9. The Gospel according to St. Paul

  1. Stephen Westerholm
  1. James D. G. Dunn

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch9

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

How to Cite

Dunn, J. D. G. (2011) The Gospel according to St. Paul, in The Blackwell Companion to Paul (ed S. Westerholm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch9

Editor Information

  1. McMaster University, Canada

Author Information

  1. Durham University, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188449

Online ISBN: 9781444395778



  • The Gospel - according to St. Paul;
  • Paul, beginning his greatest letter (to Rome) - by repeatedly referring to the “gospel” to which he was committed;
  • decisive factor in Paul's choice of euangelion - denoting his message, coming from influence of the prophecy of Isaiah on Jesus and Paul;
  • Jesus's death and resurrection - Paul recalling his preaching of Christ's death, “We proclaim Christ crucified, stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles”;
  • Why Was This “Good News” - One is, as Paul reminded the Corinthian believers, that “Christ died for our sins”;
  • justification by faith, most important of the images - used by Paul for the effect produced by the gospel being “justification”;
  • participation in Christ, prominence given to images of atonement and justification, disagreement between churches and theologians;
  • Paul's life as a Christian, some passages - “in Christ” could almost be translated “Christian”;
  • becoming like Christ, the “in Christ” motif - expression of outworking of the gospel, dimension deserving attention;
  • the gift of the Spirit as the defining mark - Paul, outworking of the gospel, in the imagery of atonement and justification


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The “Gospel”

  • Of Jesus's Death and Resurrection

  • Why Was This “Good News”?

  • Justification by Faith

  • Participation in Christ

  • Becoming like Christ

  • The Gift of the Spirit as the Defining Mark

  • The Spirit and the Outworking of the Gospel

  • References