“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
Here is a promise that many have ignored.
We say that we believe but do not follow. We say that Yahshua is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, but then we follow Paul, and preach Paul, as if He is some sort of a god. And while Paul is outstanding as an apostle of Christ, and a very learned man, he is just that, a man.
But Christ is the incarnation of YHVH God on the Earth, not just a man, but the light of life in the flesh. Yet everyone will preach Paul and ignore the things Yahshua said.
Now understand, that I am not saying that Paul has missed anything, or that He does not speak in support of Christ. But what I am saying is that because of Paul’s deep knowledge, of the scriptures many of us misinterpret what Paul says.
We are the problem, not Paul!
Even though we know what Christ has said, we sometimes contradict Him with the Words of Paul as if in our understanding we miss the meaning of what Paul says. I cannot count the times that after having quoted Christ, someone will come back with, “but Paul said this, or that.” Paul is a disciple; he would never speak in contradiction of Christ, neither about what He said, or did.
For instance, when I say that Y’shua and His disciples kept the Sabbath, and that the Father would never change the Sabbath. Therefore, there was never a reason to change God’s 4th Commandment.
And many times I have heard in reply, “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” (Colossians 2:16, 17)
Because we do not understand what is being said, and taking it out of context, we contradict the living Word of God. Paul is speaking to new converts from Paganism, and telling them that the Way of Christ is likely to cause criticism from their former friends who are still worshiping idols, to come at them because they no longer keep the Pagan Sabbath, or Worship on the new moon. Nor do they any longer eat unclean foods, like pork. Paul is telling them that persecution is likely, and we have turned it around to use it as a means to come against Christ and what He said or did in obedience to His Father.
Y’shua said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
Study the words and deeds of Christ Y’shua first, before we go any farther, let no one contradict Him in any way. For we are to bear witness on His behalf, not contradict Him.
And if we don’t know that He was a teacher of God’s Law, then we are apt to not only misunderstand Him, but teach others to also miss the mark. For we have been commissioned to teach the whole World the truth just as He delivered it to us.
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:6-8)
Whether you’re pastoring a Church or serving as an evangelist, we all must have one thing in common. And that is the Spirit of Christ residing in us. And if that is true then we will do as He taught His 12 disciples.
Matthew 5:19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Shalom my friends,
- Sin is Lawlessness.
- Let’s get real!
- Paul is a Bond Servant to Christ.
- The Word of God ought to unite us!
- We Have an appointment with YHVH God (part 2).
- Are we fully prepared?
- Is Paul our Savior, the living Word of God?
- Loving God with all of our heart!
- Accept no substitutes.
- Christ will rule from Jerusalem.