Jesus and Paul

Some say their doctrine comes from the Pauline epistles rather than the teachings of Jesus. How anyone can miss Jesus’ own preaching of grace and truth requires long hours of Bible study using notes from outside the Bible, because it’s not in the Bible!

The Sermon on the Mount starts like this:
Matthew 5:1 ¶And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

That’s not the Roman Church there, that’s Matthew, and “when he was set, his disciples came unto him”.

Who came unto him, and he taught them? Of course some actually claim that sermon is not for Christians!

Heard this even: ‘The “fool” doctrine of Matt 5 definitely DOES NOT align with Paul’s epistles (Gal 3; I Cor 15)’

Of COURSE it does. And it’s not a “fool doctrine” either. Paul starts right out in Galatians 3 reminding them that they did NOT receive the spirit by works but by the “hearing of faith”. (Emphasis mine) Same as those who heard Jesus’ teachings. “Thou alone hast the words of eternal life”, Peter told him.

“Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25)
“Thy faith hath made thee whole (Matt 9:22, Mark 10:52, Lk 17:19)
“O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee..” (Mt 15:28)
“Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole;.. (Mt 5:34, Luke 8:48)
“..Feat not: believe only, and she shall be made whole” (Lk 8:50)

Forgiveness of sins and God’s mercy was not only the central theme of the OT –like it or not– but of Jesus’ ministry. Search it out, there is a a multitude of verses in the gospels that show Jesus’ ministry preaching that their sins were forgiven them because of their faith!

Jesus also tried to teach them all that nobody keeps the law, especially the ones that claim they do:
John 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

He gave them an example where they broke the law by keeping the law, and at the same time, demonstrated the really only “law” left as mandate with his fulfillment of the law, the Law of Love:
John 7:23 If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?

Jesus did not bring another law, either, he brought grace and truth:
John 1:15 ¶John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

His lessons on Raca, fool, and the rest were to show them what LOVE is, as opposed to the dead letter of the law (When was that principle ever different?!):

Meaning, this is what you should have done, and not left the other undone, all along from Moses’ day.

The thief on the cross at the end before the giving up of the ghost was redeemed by his faith in Jesus’ power to save him, period, end of story, no water baptism, no works at all except the confessing of his mouth, Lord!:
(Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.)

The publican was justified, the Pharisee was not:
Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Was Jesus talking about works with the the kingdom of God in Luke 18?
Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

Do you think Jesus was telling the “certain ruler” in Luke 18 that the way to “inherit eternal life” was to sell everything and follow him? That’s preposterous! Why do you think he started the lesson with five of the “easier” commandments, the shalt nots? Don’t commit adultery, don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t bear false witness, honor thy father and thy mother.
Oh, yes! So that’s it? No, there’s more. Sell everything, give it all to the poor, and come follow me.
Okay guys, now the punchline that almost everybody misses, including Christians!
27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God

See, only God can save you. It’s impossible to keep any fair standard of works, that’s true in the Garden, after the Garden, during and post-Flood, Abraham even David, you name them!



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