Essay for the Understanding of St. Paul's Epistles

9780217605014: Essay for the Understanding of St. Paul's Epistles

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1820. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... St. Peter after having obeyed the express order which he received from God, to preach the gospel to Cornelius, was no sooner returned to Jerusalem, but the believers of the circumcision, not dreaming that his apostleship rendered him infallible, dispute with him •, and tell him, after a manner that shows that the infallibility which we now attribute to him, was to them unknown, Thou wentest unto men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. Many years, as it seems, after that, Peter being at Antioch, had not the courage to maintain openly, that the Jews might eat with the Gentiles without scruple. For before that certain persons came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come he withdrew, and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision : And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him, insomuch that St. Paul observing, that they walked not uprighly, was obliged to tell Peter before them all, if thou being a Jew livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compcllest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jezcs ? It is said that St. Peter was guilty of a fault only in his conduct, and not in his doctrine ; that he believed and maintained the same with St. Paul, but that on this occasion he dissembled his opinion; and that he did not otherways constrain the Gentiles to live as the Jews, but in abstaining to eat with them. The Gentiles, say they, seeing that St. Peter did not eat with them because they were uncircumcised, did, by reason of this his conduct, believe themselves obliged to be circumcised, and consequently to observe the other ceremonies of the law. They believed that it was a sin to continue uncircumcised, because St. Peter forbore to live familiarly with them on that account; and on the c...

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