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 heavenly kingdom, “but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.” This completely shows the true nature of God’s righteousness and holiness. People corrupted by Satan cannot enter the heavenly kingdom. Paul said that fighting the good fighting, finishing your course and keeping the doctrine you’re supposed to keep will allow you to enter the heavenly kingdom and be rewarded. According to Paul, as long as we labor for the Lord, we can enter the heavenly kingdom, even if we do not implement God’s words or have not been cleansed. Then how should God’s righteousness and holiness be reflected? When Paul said this, he was taking God as his enemy. He was openly refuting Lord Jesus’s words and interrupting God’s works! Are you saying that fighting the good fighting and running the path you’re supposed to run is implementing the heavenly father’s will? Keeping Lord Jesus’s name without betraying the Lord, is that implementing the heavenly father’s will? Implementing the heavenly father’s will is implementing God’s words, God’s commandments and God’s instructions. If people do not implement God’s words, they won’t implement 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 mixed with his own ambitions. This is enough to prove that Paul was not a person that implemented the heavenly father’s will. If he was implementing the heavenly father’s will, why didn’t he lead his followers to implement Lord Jesus’s words? Why did he just throw out an opinion like that, one that was a complete betrayal of Lord Jesus’s words? Why did he work against Lord Jesus? He misled and tricked others with his own conceptions. They believe in Lord Jesus in name, but do not implement His words. They make their believers listen to them and betray the Lord. This proves that Paul was not someone who pursued the truth or implemented God’s will. Brothers and sisters, when we pursue entry into the heavenly kingdom, we must use Lord Jesus’s words as the standard because Lord Jesus is king of the heavenly kingdom; Lord Jesus’s words are the truth; they have authority. Only Lord Jesus determines what kinds of people can enter the heavenly kingdom, and Paul was only an apostle of the gospel. He was not Christ. His words are not the truth. Therefore, his words do not hold weight. Lord Jesus must determine whether or not Paul can enter the heavenly kingdom, so how is Paul qualified to determine whether other people can enter?
from the movie script of Stinging Memories