Was Paul given a different dispensation from the other apostles?

Question: Please, was Paul given a different dispensation from the other apostles? Answer: The word “dispensation” means either a system of rules in place at a particular time or to be exempt from a system of rules. Thus, your question really is whether Paul taught a different gospel from the rest of the apostles. Such…

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The Gospel of the Circumcision and the Uncircumcision

Text: Galatians 2:1-10   I.         I suppose a casual reader could read verse 7 from our text and come away with the idea that two different messages were being taught.             A.        One being taught to the Gentiles and a different message being taught to the Jews.             B.        Yet the goal of the gospel was to unite Jews and…

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Why was Saul’s name changed to Paul?

Question: Why was Saul’s name changed to Paul? Answer: We aren’t told. As Saul began teaching among the Gentiles, he switched his name from Saul to Paul. The transition is noted in Acts 13:9. Some speculate that Paul wanted to disassociate himself from his past when he persecuted the church. But this would only be…

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Was Paul a false apostle?

Question: I have recently stumbled onto some information. Apparently, some Christians think that the apostle Paul was a false apostle and false teacher. They say that he taught Jesus “faith only” while Jesus himself clearly taught faith + works. I am deeply troubled by this and feel my world has been turned upside-down just when…

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What Made Paul an Apostle?

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Galatians 1:11-24   I.         Paul was different from the other apostles             A.        He wasn’t with Jesus when he was on earth             B.        He was not among the original twelve apostles – Luke 6:12-16             C.        He started out as a zealous persecutor of the church             D.        How is it that Paul claimed to be an apostle?…

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If Paul did not keep the Sabbath, then he was a liar

Question: If Paul was not a Sabbath keeper then he was a liar. In Acts 24:14 Paul states he worshiped the GOD of his fathers believing all things written in the law and the prophets. In Acts 25:8 he stated he had “not offended the law of the Jews”. In Acts 28:17 he states “though I have…

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Paul had to be married in order to judge criminal cases

Question: I read your answer and disagree.  Paul was of the tribe of Benjamin and to qualify to judge criminal cases he had to be legally married to the daughter of a priest.  Paul’s job under the high priest was to root out the Christians.  Look at the second small paragraph in the Tractate Sanhedrin.  If…

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Did Paul keep the Sabbath?

Question: Hello, I read through your article about the Sabbath and how we don’t have to keep it today.  There are many scriptures I could cite to the contrary, but will only cite these few. In Matthew 24:20, “breaking into what He was teaching about the time of the end just as the tribulation would be starting, Jesus had said ”when…

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