Paul vs. James (Pt. 4)

By William Handschumacher

A Special Rock of Offence Bible Study





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This is Part 4 of a fourteen-part Bible study.
The other parts of this study are available
below.

Part 1 ----- Part 2 ----- Part 3 ----- Part 5
Part 6 ----- Part 7 ----- Part 8 ----- Part 9
Part 10 ----- Part 11 ----- Part 12 ----- Part 13
Part 14

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Jesus Continues to Speak
From Heaven




Some Christians are angered when they hear a preacher say that the various things Jesus taught before the cross ... changed after the cross. These reactions are often caused by a popular religious misconception.

Everything Jesus taught during
His earthly ministry is correct
if we keep it within the context
of the Old Testament program,
which governed that period of
time before the cross.


However, the cross of Christ established a New Covenant, which was radically different than the previous Old Covenant program ... under which Jesus conducted His entire earthly ministry. It was this 'change in covenants' - from old to new - that ultimately changed the teachings - because the rules and tenants are now different.

Whenever the words of Christ are studied and discussed various controversies and offenses often arise. As a result, many correctly say; “These are the words of our Lord which should be honored above everything else in Scripture.” For this reason, some Bible translations highlight the words of Christ in red. We certainly support this practice.

However, well-meaning Bible believers often make the assumption ... that the words Jesus uttered before leaving the earth - are the only words of importance He spoke. However, those who are alive--continue to speak ... which is why the Bible reveals that Jesus continued to speak from heaven after His resurrection and ascension.


A warning given by Saint Paul
in the New Testament addresses
this often ignored truth.


"See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him (Jesus Christ) who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him (the resurrected Jesus Christ) who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, 'Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.'" (Hebrews 12:22-26)




The Mystery of Christ




"However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,

Which none of the rulers of
this age knew; for had they
known, they would not have
crucified the Lord of Glory."
(1 Corinthians 2:6-8)



The "rulers of this age" that Paul mentions here are "high order" demonic spirits, which were responsible for planning and orchestrating Christ's crucifixion "behind the scene". If Jesus and His disciples (during His earthly ministry) went around preaching the details of the yet future New Covenant, Paul said that these demonic spirits would have never crucified Christ. Why? The New Covenant in Christ's blood (Luke 22:20 and 1 Corinthians 11:25) was God's secret plan (Paul calls it "hidden wisdom") to utterly destroy Satan's dominion over the human race. Christ's crucifixion was the centerpiece of God's plan. The New Covenant couldn't exist without the crucifixion of our Lord - since its benefits had to be paid for in Divine blood. As a result of Christ's "information blackout" Satan and his demonic world didn't learn about their mistake until it was too late.

Looking backwards, Paul’s words gives us the reason Jesus couldn’t provide all the details about the radical New Covenant changes that would later take place after His sacrificial death and the Holy Spirit's arrival on the day of Pentecost.


Jesus told His disciples;

"I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me:

For He (the Holy Spirit) shall
receive of mine, and shall shew
it unto you."
(John 16:12-14)



According to various Bible historians, approximately 7 to 10 years after the cross Paul received the revelation that contained the New Covenant (Bible scholars call it “the Pauline Revelation”). Concerning this supernatural event Paul comments;


"I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—-such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter." (2 Corinthians 12:2-4 - Emphasis Added)



The inexpressible words Paul heard were spoken by the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. Contrary to many popular church teachings, the full revelation of the New Covenant was not known before the Pauline revelation - which is why the book of Hebrews warns that Jesus continues to speak from heaven after the cross. Once again, we repeat the previous Scriptural command because of its importance.


"See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him (Jesus Christ) who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him (the resurrected Jesus Christ) Who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, 'Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.'" (Hebrews 12:22-26)



We certainly agree with anyone who honors and defends Christ’s words. However, we want all of Christ’s words honored, especially those that provide the details about the New Covenant ... and not just the ones He spoke while on earth before the cross.

Why is this important?

Because the New Covenant,
initiated at the cross
through the blood of
Christ, changed the way
salvation was obtained
under the Old Testament
program of the Law.


Once again, this means that some of the things Christ previously taught on earth ... such as how He instructed the "rich young ruler" to be saved - radically changed after the cross. God chose Saint Paul to communicate these changes, which are now being made by the resurrected Christ living in heaven. Many are taught to ignore Paul's teachings. As a result, they have no other choice but to embrace a counterfeit gospel message.




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This is Part 4 of a fourteen-part Bible study.
The other parts of this study are available
below.

Part 1 ----- Part 2 ----- Part 3 ----- Part 5
Part 6 ----- Part 7 ----- Part 8 ----- Part 9
Part 10 ----- Part 11 ----- Part 12 ----- Part 13
Part 14

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