The Gospel According To Paul

Delegitimizing if not the most influential apostle to the gentiles, Paul, whose epistles make up most of the New Testament is nothing new and has been a recurring plague in the church not only during his time but even now more than ever before and so John MacArthur delivers a clear and concise exposition in response to modern day detractors in The Gospel According To Paul. He lays out that the apostle was very much focused and intent on preaching the one and the same gospel that all of the original 12 apostles were commissioned by Jesus Christ Himself as evidenced in 1 Corinthians 2:2, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Not only was Paul sound in doctrine, he was deeply schooled in Pharisaic teachings and often expounded on the symbols and typology found in the Old Testament pointing to what Jesus did for all humanity on the cross.

In the book, MacArthur states that the gospel according to Paul begins with a guilty verdict, and that is “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). While the world is unaccepting of the fact that we are all devoid of righteousness apart from God, people resort to “suppressing guilt and denying their sinfulness” which does not ever make the problem of sin go away. We are too depraved no amount of philanthropic involvement as a substitute or even to mimic religiosity can ever compensate and cover up our sinfulness and make us right with God. In effect, he makes a case that the concept of imputation, whereby Jesus’ atoning death makes available to anyone who believes in Him be credited with His righteousness, is key to understanding the gospel (Romans 3:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21).

This is basically an abridged version of what one needs to know about the fundamentals of Christian doctrine and covers a wide range of theological points on atonement, grace, faith alone, getting right with God to mention, encompassed in 7 chapters ALL equally important, (since Paul’s writings were full of quotes and references to the Old Testament) in commentary form from a trusted source and expositor. There are also 3 appendices for further theological insights in addition to the chapters. I would recommend this book to any believer who knows or have encountered someone who may have had issues not just with the gospel, but particularly with Paul’s epistles and especially to those looking to attend Bible school as a primer on Paul, and even to skeptics looking for a compelling case that the Christian faith is one that is reasonable and grounded on actual and historically documented events namely the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and not founded on blind faith. The gospel IS evidential.

It is presented in a brown hardcover with a tactile (reminiscent of linen) dust jacket and has pages of a trade paperback. If you enjoy listening to John MacArthur’s sermons (and debates), you will find this book a valuable addition to your collection.

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6 thoughts on “The Gospel According To Paul

  1. Hi Caeli,

    Isn’t the Gospel according to Paul different from the Gospel according to Jesus? Jesus proclaimed the coming of the reign of God as God’s reign of shalom promised in the OT scriptures whereas Paul preached the gospel of the blood of Jesus. How are these two gospels the same?

    Regards,

    John Arthur

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    1. The totality of the gospel is about God making redemption available to humanity through what the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ accomplished. Even the Old Testament points to the One who was to come to the world to do just that.

      Paul points to the only way to salvation, Jesus Christ. If you don’t see the convergence in that, that is because you choose not to.

      Not to be mean but I know what you are about. I have witnessed your barraging questions to Spaniard and it would not be prudent on my part to engage in any further exchange especially with your ulterior motive.

      Take Care.

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  2. Hi Caeli,
    Many Dispensationalist theologians distinguishes between the Gospel of the Kingdom and the Gospel of Grace. The former was proclaimed by Jesus to the Jew whereas the latter was proclaimed by Paul and is the Gospel to the Gentiles. Are these theologians wrong, and, if so, where and why are they wrong?

    These same Dispensationalists believe that unless you “rightly divide the Word of truth”, you will find contradictions in the bible, since there are different rules for living in the different dispensations. What do you think of this argument? They maintain that there are big differences between the dispensations of Law, Grace and Kingdom.

    Shalom,

    John Arthur

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    1. Any seeming “contradictions” one finds in the bible is due to the fact that most academics and pseudo-Christians who read Holy Scriptures apart from the guidance of the Holy Spirit will not understand. The Holy Spirit constantly guides to the truth and when one who professes to be Christian lives according to the world, their biases will surface and influence how they interpret the Word of God which is what we call eisegesis. This is what causes dissensions and views straying from what is originally intended.

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