Are there two different gospel messages

Sunday, September 9, 2018
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Looking Deeper

Some theologians point out there are two different gospel messages in Scriptures. They assert that the original gospel taught by Peter was only for the Jews. The gospel Peter taught was superseded by Paul’s gospel which is by faith only and targets the Gentiles.

Is this true? Did Paul observe and teach a different gospel than Peter? My response to the assertion is NO! However, Scriptures can be twisted in a way that Paul appears to preach a different gospel message.

Aren’t Christians warned about being steadfast and not being led away by another gospel? [2 Peter 3:14-18.] Yes!

Why do people see things differently? If we look at something with a bias, we will see what we have been told we will see.

The Jewish leadership who led the opposition to Jesus, chose to believe He was a sinner because of His actions on a Sabbath. Their view was tainted by their belief that He was a Sabbath breaker and therefore a sinner!

In spite of the signs of healing a man born blind and later raising Lazarus from the dead, He had to die! Their high priest Caiaphas even prophesied it. [John 11:49-53.]

Today we have a like situation. Ephesians 2:8-9 make it very clear that we are saved by grace through faith not by works of the Law of Moses.

Some theologians teach that sinners can do nothing at all to be saved. Yet they teach that “faith only” meaning believing alone will save them. [James 1:21-27] and [James 2:19-20].

Jesus is the one who set forth the conditions of salvation. When He gave the Great Commission, He said he who believes and is baptized shall be saved.

Is baptism really essential to salvation? Jesus said so. He told Nicodemas that one had to be born again of water and the spirit. [John 3:3-5.]

Do we understand baptism properly? Peter was given the keys to the kingdom [Matthew 16:19.] The book of the Acts of the Apostles is clear that Peter preached the gospel to the Jews on Pentecost resulting in about 3,000 being obedient to water baptism. [Acts 2:36-41.]

Peter was also the one who preached the gospel to the Gentiles in Acts 8. The point is, the baptism of the Holy Spirt happened only twice when Peter used the keys to open the kingdom to the Jews first, then the Gentiles.

Do Christians today receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? Yes! [Acts 5:32.]

Is obedience really necessary? Was obedience only for those under the Law of Moses? Jesus said in Luke 11:28 “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” The apostle Paul began and ended the epistle to the Romans with these statements on the subject: Romans 1:5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name. And Romans 16:26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith

Does Paul’s gospel differ from Peter’s in calling for obedience? NO again!

Have you been misled by misinformation that you can do absolutely nothing in regard to saving your soul? The truth is men are drawn by God to respond to Christ [Rev 3:20-22.]

Paul wrote: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. – Romans 1:16

Will you trust God to mean what He says and say what He means?

The sinner’s prayer is found nowhere in Scripture and no one is saved by saying it.

The gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus was preached by Peter and further explained by Paul. A saving faith is an obedient faith, and that faith meets the conditions that Jesus set forth.

Will you honor the Word of the Lord?

Jim Squires preaches at the Church of Christ in Glendive. He can be contacted at or

(406) 939-1109.