Question 8: You say Paul never truly repented. But Paul said he was Christ as he lived. How would you explain that?
Answer: Paul said he was Christ as he lived, but this word was his own. The Holy Spirit didn’t testify to that, nor did the Lord Jesus say such a thing. Neither did other apostles testify that Paul was Christ as he lived. There’s no way to make that assertion, based on Paul’s words! None of the ancient saints and prophets dared claim they were Christ as they lived. Only Paul dared to say it. From this we can see his unreasonable arrogance. In the Age of Grace, the Holy Spirit testified the Lord Jesus as Christ. The redemptive work of the Lord Jesus, the disposition He expressed, and all that He has and is completely proved His identity as the Christ, while Paul was the chief persecutor who hated the truth and resisted God. That he said he was Christ as he lived proved he didn’t know Christ at all. About what Christ is, we can first turn to the words of Almighty God.
“The incarnate God is called Christ, and Christ is the flesh donned by the Spirit of God. This flesh is unlike any man that is of the flesh. This difference is because Christ is not of flesh and blood but is the incarnation of the Spirit. He has both a normal humanity and a complete divinity. His divinity is not possessed by any man. His normal humanity sustains all His normal activities in the flesh, while His divinity carries out the work of God Himself. Be it His humanity or divinity, both submit to the will of the heavenly Father. The substance of Christ is the Spirit, that is, the divinity. Therefore, His substance is that of God Himself …” (“The Substance of Christ Is Obedience to the Will of the Heavenly Father” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“God become flesh is called Christ, and so the Christ that can give people the truth is called God. There is nothing excessive about this, for He possesses the substance of God, and possesses God’s disposition, and wisdom in His work, that are unattainable by man. Those who call themselves Christ, yet cannot do the work of God, are frauds. Christ is not merely the manifestation of God on earth, but instead, the particular flesh assumed by God as He carries out and completes His work among man. This flesh is not one that can be replaced by just any man, but one that can adequately bear God’s work on earth, and express the disposition of God, and well represent God, and provide man with life” (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
From God’s words, we can see that only God incarnate is called Christ. Christ is God’s Spirit realized in the flesh. Christ is the appearance of God, and is God made flesh to do His own work. So, Christ is God. Christ can give man the truth, and provide man with life, and can express God’s righteous disposition and His working wisdom. Christ is the holy and righteous God Himself. The life of Christ is inborn; Christ is born God incarnate. No man can become Christ by practicing his faith in the Lord. Born as Christ, He is Christ forever. Not born as Christ, one can never become Christ. No matter how people pursue the truth, they can never become Christ. The life of Christ is something that no created being or non-created being can possess or achieve. Paul said he was Christ as he lived, but did he possess God’s disposition and all that He has and is? Could he express the truth to save man? If he possessed the life of Christ, then why did he sin and resist Jesus? Paul admitted himself that he was a chief sinner. How can a chief sinner be Christ as he lived? Isn’t this blasphemy? Even if someone suffers and labors, can they become Christ? Isn’t this a fallacy? Paul was the chief persecutor who resisted Christ. This is widely known. Yet in his later years, he testified that he was Christ as he lived, in an attempt to take the place of Jesus Christ. How could such a brood of Satan, who rebelled against God at every step, become Christ? He claimed he was Christ as he lived. It was nothing but a lie! It’s an expansion of his satanic ambition! And it fully exposed his attempt to be God. He wanted to supplant Christ’s place in people’s hearts, which makes his antichrist nature abundantly clear. The path Paul walked was exactly the path of an antichrist.
from the movie script of Stinging Memories