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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Paul and Jesus Agree

Clearly, Paul agrees with Jesus in seeing Jesus as the Messiah of Israel. Paul's calling is to announce the following:

When the fulness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son, then an heir of God through Christ." (Gal. 4:4-7, NKJV).

This is an expansion of Jesus' own teaching that his arrival meant that the Kingdom of God was at hand (Mark 1:14-15). The Gospels expand this theme, and show Jesus preaching, working miracles, and ultimately redeeming His people. The contrast between Paul and Jesus, proclaimed by so many in modern times, has no support in Jesus' status as Messiah.

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