In the Bible there are three (3) periods...From the creation of Adam to the Flood one race, and nationality - Humankind. NO LAW.
From the flood to the Cross two (2) races...Hebrews and Gentiles. Well after a time of re-population from the flood to Moses anyway. The MOSAIC LAW
Then from the Cross to the Rapture three (3) groups of people...the Hebrews, the Gentiles and Christians. GRACE.
Now you can be born a Hebrew or a Gentile but not a Christian. To be a Christian you have to be born again.
Once we can grasp the concept of 2 nations or races the we can grasp the concept of two Gospels.
There is the Gospel of the Hebrews or Jews taught by the original Apostles and then there is the Gospel that Paul taught the Gentiles. This is the mystery revealed to him from the Messiah Himself (Galatians 1:11, 12) while in Arabia for 3 years, probably on mount Sinai where Moses met with God through the burning bush. (Gal.1:17,18; 4:25) All the other Apostles had 3 years with Jesus, so it was fitting that the Apostle of the Gentiles be afforded the same time.
The Gospel of the Jews is revealed in Matthew 16:16 where Peter declares that Jesus is "the Christ, the Son of the living God" and Jesus said He would build his church on that Gospel. This is evidenced in the tension between Paul and the Jews in the Book of Acts (Chapter 15) and by Martha's quote in John 11:27, and again in the salvation of the Ethiopian eunuch where Philip preached Jesus (the Jewish Gospel) to him (Acts 8:35-38) "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God". Paul preaches Grace through the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (1 Cor. 15:3, 4). So the Gospel of the Jews started when Jesus was alive and their Gospel that Christ was the Son of the Living God continued on after His death, burial, and resurrection but the Gospel of the Gentiles was given to Paul after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and it was Grace through the death, burial, and resurrection of the Messiah.
The Jews come to Christ using Peter's Jewish Gospel (Acts 2:37, 38) "What must WE do". While the Gentiles come to Christ using the Gospel of Paul. (Acts 16:30, 31)"What must I do?"
There you have the two Gospels that agreed to co-exist. (Gal.2:7)
You will also note that another difference is the Apostles taught that the Jewish leaders killed Jesus while the Apostle Paul taught that it was our sins that He died for, because no one could kill Him, He had to lay down His life. [John 10:17-18]
I also believe that Paul had this special relationship with Jesus because it was him whom Jesus spoke about in Mathew 11:11 when He said that there is one who is LEAST in the Kingdom of heaven who is greater than John the baptizer. Paul claims to be the LEAST of the Apostles in 1 Corinthians 15:9 and the LEAST of the saints in Ephesians 3:8.
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