The Necessity of Following Paul
Romans 15:14-18: “And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that
ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in
some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of
God, That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering
the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being
sanctified by the Holy Ghost. I have therefore whereof I may glory through
Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. For I will not dare to speak of
any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles
obedient, by word and deed,”
Paul tells the Romans that they were pretty good believers (v. # 14). Nevertheless, they were in need of his instruction (v. # 15). He was their minister, and only if he ministered to them would they be acceptable to God (v. # 16). If they wished to be obedient, it would only happen if they followed Paul’s instructions to them (v. # 18).
The Twelve were Apostles to Israel (Matthew 10:5).
They were to make Proselyte Jews (Matthew 28:19 and 20).
Their authority is over Israel (Matthew 19:27 and 28, Luke 22:28-30, and
The Apostle Paul is our one Apostle (Romans 11:13 and I Timothy 2:7). He was
commissioned as Christ’s Apostle to the Gentiles immediately upon his conversion (Acts 26:13-17). His salvation was a departure from God’s prophetic program following Israel being set aside as God’s channel of blessing to the world (Luke 13:6-9 and Acts 7:51-60).
Paul alone has our instructions (Colossians 1:24 and 25 and Ephesians 3:1-4).
The Twelve understood this (Galatians 2:7-9 and II Peter 3:15 and 16).