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Paul - Least in the Kingdom

Paul - Least in the Kingdom

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Paul : Apostle to the Gentiles - Least in the Kingdom?
 Published by 119 Ministries with permission from Awakened Church
 email:clint@AwakenedChurch.com 
Introduction: Biblical Inerrancy and the New Testament
 Almost all Christian denominations teach biblical inerrancy: all Scripture is without error and true. I haveno issue with this concept at all; in fact, I wholeheartedly agree with it. However, I take exception with themodern Church’s implementation of this concept as it is applied to the New Testament.Before you label me a heretic, please hear me out.We all approach the New Testament from the standpoint that it was written to you, or me, or a group of which we have been a part, or that church down the street. And because it was written to me, I instinctivelyunderstand all of the concepts and issues that are being discussed. I was even urged to substitute my namein certain passages to make it “real to me.”Consciously or unconsciously we have all been lazy in our study and reading of Scripture. We never takethe time to learn about the cultural practices, mindset, religious practices, language and historical background of the biblical time period. In the past when I read seemingly contradictory passages, I wouldsimply shrug and wonder what it meant, or just call it a “mystery,” but I can no longer ignore these types of  passages.The following passages are some of the Scriptures with which I am currently wrestling.Paul stated that the law is “done away with” and he appears to promote a “no-law” doctrine. 
 
Rom_10:4 KJV For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Jesus appears to promote the opposite “pro-law” doctrine: 
 
Mat_5:19 KJV Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teachmen so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teachthem, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. On the other hand, Paul says:
 
1Co_11:1 ESV Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. In this paper I will attempt to present evidence and evaluate the Scripture adherence to either the “no-law”doctrine or the “pro-law” doctrine.Is it possible for us to reconcile these two opposite passages and still align with biblical inerrancy?Mat_5:18-19For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise passfrom the law, till all be fulfilled.(19)Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments,
 
and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do andteach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
 Part One – Jesus’ Relationships
 In order to get a sense of the true ministry of Paul, we must first examine the focus of Paul’s ministry:Jesus. We will start by examining the relationships of Jesus. 
 Jesus’ Relationship to the Father:
 
 
Joh_5:30I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because Iseek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. 
 
Joh_7:16 Jesus answered them, and said,My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 
 
Joh_14:10Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 
 
Joh_12:49-50For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me acommandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.(50)And I know that hiscommandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me,so I speak. 
 
Joh_10:37-38If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.(38)But if I do, though ye  believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I inhim. 
 Jesus’ Relationship to the Religious Leaders of the Day:
 
 
Joh_7:19Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye aboutto kill me? 
 
Luk_11:46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. 
 
Luk_11:52Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered notin yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. 
 
Mat_23:23Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise andcummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: theseought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.Read all of Mat_23:1-39 to understand the Savior’s disdain for the hypocritical leaders, thePharisees.
 
Joh_3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him,Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not thesethings? 
 
Mat_22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them,Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 
 
 
 Jesus’ Relationship to the Laws of God, given to Moses, the Writings and the Prophets:
 
 
Joh_10:35If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 
 
Joh_17:17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
 
Mat_5:17-19Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come todestroy, but to fulfil.(18)For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittleshall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.(19)Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 
 
Joh_14:15If ye love me, keep my commandments. 
 
Joh_15:10If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept myFather's commandments, and abide in his love. 
 
Mat_19:1 And he said unto him,Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is,God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 
 
Mar_12:29-31 And Jesus answered him,The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; TheLord our God is one Lord:(30)And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and withall thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the firstcommandment.(31)And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.There is none other commandment greater than these. 
From these words of our Savior, I am forced to come to these conclusions:
 
1. Relationship to the Father  a. Jesus is not teaching his own doctrine, he is only teaching what the Father has allowedhim to speak. b. The words of Jesus are magnifications of the Father’s laws –all of them, not just thefamous Ten Commandments.i. In fact, the commandment Jesus named as the “greatest commandment” is adirect quotation from Deu_6:4-5. Even today, this passage is known as theShema, the watchword of the Jewish faith. It is the first thing the observant Jewrecites when he wakes, the last thing he says when he goes to bed, and is eventhe last thing on his lips before death. There are accounts of the Nazis hearingdesperate cries of the Shema from the gas chambers before the deadly silenceduring the Holocaust.

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