6:9-10 and Gal 5:19-21. Hence, the refusal by the 12 to commend Paul apparently was because they regarded Paul as an impostor apostle, meaning Paul followed an imposter Jesus. These other Scriptures were the Old Testament writings, works referred to as inspired by God by the apostle Paul (2 Timothy 3:16-17), the apostle Peter (2 Peter 1:20-21), as well as Jesus (Matthew 5:17-20). Paul did not become an apostle in the same manner as did the rest of the apostles. of the Church 3.27.). See this Link. 7 Instead, they saw that God had given me the responsibility of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as he had given Peter the responsibility of preaching to the Jews. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. This is because Paul many times makes clear he does not generally write under inspiration. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. Paul considered himself the ‘apostle’ to the Gentiles, primarily because his doctrine (called ‘that way’, Acts 19:9, 23) was rejected by Jewish Christians and the Asian churches alike; and he was forced to seek converts who knew nothing of Yahudim (Jewish) customs and the Law. I did this in private with the leaders, those held in esteem by the church, so that our concern would not become a controversial public issue, marred by ethnic tensions, exposing my years of work to denigration and endangering my present ministry. The debate with Paul, who often deflects charges he is "lying," was over the proof text Paul misused twice - Habakkuk 2:4. Only 7 of the 13 letters, however, can be accepted as being entirely authentic (dictated by Paul himself). See 2 Peter 3:15-18 (Paul speaks with ", 24. But as the Gentiles joined the church, Paul noticed that Peter still treated Gentile Christians differently in order to save face with those who still valued the law. [Page 125.] We can now deduce Paul meant the "Poor" -- capital "P" -- representing the EBION of Jerusalem. 11:13-15 and 2 Cor. (Augustine, Faith and Works (republished, 18. "The Apocalypse [i.e., Revelation of Jesus by John] ... represents an unqualified opposition to Paul....The Apocalypse [is] anti-Pauline." Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? 15. Philip Schaff) (1891) vol. ); (Gal. The Apostles Accept Paul. See also Paul Never Served as A Messenger of Meaningful Words from Christ. Paul was a Diaspora Jew, a member of the party of the Pharisees, who experienced a revelation of the resurrected Jesus. At that time I placed before them exactly what I was preaching to the non-Jews. Paul did not get the gospel from Jerusalem. See 1 Cor. See, 25. The epistle of the third bishop of Jerusalem -- Jude -- was a "bolt hurled at the head of Paul. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? First, look how tight the connection is between Acts 21:21 where James tells Paul that he heard Paul was an "apostate," and then after Paul's deflects James' concern by performing a Mosaic law vow, the Ebionites find Paul is an "apostate" against the Mosaic Law. My ego is no longer central. 1:19) -- asks Paul to reassure everyone that Paul is not guilty of ", 12. Here are 12 proofs: 1. 2. However, the 12 apostles did catch on -- a fact that Paul’s "Jesus of Damascus" tried to delay taking place as long as possible. Who was this James? Yet, this means he concedes a canonical book with Jesus’ words often present is anti-Paul. Augustine -- the 'father' quoted most often by Luther and Calvin in support -- likewise said the epistle of Apostle Peter known as Second Peter confirmed James' critiques, and that Peter added a critique of Paul's epistles as "hard to understand." 9:1-2 when read together with 2 Cor. (3) Since Paul is an apostle, his epistles are the inspired Word of God. See Jason File, Letters of Recommendation in Early Church (2006) at pages 70-72 (refuting contrary views.) In fact, Paul says James, the bishop of Jerusalem, was an "apostle." For a full discussion, see our article, Apostasy is a charge that one is violating Deuteronomy 13:1-10 where one with true prophecy and signs and wonders is a false prophet solely because one tries to "seduce" and "turn away" another from "the Law given you" -- implicitly in context the Ten Commandments. While I was there I met privately with those considered to be leaders of the church and shared with them the message I had been preaching to the Gentiles. "), In this epistle, James expressly refutes salvation is by faith alone, without works. Christ lives in me. Paul Never Served as A Messenger of Meaningful Words from Christ, Letters of Recommendation in Early Church. This is the P46 manuscript. It was eating meat sacrificed to idols (Rev. We didn’t give them the time of day. It also directly contradicts Genesis 4:1-9, as explained at this link. See link discussion. Paul was a later convert, who claimed his authority as an apostle (evangelist) based on a visionary encounter with Jesus after Jesus’ death. See Acts 22:14-22. More proof that the Ebionites was the name of the apostolic church was found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Why? 4. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily. For it is unlikely the apostles singled out help monetarily for only the poor of Jerusalem when the poor are everywhere. After the Jesus of Damascus visited Paul on a road outside Damascus, Paul rushed to Jerusalem to see the 12 Apostles to tell them what happened. Apostle Paul's Accomplishments When Saul of Tarsus, who was later renamed Paul, saw the resurrected Jesus Christ on the Damascus Road, Saul converted to Christianity . Some of Paul’s relatives are mentioned in the Bible. In the 2nd and 3rd centuries Eusebius’s Ecclesiastical History 6.38 says the Elchasai “made use of texts from every part of the Old Testament and the Gospels; it rejects the Apostle (Paul) entirely“; 4.29.5 says Tatian the Assyrian rejected Paul’s Letters and Acts of the Apostles; 6.25 says Origen accepted 22 canonical books of the Hebrews plus Maccabees plus the four Gospels but Paul … (By the way, their reputation as great leaders made no difference to me, for God has no favorites.) Paul clearly claimed to receive truth from Jesus, as did the other apostles. Next, the evidence is Apostle John supplanted Paul after Paul's death, and brought the churches once under Paul's influence back to orthodoxy. 2 I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. 2:14) -- something Paul endorses multiple times unless you are around a "weak" brother who thinks it is wrong. Acts 8:3 says, "But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house; and dragging … Paul had a corresponding disdain, implying the 12 were false apostles. Now this same passage was used by Paul twice as a proof text for faith alone. Many proofs. 2:10 (”depths”) in disapproving fashion as what the false prophetess Jezebel relies upon to teach it is ok to eat meat sacrificed to idols (see Revelation & Paul), which Paul does give permission to eat at least 2x. While I was there I met privately with those considered to be leaders of the church and shared with them the message I had been preaching to the Gentiles. All Luke records is their distrust, then Barnabas's introduction of Paul, and then it moves into the general peace of the churches since Paul's persecution stopped. 2 Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too. Given his accpetance by the apostles and the elders in Jerusalem, all (or virtually all) Christians have accepted his letters as inspired and as part of the New Testament. For in Galatians 2:6, Paul recounts that after meeting with the apostles / leaders of the Jerusalem church that the apostles still "imparted nothing to me," and the esteem others had in them meant "no difference to me. In them, scholars found a remnant writing for the community known as the EBION at Jerusalem whose leader -- the Zaddik - the "JUST ONE" in Hebrew -- was battling the "Spouter of Lies" over whether "works" were necessary for righteousness besides faith. When Paul wrote to the churches of Galatia, in the first chapter of that epistle there are three related claims having to do with his work as an apostle. Also, in Revelation 2:20, Jesus quotes Paul's words in 1 Cor. 5. See also Polycarp's Epistle 3:2 ("Neither am I ... able to follow the wisdom of Paul..." (Lightfoot). Galatians 2 New Living Translation (NLT) The Apostles Accept Paul. This term means "unrestrained by law / lawless.". This is because Paul many times makes clear he does not generally write under inspiration. Second, "Ebionites [was] a designation at first...a common name for all Christians, as Epiphanius (d. 403 AD) testifies. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. Eusebius in 325 AD likewise said the Ebionites "thought it was necessary to reject all the epistles of the apostle [Paul] whom they called an apostate from the Law." 25. 15 “You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. 20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. 1:19, "Other apostles of the Lord, I saw none except James, the brother of the Lord. What this means is that we must imagine a "Christianity before Paul" that existed independently of his influence or ideas for more than 20 years, as well as a Christianity preached by Paul, which developed independently of Jesus' original apostles and followers. This name meant The Poor in Hebrew from EBION meaning 'the poor.' 12 When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile believers, who were not circumcised. We know from Paul’s letters that not all of the disciples and their followers had complete faith in that claim, so there was some suspicion right off the bat. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. 25:29 ASV.). Hence, we can confidently say that the Ebionites were the same as the Jamesian apostolic church at Jerusalem. All rights reserved. Unfortunately, the rest of the Jews in the Antioch church joined in that hypocrisy so that even Barnabas was swept along in the charade. 11 But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong. Their ulterior motive was to reduce us to their brand of servitude. Even when he was about a four-days’ journey west in Thessalonica, they sent aid and Paul continued to accept. Contentment means accepting things the way they are — in other words, not wanting anything more or different. (Eusebius, Hist. In context, this was said to the Gentiles to prove apparently that Paul’s revelations from the Jesus of Damascus alone suffice. James, the bishop of Jerusalem, was in fact known as James the Just. See, You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone, ." 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