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turn'd Chriftian *, and suffered so much as I have done for A.D. 58. the sake of that Profession.

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And as to their dispa- 12. you, brethren,, that ragement of my Apostolical Comthe gospel which was mision, or my Doctrine, because it preached of me, is not after man.

may not suit with their Prejudices or 12 For 1 neither Designs ; be you fully assured, I rereceived it of man,

ceived my Commission from no Man, neither was I taught from no other Apostles, but had both it, but by the reve

that and the Doctrine I preached to lation of Jesus Chrift. you, from the immediate Revelation

of Jesus Christ himself. 13 For ye have

13. Nor indeed can you well heard of my conver. think such a Bigot as I should be sation in time past, in

converted at all, much less turn an the Jews religion, Apostle of his Religion, by any but fure I perlecuted the extraordinary Means. For you must church of God, and have heard what a raging Zealot for wasted it.

the Jewis Religion I formerly was;

and how I persecuted the Christian Faith with uncommon Fury and Cruelty.

14. And profited in 14. I was, you know, noted athe Jews religion, a- bove any Man of my Age and bove many my equals Standing, for Learning in, and Zeal in mine own nation, being more exceed.

for, the Jewish Traditions and Do

Strines. ingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when it

15, 16. My Conversion therepleased God, who fe- fore is wholly attributed to a divine parated || me from my and extraordinary Favour, origimother's womb, and called

me by his

by his nally intended to me by God. And, grace,

accordingly, when it pleased God 16'To reveal his thus miraculously to convert, and Son in me, that I commission me to be a Preacher of might preach him a- his Gospel to the Gentile World, I mong

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| Ver. 15. Who separated me from my Mother's Womb. See Jerem, i. 5.

A. D. 58. mong the heathen, made my Application to no Man,

immediately I con-
ferred not with flesh Warrant or Instructions how to per-

to none of the Apostles for their and blood :

form my Office. 17. Neither went 17. I addressed myself to none I up to Jerusalem, to of the Apostles at Jerusalem, who them which were apo- were ordain'd to that Office before Itles before me, but I went into Arabia, and me; but from Damascus, the place returned again unto

of my Conversion, I retired into Damascus.

Arabia, and returned thither again,

and preached the Gospel, without any Order or Authority from any of their College.

18 Then after three 18. Indeed about three Years years I went up to after my Conversion I went to JeJerusalem, to see Pe. rufalem, where Barnabas brought ter, and abode with me to Peter, who readily own him fifteen days.

me for his fellow Apojile, upon the Account I gave him of the Manner and Circumstances of my Call to that Office; and with him I stayed, not to receive any Authority froin him, but only to Converse with him, for about fifteen Days. 19 But other of the

19 The only Person of Note I apostles saw I none, faw, besides Peter, was James the fave James the Lord's fui, our Lord's Kinsman, and brother,

Bishop of Jerusalem. So that I could not be supposed to derive my Commission from the Apostolical College.

20 Now the things 20. (And for the Truth of these which I write unto Facts I appeal to God, the Author you, behold, before of Truth itself.) God, I lye not. 21 Afterwards I

21. After this short Stay at Jecame into the regions rufalem, I went upon the Exercise of Syria and Cilicia,

of my Office into Syria, and preached at Cesarea (Aits xxii. 17, 18.) and at Troas in Cilicia (Acts ix. 30.) xxii. 3) 1. 22 And was

22. All which Time neither the known by face unto Churches of Jerusalem, or of the the churches of Ju. reit of Yudea, they nor their Apodea, which were in stolical Ministers, had ever seen, or Christ.

had any personal Knowledge of me.

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23 But they had 23. All they knew of me was by A.D. 58. heard only, That he Accounts they had from abroad, which persecuted us that the great Persecutor Paul was in times past, now

turned a Preacher of the very Gopreacheth the faith which once he de- spel he had so persecuted. stroyed,

24 And they glo- 24. For which marvelous Conrified God in me. version in me they rejoiced, and

blessed God.

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He proceeds further to clear himself of the Imputation

of ever having preached up the Necesity of Circumci-
fion and the ceremonial Law. And to vindicate his

* See the Apostolical Commission. Proving both those Points *

Preface. from his next Journey to Jerusalem, his Management of Titus, his Reception from the Apostles, his Behaviour there, and at Antioch with Peter, and from the Inconsistency of suppofing He should preach such a DoEtrine. HEN fourteen

"O show you still further the Tyears after I Falsity of their [Suggestions, 8. 18. went up again to Je- and the immediate Authority of Aas xv. rusalem with Barna. bas, I and took Titus my Apostleship, let me remember

you, That eleven Years after my with me also.

former Journey to Jerusalem, which is fourteen Years after my first conversion, I went thither † again, and took Barnabas and Titus along with me.

2 And I went up 2. I then went by the special by revelation, and Appointment of God, and gave the communicated

unto Apostles that were there a full ACthem that gospel

count of the Doctrines || I had been || Acts XV. which Ipreach among preaching to the idolatrous as well as vately to them which profelyte Gentiles, as I received them

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4. D. 58. were of reputation, from Jesus Christ, and of the Sucleit by any means cess of my Ministry among them.

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gave this Account only to some of run in vain.

the chief Apostles and Governours of that Church, and to them too in private, not out of any distrust of my Doctrine and Behaviour, or want of their Information ; but only to prevent the scandalous Reports the Judaizing Faction might raise upon me, to the difparagement and hindrance of the further Success of my Ministry: For these Zealots, even of the Converted Jews, were not as yet in any temper to hear of Christianity being preached to the idolatrous Gentiles.

3 But neither Titus, 3. And in this whole Affair I was who was with me, be so consistent with myself, and just to ing a Greek, was com.

my own Principle, that though Tipelled to be circum- tus that went with me was a Gentile cised :

born; yet at his Conversion to Chriftianity, and his Ordination to the Ministry, I never insisted on his being Circumcised; nor did the Apostles, to whom I carried him, require any such thing ; which, 'tis plain, both they and I should have done, had we thought the observation of the Ceremonial Law necessary to the Justification of a converted idolatrous Gentile.

4. And that because 4. I kept Titus Uncircumcised, and of false brethren una carried him so to the Apostles, on pur

wares brought in, who pose to show my Sentiments were 1 Atts xv. came in privily to fpy quite opposite to those false Jewish

out our liberty, which
we have in Christ Je. infinuated themselves into our Aflem-

Zealots that came to Antioch ll, and
sas, that they might
bring us into bondage. blies there

; with a design to catch at,

and oppose the Doctrine I preached, and to bring all you Gentile Christians to embrace the unnecessary Slavery of the Jewish Ceremonies.

5 To whom we 5. For tho' I am willing to yield gave place by subject- to any indifferent thing, for the ion, no not for an present, in compliance with the hour, that the truth Weakness and Prejudices of Men ; of the gospel might in hopes the fooner to draw them continue with you.

off from them ||; yet, to these false Zealots, that so furiously infifted upon the absolute Necellity of the Jewish Law, I never yielded an Inch,

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but maintained the Christian Religion to be the sufficient A. D.58.
and only Condition of a Christian's Justification and Hap-
piness.

6 But of these, who 6. Thus I behaved myself to those
seemed to be some, Zealots. And as to the disparage-
what, (whatsoever they ment your false Teachers are pleased
were maketh no mat-

to cast upon me, and their setting up
ter to me, God ac-

Peter*, James, or John, as Apostles
cepteth no man's per far greater than 1 ; be they as great
fon) for they who
seemed to be fome. as they will, their eminency makes
what, in conference me neither greater nor less. God,
added nothing to me.

who made us all equally his Apostles,

looks not upon present and external Reputation in the Church. In the mean time, when I gave those eminent Men the account of my Doctrine, and Proceedings in my Ministry with the Gentile Christians ; they could find no Fault, pretended to correct nothing, nor to instruct me in any point that I did not know as well as themselves.

7 But contrariwise, 7. But, on the contrary, upon
when they saw that the Testimonies I gave them of as
the gospel of the un- fufficient a Call to preach the Gospel
circumcision was com-

to the Gentile World, as Peter in
mitted unto me,
the gospel of the cir. particular, or any of them had to
cumcision was unto Pe. preach it to the Jewish Nation,

they highly approved of what I had

done. 8 (For he that

8. (And indeed well they might;
wrought effectually in for God had endowed me with as
Peter to the apoitle- miraculous Powers and Evidences
ship of the circumci- for the one, as he had them for the
fion, the same was

other.)
mighty in me towards
the Gentiles.)
9 And when James,

9. Accordingly those three lead-
Cephas,and John,who ing Apostles, being fully satisfied
seemed to be pillars, both of my Office, and the Method
perceived the grace and Success of my Preaching, did,
that was given unto with great respect, own me and
me,

my

as

ter :

* See Ver. 9. and see the Paraphrafe on i Cor, ix. 20.

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