having revealed to me the secret, I now mention'd in short,
Now to him that is able to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, conformable to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret from antient times, but now is laid open,
at length being return'd to Jerusalem, one day as I was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance.
but the Lord said to me, "be gone, for I will send you far hence, even to the Gentiles."
and display to all the world that mysterious dispensation, which from all past ages has been conceal'd in the secret purpose of God, who created all things:
I would not, brethren, have you ignorant of this secret, (for fear you should presume too much on your selves) that blindness has fallen upon a part of Israel, until the time when the Gentiles shall be fully come in.
for I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
and the Scribes taking part with the Pharisees, grew warm in the debate, and said, "we find no harm in this man; perhaps a spirit or an angel has spoke to him."
I answer'd, who art thou, Lord? he said, "I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest.
but, as it is written, "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entred into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not thereupon apply my self to any man;
for he has discover'd to us the secret of his will, that out of his meer good pleasure, he had purposed in himself,
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, whereby ye may know him:
Wherefore remember that you were heretofore Gentiles, being denominated the uncircumcised, by those who are the circumcised by a manual operation;
by the reading whereof you may perceive how far I am let into the secret of Christ.
that mystery, which has been hid from ages and generations, but is now made manifest to his saints: