And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ (Acts 26:14-18)
A Pauline Doctrine Or A Doctrine Of Christ
In the mail bag this week received a note asking if the Brooksville church was part of a group that followed the “Pauline doctrine.” They cited an author on the internet they follow who espouses this doctrine of Paul based on 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. I will never live long enough to hear every new thing and this was one that had never crossed my path before. It seems (according to the internet) to have become a prominent thought in the 20th century with the term “Pauline doctrine” although elements of the movement can be traced back to the 2nd century. From a cursory view it seems to highlight the writings of Paul above all others and the apostle Paul differs from all other writers of the New Testament. Some go so far as to suggest the apostle differs from teachings found in the Gospels, Acts and the book of James.
Attacks against the Bible will continue until the Lord returns as Satan tries to discredit the Holy text. The wisdom of man is an astonishing melody of discord in his infantile pursuit of exalting himself to be his own god. He believes that if he can talk loud enough and long enough he can outlast the power of the word of God. This is like an ant with three legs trying to move the Moon out of its place. The angels must smile as man seeks to outwit the Lord God Almighty in failed attempts to rewrite what is settled in heaven. The view of this “Pauline doctrine” is another attack of the devil to do what he did in the beginning: “Has God indeed said.”
The New Testament church is an eternal kingdom that will never fail. Paul was told by the Lord Himself that he was appointed a minister and a witness of the work of God and that through his work delivers the message of salvation to the Jewish people as well as the Gentiles. Paul was sent by Jesus Christ. The doctrine Paul preached was the doctrine of Jesus Christ as he was a messenger of the will of God. His work would be to open the eyes of the people to turn from darkness to light and the power of Satan to God. The doctrine of Paul was the same as the doctrine of Jesus. He would preach the message of forgiveness of sins established by the Son of God. The inheritance of eternal life was preached by Paul among those who were sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ. Paul never preached his own doctrine. Everything the apostle preached was the truth of Jesus Christ.
Paul was in harmony with what Luke wrote in the Acts of the Apostles. The apostles wrote the same message of hope, grace and mercy as Peter, James and John. There is no conflict in the doctrine written by any other writer of the New Testament. Peter affirms that Paul was a fellow author. The teachings of James on salvation by faith and works do not contradict the message of grace Paul writes to the saints at Ephesus. All sixty-six books of the Bible are in perfect accord with one another as they declare the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. The reason we have 27 books of the New Testament canon is because we did not need 26 or 28. In the perfection of the will of God, the Bible is a complete revelation of the mind of God. Paul wrote more books than we have preserved but what we have is all we need to know about the will of God. The other authors of the New Testament probably wrote more than what is preserved but all we need to know is found in the 27 books of the covenant. What is the Pauline doctrine? Paul would refute the idea himself if he were here. Paul preached Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone. Let the Son of God be glorified and men bow before the great I AM.