God’s Revelation to Paul: A Spiritual Jesus ***

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God’s Revelation to Paul: A Spiritual Jesus

Paul’s ministry of Jesus is usually overlooked and minimised because theologians have focused on the ministry of the Gospels as preferred by the influential clergy and theologians as it fits in better with the ideology and beliefs of the people of those early Christian eras. But the ministry of Paul is worth a closer inspection. Paul’s Ultimate Authority: “Paul did not receive his authority from the mouths of men but from the revelation from God.”

Galatians 1: 11-12

11  For I (Paul) would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.

12  For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ (by God.)

Paul’s authority is ultimate and unlike the Gospels, it is a “revelation” and not legend or hearsay. So much more importance must be given to Paul’s ministry than it has ever received. Paul himself saw Jesus via revelation on his encounter on the road to Damascus (Acts 9, 22, 26) in which Christ(God) revealed Himself to Paul . He was an eyewitness in the sense of having seen Jesus after his death (1 Cor. 9:1). Therefore, Paul certainly had the authority to teach and preach the Gospel.

1 Corinthians 9:1 (NASB95)

1  Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?

Paul once again saw Jesus after his death, by revelation by Jesus himself as proof of his authority to speak on his ministry. Paul was a free man, but Jesus revealed himself to him, after his death.

Jesus in the Heavenly Tabernacle

It is clear from the scriptures that Jesus was a priest in the Heavenly Tabernacle as shown by the following passages:

Hebrew 7:11-28

11. If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?

12. For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

13. For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.

14. For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

15. And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,

16. Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

17. For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

18. For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

19. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

20. And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:

21. (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)

22. By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

23. And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

24. But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

25. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

26. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

27. Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

28. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore. High Priests Ordained to offer Gifts and Sacrifices

Hebrew Chapter 8

  1. Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
  2. A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
  3. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
  4. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
  5. Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
  6. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
  7. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
  8. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
  9. Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
  10. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
  11. And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
  12. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
  13. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Jesus Sacrifices His Blood in the Heavenly Tabernacle

Hebrew Chapter 9

  1. Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
  2. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
  3. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
  4. Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
  5. And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
  6. Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
  7. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
  8. The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
  9. Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
  10. Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
  11. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
  12. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
  13. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
  14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
  15. And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
  16. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
  17. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
  18. Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
  19. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
  20. Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
  21. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
  22. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
  23. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
  24. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
  25. Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
  26. For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
  27. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
  28. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Christ Revealed:  (to make known through divine inspiration)

According to Galatians 1: 11-12 Paul makes it abundantly clear that his ministry  of Christ was revealed to him from God. Uncorrupted. And he proceeds to tell us of Christ in the Tabernacle in Heaven, and his ultimate sacrifice of his own blood in order to expunge the sins of his followers. This is a Heavenly Christ who gave his blood for the sins of man, not the Christ at Calvary. Furthermore, from separate circles, and who have no contact with one another, who also refer to the revelation of Christ:

1 Timothy 3:16 : And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God (Christ) was manifest (revealed) in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

1 Peter 1 19. But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20. Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest (revealed) in these last times for you,

1 John 3: 4. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5. And ye know that he was manifested (revealed) to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Thus, we see, again and again, that Christ was “revealed” to his writers. Somehow, the true significance of the meaning of this word, “revealed” seems to have been overlooked because the Gospel myths were preferred by the clergy of the day, distorting the epistle writers of earlier times. The lack of historicity of the Gospels makes the case for the spiritual Jesus logical in every sense.  

Juxtaposition of Heavenly and Earthly Tabernacles

The revelations to Paul by God of the Heavenly Tabernacle and the High Priest’s(Jesus Christ) Blood sacrifice needed an earthly connection. Thus the juxtaposition of the earthly tabernacle had to be created to meet the needs of the people.

Revelation 21:

  1. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
  2. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
  3. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
  4. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
  5. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
  6. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
  7. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
  8. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  9. And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
  10. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

The Heavenly Tabernacle was “Before (earthly) time began.”

This gives us a perspective of the time-line of the Heavenly Tabernacle in relation to human history:

2 Timothy Chapter 1:

  1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
  2. To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
  3. I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
  4. Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
  5. When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
  6. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
  7. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
  8. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
  9. Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began (before earthly time began,)
  10. But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
  11. Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

Paraphrasing

(1) Jesus was revealed to Paul by God as a High Priest in the Heavenly Tabernacle and who had shed his own blood to expunge the sins of his followers at a time that was before earthly time. Thus, a second sacrifice at Calvary would have been totally unnecessary.

(2) The Heavenly Tabernacle and the (spiritual) High Priest, Jesus, were already pre-ordained by God and had already occurred long before the beginning of earthly time. But the Gospel myths were a necessary evolution of the esoteric Christian faith as it was necessary to associate the Heavens with the Earth for the sake of the existing pagan beliefs existing at that time.

The Need to Prove Christianity was of Divine Authority

In those early days of Christianity, there was much competition to impress the people in order to convince them that their faith was an extension of the Kingdom of God. Nothing would be more persuading than to prove that their Saviour had the capacity of performing miracles because of God’s blessings. And what greater miracle could there be than to be able to prove that their prophet was an incarnate of God in the form of Jesus? Such an incarnate would prove beyond doubt that Christianity was superior to the gods of Egypt or Babylon, or even of Moses. So despite the lack of any references to Jesus in the Gospel of Q, or the Gospel of Thomas, or any other historical documents or writings of any of those early historians, or any archaeological artefacts, the incarnation of Jesus appeared in the Gospels first introduced by Mark and then copied and expanded upon by Matthew and Luke. So convincing and expertly written were these accounts of incarnate Jesus that it overshadowed Paul’s ministry of the “Heavenly Spiritual Christ.”

Mark: Chapter 1:

  1. The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
  2. As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
  3. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
  4. John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
  5. And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
  6. And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
  7. And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
  8. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
  9. And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
  10. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
  1. And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Discussions:

The Epistle to the Hebrews is one of the most revealing of all he documents in the New Testament. It was one of the earliest Christian canons attributed to Paul written towards the end of the 2nd Century. Paul’s ministry was, of course based, “not from the mouths of men but from the “revelation from God” and because it was one of the earliest Christian canons, would have been the least corrupted or moderated. Thus the exegesis of Paul’s canons as related in Hebrews casts doubts on the probable authenticity and reliability of early Christian traditions and supports or even establishes the case for mythicism. This fundamental dichotomy has caused many eminent scholars a serious conflicts of doctrine and have resolved the problem by using the escape clause, that this aspect of the epistles was intended to be only metaphorical. But which aspect are they referring to, the Pauline canons or the Gospel canons?

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