“IF IT’S NOT THERE WITH PAUL, THEN IT’S NOT THERE AT ALL”.
This was the closing statement in our previous article, and our opening statement here in this one.
This tremendous ‘Grace Age’ Truth is both constantly knocking at our door and staring us in the face.
And it’s only in embracing this tremendous truth, that will dispel much confusion, controversy and deception, making way for clarity.
This truth gives Jesus Christ His rightful place and position of Ascension from where He speaks to us today.
He’s the same Jesus Christ, Who came to earth, born of a virgin, and grew up just like anybody else.
He walked the dusty roads of Palestine and ministered to Israel for three years during his earthly sojourn.
He had much to say exclusively to this little Jewish nation that HE came to minister to.
This was His ‘earthly ministry’.
And He did exactly that before being rejected by His own and sent to the cross.
But not for long, for Jesus Christ, Truth Personified, rose from the grave never to go back there again.
Risen And Mission Accomplished
Having risen and mission accomplished, Jesus Christ returned to Heaven, resuming His ‘Ascended’ place of authority, at God’s Right Hand.
It is now from that Authoritative place of Ascension that He speaks to us today.
He now has a ‘Heavenly ministry’.
HE has His final word on every aspect of our daily lives and things concerning our eternal destination.
And what we need to get hold of is this:
Apart from the coming of the LORD, it’s all been revealed, set in place and set in motion.
That throws modern day so-called prophetic utterances out of the window, which only lines up with deception.
And this is what we need to grasp, more now than ever before.
For if we don’t, we then allow deception and legalism to have its way and ruthlessly run roughshod all over us.
We will then be carried away by every wind of doctrine, which the Apostle warns us against in [Ephesians 4:14].
“IF IT’S NOT THERE WITH PAUL, THEN IT’S NOT THERE AT ALL” is the heavy powered ammo against the devil himself.
“Jesus I know, and Paul I know”, is the devil’s confession of fear [Acts 19:15].
What Do We Mean?
So just what do we mean by, “IF IT’S NOT THERE WITH PAUL, THEN IT’S NOT THERE AT ALL”?
If the Apostle Paul has not mentioned anything regarding anything that we may have heard, hear or think, then it’s not for us.
It simply does not belong to this ‘Age of Grace’.
And we’ll be more than just touching on some of these things in this theme series of, ““IF IT’S NOT THERE WITH PAUL……..”
For if Paul has not talked about it, means that Jesus Christ from His place of Ascension has not talked about it.
Remember, everything that Paul writes is only by ‘direct revelation’ from the Ascended Lord in Glory.
And he constantly makes it a point to tells us, that he has given us what he has received from the Ascended Lord.
Nothing more and nothing less.
Let’s take a look at some of them.
Not After Man
“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man”.
For I neither RECEIVED it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ” [Galatians 1:11-12].
“ For I have RECEIVED of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you………” [1 Corinthians 11:23].
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also RECEIVED …..” [1 Corinthians 15:3].
Paul says,“How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery….” [Ephesians 3:3].
Face To Face
Only this apostle heard and received from the Ascended Lord ‘Face to face’.
Here is what Ananias told Paul (formerly Saul) in [Acts 22:14]:
“The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One….”
That ‘Just One’ speaks of Jesus Christ.
Paul saw the Lord Face to face, “and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth”.
And Christ’s Words of instruction through Paul to us are ‘complete”.
“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you…..”
How clear it is, that everything “according to the dispensation of God” , and not man, was given to Paul for us.
Can we argue with or debate with that fact? There’s no room for it whatsoever.
And here is what we need to see as Paul completes his statement in [Colossians 1:25].
“….To fulfil the word of God” .
The word ‘fulfil’ that the apostle uses here, means ‘complete’.
It’s all been spoken and written, with no stone left unturned.
So, “IF IT’S NOT THERE WITH PAUL, THEN IT’S NOT THERE AT ALL”.
Something Worth Considering
Taking the historic setting into account, here is something certainly worth considering.
History belongs to God and lines up perfectly with His Word, and so it must.
We know from history that the Jewish temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD.
The Roman General Titus had the infamous honour to lead this destruction.
Israel lost their temple, priesthood and their land, and the Jews were scattered and dispersed throughout the world.
Jews have been found in every known nation right to this very day.
And it all started back then in 70 AD.
BUT here is the thing:
God did not allow the temple to be destroyed, till Paul’s letters were complete.
God waited till the Age of Grace Doctrines for the Church, the Body of Christ, were complete and in place.
Then and only then, did He allow the Jewish temple with all of its practices to be taken out and destroyed.
No Longer Valid
Judaism with all of its religious rites, rituals and sacrifices was no longer valid.
The temple destruction was God’s way of showing that.
For Christ, the one-time sacrificial Lamb of Scripture, had finished it all on the cross.
Religion, in any form or shape, was out of the window, and Grace was now here to stay.
That is why the second and last letter to Timothy, is in fact, chronologically, the last letter of the Bible.
It must be and which would fit perfectly in God’s Scheme of things.
For Paul fulfils and completes the Word of God as we saw earlier.
The second epistle to Timothy was written approximately about 66 or 67 AD, shortly after which this great apostle Paul was martyred.
Many think that Revelation or Jude are the last letters, but they are not.
Ordained by God, the Apostle Paul was the man to bring the Word of God to a perfect completion and close.
He is the man God chose to usher in the Age of Grace.
“Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles”, was what God said to this apostle in [Acts 22:21].
And he is still God’s man who through his epistles, will bring this ‘Age of Grace’ to a close.
This no doubt is a highly debatable topic which will never end till Christ comes.
And when HE does imminently come, all confusion will go and we will know all things.
ANY DAY NOW!
Every Instruction From Above
Every instruction for us comes today from above, Christ’s place of Ascension, His heavenly ministry.
And not from His earthly ministry, which we see in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
That was all before the cross and it was predominantly to the nation of Israel, ‘under the law’.
God still continues to deal with Israel for seven years after the cross, still ‘under the law”.
HE is giving them every opportunity to yet accept their King, in order to set up His Kingdom.
You can’t have a Kingdom without a King, and neither can there be a King without a Kingdom.
But Israel continues to reject, eventually stoning Stephen, God’s messenger, to death.
“We will not have this man to reign over us” [Luke 19:14].
So, after those seven years, God then introduces Paul onto the stage of human history.
And there is a total change in operation, and under a whole new program.
God is now going to the rest of the world ‘without Israel’.
And so, starts the ‘Age of Grace’, which began with Paul on the Damascus Road blinding encounter [Acts 9:1-15].
And “The Great Transition” begins.
EVERYTHING concerning this Age of Grace has been revealed ONLY to Paul the Apostle of the Gentiles, and there is nothing missing.
Indeed, “IF IT’S NOT THERE WITH PAUL, THEN IT’S NOT THERE AT ALL”.
For Us To Us
Everything in the Old Testament and the four gospels is ‘for us’, but not everything is ‘to us’.
The four Gospels are in fulfillment of the Old Testament, since the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
How clearly God, through the apostle Paul brings this out in [Romans 15:8].
“Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision”.
That’s the Jew, the nation of Israel who were the circumcision, and here’s why:
“For the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers”.
It is as plain as day!
And Scripture confirms this in [Luke 1:68-73].
So, the four Gospels were almost exclusively for and to, only the nation of Israel.
They are really an extension and part of the Old Testament.
Whereas everything in Paul’s epistles, are both ‘for us’ and ‘to us’.
We Need It all
We need all of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation to understand the attributes, and unfolding purposes of the God of creation.
But we must learn to leave things in their proper place.
We cannot take Scripture out of their context and try and forcefully fit it where it does not belong.
We cannot take things out of the Law and fit them into Grace.
It’s like trying to forcefully fit a square peg into a round hole, and severe damage is the result.
And unfortunately, most of Christendom has been doing just that for far too long.
Hence the reason for the untold confusion and divisions.
Every group seem to have their own set of doctrines, and yet there is ONLY ONE.
For the Ascended LORD has revealed it ONLY to the Apostle Paul.
And this is what we really need to lay hold of.
For this is where it all lies!
Everything to do with our salvation, and all those things that accompany salvation, lies only with this man Paul.
And so we keep stressing, “IF IT’S NOT THERE WITH PAUL, THEN IT’S NOT THERE AT ALL”.
What Scripture Has To Say
Here is what Scripture has to say about everything concerning the Old Testament and the four gospels for us.
And we find it it in Romans 15:4:
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime (that’s the Old Testament) were written for our learning……”.
So learning is the purpose as it so clearly says.
And now we have the purpose for this learning, and God is saying this:
“That we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope”.
Patience, Comfort and Hope are the reasons; it is what every single one of us need and Scripture provides that.
The reasons are clear.
Now why would anyone want to disturb and twist what God is saying and add other things to this simple statement.
That’s worth thinking about!
Remember, “IF IT’S NOT THERE WITH PAUL, THEN IT’S NOT THERE AT ALL”.
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