christ, and Christ said keep the commandments. Period. Paul therefore is either agreeing and our understanding of “Faith” is flawed, meaning our contemporary definition lies outside of what a “covenant faith” to a “covenant God” means, and we have assigned a meaning that says, just believe, and do nothing, and you’ll be fine.

      If you do well to entertain the notion that the law is a series of checkboxes to demonstrate faithfulness, I bid you to please demonstrate this from the scripture.

      Regarding Peter’s admonition to be leery of those who twist what Paul writes, I agree. I think this is exactly the case with those who abrogate the law and eliminate its need from the life of the believer. Most specifically, the Law was given to the Jews, forever. Period. And to those who are to observe it as soujourners and pilgrims in the land, there are provisions made, by the Law for the gentile to remain in the covenant requirements.

      In your quotations of those who “commend” Paul, its funny to note that Paul, derided their authority, and even illustrates contention with them in Galatians,

      Gal 2:12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.

      That is those, who come from James, zealous of the law.

      You said,

      “Not a matter of hermeneutics you say? Sadly you are partially correct; it is also a matter of the doctrines of demons being espoused by men who are “untaught and unstable people that twist Pauls words to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures”. Run for your life from them, throw away the books however greatly they write about other matters such as the Lords table, early Church practice, etc.
      Do not flatter yourself that you cannot be lead away in the error from the wicked and fall from your own steadfastness.
      You cannot read the scriptures I just presented and tell me you still questions Paul authority as an apostle. Might as well toss out the bible and write your own version at that point.”

      1. Your definition of the doctrines of demons is anything that contradicts your current understanding, at least in point, concerning the abrogation of the law.

      2. In your reference you impose the influence of those who are teaching and planting ideals into my head are worthy of me running away and fleeing from them. Once again, this is only substantiated on your position that the law is abrogated, at least in part for its usefulness to the Christian and his life.

      3. You bid me to throw away books concerning matters of the Lord’s table, the early church and what not. The very problem with that statement itself is that these practices, the table, the law, etc., are largely perverted practices that have more root in tradition then in the Scripture OR the practices of the early church. Worse yet, the books are not that which hold sway on my evaluation of all these topics, it again, boils down to the words of Jesus Christ, the messiah. He speaks plainly and boldly concerning the Lord’s table, the keeping of his commandments, and those who would lead men away from his voice.

      4. I can read from the scriptures above, and plainly state that this is not an issue of doubting Paul’s authenticity at this point. It is a matter of validating whether or not he agrees with what the Lord taught prior to his ascension, in the flesh, amongst the original disciples, who sat at his feet. This does not invalidate whether or not Paul’s testimony is true, it merely substantiates a cause for concern regarding the cheap grace that is abundant in the church. Its a different Gospel if it contradicts what Christ taught, and Christ taught, keep the commandments. Period. Therein is our problem.

      My opinion in all this is:

      Paul agrees with Christ concerning the Law, and what we see Paul teaching is not abrogation of the Law or the Prophets. But, in evaluating the hard things that he is saying, you can walk away from it believing so. The testimony that judges whether these things are one way or the other lie within what Christ taught concerning the law. If Paul does not agree with that, he is a false teacher by the law’s standard, and by Christ’s standard.

      I believe what you see in all the above is a clear demonstration of steadfastness, not giving way to the doctrines of demons, and falsely accepting the assertions and claims of traditions. Paul said himself, Christ is a measurement of truth, if he contradicts Christ, trust Christ. The Bereans questioned Paul…we do not see the result of their conclusion in scripture…but we know he said things that led them to examine the scriptures, and thus, this is what I am doing.

      I will not bow at the judgment to Paul…

      But Christ. And to Christ, I will give an account as to whether or not I kept his commands.

  6. ian vincent says:

    James, Are you saved? (i’m sincerely asking) And if you are, how do you know that you are?

    • James says:

      I am saved, at least in part, as would be in accordance to the scriptures, I endure to the end, have believed, and have been baptized.

      Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

      Mar 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

      I have heard the voice of the good shepherd, and I have found pasture in his word.

      Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

      Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

      Christ, the son of the Living God, was nailed to the tree, and given as a ransom for many, and it has been revealed by the Father, that he is the messiah.

      Mat 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

      He is the one by which one must come to the father, without him there is no eternal life…but death.

      Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

  7. ian vincent says:

    OK. Thanks for that. I mean if you died today are you certain you would go to heaven, and on what basis are you certain?

    I’m asking cos you mention being saved “in part”.

  8. ian vincent says:

    Quote:

    “I AM saved” is the thankful cry of the recipients of assurance.

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    http://glennchristopherson.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/doctrines-of-doubt/

    Our LORD’s admonition to endure till the end, and likewise the same from the Apostles, is addressed to those who ARE saved. The person who is unsure, and has no definite assurance that they ARE saved, is not saved to begin with. They can’t endure to the end, neither can they fall away, cos they weren’t THERE to begin with.

    It’s sort of a paradox. The warnings about falling away, and perseverance, are only to those who are SURE they are saved, not to anyone else, as the rest are still outside the Kingdom.

    Do you guys know that Billy Graham admitted in an interview that he did not receive assurance of salvation till he was about 74, when he was facing death in hospital?

  9. ian vincent says:

    Wanted to add this scripture:

    2 Peter 3:17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from YOUR OWN STEADFASTNESS.

    and

    1Jn 5:12 He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life.
    1Jn 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; THAT YOU MAY KNOW that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.

  10. fleebabylon says:

    James-

    I havent forgotten about this, but I generally have a hard time dialoging in such large comments due to time restrictions. Could we break down your post into three points.

    1) Pauls apostleship

    I added all of the scripture references to show that the word of God by the word of God judges Paul as a true apostle. I do not wish to argue this, I find the question in itself bordering on absurd and that it could actually be harmful to a young believer. To that end I will not entertain any dialog over the matter. If it comes down to either paul is a false apostle or my understanding of the scriptures is immature, the second is the correct of the two answers. The first can only be founded on vain pride or extreme ignorance. I am sorry if you find that offensive.

    2) The gentile and jewish believers relationship to the law

    You said ‘Christ said keep the commandments. Period.’ Which commandments, an eye for an eye (Christ said DONT keep that one), mixed linens, regarding discharge of fluids? How about the sabbath, firing up the car engine on saturday? Maybe the commandments given through the sermon on the mount?

    3) meat sacrificed to idols

    I think when we get through 2, 3 will be a lot easier to figure out…

    I would LOVE to have this discussion, but like I said the first point is not an area I will spend any time on. The supposition is that we do not understand how some of what Paul writes goes with some of what Christ said… it is NOT that Paul contradicted Christ and is a false apostle. I would quickly send such a theoligcal concept back to where it originated.

    Also you said “I disagree with the ideal that the Gospel varies contingent upon people, culture, and background”

    I never said that, I said that the thrust (or the emphasis if you will) of the Gospel is different in different situations. The woman caught in adultery and a hardened pharisee did not recieve the same thrust of the Gospel. The word of God is more then a systematic theology to be embraced, it is living and powerful and sharper then a double edged sword… all I was saying there.

    -Jim

  11. Emilio says:

    We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, [Or Hebrew] `Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ Then I asked, `Who are you, Lord?’ “`I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ (Ac. 26:14-18)

    This man is my chose instrument to carry my name before the gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. (Ac. 9:15).

    Paul had the full authority of Christ to preach the gospel to the gentiles (us).

    I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather,I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God, who set me apart from birth [Or from my mother’s womb] and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, (Ga. 1:11-16)

    The gospel he preached was not man made up story or taught to him by any man but received it directly from the Lord.

    I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me. (Jn. 13:20)

    Paul was sent by Christ for our sake the gentiles. “I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you”.

    I’m not saying we will follow Paul but he is an instrument to lead us the knowledge of Christ by his teachings, hardship, endurance and perseverance.

    Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1Co. 11:1)

    May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, Ro. 15:5

    Paul urged the brothers in the early churches to follow Christ and also the rest of the apostles in their letters.

    To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 1Pe. 2:21

    But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (1Jn. 2:5-6)
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    Not all written in the Law are canceled but the codes ans regulations. The passover, unleavened, new moon, sabbath and others. These are shadows which the truth is Jesus. But the other commandments are still in effect. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and strength” and “Love your neighbor as yourself” sum-up the whole Law. But today I believe that the people in the present especially those professing christian still have read the Law. For instance mediums and spiritists are detestable in God’s sight which is written in the Law and many others.

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