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Paul's Bible Correspondence Course

The apostles taught in person as much as they could, whenever they could. But much of the "New Testament" is also composed of teaching letters to Christians in various cities, mostly in Turkey and Greece. The epistles were, in total, a "Bible correspondence course" written by an instructor and provided as a "distance learning" opportunity for those who wished to make use of them. They are still much so today, with time as an added dimension to now even-greater distance all around the world.

The sole textbook for the course was the Holy Scriptures, as the apostle Paul emphasized and warned i.e. "we write none other things unto you than what ye read or acknowledge" in the Word of God.

"1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. 1:13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end

"Not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth"

The prerequisite for the learning opportunity was the Holy Spirit (see The Cure For The Carnal Mind). It has always been the "Light" by which the written words can be "seen."

The Holy Scriptures

"2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." (1 Corinthians 2:6-16 KJV)

Along with the delivered knowledge, the teacher's feedback thereafter also sometimes included correction of error, as in this example to the Galatians.

"1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." (Galatians 1:6-10 KJV)

Fact Finder: Did Jesus Christ provide the teaching for the apostle John's "apocalypse" (which means revealing, hence revelation) letter?
See The Old Man's Letter


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