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FINAL INSTRUCTIONS.pdf

FINAL INSTRUCTIONS.pdf

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BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT


" Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the
Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chos
en: to whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infal
lible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things per
taining to the kingdom of God: and, being assembled together with them,
commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for
the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John
truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptised with the Holy Ghost not
many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of
him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Is
rael ? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the
seasons, which the Father hath put in his HIS power. " ACTS I. 2-7.
BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT


" Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the
Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chos
en: to whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infal
lible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things per
taining to the kingdom of God: and, being assembled together with them,
commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for
the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John
truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptised with the Holy Ghost not
many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of
him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Is
rael ? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the
seasons, which the Father hath put in his HIS power. " ACTS I. 2-7.

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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
 
the assumption and assertion of the priests that thesenses may deceive, and cannot implicitly be trusted.Themselves being witnesses, if this assertion falls, their\vhole doctrine falls with it. But the self-same assumption that sustains transubstantiation, would leavethe resurrection of Christ unproved and incapable of proof. Either the evidence of the senses is valid proof of a fact, or it is not. If it is, transubstantiation isfalse; if it is not, the resurrection of Christ is notproved. The very same evidence in kind and degreewhich proves that Christ has risen, proves also thatthe bread and wine, after priestly consecration, remainbread and wine, and are not changed into the verybody and blood of Christ. Thus the Roman apostasycannot sustain its fundamental superstition, without atthe same time and by the same means destroying theproof that the Redeemer has risen. Antichrist ! But,alas! such superstition goeth not out by reasoning, however clear. Those who drink the wine of Rome s abominations, would not throw aside their falsehood, although one rose from the dead to tell them it wasfalse. No Protestant should make light of Popery, asif it were out of date and effete. It is a power of dark ness; but it is a power. It sees its own way and knowsits own mind better than the statesmen who, withoutbelieving it, fawn upon it and flatter it, apparentlyfrom sheer fear of being counted illiberal in religion.The signs of the times bode trouble. Perhaps thepresent generation of Protestants may need to learnagain the meaning of their own name. It is not flattering to the inteMectual pride of the age, if the agehad eyes to see it, that one of its great movements istowards a system which is at once an irrational superstition and an unmitigated tyrrany.Final Instructions. 19last question which the disciples addressed to
 
their Master immediately before he ascended out of their sight "Wilt thou at this time restore again thekingdom to Israel ? " has been perhaps too hastilyrepresented as evidence of their great ignorance andgreat earthliness, up to the period of the Pentecost,notwithstanding their privilege of constant intercoursewith the Lord. The question, I apprehend, sprangfrom a true spiritual desire, and from a sound thoughdefective knowledge regarding Messiah s kingdom.When you look up to the sky on a clear night, andfix your eye on two stars shining near each other withequal brightness, they seem to your sense equally distant from the earth. But if one is a planet of our system, and the other a fixed star, the difference betweentheir distances is very great not indeed beyond thepow r er of figures to express, but beyond the power of imagination clearly to conceive. The distance of theplanet from the earth is only a small fraction of thedistance of the star. Into the spiritual firmament thesemen of Galilee looked under the instruction of theLord, but as yet they looked as children. They sawobjects distinctly; but they could not judge correctlyof relative distances and magnitudes. The two ob jects were clearly set before them in the writings of the prophets and the words of Jesus, these two, theirown baptism with the Holy Ghost as with fire, and therestoration of the kingdom to Israel the union of allnations under David s sceptre in the New Jerusalem.The Master had now given them the distance of oneof these objects: it was at hand "Ye shall be baptizedwith the Holy Ghost not many days hence." In thesame prophecy of the Old Testament they had readof that baptism, and of the universal submission of thenations to the throne of David. They saw the twostars in the same direction, and they thought thatthey were in the same plane. Now they had obtainedexpress intimation regarding one of these twin promises, that its fulfilment was at hand. It was naturalthat they should expect that the same bright particu

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