Paul the Revelator

PAUL- THE REVELATOR TO THE BODY OF CHRIST

Twenty-Six Scriptural References Proving Paul is The Exclusive Revelator to the Body of Christ as indicated by the following.
1. The following twenty-six Scriptures prove that The Apostle Paul was the Lord’s Ambassador to the Gentiles
Note: Though the verdict is in declaring Paul is indeed The Apostle to the Gentiles and to the Body of Christ still many will insist upon following the teachings of the Lord while He was upon this earth. The Scriptures plainly state in at twenty-six passages that Paul was the apostle that belonged to the “Apostleship to the Gentiles” and was the only communicator through whom the Lord spoke to the Gentiles, just as Christ and The Twelve were sent to Israel.
2. The following twenty six Scriptural references below specifically mention Paul as the Lord’s messenger to the Gentiles with designations as “The Apostle to the Gentiles,” “according to “My Gospel” and “the gospel of the uncircumcision”. They are:
A. Ananias, a member of the Messianic Church, is instructed by God to inform Paul he is a “chosen vessel” to go to the Gentiles (Ac. 9:15)
B. Paul stood before unbelieving Jews in Antioch and preached his first sermon in which he emphasized his ministry to the Gentiles (Ac.13:46-47)
C. Paul stood before the Jews in Corinth and proclaimed his Gentile ministry after their rejection of his message (Acts 18:6)
D. Paul stood before the Ephesian Elders and declared he was “to testify the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ac.20:24)
E. Paul stood before a riotous mob in Jerusalem and informed them how the Lord had chosen him to minister to the Gentiles. (Ac. 22:21)
F. Paul stood before King Agrippa and provided the circumstances of his conversion and how the Lord promised to send him to the Gentiles (Ac. 26:15-18)
G. Paul states those standing before the Bema Seat of Christ will be “according to my gospel” (Rom. 2:16)
H. Paul did not pattern his ministry after Christ’s because “Jesus Christ was a minister to the circumcision” (Rom. 15:8)
I. Paul clearly states he is to be “the apostle of the Gentiles” (Rom 11:13)
J. Paul’s twice referred to his call as “the” minister of Christ to the Gentiles” (Ro. 15:15-16)
Note: One of the principles of hermeneutics is when something is said twice it is of extreme importance.
K. Paul stated he preached Jesus Christ according to “my gospel” and according to the “revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began” (Rom. 16:24-27)
L. Paul’s Gospel was not associated with water baptism; he baptized only a few at the beginning of his apostleship yet it was never considered a part of the Grace Commission (1Cor. 1:17)
M. Paul refers to himself as the “Master Builder” or “Architect” of the Body of Christ and not Christ or The Twelve (1Cor. 3:10)
N. Paul clearly states he received the Gospel of Grace directly from the Risen Lord and defines the content of that Gospel (1Cor.15:1-3)
O. Paul, in his earlier Epistle, spoke of the revelation of the mysteries (Rom.16:24-27; 1Cor.15:51-52)
P. Paul in the opening verse of Galatians states that his Apostleship is not of man and neither by man but by God the Father and God the Son (Gal. 1:1)
Q. Paul’s Gospel was received by direct revelation from Jesus Christ and did not originate from man nor was he taught it by man. (Gal. 1:11-12)
R. Paul by revelation went to The Twelve in Jerusalem to teach them about the Gospel he preached among the Gentiles clearly implying his Gospel was different from that of The Twelve (Gal. 2:2)
S. The Twelve, after Paul sharing with them “my gospel”, concluded that the “gospel of the uncircumcision” was committed to Paul in the same way that the “gospel of the circumcision” was committed to Peter and the Twelve (Gal. 2:6-7)
T. Paul refers to Peter as belonging to “the Apostleship of the Circumcision” and that Paul likewise as belonging to “the Apostleship of the Uncircumcision” (Gal. 2:8-9)
Note: Paul’s gospel is crucial in this Dispensation of Grace and any departure would mean an “anathema” (cursed) i.e., eternal damnation! Three forms of perversion of the Gospel of Grace is mentioned by Paul:
1) “Contrary Gospel” (“hetron euaggelion”) meaning a different kind of gospel (Gal. 1:6)
2) “Competitive Gospel” (“a par euaggelion”) meaning alongside (Gal. 1:9)
3) “Corrupt Gospel” (“metastrepsal to euaggelion”) meaning a perverted gospel (Gal. 1:9)
U. Paul speaks of “the dispensation of the grace of God” which he received “by revelation to make known the mystery of Christ” which was not known in previous “ages by the sons of men” (Eph. 3:1-5)
V. Paul tells the Ephesians he should preach among the Gentiles the “untraceable” or “unsearchable riches of Christ” and to make all to know of the “fellowship of the mystery previously hidden until God revealed it to Paul. (Eph. 3:7-9)
W. Paul writing to the Colossians states, “I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God (see Eph. 3:2 w/Ac. 20:24 to know which dispensation he is referring)… to fulfill (see 1Cor. 13:8-13) the word of God concerning the Mystery Program. (Col. 1:24-27)
X. Paul reminds Timothy, his son in the faith, of “that glorious gospel …which was committed to him” (1Tim. 1:11)
Y. Paul, being “the pattern to them who should thereafter believe on him to life”, is a picture of the longsuffering of God towards sinners (1Tim. 1:15-16)
Z. Paul states “in due times” God manifested His word to him through preaching and his preaching was “committed unto me according to the commandment of God, our Savior” (Titus 1:2-3)

Summation:
1. Three times Paul says “A dispensation is given to me” or “committed to me” (1Cor. 9:16-17; Eph 3:1-2; Col 1:15). The Greek word “oikonomian” means “stewardship, administration based on the economy of a household.
2. Paul completes or fills up two things:
a. The Scriptures to the Body of Christ (Col. 1:14)
b. The Sufferings of Christ for the church (2Cor. 11:28)
Note: This Suffering is NOT part of the atonement as only Christ, the Sinless One, could accomplish the Work of God. The Sufferings Paul has reference to are ministerial sufferings due to the “care of all the churches” (2Cor. 11:28)
3. Paul refers to himself as “the Master-Builder” who “laid the foundation” for to him alone was “the pattern” or blueprints provided by Jesus Christ for “laying the foundation”
and the entire plan (tools and materials) for building the building, the Body of Christ. Others were warned to “Let every man take heed how he builds on it” (1Cor. 3:10)
Note: The word for “Master-Builder” is the Greek word “arkiteckton” from which we get the English word architect.
4. Paul mentions four times the “grace of God” or “special grace” that was given to him in relationship to the “Dispensation of the Grace of God”. (Rom. 12:3; 15:15; Gal. 2:9; Eph. 3:2)
5. Paul refers to himself as:
A. A “minister to the Gentiles” (Rom. 15:16,18 ;Eph. 3:7)
B. A “teacher of the Gentiles” (1Tim. 2:7; 2Tim. 1:11)
C. A “the apostle to the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:13)
6. Paul on two occasions refers to “the gospel as being put in his trust” (1The. 2:4; 1Tim. 1:11)
7. Paul speaks of himself as a “ministering priest”, indeed a very unique position he holds within the Body of Christ, to offer up the Gentiles as an acceptable offering (NOT as a sacrificial atonement) to God! The Greek word “Ieitourges” is defined as a “ministering priest who offers a sacrifice.” This offering up of the Gentiles that makes them acceptable unto God is accomplished through Paul’s Apostleship and his Gospel of Grace! (Rom.15:16) He alludes to the offering up of the Gentiles to God. (2Cor 11:2) His Apostleship and Gospel are the only way in this present Dispensation of Grace that one will be accepted! Not by Moses, Christ or the Twelve!
Note: It should be understood that Paul did not say that the Body of Christ is the Bride of Christ; he said “as a chaste virgin” meaning a spotless church. “As” does not mean “is”!!!
8. Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles, instructs them to follow him. (1Cor. 4:15-16)
9. Paul says that Grace Believers ought to follow him “as” he follows Christ (1Cor. 11:1) This does not mean that we should practice all the things that Paul did; his Epistles were inspired by the Holy Spirit but not all of his actions. For example:
A. Paul perform a few water baptisms but not as part of his Apostleship to the Gentiles since that would be following after Christ’s Earthly Ministry (1Cor. 1:17-18)
B. Paul denounced the practice of circumcision though later he circumcised Timothy. (Ac. 15:1-12 w/ Ac. 16:1-3)
C. Paul forbids Jews and Gentiles alike from offering sacrifices unto idols though later he accepted to participate in a Nazarite vow requiring sacrifices of animals (1Cor. 10:18-21 w/ Ac. 21:18-27)
Note: In the Dispensation of Grace though Paul practiced a few things according to Jewish customs does not mean that it is permissible or required of Grace Believers. Paul says we are to follow him “as” he followed Christ and we do so when we follow the doctrine which Paul preached and taught by inspiration of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 16:17-18) . The things that Paul wrote –not necessarily what he did- are the “commandments” of the Lord (1Cor. 14:37) It should also be noted here that the things Paul wrote were the “commandments” of the Lord, as he states in 1 Cor. 14:37.
10. Paul’s reflection near the end of his life considers his apostleship and ministry successful (2 Tim. 4:7-8, 17)
Source: Berean Dispensational Site, is maintained by Bro. Ben Webb and he presents a “fair and balance” views among Dispensationalists though he makes it abundantly clear he is a Mid-Acts Believer. http://www.geocities.com/benwebb.geo/basics.html
Source: Stam, Cornelius R., Paul His Apostleship and Message, Stevens Point: Worzalla Publishing Co., 1986, pp.177-185.

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