The Teachings of St Paul on the Gentiles

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Explain, with evidence, the teachings of Paul on the gentiles, the nature of Christ and salvation

“We have peace with God, through Jesus whom has given us the Holy Spirit” – Letter to the Roman 3:1. Paul of Tarsus, otherwise known as Saul in Hebrew, is one of the most influential and earliest Christian missionaries. His writing of the New Testament provided the Christian society and gentiles ideally the way of salvation within Jesus Christ. “Salvation is based on faith not the works of the Law”*.

Since the conversion at Damascus, St Paul has been a key figure within the Christian belief. Through his teachings of the life and works of Jesus, he was able to express the philosophy of the covenant, which we, as a Christian community, acknowledge significantly. The representation of this, is through Jesus’ death and resurrection. The several long journeys within the middle-east and south-west Asia St Paul had shared his teachings and knowledge, this was a key example of interests towards the gentiles. These teachings allowed, for men, to independently choose if they were to be circumcised or not. This was a significant change for the Jewish Law, “All are saved through faith in Christ rather than observance of Jewish Law”*

“True circumcision is not outward, but rather inward circumcision of the heart in spirit and in the letters of praise is the heart not from humans but God”*. This emphasis’ that the male circumcision is a change of the Jewish law and it is one of St Paul’s earliest Christian teachings. This was a very significant change within the Christian belief.

St Paul was a very significant missionary of the early church and has been praised through the teachings to the gentiles through the books and letters of the new testament and his letters. “For by grace you have been saved through Faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” – Ephesians 2:8. The relationship of this quote is that through the stories written by Paul and the letters,...
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