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AFTER JUDGMENT, REVIVAL.pdf

AFTER JUDGMENT, REVIVAL.pdf

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BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT



" And great fecir came upon all the church, and upon as many as hcara
tJu se things. And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and won
ders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon s porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) 1 ACTS v. 11-14.
BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT



" And great fecir came upon all the church, and upon as many as hcara
tJu se things. And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and won
ders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon s porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) 1 ACTS v. 11-14.

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AFTER JUDGMENT, REVIVAL.BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT" And great fecir came upon all the church, and upon as many as hcaratJu se things. And by the hands of the apostles were many signs andwonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord inSolomon s porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: butthe people magnified them. And believers were the more added to theLord, multitudes both of men and women.) 1 ACTS v. 11-14.THE case of Ananias serves several important ends.For one thing, it bears a very emphatic testimony totruth. Such a testimony was needed, and therefore itis given in the record. Those who have come intopersonal contact with the heathen, the civilized aswell as the savage, bear witness that the grand dif ficulty in dealing with them lies in their want of truth.Among the native populations of India you do not finda sense of truth that can be depended on. A merchantwho had resided a number of years in the WesternPresidency narrated to me the following case:One native sued another at law for the recovery of a loan. He adduced witnesses, who proved clearlyand minutely that he had lent the accused a certainspecific sum at a certain place and time. When thedefender was called to plead, he distinctly owned thathe had received the money according to the testimonyof the witnesses, but called other witnesses, who provedwith all clearness and fulness that on a certain day andat a certain place he had repaid it. He was absolved.An Englishman who knew the defender, and knew thathe had never received the loan, asked him why he hadacknowledged a debt which was not due. He replied
 
that the debt was legally proved against him by falsewitnesses; that he had not witnesses to refute theirevidence; but that as his adversary had, at small cost,proved the debt, he had been able as cheaply to proverepayment. He had no alternative but to meet onefalsehood with another. Such is heathenism, evenwhere it is cultivated and refined.The judgment that fell on Ananias and Sapphira isof the nature of a miracle. A true miracle is neverwrought unless when there is a worthy object to be attained. Now, falsehood in the very heart of the worldwas a great barrier in the way of the infant Church.The new society founded by Christ was beginning itscareer in a world that lacked truth. It was difficult tobuild even that Divine edifice without a foundation,without something in humanity of which it might takehold. Unless the Church find or generate truth, it willnot overcome the world; it will sink as in a mire. Atthe outset a pen of iron and the point of a diamondmust be employed to print truth, as on the rock forever. A blow must be dealt against falsehood, whichwill vibrate down to the end of time, giving all men toAfter Judgment, Revival. 1 1 1know that the lie which is cherished in the bosom of the world must be cast out from the body of Christ.From the beginning till now the Christian Church isexposed to two distinct dangers; it is liable to be assailed from without, and to be corrupted from within.It is in danger from open enemies, and from falsefriends. This spiritual body, like the natural, may beinjured either by the stroke of an adversary or by poison mingled with its food.In the infancy of the Church the hand of the Lord
 
was directly stretched out for its preservation on either side. While the Church was a child the everlastingarms were thrown around it; on one side it was protected from the violence of the persecutor, and on theother from the corrupting effect of falsehood within itsown bosom. In the fourth chapter we learn that theLord interfered to keep the persecutor off; in the fifth,that he interfered to cast the leaven of hypocrisy out.Enemies shall not be permitted to crush the Churchby power; falsehood shall not be permitted to poisonthe springs of her life.In the beginning, when the system of the world wasfirst set agoing, there were miracles; but miracles donot interpose to carry the system on. At the beginning of Christ s kingdom in the world miracles cameto its aid; but miracles are not needed, and are not employed in its ordinary administration.That the system of the world is, proves there wasonce a miracle; that the Church of Christ is, provesthat it was established by a miracle. The death of Ananias and Sapphira is the arm of the Lord revealedto deliver the body of the Church in her youth from aconsumption which, if not so checked, might havebrought her down to an early grave, although nobreath of persecution had ever blown upon her. Welearn here that the work of God to cast out of the bodythe poison that would secretly undermine the life is asstupendous as his work to shield the Church from thepower of her foes. Danger of dissolution through internal corruption is as great as the danger of destruction by external violence.The question put to Ananias by Peter is suggestive:"Why hath Satan filled thine heart?" Satan is, and112 The Church in the House.

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