Spiritual development of St. Paul by George MathesonSpiritual development of St. Paul by George Matheson

Spiritual development of St. Paul

byGeorge Matheson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. PAUL'S FIRST GOSPEL: SOURCES OF HIS CHRISTIAN EDUCATION. What was the nature of that gospel which marked the beginning of Paul's missionary life? Was it universal, or was it particular? Was it an equal invitation to all the world, or was it tinged as yet with a certain leaven of Judaism? I believe that in one sense it was universal, and in another sense particular. I think that, on the one hand, the vision of the resurrection Christ had already impressed Paul with the glorious destiny of the Gentile nations; yet it seems to me that, at this stage of his history, he had not wholly emancipated himself from the trammels of the national faith. We shall therefore take up these aspects one by one. We shall begin by considering in what sense Paul's gospel was even now a universal invitation, and we shall afterwards go on to consider in what sense it was still bound with the grave-clothes of a dead past. And first, Paul had made a discovery. He had found that in the religion of Judaism the conservative was the true liberal. In the large number of religious beliefs, the progress of liberal thought is proportionate to the advance of time; Paul had discovered that in Judaism the order of development was in the inverse ratio. He had found that, in proportion as he retraced his steps towards a distant past, the spirit of the Hebrew nation became more large and charitable,--that in this respect it had the aspect of a triangle, and was broadest at its base. The days of Moses had been days of restriction, of limitation, of narrowness. But when Paul went back to the age earlier than Moses, when he directed his view to that patriarchal period in which were laid the beginnings of the national life, he found that the beginnings of this life had been marked by univ...
Title:Spiritual development of St. PaulFormat:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217560008

ISBN - 13:9780217560009