The Apostle Paul has specific instructions for the body of Christ as it pertains to Jesus Christ earthly ministry, other Apostles such as Peter, James, and John, and the Old Testament scriptures
Have you ever read the horrific account of what God did to Korah, Dathan, and Abiram when they attempted to usurp authority over Moses and Aaron? If not, read Numbers 16 KJV before continuing.
“Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?” Numbers 16:1-3 (KJV)
Now let’s review: Who were Korah, Dathan, and Abiram in comparison to Moses? Wasn’t Korah a Levite same as Moses? YES. Weren’t Dathan and Abiram Israelites whom God had delivered from Pharaoh and the Egyptian army, same as Moses and Aaron? YES. Wasn’t the Lord among Korah, Dathan, and Abiram as he was with the rest of the nation of Israel? YES. So why did God kill them by opening the earth and swallowing them alive? Simple: because Korah, Dathan, and Abiram attempted to usurp authority over a man God had specifically chosen and ordained for a specific purpose. (Exodus 3 KJV)
Now who was Moses? Was Moses the pope (speaking sarcastically) NO. Was Moses someone to be worshipped? NO. Moses was simply a sinner whom God had chosen to lead his chosen people into the promised land, and the nation of Israel was supposed to follow Moses as Moses followed God.
FLASH FORWARD 4,000 years: Who is the Apostle Paul? The Apostle Paul was a sinner whom God specifically chose to be the Apostle of the Gentiles.
“Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him” Acts 9:13-16 (KJV)
“Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:15-16 (KJV)
“For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:” Romans 11:13 (KJV)
With that being said, the body of Christ is told to follow the Apostle Paul as he follows Christ:
“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 (KJV)
“Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.” Philippians 3:17 (KJV)
Now why did the Apostle Paul repeatedly have to remind the body of Christ to follow him as he follows Christ? Because doctrinally, there are several mysteries that the Lord had given the Apostle Paul that was NEVER revealed to James, Peter, John, or even revealed by Christ during his earthly ministry. The Lord specifically choose to reveal them to the Apostle Paul.
“Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (KJV)
“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.” 1 Corinthians 2:7-8 (KJV)
“For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:” Eph 3:1-9 (KJV)
Now what are some of these mysteries and revelations that the Apostle Paul reveals to the body of Christ? Here are some that cause the most controversy:
Revelation # 1 – Salvation through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as a FREE GIFT of God:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (KJV)
“But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” Romans 5:15 (KJV)
Revelation # 2 – Jew/Gentile in one spiritual body (body of Christ):
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13 (KJV)
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:27-28 (KJV)
Revelation # 3 – Pre-time of Jacob’s Trouble catching away of the body of Christ (aka Pre-Trib rapture)
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 (KJV)
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thess 4:13-18 (KJV)
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Thess 5:9 (KJV)
Revelation # 4 – Judgment Seat of Christ (body of Christ)
“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” Romans 14:10 (KJV)
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:11-16 (KJV)
Revelation # 5 – Eternal Security (body of Christ ONLY)
“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Eph 2:8-9 (KJV)
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Eph 1:13-14 (KJV)
On top of these and other revelations given, the Apostle Paul has specific instructions for the body of Christ as it pertains to Jesus Christ earthly ministry, other Apostles such as Peter, James, and John, and the Old Testament scriptures:
“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:” Romans 16:25-26 (KJV)
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4 (KJV)
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
The Apostle Paul specifically instructs the body of Christ to take the preaching of Jesus Christ, along with the preaching of the prophets and other apostles and use them ACCORDING TO THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY REVEALED. This of course is done by RIGHTLY DIVIDING the word of truth.
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 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 1:6-12 (KJV)
The Apostle Paul NEVER preached water baptism for salvation. The Apostle Paul NEVER preached commandment keeping for salvation. The Apostle Paul NEVER preached enduring to the end for salvation. The Apostle Paul NEVER preached that the body of Christ will be present on earth during the time of Jacob’s Trouble. The Apostle Paul NEVER preached that the body of Christ replaced the PHYSICAL nation of Israel. The Apostle Paul NEVER preached that the body of Christ takes part of any land that God promised to the PHYSICAL nation of Israel. The Apostle Paul NEVER preached that the body of Christ is composed of spiritual Jews. The Apostle Paul NEVER preached Sabbath observance for the body of Christ. The Apostle Paul NEVER preached that the body of Christ walks by, possesses, or follows apostolic signs.
READ VERY CAREFULLY: If every born-again Christian today obeyed God’s words by following Paul as he follows Christ, NO CHRISTIAN would fall for demonic heresies and religious cults such as loss of salvation for the body of Christ, replacement theology, covenant theology, women pastors/preachers, apostolic succession, commandment keeping for salvation, enduring to the end for salvation, post-trib rapture of the body of Christ, mid-trib rapture of the body of Christ, Calvinism, Charismania, non-dispensationalism, hyper dispensationalism, ultra gracers, amillennialism, or post-millennialism.
You may still be asking yourself how this all ties in with Korah, Dathan, and Abiram? This ties in because similar to how Korah, Dathan, and Abiram attempted to usurp authority over Moses and Aaron’s God given leadership over the nation of Israel, the heresies and religious cults mentioned above attempt to discredit, ignore, or simply reject The Apostle Paul’s God given doctrinal founding in the body of Christ. In my 3 years of street preaching, 90% of the time the Lord has allowed me to deal with people who had issues with eternal security, the pre-trib rapture, or the rightly dividing the word of truth, they rejected it because it conflicted with their religion or religious views. They robbed Paul to pay religion.
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.” 1 Corinthians 1:10-16 (KJV)
If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone proclaim “I only go by what Jesus said, not Paul”. Or “I only go by what James said”, or “I only go by what John said”, or “I only go by what Paul said”, or “I only go by what Moses said” etc. People who say this are subliminally telling you that the Bible contradicts itself and they can’t or won’t reconcile it.
I can say with a clear conscience that I go by what the entire Bible says. I can do so because I rightly divide like the Bible says to do, and I follow Paul as he follows Christ like the Bible says to do. Without right division and Pauline doctrine, the New Testament believer is left with no spiritual lenses where they can walk in light of the scripture without continually collapsing into a pit of doctrinal contradictions. Don’t rob the apostle Paul to pay religion. instead do this:
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)