XVI. Questions and Answers on Dissecting the Essence of Paul
Question 2: You say Brother Paul’s words are not the truth. Then why are his words in the Bible? Paul’s words are written in the Bible. Therefore, they were inspired by God; they represent God’s words. We should pursue them!
Answer: Although Paul’s words are written in the Bible, that does not mean they’re God’s words because the Bible was composed by people. It was not directly composed by God. The Bible was not composed by Lord Jesus, and it was definitely not composed by the Holy Spirit. Can something composed by men be free of errors? Jehovah’s words in the Bible, Jehovah’s words to the prophets and Lord Jesus’s words, those are the words of God. God never testified that the Apostles’ words represented His words, nor did He ever testify that the Apostles words were inspired by Him. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” Paul said this. The Holy Spirit never testified to that effect, nor did Lord Jesus. Only Paul said that. Therefore, his words hold no weight! In the age of the apostles, their letters were distributed to churches throughout the world. Back then, people only said those were Brother Paul’s words or Brother Peter’s words. They all knew those letters were written by men. No one said that those letters should be treated as the words of God. That is a historical fact that no one can deny! In the Age of Grace, only Lord Jesus was the incarnation of God. Only Lord Jesus espoused the words of God. The apostles were merely people being used by the Lord; their words are the words of men and only represent their personal interpretations and experiences of God’s words. Even if their words were inspired by the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, you cannot say they’re the words of God. Paul himself didn’t dare say his words were the words of God or inspired by God. He didn’t dare say he represented the words of Lord Jesus. Therefore, if we say Paul’s words are God’s words just because they are written in the Bible, if we follow and pursue them as if they were God’s words, that is wrong!
Why do people always exalt and place blind faith in the Bible? Because they do not know that the Bible was written by men and did not originate from God's will. Therefore, people place blind faith in and exalt the Bible; they treat the Bible as if it contains the words of God. This is a betrayal of historical facts. This is caused by men’s foolishness. Let’s read a passage the words of Almighty God: “And thus, the Pauline epistles of the New Testament are epistles that Paul wrote for the churches, and not inspirations from the Holy Spirit, nor are they the direct utterances of the Holy Spirit. They are merely words of exhortation, comfort, and encouragement that he wrote for the churches during the course of his work. … All he said that was edifying and positive to people was right, but it did not represent the utterances of the Holy Spirit, and he could not represent God. It is an egregious understanding, and a tremendous blasphemy, for people to treat the records of a man’s experiences and a man’s epistles as the words spoken by the Holy Spirit to the churches! … His identity was merely that of a working apostle, and he was merely an apostle who was sent by God; he was not a prophet, nor a foreteller. So to him, his own work and the lives of the brothers and sisters were of the utmost importance. Thus, he could not speak on behalf of the Holy Spirit. His words were not the words of the Holy Spirit, much less could they be said to be the words of God, for Paul was nothing more than a creature of God, and was certainly not the incarnation of God. His identity was not the same as that of Jesus. The words of Jesus were the words of the Holy Spirit, they were the words of God, for His identity was that of Christ—the Son of God. How could Paul be His equal? If people see the epistles or words like Paul’s as the utterances of the Holy Spirit, and worship them as God, then it can only be said that they are too undiscriminating. To speak more harshly, isn’t this nothing but blasphemy? How could a man talk on behalf of God? And how could people bow down before the records of his epistles and of the words he spoke as if they were a ‘holy book,’ or a ‘heavenly book’? Could the words of God be casually uttered by a man? How could a man talk on behalf of God?” (“Concerning the Bible (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh) Brothers and sisters, now we can tell the difference between God’s words and the words of men, right! In the past, we put too much faith in the Bible and exalted it too much. We thought that the Bible was inspired by God and contained only God’s words. We thought that the Bible was written by God. This was a huge mistake! People without the truth are liable to place blind faith in other things. They cannot distinguish between God’s words and the words of men. This means they treat the words of men as if they were God’s words. This is the height of foolishness! Paul is just one of the apostles; he is not the incarnation of God. He can never espouse the words of God. If we make Paul’s words on par with God’s words, we are offending God’s disposition!
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