The Apostle Paul Chosen For The Gentiles.
Apostle Paul said he was the apostle of the Gentiles. There are some who are saying he should have waited and join in with Jesus disciples. Some are saying that he is not fit to be an apostle. I would ask those people do they know how Paul got that position…did he just walk into it? No one have that right to question God He is sovereign, He answered to no one.
Apostle Paul was chosen from the beginning. Jesus said this. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. Paul said I’m the least of the apostle For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet (worthy) to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. Here he repeated it again…Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
Paul did not know that Jesus said this. When something is repeats, It’s to take note. Jesus said he will be the greatest in the kingdom. There is not a man on earth who suffered as Paul did.
Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
In journeying often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
In weariness and painfulness, in watching often, in hunger and thirst, in tastings often, in cold and nakedness.
Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. KJV.
Are there any other person in the bible suffer like he did? I will say no! In the end he was beheaded, it was said he ran to the gallows. Jesus suffer the death of the cross no human could have done what He did, when you evaluate what Paul went through. He is the only human ever went to heaven and came back, when they stoned him, and cast him out of the city he was taken to heaven he could not talk about it…to be sure that he will not talk God had satin to afflict him. In spite of all he has suffer now he has this thorn in his flash, he said he ask the Lord three times to heal him the Lord said His grace is sufficient for him. The sickness that he was afflicted with a sickness of the eyes maybe what we known as the pink eye. In one of his writing he said see how much of a large letter I am writing unto you with my own hands, because he had some one to write for him because he could not see well.
Some are saying that in the day of the Lord apostle Paul would be the one that present the bride (the church) to Christ for the wedding celebration. When I read this it’s tells me this is the truth. While the world is going through the tribulation the Church will be for seven years celebrating.
Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. KJV
This is why Paul said he was the apostle for the Gentiles. All he went through it was to bring the gospel of grace to the Gentiles. You can not dismiss him if you don’t believe what he is saying as the messenger of God chosen by Him then… this is what he said in the day when God shall judge the secret of man according to my gospel by Christ Jesus. Also My gospel is the commandment of God. What is the gospel? To believe that Christ died was buried, and rose from the dead…HE SAID BY THIS GOSPEL YOU ARE SAVE. We can’t take these words slightly not if you want to live for ever. When you come to the Lord you are espoused (engaged) to Christ you are spoken for.
When a man asked a woman to marry him he puts a ring on her finger… we will say she is espoused, spoken for, she is in a relationship, she is off limits. This is who you are, you are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, that man or the woman can brake that relationship at any time, because they are human they can fall out of love. God put a seal on you that can not be broken…you are sealed with the holy Spirit of promise…you’re planted with Christ in God.
Apostle Paul suffer for the gospel to come to us, Christ Jesus laid the foundation, Paul build upon it, he said there is no other foundation can be laid than this which Christ has laid. When the new kingdom comes Paul will be the greatest in it. Paul knew this I believe when he went to heaven. I believe God wanted to show him that what he is doing it will not be in vain. He did not mind his suffering, because he knows how he punish those who believed that Jesus was the son of God. When we all gathered to Join the Lord for this celebration this man will be the one who present us His bride to Him.
for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
He could not have said this unless it was told to him. We can’t speak on events until it was told to us. The bible said no man knows the mind of God. How many people knowing that they are going to die, and run to be headed. Remember Paul wanted to go a long time ago, but because of his commitment, and faithfulness he said he rather not go. Now that his work is finish no more suffering, no more rejection, he said how all of his followers turn a way from him. This is the position of the saints when you know who you are in Christ Jesus, when you know that you have obeyed Him in all He ask of you, and understand what is waiting for you… then you will have this longing to go home…a home you will never have to give up…for all eternity.
At time I am so ready to go, I know that most of my family are not ready to go. Every day, and night I’m asking the Lord to save them. Last night as I was praying I said to the Lord I’m not going to ask for you to save them, I’m thanking you for saving them because I know that you heard my pray. If I don’t live to see it we will meet in heaven this is my belief.
I’m doing what ever I can to get people in to the body of Christ, because when the body is complete since He is the head the control of the body He will come to meet us in the air…these are His words. As Apostle Paul said absent from this body to be present with the Lord. What child of God who would not want this…this world is not going to get any better, the bible said it is going to get worst.
I know the Lord will say to me welcome in you have been faithful well done. Apostle Paul said
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
This I will say how did Apostle Paul know this to tell us?
This is our encouragement people, you have so much to gain, All you have to do is to be obedient, He said if you love me you will obey Me. Obedience is better than sacrifices. Faith, and believe goes to gather if you believe God’s words you will obey…with out faith it is impassable to please God. There is a crown also waiting for you who live a righteous life.
Evangelist J Burton.