St. Paul: The converted now Christian

St. Paul: The converted now Christian Apostle Jews Love to Hate. He was a Jew from Tarsus, in what is today southeastern Turkey, and a Roman citizen. His Jewish name was Saul, but Paul his Roman one. He made his way from Tarsus to Palestine, where he became a virulent opponent of the growing movement that Jesus had launched, He was later to devote himself to spreading the message of Jesus, whose followers had accepted him as the Christ (the anointed), which was the Greek equivalent of the anointed Messiah. According to the Acts of the Apostles the word “Christian” first came into use at Antioch, applicable to those anointed as well. Paul’s emphasis of non-Jewish Christians seems set in motion the detachment of Christianity from its Jewish origins. Paul proclaimed in his letter to the Galatians that there was no difference between slave and free, Jew and Greek, and male and female: “You are all one in Jesus Christ.” In doing this Paul separated all Christians from the past Jewish roots of their faith. “It was also Paul who delivered the Christian religion from Judaism.” Not only were the early Roman Gentile Christ-followers pressured to disassociate from the “Jewish community”, but the mainstream Jewish community also, were not happy with their new  allegiance to Jesus.

Paul never forgot that he was a Jew,” but remembering his Jewishness does not necessarily imply that he lived according to Jewish law .There is no way that he himself could have consorted with the gentile Christians if he saw himself as totally Jewish. Many they do not accept the present return of the Jews to their ancient homeland as part of any Israel  restoration. As none is promised, mentioned in the New Testament.

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Hell is literal. The term “hell” occurs 54 times in the Bible, and never once is it impossible for the word to be taken literally. Take the first occurrence, for instance, which is Deuteronomy 32:22: “For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.”  https://jesussayscome.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/hell-is-real/

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Most Jews in Israel and abroad are still unbelievers in Jesus and therefore must be considered God’s enemies. The only character faring worse than a Nazi is the Pharisee . They hated Jesus because He threatened their security, prestige and income. He was going to ruin everything they had worked so hard for. But most of all, they the Jews hate Jesus because he claimed to be from God, and as time went on, dared to make himself equal to God. Paul’s words, “that from the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies” (Rom. 11:27). If they’re enemies of the gospel, they argue, then they are enemies of God. Paul because he had fashioned a new Religion around Jesus “the Messiah”, for the Jews had rejected that Jesus was “The Messiah” and were not ever going to recognize this new Religion of Pauls fashioned around Jesus “The Messiah”. So they hated Paul, with a vengence, they wanted him dead, 1 Cor. 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.( Greek-the Messiah)

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There is a lot the Jewish leaders don’t like about Jesus, but their most intense, murderous fury is directed toward him because he believes “I am [the Christ, the Son of the Blessed], and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven” (14:62).
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Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sin always: For the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. I Thessalonians 2:14-16
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Instead of leading them toward fulfillment of the promises God had given Israel, most of the Jews with their legalistically based self-righteousness motivated them to reject and kill the Messiah and His followers. Jews frequently and viciously attack Jesus Christ and Christians. Jews reject  Jesus because of their inherited trait of believing themselves to be perfect, inerrant, supreme, and without sin.
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Jews also do not accept Jesus as the messiah because specifically,  he did not

  1. Build the Third Temple (Ezekiel 37:26-28).
  2. Gather all Jews back to the Land of Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6).
  3. Usher in an era of world peace, and end all hatred, oppression, suffering and disease. As it says: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall man learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4) The primary reason that Jews do not believe in Jesus as the Messiah is that after his arrival and death the Jewish world was not redeemed.
  4. Spread universal knowledge of the God of Israel, which will unite humanity as one. As it says: “God will be King over all the world – on that day, God will be One and His Name will be One” (Zechariah 14:9).
  5. Establish Israel as a dominate force, religion. The Messiah did not  lead all of the   people to full Torah observance.

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The Jewish Oligarchy  also continues to attack Russia by causing trouble in Ukraine, Crimea, Poland, Baltic Countries, and all European borders. This hatred of Russia and President Vladimir Putin results from President Putin’s strong Russian Orthodox Christian faith and because President Putin destroyed the evil 100 Jewish Oligarchs who took over 90 percent of Russia’s private industries after the fall of the Soviet Union.
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The  apostle  Paul,  Jesus called into question the meaning of the primary Jewish traditions, symbols— their Sabbath, food taboos, ethnic identity, ancestral lands, and ultimately the Temple itself. Everything that was held to be important by “the Jews” is dismissed  as insignificant. Christ replaces or supersedes Judaism.  There is no room left for Judaism as an expression of God’s will.  1 Corinthians 16:22 If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come! 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
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Paul’s conversion was indeed a move away from Judaism, evidenced by Apostle Paul’s complaints about Peter’s hypocrisy on the   ethnic boundary issues between Jews and Gentiles . Paul stated that the Jesus Christ’s  Kingdom had come and with its arrival, old human distinctions had passed away, (2 Cor 5:17). This was a vision of Christ and his Kingdom, with no “men or women,” “masters or slaves,” or “Jews or Gentiles” (Gal 3:28). Human bodies (earthen vessels) would be transformed (Phil 3:21) and nations themselves (Romans 13:1) would be engulfed by God’s Kingdom.

As per Acts 10   it was revealed to Peter in a vision that the gospel was to be freely given to the Gentiles. God had to tell Peter three times that it was permitted for him to enter a Gentile home and freely give the gospel to Gentiles.This would have been a very difficult thing for him to accept. As a Jew, he had been brought up to believe that it was forbidden him to have close fellowship with a Gentile or for him to eat a meal in a Gentile home. Gentile believers did not need to submit to   Jewish customs. Gentiles would not be required to offer sacrifices or keep the Sabbath day or observe dietary laws.

James, Jesus’ brother, had sent men from Jerusalem to Antioch to segregate the Gentiles from Jews during meals (Gal 2:12,13) this was a false a rejection the core gospel message; a perverse turning back to an older, weaker, unnecessary need for Jewish Law (Gal 3:1-3). Instead of standing up for what he knew was right, Peter backed down and  began to withdraw from the Gentile believers within the church at Antioch. Peter was intimidated by the disciples of James. Barnabas and the other Jewish Christians were intimidated by Peter’s defection. By running away from the problem, Peter had created a far greater problem. Paul was willing to endure the pain of conflict with Peter in order to defend the truth of the gospel.  Peter’s separation had violated his own conviction that the racial division between Jews and Gentiles should not exist in the church.  But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?” (Galatians 2:14).  We { Peter and Paul are both Jewish. } are Jews by nature, and not sinners from among the Gentiles; 16 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.” (Galatians 2:15-16). A man is not justified by the works of the law (2:16). But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ . For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall. (Ephesians 2:13-14).  For through the Law I died to the Law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly. (Galatians 2:19-21
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Paul wrote to the Galatian churches, he spoke first of those who are like the false teachers of 2 Peter 2 and 3 in that their “gospel” is not the true gospel, and their destiny does not seem to be heaven:  I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is [really] not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:6-9). The Christian Jews  as also today thought that being Jews made them better than Gentiles. They falsely looked upon Gentiles as sinners and upon themselves as saints

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11 Therefore remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” [which is] performed in the flesh by human hands— 12 [remember] that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both [groups into] one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, [which is] the Law of commandments [contained] in ordinances, that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, [thus] establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. 17 AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner [stone], 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit (Ephesians 2:11-22).
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The apostles were  correct when they state that the Jewish law was a yoke which neither they nor their  fathers    were able to bear.  This is demonstrated by a survey of Israel’s history. At the birth of the nation at Mount Sinai, they broke the law by worshipping the golden calf. At the end of Old Testament history, they still broke the law by disregarding the Sabbath and marrying pagan women (Nehemiah 13). From beginning to end, Israel could not bear the yoke of the law. Apostle James quoted the prophecy in Amos 9:11-12 about rebuilding the fallen tabernacle of David, he remembered that the Judaism of his day had fallen down in the sense that it had rejected its Messiah. Now God wanted to rebuild that work, focusing on a new church made up of   Jew and Gentile.

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God in the Bible New Testament next  Cursed the Jews and Cast Them Aside. 

Matthew 23.38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
Luke 13.35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Acts 1.20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
Galatians 4.27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

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Jesus told the Jews, ” Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.” John 8:44

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