Two Gospels

The Apostle Peterís and The Apostle Paulís

by Steve Santini

2003

In the development of the first century church there were two gospels. The first gospel was that of the apostle Peter and the eleven other apostles. The second gospel was that of the apostle Paul and others who were, in time, raised up to teach this gospel with Paul. It seems to this author that the simplest and most effective manner in which to communicate this subject is to list corresponding differences in these two gospels with a concluding commentary.

Peterís gospel was a reiteration of all Jesus said and did while in the world. It is supported by the Holy Spirit through its gift to the souls of those who believe.

Paulís gospel was a revelation through the Spirit of Christ from the ascended Lord seated at the right hand of the Father.

Peterís gospel is from the Holy Spirit comforter.

Paulís gospel is from the subsequent Spirit of Truth comforter.

Peterís gospel is the foundation for the household of God.

Paulís gospel is the edifice of the household of God.

Peterís gospel is a continuation from the beginning when man was made a living soul.

Paulís gospel has its beginnings before the foundations of the world in the mystery of the Spirit of Christ. (This Spirit of Christ was known as the Spirit of Truth in John's gospel.)

Peterís gospel holds the keys to the kingdom of God.

Paulís gospel reveals the kingdom of God.

Peterís gospel is one of entrance.

Paulís gospel is one of establishment.

Peterís gospel ministers to the children coming into the family of God.

Paulís gospel brings the family of God unto maturity.

Peterís gospel raised Paul up unto the revelation from Jesus Christ. Peterís foundational gospel was preached by Paul when he first went into a new area to establish a church. Before Peter completely relinquished the principle of law in exchange for faith, he resisted Paulís revelation. Paulís gospel was never preached by Peter. In one of his two epistles written near the end of his life on the future entrance into the kingdom, Peter endorses Paulís gospel.

Under Paulís ministration these two gospels came together as the one contiguous gospel for the growth of the household of God.

Commentary: In the epistle to the Ephesians, Paul makes evident the sources of these two gospels. In Ephesians 2:20 he writes to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

And (ye) are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.

Then in Ephesians 3:4,5 he writes:

Whereby when you read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets.

Paul used words very purposefully. Notice this difference between verses 2:20 and 3:5. The foundation came from apostles and prophets while the mystery was revealed to ďholyĒ apostles and prophets. There is a difference between ďapostles and prophetsĒ and ďholy apostles and prophets.Ē Understanding this difference leads to the revelation of the great mystery given to the apostle Paul.

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