Paul did not invent his own Gospel


The Text:

2Ti 2:8  Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

The Challenge:

“2 Timothy 2:8. Paul states this fake story of the resurrection was his writings.”

My Response:

MD, You state above:

“2 Timothy 2:8. Paul states this fake story of the resurrection was his writings.”

By so saying, you demonstrate you have not read the New Testament carefully enough to understand what it teaches.

First of all, Paul carefully documents the sources of his true Gospel:

(1) 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

1Co 15:1  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
1Co 15:2  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
1Co 15:3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Co 15:4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1Co 15:5  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
1Co 15:6  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
1Co 15:7  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
1Co 15:8  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

Note particularly 1 Corinthians 15:3, where Paul uses a very special and technical expression to affirm he faithfully “delivered” that which he “also received,” thus bearing witness to the exact words of the older creedal statement given in verses 3-7. This creedal statement is dated by careful scholars to no later than 35 AD. Paul uses this earliest creedal statement to confirm the historicity of the belief in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(2) Romans 2:16

Rom 2:16  In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

The statement “my gospel” does not mean Paul invented his own Gospel of Christ but rather “my” is in contrast to the false and Judaizing teachers referenced in Romans 16:25 and 2 Timothy 2:8, not in contrast to the Gospel of the other Apostles of Christ.

(3) Romans 16:25

Rom 16:25  Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Romans 16:25 must be understood in the light of the immediately preceding context as given in Romans 16:17-19,

Rom 16:17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Rom 16:18  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Rom 16:19  For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

This passage (Romans 16:17-19) is a reference to the false teachings and false gospel of the Judaizers who were perverting the Gospel of Christ by insisting on full obedience and participation in the Law of Moses and its accompanying ritual observances.

(4) 2 Timothy 2:8

2Ti 2:8  Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
2Ti 2:9  Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

In context, Paul is encouraging Timothy to stay strong in the faith despite any opposition he encounters from false teachers and teach others what he has learned from Paul “among many witnesses”:

2Ti 2:1  Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2Ti 2:2  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2Ti 2:3  Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Paul focuses upon two centrally important themes: (1) that our Lord Jesus Christ is of the seed of David, and is therefore the only possible true Messiah who fulfills the promises of the Davidic Covenant, and (2) that our Lord Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, the full proof that God verified the Messiahship and message of our Lord Jesus Christ by such a stupendous miracle before many witnesses.

Your expressed view that Paul concocted this false gospel or “fake story” as a gospel he invented by himself is utterly contrary to the historical record contained in and witnessed to by the first century primary source New Testament written records I just shared with you.

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