Two Gospels

The Apostle Peter's and The Apostle Paul's

by Steve Santini

In the development of the first century church there were two messages. The first message was that of the apostle Peter and the eleven other apostles. The second message 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.

Peter's gospel was a reiteration of all Jesus said and did while in the world. It is emanates from the Holy Spirit through its gift to the souls of those who believe.

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

Peter's gospel is a continuation from the beginning when man was made a living soul.

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

Peter's gospel comes from his acquired faith.

Paul's gospel comes from his inherited faith.

Peter's gospel is from the Holy Spirit comforter.

Paul's gospel is from the subsequent Spirit of Truth comforter.

Peter's gospel is the foundation for the household of God.

Paul's gospel is the edifice of the household of God.

Peter's gospel holds the keys to the kingdom of God.

Paul's gospel reveals the kingdom of God.

Peter's gospel is one of entrance.

Paul's gospel is one of establishment.

Peter's gospel begins in spiritual power.

Paul's gospel ends in spiritual understanding.

Peter's gospel ministers to the children coming into the family of God.

Paul's gospel brings the family of God unto maturity.

Paul was a saint

Peter became one faithful in Christ Jesus

Peter's gospel raised Paul up unto the revelation from Jesus Christ. Peter's foundational gospel was preached by Paul when he first went into a new area to establish a church. Before Peter completely relinquished his misdirected loyalty to Jewish supremacy in the church, he resisted Paul's revelation where there was no difference between Jew and Gentile. Paul's gospel was never preached by Peter. In his last epistle written near the end of his life, Peter acknowledged the validity of Paul's gospel by stating Paul had written the same things yet in a different manner.

In Paul�s 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 "holy" apostles and prophets. There is a difference between "apostles and prophets" and "holy apostles and prophets." Understanding this difference leads to the revelation of the great mystery given to the apostle Paul.


Further Studies on the Subject from the Gospels

The Concluding Allegory of John's Gospel:Feeding the Lord's Flock

Peter and Paul


The Two Differing Comforters of John's Gospel

The Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Truth


The Twelve of Matthew and the Seventy of Luke

Sheep and Rams


And A Study from Ephesians

The Apostle Paul's Revelation of the Great Mystery

The Faithful and The Saints


Next Article:

Why Paul's Gospel?

Some More Answers


Introduction and Main Index