Following Jesus

Posted: May 29, 2012 by revivalbiblestudy315 in Bible Study, Prayer, Sermon Clips
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As Christians why do we follow Jesus? Why am I following Jesus? Is it to get something from Him? To get into heaven, or for blessings, or to have our best life now? Am I following Christ for any reason other than He is worthy, and I am to bring Him glory? Does my love and want of anything and everything in my life look like hate compared to the love that I have for my Saviour and my King? Am I fully devoted to whatever Christ asks of me and whereever He leads me? If you were to look into my life and how I spend my time what would you see? Would you see me consuming The Word of God for sustenance and would my prayer life look like communion with my Father?
Psalm 139:23-24
              Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 


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  1. Which is the most important?
    Jesus was asked twice, by two different men, the same basic question about which is the most important or greatest commandment in the Law. Here is how Jesus answered that question:

    #1
    “One of the teachers of the law… asked him [Jesus],
    ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’

    “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “ is this: ‘Hear, of Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than THESE.” [Mark 12:28-31, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Leviticus 19:18]

    #2
    …an expert in the law, tested him [Jesus] with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’”

    Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these TWO commandments.” [Matthew 22:36-40, Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18]

    But in contrast with Jesus, Paul the Pharisee didn’t know the greatest, most important, first commandment according to Jesus. Paul made up his own rule. Paul wrote:
    “The entire law is summed up in a SINGLE command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” [Galatians 5:14, Leviticus 19:18]

    And again, Paul wrote:
    “He who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not covet, and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this ONE RULE: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” [Romans 13:8-10, Leviticus 19:18]

    Jesus said it’s TWO commandments, with the greatest, most important, first command to
    .1) first, love God with everything you’ve got, and
    .2) second, love people.
    Paul said no, it ONE commandment- to love people.

    This is very similar to The Beatles- “All you need is love. Love is all you need. Love, Love, Love.” (In other words, the second commandment, the love of man, without the love of God. Love as me, myself and I define love to be, and continuously redefined by sinful men.)

    In essence, it is also the same principle as what Eve did in the Garden of Eden, forgetting about the Tree of Life, which is the first tree in the middle of the Garden, and instead referring to the second tree as “the tree that is in the middle of the garden.” [Genesis 3:3 & 2:9 2:17, 3:24]

    Kind of like the Pharisees with Jesus, who were pushing the false idea that we can consider ONE commandment in the Law, alone in isolation, to be “the greatest commandment in the Law.”

    Or like today, false teachers in the Chrislam – Purpose Driven – Seeker Sensitive – Emergent – Liberal – Ecumenical – New Age – world church movement pushing the false idea that the ONE RULE is “Loving God and Neighbor together.”

    The Lord God Jesus the Jewish Messiah, Son of Yahweh the Most High God of Israel, said:
    “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these TWO commandments.”
    Not one. TWO.

    Sometimes, Paul was wrong. Jesus is always right. I’m following Jesus.

    Here are answers to 2 common objections:
    .a) What about the so-called “Golden Rule”?
    Jesus spoke the 3 chapters of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7, including 7:12. Jesus didn’t make PART of this one verse out of context into “The Golden Rule” or “one rule.” Jesus did not use the term “Golden Rule,” it’s simply a tradition of men. The sentence begins with “So” in the NIV and Amplified Bibles, and “Therefore’ in the NASB and King James Bibles, which ties 7:12 to the previous sentences. So 7:12 cannot stand alone as One Commandment.

    .b) What about the so-called “Great Commission”?
    Jesus spoke the words recorded in Matthew 28:18-20, including “make disciples of all nations.” Jesus never used the term “Great Commission,” it’s simply a tradition of men. Yes I agree it’s a commandment given by Jesus, it’s not optional, and it applies to us today. We need to carry this out, with our own God-given abilities and talents, using the skills, and circumstances we have. But we don’t need to put words in the mouth of Jesus, we can let Jesus speak for himself, and we can listen to Him – and obey Him.

    Evangelism is part of the Second Commandment given by Jesus, to Love people. Evangelism is not the most important commandment, and it isn’t the entire Second Commandment. So if our priorities are “The Great Commission and the Great Commandment,” we have our priorities upside down and confused, and we are not listening to the voice of Jesus. Never mind what Paul said. Let’s listen to the voice of Jesus first, and get our priorities straight.

    The people who will protest most loudly against this truth are the modern “Pauls:” traveling evangelists, speakers, writers, abusive absentee mega-church pastors, Crusaders, and self-appointed “apostles” like Paul, who find it “profitable” to “be like Paul” rather than follow Jesus the Jewish Messiah.

    • You make some interesting points. I agree that to love God is of utmost importance, Jesus says so and it is also all over the OT , ex: Micah 6:8 and Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 as well as DT 6. But the difference between Paul and Jesus is a falsehood. Your forgetting (or in error) that the words of Paul are in fact the words if Christ. Since Scripture is inspired by God and Jesus is the 2nd person of the Godhead.

      Here is something for you to look over: I’ve always thought of the Jesus vs. Paul dispute as a giant red herring, or at least an adventure in missing the point. I know this post is responding to the different content in their teaching, but wouldn’t we be well served to remember that Paul’s teaching (different as it may or may not be) CAME from Jesus?

      In Acts 9:15 Jesus explains that Saul is his “chosen instrument.” In Acts 13:2ff the Spirit calls Saul for an express purpose. Paul is acknowledged by Luke as an Apostle of Christ in Acts 14:14, as well as by himself in Romans 1:1 (not to mention the beginning of his other epistles). Peter (with whom the same liberal scholars seem to have little or no dispute) equates Paul’s writings with “the other Scriptures.” In Acts 19:11 we see that God was working miracles through Paul. And if we may take Paul’s own words to drive home the point, in Galatians 1:11-16 (especially verse 12) Paul explains that the Gospel he was preaching was given to him, received through revelation, from Jesus Christ.

      – See more at: http://www.whitehorseinn.org/blog/2010/12/14/jesus-vs-paul/#sthash.jqz3CVOf.dpuf

      God Bless

  2. Dear RevivalBibleStudy315
    You said QUOTE: ” the words of Paul are in fact the words if Christ”

    Why do you believe this, other than perhaps Paul himself wrote “All Scripture is God-breathed”?
    No other New Testament writer ever said such a thing, and neither did Jesus.

    According to Jesus, which Commandment is the Most Important?

    This is a question of fact about the content of the text in the 66 Books of our Bible. It is comparing the words of Jesus with the words of Paul (and other men) regarding which one is the Most Important Commandment and which one is the Second commandment, which together fulfill the Law and the Prophets. (Not The Law the Prophets & the Writings, not “All Scripture,” not “The whole Bible”)

    It isn’t a question of men’s opinions about “what Paul really meant” or “what Paul must have known” or “what Paul was actually referring to here” or “what Paul was clearly implying” or “what we must conclude that Paul was assuming”, etc. etc.

    These lines of reasoning all go back to the false idea that “Paul must have been right and Paul couldn’t possibly be wrong, so whatever Paul was thinking at the time must have been correct, and we just have to figure out what Paul’s intended meaning was and what Paul was really thinking when he wrote these words.” That would mean that your opinion about the unknowable unwritten “mind of Paul” becomes the “Word of God.” No. Wrong.

    Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. The words spoken by Jesus, recorded in our Bible by Matthew Mark Luke & John, should be above all other words. This has literally been the Orthodox position for almost 2000 years. Paul is inferior, Jesus is superior. The words of Jesus are superior to the words of everyone else in the Bible and to everyone else in the world. Jesus is in agreement with the Law and the Prophets and came “to fulfill them.” [Matthew 5:17-20]

    What Jesus clearly and specifically said is also superior and more important than your opinions about what you think Jesus meant or implied, but didn’t say elsewhere. For example, when Jesus was speaking about “a new command I give you,” Jesus didn’t say THE new commandment, or the FIRST commandment, or the MOST IMPORTANT commandment, or the ONE commandment, or the GREATEST commandment, or ONE RULE.

    The false teaching about “one rule” is the false teaching of the Pharisees of Paul’s day, and Paul the Pharisee was pushing this false teaching. This contradicts the clear specific teaching of Jesus about the first and greatest commandment and the second. Jesus warned us about the Pharisees in Matthew chapters 15 & 16, and quoted the Prophet Isaiah regarding them:
    “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.”
    [Isaiah 29:13]

  3. What were Paul’s specific sins as a Christian? Here are 5 to get the discussion started:

    .1) Paul’s boastful conflicting false testimonies, exaggerating and making things up about his conversion experience in Acts 22 & 26, compared to what actually happened (recorded by Luke in Acts 9).

    .2) Paul lying to the Ephesian elders saying he was “compelled by the Spirit” going to Jerusalem, when in truth he was clearly disobeying God. [Acts 19:21 – 22:21]
    .
    3) Paul exaggerating his ministry in Ephesus claiming it was “3 years night and day with tears” when really it was 3 months in the synagogue and 2 years daily in a lecture hall.
    [Acts 20:31 vs Acts 19:8-10]

    .4) Paul abandoning the Church in Corinth after a year and a half for no obvious reason, and going off on another long trip, mostly on his own, without appointing anyone else in Corinth as overseer, or giving anyone else any specific authority in the Church in Corinth.
    [Acts 18]

    .5) Paul acting as an abusive absentee overseer / pastor to the Church in Corinth years after he abandoned them, and clinging to all power and claim to control of money and all aspects of the church ministry, while he was hundreds of miles away teaching full-time in his own school in Ephesus. [1 & 2 Corinthians.]

    Paul is the “model pastor” for many modern “Pauls” today.

    • You are very mistaken on your church history. Jesus is superior than Paul and any other person ever born, because He is the Almighty God, second person of the Godhead. Where you are mistaken is on what Scripture is (and being that your degree is from Dallas Theological Seminary I can see how you would be liberal in your theology) and that historical Christianity says that the Scriptures were inspired by the Holy Spirit (also God) and the Godhead does not work independently of each other (that would be heretical, as they would be 3 different gods not the one true God, DT 6:4). So each part of Scripture would hold the same weight, which is the “orthodox” position of the church for 2000 yrs. Peter himself calls Paul’s writings Scripture. You sound as if you are either in a heretical Jesus only movement, in which you would not be serving the Jesus of the Bible, or some kinda of modalist. I pray that your eyes will be opened to Jesus the Messiah and His sovereignty and ability to preserve the Scriptures for reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. Repent any believe.

      As for your issues with the apostle Paul, since the Holy Spirit is the one who wrote the entirety of Scripture (penned by men as moved, inspired by the Holy Ghost) and it is inerrant and infallible and does not contradict itself, Paul’s writings would clarify and bring greater insight into what was happening in Acts not contradict. But seeing your issues with the authority of Scripture I would not expect you to agree.

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