FINAL INSTRUCTIONS.BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT
" Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through theHoly Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: to whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: and, being assembled together with them,commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait forthe promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For Johntruly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptised with the Holy Ghost notmany days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel ? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or theseasons, which the Father hath put in his HIS power. " ACTS I. 2-7.
IN this his second statement of the event, the inspiredhistorian has been directed to express very preciselythe kind of evidence by which the resurrection of Jesuswas proved to the original witnesses, and through themto us. " To whom he showed himself alive after hispassion, by many infallible proofs; being seen of- themforty days, and speaking of the tfiings pertaining tothe kingdom of God." As the faith of the whole Churchdepends absolutely on the resurrection of our Redeemer, it pleased God to give ample evidence of the fact.1 8 The ClinrcJi in the House.But he gave no other evidence than that which appealsto the senses of men. There is no other possible wayof proving a fact than by the evidences of the senses.Even our Maker cannot give us other and better evidence of a fact, unless he should first change radicallyour nature. The evidence of Christ s resurrection iscomplete. Faith is satisfied, and reason too. But observe how this bears on the Romish dogma of transub-stantiation. The pillar on which that house stands is