Paul Had None of What
Christianity is Filled With!
By Jan Lilleby
Whoa…now hold on for a minute! ‘You mean to tell me that Christianity has things or doctrines which Paul did not teach?’
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John had not yet come out with their historical writings on Jesus’ life and ministry. These books were not available on the market before 18-20 years after Paul had written Ephesians and Colossians around AD 62-63.
Their writings were published in anonymity, and names were not in their headings before AD 200!
In other words, his free Grace Gospel, which we find in Ephesians and Colossians only (!) was preached and taught by Paul, long before any of the gospels had been published; Gospels which almost the entire Christianity is basing its Doctrine of Faith upon. The oldest one is possibly Luke in AD 73, but it is disputed. Matthew came in AD 80 in Hebrew language. Mark in AD 83.
‘You know, John was baptizing in water, so let us do the water baptism. The apostles baptized in water, so let’s do water baptism’. A vulgar ‘Hill Billy’ way of reading the Bible, having no understanding that Paul had already filled his part of the world with his free Grace Gospel before anything of Matt. 28 and Mark 16 told of ‘go out into all the world and baptize – and lay hands on the sick and they shall be cured’. Col. 1:23.
Paul did not base any of his teachings on Matt. 28 or Mark 16. He based his teachings on the ‘Revelation of the Mystery’ – Eph. 3:1-9; Col. 1:25, 26.
All teaching, which Paul used to establish the early Christian Churches, is found in his two mentioned epistles. Here we find that one Gospel Paul had preached and dominated his ministry establishing Churches on that free Grace Gospel long before the four gospels.
Christianity is teaching of a ‘Future Rapture of the Church into heaven’ – based on what Paul preached and wrote to the Thessalonians, several years before he was sent to the Gentile world with the free Grace Gospel. 1.Thes. 4:14-18 was the teaching to that Church of how it would be with the coming of the Lord to establish the promised Kingdom for Israel, and it was then a scenario which would take place IF Israel had repented and believed on Jesus as their Messiah.
The nation never received Christ, on the contrary they rejected their King and they persecuted the King’s servants, and the King got angry and sent His armies against them and burned their city, Jerusalem. Matt. 22:7. AD 70 was the year.
This so-called ‘Rapture of the Church’ has been called off by the fall of Israel as a nation, and shall never occur. That is why we cannot find anything of this promise in Paul’s teachings after Israel had fell from God in Acts 28:25-28.
Actually, the whole issue of ‘The Second Advent’ is not mentioned at all in Ephesians and Colossians.
But he wrote instead of ‘Appearing with Christ in glory’ – Col. 3:1-4, and of a certain future day for the Church, ‘…the day of redemption’ – Eph. 4:30.
No Second Advent mentioned – a doctrine which Christianity is filled with!
No Rapture up in clouds – a doctrine which Christianity is filled with!
No Mark 16 of ‘Laying hands on the sick’ – a doctrine which Christianity is filled with!
No water baptisms in any form whatsoever – a doctrine which Christianity is filled with.
Paul taught of ‘One baptism’ pointing to the death of Christ on the cross. By coming to faith in Christ, every believer is thus baptized into the death of Christ. It is also likened to circumcision not by hands (of men), but by God. Eph. 4:5; Col. 2:11, 12.
No ‘Confession of sins’ – which Christianity is so ferociously practicing and filled with.
There is no salvation by the confession of sin. You can only be saved through faith, it is not by us, ourselves, - it is the gift of God, lest any man should boast. Eph. 2:8, 9.
Confessions won’t do it (James 5:15, 16); baptism in water (or the Pentecostal Holy Spirit baptism in Acts 2) won’t do it, - showing your faith by works as taught by James 2:24 won’t do it. Today in the Grace dispensation established by Paul, it is a heresy to teach that works can make you righteous!
‘Abstaining from pork and certain food’ and keeping Sabbath won’t do it.
Any such thing must be considered in our time with the free Grace Gospel, as sheer heresy. Paul clearly taught in Col. 2:16, 17 - pointing to Christ’s victory on the cross, “…let no one sit in judgement on you in matters of food and drink, or with regard to a feast day or a New Moon or a Sabbath.”
This also falls nicely in with his teaching to the Ephesians in chapter 2, verses 14, 15,
“For He is our peace. He has made us both Jew and Gentile, one body, and has broken down (destroyed, abolished) the hostile dividing wall between us, 15: By abolishing in His own flesh the enmity caused by the Law (of Moses) with its decrees and ordinances (which He annulled); that He from the two might create in himself one new man , so making peace.”
This ‘One new man’ can only be a fact if God first abolished the entire Law of Moses, which was a dividing wall between Jew and Gentile! Paul here says that the Body of Christ, which is the very same as that ‘One new man’, cannot exist unless first that Law of Moses was abolished. Sabbath was abolished, feast days were abolished, food ordinances were abolished. Because in the Church, the Body of Christ, Jew and Gentile is equal before God, and so in unity in the faith.
In Paul’s Church epistles, Ephesians and Colossians, written 18-20 years before the four gospels were issued, we find no more feast days, no food ordinances, no Sabbaths, no confessions of sin, no works demanded to show our faith, no water rite, no miracles and healings by the laying on of hands, no preaching on the Second Advent, no rapture of the saints up in clouds, no nothing! Illustration: Can you imagine Paul’s pointing finger?
And yet, over the centuries Christianity lost it and got mixed up with the teachings found in the four gospels, and Acts and epistles written in the Acts time period.
Salvation by grace alone, by faith as in Eph. 2:8, 9 still shines through the thick dark clouds of Christianity’s misconceptions of the Gospel teachings.
Their unfortunate confusion of the ‘Gospel’ in Acts – the Kingdom of God for Israel, and the free International Grace Gospel of Ephesians and Colossians, which have never had anything to do with the teachings of the Acts period.
This confusion is for all to observe, in that Christianity are made up of numerous denominations which failed to observe Paul’s free Grace Gospel and be true and faithful to that one Gospel.
Paul had none of what Christianity is filled with! Confusion.