September 2017 - Paul's System of Truth!
THE POWER OF TRUTH
The Gospel is multi-faceted and meets every need. The four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—are a proclamation of the Gospel. The book of Acts is a demonstration of the Gospel. Paul’s letters are an explanation of the Gospel. The four Gospels are like a photograph of redemption. Paul’s epistles are like an X-ray. An X-ray shows things that cannot be seen in a photograph. In a photo you see the external, but an x-ray shows the internal. Both of these pictures are necessary to see the picture of redemption in its entirety.
Paul’s revelation explains the necessity of the crucifixion of Christ and what happened in the spirit realm. The four Gospels show us what man saw. Paul’s epistles tell what God saw. He explains what happened when Jesus ascended into Heaven and secured our redemption with His blood. Paul’s epistles are the words of Jesus, the head of the church, talking to us from the right hand of God. James Stalker said this about Paul’s epistles:
The right way to look at them is to regard them as the continuation of Christ’s own teaching. They contain the thoughts that Christ carried away from the world unuttered....There was one great subject especially that Christ had to leave unexplained — His own death. He could not explain it before it had taken place. This became the leading topic of Paul’s thinking — to show why it was needed and what were its blessed results….
A BETTER SYSTEM
The writer of Hebrews explained that the old laws and good works cannot compare to the work of redemption God has done for us in Christ.
The sacrifices under the old system were repeated again and again, year after year, but even so they could never save those who lived under their rules...He cancels the first system in favor of a far better one. Under this new plan we have been forgiven and made clean by Christ’s dying for us once and for all. Hebrews 10:1-2,10 (TLB)
The first system had to be replaced by a new and better system which provided righteousness, ordained by God and sealed by the blood of Christ. This System of Truth is found in Paul's letters and enables believers to understand and grow in the reality of what Jesus has done and is doing for us.
James Stalker said, “Paul’s letters contain the thoughts that Jesus carried away from this world unuttered.” Jesus had much more to tell His disciples than He could while He was on earth (John 16:12-15). The Holy Spirit, through Paul, explains this powerful, liberating revelation of truth!
Romans 6:17 says, “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.” Way’s translation says, “new teaching.” Rotherham’s translation says, “mold of teaching.” My favorite is Weymouth’s translation: “...that system of truth in which you were instructed.” Paul’s “system of truth” can be found throughout his epistles. Since Satan is a liar, the truth does great damage to him and gives tremendous power to believers. You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32,33). “Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness,” Romans 6:18.
THE NEW SYSTEM OF TRUTH
One of the simplest illustrations of a system is a chain. A chain is a group of links that are inter-dependent upon each other for the strength of the whole. Not any one link can be a chain; all the links are dependent upon the others. The Apostle Paul’s letters contain an inter-dependent group of revelation realities centering on what God has done for us in Christ.
In Paul’s System of Truth, these eight points are the eight links, which have their center in redemption:
- Paul’s Pneuma Concept: Spirit, Soul, and Body
- Identification with Adam
- Man’s Condition in Adam
- What Happened to Jesus from the Cross to the Throne
- Identification with Christ
- Who we are and What we have Now in Christ
- What Jesus is Doing for us Now
- How to Grow Up in Christ
Satan's works can only succeed in the dark, but the light of the Gospel stops anything that only works in the dark. With an understanding of these principles, you will walk in the freedom God has provided in redemption.
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MISSIONS: PAPUA NEW GUINEA
There is a mighty move of the Holy Spirit in Papua New Guinea! Help us, through partnering in prayer and financial support, to bring in pastors and leaders and to feed them both naturally and spiritually. The Holy Spirit said, "Bless a pastor, bless a church. Bless a church, bless a city. Bless a city, bless a nation!" Because of your partnership, we declare, "My God shall supply all your need!" We thank God for YOU!
Mark and Trina Hankins