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Episode 3 · 2 years ago

Where is the gospel preached by Paul?


We know Paul preached his own gospel that he received through revelation and it wasn't Matthew, Mark, Luke or John - but where is it? You won't find it in your modern bible but in today's podcast we have some answers.

"But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ." (Galatians 1:8-9)  

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Time for another edition of the Right Bible podcast, your weekly deep dive into the story of the very first Bible and the Marcion I Christian Church. Find out more at the very first Bible Dot Org. Stripping away two thousand years a false doctrine isn't easy, but we've had lots of coffee. Now your host, Darren Colama, and welcome back to another edition of the Right Bible podcast. On Darren Klama. In our first podcast we did a complete overview of the exact contents of the very first Bible, and from that show we know that they are, or that it consists of the ten epistles of Paul, Galatians first and second, Corinthians, Romans first and second, Thessalonians, Laodiceans, Colossians, Philammon and Philippians and, last but not least, the...

...gospel of the Lord. And notice the the wording that's used here. It's not a gospel of the Lord, one of the Gospels of the Lord, it's The gospel of the Lord, denoting singularity, denoting that there's only one gospel of the Lord. There's not for, there's not five, there's not three, there's one gospel of the Lord. And we know that because Paul tells us that in Scripture Multiple Times. In fact, when you read through the epistles, throughout them, he says and uses the exact phrase my gospel on three different occasions. In fact, the epistles are just loaded with examples of Paul talking about this Gospel in a singular sense. In fact, let's run through a few of those on today's episode. And before we do,...

...just to give you a little background on the Gospel. Where did it come from? You know, how did he get it? Paul received that that Gospel directly from a revelation from Jesus Christ. The circumstances surrounding it are not pretty. He was on his way to Damascus to continue in the persecution of Christians, hunting them down and in prisoning them. We know for a fact that that Paul was there when St Stephen was martyred. So Paul had a quite the history and persecuting Christians and he was on his way to do what he did best, which was persecute Christians. And so on this trip to Damascus to do just that, the Lord intervened and he received a revelation from Jesus Christ and he turned and became a Christian. It was during that moment...

...that he received this revelation of the gospel of the Lord, and this is what drove him to travel the entire world, or the known world, or the Roman Empire at that time, preaching the Gospel. In fact, he was the most prolific preacher of Christianity of that era and many churches were formed as a result of his travels. So obviously this had a huge impact on him, and again he's very specific that this was, he uses the phrase, my Gospel. So there's no question that we're not talking about a wide variety of gospels out there at the time. There was only one Gospel and he knew it, and we're going to talk later about how the other apostles also knew it. Everybody was on the same page with this. It wasn't until later that the the the waters became murky. So let's go to the two examples that, for the most part, just erase any doubt. The first one is Galatians nine, quote unquote, as we have said before.

So now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be a cursed unquote. The SEC in one is even more direct and and I don't know how you can frame this or put this through some kind of confusing Judaic prism that makes it seem like what it's not. It's very clear, quote unquote. But I certify you, Brethren, that the Gospel which was preached of me is not after man, for I neither received it of man but by the revelation of Jesus Christ, unquote. And that's from Galatians one, eight through nine. Let's let's let's read it again. But I certify you, Brethren, that the Gospel which was preached of me is not after man, for I neither received it of man but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. So Paul has just got...

...done telling you there's one gospel. He got it from a revelation and he got it directly from Jesus Christ. He wasn't referring to Matthew, mark, Luke or John. It also means that everything in the epistles, all ten of them, is derived directly from the gospel of the Lord, his revelation, this one gospel. Now this brings up a lot of questions and before we kind of delve or do or deep dive into them. It's really important that you actually have a copy of the very first Bible. I'm going to have links showing, thanks, where you can, as always, download a free copy. If you want, you can pick up a paperback, go to Amazon, type in, for words, the very first Bible, boom and it should show right up. But or just get the free ebook.

It doesn't matter. The point being you really are going to need to be able to follow along as we as we talk about these scriptures and and get into the knooks and crannies of some of these verses. You're going to find it very helpful because otherwise we have to go back and forth between the First Bible and the Modern Bible, and we're just going to get nowhorth ast doing that all right now, we also know that, and again we just talked about it, even from the Modern Bible, that Paul was sent out specifically to preach this gospel of his, this gospel of the Lord, to the uncircumcised, meaning the gentiles, and it was also decided that Peter and James, they would focus on on preaching and trying to convert the Hebrews. It's what they were good at. Paul on the other hand, seem to have a knack with talking to gentiles. He spoke Greek, so for him it...

...was kind of a natural fit to do this, and he had the gospel. So with that in hand, he goes out throughout the known world and starts preaching. But this really should bring up a lot of questions in your mind. The first one should be, well, I don't see Paul's Gospel in my modern Bible. I looked everywhere and it's not there. I see Matthew, mark, Luke and John. I don't see anything that's called the gospel of Paul or Paul's Gospel. The good news is you can read it. It's in the very first Bible and it's about twenty chapters long and I recommend reading it for our future podcast. It'll give you a frame of reference as we go along, because the story of this Gospel is is really amazing. It took the equivalent of the Manhattan Project To make this Gospel go away. In fact, Paul, throughout his his history with the church, was a huge problem for some of the early church fathers who insisted on Judaizing the...

Gospel and the history. And those are some of the things we're going to get into, which are going to are going to include some someone comfortable subject matter like, especially the gospel of Matthew. You know, when, let me put it this way, when you read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and you read it having the actual gospel of the Lord in front of you, as you do, the the the original Gospel acts as a type of cryptographic key and you can sit back and actually read these other four gospels and you can look and say that is exactly where they changed it, or that's exactly where they added it, or look at the nuance or the narrative that they were trying to weave in here. But unless you had the actual original, unless you had the gospel of the Lord itself, you would read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and be completely clueless. You'd said,...

...well, that's that's you know the Bible and you know that's it. But having this key are really allows you to see what the original intent and meaning was. So really just some fascinating stuff coming up and you know we're going to do more episodes and shows on it, but I think I'm going to leave it there today give you an opportunity to get your copy of the very first Bible. I'm going to have some show links you can click on and get it for free, or you can get the paperback, whatever you want to do, it doesn't really matter. The point is you really do need to have a copy of it so you can follow along and and become just as as amazed as everyone else is when they when they finally get a look. So we'll leave it there and we'll see you next time.

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