PAUL IN EUROPE.By ARTHUR PENRHYN STANLEY, D.D.
PREACHED ON BOARD H. M. S. " OSBORNE," JUNE 1, OFF THE COAST OPGREECE ON THE WAY FROM ATHENS TO MALTA.Last of all, he was seen of me also .... that am not meet to be called anApostle But by the grace of God I am what I am .... I laboredmore abundantly than they all ; yet not I, but the grace of God whichwas with me. ù 1 Coe. xv. 8, 9, 10.WHEN I last adcli'essecl you, we had just trodden' ' in tlie footsteps of the Apostle S. John. Wehave since entered on the sphere of another Apostle,the last whose history we shall be able to trace in this journey, ù the Apostle S. Paul. He ù unlike mostof the Apostles, who clung to their native East ùcrossed from Asia to Europe ; and for many years of his life, these seas, these islands, these shores were fullof his deeds and of his writings. He stood and spokeon the rocky steps of Mars' Hill, at Athens. HisEpistles to the Corinthian Church were addressed infact to the whole of Greece, of which Corinth then,as Athens now, was the capital. He traversed theMediterranean to and fro ; four times on these watershe suffered shipwreck, ù a night and a day on thesewaves he was in the deep. On our own island of Malta he escaped with his life. Through the preach-120 IX THE MEDITERRANEAN. [Serm. XII.ing of his disciples, the Gospel first reached to ourshores. He -svas the Apostle of the Gentiles, butabove all, the Apostle of Greece and of Europe. Letus ask, as in the case of S. John, what are the practi-cal lessons we may learn from his life.I will select four.I. He was, first, the Apostle, as I have said, of theGentiles, that is, he urged that into the fold of theJewish Church should be received those heathennations who before had been kept out of it. It wasthe widest extension of the True Religion that hadever been made, or that has ever been made. Inorder to effect it, he had to strun-crle against the mostobstinate prejudice in his own lieai't and in the heartsof his countrymen that we can possibly imagine. Hewas thus the great teacher and the great example of what in one Avord we call Toleration. Toleration of