« PreviousContinue »
* His zeal must needs put him apon a mighty diligence and industry in the exccution of his office warning, reproving, entreating, persuading, “preaching in season and out of season." by night and by day, by sea and land; no pains too much to be taken, no dangers too great to be overcome. For five and thirty years after his conversion, he seldom stayed long in one place ; from Jerusalem, through Arabia, Asia, Greece, round about to Illyricum, to Rome, and even to the utmost bounds of the Western world, "fully preaching the gospel of Christ:" running (saith St Jerome) from ocean to ocean, like the sun in the heavens, of which it is said, “his going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the euds of it ;" sooner wanting ground to tread on, than a desire to propagate the faith of ('hrist. Nicephorus compares him to a bird in the air, that in a few years flew round the world ; Isidore the Pelusiot, to a winged husbandman, that flew from place to place to cultivate the world with the most excellent rules and institutions of life. And while the other apostles did, as it were, choose this or that particular province as the main sphere of their ministry, St Paul overran the whole world to its utmost bounds and corners, planting all places where he came with the divine doctrines of the gospel. Nor in this course was he tired out with the dangers and difficulties that he met with, the troubles and oppositions that were raised against him."-CAVE.
PAUL THE PREACHER: ;
A Popular and Practical Exposition
DISCOURSES AND SPEECHES,
AS RECORDED IN
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES.
BY JOHN EADIE, D.D., LL.D.,
PROFESSOR OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE TO THE UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.
**The words of St Paul are not dead words ; they are living creatures, and have hands and feet ”
ROBERT CARTER & BROTHERS,