Dd-66. WAS PAUL A JUDAIZING CHRISTIAN?


Dd-66. WAS PAUL A JUDAIZING CHRISTAINS?

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Dd-66. WAS PAUL A JUDAIZING CHRISTIAN?



For those of you who may not know what a “Judaizing” Christians means, they are Christians who wrongly teach other Christians to KEEP “the Law of Moses contained in ordinances”. And what the Law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES means the INSTRUCTIONS on HOW to keep is the ceremonial laws of Moses. And the ceremonial laws of Moses are the ALL Sabbath days, including the weekly Sabbath day of rest, the dietary laws, the ceremonial washings, the law of circumcision in the flesh made with hands, and obviously all the animal sacrifices. In other words, the question “IS Paul a Judiazing Christian” is asking the question, “Did the apostle Paul TEACH Christians to KEEP the LAW OF MOSES, speaking of the CEREMONIAL laws of Moses?

And the SOUND Biblical answer is an OBVIOUS absolute no! And almost all Christians already know full well that the Apostle Paul taught AGAINST keeping the Law of Moses.. But there are some Judaizing Christians that sincerely believe with all their heart that the entire Orthodox Christian world has been DECEIVED by Satan to NOT keep the Law of Moses. And to those Judaizing Christians, called Sabbath-keeping Christians, the Apostle Paul was indeed teaching Christians to KEEP the Law of Moses. And some of the seventh DAY Sabbath-keeping Christians would even offer up animal sacrifices if there was a Temple in Jerusalem and the levitical priesthood was restored.

But is THEIR INTERPRETATION of the Scriptures a SOUND Biblical interpretation?

Do ANY verses of Scripture found in the New Testament teach us that Christians must KEEP the LAW OF MOSES?

Let us begin this study in God word by reading Acts 15:24. And then we will just keep reading verse after verse with little to no comments or interpretations. For you see, most of these verses clearly states as FACTS with no interpretation needed to know and understand that the Apostle Paul taught AGAINST the keeping of the Law of Moses.

 

Please read Acts 15:24.



Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have TROUBLED you with words, SUBVERTING your souls, saying, You must be CIRCUMCISED. AND KEEP the LAW: to whom WE gave NO such commandment:”



Here we see that only CERTAIN Christians WENT OUT FROM the church who were TROUBLING other Christians with WORDS and what they were teaching other Christians SUBVERTED their SOULS. Then we see that none of the Apostles of Jesus gave those certain Christians ANY such commandment to teach other Christians to be circumcised and the KEEP the Law of Moses.

 

Galatians 4:9-11.

 

“But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto you desire again to be in BONDAGE?

10. You observe DAYS, and months, and times, and years.

11. I am AFRAID of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in VAIN.”

 

Here we see that the Apostle Paul is deeply concerned and even worried about the Christians who observe or KEEP DAYS! It did not matter whether the DAYS that they kept were the weekly Sabbath DAYS, the month new moon festival DAYS, the precise amount of time of resting from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday, or the yearly feast DAYS. But rather, Paul was worried of afraid FOR the Judaizing Christians that he may have preached the gospel to them in VAIN, because they desired to make themselves be in BONDAGE to the keeping of DAYS.

 

Galatians 5:2.

 

“Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if you get CIRCUMCISED, Christ shall PROFIT YOU NOTHING.”


Again, getting circumcised in the flesh made with hands became part of the Law of Moses, according to Exodus 12:24. Always keep in mind Acts 15:24 as you read the teachings of the Apostle Paul. For you see, the WHOLE church being led by the Holy Spirit came into agreement to give no such commandment for ANY Christian to get circumcised and KEEP the Law of Moses.

 

Romans 2:25.

 

“For circumcision verily profits, if you keep the law: but if you be a breaker of the law, your circumcision is MADE UNCIRCUMCISION.”

 

In other words, for an uncircumcised person to get circumcised in the flesh so that they can be in COVENANT with God can profit that person if and only if they keep ALL of the Law of Moses. For you see, the Apostle James teaches us that if even ONE point of the law is broken then that person is guilty of breaking the WHOLE law.

 

Please read James 2:10.


For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in ONE point, he is GUILTY of ALL.”

 

Also, read Galatians 5:3,4.

 

For I testify AGAIN to every man that is CIRCUMCISED, that he is a DEBTOR to DO the WHOLE.

4. Christ is become of NO effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; YOU are FALLEN from GRACE.”

 

Galatians 2:21.

 

I do NOT frustrate the GRACE of God: for if righteousness come by the LAW, then Christ is dead in VAIN.

 

Now, the Book of Hebrews was written specifically to the “JUDAIZING” Christians who were primarily the “Jewish” Christians of the sect of Pharisees, according to Acts 15:5. But it is also written to all Christians WARNING us NOT to SIN WILLFULLY by desiring to KEEP the Law of Moses to be more pleasing to God. 

 

Please read Hebrews 10:26-39.

 

“For if we SIN wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the TRUTH, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, (This means that any Christian that WILLFULLY of their own choice keeps the LAW of MOSES to for any reason of pleasing God has no more sacrifice for their sins UNTIL they return to trusting in the NEW COVENANT ONLY and repent of the sin for trusting in the Law of Moses to obtained eternal life in the world to come. In other words, if you are trusting in the Law of Moses to be a BETTER Christian, then there is no more sacrifice for you if you break even ONE point of the WHOLE Law of Moses. This is what Paul means when he said they are FALLEN form grace, Jesus died in VAIN for them, and Christ no longer PROFITS them)

27. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. (This is why Peter WARNS the “Judaizing Christians NOT to wrestle with the teachings of the Apostle Paul and the Scriptures in 2 Peter 3:14-18. For you see, by the Judaizing Christians “INTERPRETING” the Scriptures incorrectly to change the teachings of Paul into a lie, which they love to do, they are doing so at their OWN DESTRUCTION!)

28. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

29. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who have trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the COVENANT, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and have done despite unto the Spirit of GRACE? (It is an unholy thing to wrongly believe that the sacrifice of Jesus was NOT GOOD ENOUGH to save you. And by trying to keep that Law of Moses to be PLEASING to God is like saying to God and His Son that the sacrifice of Jesus was not good enough. And thus, you have done this to trod under your foot the Son of God DESPITE the leading of  the Spirit of GRACE. In other words, you WILLFULLY sinned by your own choosing to believe the lie of the enemy to try and keep BOTH Covenants to receive eternal life in the world to come. And by your own choice to believe doctrines of devils to keep what Jesus ABOLISHED on the cross, you slap Jesus in the face not trusting in the BLOOD of the NEW COVENANT alone to save you completely)

30. For we know him that has said, Vengeance belongs unto me, I will recompense, says the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

31. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (This is why Paul warned the Judaizing Christians to work out their OWN salvation with FEAR and TREMBLING for those who persist in believing that they MUST keep the Law of Moses in order to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. Please read the study called Dd-25. What does REVELATION 22:14 TRULY Mean)

32. But call to REMEMBRANCE the former days, in which, AFTER you were ILLUMINATED, (Speaking of being illuminated by the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ to be saved by GRACE through your FAITH.  Call to your REMEMBERANCE that AFTER you believed in Jesus how) you endured a great fight of afflictions; (Or persecutions for the sake of the GOSPEL of TRUTH)

33. Partly, while you were made a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, while you became companions of them that were so used.

34. For you had compassion of me in my bonds, (Simply ask yourself the simple question. “Was Paul ever in BONDS for KEEPING the Law of Moses?” Not in any translation of any Bible that I have ever read!) and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that you have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.

35. Cast not away, therefore, your confidence, which has a great recompense of reward. (Speaking of the confidence in the TRUTH of the gospel that Jesus is the END of the Law of Moses for RIGHTEOUSNESS)

36. For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the WILL OF God, you might receive the promise. (The WILL of Almighty God is to BELIEVE on his Son Jesus to be saved and then to OBEY the commandments that Jesus taught his disciples under the NEW COVENANT written down in the New Testament. The Law of Moses was a SCHOOLMASTER leading to Jesus the MESSIAH. God prophesied in Deuteronomy 18:15-18 that He would raise up ANOTHER Prophet like unto Moses and the children of Israel are to believe the words of THAT Prophet which we all know full well is Jesus. And if any person disobeys the teaching of Jesus, then they will be cut off from being a people of God)

37. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

38. Now the just shall live by FAITH: (And NOT by the keeping of the Law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES) but if any man draws back, (To serve from the FAITH to keep the Law of Moses. Or to go back to living in sin) my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

39. But we are NOT of them who draw back unto perdition; (Or we who do NOT keep the Law of Moses are NOT of them who draw back unto eternal destruction in the lake of fire on the Day of Judgment) but of them that BELIEVE to the saving of the soul.”

 

Again, Peter WARNED the Judaizing Jewish Christians that some of the teachings of Paul were hard to understand and receive. And that they were wrestling with the Scripture to their OWN DESTRUCTION.

 

Let us go ahead and read 2 Peter 3:15-18.

 

“And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul ALSO, according to the wisdom given unto him, has written unto you;

16. As also in ALL his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do ALSO the other Scriptures, unto their OWN DESTRUCTION. (Speaking of their destruction in the lake of fire if they do not REPENT and come back to the TRUTH of the gospel and they continue to be teachers of the Law of Moses compelling other Christians to KEEP Torah)

17. You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, BEWARE lest you ALSO, being led AWAY with the ERROR of the wicked, (The word “wicked” here means that anyone that does not obey the WILL of God is wicked in that they commit the same ERROR of being led AWAY from God to) FALL from your own stedfastness.

18. BUT (Or but rather) GROW in GRACE, and in the KNOWLEDGE OF our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”

 

And the WILL of God is for us to OBEY the commandments of Jesus under the New Covenant written in the New Testament. So then, RATHER than growing in the knowledge of the Law of Moses, Peter is teaching us to grow in GRACE and in the knowledge of Jesus being made our Lord and Savior. In other words, God made Jesus our Lord and NOT Moses. And thus, we are to obey the teachings of Jesus under the NEW COVENANT written in the New Testament.

 

Galatians 5:7-10.

 

“You did run well; who did HINDER you that you should NOT obey the TRUTH?

8. THIS PERSUASION comes NOT OF HIM that calls you.

9. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (And the little leaven that Judaizing Christians always START with are the WORDS, “Why do Christians NOT keep the FOURTH commandment when they know it is a SIN if they break any of the other NINE commandments?” And those “words of questioning to bring doubt in the New Covenant” TROUBLE some Christians to be SUBVERTED to KEEP the Law of Moses which the whole church agreed upon in Acts 15:24 to give no such commandment to keep for ANY reason)

10. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that you will be none otherwise minded: (Or that you will no longer be DECEIVED to keep the Law of Moses) but he that TROUBLES you (To keep the Law of Moses) shall BEAR his JUDGMENT, whosoever he is.”


And God KNOWS who your are that TROUBLE and SUBVERT other Christians to KEEP the Law of Moses for ANY reason! And this is WHY Paul WARNED the Jewish Judaizing Christians in the Philippian church that was contending with him over KEEPING the Law of Moses, for them to work out their OWN salvation with FEAR and TREMBLING. Always remember that James said if they break just ONE point of the Law of Moses, then they are guilty of breaking the whole Law of Moses. And the writer of Hebrews said that there is no more sacrifice for them who have trodden under foot the sacrifice of Jesus by willfully choosing to be under the Old Covenant written in the Old Testament UNLESS they repent and come back to the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ. The care of the church came upon Paul so much that he finally told the Judaizing Christians to trouble him no MORE.

 

Please read Galatians 6:15-17.

 

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a NEW CREATURE.

16. And as many as walk according to THIS RULE, (That by becoming a NEW CREATURE created in Jesus Christ by FAITH, that circumcision in the flesh according to the ORDINANCES written in the Law of Moses avails NOTHING) PEACE be on them, and MERCY, and (Or and MERCY YET be) upon the Israel of God.

17. From henceforth let NO man TROUBLE me: (With this matter of whether or not a Christians should be circumcised in the flesh AND keep the Law of Moses) for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”

 

Then at the very end of the book of Acts, the Apostle Paul breaks off from preaching to the unsaved Jews UNLESS they came to him desiring to be saved.

 

Acts 28:22-31.

 

“But we desire to hear of you what you think: for as concerning this sect, (Speaking of the sect of Jews that CONVERTED to Christianity to obey the teachings of Jesus under the NEW COVENANT) we (The UNSAVED Jews) know that everywhere it is spoken against. (By every unsaved Jew)

23. And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he (Paul) expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both OUT OF the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. (And this is what we should be doing as well. We should be EXPLAINING the MEANING of the feast days as to WHY the Law of Moses was given to the children of Israel for THEM to keep throughout THEIR GENERATIONS in the first place. We should be showing how the keeping of the weekly Sabbath DAY was a SIGN pointing the children of Israel to the PERPETUAL COVENANT in the shed blood of Jesus to REST in the NEW “PERPETUAL” Covenant by RESTING in Jesus for righteousness. Please read the study called Dd-15. THE WEEKLY SABBATH REST is a SIGN!)

24. And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.

25. And WHEN they AGREED NOT among themselves, they departed, AFTER that, Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Isaiah the prophet unto our fathers,

26. Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and not perceive:

27. For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be CONVERTED, and I should heal them.

28. Be it KNOWN, therefore, unto you, that the SALVATION of God is SENT unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

29. And WHEN he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.

30. And Paul dwelt two whole years in his OWN hired house, and received ALL that CAME in UNTO HIM,

31. Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.”

 

This tells me that toward the end of the ministry of Paul that he stopped going into synagogues to preach the gospel to the Jews. And unless the Jews came to him, Paul preached to the Gentiles only from that day forward. And NO man forbade Paul for teaching OUT of the LAW of Moses the things concerning Jesus Christ.

Now, to all seventh DAY of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians I implore you to be honest with yourself and with God to answer the following two questions.

 

QUESTION #1.

 

Would it be PLEASING to God for you to keep BOTH covenants to BELIEVE in Jesus as the ONE SACRIFICE for your sins AND to ALSO offer up ANIMAL sacrifices for your sins to be forgiven?

 

QUESTION #2.

 

Since you know full well that it would be DISPLEASING to God to offer up animal sacrifices for your sins, then how is it PLEASING to God for you to KEEP the Law of commandments that Jesus ABOLISHED on the cross, according to Ephesians 2:8-15 and Colossians 2:13-17, 22?

 

Please read the studies called Dd-3. What COLOSSIANS 2:14-17 TRULY MEAN?, Dd-4. What does EPHESIANS 2:8-15 TRULY MEAN?, and Dd-5. What Does Contained in ORDINANCES Mean?

 Thanks for reading and may God bless you richly as you continue to read ALL the studies that I gave links to throughout this study concerning this subject on Sabbath TRUTH.

My heartfelt prayer is that all Christians RETURN to the TRUE FOUNDATION of the church that is taught by the very Apostles of Jesus in the first century. So let us all come into the UNITY of the faith and return to what Jesus and his Apostles taught us in SIMPLICITY in the New Testament. 

 

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Some Sabbath-keeping Christians CLAIM that the early church kept the Sabbath as the Jews, but I assure you that the early first-century church was accustomed to gathering together BEFORE the light of daybreak on the FIRST day of the week that THEY called the Lord's day.

Please read all the studies linked within this study and all the studies linked below. This study was just the TIP of the iceberg of exposing the ERRORS of interpretation made by the Saturday seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping churches, and the Sunday first day of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians. All of the studies listed under the subject heading >>>Dd-0. What is the TRUE Sabbath?<<< And also read Dd-20. Did The Early Church KEEP the Sabbath day to learn the truth of what the early church believed.

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