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Question 5: Paul’s sacrifices and suffering were forced. We admit that as well. However, when you say that Paul in substance hated the truth and was the enemy of God, I don’t agree with that. What are you basing that on?

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Question 5: Paul’s sacrifices and suffering were forced. We admit that as well. However, when you say that Paul in substance hated the truth and was the enemy of God, I don’t agree with that. What are you basing that on?

Answer: There are facts that can show whether or not Paul hated the truth: When Lord Jesus did His works, He espoused many truths, displayed many miracles and shook the foundations of Judaism. A person of Paul’s character should have known that all of Lord Jesus’s works came from God, but Paul never studied or pursued Lord Jesus’s doctrines. Instead, he went from place to place, publicly speaking out against Lord Jesus. When Lord Jesus was crucified on the cross, the sun went dark, the earth shook and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Lord Jesus was resurrected 40 days after his death. These two great miracles, as well as all of the miracles performed by His disciples in His name, shook the foundations of Judaism. Despite seeing all of this, not only did Paul not acknowledge that Lord Jesus was God, he intensified his deliberate resistance of God. He took scriptures from the church, then fanatically resisted and persecuted Lord Jesus’s disciples. No wonder they arrogantly started to slaughter his disciples and resist Him to the death. These facts are enough to prove that Paul resisted God on purpose and tried to disturb those who believed in God. His true nature was hatred of the truth and taking God as his enemy. Otherwise, how would he have been able to treat Lord Jesus, who espoused the truth, as his enemy? Let’s see how Almighty God exposed Paul’s true nature. Almighty God says, “At the mention of Paul, you will think of his history, and of some of the stories about him that are inaccurate and out of line with reality. He was taught by his parents from a young age, and received My life, and as a result of My preordination he was possessed of the caliber that I require. … Nevertheless, his one imperfection was that, because of his talents, he would often be glib and boastful. As a result, due to his disobedience, part of which directly represented the archangel, when I became flesh for the first time, he made every effort to defy Me” (“The Fourth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “For, in the beginning, he persecuted Christ, and did not submit to Christ; he was inherently a rebel who deliberately opposed Christ, and someone who had no knowledge of the work of the Holy Spirit. At the conclusion of his work, still he did not know the work of the Holy Spirit, and merely acted of his own accord pursuant to his own nature, without paying the slightest attention to the will of the Holy Spirit. And so his nature was in enmity to Christ and did not obey the truth. Someone like this, who had been forsaken by the work of the Holy Spirit, who did not know the work of the Holy Spirit, and who also opposed Christ—how could such a person be saved?” (“Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Brothers and sisters, Almighty God’s words exposed Paul’s nature all too clearly. Paul was an enemy of God who deliberately resisted Christ. In reality, Paul did not know Lord Jesus at all. He fanatically resisted Lord Jesus. That is because he hated God and the truths espoused by Lord Jesus. Therefore, Paul’s true nature was a hatred of the truth and a resistance of God.

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Previous:Question 4: Even if Brother Paul wasn’t perfect, the Lord wouldn’t remember his past transgressions. Paul worked and suffered for the Lord for many years; he paid a higher price than anyone else. His suffering must have earned the Lord’s praise. Brother Paul is still our exemplar! He is an example to all Christians. If Brother Paul did not obtain God’s praise, then who can?

Next:Question 6: All these things you’re talking about are sins Brother Paul committed before he accepted the Lord’s calling. However, after he was shone by the great light, he began traveling everywhere spreading the Lord’s gospel. He established so many churches and led so many people to accept the salvation of the Lord Jesus. He wrote so many letters in support of the faithful. This shows that Brother Paul had already repented. You can’t conclude that he was an enemy of the Lord Jesus based on his performance before he returned to the Lord.

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