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Haters of grace

There are those who are very vocal about Paul being a false apostle. There reason is that he no longer adhered to the law and taught grace. That he was liar and was inventing false religion.

Even though Luke records that Barnabas took him into the church. Did Luke lie in the book of Acts about the churches history and Paul's influence? Then Peter lied when he wrote in his second epistle 2 Pet 3:15-16 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."

They say Paul was false but the fact is they are the liars. The Jews continued to live under the law that rejected the new covenant under their messiah Y'shua. Despised and rejected by his own, of whom Saul was once one of them. "Saul... filled with the Holy Spirit.... Immediately he preached the Christ in their own synagogues. And this was soon after Stephen was killed by the Jews, Saul was also present consenting to his death.

The Pharisees, law keepers hated the new covenant introduced by the one they crucified. One of the main reasons is because it opened it up to the Gentiles.

They want to reject 2/3 of the New Testament because of their prejudice against grace found in Y'shua. Much like the heretic Marcion did in the beginning of the church. They love the law over the one who gave the law and made the new covenant of grace.

Luke 24: Jesus refers to the Scripture, telling them because he died and rose again, repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." And then tells them he will send the Promise of the Father, they are to wait in the city of Jerusalem." It began among the people that first rejected Jesus.

In the book of Acts we a see a transition of those being under the law to grace, from the old covenant to the New Covenant. We are told Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ- law keepers do not want grace or truth because grace means one would be in the new covenant without the Old Testament laws and the truth means they would disregard the old covenant to hold to the new by the gospel.

But they like the Judiazers wanted to add Christ to what is established, even though Jesus said he did not come to pour new wine into old wineskins. Do they know that they are rejecting his work by insisting that the Sabbath must be kept along with the other laws? Some do; their leaders certainly do, many of the followers do not.

Heb 7:12 "For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law."

The change of the law was necessary - how, why?

Because there was a new covenant that did AWAY with the OLD covenant. Heb. 8:13 In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away."

If you believe in the gospel you are attached by a covenant to a whole new system.

The gospel is found in the Old Testament but it is hidden, as a mystery until it was revealed by the apostles. So we have a different system to live by.

We had to wait for the one to come who fulfilled all the law and the prophecies. It is He who takes us out from under the law and its penalties and put us in Christ and in grace.

Rom 8:3 "For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh"

Rom 8:4-9 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His."

We are not ministers of the law- your 2,000 years too late. Look at what we are told to be ministers of

"who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?" (2 Cor 3:6-8)

Religion is always threatened by Jesus' teaching on grace, it challenges our work to be righteous. Any additions destroy God's grace toward us, and adding the law that was made obsolete certainly is that which destroys grace.

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