Rightly dividing the Word of truth
This is part 27 in a series of 53 articles about RIGHTLY DIVIDING GOD’S WORD OF TRUTH. All scripture quoted will be from the King James Bible.
In part 27, we continue rightly dividing Paul’s ministry under grace, from the ministry of the twelve under law.
Colossians 1:25-27: 25Whereof I(Paul) am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
I Timothy 1:12: 12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry. As you can see it was God who put Paul in the ministry.
The next two verses show the importance of Paul’ ministry for today.
I Timothy 1:15-16: 15This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first, Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
Paul, through inspiration say’s, God made me the pattern to follow for anyone who wants to receive the gift of eternal life in our time today. This is serious stuff folks; your eternal life depends on believing what God revealed to Paul for our salvation. You will not find salvation in any other books in the Bible, except Romans through Philemon, Paul’s epistles.
Another problem which is being taught in some of our churches today, is that they believe Paul was the thirteenth apostle, and he was teaching the same message as the twelve apostles. Again, we need to rightly divide the scriptures. It is impossible for Paul to be the thirteenth apostle, because he is an apostle of one to the Gentiles. Paul was teaching the grace message, and the twelve were teaching the kingdom message under the law, and only to the Jewish nation of Israel.
There were twelve apostles, one of them being Judas
Iscariot who betrayed Jesus, and ended up hanging himself. Judas needed to be
replaced, because during the Millennium or the One Thousand Year Reign of
Christ on the earth, the twelve apostles will be sitting on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel: Matthew 19:28: 28
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say
unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of
man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve
thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. There had to be
twelve, no more, no less.
So, who was the
replacement for Judas? The Scripture is clear regarding the replacement of
Judas Iscariot and his office among the twelve disciples. Paul was not and
could not have been considered the replacement for Judas since he did not meet
the qualifications for the task.
——– To be continued