Paul’s Calling, Teaching and commentary, chapter 8

To: “Churches of God” Called to be Spiritual Israelites & atOne with Jesus. 3/13/19, God’s 13th month 6th day of Adar 2, 5779 until sunset.

An erroneous translation usually begins with an assumption or following tradition, such is the case here. (1John 5:6-8; “Jesus Christ is the one who came by water and blood – not by the water only, but by the water, blood. and Spirit. The spirit testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. (7) For there are three that testify, the Spirit and the water and the blood and these three are in agreement.”)

We noted in last study that Paul baptized in the name of Jesus, no apostle ever baptize in the name of the Holy Spirit, additionally none ever included the Holy Spirit in their letter salutations. (The Infamous Comma Johanneum, known in the English-speaking world through the King James translation put this forth. Most manuscripts (221 2318 [18th century] {2473 [dated 1634]} and [with minor variations] 61 88 429 629 636 918) originate from the 16th century; the earliest manuscripts, codex 221 (10th century) includes the reading in a marginal note, added sometime after the original composition.) “The error composed after Erasmus’ Greek New Testament was published in 1516. Back in A.D. 1215 a Greek translation of the Acts of the Lateran Council, was a work originally written in Latin). All the more significant since many a Greek Father would have loved such a reading, for it so succinctly affirms the doctrine of the Trinity. From there, it made its way into copies of the Latin Vulgate, the text used by the Roman Catholic Church. After his first edition appeared, there arose such a furor over the absence of the Comma that Erasmus needed to defend himself. (Faith must be rooted in history. Significantly, the German translation of Luther was based on Erasmus’ second edition (1519) and lacked the Comma.

When the spirit of truth isn’t leading translators like tradition and lean on superstition more than allowing scripture to interpret scripture. Being in bondage to their fleshly inherited from Adam nature. Jesus was fathered by God the Father’s spirit, His human birth was by “water blood and the spirit.“ Many still vent these objections with rioting, “mob violence” etc, which is characteristic of folks looking to their intellect and denominationalism. Additionally when people don’t have meaningful work; their idleness becomes a bondage “an obstacle to peace.” An old saying may fit, “Idleness is the devil’s workshop.”

(Acts 20:1-7; ”After the disturbance had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them and saying farewell, he left to go to Macedonia. After he had gone through those regions and spoken many words of encouragement to the believers there, he came to Greece, where he stayed for three months. Because the Jews had made a plot against him as he was intending to sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia. (4) Paul was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, and Timothy, as well as Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. These had gone on ahead and were waiting for us in Troas. (6) We sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and within five days we came to the others in Troas, where we stayed for seven days. (7) On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul began to speak to the people and because he intended to leave the next day, he extended his message until midnight.”) “They met on the day after the Sabbath and because they intended to leave on the second day, continued speaking into the second day.)

People using this text as authority to change God’s Sabbath to the first day are twisting The Word, “to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures.” (See 2Peter 3:16) It’s clear to honest people that, (a) God’s calendar was looked to, “referencing the days of Unleavened Bread.” (b) There’s no reason not to teach on any day, however Paul is teaching much longer than usual on this particular first day as it rolls over to the second, because he intended to leave the next day. Doctor Luke explains.

(Acts 20:8-12; (Now there were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting.) A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window was sinking into a deep sleep while Paul continued to speak for a long time. Fast asleep, he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. (10) But Paul went down, threw himself on the young man, put his arms around him and said, “Do not be distressed, for he is still alive!” Then Paul went back upstairs, and after he had broken bread and eaten, he talked with them a long time, until dawn, then he left. They took the boy home alive and were greatly comforted.”) (Some think Paul begin speaking on the Sabbath and when day one arrived spoke on until dawn, could be.

Particularly Israelites were mindful that each sunset began a new day. After the Sabbath ended at the seventh day sunset, the first day began and Paul kept teaching until dawn because the people were showing interest and Paul had a lot to convey. If folks used the same logic for a Sabbath change, as to Paul’s teaching on this particular day, “they’d teach all night until dawn!”

(Acts 20:13-17; “We “Dr. Luke, Paul and companions” went on ahead to the ship and put out to sea for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for he had arranged it this way. He himself was intending to go there by land. (14) When he met us in Assos, we took him aboard and went to Mitylene. We set sail from there, and on the following day we arrived off Chios. The next day we approached Samos, and the day after that we arrived at Miletus. (16) For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so as not to spend time in the province of Asia, for he was hurrying to arrive in Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost. From Miletus he sent a message to Ephesus, telling the elders of the church to come to him.”) It was after the season days of Unleavened Bread and before Pentecost. Pentecost being the birth date of “the New Testament Church of God” Paul placed importance on being in Jerusalem by Pentecost?

(Acts 20:18-24; “When they arrived, he said to them, “You yourselves know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I set foot in the province of Asia, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots of the Jews. You know that I did not hold back from proclaiming to you anything that would be helpful, and from teaching you publicly and from house to house, testifying to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus. (22) And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem without knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit warns me in town after town that imprisonment and persecutions are waiting for me. But I do not consider my life worth anything to myself, so that I may finish my task and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace.”) (The gospel message is “the kingdom’s coming, repentance toward God the Father and faith in our Lord Jesus’ deeds and grace.”)

(Acts 20:25-35; “And now I know that none of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom will see me again. Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of you all. For I did not hold back from announcing to you the whole purpose of God. (28) Watch out for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that He, God the Father” obtained with the blood of His own Son. I know that after I am gone fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Even from among your own group men will arise, teaching perversions of the truth to draw the disciples away after them. (31) Therefore be alert, remember that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears. And now I entrust you to God and to the message of His grace. This message is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified, “set aside. (33) I have desired no one’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. By all these things, I have shown you that by working in this way we must help the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”)

Paul maintains that he taught the whole purpose of God. No doubt he shared Moses’ re-creation account of an earth in chaos, Creating Adam and from his rib, Created Eve. The Genesis account of Cain - Abel and how it’s that Abel’s blood still speaks. Jesus’ leading through Moses, giving the ten commandments, the prophets telling of Jesus’ coming as the Messiah, His linage through David and the coming millennial reign as King of Kings. Explaining that it was God the Father’s will, to allow Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of sins. “That there’s no forgiveness without the shedding of blood. Is there any wonder as to why Paul spoke until dawn on that first day?

(Acts 20:36-38; “When he, ’Paul’ had said these things, he knelt down with them all and prayed. They all began to weep loudly, hugged and kissed Paul, especially saddened by what he had said, that they were not going to see him again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.”)

In Route to Jerusalem.

(Acts 21:1-9; “After we, ’Luke, Paul & companions” tore ourselves away from them, we put out to sea, and sailing a straight course, we came to Cos, on the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, went aboard, and put out to sea. After we sighted Cyprus and left it behind on our port side, we sailed on to Syria and put in at Tyre, because the ship was to unload its cargo there. (4) After we located the disciples, we stayed there seven days. They repeatedly told Paul through the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem. When our time was over, we left and went on our way. All of them, with their wives and children, accompanied us outside of the city. After kneeling down on the beach and praying, we said farewell to one another. Then we went aboard the ship, and they returned to their own homes. We continued the voyage from Tyre and arrived at Ptolemais, and when we had greeted the brothers, we stayed with them for one day. On the next day we left and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. (9) (He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.) Persecution against The Way was rampant and Paul’s teaching was in much dispute among Jews and gentiles.

(Acts 21:10-14; “While we remained there for a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. He came to us, took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it, and said, “The Holy Spirit says this: ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will tie up the man whose belt this is, and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’” When we heard this, both we and the local people begged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be tied up, but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Because he could not be persuaded, we said no more except, “The Lord’s will be done.”) Remember Jesus told Ananias, “Go, because this man, “Paul” is My chosen instrument to carry my name before Gentiles and kings and the people of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of My name.” Acts 9:15-16)

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