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THE

PORTRAIT OF ST. PAUL:

OR,

THE TRUE MODEL

FOR

CHRISTIANS AND PASTORS,

TRANSLATED FROM A FRENCH MANUSCRIPT OF THE LATE

REV. JOHN WILLIAM DE LA FLECHERE,

VICAR, OF MAUELEY.

BY THE REV. JOHN GILPIN,

VICAR OF ROCKWAIIDINE, IK THE COUNTY OF SALOf. •

Be ye fotlowers of uic, even as I atso am of Christ, 1 Cor. iti, 1.

CONTENTS OF VOLUME III.

I. PORTRAIT OF ST. PAUL.

Introduction, .......... Page 7

Author's Preface, 8

Tiait I. His early piety, 11

II. His Christian piety, .......... 13

III. Ilia intimate union with Christ by faith, 18

IV. His extraordinary vocation to the holy ministry, and in what that minis-

try chiefly consists, .......... 19

V. His entire devotion to Jesus Christ, .23

VI. Mis strength and his arms, .24

VII. His power to bind, to loose, and to bless in tho namo of tho Lord, . 26

VIII. The earnestness with whioh ho began and continued to fill up the

duties of his vocation, .......... 28

IX. 'lV' manner in which he divided his time between prayer, preaching, and

thanksgiving, 29

X. The fidetity with which he announced the severe threatenings and con-

solitary promises of the Gospel, ........ 31

XI. His profound humility, . .32

XII. The ingenuous manner in which he acknowledged and repaired his errors, 35

XIII. His detestation of party spirit and divisions, . . . .36

XIV. His rejection of praise, 38

XV. His universal lovo, .40

XVI. His particular love to the faithful, ....... 41

XVII. His love to those whose faith was wavering, . . . . .42

XVIII. His love to his countrymen and his enemies, . . . . .42

XIX. His love to those whom ho knew only by report, . . . .43

XX. His charity toward the poor in giving, or procuring for thom temporal

relief, . . 44

XXI. His charity toward sinners in offering them every spiritual assistance, 46

XXII. The engaging condescension of his humblo charity, . . . .48

XXIII. His courage in defence of oppressed truth, . . . . .50

XXIV. His prudonco in frustrating the designs of his enemies, . . .51

XXV. His tenderness toward others, and his severity toward himself, . . 53

XXVI. His love never degenerated into cowardice, but reproved and consoled

as occasion required, . . . 54

XXVII. His perfect disinterestedness, ........ 58

XXVIII. His condescension in labouring at times with his own hands, that

he might preach industry by example, as woll as by precept, . . 59

XXIX. The respect ho manifested for the holy estate of matrimony, while

Christian prudence engaged him to live in a state of celibacy, . . 61

XXX. Tho ardour of his love, . 64

XXXI. His generous fears and succeeding consolations, . . . .65

XXXII. The grand subject of his glorying, and the evangelical manner in

which he maintained his superiority over false apostles, . . .67

XXXIII. His patience and fortitude under the severest trials, . . .68

XXXIV. His modest firmness before magistrates, 69

XXXV. His courage in consoling his persecuted brethren, . . . .70

XXXVI. His humble confidence in producing tho soals of his ministry, . 72

XXXVII. His readiness to seal with his blood, the truths of the Gospel, . 76

XXXVIII. The sweet suspense of his choice between life and death, . . 76

XXXIX. The constancy of his zonl and diligence to the end of his course, . 77

XL His triumph over tho ovils of life, and tho terrors of death, . . .78

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opposers, ...........

IV. THE PORTRAIT OF ST. PAUL.—PART THIRD.—AN ESSAY ON .

TIUJ CONNECTION OF DOCTRINES WITH MORALITY.

Pnm.iMiNAav Ofiservatioss, . . . . . . . . - . . 1.98"

Chapter I. Philosophers, so calted, exalt themselves without reason, against

the doctrines of the Gospel, . . 199

II. The doctrines of natural religion and philosophy arc insufficient to pro.

duco true charity in tho heart, ........ 202

III. The great influence of doctrines upon morality, 206

IV. How tho doctrines of tho Gospel come into the succour of morality, . 207

V. Reflections on the apostles' creed . . '. • . . . . 209

VI. The connection of morality with tho second part of tho npostles' creed, 211

VII. The connection of morality with tho third part of the apostles' crood, 213

VIII. Consequences of the foregoing observations, ..... 211

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