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ADD TO YOUR FAITH, COURAGE.pdf

ADD TO YOUR FAITH, COURAGE.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT



" And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power,
or by what name, have ye done this ? Then Peter, filled with the Holy
Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, if we
this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what
means he is made whole; be it kncnvn unto you all, and to all the people of
Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified,
"whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before
you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of yo:i builders, which
is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other,
for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved. NOT.V when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and
perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and
they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." ACTS IV.
7-13-
BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT



" And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power,
or by what name, have ye done this ? Then Peter, filled with the Holy
Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, if we
this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what
means he is made whole; be it kncnvn unto you all, and to all the people of
Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified,
"whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before
you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of yo:i builders, which
is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other,
for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved. NOT.V when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and
perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and
they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." ACTS IV.
7-13-

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ADD TO YOUR FAITH, COURAGE.BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT" And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power,or by what name, have ye done this ? Then Peter, filled with the HolyGhost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, if wethis day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, bywhatmeans he is made whole; be it kncnvn unto you all, and to all the peopleof Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified,"whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man standhere beforeyou whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of yo:i builders,whichis become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other,for there is none other name under heaven given among men, wherebywemust be saved. NOT.V when they saw the boldness of Peter and John,andperceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled;andthey took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." ACTS IV.7-13-THE key-note of the last stanza is still sounding in ourears: the number of the men saved men was aboutfive thousand. These more crowded parts in the wayof life are memorable in earth and heaven. The expanse of time when it is over will, in the Saviour s eye,be like the expanse of heaven now in ours: the milkyway, everywhere bright, exhibits at some places a glorythat excelleth, where revolving worlds, like dust of gold, are more thickly strewn upon the blue. Thatday when the first stroke of persecution fell on the firstpreachers will be a bright day in the annals of the king
 
dom. The page allotted to it in the sealed book willbe deeply laden. In the family register it is the birthday of many sons." On the morrow " the court sat, and the panelswere called to the bar. The Sanhedrim seems at thattime to have been packed by the relatives and partisansAdd to your Faith, Courage. Siof the high priest. The accused had nothing to expectfrom their judges; but they trusted in God, and possessed their souls in patience. Referring to the cureof the cripple, the court demanded of the apostle inwhat kind of power and in what kind of name they hadeffected that miracle of healing. The Jewish leaders,during the life and ministry of Jesus, in order to explainhis miracles, broached the theory that by aid of thedevil he cast the devils out. It is probably an idea of this kind that suggests the question of the court.A third time Peter speaks, and a third time bears witness for Christ with great fulness and boldness. Thesesuccessive witness-bearings of Peter are all framed onone model, all strike the same note. In every one thereis ist, A Scriptural argument, more or less full, identifying Jesus with the Messiah of the prophets; 2nd,A plain, piercing charge, laying the guilt of crucifyingChrist to the door of his audience and judges; and, 3rd,A tender and pressing offer of mercy, through the bloodof Christ, to his murderers.Like his three confessions, Peter s three denials alsowere all conceived in the same strain. With circumstantial differences, they were substantially the same:"I know not the man; I know him not; I know not whatthou sayest."
 
How like each other, too, were the Lord s threequestions addressed to Peter in order to complete hisrestoration ? Thrice the question pierced the repenting disciple s ear, "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thoume ? " and thrice the answer echoed from the repenting disciple s burning heart, " Lord, thou knovvest thatI love thee." By the same spirit this apostle, strongnow by faith, emits the threefold confession of his Lord.These were not the only occasions on which Peterbore testimony to Christ in the beginning of the gospel.Both he and his fellow-laborers did much that has notbeen recorded; but I think it is of the Lord that atthe outset of his public ministry three successive confessions of Peter s faith have been recorded in full. Hehad fallen more than any of the faithful eleven; andcorrespondingly fuller evidence is given that he hadnot fallen away that through the intercession of theLord his backsliding had been completely healed.82 The Church in the House.After this period, although Peter appears as a performer of miracles, an exhorter of believing Jews, anda messenger to a Gentile family, he does not come forward again in this history as a public preacher. Hegives place first to Stephen, next to Philip, and ultimately to Paul and his missionary associates.The most remarkable feature in the three successiveexamples of Peter s preachingis the indictment, chargeddirectly home upon the consciences of his hearers, thatthey were the crucifiers of Christ (Acts ii. 23; iii. 14, 15;iv. 10). He found that this sharp method was successful the first time, and therefore repeated it. It wasthus that Nelson s victories were won. When the enemy s ships were extended in a line before him, he formedhis into a column, pierced their line with its point, and

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