Question 5: We all admit that Paul’s laboring and suffering for the Lord happened unwillingly. But you’re saying that in essence Paul hated the truth and opposed God. I don’t agree. What do you base that claim on?
Answer: As to whether or not Paul hated the truth and opposed God, there are provable facts. While the Lord Jesus worked among men, He expressed many truths and performed many miracles that shocked all of Judea. With Paul’s qualities, he should have recognized what the Lord Jesus did came from God. But Paul never verified it or sought the way of the Lord Jesus. He preached everywhere and publicly opposed the Lord Jesus. When the Lord Jesus was nailed to the cross, the sky turned black, the earth shook, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And the Lord Jesus appeared to people for 40 days after resurrection. These two greatest miracles shocked everybody in Judea, and the disciples also performed many miracles in the name of the Lord Jesus. Paul saw all of these things, but still refused to admit that the Lord Jesus was God, and instead resisted Him more fiercely. He asked for letters from the chief priests himself, madly resisted, and persecuted the Lord Jesus’ disciples. It seemed that he would have killed all the followers of the Lord Jesus and resisted Him to the death. That is more than enough to prove that Paul was a man who deliberately resisted God, and devoted himself to disrupting God’s work. He hated the truth and opposed God by nature and substance. Or else, why would he have made an enemy of the Lord Jesus, who came to express the truth? Let’s look at Almighty God’s exposure about Paul’s nature and substance. Almighty God says, “At the very mention of Paul, you may think of his history, and of some inaccurate and spurious stories about him. He was taught by his parents from childhood, and received My life, and because of My predestination, he was possessed of the qualities required by Me. … However, his flaw was that, because of his innate gifts, he often talked boastfully. And so, because of his disobedience, part of which directly represented the archangel, when I became flesh for the first time, he did his utmost to resist 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). The words of Almighty God have revealed Paul’s nature so thoroughly! Paul was a man who deliberately resisted Christ and made an enemy of God. And Paul never actually knew the Lord Jesus. His savage resistance to Lord Jesus was due to his hatred of God and of the truth expressed by the Lord Jesus. Viewed in this way, Paul truly hated the truth and resisted God by nature and substance.
from the movie script of Stinging Memories