miser.And these He sets in His own circlet of gold,a crown above all the crowns of earth. Diamonds,"A HUNDREDFOLD" 13indeed! Yes, saith the Lord, I know what eventrue earthly riches are. What so precious as amother, Peter? A wife, sister, or brother, Peter?Yes, you (not that other one!) were "the richyoung man," Peter, and I, yes, I know all aboutit. It was for "My sake and the Gospel s" youleft all. Then, Peter, your debtor am I, saithChrist ; and forthwith came the wondrous promiseof "a hundredfold . . . with persecutions."nNow let us see why this saving clause as to"persecutions" is wholly necessary to the veryexistence of the things promised. Note thenand here is the whole pivotal point that this oldBible word "persecute," whether in Old or NewTestament, can best be Englished by the word"pursue." And, truth to tell, words then hadmore intimate connection with deeds than now.For "pursue" surely is the word that best tellsof those early days when cities were left undercover of night, and entered as often under coverof disguise. When the bishop rolled not underthe city arches in a chariot, but was perforce togo over the wall in a basket! When, if throughthe gateway he must leave the town, it is to be14 APOSTOLIC CHRISTIANITYstoned through it, aye, and left for dead outside!Ah, beloved, we who tremble to spiritualise anOld Testament prophecy, behold how we spiritualise the Book of ACTS! "Words regardingDEEDS/ is the heading we give this Book inCentral Africa; suggestive, indeed, to us whoabound in windy words.Persecuted in one city, they fled to another;yes, fled for His sake and the Gospel s. And ineach city that old promise gets fresher and fairer.Who is this sixteenth-of-Eomans beaming matrongreeting the weary one? Whose those sixteenth-of-Eomans children who clamber to the knee?Who, indeed, if not those of the " hundredfoldwith persecutions "*.