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stretch out her hands unto God, he was caught away by the Angel, and preached the Gospel in the cities in succession.
26. With this spirit was Paul also filled after his calling (13.) by our Lord Jesus Christ. Let godly Ananias come as a witness to what we say, he who in Damascus said to him, The Lord, even Jesus who appeared to thee by the way as Acts 9, thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And He straightway, mightily working, changed the blindness of Paul's eyes into restored sight; and having vouchsafed His seal unto his soul, made him a chosen vessel to bear the Name of the Lord who had appeared to him, before kings and the children of Israel, and out of the former persecutor, fashioned an ambassador and good servant,-one, who from Jerusalem, round about Rom.15, unto Illyricum, fully preached the Gospel of Christ, and instructed even imperial Rome, and carried the earnestness of his preaching as far as Spain, undergoing conflicts innumerable, and performing signs and wonders. Of him for the present enough.
27. In the power of the same Holy Spirit, Peter also, the er στάτης, chief of the Apostles, and the bearer of the keys of the kingdom vid. sup. of heaven, healed Æneas the paralytic in the Name of Christ Catech. at Lydda, which is now Diospolis, and at Joppa raised from xi. 3. the dead the charitable Tabitha. And being on the housetop in a trance, he saw heaven opened, and the vessel like a Acts 10. sheet let down, full of beasts of every shape and sort, and learnt plainly through this to call no man common or unclean, though he should be of the Greeks. And when he was sent for by Cornelius, he heard clearly the Holy Ghost Himself saying, Behold, men seek thee; arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent And that it might be fully ascertained that those of the Gentiles also who believe are made partakers of the Holy Ghost, the Scripture speaks thus concerning Cornelius and them who were with him, when Peter was come to Cesarea, and taught the things concerning Christ; While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word, and they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured the gift of the Holy Ghost.
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28. And when in Antioch, the most renowned city of Syria, the preaching of Christ took effect, Barnabas was sent hence as far as Antioch to help on the good work, being Acts 11, a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith; who
seeing a great harvest of believers in Christ, brought Paul from Tarsus to Antioch, as his fellow-combatant. And when by them crowds were instructed and assembled in the Church, it came to pass that the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch; the Holy Ghost, I consider, bestowing on the believers that new Name, which had been promised before by the Lord. And the grace of the Spirit being shed forth by God more abundantly in Antioch, there were there prophets and teachers, with whom was Agabus also. And as they Acts 13, ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And after the laying on of hands, they were sent forth by the Holy Ghost. Now it is manifest, that the Spirit which speaks and sends, is a living Spirit, subpers. sisting, and effectual, as we have said.
29. This Holy Spirit, who in unison with Father and Son, has established the New Testament in the Church Catholic, has set us free from the grievous burdens of the Law,-those ordinances, I mean, concerning things common and unclean, and meats, and sabbaths, and new moons, and circumcision, and sprinklings, and sacrifices; which were given for a Heb. 10, season, and had the shadow of good things to come, but which when the truth had come, were rightly abrogated. For when Paul and Barnabas were sent to the Apostles, because of the question moved at Antioch by them who said that it was necessary to be circumcised and to keep the customs of Moses, the Apostles who were here at Jerusalem by a written Epistle set free the whole world from all legal and typical observances; yet they attributed not to themselves the full authority in this matter, but acknowledge in Acts 15, their Epistle, writing thus, For it hath seemed good unto the 28, 29. Holy Ghost and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication; shewing evidently by what they wrote, that though the writing was by the hands of men, even the
Texts from the Acts of the Apostles.
Apostles, yet the decree was universal because of the Holy oixouμsGhost: which decree Paul and Barnabas took and confirmed οἰκουμέ through the universal Church.
30. And now, having proceeded thus far, I must ask (15.) indulgence from your love, or rather from the Spirit who dwelt in Paul, if I be not able to rehearse every thing, by reason of my own weakness, and your weariness who listen. For when shall I in terms suitable declare the marvellous deeds wrought by the operation of the Holy Ghost in the Name of Christ? Those wrought in Cyprus upon Elymas the sorcerer, and in Lystra at the healing of the cripple, and those done in Cilicia and Phrygia and Galatia and Mysia and Macedonia? or those at Philippi; the preaching, I mean, and the driving out of the unclean spirit in the Name of Christ; and the salvation by Baptism of the jailer with his whole house at night after the earthquake? or the events at Thessalonica; or the address at Areopagus in the midst of the Athenians; or the instructions at Corinth, and in all Achaia? How shall I worthily recount the mighty deeds which at Ephesus by the hands of Paul, were wrought by the Holy Ghost? whom they of that city knew not before, but came Acts 19, to know Him by the doctrine of Paul; and they when Paul1· had laid his hands on them, and the Holy Ghost had come upon them, spake with other tongues, and prophesied. And so great spiritual grace was upon him, that not only his touch wrought cures, but even handkerchiefs and napkins, v. 12. brought from his body, healed diseases, and scared away the spirits of evil; and moreover they also who used curious v. 19. arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men.
31. I pass by the work wrought at Troas on Eutychus, who sinking down with sleep fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead; yet was saved alive by Paul. I also pass by the prophecy addressed to the Elders of Ephesus ra[rñs?] assembled at Miletus, in which he openly said, That the τείας. Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying,—and the rest; for by saying, in every city, Paul made manifest that the marvellous works done by him in every city, were of the operative power of the Holy Ghost, at the will of God, and in the núm. Name of Christ who spake in him. By the power of this
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LECT. Holy Ghost, the same Paul hasted to this holy city Jerusalem, and this, though Agabus by the same Spirit foretold what should befall him; and he spoke to the multitudes with confidence, telling them concerning Christ. And when brought to Cesarea, and encompassed by the seats of judges, Paul at one time before Felix, and at another before Festus the governor and King Agrippa, obtained of the Holy Ghost grace so great, and of such overcoming wisdom, that at last Agrippa himself the king of the Jews said, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. This Holy Spirit granted to Paul, when he was in the island of Melita also, to receive no harm when bitten by the viper, and to effect divers cures on the diseased. This Holy Spirit guided him, the persecutor of old, even as far as imperial Rome, a herald of Christ; and there he persuaded many of the Jews to believe in Christ, Acts 28, and to them who gainsayed he said plainly, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the Prophet, saying unto your fathers, and the rest.
32. And that Paul was full of the Holy Ghost, and his fellow Apostles, and they who after them have believed in Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, hear his own plain words in 1 Cor. 2, his Epistles; And my speech, he says, and my preaching
was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but with 2 Cor. 1, demonstration of the Spirit and of power. And again, Who
hath also sealed us, and given us the earnest of the Spirit. Rom. 8, And again, He that raised up Jesus from the dead shall also 11. quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit which dwelleth in 2 Tim. 1, you. And again, writing to Timothy, That good thing which 14.d.- was committed to thee keep by the Holy Ghost which is given
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κοῦντος 33. And that the Holy Ghost subsists, and lives, and
ing in, speaks, and foretells, I have often said already, and Paul writes it plainly to Timothy. Now the Spirit speaketh (16.) 1 Tim. 4, expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,-which we see in the divisions not only of former times but of our own; so motley and diversified are the errors of the heretics. And again the same Paul says, Which in other Eph.3,5.ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto the Holy Apostles and Prophets by the Spirit. Heb. 3. And again, Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith; and again,
Texts from the Epistles.
The Holy Ghost also witnesseth to us. And again he calls Heb. 10, unto the champions of righteousness, saying, And take the Eph. 6, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the 17. Word of God, by all prayer and supplication. And again, And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled Ib.5,18. with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs. And again, The grace of our Lord 2 Cor. Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the 13, 14. Holy Ghost.
34. By all these proofs, and by more which have been passed over, is the personal, and hallowing, and effectual irópower of the Holy Ghost established to them of understand- ́ATOS. ing; for the time would fail my discourse, did I set about alleging what yet remains from the fourteen Epistles of Paul, wherein he has taught with such variety, completeness, and piety. And to the power of the Holy Ghost it must belong, to grant to us forgiveness for our deficiencies by reason of the scantity of the time, and upon you the hearers to impress the more perfect knowledge of what yet remains; while from the frequent reading of the sacred Scriptures you who are diligent come to understand these things, and by this time hold more stedfastly, both from these present Lectures, and what has before been told you, the Faith in the "One God the Father Almighty; and in our Lord Jesus Christ, His Onlybegotten Son; and in the Holy Ghost the Comforter." Though the word itself, and the title of Spirit, is used widely in the sacred Scriptures,—for it is said of the Father, God is a Spirit, John 4, as it is written in the Gospel according to John; and of the Son, A Spirit before our face, Christ the Lord; and of the Lam. 4, Holy Ghost, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, as was said;—yet the very arrangement of articles observed in the Faith, if religiously understood, disproves the error of Sabellius also. Now therefore return we to the point which now presses and is profitable to you.
35. Beware lest by any means thou come to the dispensers (17.) of Baptism, like Simon, in pretence, thy heart the while not seeking the truth. It is ours to warn, but it is thine to secure thyself. If by faith thou standest, blessed art thou; if thou Rom. 11, 20. hast fallen by unbelief, from this day forward cast away thine unbelief, and take up an undoubting faith. For, at the season