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Julian Pe 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his ha- Jerasal riod, 4742. bitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and, Vulgar Æra, 29.
His bishopric let another take.
21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed and said, Thou, Lord', which
* The word inavles (habitation,) in this passage corresponds with the Hebrew 17e, which signifies the house appointed for the Shepherd who is commissioned to take charge of the fold. Hence it is rendered in tbe authorized translation by a secondary meaning: the original sense of the word, however, would have better expressed the idea of the office and authority which Judas had abdicated, The first part of the verse is quoted by St. Peter from Ps. Ixii. 26. and in the Alexandrine version we ind the same word, γενηθήτω η έπαυλις αυτών ήρημωμένη και εν τοϊς σκηνώμασιν αυτών μή έσω ο κατοικών. Ηesychius έπαυλιςμάνδρα βοών, ή οίκημα, ή αυλή, ή σρατοπεδια, και η ποιμενική αυλή.
The word & LOKOaTv, therefore, ought to be so interpreted, as to correspond with the former part of the verse : it implies an office in which the possessor exercises authority, and control over those subject to his charge.
5 That our blessed Redeemer was bere addressed in the words “ Thou, Lord, who searchest the heart," may be inferred from the fact, that St. Peter had used the term “ Lord,” (ver. 21, 22.) immediately before this invocation, when he assuredly spoke of the Messiah. In the election of Presbyters afterwards, in the soveral Churches, the Apostles commended them " unto the Lord, in whom they had believed.” (Acts xiv. 23.) That Lord was unquestionably Christ, In the Apocalypse, xi. 23. our Sa. viour expressly and formally assumed the title—“ All the Churches shall kpow, that I am He which searcheth the reins and hearts." Upon this passage of Scripture alone we should be justified in offering up our prayers to Christ, as “ our God, and our Lord,” as our only Mediator and our only Saviour.
The divinity of Christ appears to me to rest upon this solid and unchangeable foundation ; that the inspired writers seem throughout the whole of their pages to take it for granted. They are only anxious to prove Jesus of Nazareth to be the expected Messiah, which title implies bis divinity; and this point being gained, they consider it as a truth which required no additional argument. Whenever the course of their reasoning led them to touch upon the subject of the real nature of the Mes. siah, their very inspiration seems to be insufficient to clothe in adequate language their exalted ideas of His glory. When they attempt to describe Him, it is ju the same words as they use when they speak of the Supreme Being. When they address Jesus the Christ, the Messiah of the Prophets, the same humble adoration is observed as when they worship God the Father Almighty. The truth of this mode of representing the argument will appear from the following very brief statement of the as
MATTHIAS APPOINTED TO THE APOSTLESHIP-CHAP. IX.
Jadian Pe- knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two Jerusalem.
criptions of glory which are alike applied to the Father Al-
The comparison may be illustrated by the following table,
To God. To Christ.
titude from the universe of
the divine bestowments.
intelligent beings of supreme
knowledge combined with bo-
vation of mankind.
τιμή. . Honour, worth, value, dignity,
intrinsic excellence, supreme
perfection. 5. Δύναμις, ,
čúvajis. Power; ability to effect com
pletely and infallibly all the
ισχύς. . Might ; power brought into ac
and all evil, and bestowment
of all possible good. 8. Ευχαριστία, .
Thanksgiving; the tribute from
those who have received the
thor of all their enjoyments.
aoûtocRiches; the fuloess of all good;
the possession of all the means
of making happy. 10.
kpárog: Dominion ; supreme power and
goodness triumphing over all
enmity and opposition.
On comparison with another passage, we find the very same
Julian Pe- 25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostle- Jerusalem. riod, 4742. Vulgar Æra,
ship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he 29. might go to his own place
26 And they gave forth their lots : and the lot fell upon Matthias ; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
ACTs ü. 1414.
6 Εις τον τόπον τον ίδιον. If we are right in interpreting the language of the New Testament in the same sepse as it was understood by thoso to whom it was addressed, and no canon of criticism seems more certain, we must adopt the common rendering of this passage—“ That he might go to his own place." It was a common sentiment among the Jews, that “ He that betrayeth an Israelite shall have no part in the world to come." And Lightfoot quotes also another similar expression from Baal Turim, in Num. 24, 25. “ Balaam went to his own place, that is, into hell ;” and from Midrash Cobeleth, fol. 100. 4. It is not said of the friends of Job, that they, each of them, came from his own house, or his own city, or his own country, but from his own place, Ostaa y nyanıv Dupon that is, “ from the place provided for them in hell.” The gloss is, “ from his own place,” that is, “ from hell, appointed for idolaters."
The Alcx. MS. reads duralov, instead of idlov, which would strengthon this interpretation.
Many passages from the Apostolic Fathers are quoted by Whitby, Benson, and Kuinoel, to prove that this expression was used by them also in this sense. 'Επεί ουν τέλος τα πράγματα έχει, επίκειται τα δύο, όμα και το θάνατος, και η ζωή, και έκασος εις τον ίδιον τόπον μέλλει χωρείν, φuia igitur res finem habent, incumbunt duo simul, mors, et vita, et unusquisque in proprium locum iturus est. Ignatius in ep. ad Magnes. c. 6. and Clemens Rom. ep. 1. ad Corinth. p. 24. ed Wottoni.-Polycarp in ep. ad Philip. c. 9.-Epist. Barnab. sect. 19. After such evidence we may agree with Dr. Doddridge, that the interpretation of Hammond, Le Clerc, and Ecumenius, is very upnatural, when they explain it of a successor going into the place of Judas.
? The sins of man and their evil designs occasioned the confusion of tongues; the redemption of man brought with it the revocation of that judgment, in the wonderful gilts of the Holy Ghost, which are recorded in this section. In the former instance men were leagued together for the purpose of propagating a false religion, but were miraculously frustrated in their plans by the interposition of Almighty God, who rendered tbem suddenly unintelligible to each other: in the latter case, when the true religion was to be delivered to the world, and its appointed ministers were assembled, in obedience to a divine command, at Jerusalem, the sentence of condemnation was revoked: the Holy Spirit descended in testimony of the divine truth; and by a miraculous diffusion of tongues, empowered the meek and lowly of the earth to communicate the glad tidings of salvation 8 See note, p. 19,
9 See note, p. 20.
DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT-CHAP. IX.
Julian Pe- 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of Jerasalem.
“ to every nation under heaven.” The same miracle that first
The previous conduct of the Apostles during the last trying
to rebuke his Lord, when he first mentioned the cross to him ? Is this the fugitive, apostate, abjuring Peter ?”
Nor were the other disciples in any way more distinguished for their courage and firmness. By one Christ was betrayed, and by all deserted and abandoned ; yet these were the men ordained of God to “go into all the world, and to preach the Gospel to every creature." But God's strength was to be made perfect in weakness, and the ordinary and extraordinary influences of the Holy Ghost descended to supply all the natural
Julian Pe a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where Jerusalem. riod, 4742. VulgarÆra,
they were sitting, 29.
deficiencies of the chosen followers of Christ. As men they were
Under the different titles ascribed to the Holy Ghost, they
These were the great credentials of our faith, and the hallowed evidences on which our holy religiou rests. When, however, the Church through these means was established, and the canon of Scripture, through divine knowledge and prophecy, was completed, the necessity for inspiration and miracle gradually ceased. « But," observes Mr. Nolan, “ from these lively oracles, the Spirit still speaks the same language which it dictated to the prophets, or the evangelists, while the sacred text still perpetuates the remembrance of those miracles which were, openly wrought by the apostle and saint, to evince the divinity of our religion. To those who still require inspiration and miracles as evidences of its truth, the word of revelation lies open; and the religion which it details affords the most convincing proofs of supernatural intervention; prophecy, of itself, suffciently proclaims the source from whence it sprang ; and Christianity exhibits in its establishment a standing miracle.” In