Significantly, Titus, non-Jewish though he was, was not required to be circumcised. There was no room for a 13th apostle, as Jesus said 2x that there would only be 12 into eternity. See our article at this, 8. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. 15-16 We Jews know that we have no advantage of birth over “non-Jewish sinners.” We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. This is the P46 manuscript. And as F.F. Galatians 2 New Living Translation (NLT) The Apostles Accept Paul. You refrain only if such a “weak” minded brother might see you exercising the right to eat meat sacrificed to idols, and violates his "weak" conscience. It does not require us to wait for long to learn the apostolic conclusion to what began in Acts 21:21 -- examining Paul for apostasy. God did this so that the Holy Spirit could make the Gentiles into a holy offering, pleasing to him” (Romans 15:16, CEV). What was that? See, You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone, ." This passage is thoroughly treated in Jesus' Words Only. Philip Schaff) (1891) vol. See Acts 22:14-22. These works contend Peter realized that Paul - obviously revised after 325 AD by the corrupting hand of the Catholic historical editor Rufinus to be named as "Simon Magus" rather than Paul -- followed a different Christ, and was the enemy who teaches against the Law, and invites Christians to eat meat sacrificed to idols as long as not eaten in front of a Christian who thinks it is wrong. These apostles did not ordain Paul to become an apostle, nor did they “assign” him to the task of evangelizing the Gentiles, but they simply acknowledged that he already was an apostle with that specific calling. Luther and many pro-Paul scholars admit Paul's Epistle to the Galatians reflects (1) Paul's putting down the leading apostles, intending us to understand they are "false apostles" who teach "another Jesus" than Paul (see. Korah's rebellion was against Moses ruling over the people. 7 Instead, they saw that God had given me the responsibility of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as he had given Peter the responsibility of preaching to the Jews. Obviously first because the true Jesus endorsed the Law in Matthew 5:17-19. And because Paul’s view of grace was contrary to the true Jesus' teaching in Luke 16:32-34 and 17:8-9 about a merited grace ("charis" used 4x by Jesus). As Professor Eisenman, an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls, persuasively argues about this Dead Sea Scroll document --- the Damascus Document -- has an uncanny parallel to Paul and the Just One - James the Just, as well as confirms that the the name of the earliest Christians was the EBIONITES. See our article at this link. These wolves in sheep's clothing thereby denied the authority of the true Lord Jesus. The Mosaic Law rejected tithes from areas outside ancient Israel. Latter-day Saints are fine with calling Paul an apostle; that honorific is right there in the KJV, after all. Reber was correct. Augustine points out that Paul contradicts faith alone in 1 Cor. (Eusebius, Hist. (G. Ulhorn, "Ebionites," A Religious Encyclopedia (ed. See Canon in this article at this, 23. 13 As a result, other Jewish believers followed Peter’s hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. Paul’s mission was to proclaim the gospel to the Gentiles: “He chose me to be a servant of Christ Jesus for the Gentiles and to do the work of a priest in the service of his good news. I would be acting as a charlatan. How so? 19 For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. Given his accpetance by the apostles and the elders in Jerusalem, all (or virtually all) Christians have accepted his letters as inspired and as part of the New Testament. Paul complies, and says nothing to dissuade James' confidence that Paul is not an apostate from the Law. For it is unlikely the apostles singled out help monetarily for only the poor of Jerusalem when the poor are everywhere. See also Paul Never Served as A Messenger of Meaningful Words from Christ. These other Scriptures were the Old Testament writings, works referred to as inspired by God by the apostle Paul (2 Timothy 3:16-17), the apostle Peter (2 Peter 1:20-21), as well as Jesus (Matthew 5:17-20). The debate with Paul, who often deflects charges he is "lying," was over the proof text Paul, 16. Now this same passage was used by Paul twice as a proof text for faith alone. 2 Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too. 25. (3) Since Paul is an apostle, his epistles are the inspired Word of God. Incidentally, translators never once render "charis" as anything but "credit" or "thanks" in these Lucan passages, obscuring our ability to discern Jesus even had a message on grace. I identified myself completely with him. 17-18 Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? Korah's rebellion was against Moses ruling over the people. The accusation is frivolous. 2:14) -- something Paul endorses multiple times unless you are around a "weak" brother who thinks it is wrong. This distrust of Paul by the apostles continued. 4. 10:28-29; 1 Cor. In Acts 21:21, this James known as James the Just -- who was one of the "apostles" in Paul's mind (see Gal. 2 I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. See Numbers 16:1-11. PAUL ACCEPTED BY THE APOSTLES. They wanted to enslave us and force us to follow their Jewish regulations. Here are 12 proofs: 1. Many have degraded Paul’s writings as though his writings have no place in the Bible. (Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.26.) What was that? Yet, this means he concedes a canonical book with Jesus’ words often present is anti-Paul. Paul pitted one verse of the Bible against another. It also directly contradicts Genesis 4:1-9, as explained at this link. (James 2:24 RSV.) The exceptions are few where Paul says something was given by revelation, a trance, vision, etc. Peter (2 Pet 3:16-17) clearly considered Paul’s writings inspired. The Apostle Paul, the writer of fourteen books of the twenty-seven in the New Testament, is called sexist, bigoted, homophobic, and more. (See Greek tab.). See link. 15. As Augustine even confessed in the last quote, in, These wolves in sheep's clothing thereby denied the authority of the true Lord Jesus. He made three long missionary journeys throughout the Roman Empire , planting churches, preaching the gospel, and giving strength and encouragement to early Christians . See link. 2 at 684 (PDF)). After the Jesus of Damascus visited Paul on a road outside Damascus, Paul rushed to Jerusalem to see the 12 Apostles to tell them what happened. Proof for this is even in the pages of the NT. Also, in Revelation 2:20, Jesus quotes Paul's words in 1 Cor. Some English translations put this sentence in verse 19. 24. Paul clearly did so, only restricting doing so when around someone who thought it was wrong to do so. 17 But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. 19-21 What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. This is because Paul many times makes clear he does not generally write under inspiration. Eusebius in 325 AD likewise said the Ebionites "thought it was necessary to reject all the epistles of the apostle [Paul] whom they called an apostate from the Law." He was the first bishop of Jerusalem, Jesus' brother. 20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. Luther and many pro-Paul scholars admit Paul's Epistle to the Galatians reflects (1) Paul's putting down the leading apostles, intending us to understand they are "false apostles" who teach "another Jesus" than Paul (see Paul Knew the 12 Taught Another Jesus); and (2) the 12 apostles had refused to give him a commendation in writing as Paul had hoped. (Augustine, Faith and Works (republished, 18. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily. Here’s the situation. Finally, Jude compares this teacher and his followers with Korah's rebellion. Augustine then explains Apostle Peter says that due to that flaw, many "ignorant and unstable" fell from Christ into Lawless lives. Luke provides an entirely mute response from the 12 other than the rejection of Paul cited in verses 26-31 quoted above. But for true Christians, this was our Savior's words warning us about Paul, not apostle John expressing hate. 11 But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong. Why? The earliest church that traces to the 12 apostles known as the Ebion -- the Poor -- did exclude Paul from canon -- a well-known fact that is generally ignored. Thus because the name Ebionites was used earliest to refer to all believers before the term "Christians" was first used at Antioch (see link and this link), it is logical to infer this was the earliest name of the Jerusalem church under the apostles. Paul writes in Galatians 2:10 that the Apostles asked Paul to "remember the poor at Jerusalem." James, the bishop of Jerusalem, was in fact known as James the Just. 2 Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too. See link discussion. How do we know the Ebionites were the Jerusalem Church under the twelve? How so? It takes no stretch to deduce the Ebionites were the church of James and the twelve depicted in Acts 15. As Ezra Palmer Gould, a Christian professor, explained in The Biblical Theology of the New Testament (MacMillan 1900). However, the 12 apostles did catch on -- a fact that Paul’s "Jesus of Damascus" tried to delay taking place as long as possible. Paul had a corresponding disdain, implying the 12 were false apostles. First, James, the Bishop of Jerusalem and brother of Jesus (Gal. But when that conservative group came from Jerusalem, he cautiously pulled back and put as much distance as he could manage between himself and his non-Jewish friends. Luke records no positive apostolic response in Acts 9:26-31 et seq to Barnabas' introduction of Paul to the apostles. 2 I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. In the last century, scholars have come to appreciate Paul as the actual founder of the religious movement that would become Christianity. Contentment means accepting things the way they are — in other words, not wanting anything more or different. 11:13-15 and 2 Cor. 18 Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down. Hence, we can confidently say that the Ebionites were the same as the Jamesian apostolic church at Jerusalem. (See link). The earliest church that traces to the 12 apostles known as the Ebion -- the Poor -- did exclude Paul from canon -- a well-known fact that is generally ignored. Because in Jude 4 and 11, we read an obvious indictment of none other than Paul for following a different Jesus: "(4)For admission has been secretly gained by some who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly persons who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Since he did not receive the gospel from Jerusalem, he did not need However, the Jesus of Damascus told Paul in a trance at the Temple that the 12 apostles will not believe he met the true Jesus, and this "Jesus" told Paul to leave Jerusalem without meeting them for that reason. After this experience, he traveled widely throughout the eastern Roman Empire, spreading the “good news” that Jesus would soon return from heaven and usher in the reign of God (“the kingdom”). See also analysis of 2 Cor. 9:1-2 when read together with 2 Cor. See link. However, the 12 apostles did catch on -- a fact that Paul’s "Jesus of Damascus" tried to delay taking place as long as possible. 2 1-5 Fourteen years after that first visit, Barnabas and I went up to Jerusalem and took Titus with us. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. See link. 1:19), and whom Paul identifies as an "apostle" (Gal. See Numbers 16:1-11. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. In addition, around 68 AD (some say 97 AD ) Apostle John wrote Revelation, in which Jesus spoke in clear language in. [Page 131.]. For these reasons, a Paul-defender, Paul Renan in St. Paul (1875) at 220 said Apostle John's book of Revelation was a "cry of hatred against Paul and his friends." (2 Cor. Luke's negative-only response from the 12 is consistent with Paul's record of this first meeting of all twelve after the Damascus experience. Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good. For these reasons, a Paul-defender, Paul Renan in, 21. All rights reserved. 2:6). 21. The conversion of Paul the Apostle (also the Pauline conversion, Damascene conversion, Damascus Christophany and The Road to Damascus event), was, according to the New Testament, an event in the life of Paul the Apostle that led him to cease persecuting early Christians and to become a follower of Jesus.It is normally dated to AD 34–37. 6 And the leaders of the church had nothing to add to what I was preaching. [Page 125.] For example, Irenaeus (early 100s -202 AD), wrote that the Ebionites from an early stage "use the Gospel of Matthew only, and repudiate...Paul, maintaining that he was an apostate from the Law." 15 “You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. ); (Gal. We tried it—and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. 14 When I saw that they were not following the truth of the gospel message, I said to Peter in front of all the others, “Since you, a Jew by birth, have discarded the Jewish laws and are living like a Gentile, why are you now trying to make these Gentiles follow the Jewish traditions? This passage beyond all doubt clearly makes Paul an apostate under Deuteronomy 13:1-10. Paul clearly claimed to receive truth from Jesus, as did the other apostles. Many claim Jesus and yet reject the apostle Paul. 16, defending Paul, says: "The epistle of Jude is nothing but a bolt hurled at the head of Paul....". See. 2:14) -- something Paul endorses multiple times unless you are around a "weak" brother who thinks it is wrong. Only 7 of the 13 letters, however, can be accepted as being entirely authentic (dictated by Paul himself). If I was “trying to be good,” I would be rebuilding the same old barn that I tore down. Contemporary Latter-day Saints like their New Testament to resemble in every particular the structure and leadership of their own 21st-century church, so it’s discomfiting to realize that Paul’s ap… It should not surprise us. For in Galatians 2:6, Paul recounts that after meeting with the apostles / leaders of the Jerusalem church that the apostles still "imparted nothing to me," and the esteem others had in them meant "no difference to me. Earlier, before certain persons had come from James, Peter regularly ate with the non-Jews. 10. See this link. 1:19). He was afraid of criticism from these people who insisted on the necessity of circumcision. 5 But we refused to give in to them for a single moment. Paul confronts Peter After he received a vision (Acts 10:9–16), Peter was one of the first apostles to specifically advocate for sharing the gospel with Gentiles. When we are talking to people about salvation, we often ask them, “Why did Jesus have to die?” If we could be saved by works, Christ did not have to die. While I was there I met privately with those considered to be leaders of the church and shared with them the message I had been preaching to the Gentiles. Acts 8:3 says, "But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house; and dragging … Finally, the Ebionites preserved 1st century writings into the 2d of their opinions about Paul by writing the. I did this in private with the leaders, those held in esteem by the church, so that our concern would not become a controversial public issue, marred by ethnic tensions, exposing my years of work to denigration and endangering my present ministry. These words cannot be ignored, as they were written by a true apostle among the twelve. 3. See 1 Cor. While I was there I met privately with those considered to be leaders of the church and shared with them the message I had been preaching to the Gentiles. (Gal. 2:10 (”depths”) in disapproving fashion as what the false prophetess Jezebel relies upon to teach it is ok to eat meat sacrificed to idols (see Revelation & Paul), which Paul does give permission to eat at least 2x. What was that? 25:29 ASV.). 13. First, look how tight the connection is between Acts 21:21 where James tells Paul that he heard Paul was an "apostate," and then after Paul's deflects James' concern by performing a Mosaic law vow, the Ebionites find Paul is an "apostate" against the Mosaic Law. Peter could not and did not understand Paul’s message because, like it was stated earlier, Jesus Christ selected Peter as an apostle of the nation Israel (Matthew 10:5-7; Galatians 2:9). Of the 27 books in the New Testament, 13 are attributed to Paul, and approximately half of another, Acts of the Apostles, deals with Paul’s life and works.Thus, about half of the New Testament stems from Paul and the people whom he influenced. In addition, around 68 AD (some say 97 AD ) Apostle John wrote Revelation, in which Jesus spoke in clear language in Rev. This requires developing an "I can through Christ " attitude. God isn’t impressed with mere appearances, and neither am I. As a result of their repeated and unique support, Paul directly and publicly acknowledges their generosity. Given Paul's epistles could not be hid for long, James and the Apostles who followed Deuteronomy 13:1-10 would have in a reasonable time after Acts 21 found out about Romans 7:1-7. Even when he was about a four-days’ journey west in Thessalonica, they sent aid and Paul continued to accept. Reply Proving Apostles Rejected Paul. For it is unlikely the apostles singled out help monetarily for only the poor of Jerusalem when the poor are everywhere. 27 Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and described how Saul had seen the Lord, who spoke to him on the road to Damascus, and how Saul had spoken boldly in that city in the name of Jesus.… It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. At that time I placed before them exactly what I was preaching to the non-Jews. See Jason File, Letters of Recommendation in Early Church (2006) at pages 70-72 (refuting contrary views.) 20. 10 Their only suggestion was that we keep on helping the poor, which I have always been eager to do. 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