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THE STRONG MAN CAST OUT BY THE STRONGER.pdf

THE STRONG MAN CAST OUT BY THE STRONGER.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT




But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil
of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated
the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. And this
continued by the space of two years; so that all they which divelt in Asia
heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. And God
wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 1 etc. ACTS XIX. 9-17.
BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT




But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil
of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated
the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. And this
continued by the space of two years; so that all they which divelt in Asia
heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. And God
wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 1 etc. ACTS XIX. 9-17.

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THE STRONG MAN CAST OUT BY THE STRONGER.BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOTBut when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evilof that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separatedthe disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. And thiscontinued by the space of two years; so that all they which divelt in Asiaheard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. And Godwrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 1 etc. ACTS XIX. 9-17.JESUS, preached by Paul in Ephesus, did not bringpeace to its people. In the first instance there wasa sword. " Divers were hardened and believed not."These Jews spoke evil of " the way." Christ announced himself as the way, and the only way, to theFather; but when he came to his own, they receivedhim not. They would have none of him. The servantretired from those who rejected his Master. He obtained accommodation in the school of one Tyrannus,and taught there for two years. It is not certainwhether Tyrannus was a Jew or Greek. In eithercase his academy was independent of the synagogue,and thus he was enabled to shelter the preacher of thecross.All that dwelt in Asia heard the gospel. The people from the surrounding country and the adjacenttowns took an opportunity of hearing the new doctrines when they came to the capital on business.This method prevailed in the times of the Reformation. The country people, after having sold theirproduce in the market-square, crept into the neighboring church and heard the Scriptures expounded.Then they returned to their homes with both gainsone in their hearts, and the other in their pockets.
 
360 The ChurcJi in t/ie House.Thus the Word had free course, and was glorifiedthroughout the neighboring provinces.Besides the preaching of the Word, special miracleswere wrought in Ephesus. The passage is somewhatobscure. There may have been some testimony givento Paul s word in that heathen city, on account of themagicians who plied their craft there, similar to thesigns wrought by Aaron in presence of the Egyptianwonder-workers. In any case, this was not the ordinary experience of Paul. It was peculiar and extraordinary. An exceptional testimony is vouchsafed tohim once in exceptional circumstances, and it is wideas the world apart from the degrading and tricky traf fic in spurious relics, which has become a permanentinstitution of the Papacy.As the Egyptian magicians in some form imitatedthe signs wrought by Moses, the soothsayers of Ephesus in this case disreputable Jews attempted to work wonders in imitation of Paul by pronouncing the nameof Jesus. There is much material for thought in theanswer given by the possessed maniac to these sorcerers: "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?"It is the same in kind with the response of the Pythoness at Philippi. It is a remarkable declaration. It isnot only out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thatthe Lord can draw forth his own praise: he can makethe wicked praise him, as well as the weak. Such atestimony was borne by an unclean spirit to the Lordhimself: " I know thee, who thou art, the Holy One of God."An application of this Scripture is possible to ourown day and our own circumstances. The evil spiritseems to possess, and energize, and weild at will, cer
 
tain classes and sections of the people. They seemlike the man who cut himself and wore no clothes, anddwelt among the tombs. They are a torment to themselves, and a terror to their neighbors. They might haveclothes, and food, and home; but they wildly cast allthese away, and live like the beasts.The evil spirits of the present time, like those of Paul sday, are subject only to one power. They do not giveway before reading and writing. New houses and goodwages will not drive them out. Even the prison andThe Strong Man cast out by the Stronger. 3(31the gibbet fail to scare them. A goodly number of thelegion have in our sight been cast out; but the work isdone by the name of Jesus. Many of them are evennow sitting at his feet, clothed and in their right mind.There is no healing for these wounds of the body politic except in the gospel of Christ, borne to the heartsand homes of the outcasts by the self-sacrificing loveof them that believe.None other than He who made the world at firstcan make it new again. "Jesus I know: " this witnessis true, even though the evil spirit utter it. Yes, princeof this world, thou knowest him to be the Holy One of God. Thou hast felt him crushing thy head each timethat a slave of sin has been ransomed and renewed.Thou, strong man, holding a human soul captive, boundin the thongs of its own lusts, hast felt the power of theStranger, wrenching one by one a multitude of victimsfrom thy grasp. Thou knowest, too, this Jesus in hismercy to men; for often, when thou hast set a snare fora believer s feet and made him stumble, and when therewas a shout in the camp of the adversary as if one of Christ s saved were lost again, thou hast been compelledto relax thy hold and yield up the backslider to the

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