eal 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 the Jewish Christians, till St. Paul's last visit to Jerusalem, in the year 58, when its open avowal created so violent a commotion.
From this time forward to the subversion of the Jewish polity constitutes the third period of the conversion of the heathen.
In the view thus given by Lord Barrington of the gradual opening of the comprehensive scheme for the salvation of all men by the Gospel, there is some truth, mixed up, probably, with a good deal of fanciful conjecture.
We cannot easily believe that even the apostles were so obstinately blind to the obvious import