XVI. Questions and Answers on Dissecting the Essence of Paul
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 and opposed God: When the Lord Jesus did His work, He expressed many truths, displayed many miracles and shook all of Judea. A person of Paul’s caliber should have known that all of the Lord Jesus’ work came from God, but Paul never sought or studied the Lord Jesus’ way. Instead, he went from place to place, publicly speaking out against the Lord Jesus. When the Lord Jesus was crucified on the cross, the sun went dark, the earth shook, and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. The Lord Jesus was resurrected and appeared for forty days after His death These two greatest miracles shook all of Judea The Lord’s disciples also performed many miracles in His name. Despite seeing all of this, not only did Paul not acknowledge that the Lord Jesus was God, he intensified his deliberate resistance of God. He asked letters from the high priest and then fanatically resisted and persecuted the Lord Jesus’ disciples. It seemed that he would not be satisfied until he had killed all of the Lord Jesus’ followers and was willing to resist to the death. These facts are enough to prove that Paul resisted God on purpose and desperately disturbed and disrupted God’s work. His nature and essence is hatred of the truth and resistance to God. Otherwise, how would he have been able to treat the Lord Jesus, who expressed the truth, as his enemy? Let’s see how Almighty God exposes Paul’s nature and substance. 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 predestination 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” (“Chapter 4” of God’s Words 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 have exposed Paul’s substance all too clearly. Paul was an enemy of God who deliberately resisted Christ. In reality, Paul did not know the Lord Jesus at all. He fanatically resisted the Lord Jesus. That is because he hated God and the truths expressed by the Lord Jesus. Therefore, Paul’s nature and substance were hatred of the truth and resistance to God.
from the movie script of Stinging Memories