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Philip Christian Parks's Romans Chapter 16 comment on 4/11/2021, 5:43am...

stablish you according to my Gospel; v.25 = Paul used the expression, "my Gospel", at least three times in his writings (see Rom. 2:16; 16:25; 2Tim. 2:8), and possibly even more so in similar phraseology. The Greek could correctly translate into "according to the Gospel which I preach".

This is the first occurrence wherein Paul personalized the Gospel by describing it as "my Gospel". Paul so thoroughly identified with the Gospel, and of JESUS CHRIST as his LORD and SAVIOR, both through personal experience and throughout his ministry, that he owned it as "my Gospel".

When writing to the Thessalonian Church, he personalized the Gospel with the personal plural pronoun "our" in his expression, "our Gospel" (1Thes. 1:5; 2Thes. 2:14). There, the pronoun "our" refers to Silvanus (Silas) and Timotheus (Timothy) (see 1Thes. 1:1; 2Thes. 1:1), both of whom Paul included in his salutations to the Thessalonian Church.


Philip Christian Parks's Romans Chapter 16 comment on 4/11/2021, 5:42am...

"my Gospel"; v.25 (cont.) This is the same Gospel of which Paul proclaimed, "I certify you, brethren, that the Gospel which was preached of me [or "which I preach"] is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the Revelation of JESUS CHRIST" (Gal. 1:11-12). Thus, the Gospel is not Paul's as its originator, but rather, Paul's because JESUS CHRIST revealed it to him "that I (Paul) might preach HIM (GOD's SON JESUS CHRIST) among the heathen" (Gal. 1:16).

The reader should also consider the contexts in which Paul distinguished "my" Gospel from that of

+ those who Paul described as "them that are con-tentious, and do not obey the Truth, but obey unright-eousness" (Rom. 2:8). This also includes Judaizers who coerced and manipulated their subjects to obey the Law so that they could "make [their own] boast of GOD" (Rom. 2:8 & 23).

+ "them which cause divisions and offenses con-trary to the Doctrine which ye (Roman Christians) have learned" (Rom. 16:17; cp. v.18).

+ Hymenaeus and Philetus, both of whom taught "that the Resurrection is past already" (2Tim. 2:18). Of note, Paul did not specify that which these two heretics taught pertaining to the resurrection, but their teaching was certainly a perversion.


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