Understanding Paul

The Apostle Paul was a bounty hunter of sorts for the Romans. He was a
Jew (his original name was Saul) who did the Roman’s dirty work by
rounding up Christians for trial, persecution and execution. He
considered, as did the Romans as well as much of the Jewish hierarchy
of the day, anybody who followed Jesus to be fair game.

He met with a vision of Jesus on the road to Damascus, and then turned
his entire life over to God from that single, brief vision.  He became
what modern day pastors should be. That is the reason why today, he is
scoffed at by many in the humanistic church. He was what they are not,
and what they are afraid to be.

Take note, he is to be studied and learned from, but not worshipped.

As he traveled and preached the true Gospel and began many churches,
the Romans beat him, they imprisoned him, they threw him off a boat in
an attempt to drown him, and finally they killed him. He never once
turned his back on the Message of The Cross. He was in fact, the
Apostle most known for having been given by the Holy Spirit of God,
the theology and meaning of Christ’s Church.

l Corinthians 2:2

2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save (other than)
Christ and Him Crucified (for Salvation).

Paul refused to preach worldly musings or folklore. He preached
Christ’s Sacrifice, and what it means to us. That is the Message given
to us by God. It is the entire foundation that Christ’s Church is
built on. Jesus died for us, so we can be clean and have life, and
have it abundantly. As was the case, in what Paul taught.

Churches today have much to learn from Paul. Much of the current
Church is operating under the humanistic philosophy of the Church of
Laodicea.  A human message, with an “all show business“, lukewarm
faith in God. Many ignore the entire point of the “true” Christian
Church, which is Salvation through the Savior. That should be the
driving point to any Church’s  existence.

There’s a reason why some denominations and many individual churches
are currently attempting to strip Paul of the Apostleship that God
gave him. If he was right, and by his given place in God’s Word (the
Bible), and by the authority that God gave him, he was right, than
they are wrong.

Thankfully there are churches that are preaching the true message of
faith and salvation. They stand like beacons on a stormy shore. They
are still few in number in contrast to the humanistic, “tell them what
they want to hear” and preach  liberal,  one world religion
“globalism” churches, which dominate the landscape.

With every day, time gets shorter. Just observe the news, and then
read the Bible and you will see what I mean. 200 years still  to go?
10 years to go? Less?  Neither I or anybody knows just when, but the
Bible tells us we that we will know the season. In other words, we
will be able to see that the time is getting closer. If it snows in
early November, you know the season of winter is coming very soon. The
world is (metaphorically) experiencing blizzards every day.

Don’t get caught without a Savior. Beg forgiveness and then accept the
Grace (Forgiveness and Love) that He offers.

If you’re anything like me, you have a lot that needs to be forgiven,
but He has big shoulders.

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Simplification

With all of the issues and disagreements surrounding the meaning of
this verse or that verse in the Bible, with all of the complete
converse interpretations (and misrepresentations) that exist about the
Bible itself, I sit here to say to you, it is not nearly as difficult
to grasp “The Book’s” meaning, as it might seem.

The first time that I realized that I should understand the totality
of the Bible first, and then put verses in their context by first
applying them to what the Bible means as a whole unit, and then by
applying those same verses to the context of the other verses around
them, I moved forward in my understanding of Bible verse a thousand
years. I felt a freedom that I have never experienced before.

I’ll never be one of those who can quote chapter and verse from
memory.  Many of those who can do that, merely prove they have a good
memory, not great understanding, or a desire to see people actually
born again.

Most of us have been approaching the Bible like we would most books.
Let’s figure out the little stuff, page by page, and line by line,
then let’s figure out the book. The truth is, once you figure out what
the whole book is about, it becomes easier to understand what those
verses mean. Most of the world, including me, were or are doing it
backwards.

Bible first, verses second.

The first time you can hold a Bible in your hands, as a complete work,
will be the beginning of your incredible journey of understanding.

The Bible is THE book about sin. Where sin came from, and where it
will go, and how that will happen.

In the beginning of the Bible, in the very first book Genesis, in the
third chapter, verse six (only the sixth page in my Bible which has
2,221 pages), sin enters the world. First Creation including man and
woman, and then sin.

Late in the final book of the Bible, the book that is aptly called
Revelation, we see what the world will now look like without sin.

The Bible finishes with Revelation 22:21
The Grace (Love and Salvation, without sin) of our Lord Jesus Christ
be with you. Amen.

He has saved all of those who are there at that time. But saved from
what? Sin and it’s consequences of course.

The Bible indeed does begin and end with the subject of sin.  I will
say again, in my opinion, understanding the Bible is easier, when
approached big picture first.

Even within the Bible, understanding large sections (or books) of
text, will aid you in separating different subjects or verses.

My sister recently attended a Christmas service at her church. The
service sounded great and she mentioned that the pastor preached (of
course) about the birth of the Christ child, but actually ended with
something equating to the meaning of Easter.

What you say, preaching Easter on Christmas?  Absolutely I say!

In our journey of sin within the Bible, about 2/3rds of the way
through, we are introduced to the catalyst of our Salvation
(contingent on our acceptance) baby Jesus. Hence, our Christmas
holiday. A bit later in the Bible and 33 ½ years later in the life of
Jesus, we learn about His Sacrifice and Resurrection.

Within the totality of the book we call the Bible, with the knowledge
that it is the book about the journey of sin, the Bible then tells us
in more detail, how it has and will play out.

Big picture first, works even within individual sections of the Bible.

Christmas and Easter are the beginning and end of the same story. Then the real story begins.

I know for me, anything that can lay simpler those things that seem so
complicated, is a blessing. I hope this can aid you in your journey.

God Bless,
Wayne

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