Lectures Upon the Ecclesiastical History of the First Century (of the Second and Third Centuries)

Lectures Upon the Ecclesiastical History of the First Century (of the Second and Third Centuries)

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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. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...with fresh spirit the work which he had begun, being enabled now to hold out the Macedonian churches as an example to the Corinthians. It was now, that he wrote the first of those apostolical Epistles, which the church for eighteen centuries has valued among her richest treasures: and it is no small honour to the Thessalonian converts, that they were selected to receive this communication. The Jews in Macedonia had by no means withdrawn their opposition upon the departure of St. Paul; and since he was now so far removed from them, and Silas and Timothy had "i Cor. i. 16. xvi. 15. also left them, the exhortations contained in his A. D. letter were particularly needed. St. Paul could write 4fi 48. feelingly upon this subject: for the increased zeal, with which he now continued his preaching, only increased the opposition of the Corinthian Jews; and he soon found it necessary to devote himself exclusively to addressing the Gentiles. He had the gratification, however, of making a convert among his countrymen, who, if not so distinguished a character as Dionysius at Athens, must have produced a considerable sensation by embracing the gospel. This was Crispus, who had been president of the synagogue: and the importance of his conversion is shewn by the fact of St. Paul baptizing him, even after the arrival of Silas and Timothy, with his own hands. The tradition of Crispus having been bishop of Egina is perhaps one of those, which deserves to be rejected P. It appears, that the apostle was not in the habit generally of administering baptism: his time was devoted to preaching, and instructing the converts: the great numbers of them would make the work of baptism extremely laborious; and he probably lost no time in appointing deacons, who might...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236524934
  • 9781236524935