rom this time forward St. Paul so exercised his mission as to receive, by way of eminence, the distinctive title of Apostle of the Gentiles.
But even now, our author conceives that this complete publication of the comprehensive scheme of their religion was unknown to the other apostles, and that it continued for four years longer without its being in the least degree suspected by any one at Jerusalem that any of the hitherto idolatrous Gentiles had been admitted into the church.
In the year 49 commenced the second period of the conversion of the heathen, when the appeal was made to the apostles and elders at Jerusalem, recorded in the fifteenth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.
At this meeting St. Paul disclosed to Peter, James, and John, but as he himself states (Gal.
II. 2) privately, to them which were of reputation, the doctrine which he preached to the Gentiles.
But it continued a profound secret, unknown to the other apostles, and more especially to the general body of t