This section deals with Paul's letter to the people of Ephesus, Asia -- the very place wherein God had forbidden Paul to preach. The Jews of this region were they who caught onto Paul's gig and raised the ruckus in Jerusalem seeking Paul's execution for Paul's warring against obedience to God's commandments, defamation of Jews, defamation of Jerusalem, and pollution of the temple.
Gaining salvation is an "EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF" job -- a One-on-one inside God-job. Each of us must turn inward and keep the focus on our own thoughts, feelings, attitudes, motivations, behaviors, beliefs, speech, etc., with the Spirit of Jesus, His Doctrine and His example leading the way showing us how to clean up our own act. Our becoming down-to-earth and realistic is absolutely essential to the process. Of special importance is God's desire that every word that comes out of our mouths be the truth. Thus, our gaining the ability to use precise speech is extremely important to our gaining salvation.
This deciphering of Paul's mania in his letter to the people of Ephesus highlights primary tactics employed by Paul in his war against God and the salvation of human life. The devil Paul:
- Beguiled his Christians into keeping their focus outward on other people rather than their turning inward;
- Suckered his Christians into being people-pleasers rather than God-pleasers;
- Inticed them into the careless speaking of lies and Satanic babble;
- Lured Christians into living in La-La Land with words that sounded sweet and pretty on the surface, but which were absurd and insane outrageous blasphemies underneath;
- Deceived Christians into believing that gaining salvation was a group effort rather than an individual, inward, autonomous effort;
- Exalted himself as the resurrected Christ, and thus, the Savior of Christendumb.
- Suckered Christians into absurdly exalting themselves as the resurrected body of Christ.
- Appealed for sympathy to hook Christians emotionally to him.
- Subliminally infected his Christians with obsessive thoughts about human sexuality, especially inappropriate sexual behaviors.
- Promoted race, sex, and status discrimination.
- Warred against mankind's obedience to God's commandments / the Law.
- Issued spurious Satanic commandments, some of which on the surface sounded like the repetition of God's commandments so that Christians would not believe that Paul was actually denouncing obedience to God.
- Seduced Christians into practicing speech and behaviors that abSAULutely war against God; and
- Lured Christians into the disease of severe codependency.
And Paul did so knowing that his Christians would not fully understand his babble, so when they repeated his dogmanure from the position of believing that Paul was God's greatest apostle, he--Satan-in-the-flesh--would be seducing them into flames of Hell.
One of the sneaky ways Paul established himself as the "savior" of Christendumb was performed by his use of "we," "us," and "our." Such verbage was designed to disguise the reality that Paul was really only referring to himself as the prince-o'-Paul subject of his self-exalting claims. Therefore, because Paul was including himself whenever he said, "we," "us," and "our," some of that terminology is going to be turned into the singular "I," "me," "my" with Paul referring only to himself. The purpose is to show the reader just how obnoxious and bizarre Paul's brags were. Because you Christians have your own Bible with which to follow along, you have no cause for gripes. Besides, in case you still don't get it, I am trying to help you find your own salvation by means of your dumping this creep and turning straight to Savior for redemption!
1.1 From Me, Myself, and I: Paul. I am an apostle of Jesus Christ. I was made an apostle of Jesus Christ by means of the will of God. See how special I am?
This letter is written to:
- the saints who are at Ephesus, and
- the people who are faithful to Me due to their belief that Christ Jesus is in Me and them.
2 I send grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Ain't I great to be so powerful that I can actually send grace and peace to you from God and Jesus? 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God has blessed Me with ALL spiritual blessings. All those spiritual blessings with which God has blessed Me are in heavenly places. Those heavenly places dwell within Christ. Therefore, since God has blessed Me with all Spiritual blessings, and those blessings are in heavenly places that dwell within Christ, I dwell within Christ. Ain't I great? Heh-heh.
4 God has blessed Me with all those spiritual blessings that dwell within Christ according to how He chose Me to be in Christ. God actually chose Me to be in those heavenly places that dwell within Christ way back before I was even born. In fact, God's choosing Me to be so special occurred even before He created the foundation of the world. The reason He chose Me to be His super-duper blessed hot-shot is just because I should be holy before Him. I'm not, but I should be. Heh-heh. And when I am before Him, I should be a person who has not been blamed for having done something wrong. I should be in love when I am before God, too.
5 God has predestinated Me and My disciples to be His adopted children. God adopted Me and My followers for Himself by means of His marriage to Jesus Christ. God's adopting Me and My disciples by means of Jesus is performed according to the good pleasure of God's will. God takes great pleasure in being married to His only begotten Son Jesus, you know. Heh-heh.
6God's adopting Me and My Christians according to His good pleasure highlights the praise God has for Himself due to the glory of His grace that He bestows on Me and My Christians. Either that, or God's adopting Me and My Christians according to His good pleasure highlights the praise we should express for God due to our recognizing the glory of His grace which He bestows on Me and My Christians. After all, God's grace is the place wherein He has made Me and My disciples to be accepted in the beloved adoption of His children.
7 Me and My Christians have received redemption from our sins by means of the blood Jesus shed when He was crucified. We also experience the forgiveness of our sins by means of the blood Jesus shed when He was tortured and murdered. The redemption and forgiveness of our sins we receive from God is performed by God according to the riches of His grace. God is such a graceful God for being so bloodthirsty that He loves to save Us Christians by means of the blood shed by Jesus when He was tortured and crucified, you know. Heh-heh.
So what if you weren't born and hadn't even committed a sin yet when Jesus was crucified? God's purpose for saving you later by means of the blood Jesus shed that day is one of those great things that old bloodthirsty God provides for the good pleasure of His will. So there!
8 God's grace is the place wherein He has abounded all blessings, all wisdom, and all prudence towards Me. See how super-blessed I am? So if you barely understand a word I am saying, just assume that I am too smart for you and that you haven't been blessed with all blessings, all wisdom and all prudence yet. Heh-heh.
9 The reason I know that I possess all wisdom and prudence is because God has made the mystery of His will known to Me. God made the mystery of His will known to Me according to His good pleasure. The purposes for God's good pleasure takes place inside God Himself.
10 I am so smart that I even know what the purposes are for God's giving Me ALL blessings, ALL wisdom, ALL prudence, and knowledge of the mystery of His will. It has to do with God's dispensation of the fulness of time. See, when God dispenses the fulness of time, God might gather together all things that are presently inside Christ. And since I and My disciples are among those things that are presently inside Christ, all of Us Christians shall be gathered into one thing: Christ. And for Me and My disciples to be Christ is soooooooo swell! Ain't it, Christian?
All things in Christ are both in heaven and on earth. All things in Christ are even in Him. Ain't that swell? Ain't I great to possess All blessings, ALL wisdom, ALL prudence, and knowledge of the mystery of the will of God, Christian?
11 I and My disciples have also obtained an inheritance in Christ. How do I know? Well, I know because I have been predestinated to obtain an inheritance in Christ. My predestination was performed according to the purpose of God. God works all things, but only after He holds a counseling session with His own will, you know.
12 The reason I and My disciples were predestined by God to receive an inheritance in Christ is so that we would become the praise of the glory of the man who first trusted in Christ: Me. Yep, you Christians are the praise of MY glory! Whee! Isn't this fun? 13I am the first man who trusted in Christ.
In turn, you also trusted in Me after you heard the Word of Truth spoken by Me back when I was in Ephesus, Asia after I was forbidden by the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia. Heh-heh. [Acts 16.6] And what I preached is "The Gospel of Your Salvation."
After you believed Me, you were also sealed with that Holy Spirit known as "The Holy Spirit of Promise." 14 I was the seller of the Holy Spirit of Promise. You were the buyers. Once you bought My God-spiel known as the Holy Spirit of Promise, the Holy Spirit of Promise you received serves as the earnest money you paid on our inheritance, thereby binding our bargain that you would serve Me. That earnest money you spent when you sought to purchase the Holy Spirit of Promise shall hold the Promise for us until the purchased possession is redeemed. In turn, the redemption of the purchased possession -- the Holy Spirit of Promise -- serves as the praise of My glory. Ain't I great?
15 Wherefore, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I also 16NEVER CEASE to give God thanks for giving you to Me. I also MENTION you in my prayers. Ain't I great? Wow! All these Spiritual blessings that include all wisdom and all prudence and knowledge of the mystery of God's will bestowed on Me sure are turning Me into a mental giant, don't you agree?
17 I am such a caring, giving guy that I also ask that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation to you, too, so that you Ephesians may also dwell in the knowledge of God like I do. Until then, you'll just have to trust what I say to be God's Truth. Heh-heh.
18 I am also praying that the eyes of your understanding shall be enlightened so that you may know:
- the hope of God's calling,
- the riches of the glory of God's inheritance in the saints,
- 19 and the exceeding greatness of God's power to usward who believe
according to the working of God's mighty power in Me. Heh-heh.
20 The working of God's mighty power wrought all these blessings in Christ in Me and in all the people who believe Me when God raised Christ from the dead and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, and set Me and My disciples in Christ in those heavenly places, too. 21Now Christ is far above all principalities, powers, might, dominions, and every name that is named. He is far above all them not only in this world, but also in the world which is yet to come.
22 God has put all things under Christ Jesus' feet, and gave Him to the church to be the head over all things there. 23The church named Christianity is Jesus' body. In turn, the church named Christianity is the fulness of Jesus. Jesus fills all Christians in all churches.
Hey, Christian. Think about the other Christians you personally know. How many of them do you believe actually carry the Spirit of Jesus? By contrast, how many are gossips, back-stabbers, self-promoting liars, bigots, phonies, money-hungry, materialistic, mean-spirited, silly, lazy, feelings-fakers, wimps, bullies, hypocrites...? Are you yet thinking that all of Christianity -- which includes all Catholics, Eastern Orthodoxens, Mormons, Baptists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Methodists, Apostolics, Nazarenes, Mennonites, Amish, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Christians Scientists... -- collectively form the fulness of Jesus? No? Then why do you believe that PSaul preaches the Word of God? After all, his claims are bald-faced lies and ultimate blasphemies!
At no time do any of us humans, either individually or collectively, form the body of the Savior. His Spirit dwells WITHIN Spirit-led people, but His Spirit is separate and autonomous from our own spirit. We seek to perform His will so that He will express Himself with the rewards of the Comforter and the Spirit of Truth inside ourselves much the same way that a person jumps into a pool of water to receive the reward of cooling off in the heat of summer.
2.1 Furthermore, Jesus has quickened you Ephesians who were formerly spiritually dead when you dwelled in trespasses and sins. 2In times past, you walked according to the course of this world and according to the Prince of the Power of the Air. The Prince of the Power of the Air is Satan, you know; i.e., the one who blasts blasphemy and alot of hot air every time he opens his mouth to speak. Yes, I am referring to Me. Heh-heh.
The spirit of the Prince of the Power of the Air is he that now works in the people I call "The Children of Disobedience to God." And since I am the One who seduces people into being willfully disobedient to God / God's commandments, I am very sneakily referring to Me as being the Prince of the Power of the Air. I don't want you to know that, though, so I bring up his name as if he were somebody else so that you Christians will not think that I am referring to Me. Heh-heh.
3 In times past, I and My disciples also dwelled among the Children of Disobedience to God, such as when I went to Ephesus in Asia to preach My word of God to you after God specifically commanded Me to NOT preach My word there. Heh-heh.
The conversations of My past also dwelled in the lusts of My flesh. Back then I fulfilled the desires of My flesh and of My mind, too, by acting out and performing all the dirty deeds that I thought about doing. In fact, I was "The Child of Wrath" by nature, even as other people are "The Child of Wrath" today.
4 But God is rich in mercy. I know that God is rich in mercy because of His great love wherewith He loved Me. 5Even when you and I were dead in sins, God quickened us together with Christ. After all, you are saved by grace. 6God has raised us up together, and has made us sit together inside Christ Jesus in heavenly places. Don't you just LOVE being in those heavenly places inside Christ? Heh-heh.
Are you automatically thinking about Jesus' genitalia, Christian?
7 God did all that so that in the ages to come, He might show Me the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness towards Me through Christ Jesus.
8 You are saved by grace through your faith in the belief that you are saved by grace. Even though you Christians are the ones who believe that you are saved by grace, your belief that you are saved by grace is not of yourselves. That belief that you hold that you are saved by grace is the gift of God. And since I am the one who instills in you the belief that you are saved by grace, I am God! Heh-heh. 9You are not saved by doing good works, lest any man should boast. Yes, anybody who does the works God commands humans to do is a boaster and a braggart who is damned to Hell! Therefore, Jesus, His disciples, and all the prophets who obeyed God are damned to Hell! Heh-heh.
10 I am God's workmanship. Cock-a-doodle-doo! I was created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Therefore, anything that I do is good because I dwell in Jesus. So there! God has pre-ordained Me so that I should walk in those good works that I perform just because I dwell in Christ Jesus, not because I do anything good. Heh-heh.
11 Wherefore, remember this. In time past you Ephesians were Gentiles who dwelled in the flesh. You are called "The Uncircumcision" by those Jews who are called "The Circumcision in the Flesh Made by Hands." (The Jews just love to refer to themselves as "The Circumcision in the Flesh Made by Hands" and to you Gentiles as "The Uncircumcision" because they love to mentally obsess on their and your genitalia, you know. So if you Gentiles don't like being constantly referred to as "The Uncircumcision" by Me, blame the Lord's Jewish disciples, not Me. Heh-heh. And if you Christians find yourselves turning into sex perverts who mentally obsess on genitalia from having gobbled up My letters, blame those nasty Jews, not Me! Heh-heh.)
12 At that time, you:
- were without Christ,
- were aliens from the Commonwealth of Israel,
- were strangers from God's covenants of promise,
- had no hope, and
- were without God in the world.
13 But ever since I came along and you believed Me, now you are in Christ Jesus just because I say you are and I beguiled you into believing Me. Heh-heh. You who were sometimes far off away from God are made nigh to God by means of the blood of Christ that He shed the day He was tortured and murdered. Ain't that swell? Don't you just love being mentally obsessed on genitalia, Jesus' death, and the blood of Christ? Yum, yum!
14 After all, He is our peace. The "He" to whom I refer is either God or Jesus. I can't remember which. Either way, I am referring to the "He" who has made both Me and Christ One person, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between Christ and Me and between you Gentiles and Me.
15 He abolished in Jesus' flesh:
- the enmity / hatred that was in Jesus' flesh when He walked on earth; and
- even the Law of commandments contained in the ordinances given in the books of Moses, through God's prophets, and through Jesus Himself.
Now hold the thought that:
- Paul was speaking to the Ephesians, the people of the city of Ephesus. Ephesus was in Asia. Asia back then was today's western portion of Turkey.
- Paul preached in Ephesus, Asia after God had forbidden Paul to preach in Asia. Acts 16.6.
- During Paul's final visit to Jerusalem, when the Jews of Asia saw Paul in the temple, they cried out, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man that teaches all men everywhere against the people and the Law..."
So when Paul claimed that God abolished the Law of commandments in ordinances given in the books of Moses, through the writings of God's prophets, and through Jesus, was Paul teaching people to willfully disobey God's commandments, or not? And are you Christians really so gullible as to actually believe that a person can willfully defy obedience to God and yet make it to Heaven? I think not! How is your great asp-hole god named PSsssaul going to save you when you are frying in Hell for having disobeyed God / God's commandments?
The reason God or Jesus did all that was just so God or Jesus could make one new man out of the two men who were in Himself. The two men to whom I refer are Jesus and Me. Now Jesus and I are the same. And since now I am one of the two men in Jesus, and the two men in Jesus have been united into one Jesus, I am Jesus the Savior. Cock-a-doodle-doo! And since you believe Me -- that you are in Christ, too, -- all you Christians are the Savior, too! Ain't that swell? Don't you just LOVE being Jesus? Don't you just LOVE usurping the Savior's authority and being the Savior of the world? Heh-heh.
And you're still thinking that Paul did not set himself up to replace Jesus as mankind's only Savior, eh, ChristYIN?
By making Me and Jesus the Savior, and by making you Christians who dwell in Christ the Savior, too, God or Jesus made peace with Me and you. See, back before Jesus' time when people were commanded to obey God, you and I were at war with God. Now that you and I are no longer required to obey God, however, we have nothing to complain about God any more. And that's how God made peace with Me and you Christians. Ain't God great?
16 Another reason why God or Jesus made Me and Jesus the Savior was so that He might reconcile both Jesus and Me unto God in one body by means of the cross. See, God slew the enmity in Jesus by means of crucifying His Son.
Are you yet so gullible as to believe that God, not wicked humans, tortured and murdered Jesus, ChristYIN?
By the way, let's have a look at the word enmity.
enmity: positive, active, and typically mutual hatred or ill will. Synonyms: enmity, hostility, antipathy, antagonism, rancor, animosity, animus. Shared meaning element: deep-seated dislike or ill will or a manifestation of such feeling.
According to the asp PSssaul, God eliminated the enmity that was within Jesus when He walked on planet Earth, and the enmity between Himself and us humans when God (not wicked people) tortured and murdered His Son. Is that true, Christian? Well then, how about taking a little self-test. How many of you Christians HATE God's commandment: "Turn the other cheek"? How many of you Christians LOVE the commandment, "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth"? Are you aware that "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth," is not, never was, and never will be one of God's commandments? If you do not believe me, check out Matthew 5-6 for yourself.
Now tell me, all you Christians who hate the commandment, "Turn the other cheek," if what Paul was saying were true--that God destroyed all enmity / hatred between humans and Himself with the torture and death of Jesus' flesh--how come you still have enmity towards God? After all, you cannot love God while simultaneously hating His commandments.
Those of us who truly love God may be offended initially when we first read, "Turn the other cheek," but when we turn straight to God and ask Him why He issues that commandment, we encounter a multitude of situations wherein we learn for ourselves that the only way to save ourselves from being murdered by bitter-bellies who love to hate is by turning the other cheek. We also encounter situations wherein we are not supposed to turn the other cheek, but to speak up and crack the whip. At other times, we turn our backs and walk away. At other times, we run and hide. Our experiences combined with the teachings of the Gospel combined with Jesus' example, combined with Jesus' Spirit compelling us to act in a given way then teach us that the Gospel is loaded with paradoxes. And in turn, we must have the Master's living Spirit within us telling each of us what to do in any given situation in which we find ourselves.
As for you Christians who keep attacking me for the enmity / hatred I feel towards PSssaul, all you do is expose your complete ignorance of God. God puts the enmity in my heart. He lets me see Paul's continuous rape of God, Truth, the Son of God, God's commandments, the prophets, the Lord's disciples, Jews, Greeks, females, etc. And I hate it with a passion -- just like God-through-Moses said I would. Genesis 3.15
Not only do you attack me for my having enmity for Paul as if my hatred for him were bad, bad, bad, but you asSAULt God simultaneously, because God is He who places the enmity within me in the first place. You also expose what consummate feelings-stuffing phonies you are. After all, if all enmity were bad, then you are bad when you get angry because some pedophile priest or preacher raped a little child, eh? And if enmity were bad, then you are bad, bad, bad for getting angry over what the suicidal, maniac Muslim terrorists did to Americans on September 11, 2001, eh? And if enmity were bad, then all of us who abhor how Muslims abuse females are bad, bad, bad, eh? To see evil and not experience enmity is to be a feelings-stuffing, insensitive, ignorant boob!
Now watch Paul outrageously amplify his self-ordained status as having supplanted Jesus as the Savior of the world.
17 Then the resurrected Jesus in Me came and preached peace to you people of Ephesus. He in Me preached to those of you which were afar off (you Gentiles), and to them that were nigh (the Jews). 18After all, through Jesus in Me, both you Gentiles and we Jews have access to the Father by means of one Spirit. The Spirit to which I refer is the Spirit of Jesus in Me. Heh-heh.
19 Now therefore, you Gentiles of Ephesus are no longer strangers and foreigners to God. Instead, you have become fellowcitizens of the household of God right along with the saints and the Jews who are of the household of God.
20 Furthermore, you Gentile Ephesians who believe Me dwell in the houselhold of God which is built upon the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets. Jesus Christ Himself, however, is the chief cornerstone of the household of God. 21All the building of the household of God is fitly framed together in Christ Jesus. The household of God grows into a holy temple in the Lord, too.
22 You Christian Ephesians are also built together to be a habitation of God in Christ Jesus through the Spirit in Me. Heh-heh. Glory hallelujah! Don't you Christians just LOVE being the habitation of God in Christ Jesus in the Spirit?
Calling all non-Christians. How many Christians do you honestly believe carry the Spirit of God and His Son? (Good question, Betty.)