PEITETS.BY SARAH S. BAKER I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee :for I have much people in this city, — Acts xviii. 10.THE gold ring and the goodly apparel arealways in the Father's house for the re-turning penitent. The Lord Jesus has His ownspecial mercies for those who have wanderedinto a far country. In their deep sense of theirown sinfulness they need an unusual assurancethat their souls, too, can be "washed and madewhite in the blood of the Lamb."To see the ascended Lord, to be spoken to byHim again and again, were Paul's seal, not onlyof the authority of his apostleship, but of hisown free and full forgiveness. As such, he ac-cepts them humbly and gratefully, never forget-ting to think of himself as the "chief of sinners."Paul, who knew the converting power of Godin the experience of his own strong manhood,ASCEDED. 241had hope for all to whom he could preach theGospel. To Festus and Agrippa, to jailers andprisoners, to idolaters and pharisees, he couldtell the story of the cross, believing it possiblethat the miracle that had been wrought in himcould be repeated in the souls of his hearers.He was a living witness of the truth and powerof the Gospel which he preached.