CONFESSIONS OF SAINT PAUL
To the churches of all nations and all peoples:
1 I, Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, come to you in peace and fellowship to bring to you my confession, and to correct errors which I made during my ministry on earth, that have caused great pain and suffering to many good Christians for nearly 2,000 years.
2 During my years as an humble servant of Christ, I tried mightily to live and preach the Gospel, as Jesus would wish. My faith and endurance were great, yet I, never having lived and walked with Jesus, other than a brief encounter on the road to Damascus, failed to reflect. His true spirit, in certain aspects of my letters to my Christian brothers and sisters that were later published in The New Testament.
3 Furthermore, the great personal conflicts I had with my own nature and being, often exposed themselves in my writings in such a fashion as to distort the true spirit of Jesus. This I now know, having become one in Christs eternal spirit.
The reformation of Galatians
1 In the 49th year of the Christian era, I wrote to the Galatians, hoping to bring them liberty through faith in Jesus Christ.
2 In so doing, I clouded Christs message of peace and love with reflections of my own character and its flaws and the confusions of my personal philosophy for which I am truly sorry.
3 Not wishing to create even more confusion in the hearts and souls of the community of Christ, I sought the council of Jesus in how best to direct you to those passages in Galatians that more perfectly reflect the true spirit of Christ.
The true spirit of Christ as revealed in Galatians reformed
1 I, not wishing to pervert the gospel of Christ, implore you to purge my letter to the Galatians of all but the following passages:
2 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! (5:14-15)
3 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
.If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (5:22-26)
4 Christians, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness
5 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all
The reformation of 1 Thessalonians
1 In the 51st year of the Christian era I wrote to the Thessalonians hoping to bring them the message of peace and love in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
2 Christ, my eternal counselor, has selected from my first letter to the Thessalonians, the passage most reflective of His desires for the children of God.
3 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. (5:14-22)
4 I exhort you in the name of Jesus to forgive me for having made hurtful comments about the Jews in Chapter 2:15. Great harm has been done to them, as a people of God, because of my zeal and anger caused from Christ having been Crucified. I was reminded by Christ Himself, that both He and I were born Jewish and that hypocrites are found in all faiths. Condemnation of all Jews, for the sins of the few, was a most grievous error, for which by the grace of God, I have been forgiven.
The reformation of 2 Thessalonians
1 I give thanks to God that my errors and omissions in my second letter. to the Thessalonians were not as grave as in my first.
2 Thanks be to Jesus for helping me edit my letter in such a manner as to glorify His name.
3 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God
who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2:16-17)
TO BE CONTINUED...
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