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Did Jesus Preach Paul's Gospel?

How the Gospel of Luke presents the gospel of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, on the basis of Christ's blood and righteousness alone, for the glory of God alone

Editor's note: Now there's a provocative article title. It might sound like a heretical question, but think about. Does Paul ever strike you as having a gospel grounded more in grace than what Jesus preached? John Piper delivered the following message at the 2010 Together for the Gospel conference.

Did Jesus preach Paul's gospel?—the gospel of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, on the basis of Christ's blood and righteousness alone, for the glory of God alone.

What I am driven by in this message, and in much of my thinking since my days in graduate school in Germany, is the conviction that Jesus and Paul preached the same gospel. There is a 300-year history among critical scholars of claiming that Jesus' message and work was one thing, and what the early church made of it was another. Jesus brought the kingdom; it aborted; and the apostles substituted an institution, the church. And dozens of variations along this line.

Did Paul Get Jesus Right?

So the problem I am wrestling ...

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Dennis Hilken

October 30, 2013  12:54pm

"To rightly divide law and gospel is the greatest art" ... Thank you Dr. Piper for a preciously profound reiteration of that truth. What an honor and challenge to attempt to preach every week through that lens of truth ...

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Clifford Koehn

September 03, 2012  2:26pm

"Nothing in my hands to bring, simply to Thy Cross to clean." So often people think they have to do things to be saved.

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Heather Rayner

March 15, 2011  5:19pm

Thank you for your studies and contemplation. I believe the Jesus shows us what He wants us to see in scripture in due season. Prophetically Rick Joyner experienced meeting St Paul in a vision of Heaven (The Call - excellent & powerfully cleansing book), & reported Paul underlining the importance of putting Jesus words first before any other. But I never want to forget that ALL scripture is divinely inspired, God wouldn't include what He didn't want us to believe.

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N. Malher

March 10, 2011  9:00pm

Extremely enlightening article. We need to concentrate on what Jesus said and did above all others. Thank you, Mr. Piper.

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Dennis Hotchkiss

October 25, 2010  10:16am

Great article...renewing my appreciation for what Christ has done... I as well desire to see this Good News preached clearly and compellingly across our nation.

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