Tag Archives: Paul

The narrow way: Apostolic authority

Some people would dearly love to drive a wedge between Paul’s message and that of Jesus, or between Paul’s teaching and the rest of the New Testament. And this is nothing new… The false teachers in Galatia had been trying … Continue reading

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Faith and works: Paul v James (the verdict)

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 The differences between Paul and James are more apparent than real – especially when one takes a step back to look at the bigger picture. Their supposed ‘conflict’ can be sustained only by picking … Continue reading

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Faith and works: Paul v James (round 3)

Round 1 Round 2 Both Paul and James were apostles writing under the inspiration and authority of the Holy Spirit. So we should not assume too quickly that their teachings are incompatible. Is James correcting a misunderstanding? There may well … Continue reading

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Faith and works: Paul v James (round 2)

Round 1 Paul and James use the same vocabulary: they both talk about faith, works, righteousness and justification, and about the relationship between these things. Yet Paul is adamant that justification is by faith alone, and not by works (e.g. … Continue reading

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Faith and works: Paul v James (round 1)

Few things can be more fundamental to Christianity than the correct way of salvation. Surely, then, we should expect the New Testament authors to be unanimous and unequivocal on this subject. Yet when it comes to the issue of our … Continue reading

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Paul’s message (Acts 26:19,20)

Paul says to Agrippa, “I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven.” If Jesus is Lord, then we must do what He tells us. “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46) … Continue reading

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Paul’s calling (Acts 26:15,16)

Why did Jesus appear to Paul in such an unusual and dramatic way? He says, “I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant…” (verse 16) It wasn’t just to give Paul his personal ‘ticket to salvation’. Jesus … Continue reading

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