πŸ‘‘ A New World Order

β€œI thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy…” (I Tim. 1:12,13).

As β€œa blasphemer,” the Apostle Paul had good reason to be thankful that he had obtained mercy! Don’t forget, just a couple years before Paul was saved, the Lord Jesus Christ had said,

β€œβ€¦All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men:Β but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him,Β neither in this world, neither in the world to come” (Matthew 12:31,32).

In light of these words, how could God have mercy on a blasphemer like Paul? If you’re thinking that perhaps he blasphemed a member of the Trinity other than the Spirit, think again. As a Jew who followed the Law of Moses scrupulously (Phil. 3:6) he would never haveΒ brokenΒ the Law by blaspheming God the Father (Lev. 24:16). And there is no concrete evidence he ever evenΒ metΒ God the Son. No, it wasn’t until the twelve were β€œfilled withΒ the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:4) that Saul showed up, and led the blasphemous persecution against them (Acts 7:57–8:3).

So when the Lord said that those who blasphemed the Spirit couldn’t be forgiven, β€œneither in this world, neither in the world to come,” this is one of the many proofs we have that with the salvation of Paul, God introducedΒ a whole new world,Β a world calledΒ β€œthe dispensation of the grace of God” (Eph. 3:1,2).

We see further proof of this when Paul called himself β€œa persecutor.” As Saul of Tarsus, he β€œpersecuted the church” (Gal. 1:13). But in persecuting the Lords people,Β he was persecuting the LordΒ (Acts 9:1,4,5). And to be saved in the Lord’s world you had to be one of HisΒ followers, not one of His persecutors (Mt. 19:16,21; Lu. 18:28-30; John 10:27,28). This will also be true in the world to come (Rev. 14:1,4).

When Paul further admitted he had been β€œinjurious,” this too rendered him beyond the pale of redemption in the Lord’s world. When He vowed that judgment would fall on any who would β€œoffend one of these little ones which believe in Me” (Mt. 18:6), He was using the child He had β€œset in the midst of them” (Mt. 18:2) as an object lesson of the β€œlittle children” of the disciples who believed in Him (John 13:33). You know, the disciples whom Saul later offended (Acts 8:3). And offending God’s little ones in Israel will be just as unforgivable in the world to come (Rev. 16:5,6).

There’s just no getting around it, beloved. The Apostle Paul couldn’t have been saved under the kingdom program that the Lord taught the Jews when He was here on earth (Mt.4:17; 15:24). That means when God saved Saul, He ushered in a whole new worldΒ and a whole new world order,Β an β€œorder” in which men receive Christ by grace through faith alone, and then walk in Him the same way (Col. 2:5,6). source

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