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Short version is they are the 13 letters that the apostle Paul wrote in the new testament. Be blessed.
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.
The Pauline epistles, Paul's 13 letters (Romans through Philemon), were written by Paul after Christ from heaven gave Paul 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 the gospel of the kingdom. This is because the gospel of the kingdom is for Messianic Jews who await their promised earthly kingdom (Acts 1:6). These would be followers of Peter's church of God. Believers today and any believer outside of Peter's church of God 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 while Christ taught the kingdom gospel on earth 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. 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 a man justified by his works or is a man justified 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 necessary on your behalf. This by default makes you a follower of Paul and his gospel. This is the gospel you will be judged by at the judgement seat of Christ (Romans 2:16). Only believers will be here and 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 alone. Prior to this 'mystery' gospel being revealed for the first time to Paul (Romans 16:25), Gentiles were without hope being strangers to Israel's covenants of promise in '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 unmerited gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8) to anyone who believes that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, was buried, and rose again the 3rd day 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."
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