Now to the King eternal,
The only God
Be honor and glory
For ever and ever.
The Apostle Paul is quite a controversial character – you either love him or leave him alone. He’s been accused of many things over the millennia, including starting a ‘new’ 3-god religion called Christianity. Even the Apostle Peter agreed that his “letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16b-d).
Paul is an interesting mix of ‘waffles and spaghetti’ – he compartmentalizes like a ‘waffle’, and like ‘spaghetti’, he sees all things as inter-relational and related to God. Paul’s doxology (expression of praise to God) above shows clearly that he certainly didn’t believe in three gods – he only believed in one God; the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of his forefathers, the God, who requires that all human beings exercise the measure of faith that has been given to them (Romans 12:3d) and believe in Him and trust Him, just as Abraham demonstrated, and Yeshua Ha’Mashiach advocated and demonstrated. Paul did not teach/preach a different gospel (good news). He preached reconciliation with God – for Jews, as demonstrated by Abraham’s faith; for non-Jews, as demonstrated by Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. The Good News is for all human beings, not just a select few.
It’s a popular thing these days to tell people that they are not required to give up anything when they turn to God to receive forgiveness and reconciliation but that’s just not true. You have to lay down pride and arrogance – that you know better than God. You have to lay down all that you are, all that you have failed to be, all that kack you carry around inside that you think no one knows about – God knows. You have to lay your heart on His altar and let Him purify it – with reconciliation comes a new life and a new heart. Right now, right where you are – lay it all down. God’s love is waiting for you.
The Lord is coming!