"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
|I am a retired
pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
In Philippians chapter 3, apostle Paul gives his life testimony. Paul says that he was perfect according to the law of the Jews and also by the commandments of Jesus Christ. However, as he is striving towards the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, he invites all those who are already perfect, to follow him in the pursuit of the high calling. I will give the verses here for you to refer them. But, it is sad that many ignorant bible teachers label apostle Paul as a sinner, by referring a passage from Romans 7. Here is the bible reference from Philippians. "Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing." Apostle Paul calls all those who are perfect, to press towards the mark of the price of the high calling.
In Romans 7. Paul introduces himself as a Jew under the law fromverse 1 to 8. From verse 9, he present himself as a newly converted gentile, who just came into the law. The purpose of the whole thing is to teach the principle of God to the Roman Gentiles. He says that the law of the Jews is good and is spiritual. But, it cannot help sinners and it will condemn sinners. So, even though the law is good, because we commit sin, the law is against us. Since he teaches using the language in first person, bible teachers say that it is the testimony of Paul and Paul is confessing that he is a sinner and so he is wretched. "Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" Most preachers doing this twist on purpose, because they want to promote the church doctrine. By establishing that Paul the apostle himself is a sinner, they teach that we all will be sinners as long as we live. Paul is not a sinning person and we see it in his testimony in the book of Philippians. Romans 7, is just the teaching of Paul, posing himself as a new converted gentile, who is going through the process of conversion. Preachers purposely select this passage and preach that it is his testimony, knowing full well that it is not. Paul says that, although he was persecuting the Christian church, he was blameless according to the law of the Old Testament. I have made a video also on this topic. If you like to see it, click on these links for a video: "Romans 7." You may pick up a few more points from the video.
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