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Arguments on Letters of Paul

Jesus' views of Law are provided to us by the disciples while other views of Law are provided by Paul's writings. Despite many arguing that Jesus and Paul contradict each other, the writings of the disciples and the writings of Paul teach basically the same ideas about Christ. Some feel that Jesus' gospel is only for the Jews while Paul's writings argue the gospel is for all people. However, we are told in Matthew 28:19 that the last thing Jesus said before leaving earth was "to go into the whole world and preach the gospel, making disciples of all nations." It was under the old covenant that only Jews were considered, whereas this covenant was broken the evening Christ broke bread and offered wine.

Because of the similarities and overlap between the views of Christ and Paul, there are distinct differences. This is particularly true with respect to Paul's more abstract view of God and man and his sharp distinction between the flesh and spirit. However, Paul's view of the Law is very similar to those of the early church founders: Peter, James and John. To Jesus and Paul the core of the Law is not some kind of sovereignty but a love for God and for people. Matthew 5:17 demonstrates that Mosaic Law is not inviolate and that the words of Jesus would replace it at some point. Jesus' personal mission might have been to Israel but His death was for all individuals and His message was for the entire world. We can see such similarities in the words of Jesus and the writings of James. In Matthew 7:21f Jesus says "Not everyone who says to Me, æLord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven." In James 1.22-23, James says "But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves." These examples from James are similar to Jesus' words as are the writings of Paul.

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