Question 1: The apostle Paul 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 …” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). And so, if we act according to Paul’s words, we are following the will of God, and will enter the kingdom of heaven and be rewarded.
Answer: As to who may enter the kingdom of heaven, the Lord Jesus has already said, “but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.” This fully shows the essence of God’s righteousness and holiness. The filthy, corrupt man of Satan can’t enter the kingdom of heaven. But Paul said he fought a good fight, and finished his course, and kept the faith, so he could enter the kingdom of heaven and be rewarded. According to Paul, if people simply work hard for the Lord, they can enter the kingdom of heaven, even if they don’t follow God’s word and are not holy. Then how should God’s righteousness and holiness be known? In saying that, Paul is totally hostile to God. He’s denying the words of Lord Jesus, and is disrupting and disturbing God’s work. So, is simply fighting a good fight and finishing the course following the heavenly Father’s will? Is simply holding on to the name of Lord Jesus without betraying the Lord following the heavenly Father’s will? Following the heavenly Father’s will is following God’s words, His commandments, and His instructions. If men don’t act according to the Lord’s word, their labor has nothing to do with “doing the will of the Father which is in heaven.” Paul’s words were born purely of his own notions and imagination, and were mixed with his own intents and ideas. This is enough to show that Paul was not really doing the heavenly Father’s will. If he were a man who did God’s will, why did he not teach the believers to follow the words of Lord Jesus? Why did he preach notions that betrayed the words of Lord Jesus and went directly against His teachings? He used his own absurd views to mislead and deceive others, obstructing others from walking the way of Lord Jesus, and making His word hollow. He asked men to follow him and betray the Lord. This shows us that Paul was not a seeker of truth or a follower of God’s will. Brothers and sisters, the words of Lord Jesus are our guide to entering the kingdom of heaven, because He is the King of the kingdom of heaven, and only His words are the truth and the authority. Only the Lord Jesus can decide who can enter the kingdom of heaven. Paul was only an apostle who spread the gospel. He was not Christ, and his words are not the truth, so what he said doesn’t count. Only the Lord Jesus could decide if he himself would enter the kingdom of heaven. So, we shouldn’t take Paul’s words as the truth or the standard for entering the kingdom of heaven, much less work for the Lord according to Paul’s words. Instead, we should practice according to the words of the Lord Jesus. Only in that way will we be approved by the Lord.
from the movie script of Stinging Memories