Tuesday, November 5, 2019

FOLLOW JESUS NOT PAUL


There is only ONE Savior who gives
eternal life and that is Jesus and there is only one GOSPEL that
leads to eternal life and that is His words. Jesus Himself delivered
the Words of Life, His teachings and commandments. He did not entrust
it to anybody else, so that there would not be a matter of personal
interpretation of the messenger. His message was absolutely clear
that it is only through following and obeying Him that men can become
born again children of God and have eternal life.
The life, words, teachings,
commandments and miracles of Jesus were recorded by many, also by
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, which were preserved and included in
the Bible. Following His crucifixion and resurrection, before He
ascended to heaven Jesus commanded His disciples to: 19“Go
therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching
them to observe all that I commanded you;” Matthew 28:19,20.
Jesus also promised His disciples that
He would send the Holy Spirit to be with them and teach and guide
them into all truth and be with them for ever. It was not just for
them but for all those who would believe in Jesus as result of their
preaching. He promised them His Spirit, the Comforter, not a book, a
Bible or other messengers and teachers. He commanded them to wait in
Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to be given. The outpouring of the Holy
Spirit and the subsequent Acts of the apostles were recorded in the
book of Acts, by Luke, the writer of the gospel of Luke.
That is the full gospel of Jesus Christ
and the account of how the first believers received the Holy Spirit
and functioned under guidance of the Holy Spirit. That is God’s
plan of how Spirit filled born again children of God would function.
That is also what the apostles did, those who were with Jesus from
the beginning, His disciples. Those who were born again and received
the Holy Spirit would go forth under guidance of the Holy Spirit. The
gospel of Jesus is the gospel of the kingdom of God. Jesus did not
preach the Law of Moses or the Torah as some wrongly teach. Jesus
said that: 16“The
Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John (the
Baptist); since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been
preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.” Luke 16:16.
Jesus’ disciples, the apostles,
preached the gospel of the kingdom, the words and commandments of
Jesus, as is seen in their Epistles, those of Peter, John, James and
Jude. They did as Jesus commanded making disciples of Jesus, not of
themselves. Further they did not start churches or build churches.
“And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and
breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals
together with gladness and sincerity of heart,” Acts 2:46. The
Jewish temple was soon to be destroyed, never to be rebuilt.
Saul of Tarsus was persecuting the
followers of Jesus, when he met Jesus on the Damascus road. Jesus
called him and he became the Apostle Paul. Paul preached Jesus
Christ, holiness, righteousness and obedience to Him.
Many false teachings were developed
from the teachings of Paul, and many have been led astray from Jesus
because they followed after the false teachings. These are teachings
like the false “Grace Gospel” and “Once saved always saved.”
Many false doctrines have been developed by Bible teachers who twist
the words of Paul, as Peter also testified in 2 Peter 3:14-17.
“Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent
to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 15and
regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also
our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to
you, 16as
also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things,
in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and
unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the
Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17You
therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that
you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall
from your own steadfastness, 18but
grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior.”
Jesus is Lord. His words are the words
of eternal life, not the words of Paul or of any of Jesus’
followers. Many believers have become followers of Paul, or rather of
a false image of Paul, that they have created in their minds. Jesus
Christ is the STANDARD. His words are the requirement to enter the
kingdom of heaven and have eternal life. It is our relationship with
Jesus and our obedience to Him, that will determine whether we will
enter heaven. We will be judged by the words of Jesus, not the words
of Paul.
Many compare
themselves with Paul. We must each work out our own salvation with
fear and trembling. We will each give account to Jesus for our own
deeds. No sinners will enter heaven. There is no grace for Christians
that disobey Jesus and keep on sinning. Without holiness no one will
see the Lord. Paul did not preach any tolerance for sin. He warned in
all of his writings. We read in 1 Corinthians 6:9,10  “Or
do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of
God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor
adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 
10nor
thieves, nor 
the covetous,
nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom
of God.”
Paul
was a man of God, who was called by Jesus and received many
revelations from Jesus. Paul preached and wrote many things, some of
them his own commandments. Neither were Paul, nor his teachings
complete. He was the one that said:”

9For
we know in part and we prophesy in part; 
10but
when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 
11When
I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child,
reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish
things. 
12For
now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in
part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully
known.” 1 Corinthians 13:9-12.
It
is a grave mistake to follow after anybody else but Jesus. We must
not follow after Paul, the apostles or any other person, even if they
are men of God. We must follow Jesus and obey His words and
commandments, as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, to have
eternal life. Jesus alone is the WAY. Follow Him.
May
Jesus bless you.

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