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manded by an angel to send for Peter, now at Joppa. God, by a vision, teacheth Peter not to despise the Gentiles; and, being sent for by Cornelius, goes and preacheth Christ to him, and a great company that were met at his house. While Peter preacheth, the Holy Ghost falls upon them all ; and immediately the apostle baptizeth them.
Peter, at his return to Jerusalem, is accused by those of the circumcision, for conversing with the Gentiles;
but he declares to them his vision, and the whole matter concerning Cornelius; and they glorify God, for granting to the Gentiles also repentance unto life.
The believers, who, ever since the martyrdom of Stephen, and the persecution thereupon ensuing, had been dispersed throughout all Phenice and Cyprus, come now to Antioch, and preach the Gospel to the Greeks there, having before preached to none but the Jews. The church at Jerusalem understanding this, and that the number of believers increased exceeedingly, send Barnabas thither to confirm them; he goes to Tarsus, and takes Saul along with bim to Antioch, where they continue a whole year, converting multitudes to the faith.
Here the disciples were first called Christians.
About this time James, the brother of John, is be. headed by the command of Herod Agrippa. He also imprisoneth Peter, whom an angel delivers
the prayers of the church. This same Herod, not long after, speaking to the people at Cæsarea, some of them cry out, It is the voice of God, and not of man; and immediately an angel of the Lord smites bim, because he gave not the glory to God; and he is eaten of worms, and dieth.
Barnabas and Saul set forward in their preaching of the Gospel. They plant the Christian faith in Seleucia, Cyprus, and other places. At Paphos they preach the Gospel to Sergius Paulus, governor of that country. Elymas, a sorcerer, withstanding them, and endeavouring to turn away Sergius from the faith, is at Saul's rebuke struck blind. From this time Saul is always called by his new name, Paal. He preacheth at Antioch; the Gentiles believe, but the Jews gaiosay and blaspheme. Whereupon he and his assistants turn to the Gentiles, and come to Iconiom.
At Iconium they are persecuted, and ready to be stoned. From hence they fly to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonja. At Lystra, Paul healing a cripple, the multitude cry out that the gods are come down, and call Barnabas, Jupiter ; and Paul, Mercurius;
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and would have saentieed to them, had not the apostles, with clothes rent, rus in among them, and assured them that they were men like themselves Spea after there come Jews from Antioch and leouiun,
whe excite the people against them. Paul is by the 2 Car. si furious multitude staned, and drawn out of the city as
dead; but whilst the disciples stand about him, he riseth up, and the next day departs with Barnabas to
Derbe. 2. In this year, perhaps at this very time. Paul was
caught up into the third bearen, and heard unspeakable words, foarteen years before he wrote his second
epistle to the Corinthians. 2 Tim. i. 'About this time, Timothy, though a child, with bis I 2,5. : mother Eunice, and his grandmother Lois, embrace
the Christian faith preached by Paul 52. Acts, w. Certain Judaizing Christians come from Judea to
Antioch, and teach that the Gentiles ought to be eir cameised, and observe the law of Moses; these Paul and Barnabas oppose, and a council is held by the apostles and others at Jerusalem, to determine this controversy. The deerees of the synod are sent to
the churches. 53. 36. Paul and Barnabas thinking to visit the churekes
together, fall at strife, and part asunder; Barnabas and Mark go into Cyprus, Paul and Silas into Syria
and Cilicia. xvi. Paul, coming to Derbe, finds there Timothy, whom
(because his mother was a believing Jew, though his father a Gentile) be causeth to be cireumeised and takes him along with him. He is by a vision ada monished to go into Macedonia. Coming to Philippi the chief city of that part of Macedonia, he couverts Lydia; casteth out of a certain maid-servant a spirit of divination, whose master, losing a considerable gain therehy, brings Paul and Silas before the magistrates; these cause them to be whipped and imprisoned; but at midnight, Paul and Silas praying and singing psalms, the doors of the prison fly open, and their bonds are loosed : the gaoler, ready to kill himself, is converted to the faith, and baptized the same night, with his whole family. Next day the magistrates
come themselves, and pray them to depart the city. 54. xvii. From Philippi Paul takes his journey through Am
phipolis and Apollonia, and comes to Thessalonica, where he finds a synagogue of the Jews; there he preacheth three sabbath days; some believe, others persecute him. Leaving Thessalonica, he comes to Berea, and soon after arrives at Athens, disputes with the philosophers, and declares unto them thal
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KNOWN GOD, whom they had ignorantly worshipped. He converts Dionysius the Areopagite, and
thence passeth to Corinth. Acts,xviii. Paul at Corinth meets with Aquila and Priscilla,
not long before banished Rome by the decree of Claudius. Here he continues a year and six months,
and thence writes to the Thessalonians. • 55. .
Paul is accused, by the Jews, and brought before Gallio, pro-consul of Achaia, who refuseth to be judge in a controversy about religion, and so drives them
away from the judgmeut-seat. 56. 18. Paul departs from Corinth, and passeth to Ephesus;
thence he sets out toward Jerusalem, that he may be at the feast; he lands al Cæsarea, goes down to Antioch, and comes into the regions of Galatia and
Phrygia, confirming the disciples in all those places. 57. xis. Paul returns to Ephesus, disputes daily in the school
of Tyrannus, and continues preaching there, and the
parts thereabouts. 58.
He writes his epistle to the Galatians. 60.
At Ephesus, Demetrius a silversmith, jealous of his gain, raiseth a tumult against Paul, which is appeased
by the town-clerk. 1 Cor. i. About this time a schism ariseth in the church of
11. Corinth which causeth Paul (now in or about Ephesus) xvi. 8. to write his first epistle to the Corinthians. Acts, xx.
Paul departs from Ephesus, and comes into Mace2 Cor. donia, and gathers a contribution for the relief of the vii, 1, 2,6, saints at Jerusalem. 19.
The apostle having learnt from Titus the success
of his first, writes now his second epistle to the Co1 Cor. xvi. rinthians ; out of Macedonia he goes into Greece, and 5. comes to Corinth, where he writes bis epistle to the
Paul purposing to go directly froin thence into 3, 4, Syria, that he may carry the collections to Jerusalem,
the Jews lay wait for him; he, understanding this, thinks it best to return into Macedonia the same way
he came, and thence to pass into Asia. 6. After the days of unleavened bread, Paul sails from
Philippi, and comes to Troas; there he restores Eutychus to life. Having passed through several cities of Greece, he arrives at Miletus ; from thence he sends to call the elders of the church of Ephesus, whom he
earnestly exhorts to the performance of their duty. xxi. Paul comes to Jerusalem, is apprehended in the
temple, and secured in the castle; he claimeth the pri
vilege of a Roman, and escapeth scourging. xxii. . Paul pleadeth his cause before Ananias, the high
The Seventh Age of the World. after CHRIST 60. xxiii Acts,xxjü priest. The chief captain, understanding that above
forty Jews had bound themselves, under a curse, neither to eat nor drink till they had kilied him, sends him to Felix, the governor of the province, by whom he
is imprisoned at Cæsarea. xxiv. Paul is accused before Felix by Tertullus, the orator.
Felix goes out of his office; and, to gratify the Jews, leaves Paul in prison. Porcius Festus succeeds him
in the government. 62. XXV. The Jews come to Cæsarea, and accuse Paul be
fore Festus. He answereth for himself, and appeals unto Cæsar. King Agrippa comes to Cæsarea, and
Festus opens the whole matter to him. xxvi.
Paul makes his defence in the presense of Agrippa, who thereby is almost persuaded to be a Christian ;
and the whole company pronounce him innocent. 63. xxvii.
Paul comes to Rome, is a prisoner at large, and preacheth there two years.
Here ends the History of the Acts of the Apostles,
To the Philippians,
To the Ephesians. 65. Heb. xiii.
About the latter end of this year, S. Paul is set at 24.
liberty ; and a little before his departure out of Italy
into Asia, he writes his epistle to the Hebrews. Tit. i. 5. He preacheth the Gospel in the isle of Crete, and
leaves Titus there to set things in order, and ordain
elders in every city. 66.
S. Paul writes his epistles,
About this time the epistles of S. Peter, S. John,
and S. Jude, seem to be written. Eus. Hist. S. Peter and S. Paul are said to have suffered Ec. 1. 2. martyrdom at Rome towards the latter end of Nero's
reign. 70. Luke, xix. This year Jerusalem (according to Christ's pro43, 44. phecy) is besieged, taken, sacked, and burnt by
Titus; 1,100,000 of the Jews perish, 97,000 are taken prisoners; besides an innumerable company that in other places of Judea kill themselves, or perish through famine, banishment, and other miseries.