XVI. Questions and Answers on Dissecting the Essence of Paul
Question 1: The apostle Paul once said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: From now on there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness …” (2Ti 4:7–8). Therefore, acting in accordance with Paul’s words means we are doing God’s will. In that case, we will definitely be able to enter the kingdom of heaven and gain rewards.
Answer: As to the question of what kinds of people can enter the kingdom of heaven, the Lord Jesus said long ago, “but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven.” This completely shows God’s substance of righteousness and holiness. People of Satan, filthy and corrupt, cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. However, Paul said that fighting the good fight, finishing his course and keeping the faith would allow him to enter the kingdom of heaven and be rewarded. According to Paul, as long as man labors for the Lord, they can enter the kingdom of heaven, even if they do not follow God’s words or have not attained sanctity. Then how should God’s righteousness and holiness be reflected? When Paul said this, he was opposing God. He was openly denying the Lord Jesus’ words and interrupting and disturbing God’s work! Could it be that fighting the good fight and running the course men are supposed to run is doing the heavenly Father’s will? Keeping the Lord Jesus’ name without betraying the Lord, is that doing the heavenly Father’s will? Doing the heavenly Father’s will is following God’s words, God’s commandments and God’s instructions. If people do not practice according to the Lord’s words, they can’t be doing the heavenly Father’s will, no matter what they do or how they suffer. What Paul said was completely based on his own conceptions and imaginations and mixed with his own ambitions and opinions. This is enough to prove that Paul was not a person that did the heavenly Father’s will. If he was doing God’s will, why didn’t he lead the followers to obey the Lord Jesus’ words? Why did he just throw out an opinion like that, one that was completely against the Lord Jesus’ words? Why did he work against the Lord Jesus? He misled and deceived others with his own absurd conceptions, He prevented others from walking in the Lord Jesus’ way, and made His words empty and meaningless. He made the believers listen to him and betray the Lord. This proves that Paul was not someone who pursued the truth or followed God’s will. Brothers and sisters, when we pursue entry into the kingdom of heaven, we must use the Lord Jesus’ words as the standard because the Lord Jesus is the King of the kingdom of heaven; Only His words are the truth; only they have authority. Only the Lord Jesus determines what kinds of people can enter the kingdom of heaven, and Paul was only an apostle who spread the gospel. He was not Christ. His words are not the truth. Therefore, his words do not hold weight. The Lord Jesus determines whether or not Paul can enter the kingdom of heaven, so how is Paul qualified to determine whether other people can enter?
from the movie script of Stinging Memories