The Jewish apostle Paul was an absolute tyrant in his persecution of Christians, which included the murder of many of them. Paul (formerly Saul) knew the Hebrew scriptures inside out, but he did not know the God of those same scriptures, until Jesus Christ spoke to him from Heaven! (Acts 9:1-29) Paul got saved and he never looked back. This is what he wrote in one of his letters:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto SALVATION to every one that believeth; to the JEW first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)
Paul preached the gospel to the Jew first, and then he preached the same gospel to the Gentiles. Even though Paul knew the Hebrew scriptures inside out, he did not come to know the God of those same scriptures, until he met Jesus Christ. Here Paul expressed his gratefulness at being saved:
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to SAVE SINNERS; of whom I am CHIEF.” (1 Timothy 1:12-15)
This super-duper religious man referred to himself as the “chief of sinners,” because he remembered his great wickedness toward Christian believers, and how the Lord showed him mercy. That should put a hope in your own heart, because if God can save a man like Paul (formerly Saul), then he can save you too! Friends, you do not have to be a Bible scholar to get saved, and I encourage you to call upon the Lord for salvation even now. You do not have to walk into a church building either, and remember that Paul got saved on the road to Damascus, on his way to persecute Christians. Paul wrote the following words also:
“For by GRACE are ye SAVED through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the GIFT of GOD: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time CHRIST died for the UNGODLY. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his LOVE toward us, in that, while WE were yet SINNERS, CHRIST died for US. Much more then, being now JUSTIFIED by his BLOOD, we shall be SAVED from WRATH through HIM.” (Romans 5:6-9)
Did Moses and Elijah have inside information about the upcoming death of Jesus Christ at Jerusalem? Yes they did, and they even spoke with Jesus Christ, concerning his DEATH at Jerusalem? I am not making this stuff up folks. It has been RECORDED in the Bible for a reason! That’s right, I am talking about the very same Moses from the Old Testament, the one who received the Ten Commandments from God. (Exodus 19-20) I am talking about that famous man named Elijah, the one who was caught up in a whirlwind into Heaven! (2 Kings 2:1-12) They actually spoke with the REAL Jesus Christ, who was crucified on the cross for our sins!
The Apostle Paul (known as Saul at that time) was an UNSAVED Jewish man until the day that the Lord Jesus Christ spoke to him out of Heaven above. Paul was a severe persecutor of Christians, and he gave his own approval to the DEATH of many of those same Christians. The only problem was that Paul was a very religious man, BUT he was also a very LOST man. Paul was never the same after he got SAVED, and he began to preach that Jesus was the Christ (Messiah) immediately after that. Paul suffered severe persecution himself from his fellow Jews and others also, but he kept going despite the many hardships that came his way.
Abraham is probably best remembered as the husband of Sarah, who gave birth to Isaac, when she was a very old woman. Isaac was the child that the Lord promised Abraham and Sarah, and it came to pass as the Lord promised, but it was according to His timetable and not their own. Did you know that this same Abraham was given a promise, that he would be the Father of many nations? Many people often think of Abraham in terms of the people of Israel, but they are completely unaware that Abraham is also called the Father of many nations. (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. (Romans 4:17,18 )
I recently viewed a video from James Robison’s Television show, which you can also view by clicking on this link here = 2011 video. On this one particular program, James Robison had a Roman Catholic priest on as his guest. I listened briefly as the priest “Father” Jonathan Morris explained to James Robison and his wife, how he had accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour, and that most Catholics just do not know how to explain their faith. I do not doubt the sincerity of Jonathan Morris, but the Jesus Christ that I learned about as a Roman Catholic, is not the Jesus Christ that saved my soul. “Father” Jonathan Morris preaches the false gospel of the Roman Catholic church, from which the Holy Spirit of truth set me free.
I can remember getting a ‘check’ in my Spirit many times, as I would listen to other Christians talk about the Jewish people, almost as if, they (the Jewish people) did not need to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ like everyone else. It was almost as if they (the Jewish people) were alright just the way they were. I can remember listening to a radio teacher early on Sunday mornings, and I would hear him quote the scriptures, including passages from the book of Romans regarding the grace of God, and I would say amen. Then one day I heard that same preacher say something about the apostle Paul as being the only apostle that had the ‘mystery’ revealed to him, and he contrasted Paul’s Gospel with the rest of the apostles of Jesus Christ, and I said huh? What on earth is this guy talking about? Little did I know at the time, but I was listening to a classic dispensationalist teacher, that is sometimes hard to discern because of the mixture with truth.
In the modern day church if you can say “I love Jesus” then you are in, no matter what others may say. You can also teach your parrot or parakeet to say “I love Jesus” if you so desire. The Pope also declares that he loves Jesus, but the only problem is, that the gospel of Rome, of which the Pope is the head, preaches a different gospel than the one which Jesus Christ proclaimed. The modern day ecumenical movement, (false unity movement) kind of reminds me of a scene from the “The Wizard Of Oz” movie. Do you remember the part, where the little dog Toto pulled the curtain back, to reveal the “Wizard” inside pulling the levers? The Wizard was deceiving all the people, giving off the impression that he was someone big and powerful, but in reality he was not. The modern day church with it’s multimedia “gospel” stations, the humongous crusades, and everything else gives off the impression something BIG is happening. This must be JESUS is the cry, but in reality it is nothing but smokescreens. Satan, the father of lies, is the one pulling the levers, and sending out the smokescreens, and deceiving precious souls.