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2 Corinthians 11:4: Did Paul preach another Savior than Jesus?

Muslims like Jesus Christ as one of the greatest prophets, but don’t like him as Son of God. Therefore Muslims don’t like what they think they see of the apostle Paul in the New Testament. Therefore many Muslims claim that the apostle Paul preached another Savior than Jesus Christ and they refer to the following verse:

“For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:4)

The Christians knew all about the Gospel and knew all about Jesus Christ from eye-witnesses. The apostle Paul is only saying that his preaching is not different and the Christians knew this, otherwise Paul shouldn’t say such a thing, see also Galatians 1:6: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different Gospel”. The Jesus preached was the same; the Gospel accepted, the Spirit received, were supposed to remain unchanged [1]. Paul was not in any sense the founder of Christianity, because Christianity was already big when he was converted near Damascus Road. The early Christians were proclaiming Jesus Christ as the crucified and resurrected Lord and Savior of mankind. Paul prosecuted those Christians before his conversion to Christian faith. Paul had very limited contact with Christians after his conversion, because he had been their prosecutor. He was for many years far away from the Christian leadership. Paul was converted to Christian faith by a revelation of Jesus Christ and did not want to preach another Savior than the Savior Jesus Christ. Paul learned that he was wrong that the death of Jesus Christ righteous as execution of a false prophet. Now he realized the grace of God through Jesus Christ. For Paul is Jesus Christ “the goal of the Law” (Romans 10:4), because the Greek word “telos” means “end’ or “ objective”. Paul preaches also the continuity between the faith of Abraham and that of the Christians (Romans 4:1-25) [2]. Therefore the preaching of the apostle Paul is in agreement with the Gospel. Paul only wanted to protect the Christians from false preachers; therefore he said that there is only one Jesus Christ, only one Holy Spirit and only one Gospel. It is an advice not to listen to false teachings [3].

Conclusion: Paul preaches the same Savior than Jesus as in the Gospel.


Notes:

[1] Pulpit Commentary, 2 Corinthians 11.
[2] Alister E. McGrath, Christian History, An Introduction, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, 2013, 3.
[3] Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, 2 Corinthians 11.