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Difference between Peter’s gospel and Paul’s gospel – Romans 11:13 KJV

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Difference between Peter’s gospel and Paul’s gospel – Romans 11:13 KJV

Why the difference?

A true child of God should not follow denomination, man or woman but the authority of the word of God – every true child of God should follow the Bible.

The word of God is greater than any denomination, man or woman – Psalms 138:2 and. Psalms 119:89 KJV “….for thy truth: for thou (God) hast magnified thy word above all thy name….For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”

Do you know there is a difference between the Apostle Peter’s gospel and  the Apostle Paul’s gospel? As you read, you will see, know and understand the difference.

Which of these two ministers (Peter or Paul) is our minister today especially for the Gentiles? Many Christians don’t know?

You know there are different dispensations for different people in the Bible!!!

Even different dispensations by different ministries like ministry of Moses, ministry of John the Baptist, ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, ministry of Peter and ministry of Paul.

This is the reason why the Bible says we should study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth – we are to rightly divide the Bible – 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV ”Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Do you know that the Jews (the nation of Israel) rejected God the Father, God the Son (The Lord Jesus Christ) and lastly God the Holy Spirit? And after this, God turned to the Gentiles (the church age)!!!

Do you know the Pentecostals mixed the two gospels (Peter’s gospel and Paul’s gospel) together? The Pentecostals failed to search the scriptures thoroughly and rightly divide the word of God to differentiate the dispensation of Israel from the dispensation of the Gentiles, the church age.

Let us rightly divide the word of God to what the scriptures say about Peter and Paul – and know the difference – and the one God had chosen for us to follow in this dispensation of the church age.

The true children of God must follow what the Bible teaches – and not the denomination or any man (any woman) teaches –  not even anybody’s opinion but what the Bible says and teaches. Let us follow Bible and believe it because the word of God is forever settled in Heaven (Psalms 119:89).

We should not accept another gospel except the one God had chosen for us – Galatians 1: 6 -9 KJV “I (Paul) marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

Let us read Galatians 2:7 KJV ”But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me (Paul), as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter.”

From the scripture Galatians 2:7 KJV, uncircumcision is for the Gentiles while circumcision is for the Jews ( the nation of Israel). Apostle Paul said the gospel of the circumcision (the Jews) was committed to Apostle Peter while the gospel o the uncircumcision was committed to himself.

However if you search the scriptures thoroughly, you will discover that Peter also went to the Gentiles at the beginning of his ministry when he went to Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band in Acts Chapter 10. Why?

When the Lord Jesus Christ was talking to Peter during His earthly ministry in Matthew 16:19, He ( Jesus Christ) mentioned keys (plural) not key (singular) that He would give Peter. That is, two (2) keys:

(1) One key (the first key) for the Jews (the nation of Israel)

(2) The other key (the second key) is for the Gentiles (the church age)

Read Matthew 16:19 ”And I (Jesus Christ) will give unto thee (Peter) the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

You can see that keys were mentioned in this scripture Matthew 16:19.

Take note also that when Apostle Paul started his ministry as well, he always went to the Jews first! So it is biblically wrong to say that Apostle Peter only went to the Jews and Apostle Paul also only went to the Gentiles. Both of them went to both the Jews and the Gentiles.

But with time, the ministry of Peter is more into the Jews while the ministry of Paul is more into the Gentiles.

Now let us read Galatians 2:8 ”(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)”

What this scripture Galatians 2:8 is saying here is that Apostle Peter’s ministry is more into the Jews than the Gentiles while Apostle Paul’s ministry is more into the Gentiles than the Jews.

Even Apostle Paul mentioned that the gospel of Christ went to the Jews first in Romans 1:16 KJV “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

Both Peter and Paul went to both the Jews and the Gentiles but the main focus and ministry of the Apostle Peter is the Jews while the main focus and ministry of the Apostle Paul is the Gentiles.

Now let us read Galatians 2:9 KJV “And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.” Here Cephas mentioned here is Apostle Peter.

Galatians 2:9 KJV says that James, Cephas (Peter) and John who seemed to be the pillars of the church at the church headquarters in Jerusalem, the three (3) were the voice of the church as at that time realized and got the revelation that their main calling/ministry and focus is unto the Jews while Apostle Paul’s main calling/ministry and focus is unto the Gentiles (the heathen). Peter is mostly to the Jews while Paul is mostly to Gentiles but two of them still preached both the Jews and the Gentiles.

Now let us read Galatians 2:11 KJV “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I (Paul) withstood him (Peter) to the face, because he was to be blamed.” Here Apostle Paul rebuked and corrected Apostle Peter. That is, Apostle Paul rebuked and corrected Apostle Peter of an error scripturally!

Why did Paul rebuke and correct Peter? It is because Apostle Peter was scripturally wrong in practice.

That is, the gospel of Apostle Paul to the Gentiles is right, correct gospel.

Let us read further Galatians 2:12 – 14 KJV “For before that certain came from James, he (Peter ) did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I (Paul) saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?”

The understanding of this Galatians 2:12 – 14 KJV is that the mindset of the Jews (circumcision) had nothing to do with the Gentiles (heathen)! They had this wrong mindset as at that time that the gospel of Jesus Christ was not for the Gentiles but only for the Jews. They lacked the spiritual understanding and revelation of the finished works of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary for the Gentiles/heathen. The Jews believed that they are the God’s chosen people and they should have nothing to do with the heathen ( Gentiles).

You know that the gospel of salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ got to the Gentiles after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

God started saving the Gentiles through the gospel of salvation by the faith in the atonement of the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary.

Peter struggled with God initially when He (God) revealed to him that Gentiles are now qualified to be saved the way Jews were save by the gospel of salvation. That is, the gospel of salvation of Jesus Christ makes no difference between the Jews and the Gentiles – Galatians 3:26 – 28 KJV “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

But in Galatians 2:11 – 14 KJV, Apostle Peter played the hypocrisy because by this time he would have already known the truth that the gospel of salvation of Christ Jesus is also for the Gentiles. And Apostle Paul had to rebuke and correct his hypocrisy. Thank God, Apostle Peter gladly accepted the rebuke and correction with love.

Once again, let us read Galatians 2:14 KJV ”But when I ( Paul) saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?”

This scripture Galatians 2:14 KJV mentioned “the truth of the gospel”. This means that the Apostle Paul was preaching and teaching the gospel of the truth. It is also means that the Apostle Peter was not preaching and teaching the gospel of the truth because of his hypocrisy towards Gentiles.

Although Apostle Peter was preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ but where apostle Peter missed it was he attached water baptism to his gospel because the Jews always required signs – and water baptism is for a sign to the Jews in the false belief that water baptism like that of John the Baptist’s water baptism would save them – 1 Corinthians 1:22 KJV and Acts 2:38 KJV “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom….Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

What is the truth of the gospel by the apostle Paul?

The answer is found in 1 Corinthians 15:1 – 4 KJV “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

In Acts chapter two after the resurrection of Jesus Christ and His ascension to Heaven, Apostle Peter made the first preaching – and he was preaching to who?

He was preaching only to the Jews on the on the Day of Pentecost ( Jewish feast where all the Jews all over the world gathered together ) –  Acts 2:22 “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:” This verse 22 shows us that Peter was preaching to the Jews only.

What was he (Peter) preaching?

 Let us look at Acts 2:23 – 24 KJV “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.“

Here in Acts 2 verses 23 and 24, Peter was preaching:

(1) Jesus was crucified and slain – the death of Jesus Christ

(2) The resurrection of Jesus Christ

In the same Acts 2 verses 36, 37 and 38, Peter told the Jews that they have to do water baptism to be saved – he attached water baptism to the gospel of death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – Acts 2:36 – 38 KJV “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they (the Jews) heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.“

Let me ask you a question: this gospel that the Apostle Peter preached here, is it the same gospel we are supposed to be preaching today? Is it the gospel that you have to be saved by water baptism when the Jews realized that they had killed their Messiah, the King of Jews and afterwards, they repented? That water baptism, is it necessary for salvation considering the finished works of Jesus Christ on the Cross?

No, this gospel of the Apostle Peter is not for the Gentiles today but only for the Jews. The gospel of the Apostle Peter is also telling the Jews the identity of Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the King of the Jews, the “WHO OF JESUS CHRIST “ but the gospel of salvation of the Apostle Paul is all about the finished works of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary, that is, the “WHAT OF JESUS CHRIST” on the Cross –  John 19:30 ”When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” This scripture John 19:30 is the foundation of the gospel of salvation of the finished works of Jesus Christ on the Cross. These finished works are all what He did for the whole world (humanity), most especially, the Gentiles.

The gospel of the Apostle Peter said we need water baptism to be saved but the gospel of the Apostle Paul said the baptism that saved us is the Holy Ghost Baptism in line with the instruction that the Lord Jesus Christ gave His apostles while going back to Heaven after resurrection from dead in the first chapter of the book of the Acts:- 1 Corinthians 12:13 KJV, Ephesians 4:5 KJV and Acts 1:5 KJV ”For by one Spirit  (the Holy Spirit) are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit (the Holy Spirit)……One Lord, one faith, one baptism…..For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”

You can see the big difference between the gospel of the Apostle Peter and the gospel of the Apostle Paul.

The gospel of salvation by the Apostle Paul did not attach water baptism as a compulsory requirement to be saved but just believe, have faith/ trust in death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ from dead – faith in the atonement of the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary – 1 Corinthians 1:17 KJV , 1 Corinthians 15:1 – 4 KJV and Acts 16:30 – 31 KJV “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect….Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:…And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” That is, just believe in the finished works of Jesus Christ on the Calvary by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ shed, the sacrifice, the atonement of the blood of Jesus Christ without the water baptism, you shall be saved!

The gospel of salvation of the apostle Paul says once you are genuinely born again, you are sealed with the Holy Spirit as a result of the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of you (the in-dwelling presence of the Holy Spirit) – Ephesians 1:13 ”In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”

God deals with different people with the different dispensations.

The book of Acts is a book of transition (change) where the gospel of Jesus Christ moved from Peter to Paul so that Paul would be mostly to the Gentiles.

The gospel of the Apostle Peter of the “WHO” of Jesus is changed to the gospel of the Apostle Paul of the “WHAT “ of Jesus Christ did for us at the cross of Calvary. For instance, see how Peter preached the gospel as “WHO” of Jesus, the identity of Jesus in Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

This scripture (Acts 4:12) talks of the identity of Jesus – The Who of Jesus.

But the gospel of Paul talks about WHAT Jesus did for us – 2 Corinthians 5:19, 21 and 1 Corinthians 15:1 – 4 KJV “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. For he (God) hath made him (Jesus Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him…. Moreover, brethren, I (Paul) declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” This is the what of Jesus, that is, what He did for – the sacrifice He made for us, the shedding of His at the Calvary, the atonement of His blood for our sins on the Cross –  1 Corinthians 15:19 – 21 K JV ”If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.“ What Jesus did for us gave us hope.

Faith in His blood saves us –  Romans 3:25 KJV ”Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;”

When the gospel goes to the Jews by the gospel of Apostle Peter, the emphasis is who Jesus was as the Messiah, the King of Jews but when the gospel goes to the Gentiles by the gospel of Apostle Paul, the emphasis is what Jesus did for us.

The gospel of Peter is mostly to the Jews: Acts 4:8 – 12 KJV “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.“

Then Acts 3:12, 26 KJV ”And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? Unto you (the Jews) first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.“ From this verse 26, Peter mentioned that gospel came to the Jews first just exactly like what Apostle Paul said also –  Romans 1:16 ”For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

Let us read once more Acts 4:12 ”Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” The gospel Peter is preaching here is the name, identity and who of Jesus – not what of Jesus. All the emphasis of Peter in Acts 4:12 to the Jews is to believe and trust in the Name of Jesus with water baptism of Acts 2:38.

Note that there is a transition of  the“WHO” of Jesus from Peter’s ministry to the “WHAT” of Jesus to Paul‘s ministry.

Now in conclusion, let us see how the first Gentile was saved in the Bible by the gospel through Philip. The first Gentile to be saved in the New Testament is an Ethiopian eunuch. This Gentile was saved by ”WHAT” Jesus Christ did on the cross in line with the gospel of salvation of the Apostle Paul – and then after, what followed was the Believer’s Baptism done for the Ethiopian eunuch .

Read and study Acts 8:26 – 39 KJV:
Acts 8:26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
Acts 8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
Acts 8:28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
Acts 8:29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
Acts 8:30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
Acts 8:31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
Acts 8:32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
Acts 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
Acts 8:34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
Acts 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Acts 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
Acts 8:39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.“

The interpretation of Acts 8:32 ”The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth.” is this : for the interpretation, please pay attention to this statement “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth.” talks about the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as a lamb for our sins, the atonement of the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross; all these talked of the “WHAT” of Jesus before Jesus was talked as the Son of God ( the “WHO” of Jesus) in Acts 8:37 “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

Here is where the gospel of salvation began with Gentiles –  it had changed from the “WHO” first of Jesus (to the Jews) to the “WHAT”!of Jesus to the Gentiles. This is because finally the Jews rejected God the Holy Spirit when Stephen was preaching to them and they stoned him to death in Acts 7:51 “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.”

The gospel of salvation of what Christ Jesus did for  us on the cross, the gospel of salvation of the finished works of Christ Jesus at the Calvary, in short, the gospel of salvation of the Apostle Paul for the church age, the Gentiles is the gospel we are supposed to be preaching and teaching today in this dispensation of the Holy Spirit.

The Apostle of the Gentiles is Apostle Paul –  Romans 11:13 ”For I (Paul) speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:“

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About the author

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Olusegun Ibikunle has devoted his entire life to the service of his Master Lord Jesus Christ since 2003, greatly adding value to lives. He is into the propagation of the gospel of Christ of righteousness and holiness on the earth. By the grace of God, he is the founder of the Holy Army of Christ (HAC) Ministries. The ministries God has used to bless the children, the teenagers, the youths and the adults.

He has a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering. The Holy Spirit inspired him to write this book for the edification of the Body of Christ and the benefit of Heaven-bound Christians in the last days (end times).

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