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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 MADELEY.

BY THE REV. JOHN GILPIN,

VICAR OF ROCKWARDINE, IN THE COUNTY OF SALOP

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ, 1 Cor. xi, 1.

CONTENTS OF VOLUME III.

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I. PORTRAIT OF ST. PAUL.

INTRODUCTION,

Page 7

Author's Preface,

8

TRAT I. His early piety,

11

II. His Christian piety,

13

III. His 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. His strength and his arms,

24

VII. His power to bind, to loose, and to bless in the name of the Lord, 26

VIII. The earnestness with which he began and continued to fill up the

duties of his vocation,

28

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

thanksgiving,

29

X The fidelity 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 love,

40

XVI. His particular love to the faithful,

XVII. His love to those whose faith was wavering,

XVIII. His love to his countrymen and his enemies,

42

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

43

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

relief,

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

XXII. The engaging condescension of his humble charity, .

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XXIII. His courage in defence of oppressed truth,

50

XXIV. His prudence in frustrating the designs of his enemies,

51

XIV. 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

XVII. His perfect disinterestedness,

58

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

he might preach industry by example, as well as by precept,

59

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

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

61

XXX. The ardour of his love,

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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,

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IXXIII. His patience and fortitude under the severest trials,

XXXIV. His modest firmness before magistrates,

69

XXXV. His courage in consoling his persecuted brethren,

70

XXXVI. His humble confidence in producing the scals 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 zeal and diligence to the end of his course, 77

XL His triumph over the evils of life, and the terrors of death,

78

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III. THE PORTRAIT OF ST. PAUL.-PART SECOND.

The doctrines of an evangelical pastor,

111

He preaches true repentance toward God,

112

How sin and the necessity of repentance entered into the world,

113

This doctrine is maintained by all the Christian Churches,

114

Without evangelical repentance, a lively faith in Christ, or regeneration by

the Holy Spirit, will appear not only unnecessary but absurd,

115

How the faithful pastor leads sinners to repentance,

116

How the prophets, Jesus Christ, his forerunner, and his apostles prepared

sinners for repentance, :

118

Observations upon the repentance of worldly men,

121

The second point of doctrine, insisted upon by the true minister, is a living

faith,

131

The true minister goes on to announce a lively hope, .

· 145

The true minister preaches Christian charity,

154

The true minister believes and preaches the three grand promises of God;

together with the three great dispensations of grace,

106

The true minister studies the different dispensations, in order to qualify him-

self for the discharge of every part of his duty,

170

The different dispensations are produced by that lovely variety with which

the Almighty is pleased to distribute his favours, :

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The different preachers under these different dispensations,

179

The dispensation of the Holy Spirit is now in force, and tho minister who

preaches this dispensation cannot justly be esteemed an enthusiast, 181

The evangelical pastor defends the dispensations of the Spirit against all

opposers,

184

IV. TIIE PORTRAIT OF ST. PAUL.-PART THIRD.--AN ESSAY ON

THE CONNECTION OF DOCTRINES WITHI MORALITY.

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