Introduction - Which Gospel?
Many believers in Jesus Christ are of the
opinion that there is only one gospel. I have discussed this
with believers and almost all are of that opinion. It may
come as a surprise to bible students to realize that the
gospel that the Apostle Paul preached was not the same one
that the twelve Apostles preached.The Apostle Paul’s unique
calling by God came into effect because of the failure of
the nation of Israel to believe the Kingdom gospel that the
12 Apostles taught. The 12 Apostles preached to the people
of Israel in the land of Judea, but Paul was sent to the
countries outside of Judea with a different gospel.
Before you conclude that there cannot be two gospels, in all fairness, read these articles. Then you will, in good conscience, either accept or reject this analysis.
The New Testament consists of 27 books. Paul’s epistles constitute almost half of the New Testament. Why do the epistles of Paul make up so much of the New Testament? Most of us have never been told the entire story that lies behind the letters written by Paul, as well as Peter James, John, and Jude. We have been taught chapters and verses, not the historical context as to how events unfolded. We have been taught to approach the Bible like a jigsaw puzzle.
Most bible scholars, teachers and preachers make every effort to integrate and combine what Paul wrote with other subject matter of the New Testament. Is this valid? This approach is a copy and paste method of using scripture. Often used by preachers of the Word, not understanding the historical context or chronological order.
The first four books of the New Testament are the accounts of the ministry of Jesus Christ written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These accounts depict the experiences, sermons, life and death of Jesus Christ. While in the flesh He called and taught His disciples who became Apostles. Four of them, Peter, James, John and Jude wrote books. These are I Peter, II Peter, James, Jude, I John, II John, III John and Revelation. Saul, who was later called Paul, never knew Christ in the flesh.
The New Testament includes many of apostle Paul’s letters. He penned 13 letters in about a twenty-year time span. Nine were written to churches in different regions with different cultures, at different times, experiencing different problems. Four were written to individuals.
We should realize the commission of Jesus Christ and His twelve disciples were separate and distinct from the commission given to apostle Paul. This may seem doubtful at first thought, but it becomes clear when an overview is taken of the entire New Testament in its proper chronological order. And yet most well-known teachers and preachers force-fit the two commissions into one and the whole thing becomes jumbled confusion. Paul’s description of the place and effect of the law was different than that of the other scriptural writers. Close examination of the writings of the New Testament will reveal that the gospel of Jesus and the 12 apostles were intended for the circumcision whereas the teaching of Paul was for the uncircumcision (the gentiles). It became more and more evident through the Acts account that the Jews (circumcised) rejected Jesus Christ as the Savior and the coming Messiah. This rejection led God to set them aside for a period of time and raise up Saul (Paul) to offer salvation in Jesus Christ to non-Jews, the gentiles.
Thus, during Paul’s ministry, two forces have been at work. One has dragged Israel down into the dust, the other has raised the nations to the place of blessing and the believers among them to the supreme height of power and glory.
This unique gospel for the nations was to remain in effect “until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in” (Rom. 11:25).
Romans 11:25 (KJV) For I would not, brethren,
that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should
be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is
happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be
The gospel that God commissioned Paul to proclaim brings to us glorious revelations of God’s truth that was not known prior to Paul’s calling. It is for us today.