What is the biblical evidence in keeping with the Protestant, Sola Scriptura perspective, for refuting a claim that Paul's gospel differed from Peter's gospel?

I see in Scripture:

2 Peter 1:1-2

Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

and 2 Peter 3:13-15

But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Final Words

Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,

And then from the Apostle Paul:

1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 17-22

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

It is easy to find Scriptures where Paul clearly affirms that justification is through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins, and made accessible by grace. What are the Scriptures, other than the one from 2 Peter above, which clearly indicate that this is the same Gospel of Jesus Christ which Peter received and passed along?

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    In which matters are they supposed to differ? – bradimus Oct 16 '17 at 20:55
  • Apparently, the difference is in reference to teaching about the means of justification. – MutluAnne Oct 19 '17 at 17:43
  • As is, this question is confusing. I'd edit to something like: "In what ways are Peter's writings and Paul's writings often noted as similar?" Then clarify in the body that answers should avoid personal interpretation and instead mark and cite where they are typically noted as similar. – 3961 Oct 26 '17 at 20:04

Peter's view that salvation is through faith in Jesus is evident. The difference is his epistles focuses more on the topic of sanctification through the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:2), which is a result of faith, but the underlying doctrine is the same.

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Peter 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

In this next section, Bible verses also show that sanctification is a fruit of faith and is a theme preached by both apostles as a part of the gospel.

When the grace of God is received through faith, it has a sanctifying influence as we partake in divine nature (1 Peter 1:4, Romans 8:4) and die to self (1 Peter 2:5, Romans 6:6).

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Romans 6:12-13 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Too much emphasis is sometimes put on separating justification and sanctification. But if the heart in unrenewed, the belief of Christ is merely a theory, the seed of the gospel never takes root, and their belief is only external just as Satan and the demons also believe in Jesus.


I don't think there is a "refuting" between the gospel of St. Paul and St. Peter. Both their gospel were in different scenarios. St. Paul tells us about salvation thru Jesus Christ after Adam. It takes two for salvation to take place, yes? Like ie, offer and acceptance. Likewise faith alone does not justify salvation for faith corresponds actions as according to the gospel of james2:17" faith is dead without action", and " So then, as the body without the spirit is dead, also faith without actions is dead" James 2:26. Flowery words will not get you to heaven unless you do it in action by following the " will" of God (" Not everyone who calls me "Lord, Lord' will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do). Matthew 7:21It is no excuse to just say that, Yes I believe in Jesus and yes it is ok to continue to sin. This is just very easy to do right just to have faith alone and therefore anyone can do it. "Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it".matthew 7:13.On the other hand St Peter tells us to be always vigilant in our thinking and actions to be holy as our Lord is holy, while we await on his return in the end times.

  • I'm looking for Scriptures that put Peter's proclamation of the Gospel in a nutshell, so to speak, or a collection that gives his overall picture of the Gospel. If Peter and Paul disagreed, I don't believe they would both have their epistles canonized. It's just that some people try to say Paul was introducing a new version of the Gospel. I don't see it that way, but want to back up my answers with Scripture. God is the justifier. How do Peter and Paul agree in their epistles on how we access His grace for justification? – MutluAnne Oct 16 '17 at 3:04
  • The apostles teach in accordance to tradition that Jesus entrusted to them . The tradition is compose of oral teachings of Jesus Christ and later on some were written which is called the New Testtament. Not everything that Jesus said was written as according to St John 25. The Roman Catholic Church legalised or canonised those of genuine and authentic origin. It is hard to self interpret the bible because the deposit of faith was given only to Jesus apostles and his successor. – Bindi Livingstone Oct 16 '17 at 4:08
  • Thank you for attempting to help, Bindi. I'm looking for answers more from a Sola Scriptura perspective, so RCC perspectives and answers that don't reference or quote specific verses from the Bible won't be helpful. – MutluAnne Oct 16 '17 at 4:29
  • Well the Roman Catholic Church has everything and it's authority where else can you go? I tried to answer your question because the gospel is not about cherry picking that will suit your needs and to make excuses and loop hole to alter their meaning. First you need to analyse first why did St. Paul and St Peter said that? Who are his audience? Then this saying still relates up to this days because the word of God doesn't expire. – Bindi Livingstone Oct 16 '17 at 4:30
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    Thank you also I myself still trying to understand the bible. I do search and read commentary. Read also other priest and theologians blog. – Bindi Livingstone Oct 16 '17 at 4:32

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