N.T. Wright offers this brief explanation concerning whether Jesus or Paul founded the Christian faith and church:
There is a sense in which Paul did indeed ‘found’ churches, like somebody laying the foundation of a building. He was happy to describe his work in that way. But the ‘foundation’ he put down was—Jesus himself, the Messiah, the Lord. That, he says (1 Cor. 3:11), is the only ‘foundation’ that there ever can be. Paul didn’t invent Christianity; several other teachers, independent of him, taught essentially the same gospel (1 Cor. 15:11). But in the sense that he ‘founded’ churches, it was always the case that Jesus himself was the ‘foundation’.
Wright, T. (2004). Paul for Everyone: 1 Corinthians (33–34). London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.
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