The Apostle Paul Essay

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3.1 Describe Paul’s gospel in regards to the elements he learned from the disciples in Jerusalem and in regards to those elements he received by revelation. To whom did Paul talk when he went to Jerusalem? How do we know? Show the similarities and differences between tradition and revelation in Paul’s gospel.

Three years after his conversion, Paul went to Jerusalem to meet with Cephas (Peter). He remained in Jerusalem for fifteen days. After this time, he also met with James, the Lord’s brother. It was from Peter that Paul learned of the tradition, i.e., the details of Jesus’ teachings during His earthly ministry. It was important for Paul to inquire about the teachings that the disciples had received from the Lord during his time on
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Paul’s revelatory teaching conveys the substance of Christ’s sacrificial death. It provides knowledge about the purpose and effects of the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus. Paul’s revelatory teaching is less an issue of similarities and/or differences between the teachings received by tradition but more an issue of completeness and expansion. Paul’s teachings are based on tradition and revelation and do not contradict each other. As Menoud states “The gospel revealed to Paul is in fact the same as the gospel already believed and preached before him.”

3.2. Compare and contrast some of the elements of Paul’s theology with the information found in the four Gospels. How are their contents similar or different? What areas of incidental contact are in your opinion most interesting? Give a summary of one element of contact and how it can be applied to Christians today.

Some elements of Paul’s teaching are a convergence of the teachings received from the original apostles (the “tradition”), the teachings received from the historical Jesus (the Gospels), and the teaching received by revelation of the risen Lord (“revelatory”). For example, the traditional account of the Lord’s Supper, as told in Mark and Luke contains language which was used by Paul in his letter to the Corinthians . In Corinthians, Paul sums up the remembrance of the Lord’s sacrifice; however, the meaning of the event isn’t changed. In speaking of the communion,

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