Paul Wrote:

“No Ordinances in the Church!”



 ​​​​ We usually call this present dispensation for ‘The Dispensation of the Free Grace Gospel”.

As we take a brief look around – sifting through Christianity today, we seem to find​​ nothing other​​ than ordinances!

Lutherans as well as the Catholic Church are known by their formal services, having a priesthood dressed in fine colorful robes, in some occasions baptizing little infants in the name of the Father,​​ the Son and the Holy Spirit, stanching water on the little ones’ foreheads.​​ In other kind of services one will hear the vicar leading the assembly in the​​ confession of sins, or the Lord’s Prayer; and not to forget the Holy Communion with its bread oblates and the sharing of ‘wine’. Having a priestly​​ hierarchy, make this arrangement in Christendom look and feel like as if they are placed​​ between​​ God and man, as intermediators. God will listen to the vicar’s prayers as he represents the congregation. Or so it may seem.​​ And in these classic church buildings we find an altar placed in the fore, to which the vicar turns when saying prayers.​​ 

Other denominations have their sort of ordinances, such as water baptism of adults (not infants) by full immersion, - and the Baptist Movements are known for this ordinance. It is their public​​ ‘spiritual logo’​​ if you like.

And in Pentecostal assemblies you find the laying on of hands and prayers for sick believers to get healed by God, or to receive the ‘Baptism of the Holy Spirit’ and so on, and so forth.​​ They also perform water baptism rites, like the Baptists.

And through the centuries gone, classic denominations have influenced the politicians in their nations to have​​ certain calendar days​​ set up as Holy Feast days, such as Christmas, Passover/Easter Holiday, and Pentecost. Jewish​​ assemblies (synagogues) have their certain feast days according to their tradition. Seventh-day Adventist movement keeps​​ Sabbath and certain food ordinances and​​ other​​ rules of details connected to these.

Ordinances, all of which was called by Paul for ‘..only shadows of that which was to come’, but since now​​ Christ has come​​ these things are now dismissed and out.

Ordinances which our apostle Paul, the​​ apostle to the Gentiles, wanted us to have none​​ of!

Christianity has done the very opposite of what Paul taught us in Ephesians and Colossians.



It​​ is time to quote Paul’s teachings in this regard.

Before I do, let me remind you that Paul was the one who propagated water baptism out in the dispersion, Acts 19:1-7, AMP Bible net version,

«1It happened that while Apollos was in Corinth, Paul went through the upper [inland] districts and came down to Ephesus, and found some disciples.​​ 

2He asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed [in Jesus as the Christ]?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”​​ 

3And he asked, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.”​​ 

4Paul said, “John performed a baptism of repentance,​​ continually​​ telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, [to confidently accept and joyfully believe] in Jesus [the Messiah and Savior].”

​​ 5After hearing this,​​ they were baptized​​ [again, this time] in the name of the Lord Jesus.​​ 

6And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they​​ began​​ speaking in [unknown] tongues (languages) and prophesying.​​ 

7There were about twelve men in all.

Not only did Paul baptize these disciples in Ephesus, but as he laid hands on them they all were baptized (or filled) with the Holy Spirit, just as in the incident with Peter and John in Samaria in Acts 8:14-17, a follow-up of Philip’s work there,

«14When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that [the people of] Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.​​ 

15They came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit;​​ 

16for He had not yet fallen on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus [as His possession].​​ 

17Then Peter and John laid their hands on them [one by one], and they received the Holy Spirit.

Paul kept and he taught certain New Testament Jewish ordinances in the assemblies.

And he promoted the keeping of a​​ commandment given to them by Jesus, of having​​ Holy Communion​​ and​​ practicing the memorial of the Lord’s death and His promise to return, 1 Cor. 11:23-26, - also called ‘The Lord’s Supper’ -

«23For I received from the Lord Himself that [instruction] which I passed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night in which He was betrayed took bread;​​ 

24and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is (represents) My body, which is [offered as a sacrifice] for you. Do this in [affectionate] remembrance of Me.”​​ 

25In the same way, after supper​​ He took​​ the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant [ratified and established] in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in [affectionate] remembrance of Me.”​​ 

26For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are [symbolically] proclaiming [the fact of] the Lord’s death until He comes [again].

And let us not forget the extreme powers shown by the Holy Spirit when He guided Paul to perform the​​ most marvelous miracles, signs and wonders​​ among the Ephesians. Paul stirred up the entire big city of Ephesus, which held 200 000 inhabitants at that time, and (verse 17)​​ all who lived there got to know what had taken place, both Jews and Greeks.​​ He kept the ordinance and spiritual gift of​​ miracles​​ as we can learn from Acts 19:11-20

11God was doing extraordinary​​ and​​ unusual miracles by the hands of Paul,​​ 

12so that even handkerchiefs​​ or​​ face-towels or aprons that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out [of them].

​​ 13Then some of the traveling Jewish exorcists also attempted to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I implore you​​ and​​ solemnly command you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches!”​​ 

14Seven sons of one [named] Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this.​​ 

15But the evil spirit retorted, “I know​​ and​​ recognize​​ and​​ acknowledge Jesus, and I know about Paul, but as for you, who are you?”​​ 

16Then the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they ran out of that house [in terror, stripped] naked and wounded.​​ 

17This became known to all who lived in Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified​​ and​​ exalted.​​ 

18Many of those who had become believers were coming, confessing and disclosing their [former sinful] practices.​​ 

19And many of those who had practiced magical arts collected their books and [throwing book after book on the pile] began burning them in front of everyone. They calculated their value and found it to be 50,000 pieces of silver.​​ 

20So the word of the Lord [concerning eternal salvation through faith in Christ] was growing greatly and prevailing.

These miracles as well as the casting out of demons among the crowd, by sending forth his handkerchiefs and aprons, was part of Paul’s apostolic signs which followed the ministry everywhere he went. Such were ordinances only given for special God-chosen ministers, like Peter, Paul, John and others, namely the apostles. Philip also had this, and even Stephen – one of the seven to be helpers in the Jerusalem assembly.

No person today has​​ any such gifts or powers. It disappeared within the first century, and hasn’t been seen since.​​ 

Quoting Paul regarding the ceasing of ordinances – which was a consequence of God and Christ having abolished the Law of Moses first:

Eph. 2:14, 15, ​​ AMP Bible net version still,

«14For He Himself is our peace​​ and​​ our bond of unity. He who made both​​ groups—[Jews and Gentiles]—into​​ one body and broke down the barrier, the dividing wall [of spiritual antagonism between us],

​​ 15by abolishing in His [own crucified] flesh the hostility​​ caused by​​ the Law with its commandments​​ contained​​ in ordinances [which He satisfied]; so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thereby establishing peace.

Due to the ending of the Law of Moses – which was a spiritual Atom Bomb when he published this revelation – ALL sorts of known Jewish ordinances stopped, including also New Covenant related ones such as baptism and Holy communion ​​ etcetera. So Paul wrote in Eph. 4, 5 that from then on, there was just ONE BAPTISM. Which certainly do mean that the other ones were gone with the Law and were​​ abolished.​​ Water baptism stopped. Baptism in the Holy Spirit stopped.

That​​ one baptism​​ is what Paul held forth as a ‘Baptism into Christ’s death’ – likened with a circumcision done without (human) hands, but performed by God in the Spirit, Col. 2:11, 12,

“In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but by the [spiritual] circumcision of Christ in the stripping off of the body of the flesh [the sinful carnal nature],​​ 

12having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God, [as displayed] when He raised Christ from the dead.”

The assembly in Acts period, for the Kingdom in Israel, they had same baptism into Christ’s death as we have, but had additionally the water rite as well. With us, there is no more water baptisms. We are such ones who got to be baptized by God in the same instance we came to faith in Christ, a baptism into Christ’s death – it happened without any human hands involved…just God did this as His power and intent is a free​​ salvation, without any covenant involved. It is the gift of God.

Col. 2:13, 14 confirms what Paul wrote in Eph. 2:14, 15 – of the casting away of the entire Law of Moses,

«13When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (worldliness, manner of life), God made you alive together with Christ, having [freely] forgiven us all our sins,​​ 

14having canceled out the certificate of debt​​ consisting of legal demands​​ [which were in force] against us and which were hostile to us. And this certificate He has set aside​​ and​​ completely removed by​​ nailing it to the cross.”

Here Paul let us learn that this casting/littering of the Law actually happened way back there, as Jesus was crucified in 28 CE, but​​ was kept​​ as​​ a secret​​ until God found it convenient to reveal this to His bond servant Paul as he sat in jail in Rome 63-64 CE writing his two church epistles. The Law was nailed and KILLED as Christ took it with Him on the cross! Can it be told much clearer than this?

All ordinances went down with it. Nothing was left to be kept in future times.

Paul therefore made sure that his followers understood this, and wrote Col. 2:16-19 concerning Sabbath, Holy Feast days, New Moon days, food and drink ordinances – and all of these things​​ now cancelled and abolished, destroyed and littered forever,

«16Therefore let no one judge you in regard​​ to food and drink​​ or in regard to [the observance of] a​​ festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day.​​ 

17Such things are​​ only a shadow of what is to come​​ and​​ they have only symbolic value; but the substance [the reality of what is foreshadowed] belongs to Christ.​​ 

18Let no one defraud you of your prize [your freedom in Christ and your salvation] by insisting on mock humility and the worship of angels, going into detail about​​ visions​​ [he claims] he has seen [to justify his authority], puffed up [in conceit] by his unspiritual mind,

​​ 19and not holding fast to the head [of the body, Jesus Christ], from whom the entire body, supplied and knit together by its joints and ligaments, grows with the growth [that can come only] from God.

Almost the entire Christianity is in full opposition to Paul’s exhortations in Ephesians and Colossians. They simply will not submit to Paul’s teachings, but have come up with their own opinion based doctrine. Thus it goes sideways – as we can see. Creating numerous sects and cults and what not.

The quotation of Col. 2:16-19 kills the false doctrine of faith found with Baptists, Adventists, Pentecostals, Lutherans, Catholics, - the lot. They have all failed to submit to​​ our headmaster​​ regarding Bible doctrine, Paul the apostle to the Gentiles.

Thus it is tempting to view Christianity as a​​ twisted, scornful and disobedient​​ flock of spiritual rebels, making out their own ways, not God’s.

It gives us certain ‘vibrations’​​ reminding​​ of that of the infamous Pharisees​​ which Jesus chastised and reproved during His ministry on earth. They had changed the Tora so much as to add to it almost 600 new commandments (ordinances!), laying heavy burdens upon the Jewish people in their time. They were characterized by the Lord as​​ lovers of money​​ and of power. They wanted to be chiefs and not servants.






The Gospel of John:

Truth for Today?





 ​​​​ As I said in the first article in this series, John’s Gospel lines nicely up together with Matthew, Mark and Luke​​ as​​ historical writings, and is​​ no foundation for Doctrine of Faith to the Church dispensation.​​ It is not truth for today. It was true during the Acts period 28-62 CE.



We notice easily what took place after Judas’ suicide: By casting of lot it was God’s will to​​ fill the vacant place​​ in the flock, so they could be twelve and not just eleven, Acts 1:21-26 AMP Bible,

«21So of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus spent with us,​​ 

22beginning with the baptism by John [at the outset of Jesus’ ministry] until the day when He was taken up from us—one of these men​​ must​​ become a witness with us [to testify] of His resurrection.”​​ 

23And they put forward two men, Joseph, the one called Barsabbas (who was surnamed Justus), and Matthias.​​ 

24They prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know all hearts [their thoughts, motives, desires], show us which one of these two You have chosen​​ 

25to occupy this ministry and apostleship which Judas left to go to his own place [of evil].”​​ 

26And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was​​ added​​ to the eleven apostles. ​​ ​​​​ Editor’s emphasize.

At the same time,​​ we notice also that Paul was​​ not​​ taken in to fill this position.​​ He came on stage around three years later, in Acts 7 when he witnessed and gave consent to the stoning of Stephen.​​ Verse 4,

“Then they drove him out of the city and​​ began​​ stoning him; and the witnesses placed their outer robes at the feet of a​​ young man named Saul.”

God wanted Paul free from that flock, for He knew that he should be the one to go especially to the Gentiles, and​​ none of the twelve. The twelve were designated to preach to Israel only, within their land in the Acts period.​​ John was one of them. And, even more than that: He was one of the​​ three prominent leaders​​ among them (Peter, James and John). ​​ It was John that accompanied Peter when he healed the lame beggar outside the temple gate in Acts 3:1-10; and it was John who went to Samaria with Peter to assist Philip in Acts​​ 8:4-16 as they had Philips converts getting baptized in the Holy Spirit by laying on of hands.

In short, John was busy going with the apostles to preach the Kingdom-gospel to Israel inside the land all the time of Acts period.​​ And on top of this: The ‘wall of partition’ between Jew and Gentiles was in full effect all of the time, - the Law of Moses and also the New Covenant to Israel.

We find no word on God having chosen John for any other ministry than to stay in that flock of chosen apostles, twelve in​​ a frozen​​ number.

Actually, Paul’s words in Gal. 2:7, 8 – directed at Peter’s ministry to the​​ circumcised (Jews)​​ compared to his own ministry to the uncircumcised (Gentiles) must be held true for the entire flock. All​​ twelve apostles​​ were sent to the Jews,

But on the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised (Gentiles), just as Peter​​ had been​​ [entrusted to proclaim the gospel] to the circumcised (Jews);​​ 

8(for He who worked effectively for Peter​​ and​​ empowered him in his ministry to the Jews also worked effectively for me​​ and​​ empowered me in my ministry to the Gentiles).

In the times of Acts, 28-62 CE, John was one of the twelve and was never taken over into a new and different ministry. That position was reserved for Paul only:

Acts 9:15 is clear,

«9And he was unable to see for three days, and he neither ate nor drank.​​ 

10Now in Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he answered, “Here I am, Lord.”

​​ 11And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul; for he is praying [there],​​ 

12and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and place his hands on him, so that he may regain his sight.”​​ 

13But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many people about this man, especially how much suffering​​ and​​ evil he has brought on Your saints (God’s people) at Jerusalem;​​ 

14and here [in Damascus] he has authority from the high priests to put in chains all who call on Your name [confessing You as Savior].”​​ 

15But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a [deliberately] chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name​​ before the Gentiles​​ and kings and the sons of Israel;”​​  ​​​​ (Editor’s emphasize).

Paul was the only man chosen by the Lord in Acts period, to go to Gentiles specifically – as a permanent ministry.

None of the twelve were ever sent outside of Israel to preach to Gentile nations.




Yes, it is John’s Gospel history which reports of Peter (and of course the other eleven) ordered to go to the​​ lost sheep of the house of Israel.

This complies nicely with what Jesus said of Himself in Mat. 15:24, to the Gentile woman,

He answered, “I was commissioned by God​​ and​​ sent​​ only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

The same goes for the twelve, with the leader of the flock being told the task, John 22:15-17, Jesus revealed Himself to His disciples at the beach, and talked to Peter,

15So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon,​​ son​​ of John, do you love Me more than these [others do—with total commitment and devotion]?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].” Jesus said to him,​​ “Feed My lambs.”​​ 

16Again He said to him a second time, “Simon,​​ son​​ of John, do you love Me [with total commitment and devotion]?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].” Jesus said to him,​​ “Shepherd My sheep.”​​ 

17He said to him the third time, “Simon,​​ son​​ of John, do you love Me [with a deep, personal affection for Me, as for a close friend]?” Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you [really] love Me [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend]?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].”​​ Jesus said to him,​​ “Feed My sheep».

The​​ emphasized​​ orders spoken to Peter​​ in verses 15-17, reveals to us that they shall be doing the​​ very same ministry​​ which He had come for with caring for Israel, His flock of lost sheep: ​​ Feed My lambs, Shepherd My sheep, Feed My sheep.

Same ministry as Jesus: To take care of the​​ lost sheep of the house of Israel!

John was one of the twelve doing so. He​​ never stepped out of this frame of ministry. The Bible proves it by the fact that​​ no contra-order was given​​ to John to change his ministry.

They who say he went to Gentiles with a Grace-type of Gospel are entirely wrong. They are telling fairy-tales. John was involved and committed by Jesus to only go to Israel, the lost sheep Jesus was sent to in His first Advent.

Paul was the only apostle God sent to us Gentiles!

Eph. 3:1-9, ​​ Editor’s emphasize,

«1For this reason [because I preach that you and believing Jews are joint heirs]​​ I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus on​​ behalf of you Gentiles—​​ 

2assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was entrusted to me [to share with you] for your benefit;​​ 

3and that by [divine] revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I have already written in brief.​​ 

4By referring to this, when you read it you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,​​ 

5which in other generations was not disclosed to mankind, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the [Holy] Spirit;​​ 

6[it is this:] that the Gentiles are now joint heirs [with the Jews] and members of the same body, and joint partakers [sharing] in the [same divine] promise in Christ Jesus through [their faith in] the good news [of salvation].​​ 

7Of this [gospel] I was made a minister by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of His power.​​ 

8To me, [though I am] the very least of all the saints (God’s people), this grace [which is undeserved] was graciously given, to proclaim to the Gentiles the good news of the incomprehensible riches of Christ [that spiritual wealth which no one can fully understand],​​ 

9and to make plain [to everyone] the plan of the mystery [regarding the uniting of believing Jews and Gentiles into one body] which [until now] was kept hidden through the ages in [the mind of] God who created all things.



As Jesus once said – to Nicodemus,

“For God so [greatly] loved​​ and​​ dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes​​ and​​ trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

These words must be read under the ‘umbrella’ of Mat. 15:24 -​​ 

He answered, I was commissioned by God​​ and​​ sent only to the lost sheep​​ of the house of Israel.”​​ Editor’s emphasize.

John 3:16 was NOT spoken to other than the Jews, exclusively.​​ The translations are bad…and give the impression that Jesus was directing this speech to the entire world, all the​​ ethnos, the Gentiles​​ as well as the Jews.

This passage should have read: ​​ “For God so loved and dearly prized THE NATION (Israel), that He gave His only begotten Son….”.

John wrote himself explicitly that ‘Jesus came unto His own, and His own did not receive Him…’ (John 1:11).

John was present when Jesus told His disciples, Mat. 10:5, 6,

«5Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them: “Do not go among the Gentiles, and do not go into a city of the Samaritans;

6but rather​​ go to the lost sheep​​ of the house of Israel.” ​​​​ Editor’s emphasize.

Again and again we find Jesus repeating the importance of going to Israel, the circumcised, and NOT to the Gentiles (ethnos).

But in full disobedience to Biblical truth, Christian pastors today quote John 3:16 as if this were meant for Gentiles!​​ They actually are reading this passage into Paul’s two Church epistles, as if it has validity outside the context described in John 3, namely God speaking only to His people, the Jews, and not Gentiles.

When Jesus said those words, Israel and the Jews they were​​ segregated​​ by the ‘wall of partition’ (Eph. 2:14, 15) – which was the Law of Moses. God kept​​ Jews entirely to Himself and did not want to interfere with the Gentile world at that time.

Take a true lesson from me: ALL NEW TESTAMENT writings except Paul’s two prison epistles (plus Philemon), were written for Israel and her proselytes during Acts period 28-62 CE, and the wall of partition – the Law – kept them segregated entirely.​​ 

As Paul had the revelation given to him by God of the Mystery mentioned in Ephesians 3 and Colossians 1,​​ He also revealed to him that He had let the Law of Moses (the wall of partition) be abolished, torn down, annulled, blotted out. It was​​ crucified with Christ, but not revealed until Paul in 63 CE wrote Ephesians and Colossians from the jail in Rome.

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John never got that revelation (of the free Grace Gospel) like we find with Paul.

He certainly was the only apostle entrusted with this revelation. The twelve were apostles sent only to the circumcised, the Jews.









Killed and Obliterated by Paul!



 ​​​​ You may already (I hope) read the extensive article published here, written by Otis Q. Sellers in his time.

Actually, that​​ article should be sufficient for anyone to stay away from all forms of Universalism.

Seller’s scrutinizing work gunned down at least four of the most known forms of it, such as​​ The Universalist Church of America, Universal Restorationists, Racial Salvationists, and Universal Reconciliationists.

Of which A.E. Knoch – who was a real ‘Snake Oil’ swindler – was the originator of the latter. His method of fraud in regard to Bible quoting laid in the fact that he (much like the JW organization of our time) quoted​​ from​​ his own Bible translation, the​​ Concordant Version​​ and thus made people believe he quoted from the real original Greek Bible versions.

Otis Q. Sellers made a correct notice of Mr. Knoch’s fraud, as follows,

“Many of Mr. Knoch's followers accept​​ without question his claims for his version. If​​ these claims were true, it would seem that a version could be produced that would​​ contain no errors and need very little revision. However, if a comparison is made​​ between the 1930 edition of​​ The Concordant Version​​ and the 1944 edition it will be​​ found that hundreds of important changes have been made. Why so many changes​​ should be necessary in a version that claims to have bridged "human fallibility" is a​​ puzzle to me.”

How can anyone (as a​​ Christian) flat out sell their souls to such frauds as A.E. Knoch and other Universalists, when it has been proven that Knoch changed his​​ own Bible translation over a hundred times​​ in 14 years? ​​ They must be out of their mind.



The very hub in all forms of Universalism seem to be that they propagate a belief, that God will give all men (if need be) a so-called ‘Second Chance’ to​​ choose Jesus Christ as Savior. If they lived their lives as unbelievers here in this life, they will still be saved because of the grace of God in eternity.

Well, it is obviously not a thought or idea that could ever come from Paul, and not from any other Biblical person anointed by God.

This frenzy idea of a ‘Second​​ chance’ is nothing but human twit-twat, rubbish and total non-sense altogether.

In Paul’s two Church epistles, Ephesians and Colossians, such an idea glitters by its sheer absence. It is nowhere to be found.

What we find is several passages where Paul, the​​ apostle to us Gentiles, in a repetitive manner persist on SALVATION BY FAITH ALONE, no works (thus, no second chance!).



Eph. 2:8, 9, ​​ AMP Bible unless otherwise noted) –

8For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God;​​ 

9not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast​​ or​​ take credit in any way [for his salvation].

I emphasized​​ through faith​​ – this is the first cannon round Paul ‘fired’​​ against anyone who would dare to suggest any other way to salvation than by faith in Christ, no works, it is a​​ gift of God.​​ This latter emphasize was the second round fired by Paul: You cannot earn it, or work for it. You can only receive this gift by​​ faith alone, HERE ON EARTH, IN THIS LIFE.

The trickster-move from Universalists has always been that they​​ pretend as if God’s Word, as for instance Eph. 2:8, 9 – was directed at and written to all men in the world,​​ regardless of faith or no faith. And ignorant people buy this idea. It is totally foolish and vain, - a fairy tale at best.

They simply skip the intro of Ephesians, which clearly addressed this great Word of God to NONE OTHER THAN THE BELIEVING SAINTS in the time of Paul, ​​ Eph. 1:1-2,

1Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed), by the will of God [that is, by His purpose and choice],​​ 

To the saints (God’s people)​​ who are at Ephesus and are faithful​​ and​​ loyal​​ and​​ steadfast in Christ Jesus:​​ 

2Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.​​ 

The sure and true Word of God on salvation by faith alone, no works, it is a gift of God WAS FOR​​ THE BELIEVERS IN CHRIST, and not the whole ‘Universal mankind’.

All mankind goes​​ lost forever​​ unless they take to the faith in Christ while they are alive here on earth.

The Bible has no doctrine of any ‘Automatic life after death’ for anyone; believers or not.​​ Automatic life after death is a main factor in Spiritism circles and is not backed up by any Bible word.

The Bible says, ‘…For the dead knows nothing’.​​ (Ecc. 9:5.)

A dead person is​​ stone dead – and out of existence.

To be able to have life after death, God must raise you from the dead.​​ 




Paul was an expert in using metaphors…such as Eph. 1:13, 14,

13In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result]​​ believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit​​ [the One promised by Christ] as owned​​ and​​ protected [by God].​​ 

14The Spirit is the guarantee​​ [the first installment, the pledge, a foretaste] of​​ our inheritance until the redemption of​​ God’s own​​ [purchased] possession [His believers], to the praise of His glory.

I emphasized that which concerns the​​ Holy Spirit​​ in this passage. Overlooked totally by all Universalists. The Holy Spirit is entering our​​ being/mind in the very same instance we come to faith in Jesus Christ​​ here in this life, here on earth.

Having the​​ Holy Spirit​​ is likened – as in Paul’s metaphor – with a security, a guarantee for the promise of salvation, that we one day​​ shall experience​​ the final entrance into heaven up above.​​ This just nails it, doesn’t it? If we have a guarantee in us – the Holy Spirit – already here on earth, then there is total proof of salvation ALREADY DECIDED when we are alive here, and thus making any later decision (in a supposed imaginary after-life situation) obsolete.

Eph. 2:1-6 just keeps on underlining this important Biblical fact, refuting Universalism, pointing also to what concerns those who​​ have not​​ the Holy​​ Spirit, - those who was separated from God because of unforgiven sin, as emphasized by me below, - thus having Satan’s SPIRIT (!) ​​ ---

And you [He made alive when you] were [spiritually] dead​​ and​​ separated from Him because of your transgressions and sins,​​ 

2in which you once walked. You were following the ways of this world [influenced by this present age], in accordance​​ with the prince of the power of the air​​ (Satan),​​ the spirit who is now at work in the disobedient [the unbelieving, who fight against the purposes of God].​​ 

3Among these [unbelievers] we all once lived in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by the sinful self], indulging the desires of human nature [without the Holy Spirit] and [the impulses] of the [sinful] mind. We were, by nature, children [under the sentence] of [God’s] wrath, just like the rest [of mankind].​​ 

4But God, being [so very] rich in mercy, because of His great​​ and​​ wonderful love with which He loved us,​​ 

5even when we were [spiritually] dead​​ and​​ separated from Him because of our sins, He made us [spiritually] alive together with Christ (for by His grace—His undeserved favor and mercy—you have been saved from God’s judgment).​​ 

6And He raised us up together with Him [when we believed], and seated us with Him in the heavenly​​ places,​​ [because we are] in Christ Jesus,​​ 7[and He did this] so that in the ages to come He might [clearly] show the immeasurable​​ and​​ unsurpassed riches of His grace in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus [by providing for our redemption].

We can all see this​​ strong hard evidence​​ from Paul’s revelation in Ephesians, that on the one hand the unbelievers in this world are having a spirit of Satan’s power, in unbelief and in enmity with God and Christ! (v. 2).

And on the other hand, we find us believers in Christ as such ones who are blessed with the Holy Spirit, as a​​ guarantee​​ for the promised salvation in the heaven up above (Greek,​​ epiouranos).​​ 

We are displayed in Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians as such ones who are already​​ seated with Christ in the heaven up above…WHEN WE BELIEVED, HERE IN THIS LIFE,​​ - thus we know that those who do NOT believe, here in this life, they are NOT seated with Christ in the heaven up above. Simple, isn’t it?

Salvation is proven by the​​ original Bible texts​​ to be a move of God which takes place ONLY when a person chooses Christ by faith, here in this present life on earth. We are saved by faith because of​​ the Grace of God given in Christ, and no works are demanded.

In Paul’s Church doctrine there cannot be found anything saying otherwise. It has to be decided in this present life. If not, the Bible says that such unbelievers are​​ taken down​​ by the spirit of​​ Satan (Eph. 2:2).

Eph. 4:30 says that our final salvation will arrive on the ‘Day of Redemption’,

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed​​ and​​ marked [branded as God’s own] for the​​ day of redemption​​ [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin].

Notice again, please: The final redemption, the day we actually enters heaven up above, is connected to the Holy Spirit, who was given ONLY to those who believed on Jesus Christ, - and this settles the case entirely. Salvation​​ must take place here in this life first,​​ for then at last to be​​ effectuated​​ on that one particular day when God concludes this Church dispensation by transferring us all into His high heaven up above (Col. 3:1-4).

Unless this predicted ‘Day of Redemption’ arrives for us, all the​​ metaphors​​ used by Paul, of us ‘Seated with Christ in heavenly places’, or having the Holy Spirit as a seal or guarantee ​​ etcetera, would be in vain. Metaphors cannot bring us into heaven, but God and Christ can!



«21And although you were at one time estranged​​ and​​ alienated​​ and hostile-minded [toward Him],​​ participating​​ in evil things,​​ 

22yet Christ has now reconciled you [to God] in His physical body through death, in order to present you before the Father holy and blameless and beyond reproach—​​ 

23[and He will do this] if you continue in the faith, well-grounded and steadfast, and not shifting away from the [confident] hope [that is a result]​​ of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which [gospel]​​ I, Paul, was made a minister.​​ (Editor’s emphasize).

Again we find strong evidence of Paul’s Doctrine of Faith regarding salvation as something which must be decided here in this present life.

The entire verse 23 should be​​ sufficient – especially the words​​ ‘if you continue in the faith, well-grounded and steadfast, not shifting away from the hope of the gospel’ –​​ this is an exhortation which displays to us that unless you KEEP ON IN FAITH, you may lose your salvation. If you​​ turn away from the faith and the hope in Christ, you will go lost. So this settles it again: You will go lost in eternity if you leave faith when you are alive in this world. It is not settled somewhere in a supposed ‘After death’ situation.

This will be​​ my final word on general Universalism. It is total heresy and in contradiction to all what Paul taught on salvation by faith in his two Church epistles, Ephesians and Colossians.





The Gospel of John:

Truth for Today?



John’s Gospel lines nicely up together with Matthew, Mark and Luke​​ as​​ historical writings, and is​​ no foundation for Doctrine of Faith to the Church dispensation.​​ It is not truth for today. It was true during the Acts period 28-62 CE.

We don’t have to search for very long, reading John’s Gospel,​​ and other writings​​ to see that John was never revealed the Mystery found in Ephesians and Colossians.

We can start right there at the end of Revelation 22, where we learn of John’s hope of salvation. It was not the​​ epiouranos​​ heaven up above, - it was the Kingdom of God on earth at the coming of Jesus from heaven, the Acts-period’s hope of salvation,

AMP Bible net version,​​ verses 18-21,

«18I testify​​ and​​ warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book [its predictions, consolations, and admonitions]: if anyone adds [anything] to them, God will add to him the plagues (afflictions, calamities) which are written in this book;​​ 

19and if anyone takes away from​​ or​​ distorts the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away [from that one] his share from the tree of life and from the holy city (new Jerusalem), which are written in this book.​​ 

20He who testifies​​ and​​ affirms these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen.​​ Come, Lord Jesus. ​​ (Editor’s emphasize)

21The grace of the Lord Jesus (the Christ, the Messiah) be with all [the saints—all believers, those set apart for God]. Amen.»​​ 

John was hoping for the soon return of Jesus to come and rule Israel in the prophesied kingdom. ​​ His hope is clearly written: “COME, LORD JESUS”.

Just as a ‘Bonus’ thrown in here for you, I quoted also verses 18 and 19, which really spells it out for us: This is no message of the free Grace of God. This is a​​ threat of death and destruction if YOU DON’T ACT​​ AS THE WORD SAY​​ HERE. In other words, it is demanded WORKS from the believers here. The opposite of the free Grace revealed to Paul in Ephesians and Colossians.

Another sign telling us what stature of​​ faith doctrine​​ John sorted under, we find him nicely lined up with the other eleven apostles of Christ for the Kingdom-calling of Acts period,​​ in Rev. 21:10-14, ​​ AMP Bible,

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a vast and lofty mountain, and showed me the holy (sanctified) city of Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God,​​ 

11having God’s glory [filled with His radiant light]. The brilliance of it resembled a rare​​ and​​ very precious jewel, like jasper, shining​​ and​​ clear as crystal.​​ 

12It had a massive and high wall, with twelve [large] gates, and at the gates [were stationed] twelve angels; and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were written.​​ 

13On the east side [there were] three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.​​ 

14And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them the twelve​​ names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb (Christ).”​​ (Editor’s emphasize).

Put another way just for the fun of it: ​​ John was NOT LINED UP WITH PAUL.

And Paul was not lined up with the twelve!

Paul established a​​ new dispensation of God, that of the free Gospel of Grace with the heaven up above as the hope of salvation. Paul’s hope (and therefore the hope of the Church) was NOT the New Jerusalem, but the heaven up above (Greek,​​ epiouranos).​​ Eph. 3:1-5 cannot be misunderstood unless you go on deliberately doing so,  ​​​​ AMP Bible,

«1For this reason [because I preach that you and believing Jews are joint heirs] I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—

​​ 2assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was entrusted to me [to share with you] for your benefit;​​ 

3and that by [divine] revelation the mystery was made known​​ to me, as I have already written in brief.​​ (Editor’s emphasize)

4By referring to this, when you read it you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,​​ 

5which in other generations was not disclosed to mankind, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the [Holy] Spirit;”​​ 

I will give you a Gold Medal if you can find the Mystery revealed in any of the four Gospels, or in any of the writings of John otherwise, or in the Old Testament books.

According to Paul, the Mystery was revealed to him​​ exclusively, and not to anyone else. None of the twelve knew anything about this Mystery – and the Law of Moses abolished (Eph. 2:14, 15; Col. 2:14).​​ The twelve would have fainted by the shock of Paul telling them that the Law of Moses was abolished! That is a part of the Mystery revelation. And since the word ‘Revelation’ is mentioned: Did you know that Paul’s revelation is far greater than the Revelation of John at Patmos? The latter was for earthly things, but Paul’s was for heavenly things.​​ 

When pastors and Bible teachers try to lead believers astray into pure witless speculations, contradicting the written Word of God, then don’t listen to these. The world is full of heretical ‘evangelists’​​ and talkative ‘Bible teachers’​​ trying to impress you by their inventive​​ human​​ ‘wisdom’ as they twist the Word of God into complying with​​ their empty fantasies.

I am sad to learn that such fantasies and theories are propagated​​ even by Acts-28 believers. This​​ only goes to prove that they don’t know a thing, -​​ about what Paul wrote on the Mystery in Ephesians and Colossians.

Finally, let me remind you of the stern historical fact that Paul had already (62-67 CE) distributed​​ (by​​ his co-workers)​​ and taught the free Grace Gospel in the Roman Empire 20 years before anyone could read Matthew’s Gospel story (80-85 CE), for not to mention John’s – published around 92 CE, 30 years after Paul had let the free Grace Gospel, of the​​ Mystery revelation​​ be made known in all of Asia Minor, with its towns Ephesus, Laodicea, Hierapolis, Colossae and others.

Paul said of his​​ ministry in this regard, Col.1:21-23, AMP Bible,

«21And although you were at one time estranged​​ and​​ alienated and hostile-minded [toward Him],​​ participating​​ in evil things,​​ 

22yet Christ has now reconciled you [to God] in His physical body through death, in order to present you before the Father holy and blameless and beyond reproach—​​ 

23[and He will do this] if you continue in the faith, well-grounded and steadfast, and not shifting away from the [confident] hope [that is a result]​​ of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which [gospel]​​ I, Paul, was made a minister.​​ (Editor’s emphasize).

Paul’s self-declaration is not to be mistaken: He simply told his believers that it was HE WHO HAD BEEN MADE A MINISTER FOR THE GOSPEL OF THE MYSTERY, and not anyone else.

Again, this excludes all other men in all of the Bible history, and leaves us PAUL ONLY as the one who was entrusted with the free Grace Gospel of the Mystery calling, with the hope of salvation in​​ epiouranos​​ heaven with Christ.

Col. 3:1-4, AMP Bible,

«1Therefore if you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, sharing in His resurrection from the dead], keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.​​ 

2Set your mind​​ and​​ keep focused​​ habitually​​ on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value].​​ 

3For you died [to this world], and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.​​ 

4When Christ, who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

We cannot ‘read John’s Gospel’ into the epistles of Ephesians and Colossians!







The Two Epistles to Timothy:

These are Acts Writings.

A Follow-up of previous articles in this topic.




 ​​​​ You may already have noticed that I have articles in my web site​​ on the Pastoral Epistles of Paul, written years ago.

Proving that they all were written during Acts period, which was before Paul had his revelation of the​​ Mystery​​ and that the Law of Moses was abolished (Eph. 2:14, 15; Col. 2:14). I also published writings of​​ Irene Walther​​ in this regard. Very systematic and in full University-standard, with a word-by-word scrutiny. Much like that of Charles Welch’s way of systematizing things.

At that time, I was​​ unfortunate to overlook​​ a strong proof of this Bible​​ truth, in that I did not notice well enough the importance of Paul’s opening greetings in Colossians!

The truth is actually ‘Hidden-in-plain-sight’ as we say. Staring at you… without you grasping the important truth presented there. I shall explain.

The dispute among Acts-28 believers has been whether such epistles as Philippians, 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus – were written pre-Acts 28 or post-Acts.

Both E.W. Bullinger and Charles Welch, and also Stuart Allen, and other followers of the three – including Oscar Baker, all held the listed epistles as post-Acts and thus to be part of faith doctrine for the Church dispensation.

I think I have proven otherwise.

And the ‘Nail-in-the-coffin’ will be this latter ‘discovery’ which I missed when I wrote the previous articles:

We find that​​ Timothy​​ was present with Paul​​ as he wrote Colossians!​​ ​​ So, why would Paul ever try to write pastoral exhortations to him if he actually sat face-to-face with the apostle in the jail house in Rome? As the revelation of the Mystery was just a few days old. Ephesians and Colossians are held as ‘Twin-epistles’ by scholars…written both within just a couple days or so. They are considered as circular writings, and were to be read in all the assemblies in the districts of Ephesus, Hierapolis, Laodicea, Colossae and others. If Timothy was present when Paul wrote Colossians, then he was there also when Ephesians was written. Paul told him of the Mystery revelation face to face, and thus we know that the two epistles to Timothy never held anything​​ regarding the Mystery.

Col. 1:1, 2, - AMP Bible net version,

«1Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally​​ chosen representative) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed) by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,​​ 

2To the saints and faithful believers in Christ [who are] at Colossae: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father.”

These two short verses, containing Paul’s AND Timothy’s greetings to the Colossians hereby kills the entire dispute on 1 and 2 Tim. being Acts-writings. They certainly were!



Sometimes we must have a look at​​ what is​​ not​​ present​​ in certain Biblical writings, - more than what is present there.

Such as in this present case.

We have to ask, “What​​ cannot​​ be found or seen in Philippians, 1 and 2 Tim, and Titus?”

The answer is quite simple really, - we​​ cannot find​​ any clue of the two most important factors taught by Paul in Ephesians and Colossians, namely the abolishing of the Law of Moses; and the mention of the Mystery revealed to Paul. These two factors HAS TO BE PRESENT if a writing is a post-Acts work or not.​​ 

Of course,​​ Philemon​​ is a clear exemption since this contains no doctrine of faith. It is rather to be held as a display of how Paul took responsibility for the fugitive slave, Onesimus, and compensated Philemon for his loss. It was written post-Acts for sure. Paul actually wrote​​ same type of greeting​​ to him as he wrote to Colossians,

“Paul, a prisoner [for the sake] of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed), and​​ our brother Timothy,” Phil.v. 1.

These three epistles were written during a few days interval only, and Timothy was present with Paul in the same interval of days.

The simple conclusion is then: Only Ephesians and Colossians contain these two important Bible facts: The Law abolished and the Mystery revealed. End of dispute.

I will friendly appeal to my fellow Acts-28 believers out there: Please do retract or re-write any material published in favor of these epistles (Philippians, 1 & 2 Tim. and Titus) as being post-Acts epistles, for these are not. The Law​​ of Moses was in effect as well as the New Covenant offered to Israel by the return of Christ at Israel’s repentance. Even the known aspect of works together with Law as it was in Acts-period can be seen in these writings. It crashes with the Mystery revelation of faith and NO works. Eph. 2:8, 9.

If you are a true Acts-28 believer, you certainly would not like to drag the abolished Law of Moses with you when preaching Christ and His free Grace Gospel!

There exists a​​ dispute regarding the time-aspect​​ though.​​ Some hold to the year 63 CE regarding Paul in his (second) prison in Rome writing Ephesians and Colossians, while other scholars anticipate it can have been 64-65 CE – after the great city fire, when Emperor Nero in his rage mass-arrested ‘suspects’ to punish them for that fire. History tells of Nero lighting up his big garden with martyrs nailed to poles and set to burn. We have seen document-dramas on TV of this horror. But such dispute cannot rock the very truth of Timothy being​​ present with Paul​​ in the​​ exact time that Paul wrote his new revelation in his two Church epistles, Ephesians and Colossians.










2 Tim ​​ 2:24:




Why would I​​ go​​ scrutinizing this one singular verse?

I will come to that shortly.

Below I have enlisted this verse as it reads in the major Bible translations.

Just so you, if you want to, can​​ compare​​ these verses to see if any one of these stands out.

Well, I admit that I have made this an easy pick: In​​ emphasized fonts​​ I have marked the translations which seem the most Biblical ones, since they are true to the actual meaning of this verse.

These are: ​​ Berean Literal Bible, New American Standard Bible, NASB 1995, NASB 1977, Legacy Standard Bible, Holman Christian Standard Bible,​​ New American Bible, NET Bible, Weymouth New Testament,

A majority of these translations are in general reading,​​ ..And the Lord’s servant must not….

And in 9 of these enlisted, it reads either,​​ …The bond-servant of the Lord,​​ or it reads,​​ …The Lord’s slave…

When John addressed his Book of Revelation, he addressed it to the APOSTLES AND THEIR ASSEMBLIES – and definitely not to the entire world, globally speaking. Revelation was written to the Kingdom-believers during Acts period, represented by the apostles, who were ‘Bond-servants’ – or ‘Slaves’ if you like!

Rev. 1:1 in NASB,

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to​​ His bond-servants,​​ the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated​​ it​​ by His angel to His bond-servant John.”

What about it?

In those times, as the apostles ministered to Israel and proselytes, they were the Lord’s servants in this meaning: 1. They were personally chosen by Christ for the ministry. ​​ 2. They – being Jews – were under the Old Covenant (Law of Moses) and also of the New Covenant which was laid on-top of the old one (Heb. 9:15).

The dispensation of the church had not yet begun.​​ 

And in my exposition of both first and second epistle to Timothy, which you can read here in my web, it is clear that these were written by Paul pre-Acts 28.

So, when telling Timothy that he, as a servant of the Lord, should act in this or that manner, or doing this or that and so forth – he wrote to him as​​ one who was under same kind of chosen status, namely​​ chosen personally by Christ​​ – via the authority of Paul’s apostolic calling.

All the verses are right. But some of these are ‘better’ translated, because the uses​​ of ‘bond-servant’ and of ‘slave’ are what the Greek originals means. They were all totally obedient to the Lord, led by the Holy Spirit, and operating with the sign-gifts and miracles in their ministries.

In short, they were nothing like us today. They had an entirely different lifestyle, in that they did and spoke exactly what the Lord wanted them to. They were all in perfect order, not ridden by human error or false preaching and the like.

Thus we, in this present dispensation of the ‘One New Man’ – the Body of Christ, according to Paul’s Gospel of the free grace,​​ must not be confused​​ with the exhortations Paul displayed in his writings to Timothy.

In the post-Acts epistles Ephesians and Colossians, we cannot find anything which corresponds with the doctrinal advice given to Timothy. Take for instance Paul’s very detailed​​ listing of qualifications​​ he charged for Timothy:


1 Tim. 1:1-11, ​​ AMP Bible net version -

Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Christ Jesus by the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed) our Hope [the fulfillment of our salvation],​​ 

2to Timothy, my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.​​ 

3As I urged you when I was on my way to Macedonia, stay on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain individuals not to teach any different doctrines,​​ 

4nor to pay attention to legends (fables, myths) and endless genealogies, which give rise to useless speculation​​ and​​ meaningless arguments rather than advancing God’s program​​ of instruction​​ which is grounded in faith [and requires surrendering the entire self to God in absolute trust and confidence].​​ 

5But the goal of our instruction is love [which springs] from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.​​ 

6Some individuals have wandered away from these things into empty arguments​​ and​​ useless discussions,​​ 

7wanting to be teachers of the​​ Law [of Moses],​​ even though they do not understand the terms they use or the subjects about which they make [such] confident declarations.​​ 

8Now we know [without any doubt] that the​​ Law is good, if one uses it lawfully​​ and​​ appropriately,​​ 

9understanding the fact that​​ law is not enacted for the righteous person​​ [the one in right standing with God], but for lawless and rebellious people, for the ungodly and sinful, for the irreverent and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,​​ 

10for sexually immoral persons, for homosexuals, for kidnappers​​ and​​ slave traders, for liars, for perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,​​ 

11according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.​​ 


Notice Paul’s references to the Law of Moses. He called it for ‘good’ if one USES IT LAWFULLY. Which confirms that the Law was in effect in the Acts period, and Paul’s pointing to​​ it here confirms that it was in effect. Everything Paul taught Timothy he taught under the Law of Moses and of the New Covenant.

If we try to apply any of the rules he charged Timothy to follow, we will make the error in applying the Law in the dispensation of the free Grace of God.

The Law has been long gone. It died with Christ at the cross in 28 CE, but this​​ abolishment​​ of the Law was held in secrecy until Paul was told by Christ as he wrote Ephesians and Colossians. Paul revealed to the believers that​​ Christ had abolished (Greek,​​ katargesas,​​ which also can mean thrown away, littered, annulled, and so forth).

And I am so pleased with that: We are not under the Law of Moses or under the New Covenant to Israel. The Law was abolished entirely, Eph. 2:14, 15; Col. 2:14.

We are NOT the Lord’s slaves! ​​ We are not the Lord’s bond-servants. We are His Body – the One New Man – for which Christ had to abolish the Law to be able to create this Body.​​ We died with Christ and we rose with Christ, Col. 2:20; 3:1.

We, the believers of 2023 and on, are voluntary ministering/working​​ on behalf of the word of God, just as each one of us chooses. None​​ of us has been ‘told by the Lord’ to go and do this, do that, go to that place, or go to this place’ – no, God is not revealing Himself to any of us in this dispensation. He sent his one sole apostle Paul to tell us the good news of salvation by faith in Christ, as told in Ephesians and Colossians.

This post-Acts Body did not exist when Paul wrote to Timothy. They only preached the Kingdom-gospel to Israel and proselytes.

A friendly advice to all my fellow-believers in Acts-28 communities around the world: ​​ Please be aware not to confuse Acts-writings with its​​ Law based doctrine of ‘Faith plus works’ – like this one example I brought you here, Paul’s letters to Timothy – with the post-Acts free Gospel of Grace found in the two final epistles.

Regarding Mystery-doctrine and its free Gospel of Grace, we can only find this in Ephesians and Colossians.

You cannot find the Mystery at all in any pastoral epistle,​​ or in Philippians. Only in the twin-epistles…Ephesians/Colossians can we read the doctrine of faith for the post-Acts Body!


Check out ​​ 2 Tim. 4:1-5 ​​​​ …exhortation by Paul in the light of Acts hope: Kingdom of God on earth,

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to​​ judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:​​ 

2preach the word [as an official messenger]; be ready when the time is right and​​ even​​ when it is not [keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome]; correct [those who err in doctrine or behavior], warn [those who sin], exhort​​ and​​ encourage [those who are growing toward spiritual maturity], with inexhaustible patience and [faithful] teaching.​​ 

3For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine​​ and​​ accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but​​ wanting​​ to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires​​ and​​ to support the errors they hold,

​​ 4and will turn their ears away from the truth and will wander off into myths​​ and​​ man-made fictions [and will accept the unacceptable].​​ 

5But as for you, be clear-headed in every situation [stay calm and cool and steady], endure every hardship [without flinching], do the work of an evangelist, fulfill [the duties of] your ministry.​​ 

We readily understand this​​ last quotation​​ as​​ Acts-doctrine, Paul referring to the second coming of Christ to judge the living and the dead – it is the​​ Parousia -​​ Greek for coming to earth visibly.​​ Timothy to operate as an​​ Evangelist​​ has ties to 1 Cor. 12-14 on the five ministry offices.

Enjoy the study of these verse-variants below.


New International Version
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.

New Living Translation
A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.

English Standard Version
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,

Berean Standard Bible
And a servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but must be kind to​​ 
everyone, able to teach, and forbearing.

Berean Literal Bible
And it behooves​​ 
the​​ bond-servant of​​ the​​ Lord not to quarrel, but to be gentle toward all, able to teach, forbearing,

King James Bible
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all​​ 
men, apt to teach, patient,

New King James Version
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,

New American Standard Bible
The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, skillful in teaching, patient when wronged,

NASB 1995
The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,

NASB 1977​​ 
And the Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,

Legacy Standard Bible​​ 
And the Lord’s slave must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,

Amplified Bible
The servant of the Lord must not participate in quarrels, but must be kind to everyone [even-tempered, preserving peace, and he must be], skilled in teaching, patient​​ 
and​​ tolerant when wronged.

Christian Standard Bible
The Lord’s servant must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to​​ 
teach, and patient,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Lord’s slave must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient,​​ 

American Standard Version
And the Lord's servant must not strive, but be gentle towards all, apt to teach, forbearing,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But a Servant of our Lord ought not to fight, but to be humble toward every person, instructive and long-suffering,

Contemporary English Version
and God's servants must not be troublemakers. They must be kind to everyone, and they must be good teachers and very patient.​​ 

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the servant of the Lord must not wrangle: but be mild towards all men, apt to teach, patient,​​ 

English Revised Version
And the Lord's servant must not strive, but be gentle towards all, apt to teach, forbearing,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A servant of the Lord must not quarrel. Instead, he must be kind to everyone. He must be a good teacher. He must be willing to suffer wrong.

Good News Translation
As the Lord's servant, you must not quarrel. You must be kind toward all, a good and patient teacher,​​ 

International Standard Version
A servant of the Lord must not argue. Instead, he must be kind to everyone, teachable, willing to suffer wrong,​​ 

Literal Standard Version
and a servant of the LORD must not quarrel, but to be gentle to all, apt to teach, patient under evil,

Majority Standard Bible
And a servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, and forbearing.

New American Bible
A slave of the Lord should not quarrel, but should be gentle with everyone, able to teach, tolerant,

NET Bible
And the Lord's slave must not engage in heated disputes but be kind toward all, an apt teacher, patient,

New Revised Standard Version
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient,

New Heart English Bible
The Lord's servant must not quarrel, but be gentle towards all, able to teach, patient,

Webster's Bible Translation
And the servant of the Lord must not contend; but be gentle to all men, apt to teach, patient,

Weymouth New Testament
and a bondservant of the Lord must not quarrel, but must be inoffensive towards all men, a skilful teacher, and patient under wrongs.

World English Bible
The Lord’s servant must not quarrel, but be gentle toward all, able to teach, patient,​​ 

Young's Literal Translation
and a servant of the Lord it behoveth not to strive, but to be gentle unto all, apt to teach, patient under evil,

Keep up the good work, stay faithful and expect to be ‘Appearing with Christ in Glory’ one of the days in near future! ​​ (Col. 3:1-4; Eph. 4:30).