Why Paul?

WHY PAUL AND NOT THE TWELVE
THE APOSTLE TO THE BODY OF CHRIST

Paul Not Commissioned or Ordained by the Twelve or by the Messianic Church
A. Paul was an “outsider” and had not receive letters of recommendation (2Cor.3:1-5)
B. Paul repeatedly declares his apostleship was “not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father! (Gal.1:1)
C. Paul was separated personally by the Holy Spirit for the “work whereunto I have called them” (Ac. 13:1-4)
D. Paul did not “confer with flesh and blood” (Gal. 3:16)
E. Paul could say “in conference they (The Twelve) added nothing to me” (Gal. 2:6)
F. Paul said in the Greek he was a commissioner or commission by Jesus Christ Himself and not be any human agent or agency (Gal. 1:1)
G. Paul says “in nothing was he behind the very chiefest of the apostles” (2Cor. 11:5; 1Cor. 2:11)
H. Paul mentioned that he did not get his gospel from Peter; it was Paul who informed Peter about the Gospel of Grace! (2Pet. 3:15-16)
2. Paul’s Unique Call Directly From Heaven by Christ
A. Paul was directly called, converted and commissioned by Christ in heaven (Ac. 9:1-6)
B. Paul was a “chosen vessel” (Ac. 9:15)
C. Paul was commissioned personally by Christ from heaven (Ac. 9:15)
1. Christ personally appeared before Paul (Ac. 22:14-15; 26:16)
D. Paul was “ordained an apostle” by Christ himself (Rom. 1:1-5; 1Tim. 2:7)
E. Unlike the Twelve Paul was commissioned to go to the Gentiles (Ac. 22:21; Eph. 3:7; Rom. 15:16, 18, 1Tim. 2:7; 2Tim. 1:11)
G. Paul’s Defense of His Apostleship Is Substantiated in 28 Ways in Galatians 1 and 2
1. Paul, an apostle not of men (Gk “apo” =from) as to source (1:1
2. Neither by (Gk. “dia”) through man as to its transmission (1:1)
3. But through (instrumental case) Jesus Christ (1:1)
4. And God the Father (same instrumental case) (1:1)
5. Who raise him from the dead; Paul’s detractors placed him as “Johnny come lately” (1:1)
6. Paul’s gospel was exclusive and not to be altered or eternal damnation is certain (1:7-9) Paul mentions three types of perversion of the gospel; they are:
A. A contrary gospel- “Another gospel” (hetron euaggellion)
B. A competitive gospel- “A different kind of gospel” (a par euaggelion)
C. A corrupt gospel- “A perverted gospel” (metastrepsal to euaggelion)
7. Paul’s entire apostleship was done “in the sight of God” (1:10) “in the sight of God” is mentioned by Paul nine times!
8. Paul’s gospel was not of any human imagination “after men” (Gk. “kata” or “according to” (1:11)
9. Paul’s gospel was not transmitted by men –“not from men” (1:12
10. Paul gospel was not due to his human study or education; he was “not taught” it (1:12)
11. Paul’s gospel came by direct revelation from Jesus Christ excluding any human or human agency (1:12)
12. Paul could not have received his gospel from his prior training due to his intense hatred shown toward believers and his zealousness for the Law (1:13-14)
13. Paul’s apostleship and gospel was determined by God prior to Paul’s birth (1:15-16)
14. Paul’s apostleship and gospel was independent from others; “he immediately did not confer with flesh and blood” for confirmation or ordination (1:16)
15. Paul did not go to the Messianic Church at Jerusalem for ordination from the Twelve (1:17)
16. Paul was schooled for three years in the Arabian University under the Professorship Jesus Christ (1:17)
17. Paul only spent fifteen days with Peter and not all of the Twelve; not much time for Paul to be straightened out by Peter (1:18)
18. Paul did not see the “college of apostles”; he saw only the Apostle Peter and James leaving Paul without a consensus of the other apostles backing to enhance his own apostleship (1:19)
19. Paul went the opposite of Jerusalem heading for Syria and Cilicia (1:21)
20. Paul was not only unknown to the Twelve; he was “unknown by face to the churches of Judaea” (1:22)
21. Paul had no communications with the Twelve or the Messianic Church for fourteen years! (2:1)
22. Paul did eventually go to Jerusalem; however not at his or the Twelve’s invitation but by revelation (2:2)
23. Paul instructed the Twelve “the gospel which he preached among the Gentiles”; it was from him alone they could learn of his gospel of grace! (2:2)
24. Paul added something to the Twelve who had a reputation; however they were not able to add anything to him and his message (2:6)
25. Paul withstood all of the Twelve for seeking to compromise grace by commingling grace and law by insisting on Titus being circumcised (2:3-5)
26. Paul stood alone refusing to buckle under the pressure of the Messianic Church “even Barnabas was carried away with their dissimulations (Gr. hypocrisy) (2:5, 10-14)
27. Paul’s apostleship was recognized by the entire Messianic Church as an independent ministry (2:7-9; Ac. 15)
28. Paul’s open rebuke of Peter as the spokesperson for the Twelve showed that he had apostolic authority (2:11-18) (BY DRC)

Source: http://midactsdispensationalbibleinstitute.com/WHYPAULANDNOTTHETWELVE.html

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