WAS PAUL A JUDAIZING CHRISTIAN?


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WAS PAUL A JUDAIZING CHRISTIAN?



For those of you who may not know what a Judaizing Christians are, 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 is the ceremonial laws of Moses. The ceremonial laws of Moses are the Sabbath days, 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, did the apostle Paul TEACH Christians to KEEP the LAW OF MOSES, speaking of the CEREMONIAL laws of Moses?

And the answer is an OBVIOUS NO to most Christians. But there are some Judaizing Christians that sincerely believe with all their heart that the entire Orthodox Christians world has been DECEIVED. And to THEM, Paul was indeed teaching Christians to KEEP the Law of Moses. And some of them would even offer up animal sacrifices IF there was a Temple in Jerusalem and the priesthood was restored.


But is THEIR INTERPRETATION of the scriptures SOUND?

Does 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.


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:”


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.”


Galatians 5:2.


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


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.”



James 2:10.


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


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.”


Hebrews 10:26-39.


“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, (This means that any Christian that keeps the LAW of MOSES to be SAVED 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 there is no more sacrifice for you IF you break even ONE point of the WHOLE Law of Moses)

27. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

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 you have done DESPITE the Spirit of GRACE to believe the lie of the enemy to try and keep BOTH Covenants to receive eternal life in the world to come. By this you slap Jesus in the face not trusting in the BLOOD of the NEW COVENANT to save you)

30. For we know him that has said, Vengeance belongs unto me, I will recompense, saith 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 the 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 “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 and 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 gazingstock 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, (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 great recompense of reward.

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)

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 draw back, (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 unto eternal destruction in the lake of fire on the Day of Judgment) but of them that BELIEVE to the saving of the soul.”



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.


Please 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. (IF they continue to be teachers of the Law of Moses compelling 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, (Anyone that does not obey the WILL of God is wicked) 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. (And NOT to Moses) Amen.”


And the WILL of God is for us to OBEY the commandments 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.

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 be.”


And this is WHY Paul WARNED the Jewish Judaizer Christians in the Philippian church that were contending with him over KEEPING the Law of Moses, for them to work you their OWN salvation with FEAR and TREMBLING. For if they break just ONE point of the Law of Moses then they are guilty of the whole Law of Moses and there is no more sacrifice for them under the Old Covenant. 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, (Or becoming a NEW CREATURE created IN Jesus Christ BY FAITH. And that circumcision avails NOTHING) PEACE be on them, and MERCY, and (Or and MERCY YET) 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 Jews UNLESS they came to him.


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) we (The UNSAVED Jews) know that every where 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. (This is what we should be doing. 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)

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 Esaias 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 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.


Thanks for reading. And may God bless you and keep you in the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ as you continue to seek the truth of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.

Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark.


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