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THE CHARACTER OF PAUL.
1 Cor. xy. 10.
BY THE GRACE OF GOD I AM WHAT I AM.
It is not my intention, from these words, to discourse of the nature of the grace of God, or to prove the necessity of divine influence on the hearts of men to form them to goodness and happiness. But I propose to show what Paul became through the grace of God, or, in other words, to set before you the leading features of his character as a Christian and Apostle.
Every one who has read the New Testament must have observed, that, next to “ the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus," Paul is the most extraordinary person, whose name has been handed down to us in connexion with the propagation of the Gospel, and the establishment of the Christian Church. The Church of Rome, building on a single declaration of our Saviour greatly misunderstood, has pretended that Peter was the Prince of the Apostles, and universal Bishop. If this had been the fact, it would have been rather strange that we have a much fuller account in the sacred records of the labours of Paul in spreading the Gospel, than we have of those of Peter; and that