Joey Chive28 January 2009 at 3:51amPosts: 180 (0 today)Status: offline
1st Corinthians 4:6
Verse 6 is positive, objective proof that we should apply verse 1 of this chapter to Paul and Apollos, or whoever else was with Paul on his missionary journeys. We, as verse 1 says, should regard Paul as the one Jesus entrusted with the secret things of God. This is very important in order to understand how to interpret the bible. Jesus revealed the secret truths of God to Paul. We must go to Paul?s 14 letters to find out the mystery.
The book of James didn?t speak about the mystery of Christ. In fact, it was written to Jews, not to Gentiles. James is certainly the word of God, but it?s more like the book of Proverbs than the Gospel of Jesus. For the gospel of Jesus, we must go to Paul.
If an agnostic claims that he cannot know about God, it is because he doesn?t believe that God revealed the secret things to Paul. I believe in what Jesus revealed to Paul. It makes too much sense to not be true. But those without the Spirit of God cannot understand Paul?s letters. Of course they go to them in their theology. But they only rip verses out of context to support their false-thinking. They do not know the gospel message. If you want to understand Paul, then receive the Spirit of God.
How, you ask? Just ask your Father for the Holy Spirit and He will give Him to you. If a child asks his father for an egg, will he give him a scorpion? If we, being evil, know how to give good things to our children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?
If a Christian believes that the secret things were entrusted to someone else besides Paul, they are not believing in this portion of Scripture. Paul said that he applied the secret things to himself, so that people would not go beyond what Paul wrote in his letters. Just read these verses and see. Now Paul says that he has received the mystery of the gospel, and if anyone preaches another gospel besides the one Paul preached, let him be eternally condemned. Believe me, every false Christian theology contains Paul?s writings. But as Peter says in his epistle, Paul wrote with the wisdom of God. Ignorant people, who are unstable, distort his words to their own destruction.
If this is true - that Paul has the mystery of Christ through direct revelation from Jesus, as Galatians says - Paul cannot be the only one to say this about himself. Jesus, quoting the law, says that the testimony of two men is true - John 8:17. Where is the testimony about Paul from two other men in the bible? Here they are. One of the men to testify about Paul is Peter in his second epistle. 2nd Peter 3:15 - 16 is a testimony from outside of Paul?s letters. Here, Peter says that Paul?s wisdom is from God: that he wrote with God?s wisdom; that Paul writes the same way in all his letters; that he speaks things in his letters Peter found hard to understand, which ignorant people who are unstable distort; and that Paul?s words are scripture. A pretty good testimony, isn?t it?
The second testimony, found outside of Paul, is from Luke in the book of Acts. Luke, in Acts 22:14 -15, says that Paul was chosen by God to know God?s will. This was revealed in all of Paul?s letters. It also says that Paul was chosen to see the Righteous One and hear words from His mouth. Paul saw Jesus and Jesus talked with Paul and taught Paul the secret.
In Galatians, it says that no man taught Paul the gospel - he received it from direct revelation from Jesus. This means Peter, James, and John did not teach Paul the gospel. So what were they preaching before Paul? It was more of a political message .
In Titus 1:3, Paul says that God chose him to bring His word to light at the right time. This means that before Paul, His word was not brought to light, and it was not the right time. I wonder what the religious people do with these verses? Luke says that Paul would be God?s witness to all men of what he had seen and heard from Jesus. How many times have you heard someone expound on this? They don?t talk of it because they don?t understand it. So the testimony of two or three men is true! Here are three: Peter, Luke, and the voice of Jesus in Acts. I?ll throw in Ananias as the fourth - Acts 22:12-15.
There is one more testimony from the book of Acts - Acts 26:13-18. Paul is recounting his meeting on Damascus road toward the end of Acts. Luke is writing Paul?s words under the influence of the Holy Spirit. Another witness for Paul. We?re up to five now.
These extra words at the end of Acts are there for a reason. Paul tells us new information, that is not in the early account, to drive home the change in the direction of the actions of God. Before Paul, the disciples were preaching Jesus as King of Israel. They thought that Jesus was coming to restore Israel in their lifetime, but He wasn?t. Jesus was now sending Paul to everyone with a new message of sanctification through faith, as witnessed here in these verses.
Israel would soon be destroyed by General Titus of Rome. The Jews, both believing and unbelieving, would soon be scattered over the face of the earth. The temple worship would stop, thus stopping Judaism in its tracks. And the new covenant in Christ?s blood would be preached on in the world.
Now there is no longer Jew or Gentile. There is only the church. And Paul?s message was responsible for this. It was hard for Paul in that transitional time. He was getting resistance from all sides. Even James and Peter weren?t acting in line with the truth, see Galatians 2. I am glad that Jesus chose Paul to preach the mystery. I am glad that we are saved by grace through simple trust in the cross. So now instead of resisting the Holy Spirit, I say to you, be glad too.