Question 8: You say Paul never really repented. But Paul said that for him to live is Christ. How do you explain that?
Answer: Paul said for him to live was Christ, but those are just his own words. They are not the testimony of the Holy Spirit and are not supported by the Lord Jesus’ words. The other apostles never said for Paul to live was Christ. Just basing this on Paul’s words is not credible! None of the ancient saints and prophets dared claim that for them, to live is Christ. Only Paul dared say that. Therefore, we can see that Paul was too arrogant and unreasonable. In the Age of Grace, the Holy Spirit only testified that the Lord Jesus was Christ. The Lord Jesus’ work of redemption, the disposition He expressed, and all that He has and is completely proved that His identity was that of Christ. Paul was the main culprit who hated the truth and resisted God. He said for him to live was Christ; that shows he did not know Christ at all. As to this question, let us see what Almighty God says.
“The incarnate God is called Christ, and Christ is the flesh donned by the Spirit of God. This flesh is unlike any man that is of the flesh. This difference is because Christ is not of flesh and blood; He is the incarnation of the Spirit. He has both a normal humanity and a complete divinity. His divinity is not possessed by any man. His normal humanity sustains all His normal activities in the flesh, while His divinity carries out the work of God Himself. Be it His humanity or divinity, both submit to the will of the heavenly Father. The substance of Christ is the Spirit, that is, the divinity. Therefore, His substance is that of God Himself…” (“The Substance of Christ Is Obedience to the Will of the Heavenly Father” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“God become flesh is called Christ, and so the Christ that can give people the truth is called God. There is nothing excessive about this, for He possesses the substance of God, and possesses God’s disposition, and wisdom in His work, that are unattainable by man. Those who call themselves Christ, yet cannot do the work of God, are frauds. Christ is not merely the manifestation of God on earth, but also the particular flesh assumed by God as He carries out and completes His work among man. This flesh cannot be supplanted by just any man, but is a flesh that can adequately bear God’s work on earth, and express the disposition of God, and well represent God, and provide man with life” (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
From God’s words, we can see that God incarnate is called Christ. Christ is God’s Spirit realized in the flesh. Christ is the appearance of God, that is, the flesh God takes when He comes down to do His own work. Therefore, Christ is God. Christ can give man truth and supply man with life; He can express God’s righteous disposition and the wisdom of His work. Christ is the righteous and holy God Himself. Christ’s life is inherently possessed by Him. He is God incarnate from the moment He was born. He does not become God halfway down the path of faith. He who is Christ at birth will forever be Christ. Those who are not Christ at birth never will be Christ. No matter how men pursue the truth, they cannot become Christ. Christ’s life is something that no created or non-created being possesses or can ever obtain. Paul said for him to live was Christ. Then did he possess God’s disposition and all that God has and is? Could he express truths to save mankind? If he had Christ’s life, how was he still able to sin and resist the Lord Jesus? Paul himself admitted he was the “foremost of all sinners.” How can to live be Christ for a sinner? Isn’t this blasphemy against God? Are you saying that people who labor and work a lot can become Christ? Is that not a fallacy? Paul originally was the main culprit who resisted Christ. That is a publicly-known fact. In his later years, he testified that for him to live was Christ, trying to replace Jesus Christ and take His position. How can a life-long antichrist, a person of Satan’s ilk like that, become Christ? Paul said for him to live was Christ. This clearly was false! It was an expansion of his satanic ambition! It completely exposed Paul’s desire to become God. He wanted to take the place of the Lord Jesus in the hearts of men. This proves that Paul’s true nature was that of an antichrist, and that Paul walked the path of an antichrist.
Excerpted from the movie screenplay of Stinging Memories