The Apostle Paul’s claims and his ministry

1 Corinthians 1:17 – For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

  1. He wasn’t sent to baptize (with water) as most churches do today.
  2. He was sent to preach the gospel, yet most today are ignorant as to what the gospel is which saves men’s souls.

Followers of the Apostle Paul?   No.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:2 – But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

  1. He renounced the hidden things of dishonesty.
  2. Didn’t walk in craftiness
  3. Didn’t handle the word of God deceitfully.

Proof that he was an Apostle sent of God:

2 Corinthians 12:12 – Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

1 Corinthians 2:1-3 – And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.Not with excellency of speech or of wisdom.

Yet modern-day preachers come with excellency of speech and worldly, man-made wisdom and want to know everything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

1 Corinthians 2:13 – Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

2 Corinthians 7:2 – Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

Wronged no man, corrupted no man and defrauded no man – just told them the truth and nothing but the truth.  A claim institutionalized, denominational christianity cannot make as they defraud, corrupt and wrong men every day.

2 Corinthians 10:10 – For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

Compare this to most Pastors/Preachers of today whose bodily presence is awe-inspiring and bold, dressed to the nines in expensive suits, being clean shaven, “dressed for success” and whose speech is anything but contemptible – they stroke peoples’ “tail feathers” instead, by telling sinners they are worthy and that salvation comes with a change in lifestyle.

2 Corinthians 12: 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

Today’s preachers claim to seek the Lord on such things and claim healing of same, yet the Apostle Paul sought God 3 times on this matter and the answer was a resounding NO (and with good reason).

2 Corinthians 10:1 10 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:

But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.

Unlike Dale Carnegie or modern-day preachers who claim rudeness of speech to be unloving, Paul told the Corinthians what they needed to hear in no uncertain terms.

1 Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

2 Corinthians 7:Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

A lesson we can all learn: to be exceeding joyful in all our tribulation because:

Romans 5: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 

 

 

 

 

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ORDER

It would be so much easier if one’s Bible was divided correctly and in the order God intended: Times past, but now and times to come, instead of the way it’s currently divided, namely into the Old Testament and the New Testament. Makes one wonder if more people would see the fellowship of the mystery if this were the case, realising that Paul’s thirteen epistles aren’t part of Israel’s New Covenant.

Also putting the book of Acts in its proper perspective, namely the transitional book which it rightly is, the bridge or cross-over from law to grace, transitioning from Israel’s prophetic program where the twelve apostles preached the law-based Kingdom Gospel of enduring to the end, to Paul’s grace gospel of faith alone in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection, namely the Dispensation of the Grace of God. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

Correctly arranging Paul’s thirteen epistles pertaining to the dispensation of Grace and the body of Christ which contain what he aptly calls “my gospel”. Paul’s thirteen epistles too transition from the sign gifts, namely prophesying, tongue talking and healing to God’s grace alone being sufficient for the believer in this current dispensation (1 Corinthians 13).

The transition from his pre-prison epistles where he refers and speaks to/about unbelievers as well as believers, transitioning to his prison and pastoral epistles where he speaks only to believers. His pre-prison epistles emphasise salvation = getting people saved, and his prison and pastoral epistles put the emphasis on the edification of saints.
Then inserting a division to what is correctly known as the actual New Testament given to Israel which is once again based on the Law, beginning with Hebrews and ending with the book of Revelation, depicting seven law-based Jewish synagogues which are refined in the fire like gold, having to endure to the end (works required for justification).

These divisions correctly discern between the three timelines in the Bible, namely, TIMES PAST (Israel’s Old Covenant, including the parts of Genesis referring to Adam & Even and Noah), as well as the current dispensation known as “BUT NOW” (which refers to the Apostle Paul’s thirteen epistles which are doctrine for this current dispensation we are living in – take note how many times Paul says, “but now”), and then TIMES TO COME (which is doctrine to Israel during the tribulation period and millennium which are future).

To most the only division in the Bible is between the Old and New Testament, hence the reason why some believe they need to turn to God and he will heal their land, whilst others fight a spiritual “Joshua” battle, or face their “Goliath” and in so doing tend to spiritualize scripture.

They don’t know whether to turn from their sins, repent and be baptised in water, ask God for mercy, beg for forgiveness, confess their sins, change their lifestyles or believe everything/anything preached from the various pulpits of mainline denominationalist “churches”. Neither are they sure whether to sprinkle, dip, immerse or dunk in a baptismal font, swimming pool or the river Jordan.

Most have never heard of the Judgment Seat of Christ, nor are they aware of the difference between salvation and service. Most aren’t even saved – they think service (doing good works) is what saves their souls.

When someone professes to be gaining a closer or higher level in their walk with God, run for the hills, as one cannot get any closer to God than being saved, period. Claiming to gain a “higher spiritual standing” is petrification rather than edification. Fossil assemblies where they are ignorant of God’s imputed righteousness and try and gain His acceptance through their own righteousness by works of the Law, yet Paul emphasizes the fact that we’re no longer under the law, but under grace.

Anything one does in the flesh to gain rightstanding or justification in the eyes of God takes away from Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection for one’s justification. The gospel has now become watered down to “accepting Christ as one’s Lord and Saviour” circumventing what He did for you as a sinner. Christ doesn’t need your acceptance of Him, He wants you to believe His debt payment for your sins in order to be saved for your own good.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock”, and below is a picture of a man with long hair and a flowing white robe knocking on a door like He desperately needs you to open and let Him in (rolls eyes), actually begging you to let Him in because He’s homeless and needs to sup with you. “Poor Jesus, let Him in, his heart is broken and very few want Him or accept Him” which is in complete contrast to how He is depicted in the book of Revelation – mighty, powerful, the King of kings and the Lord of lords excercising His vengeance on an unbelieving world in times to come.

And that is what happens when unsaved religionists try to understand or make head or tail of the Bible. It’s like putting the Bible in a blender then choosing one verse out of the thousands of verses it contains and applying it to yourself like the Bible is some magic book and God led you to choose that particular verse. But God is a God of order, and there’s a definite order in relation to understanding the Bible, (2 Timothy 2:15) in order to realise God’s will and purpose for your life, for every man’s life, to know what the gospel is which saves your soul, to know how God is dealing with people when and how and particularly today.

In this current dispensation God is pouring out His unmerited favour on mankind in contrast to punishing and judging men for their wrong-doing or sin. Getting sick isn’t punishment, being destitute isn’t being punished, nor is being poor. Dying and not being saved is punishment.

Unsaved people have a tendency to be obsessed with their flesh, with the outerman. They want to heal and adorn their flesh which makes them feel good, and when they feel good about themselves (in the flesh) they automatically feel saved and blessed. No “negativity”. This is the reason why most people do not believe the gospel because firstly it puts them in a negative light, i.e., that they are sinners as opposed to being “good people”, and secondly Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross is gory and negative in their eyes.

Compare Pauline Christianity to the various religions of the world. Most, if not all religions make YOU feel good about yourself because they do not judge you to be totally depraved, on the contrary they tend to see “the good in all men” and put the emphasis on this instead. “Good men and women who come to God” instead of “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

The basic error of a works/performance based programme which all religions adhere to and fail to comprehend is this: If they can or are able to save themselves through/by good works then Christ needn’t have been crucified, nor would it have been necessary for him to have risen from the dead.

Religions hand out probation instead of salvation, and that includes mainline, institutionalised denominationalism.

Probation is based on self-reliance which is opposed to God-given salvation, a gift which is to be received and seals the believer.  Christ didn’t die on the cross in order for us to perform, He died in order for us to have peace, knowing we are saved.

 

 

 

 

Shock

Why are most people shocked when they hear that someone has died?

I mean, it’s the end result of every human being on this planet.

In our ignorance, do we not realise that some people die young, while others will die tragically.

Are we too busy with our “important” lives on this planet so as not to expect or think that people will die, some soon, some later?

Had a conversation recently with someone who stated that they aren’t worthy of going to heaven, but when they die, they want to set up a meeting with God to set the record straight.  Like they’re pompous enough to think God sets up appointments with lost sinners, and that He doesn’t realise their motives, not to mention that they’re still clothed in their own righteousness, not wanting to  believe the gospel of their salvation.

The Queen is already 90.  How much longer do you think she and Prince Phillip will be around?  She might have lived a good life, but with age comes heart failure, cancer or organ failure in general.  The heart, liver, kidneys and lungs can only work for so long before they are inclined to give in.

There are however people who live until the ripe age of 120 – they’re more the exception than the rule, and some of them drink moonshine, smoke and don’t exactly watch what they eat as most of them are too poor, most of them haven’t done any regimented form of exercise in their lives either.  I hope I’m not one of them – I personally think that living that long is pointless.  I don’t want to live to be more than 70 on this planet, in this world, and it has mainly got to do with the state of this world, ignorance and inanity being at the top of my list of things which totally annoy me.  Ignorance and inanity which equate to rank unbelief.

God is some peoples’ “happy button”.  Unhappy?  Press the “happy button” as God is just waiting on your praise, He can’t exist without it.

Most cannot bring themselves to believe something as simple as the gospel.  It’s a case scenario where something is far too simple to believe, “no, it cannot be that easy”.  They’d rather pay pennance, bloody themselves up, get hurt, remain confused, go on a life-long tangent trying to figure out what the gospel really is, and expect countless blessings for “praising His name”.  Want something?  Praise His name. Like God is totally ignorant and cannot see when He is being used.        Want to please Him?  Then behave.  He’s just waiting for you to “cleanse yourself” because Christ couldn’t do it for you on Calvary’s cross.

What an insult it must be to Him when people profess to speak in tongues, take Israel’s covenant promises for themselves, “heal the sick” and revive the dead.  Have you ever come across ONE person who has been resurrected from the dead?  No?  Nor have I.

It’s not easy knowing the truth, in fact it’s downright difficult in that you know where people are going when they die, and the majority of them are hell bound, even the so-called church-goers, even the ones who are currently being persecuted in the Middle East for their so-called Christian beliefs.  Only a fool will try and kid himself into thinking that most who call themselves Christian are heaven bound.  It’s difficult in that you don’t fit in anywhere in this world, most people think you’re totally crackers for believing what you do.  Some think you belong to a Cult, others think you’ve lost the plot and you don’t even believe the earth is flat or that your appliances are spying on you.

Would you as a Mid-Acts Dispensationalist trade your life for someone else’s who is rich, successful in this world, and lives an enchanted life?

I wouldn’t because my inheritance is far greater and supersedes anything they have or could imagine.  I’ll live eternity reconciled to God ion heavenly places.  Their glory is now, and in the flesh – short-lived.  My glory is eternal in the spirit, with a new body.

For the politically correcto’s who come sniffing around my blog to judge me:

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

FROM SUCH TURN AWAY.

The Apostle Paul’s words, right?

You profess to follow him, don’t you?

Do you question how loving he was in saying that?

And no, “but, but,  but…” just won’t do.

The Apostle Paul was a soldier, not a sissy boy living in the 4th dimension.  He had both feet firmly on the ground.

The only thing you seem to be good at is turning away from people who speak the truth because they’re in the minority, because you like the FEELING of belonging, after all, “how can so many people be wrong?”

Question : How many friends did the Apostle Paul have at the end of his life?  Did he have thousands of followers?  Did he shy away from “telling it as it is”?  Was he loving for the sake of peace and unity?

If you’re a Mid-Acts Pauline Dispensationalist you have a high calling, and being pathetic is not part of that calling.

Think about it.

We do not uphold people/sinners above God and His doctrine.

You are a debtor – what do you owe people?

The preaching of the gospel in order that they might be saved.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

PEOPLE WHO ONCE PROCLAIMED TO FOLLOW PAUL, BUT TURNED AGAINST HIM

2 Timothy 3

FAUX CHRISTIANS & HERETICAL CHRISTIANS:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was.

IN CONTRAST TO THE ABOVE – REAL CHRISTIANS:

10  BUT thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

THE REASON WHY THE APOSTLE PAUL CALLS IT PERILOUS TIMES:

12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Once they turn on you, they start persecuting you.  The very ones who accuse you of being judgmental, refuse to see their very own judgment of you, the only difference is that they judge you according to your behaviour, whereas you judge them according to their doctrine.

That says it all.  

If you read this blog with a thin skin, being politicially correct and steeped in denominationalism, yes, then you’re going to have a huge problem.

Paul called them what?

Traitors

False accusers

Highminded

If he were on some Fakebook forums and on some friends’ lists – they would’ve labeled him unloving, judgmental, crass – you name it.  “Where’s the grace and peace” in calling people traitors……..

We have too many tin lizzy, simple-minded so-called Christians out there who are steeped in New Age dung, and couldn’t be SOLDIERS even if they tried.  More like they are blue beret UN “soldiers” who are deployed to “keep the peace” and accomplish absolutely nothing – zero – zilch – nada.

Paul talks about his charity, and at the same time calls those who turned on him TRAITORS, HIGHMINDED, LOVERS OF THEMSELVES – read it and be a soldier, not a sissy.

I’m thinking that if one had to call anyone a traitor on a M.A.D group on Facebook you would get banned for calling people names……. because they think traitors are people who turn against their own country – they look at it in a fleshly sense, or a…………. wait for it……… spiritual sense, as in “I’m spiritual”.

Huh?