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The Gospel of Paul
I received an email asking me why I call Saul of Tarsus, AKA Paul, a false apostle. This article will be the first installment in a series of articles that address this issue. For newer readers, or those that missed them, some past articles have already touched on various aspects of this issue as well - Balaam & Paul & The Biblical Principle of Two Witnesses, etc.
To get started here we will address a very basic aspect. Yahshua picked 12 Apostles from among his many disciples. There were, and are still, only 12 Apostles:
The wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Judas was replaced by Matthias (Acts 1:23-26) and no others were ever selected to be an Apostle. There are not 13 Apostles. Paul does not even qualify to be an Apostle (Acts 1:21/22). Yahshua is never quoted or noted as ever calling or implying Paul was ever even a disciple much less an Apostle - even in the writings attributed to Paul’s “allies” - Mark and Luke (who were not themselves Apostles nor did they ever claimed to be).
It should be clear that there never has been a 13th Apostle so let us look a little deeper still. Apostle comes from “apostolos” which Strong says is “apostle, messenger, he that is sent” and Thayer says is “a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders”. So an apostle is basically “someone sent with a message”. In the writings of the Apostles they tell us what Yahshua actually said. That is what Apostles do - tell the message from the person sending them. If Saul of Tarsus was even an apostle with a little “a” this should mean Paul had a message from Yahshua - something Yahshua wanted Paul to tell us. Yet what did Paul tell us after the over a half dozen times Paul claimed to be an Apostle of Yahshua the Messaiah? Consider:
Paul wrote the name “Yahshua” over 200 times in his letters.
How many times did Paul write, “Yahshua said”? NONE!
How many times did the Gospels say “Yahshua said”? 65
How many times did Paul quote Yahshua? NONE!
How many times did the Gospels quote Yahshua? About 134 times - just using “I say to you . . .”!
How many times did Paul tell us what Yahshua said? NONE!
How many times did the Gospels tell us what Yahshua said? Several hundred (i.e. Yahshua said, Yahshua answered, I say to you, etc.)
For a man with a message from Yahshua, Paul fails to tell us what Yahshua said! For a man claiming to be a messenger from Yahshua how is it Paul fails to tell us anything at all that Yahshua ever said?
Over a half dozen times Paul says “gospel of Yahweh” yet Paul fails to ever say “Yahweh said”, or “Yahweh says”, etc. About a dozen times Paul says “the gospel of Messiah” yet Paul fails once again to ever say “Messiah said”, or “Messiah says”, etc. Paul continually fails to tell us what Yahshua, the Messiah, or YHWH actually said.
Since Paul failed to tell us what they actually said then what message did we get from Paul - as compared to others? The Apostle Matthew said “the gospel of the kingdom”. Mark, though not an Apostle said “the gospel of the kingdom of Yahweh”. Yahshua himself said the gospel was “the gospel of the kingdom”. How many times did Paul say “the gospel of the kingdom”? NONE! How many times did Paul say MY gospel? THREE TIMES; and, each time Paul also mentioned Yahshua in the same sentence but still claimed it was his, Paul’s, own gospel!
In Paul’s letters almost half the time that we read “of Yahshua” it is in reference to Paul’s own personal claims - apostle of, prisoner of, minister of, servant of, etc. Paul is so enamored with himself that in 1 Corinthians 4:1 he says, “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.” (KJV) However, a better translation would be, “Let man think of us as officers of Christ and managers of the secrets of God”. For example, the word translated as “ministers” is “hupēretēs” and is usually translated as “officers” even in the KJV (as in the officers that arrested Yahshua). A minister that serves is a “diakonos” or a “leitourgos“. Paul expected to be obeyed just as a Pharisee was (which he claimed to be and boasted of). The secrets Paul thinks he is in charge of are the same ones revealed to us in the Gospels! (Matthew 13:11, Mark 4:11, Luke 8:10) A gospel Paul apparently did not know.
He was so enamored with his own “gospel” he claimed it was higher than any other gospel - even a gospel from an angel from Heaven! (Galatians 1:8) That claim is a huge boast for any man but especially for a Pharisee - because while the Sadducees did not even believe in angels the Pharisees did! Paul placed his words over the words of any angel - even Michael (See Jude 1:9, Revelation 12:7). Paul went so far as to complement those who at one time had received him as Yahshua Messiah! (Galatians 4:14)
The message Paul gave was from himself! I do not ask you to “take my word for it”. I will continue with more articles that will aid in the search for truth concerning this issue; but, please have the courage to study this issue for yourself. Please brothers and sisters - take off the blinders (doctrines of men) and see the false apostleship of Saul of Tarsus. Run from the false gospel Paul has spread and repent and discover the gospel Yahshua taught - before it is too late!
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven — only the ones doing the will of my Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?' Then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you. Go away from me, you who are working lawlessness!'
Thank you for joining me on The Path to Light.
In Brotherly Love,
NUN: Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalms 119:105)