๐Ÿ‘‘ Paul And “The Faith Which Once He Destroyed”

โ€œSomeone is telling me that Galatiansย 1:23ย proves that Paul didnโ€™t get a new message.โ€

When we teach that Paul had a unique new message, peopleย sometimes respond by pointing out that this cannot be, since itย was said of Paul, right after he got saved, that he โ€œpreacheth theย faith which once he destroyed.โ€ They insist that this means thatย the message he preached existed before he preached it. However,ย youโ€™ll notice that Galatiansย 1:23ย says that they โ€œheardโ€ย this. Have you ever heard something spoken that turned outย later to be untrue? That could easily be the case here.

Remember, Paulโ€™s gospel and the kingdom gospel were bothย centered in Christ, and so when Paul got saved and beganย preaching Christ, that could easily explain how โ€œthe churchesย of Judaeaโ€ (Gal.ย 1:22) โ€œheardโ€ that Paul preached their faith.ย They would have had to have heard this second hand, fromย easily confused unbelievers, since believers were afraid to goย near Saul in those early days (cf. Actsย 9:26).

If there was any truth to the rumor, then the phrase โ€œtheย faithโ€ was being used in the generic sense. When this phraseย is used by Paul, it refers to the body of truth that was givenย to him (Actsย 14:22; 16:5; Rom. 1:5; Gal.ย 3:23; Eph.ย 4:13; Col.ย 1:23; I Tim. 3:9; I Tim. 4:1; II Tim. 3:8; Titusย 1:13). When thisย phrase is used by Bible writers other than Paul, however, itย refers to the body of truth of the kingdom message (Acts 6:7;ย I Pet. 5:9; Jude 1:3). source

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