Paul Monitored

“Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by
Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him
from the dead;)
And all the brethren which are with me, unto the
churches of Gala’tia.”  Galatians 1:1-2.

There was a plan that Paul had for Churches that he had founded. The young must be watched carefully so that the originally intent and purpose are maintained. When the fundamentals are upheld by those who seek to follow a pattern then success can be assured for that endeavor.

Paul had a blueprint how he established a church in a specific locality. First, here was the beginning step. He always went to a city, however only on one occasion that we know about but even that may be explained because of the close proximity to a city. This was when Paul converted Lydia, the dealer in purple for cloth.

Second, it was a custom to attend the Jewish synagogue to then explore what the Old Testament commented about the coming Christ.

Third, he knew they must be held in check because otherwise the church would not keep to its beginning rules. A monitor had to be called into play.

Paul usually went to a Jewish worship service and commenced to expound on the scripture. Your reader could, and should, make remarks about what was said by Paul.  It must have been successful because we recall the churches he established. He was a man with a plan. Over and over Paul did it like that.

However, we should never forget Paul kept in touch with these new found churches. He did this by different people who he would send to them but also by writing letters to the new organizations. It was by this means that churches were kept pure to the word.

Several months ago your author read the Francis Asbury, the disciple of the Wesley’s road from Virginia to Kentucky about sixty times to establish the Methodist Church in Kentucky. He did just that.

In recent years, the disciples of Christ did not follow and remain true to their original concept. Right now, in Odessa, TX, the Disciples of Christ have their millions of dollars edifice – up for sale. The First Baptist Church probably have a membership of several thousand with a new twelve-million-dollar auditorium.

My father, who was a minister at the First Christian Church in 1948-1950, which was about an equal in building and membership with the First Baptist Church of Odessa. The Baptist’s held firm. The Disciples took on the liberal concepts.

This is true now in politics, economics and social aspects. Remain true to the fundamentals. Why do you think Hillary lost and Donald Trump won? It was not a fluke but a valid reason why that happened.

 

WHO WAS PAUL?

There was a section of land called Galatia. Paul had started a congregation there. We know that Paul introduced the Gospel to them as told in Acts 16:6.

“Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia-a and the
region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost
to preach the word in Asia.”

Then again in Acts 18:23, it is set out again.

“And after he had spent some time there, he departed,
and went over all the country of Galatia and
Phrygia-a in order, strengthening all the disciples.”

Here we know Paul was watching closely what he started. He was monitoring his churches. It would seem that there were several churches in Galatia. This was not just one. Galatia was an area of land in what today is modern Turkey. This book of Galatians has been accepted as divinely inspirited.

This short book of the New Testament has been called “The Declaration of Independence of the Church” or, as some referred to it, as the “Magna Carta of the Church”.

 

Paul gives a special greeting to these people in Galatians 1:1-3.

“Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by
Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from
the dead;)
And all the brethren which are with me, unto the
churches of Gala’tia:
Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and
from our Lord Jesus Christ.”

One should quickly notice he spoke of the good news in the first verse for he said Jesus was raised from the dead. This is the Gospel. Just as Christ was brought back to life so shall he have eternal life. This gives each of us that life exists after death. It is his grace that supports us, Jesus Christ gives benefit to us. It is only through the Lord Jesus that we are able to have peace.

 

WHY CHRIST CAME

One should never set aside why Christ came. It was to remove our sins. Never forget this world is evil and its prince is our enemy. He is our adversary. God wants us to have forgiveness of sin.

This is summed up in one verse Galatians 1:4-5.

“Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver
us from this present evil world, according to the will
of God and our Father:
To whom be glory forever and ever amen.”

The church should never consider our task is have the church parties with cake as often as possible. I have never known anyone who ate a piece of cake and became a Christian. It is only through the teaching of the word that salvation comes to the sinners.

Without a way to watch, listen, and correct an idea it will be subverted very quickly. Look what people have done to the United States Constitution. It is immovable but the Liberals say it is a living organism. What they mean is can be change at a living organism. What they mean is can be changed at a whim. FDR tried to change it by increasingly the numbers on the Supreme Court but if it had not been Hatton Summers it would have happened.

Always Satan seeks to destroy God’s work. You can read it in Galatians 1:6-7.

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that
called you into the grace of Christ unto another
gospel:
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble
you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”

 

KEEP THE FORM

Paul was adamant about keeping his teaching and instructions as pure as possible. This is the reason a coach keeps watching the habits of an athlete. There should be no change in the form if there is then the result will be a disaster. The instructions will be for naught.

This man of God knew what was important to the continuation of the Gospel. Once men started to insert their ideas, beliefs and thoughts into the pure Gospel then a disaster was inevitable.

 

This is what he wrote in Galatians 1:8-10.

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any
other gospel unto you than that which we have
preached unto you, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach
any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let
him be accursed.
For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to
please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be
the servant of Christ.”

 

Actually, men want to change the rules of Christianity.

 

Here is a list of some of the twisting:

• Speaking for immersion,
• Feeding food to the poor instead of pushing the Gospel,
• Tithing time instead of money,
• Letting others tell us what the Bible states, and
• Taking communion once in a while.

 

Most people don’t think that it’s important to follow the instructions given by the inspired Word of God.  It’s a perverted testimony when leaders say that only portions of the New Testament are important. 

 

REVELATION

The Scripture teaches that what is written comes not from men but it is a direct revelation from God almighty. This puts a deeper meaning on such a god as in Galatians. Yes, there are men who ridicule this idea. The Bible is just that. It is God’s word. Judges 1:11-12, states this as a fact.

“And from thence he went against the inhabitants of
De’bir: and the name of De’bir before was
Kir’jath-se’pher:
And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kir’jath-se’pher,
And taketh it, to him will I give Ach’sah my daughter
to wife.”

There is an attitude among some people that one must be elected to be a Christian. This is a doctrine that arises out of John Calvin’s teaching. There are some exceptions in the Bible, one such expectation was Paul. The New Testament clearly tells us that we made a choice. Judges 1:15-16, informs us of the conversion of Paul.

“And she said unto him, give me a blessing: for thou
hast given me a south land: give me also springs of
water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the
nether springs.
And the children of the Ken’ite, Moses’ father in law,
went up out of the city of palm trees with the children
of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which lieth in
the south of A’rad; and they went and dwelt among
the people.”

You, as an individual, must decide what you will do with Jesus!  No man make this decision for you. This is one of the beauties of the Gospel in that it is free will and never forced upon you or I never are we forced to declare Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

There is no such thing as a birthright Christian. There is only a person who voluntary accepts Jesus Christ. Beware of a person who says God selected he or she.

GONE FOR A TIME

When Paul was converted he left to go to Arabia for three (3) long years. Then he went to Jerusalem as told in Judges 1:17-18.

“And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they
slew the Canaanites that inhabited Ze’phath, and
utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city was
called Hor’mah.
Also Judah took Ga’za with the coast thereof, and
Aske-lon with the coast thereof, and Ekron with
the coast thereof.”

 

CONCLUSION

The scripture is to be read and then put in to practice. What it means is a commitment to follow what the New Testament tells us. There is no choice if mankind is ruled by some form of regulation. The Bible states it is an either/or. God guides us or Satan guides us. This is very simple.

In the study of war one of the blunders by generals is a failure to gather information in order to win. General McArther failed to accept the idea that the Chinese would come into the Korean conflict. However, at Inchon he saw the North Korean weakness in their supply to Pusan.

Donald Trump, the President elect saw the weakness in Hillary Clinton in that she was so disliked by great masses of people. She had no plan for the future. Trump saw the layout of her lack of a program. Even a “blind man” would know what a liar Obama is.

What can be derived from this lesson are the following:

• Read the Scripture daily,
• Know it is divinely inspiring,
• Look at events around you, and
• Apply the Bible to the events.

You and I must keep God’s Word.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

HE LIFTED ME

“In loving-kindness Jesus came
my soul in mercy to reclaim,
and from the depths of sin and shame
through grace He lifted me.

From sinking sand He lifted me,
with tender hand He lifted me,
from shades of night to plains of light,
O praise His name, He lifted me!

He called me long before I heard,
before my sinful heart was stirred,
but when I took Him at His word,
forgiven, He lifted me.

His brow was pierced with many a thorn,
His hands by cruel nails were torn,
when from my guilt and grief, forlorn,
in love He lifted me.

Now on a higher plane I dwell,
and with my soul I know ’tis well;
yet how or why, I cannot tell,
He should have lifted me.”

 

 

 

GERALD K. FUGIT
DiggingOldWells.com
December 18, 2016

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