DEAR FREEWILL CHICK,
“John was given that vision after paul died.
Maybe you should take it into consideration.”
Paul told us “It was given to me to complete the word of God” —
John was part of the circumcision evangel.
The circumcision evangel is TO THE JEWS.
In Galatians 2, Paul recounts the big fight he had with Peter, James and John about this very matter.
They all determined that YES, Paul was to be for the gentiles, while Peter, James and John were to be for the Jews.
Paul was given the gospel of the uncircumcision.
The other boys were given the gospel of the circumcision Two different gospels.
Don’t mix them up. You’ll do better.
If you do mix them up, you have to deal with a lot of contradictions.
So what if John wrote his vision down after Paul died.
If that matters, Joseph Smith wrote the book of Mormon after John died.
The Mormons don’t believe that “Paul completed the word of God”… nor did John… but they sure do believe this Smith guy.
It’s not WHEN they wrote it down… it’s WHAT they said, and to WHOM they said it.
You can read the book of Revelation if you want, and you can get a lot out of it. But it was not written to you. It’s for the Jews.
You can read messages sent to me, (text messages or emails) and you could get a lot out of them, but they were written to me. You’d be confused if you didn’t know they were written to me. You’d be confused if you thought they were addressed to you.
GALATIANS CHAPTER TWO:
1 Thereupon, after the lapse of fourteen years, I again went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus also along with me.
2 Now I went up in accord with a revelation, and submitted to them the evangel which I am heralding among the nations, yet privately to those of repute, lest somehow I should be racing or ran for naught.
3 But not even Titus, who is with me, being a Greek, is compelled to be circumcised.
4 Yet, it was because of the false brethren who were smuggled in, who came in by the way to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they shall be enslaving us-
5 to whom, not even for an hour do we simulate by subjection, that the truth of the evangel should be continuing with you.
6 Now from those reputed to be somewhat-what kind they once were is of no consequence to me (God is not taking up the human aspect)-for to me those of repute submitted nothing.
7 But, on the contrary, perceiving that I have been entrusted with the evangel of the Uncircumcision,
8 according as Peter of the Circumcision (for He Who operates in Peter for the apostleship of the Circumcision operates in me also for the nations),
9 and, knowing the grace which is being given to me, James and Cephas and John, who are supposed to be pillars, give to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we, indeed, are to be for the nations, yet they for the Circumcision-
10 only that we may be remembering the poor, which same thing I endeavor also to do.
11 Now when Cephas came to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, for he was self-censured.
12 For, before the coming of some from James, he ate together with those of the nations. Yet when they came, he shrank back, and severed himself, fearing those of the Circumcision.
13 And the rest of the Jews also play the hypocrite with him, so that Barnabas also was led away with their hypocrisy.
14 But when I perceived that they are not correct in their attitude toward the truth of the evangel, I said to Cephas in front of all, “If you, being inherently a Jew, are living as the nations, and not as the Jews, how are you compelling the nations to be judaizing?”
15 We, who by nature are Jews, and not sinners of the nations,
16 having perceived that a man is not being justified by works of law, except alone through the faith of Christ Jesus, we also believe in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by the faith of Christ and not by works of law, seeing that by works of law shall no flesh at all be justified.
17 Now if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also were found sinners, is Christ, consequently, a dispenser of sin? May it not be coming to that!