Some time back I had a conversation with an individual about our Apostle Paul. This person stated to me that is sounded like I was worshipping Paul. It is interesting how relevant scripture really is. Not long after Paul established churches he dealt with this exact resistance. People questioned Paul’s position and authority throughout his ministry. People today are still questioning Paul’s ministry and authority. Let me be perfectly clear, we worship the Lord alone. We are nothing without his love, mercy, and grace that he freely gave to us. Let me also be perfectly clear again, the vast majority of everything we know about God’s love, mercy and grace toward us we learn from Paul’s epistles. Without Paul’s epistles you as a Gentile are little but a line in the Abrahamic Covenant that you would be blessed THROUGH ISRAEL. Once Israel rejected their Messiah Ephesians chapter 2 is clear that we had NO HOPE because we were without God and strangers from the covenants of promise. Regardless of this, people today still put themselves in the New Covenant that was so clearly promised to Israel. Paul’s position and authority are in question today for the same reasons that they were questioned 2000 years ago. When Jesus revealed the mystery information to Paul it made Satan look like a fool.
1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
The mystery was “hid in God” as Ephesians 3:9 so clearly states before the world began. (see also Rom 16:25) Paul revealed that the crucifixion actually opened up Grace to ALL. (Rom 11:25) The mystery revealed that everyone can be saved entirely apart from works by solely trusting in the finished work of the cross. (1 Cor 15:1-4) Satan HATES the mystery because the mystery shows Satan to be a fool. Satan will do anything in his power to obscure, confuse and deny the teaching of the mystery. How else can you explain the fact that scripture teaches the mystery so clearly and yet Christianity knows little to nothing about it? The fact remains that Paul himself said “I magnify mine office” (Rom 11:13) Paul could say this because he received his office directly from Jesus Christ. (Gal 1:12) Israel had 12 Apostles for the twelve tribes of Israel. We have our one Apostle for the one body of Christ. Scripture tells us if any other gospel is preached besides the one Paul preached let him be accursed. (Gal 1:8-9) Why, because Paul was the first one to preach the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24) Christianity is so busy defending their denominational position they are not willing to let the Bible speak for itself. The Bible tells you to rightly divide it. The Bible also tells you to be pleasing to God in this dispensation you must follow the Apostle Paul. Why, because Jesus sent Paul to you. I give Paul his due authority as my Apostle whom Jesus my Savior sent to me. Why would Jesus need to send Paul to me? Because scripture is clear that Jesus’ ministry was to Israel.
Steve Schoenberger is a student of the Bible and the teacher at Abundant Grace Bible Fellowship, A Mid-Acts Dispensational Bible church teaching the Bible rightly divided according the revelation of the mystery delivered to the Apostle Paul