Do you claim to be a Bible Believer? Here’s a test.
To test whether your claim to being a Believer is Biblical, let’s first see what the apostle Paul has to say about being a Believer:
“Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. 29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.” (Acts 26:28-29)
“Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers [lit. imitators] of me.” (1Corinthians 4:16)
“Be ye followers [lit. imitators] of me, even as I also am of Christ.” (1Corinthians 11:1)
“Brethren, be followers together [lit. “imitating together”] of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.” (Philippians 3:17)
In the above passages, Paul tells us clearly that being a ‘Believer’ is equivalent to being as he is, except for the bonds or shackles with which he was chained as prisoner. Paul also calls on us to follow [“imitate”] him, and the other Disciples, as they are our examples.
What does it mean to be as Paul was? What did Paul and the other Disciples believe — what were they ‘DO-ers’ of?
Let’s look at some more words of Peter and Paul:
“Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself [Paul] also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.” (Acts 21:24)
Here Peter tells us that Paul walked orderly, and that Paul was keeping [guarding; observing] the Law.
“But this I confess unto thee, that after [according to] the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing [being a ‘do-er’ of] all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:” (Acts 24:14)
Here Paul tells us that he ‘believed’ [was a ‘DO-er’ of] all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets. And so if we are to be as Paul was, we too must do as Paul did — by learning to become a ‘do-er’ of all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.
Now, lest we think that this is a misunderstanding of what Peter and Paul wrote, let’s be as good students, and look for two or 3 witnesses of Scripture to confirm what we think we see.
Let’s look at some words written by Peter:
“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:” (2Peter 3:1-2)
Here Peter tells us also to be mindful, and to ‘remember’ (a prophetic allusion to the 4th commandment) — to remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets.
Peter is exhorting us to remember to become ‘DO-ers’ of the words of the Prophets.
Notice that ALL the Prophets called for Yahuweh’s people to be obedient to the Law [‘Torah’].
Are there any other witnesses to confirm what we have seen? Let’s listen carefully to the words of Yahushua Messiah, who Himself [as the WORD of Yahuweh] gave the words of Torah to Moses, and who Himself put the words into the mouths of the Prophets:
“Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:” (Luke 24:25)
Yahushua is telling us that the foolish ones are those who are ‘slow’ or dull of heart — who are slow to believe [be ‘DO-ers’ of] all that the prophets have spoken. Here Messiah is telling us the identity of the ‘Foolish’ virgins of Matt 25:2.
ALL the Prophets continued to plead with Yahuweh’s people to not forsake the keeping of the Law [‘Torah’]. Yahushua and His Disciples likewise continue to plead with Yahuweh’s people, not to forsake the keeping of the Law [‘Torah’], which would be sin — but to love Him, by keeping His commandments (John 14:15; 1John 2:3-4; 1John 3:4; 1John 5:2-3).
Yahushua’s Disciples explained that through the Grace of ‘Messiah-in-you,’ the ability to bring forth the Fruit of Righteousness was now present (2Cor 9:10, 13:5; Php 1:11; Col 1:27).
The Disciples assembled together with Paul for a full year in Antioch. It was there that Paul taught them what he himself believed:
“Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” (Acts 11:25-26)
Notice that it was in Antioch that the Disciples were called Christians, perhaps because after a year of teaching, they had become like their teacher. Perhaps they were even becoming like their Master.
We have no doubts about what Paul taught the Disciples — he taught them what he himself believed!
We saw in Acts 24:14 that Paul believed all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets, so we know that Paul taught that obedience to the Law can only be by Grace. But what exactly did Paul believe and teach?
First, Paul condemned all attempts to achieve Justification by one’s works (Rom 11:6; Eph 2:8; Titus 3:5).
We then see Paul’s main theme throughout the New Testament: that we are saved only by Yahuweh’s Grace.
This Grace comes to us first as the initial repentance and forgiveness of Sin. Then as we grow in Grace, we see the indwelling power of Messiah-in-us, giving us the ability to further repent, and enabling us to walk in obedience to the Torah and the Prophets (Rom 7:22; Rom 8:4-7; 1Cor 9:21a; 1Cor 10:14; Rev 14:12; Rev 22:14).
From the above Bible passages, we can find renewed encouragement to hear and obey all that the Law [‘Torah’] and the Prophets have spoken, just as Paul did and taught.
Notice in the following passages, that Paul taught that the whole purpose of Yahuweh’s Grace, and the goal of our sanctification, is our obedience (Rom 1:5; 1Pet 1:2):
“By whom we have received grace … for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:” (Romans 1:5)
“Elect … through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ….” (1Peter 1:2a)
Paul also taught that it is our obedience to Torah that brings forth fruit in our lives (Lev 25:18-21), but this fruit-bearing will occur ONLY when we rely on the Grace given to us by Messiah-in-us, enabling us to walk in obedience (Php 1:11).
Therefore Believers today, having Yahushua’s Grace available to them, have no excuse — unless they have been deceived by their Leaders into thinking obedience to Torah is not part of the New Covenant.
Pastors, Ministers, and spiritual Leaders, are you a Believer? Are you a ‘DO-er’ of all things which are written in the law and in the prophets?
Pastors, Ministers, and spiritual Leaders, are you teaching what the apostle Paul taught?
Pastors, Ministers, and spiritual Leaders, are you teaching what Peter taught?
Pastors, Ministers, and spiritual Leaders, are you teaching what Yahushua taught?
Pastors, Ministers, and spiritual Leaders, do you teach your people to obey the Law [‘Torah’] — or do you teach your people what you learned in the corrupted Bible School or Theological Seminary — that the Law and the Prophets have been done away with? (See Jer 50:6; Jer 50:36)
The Prophets tell us the Law [‘Torah’] is for ever, and is eternal, and will NOT be done away with, for as long as the heaven and earth exist (Ex 31:16; Deut 29:29; Ps 105:8; Ps 119:44; Isa 24:5; Jer 31:31-33; Mat 5:18; Luke 16:17; and many more). So it would contradict the words of the Prophets — it would be a ‘lie’ — to say that the Law [‘Torah’] was done away with, or somehow removed!
Many on the wide road will continue playing ‘Churchianity.’ Many will follow the spiritually-Blind Leaders, and will themselves end up in the ditch.
A few will become pricked in their heart, and will read the words of the Prophets for themselves — words that speak to us today, in this last generation.
These few will turn around, and will forsake the wide road that leads to destruction. They will then choose the narrow way, the Way of walking in the Torah, according to the New Covenant — walking in all that the Prophets have spoken. These will be among the ‘Wise’ virgins.
This, my friend, is The Faith that Paul walked in, and taught!
How does your Faith line up with that of Paul?