What are the Pauline epistles?


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The Pauline Epistles are the 13 letters written by the apostle Paul that are included in the canon of Scripture. The Pauline Epistles are Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians,...

July 01 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Janet Hegna
Short version is they are the 13 letters that the apostle Paul wrote in the new testament. Be blessed.

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Image Thomas K M A retired Defence Scientist from Indian Defence R&D Orgn.
Pauline epistles are clearly a masterpiece of revelations. It is the revelation/vision he got from time to time. The disciples of Jesus also acquired similar revelations after the resurrection of Jesus. But in the case of Paul, he got the touching incident of Christ in spirit while he was near Damascus (Acts 9:3). Paul saw Christ Jesus in spirit unlike the other disciples who followed Him during His earthly living physically. We will also get similar kind of revelation once you are in true deep spiritual meditation.

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Profile pic Mark Vestal Proud of nothing of myself. Freed by Christ who did it all!
The Pauline epistles, Paul's 13 letters (Romans through Philemon), were written by Paul after Christ ascended into heaven and commissioned Paul with the ministry of reconciliation, the gospel of the grace of God (Romans 16:25-26, 2 Cor. 5:18-19).

The gospel of God's grace differs greatly from Israel's gospel of the kingdom. This is because the gospel of the kingdom is for Messianic Jews who await their promised earthly kingdom of heaven to come (Acts 1:6). These would be followers of Peter's church of God. Believers today and any believer outside of Peter's church are awaiting a promised heavenly kingdom and are members of the church, which is the body of Christ (Col. 1:23-27). Paul was made the minister of OUR good news which was to be passed down to us today until the fullness of the Gentiles comes in (Romans 11:25). This will be when the very last person during the dispensation of the grace of God (Ephesians 3:2) rests their faith on Christ. God will establish his new covenant with Israel after this occurs (Hebrews 8:8). Believers today, however, will be 'caught up' with Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:17) prior to Christ's earthly millennial kingdom reign. 

Unless we study the bible as we are taught in 2 Timothy 2:15 and 'rightly divide the word of truth' we will be left very confused. We must differentiate God's program for Israel from God's program for us as given to Paul by Christ from heaven. These are two different groups of people during two different periods of time with two different sets of instructions and purposes.

We can compare spiritual things with spiritual (1 Cor. 2:13), scripture with scripture, and find numerous examples of this. An obvious example regarding justification for our salvation is found when we compare James 2:24 (a Hebrew epistle, James 1:1) with Ephesians 2:8-9 (a Pauline epistle). Is someone justified by rheir works or by faith without works? Well, it simply depends on who you are. If you are reading this prior to Christ's second coming, then you are living during God's Ephesians 3:2 "dispensation of Grace" and are justified by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is the gift of God which you accept by believing that Jesus Christ did all the work required for your salvation (1 Cor 15:1-4). This is the gospel thay you will be judged by at the judgement seat of Christ (Romans 2:16). Believers works (not sins) will be judged at that time. It should not be confused with the end-times white throne judgement for non-believers (Rev. 20:11).

After national Israel rejected Christ as their prophesied Messiah, God then offered Gentiles the free gift of salvation (Acts 26:15-18) through faith alone in Christ. Prior to this 'mystery' gospel being revealed for the first time to Paul (Romans 16:25), Gentiles were without hope and strangers to Israel's covenants of 'times past' (Ephesians 2:11-13).

During this 'but now' period (Ephesians 2:13) of God's dispensation of grace (Ephesians 3:2), God is offering the free unmerited gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8) to anyone who will believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, was buried, but rose again for our justification (1 Cor. 15:1-4).

2 Timothy 2:15
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

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."

September 11 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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