Paul 's Teachings On The Gospel Of Mark And Matthew

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After his conversion to Christianity, Paul traveled throughout the Roman Empire and preached the Gospel, similar to Jesus’ own ministry across Galilee. Paul’s teachings were more focused on the community and the relationships of its members with each other and with non-Christians, whereas Jesus’ teachings were geared towards the individual and his/her personal relationship to God. Despite this discrepancy in their doctrines, Paul’s teachings remain consistent with those of Jesus. In his First Letter to the Corinthians, Paul’s teachings, such as unity in the community and love for others, echo the teachings of Jesus as depicted in the Gospel of Mark and Matthew. Paul essentially reiterates the teachings of Jesus, and applies them to the lives of the people he preaches to, so that they may understand Jesus’ teachings and embrace Christianity. The first problem that Paul addresses in his letter is that of the division of the church in Corinth, wherein the people have divided themselves based on the teacher they preferred. They began to identify themselves with the religious leader they followed, saying “…’I belong to Paul,’ or ‘I belong to Apollos,’ or ‘I belong to Cephas’…” (1 Cor. 1:12) Paul reminds them that it was not the teachers who died for their sins, but Jesus. He then appeals to them to unite under Christ, rather than under individual teachers, who were only sent by Christ to proclaim the Gospel. This parallels Jesus’ own lesson against division within a community. “And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. But no one can enter a strong man 's house and plunder his goods…” (Mark 3:25,27) Jesus teaches the importance of unity, especially within a church, and points out that a unified co... ... middle of paper ... ...eserve their sexual integrity, saying, “For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor. 6:20) He refers to Jesus as the price that was paid for the salvation of the people, and advises people against sin in order to glorify God and the sacrifice He made for them. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul addresses several problems of the Christian people of Corinth by taking Jesus’ teachings and the Gospel and applying them to the issues of the Corinthians. Paul also presents Jesus’ doctrines, such as unity and love, in more comprehensible ways for his predominantly Gentile audience. Although Paul modifies the Gospel to better fit his audience and his time period, his teachings remain consistent with those of Jesus. In the end, Paul’s teachings succeed in spreading the Gospel and Christianity among the Gentiles and around the world.
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