The Word of God ought to unite us!

1st Corinthians 1:10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name Y’shua / Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 
11 For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. 
12 Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” 
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

I am Here to say today, that while Paul is an excellent teacher, and very knowledgeable with regard to the Word of God, He would never contend with Christ Y’shua.

Let me give an example, When I tell someone that the Messiah came preaching that we ought to Keep the Commandments, and that to fail to do so is lawlessness, or sin. They go running to Paul’s epistles to refute the Word of God. saying that we are no longer under the Law.

They do not understand Paul, because they take His words out of context, and because Paul is difficult to understand anyway, especially for someone who doesn’t know what Paul knew. They stumble at several scriptures.

The apostle Peter spoke of this in His epistle. Saying, “Consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.” (2nd Peter 3:15, 16)

Speakin of Paul, here is a man who as a former Pharisee, had a handle on doctrine that we could not possible understand, and as a student who studied under Gamaliel, in order to be accepted in that school, He was requires to commit to memory the whole first five book of the Bible. Yes, what Paul knew about the Hebrew scriptures would be mind boggling for any of us.

But let us not forget who Messiah is. And who suffered and died so that we could live. So let us put things in their proper order, so that we can find those things that will unite us in Christ, and not separate us.

For Paul said, “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name Y’shua / Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 
For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you.”
(Vs 10, 11)

I remember when I was growing up in the Baptist Church, that what I heard almost without fail every Sunday was taught from Paul’s epistles, and much of it was incorrect.

We were taught that there would be a rapture, when there has never been a prophecy of such an event. And there’s no direct word from the scriptures that indicates that Christ will come more than once more.

We were taught that once we were saved, we could not lose our salvation. Once saved always saved, is man’s doctrine, not truth!

Yet the apostle Peter says, For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of Y’shua / Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 
21For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 
22But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”
(2nd Peter 2:20-22)

And then Paul says, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 
13for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
(Philippians 2:12, 13)

If Salvation is a done deal, why then do we have to work at it?

We need to be really careful of what men have determined to be doctrine, for the mishandling of Paul’s epistles have let us paint ourselves into a doctrinal corner. And a prime example of that is that doctrine saying that the Commandments have been abolished at the cross. That simply is not logical, and more than that, it is a direct contradiction of Christ’s own words.

Paul would never contradict His Savior. And if we believe that this is true then he contradicts His own words.

For He said, “Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.” (Romans 7:12)

And we find that YHVH God has promised, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds, I will write them,” (Hebrews 10:16)

If God is abolishing the Commandments, then why would He inscribe them on our hearts? And if He inscribed them there, why then do we resist them? Except that Perhaps that in truth, we are lost, and refuse to be found.

Isn’t it time that those of us who will be among His Sheep, begin to obey the Shepherd? What in the World do we have to lose, by at the very least, trying to keep the Commandments of God?

The Apostle John has said, “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 
4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”
(1st John 5:1-4)

There are two sides to every disagreement, when it comes to Scripture. The Saved and the unsaved, and the righteous, and the unrighteous.

Let us all come together in unityfor there is no division in the body of Christ.

26For you are all sons of God through faith in Y’shua / Christ Jesus. 
27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 
28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Y’shua / Christ Jesus. 
29And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
(Galatians 3:26-28)

Let me remind you, that Y’shua was a keeper of God’s law, had he not been, He would not have been a fit sacrifice for the sins of the world. For He is the lamb of God, unblemished and acceptable to God the Father.

He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (1st John 2:6)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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