Why was Jesus killed?
Why was Paul so persecuted?
What made the early church so dangerous that its members were literally hunted down and thrown to the lions?
Keep in mind that the early church developed from or had most of its converts from Jewish people. Judaism was perfectly accepted all across the Roman empire and around the known world. But there was a problem with this Jesus character and His followers.
“Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished.” … Galatians 5:11
The reason Jesus was killed and Paul was persecuted were one in the same, “you are no longer under the law, you are under Grace.” Grace says “All righteousness is by Faith” … Faith is simply Resting in what has already happened or been given to us by God in the form of Jesus being sacrificed on the cross.
“For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.” … Romans 4:14-15
Jesus and Paul were both teaching that righteousness was Resting Not doing – where there is no law neither is there sin. Yes the law is Good, for the lawbreakers it helps create the guilt and shame that brings them to the Love and Forgiveness that is complete in Christ Alone, But the law is Not for those under Faith which is what the church in Galatia was being taught after Paul taught them the GraceFull path.
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