The Dream

PAUL: Apostle or Apostate

Apostle: 'one who is sent away', a messenger and ambassador. The purpose of such "sending away" is to convey messages, and thus "messenger" is a common alternative translation. The term may be used metaphorically in various contexts, but is mostly found used specifically for early associates of the founder of a religion, who were important in spreading his teachings. The word in this sense derives from New Testament Greek and was used for the original Twelve Apostles of Jesus, as well as a wider group of Early Christian figures including Paul. -Wikapedia

Apostate: 1. someone whose beliefs have changed and who no longer belongs to a religious or political group. 2. The term describes those whose beliefs are so deficient as to place them outside the pale of true Christianity. True Christians do not apostatize. Those who fall away into apostasy demonstrate that their faith was never real to begin with.

Paul was a chosen vessel, but he was not chosen to be among the twleve apostles. He was an apostate (according to the first definition) in that (after his conversion) his beliefs had changed dramatically, placing him outside of the Judean religion. But were his beliefs deficient, placing his teachings outside of what Jesus taught? This would make Paul an apostate of true Christianity, which is to follow the teachings of the one called the Christ.

What I learned from the former teachings is that the Bible takes place within us. We are Saul (also called Paul) as long as the spirit he possessed rules us. The word "Saul" means "to demand," the meaning of which will become clear as we drill down on his doctrine, which is to "come to an end" within us, as it is the root verb meaning of the word "Paul."

Saul has a destructive spirit, the city he is associated with being Damascus, which signifies destruction, something we can all relate to prior to our own conversion. Abram (prior to his name being changed) said that his steward (seeing he had no seed/son) was Eliezer of Damascus. It is during these self-destructive times in our life that we often (unwittingly) cry out from our heart for help, the word "Eliezer" meaning "God of help." The only son we have at this point is "the son of perdition."

Saul has a great awakening, the Spirit of God influencing his thoughts, changing his thinking. He went from slaughtering the disciples of the Lord to bearing the name of the Lord before "the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel." He was chosen to speak to those of government, and religion, with which he was well-versed. His calling was to declare the name, for which he would ultimately suffer, his life for the many lives he was directly responsible for taking. He's fortunate to have been chosen for a purpose. Saul has a testimony, the same testimony we all can attest to when we experience a power we instinctively know is greater than ourselves. This is usually preceded by a feeling of remorse for the things we did in our life, which is all part of our baptism unto repentance. Some of us will even experience a physical baptism around this time, which I suspect (for most) was a very heady (intoxicating) experience, like it was for the 120 on the day of Pentecost, some observers mocking, saying "These men are full of new wine." We'll get back to the 120.

"Paul was a liar" came by revelation to the Teacher as early as 1960. What I also learned from those early teachings is that Paul represents organized religion, the doctrines of which are lies. In the spring of 1997 I left the small Bible Study group I was part of for twenty-two years, which my husband (at that time) was still part of. I was outdoors trimming a hedge when I heard "they are going to set him up as Saul," referring to my husband, who experienced a miraculous healing through the Teacher in 1960, at age six. The message made perfect sense, as the group (following the death of the Teacher in 1994) began to look more and more like religion, which in conjuction with what I was being shown, got me on the move. My husband followed shortly after as a result of a vision he had during what would be his last meeting. What I experienced immediately following my departure was what I would call a tearing down process, in which any error in my thinking (a doctrine of lies of my own making) was revealed to me. This is where Paul came to an end, making way for the next phase of the salvation process.

Paul was chosen to declare the name, not to teach doctrine. As we drill down on his doctrine we'll discover how it misses the mark.

Paul: His Character & Doctrine

Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © December 2016)
Author; The Bible Decoded; The Little Book for the Soul
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