“Don’t Fall for the Lies of False Teaching”
This was a real concern for Paul. The areas he went to were pretty much all Pagan. True, when he went into an area, he would go to a synagogue first, if one were there.
But ministry to Jews was not really his concern, after all the Lord God had called him to be the apostle to the Gentiles.
So Paul would go to a new place and get a Church started. Then disgruntled Jews would come and try to destroy the work of the Church, or at least get them off track,
To hear some of Paul’s concerns, please read the following verses.
8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God — or rather are known by God — how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? 10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you. 12 I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong. 13 As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you. 14 Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God as if I were Christ Jesus himself. 15 What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
17 Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you [from us], so that you may be zealous for them. 18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you. 19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, 20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone because I am perplexed about you!
When we help lead a person to Christ, it is a tremendous experience. But sometimes they don’t or won’t make that commitment, that is a real bummer.
Possibly worse than this scenario, is when someone seems to be growing closer to the Lord God and then falls away. This is what Paul was dealing with. This falling away is so painful to the one who is trying to help steer them to the Lord.
But once again, we understand that the Holy Spirit is highly involved in this process. We are not called to save people.
We are called to tell people how to be saved. Then it is between them and the Holy Spirit.
Have a tremendous day in the Lord,
Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.
Be Blessed, Be a Blessing;