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The Life of St. Paul   By: (1848-1927)

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THE LIFE OF ST. PAUL

by

PROF. JAMES STALKER, D.D.

Author of "The Life of Jesus Christ"

With Foreword by

Wilbert W. White, D.D. President of the Bible Teachers' Training School, New York

New and Revised Edition

New York Chicago Toronto Fleming H. Revell Company London and Edinburgh

Copyright, 1912, by American Tract Society

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

FOREWORD I. HIS PLACE IN HISTORY II. HIS UNCONSCIOUS PREPARATION FOR HIS WORK III. HIS CONVERSION IV. HIS GOSPEL V. THE WORK AWAITING THE WORKER VI. HIS MISSIONARY TRAVELS VII. HIS WRITINGS AND HIS CHARACTER VIII. PICTURE OF A PAULINE CHURCH IX. HIS GREAT CONTROVERSY X. THE END HINTS TO TEACHERS AND QUESTIONS FOR PUPILS

FOREWORD

By Wilbert W. White, D.D.

When asked to write a foreword to Dr. Stalker's "Life of St. Paul," I thought of two things: first the impression which I had received from a sermon that I heard Dr. Stalker preach a good many years ago in his own pulpit in Glasgow, Scotland, and secondly, the honor conferred in this privilege of writing a foreword to one of Dr. Stalker's books.

I felt sure before even glancing at the pages that I should be pleased and profited by their perusal.

The first thing that I did was to glance over the pages for the headings of chapters and the summaries of paragraphs. I found the arrangement admirable, and would advise those into whose hands this fine volume may come to follow this plan.

The only sentence apart from the headings which I read in the aforesaid preview was the last one in Chapter X, and that because the closing words, "the best of friends," especially arrested my attention.

I wondered before I read this sentence if the author was saying of Paul that he was going out of the world to the One who had been to him the best of friends. From this you may gather what you like. Only I felt sure before reading the pages that Dr. Stalker would interpret Paul in a manner such as I could enthusiastically approve.

And now having read the volume I heartily commend it. It is the best brief life of Paul of which I know.

Before reading the book I said to myself, I shall put down what I think the writer will make the heart of the secret of Paul. It was this: The key to Paul's efficiency was his wholehearted persistent loyalty to Christ, his Saviour and Friend. He was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. He stood fast in the liberty wherewith Christ set him free. He was three things all stated in one verse, and put thus: "I am crucified with Christ Christ liveth in me I live in faith."

Here are some, a very few of many striking, true thoughts presented by Dr. Stalker:

"Paul was the interpreter of Christ, saying what Christ Himself would have said under the circumstances."

"Paul's entire theology was nothing but the explication of his own conversion."

"In bringing Paul West, Providence gave to Europe a blessed priority, and the fate of our continent was decided, when Paul crossed the Aegean."

"A secret of Paul's success was his sense of having a mission and his freedom alike from the bondage of bigotry and the bondage of liberty."

A writer recently gave me this thought about Paul: "What makes St. Paul so interesting is his conception of the dimensions of life."

Back to Christ? Yes, the whole world needs it, but the way to get back to Christ is through the Apostolic interpretation of Christ in words and life. This is the only way, and Dr. Stalker's book is a great help in this direction.

THE LIFE OF ST. PAUL

CHAPTER I

HIS PLACE IN HISTORY

Paragraphs 1 12.

1, 2. The Man Needed by the Time. 3, 4. A Type of Christian Character. 5 8. The Thinker of Christianity. 9 12. The Missionary of the Gentiles.

1. The Man for the Time. There are some men whose lives it is impossible to study without receiving the impression that they were expressly sent into the world to do a work required by the juncture of history on which they fell. The story of the Reformation, for example, cannot be read by a devout mind without wonder at the providence by which such great men as Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and Knox were simultaneously raised up in different parts of Europe to break the yoke of the papacy and republish the gospel of grace... Continue reading book >>




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