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also endeavoured to keep others in dark- | as his fore-runner executed his office, he ness and ignorance. This miracle convin- asked his followers, whom think ye that I ced the pro-consul of the truth of the doc- am ? You must not mistake me for the Mes. trines taught by the apostles, and made siah ; he will soon follow me; but I am not him a convert to the faith.
worthy to perform the meanest office for
bim. St. Paul, after this remarkable success in Cyprus, repaired to Phrygia, in Pam- “ To you, therefore, ye descendants of phylia, and taking another with hiin, in the Abraham, and all others who fear the Alroom of Mark, who was gone to Jerusalem, mighty, is this word of Salvation sent. For travelled to Antioch, the metropolis of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and rulers of Pisidia.
Israel, being ignorant of him, and the voices Soon after their arrival, they entered the
of the prophets, though read every sabbath synagogue of the Jews, on the sabbath-day,
in the synagogues, fulfilled their predicand after the reading of the law, Paul being
tions by condemning the immaculate Son of invited by the rulers of the synagogue,
the Most High. They found, indeed, no delivered himself in the following manner;
fault with him, though they earnestly desir“ Hearken, all ye descendants of Jacob,
ed Pilate that he might be slain. and ye that fear the Almighty, to the words of my mouth. The God of Israel made
“When every thing that had been writchoice of our fathers, and loved them, when
ten by the prophets concerning bim .was they had no city of their own to dwell in,
fulfilled, they took him from the tree, and but were strangers and slaves in Egypt, deposited his body in the chambers of the bringing them from thence with a mighty
grare. But death had no power to detain hand, and a stretched-out arm ; fed them
him: his Almighty Father raised hiin from in the wilderness forty years, and would
the babitations of the dead. After-.which, not suffer his anger to arise against them,
he was seen during many days by bis discithough they often provoked him in the pies, who attended him froin Galilee, and desert. On their arrival in the land he
were the witnesses closen by Omnipotence,
And promised their fathers, he destroyed the
of these great and miraculous works. nations that inhabited it, and placed thein
we now declare unto you glad tidings, in that fruitful country, dividing it to them namely, that the promise made by the Ålby lot.
mighty to our forefathers, he hath perform
ed to us the children, by raising Jesus from “ When they were settled in the land, the dead. The prophet David also said, he gate them judges during four hundred “ Thou art my Son, this day have I begotand fifty years, till Samuel the prophet. ten thee.” He also foretold, that he should But on their desiring a king, be placed over return from the chambers of the dust, and them Saul, the son of Kish, a Benjamite, no more be subject to corruption : “ I will who reigned about forty years. After his give him, said he, the sure mercies of Duvid. death, be placed David on the throne of And again, Thou shalt not suffer thine Israel, giving him this testimony, :“ I have holy one to see corruption.” Now this profound David the son of Jesse, a man after phecy must relate to the Messiah; for David mine owo heart, which shall fulfil all my himself, after be had swayed the sceptre of will.” And according to his promise the
Israel a certain time, tell asleep, was depoAlmighty hath raised up to the sons of David, sited in the chambers of the grave, and his a Saviour Jesus, which is Christ the Lord; flesh saw corruption : but the great Son of the baptism of repentance having been David, who the Almighty raised from the preached before his coming by John. And dead, never say corruption. No. 20.
• Be it therefore known unto you, men
Therefore, necording to and brethren, that through this Saviour is their usual method, they again began their preached unto you the forgiveness of sins. preaching in the assembly of Israelites, and It is by his merits we are justified from all the Almighty so far assisted their endea, things, which were impossible by the law of vours, that many, both Jews and proselytes, Moses. Be careful, therefore, Iest what was believed. Their success encouraged them foretold by the prophets come upon you. to continue a considerable time in this city, “ Behold, ye despisers, and wonder and to instruct the converts, and confirm their perish; for I work a work in your day, a faith by miracles. But though they had work which you shall in no wise believe, gained a considerable part of the city to the though a mau declare it unto you."
faith, yet many continued in their infidelity:
the old leaven of Jewish malice began This spirited address of the great apostle
again to ferment, and the unbelieving carried with it its own weight, and obtained,
Jews, having stirred up many Gentiles from the converted Jews, a request that it
against the apostles, at last prevailed on should again be delivered the ensuing sab
the multitude to stone them. But the apobath ; when almost the whole city flocked to
stles, having timely notice of their design, hear the apostle ; at which the Jews were fil
tled from the city and travelled to Lystra, led with envy, and contradicted Paul, ut
where they preached the gospel to the inbatering many blasphemous expressious against
bitants, and those who dwelt in the adjacent the name of Jesus of Nazareth. But their
country. opposition could not duunt the apostles, who boldly declared that our blessed Saviour Among the converts at Lystra was a man had charged them to preach the gospel first
who had been lame from his mother's womb, to the Jews, but as they so obstinately re- and never had walked. But Paul, pere jeeted it, they were now to address them- ceiving that he had faith to be saved, thought selves to the Gentiles ; who hearing this, proper to add the cure of his body to that rejoiced exceedingly, magnifying the words of his soul, knowing that it would not only of the Almighty, and inany of them em- be beneficial to him, but to all the rest of braced the doctrines of the
the believers, by confirming their faith. This increased the malice and fury of the And that the miracle might be wrought in
the most conspieuous manner, he, in the Jews, who by false and artful insinuations,
midst of the congregation, said, in an audi.. prevailed on some of the more bigotted and
ble roice to the man, Stand upright on thy. honourable women to bring over their husbands to their party ; by which means Paul feet. And the words were no sooner proand Barnabas" were driven out of the city. nouaced, than bis strength was at once reAt which the apostles departed, shaking off stored, aud he leaped up and walked. the dust from their feet, as a testimony of The people who beheld this miracle well the sense they had of the ingratitude and knew that it was not wrought by any human infidelity of the Jews.
power ; but having been initiated into the
superstitious customs of the heathens, they From Antioch they went to Iconium, the eried out. The gods are come down to metropolis of Lycania, a province of the us in the likeness of men. Accordingly Lesser Asia, where they eutered into the they called Barnabas Jupiter, because of synagogue of the Jews, notwithstanding the
his venerable gravity, and Paul Mercury, ill-treatment they had met with from the from his eloquence. Nor was it long before Jews in other places ; for so great was their the whole city resounded with acclamations; zeal for the gospel, that tbey were not to be so that almost all the intrabitants gathered deterred from preaching it by ill-usage, / themselves together, and, preceded by the