1936.07 - Bible Study For Bereans - July 1936. The Syriac thus continues:--And He gave not until I called upon Him again; then He gave unto them. This opened door was because Israel had put it from them. And the angel said to me: Follow me, that I may bring thee into the city of God, and into its light.  Here the [Greek]ms. abruptly ends. And he said to me: These are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the righteous forefathers. And I said to the archangel: What is this, my lord? The law has now developed internally, rather than from the exterior. And I said: No, my lord. And I looked up into the heaven, and saw angels, whose faces shone like the sun, girded with golden girdles, having in their hands prizes, on which the name of the Lord was inscribed, full of all meekness and compassion.  The Syriac has: Those who do not confess Jesus Christ, nor His resurrection, nor His humanity, but consider Him as all mortal, and who say that the sacrament of the body of our Lord is bread. And I said: My lord, what is this? The Apocalypse of Paul (Apocalypsis Pauli, more commonly known in the Latin tradition as the Visio Pauli or Visio sancti Pauli) is a fourth-century non-canonical apocalypse considered part of the New Testament apocrypha.  i.e., to sinful matter--hule--the source of the soma in the Gnostic doctrine. I Corinthians 1:17. Open your Bible and compare both of these Scriptures with Acts 14:27. While this voice was yet speaking, there came another, crying: Blessed art thou, Paul. Let this soul be delivered to the merciless angel Temeluch, and let it be cast into outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. But do ye men bless God without ceasing. Apocalypse (Revelations) of John 12:14 And two wings of a great eagle were given to the woman, that she should fly [or should flee] into desert, into her place, where she is fed by time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the angel of the place said to me: Stand afar off, until I open the seals. And he said to me: Its depth has no measure, but it is immeasurable. And I said to the angel: When, then, will they be made manifest? To prevent pride, Paul "was given" a "thorn in the flesh." He magnified his office as the Apostle to the Gentiles. During the 37 years from Calvary to the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus (about 70 A.D.) Israel had access to the temple, enjoying the favor of the Roman government for more than 30 years of that time, and they continued their “Judaism” in temple worship under the leadership of their high priest. Good News Translation Then I saw thrones, and those who sat on them were given the power to judge. Acts 10:28. Neh. Neither did they give him any authority to go to the Gentiles. The Lord Jesus Christ appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus and many times after to reveal what was “from the beginning of the world… hid in God”, that is, the fellowship of the mystery. Now let us refer again to our subject, “When-How-Why and Where Did Paul Receive What?” and Search the Scriptures. He was turned to Christ before the door of salvation was opened to the Gentiles. Acts 13:2; Acts 9:15; Ephesians 3:3. And one angel goes rejoicing on account of man when he behaves well, and another goes with a sad countenance.  Syr., This is the place of the prophets. God’s Word plainly declares that the DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD FOR GENTILES was committed to Paul. Hebrews 11:38. And they who were judged in the torments seeing them, all cried out with one loud voice: Have mercy upon us, Gabriel, who standest in the presence of God; for we heard that there was a judgment: behold, we know it. II Corinthians 12:1 to 12. And the length and the breadth of it were a hundred stadia. And I went along with the angel, and he brought me up into the heavens under the firmament; and I perceived and saw powers great and dreadful, full of wrath, and through the mouth of them a flame of fire coming out, and clothed in garments of fire. And the lord of that soul said: Take note of these souls, and whether thou hast in any way sinned against them. We don't see politics along a Left/Right divide; We see politics along a … It is quite likely that given the context of Galatians 1 where Paul is discussing his authority to preach the gospel that Peter and Paul discussed the content of the Gospel during their time together. The word of the Lord came to me, saying: Say to this people, Till when do you sin, and add to your sin, and provoke to anger the God who made you, saying that you are children to Abraham,  but doing the works of Satan, going on in speaking against God, boasting only in your addressing of God, but poor on account of the substance of sin? And there was a voice as of tens of thousands, saying: Righteous art Thou, O Lord, and righteous is Thy judgment. Therefore, THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD for Gentiles is not in the first nine chapters of Acts. And he said to me: Yes; for thus every unjust man disappears.  Syr., Thinking that there was something of gold within it. Having departed, then, he comes here, and the prophets salute him. David Whitmer himself witnessed that the revelations given by JS were given correctly in the original Book of Commandments, then these have been changed and published as Doctrine and Covenants. And the angel says to me: Paul, look down, and see what thou hast asked. A very slight change in the Greek text would give this reading. And after they are recorded, if there happen to them a matter of sin or deficiency, it is purified by chastisement according to their sin, that there be not unto them any defect in their strivings. “Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me.” “I conferred not with flesh and blood.” Galatians 1:16 and 17. We learn by reading Acts 8:5 to 17 that Evangelist Philip worked under the authority of the Twelve.. . And there came a voice: My long-suffering bears with them, that they may turn to me; but if not, they shall come to me, and I will judge them. And the disciples rejoiced because of this repentance unto life. Fourteen years after, by revelation, Paul went again to Jerusalem and told them of a revelation he had received from the risen Christ, “the gospel of the uncircumcision”. He had committed unto him, “the Dispensation of the Grace of God, “the Dispensation of the Mystery” for the Gentiles. (David Wood) Muhammad's Revelations Were Self Serving; Paul's Weren't (Pv M 15) Skip to main content. Although in Acts 9:15 (about 34 A.D.) Paul was told that he was to be a witness to Gentiles, he never mentioned the GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD until Acts 20:24 (about 59 A.D.). Acts 1:16 to 23. Certainly, we also see bad things in creation. How do I answer his insistence that this means the apocrypha belongs... Continue Reading. He besought the Lord thrice to remove it, but the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” So closely united was Paul’s spirit with that of Jesus Christ that he rejoiced in his sufferings for the Gospel. And I saw there all the prophets; and they came and saluted me, saying: Welcome, Paul, beloved of God.  Matthew 5:7.  Revelation 4:4. And know thou, O Paul, that every man who believes through thee hath a great blessing, and a blessing is reserved for him. For I have not shunned to … iii. And there was then a great light. Revelation 14:13. The Lord made it lawful when Peter received that housetop “sheet” vision about 41 A.D. Did the Lord in that vision introduce the DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD FOR GENTILES? Galatians 2:8. And the angel said to me: Look to the earth. Now that’s the way the word "mystery" is used. “BUT CONTRARIWISE, when they saw that the GOSPEL OF THE UNCIRCUMCISION WAS COMMITTED UNTO ME, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter.”, “For though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel! "For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles---assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. For more articles by Pastor J. C. O'Hair, visit the J. C. O'Hair Online Library. The risen Lord, by revelation, gave Paul something new. How did he receive it? And he said to me: This is Moses the lawgiver, by whom God led forth the children of Israel out of the slavery of Egypt. The date of the council at Jerusalem (Acts 15:1 to 22) after which Peter’s name is not mentioned in Acts is just about the same year when Peter and Paul agreed to their respective different ministries as mentioned in Galatians 2:9. Paul, given the revelation from the risen Lord, applied correct interpretation to the OT scriptures that previously were hidden. " Syr., Thinking that there was something of gold within it. The Apostle Paul wrote about one-half of the Books of what are generally called the “New Testament Scriptures.” It is generally believed that he wrote about one-half of his messages before the close of the “Acts” period and about one-half of them after the close of the “Acts” period. Acts 20:16; Acts 23:3 to 7. The word theotokos in the text was the occasion of the three years' struggle between Nestorius and Cyril of Alexandria, which ended by the condemnation of the former by the Council of Ephesus, a.d. 431. And the angel said to me: These are they who corrupted themselves and killed their infants. No “Berean” who searches the Scriptures will believe that Peter was intrusted with Paul’s message and ministry. Knowest thou not that whensoever any one dies, his deeds run before him, whether they are good or evil? Ephesians 3:8. [The close of the English translation of the Syriac version is given in full by Tischendorf (pp. Revelation of the holy Apostle Paul: the things which were revealed to him when he went up even to the third heaven, and was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words. While he was yet speaking, there came other three, and saluted me, saying: Welcome, Paul, beloved of God, the boast of the churches, and model of angels. [The close of the English translation of the Syriac version is given in full by Tischendorf (pp. Galatians 1:17 to 24. All are not permitted to enter into it, except whosoever shall repent of his sins; and as soon as he shall repent, and alter his life, he is delivered to Michael, and they cast him into the Acherusian lake, and then he brings him in the city of God, near the righteous. And I answered: Yes my lord. Surely there is no intimation that Paul received the revelation of Ephesians 3:3 and 5 before that time, if that early in his ministry. Do you have questions about the Bible? And the angel says to me: This is a righteous man, and, behold, all his works stand beside him in the hour of his necessity. Enoch and Elijah were supposed to be the two witnesses there mentioned. Then he departed from me. He had many revelations from the Lord. During that period Israel was preserved and protected by the Covenant-keeping God, and Father; because of the prayer of Christ on the cross, Luke 23:34. And he said to me: These are the names of the righteous, and of those who serve God. Jonah 4:11). The word theotokos in the text was the occasion of the three years' struggle between Nestorius and Cyril of Alexandria, which ended by the condemnation of the former by the Council of Ephesus, a.d. 431. Ephesians 3:9. Comp.  For this tradition, see the Bible Dictionaries under Manasseh. II Corinthians 12:1 to 12. He was neither deluded, presumptuous nor egotistical. Then what followed? Acts 9:20. Christ gave him that authority. Paul went to Arabia; and after three years went up to Jerusalem, where he spent about two weeks with Peter and James the Lord’s brother. And the angel took me again to the east of the city, and I saw there Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. And in succession they told me their names from Abraham to Manasseh. From this, I have heard ministers preach that Paul’s thorn was a rare, ancient disease which was characterized by runny, puffy eyes. And again he said to me: Come, follow me, and I shall show thee the place of the righteous. Sinai. As we follow Paul, from Acts 9 to Acts 19, we learn there are two periods, of about five years each, during which no record is made of his travels and ministries. We'd like to help. And I looked, and saw the whole world as nothing disappearing before me.  And I said to the angel: I wish to see the souls of the righteous and of the sinners, how they go out of the world. And I was in the Holy Spirit, and an angel says to me: Come, follow me, that I may show thee the place of the just, where they go after their end. So great were these revelations that the Lord gave him a thorn in the flesh to keep him humble and prevent him from being exalted above measure. And he said to me: Because God hath prepared many good things for men, and they do not His will in order that they may enjoy them. Knowest thou not that it is written, Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth? And when we had saluted each other, I asked him: Who art thou? For at this hour all the angels come to God to adore Him, and they bring before Him the works of men, of each what he has done from morning even to evening, whether good or evil. Note, the Twelve learned it from Paul and not from Christ. As Saul of Tarsus, he was met by the resurrected Christ near Damascus, between 34 A.D. and 38 A.D., Acts 9:1 to 15. Through His revelation to the disciples and the Apostle Paul, we were given Christian principles and morals, in the epistles. Where did he get that Counsel? And there came a voice to that soul, saying: Where is the fruit of thy righteousness?  And moreover I saw, and, behold, another soul was led by an angel; and it wept, saying: Have mercy upon me, O righteous Judge, and deliver me from the hand of this angel, because he is dreadful and merciless. And in like manner also the sea cried out, saying: Lord God Almighty, the sons of men have profaned Thy holy name; command me, and I shall rise up and cover the earth, and wipe out from it  the sons of men.  Lit., shut up. By myself I swear to thee, that in the first period of his life there was forgetfulness of all his former sins. We will have to wait until we see Paul in glory before we know just what revelations he received when he was caught away to the third heavens. And I saw a golden gate, and two golden pillars before it, and two golden plates upon it full of inscriptions. An illustration of a magnifying glass. You see, ye sons of men, that the whole creation has been made subject to God, but the human race alone sins before God. But Christ and the Holy Spirit separated the Apostle Paul, born out of due season, for his special ministries. And the angel having persisted even to a third vision, the nobleman was compelled to upturn the foundation; and having dug, he found a marble  box containing this revelation; and having taken it, he showed it to the ruler of the city.  And when the sound of the trumpet took place, all who were in the torments cried out, saying: Have mercy upon us Son of God; for to Thee has been given power over things in heaven, and things on earth, and things under the earth. Paul the Apostle for the gentiles (Gal 2:8) Paul has given us a complete statement concerning sin, its consequences, and its divine remedy, and has, moreover, added to this his own personal testimony that nothing had been omitted that was essential, and that his conscience was clear: “I take you to record this day that I am pure from the blood of all men. He’s not initiated into those mysteries. And not only this, but I also wronged it. And he answered and said to me: Before the heaven and the earth existed, He divided them into four kingdoms and heads, of which the names are Phison, Gehon, Tigris, Euphrates. Christ committed to Paul the gospel of the uncircumcision. Unlike the Eleven, in the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19 and 20, Christ sent Paul, not to baptize.  And the king having received it, and transcribed it, sent the original writing to Jerusalem. And he says to me: This is the tree by means of which death came into the world, and Adam took of the fruit of it from his wife, and ate; and thereafter they were cast out hence.  Comp. So again we have a unity of Scripture. And I saw twelve gates, exceedingly ornamented, leading into the city; and four rivers encircled it, flowing with milk, and honey, and oil, and wine. "Conceited" (NIV), "too elated" (NRSV), "exalted above measure" (KJV) is hyperairō, "to have an undue sense of one's self-importance, rise up, exalt oneself, be elated." Let us not confuse the faith which Saul, the persecutor, destroyed, with the gospel of the uncircumcision about which he, nor the Twelve, knew nothing when he was persecuting the Church of God. I Corinthians 9:20 to 24; Romans 1:16; Acts 13:46; Acts 3:21. And it went with them; and the Spirit came forth to meet them, saying: Come, soul, enter into the place of the resurrection, which God hath prepared for His righteous ones. And its light was greater than the light of the world, and greater than gold, and walls encircled it. And I looked into the fiery river, and saw an old man dragged along by two, and they pulled him in up to the knee. From the Twelve the Lord chose that by Peter’s mouth the household of Cornelius should hear the gospel. Enoch and Elijah were supposed to be the two witnesses there mentioned. Acts 13:46. And the angel Temeluch coming, laid hold of an iron with his hand, and with it drew up the entrails of that old man through his mouth. And the angel said to me: Why weepest thou? - 18261565 The Sabbath was a distinctive part of Israel’s program that God gave the chosen nation at Mt. I am he who each day wrote down thy sins. Know, sons of men, that all that is done by you day by day, the angels write in the heavens. At the time Paul lived, there were only the Old Testament scriptures.  And the second said: I am Jeremiah, whom the Jews stoned, but they remained burnt up with everlasting fire. During that period, up to Acts 28, Paul became a Jew to the Jews (under the Law), and God’s order was “to the Jew first”. However, Paul also mentions a second trip to Jerusalem in Galatians 2:1-2: "Then after an interval of fourteen years [47-50 A.D.?] “to the Gentiles”, more than a dozen times. But we know thee in the flesh, before thou camest forth out of the world. REVELATION of the holy Apostle Paul: the things which were revealed to him when he went up even to the third heaven, and was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words. ],  Or, according to the primary meaning of the word, shining, sparkling. And I followed him, and he set me before the doors of the city. But the Law did not revoke the prior Abrahamic Covenant, which was based on faith; it is Abraham’s covenant that is the pattern for salvation today (Romans 4). A notable bearer was the American Revolutionary War figure Paul Revere (1735-1818), who warned of the advance of the British army. This seems to fit the passage from Romans 1 above better than saying Paul is only referring to the gospel of God in a generic sense. This is another counterfeit by “man,” because in the Old Testament, God referred to Himself as El Shaddai to Abram. And I looked, and saw in the midst of the city an altar, great and very lofty; and there was one standing near the altar, whose face shone like the sun, and he had in his hands a psaltery and a harp, and he sung the Alleluia delightfully, and his voice filled all the city.  Why, then, is it necessary to minister unto them? And I wept, and said to the angel: I wished to see the departures of the righteous and of the sinners, in what manner they go out of the world. “I neither received it of man”. And the Lord said to it: Knowest thou not that he who wrongs any one in the world is kept, as soon as he dies, in the place until he whom he has wronged come, and both shall be judged before me, and each receive according to his works? And again he took me away to another place, and I saw there a river like oil on the north of the city, and I saw people there rejoicing and singing praises. A line drawing of the Internet Archive headquarters building façade. 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