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true and only Messiah, and the sole Redeemer of mankind; and hath mightily declared and approved him for such: so as ye all ought to acknowledge him, and look for salvation from him alone.
II. 38. And ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. And even ye also shall receive these miraculous gifts of the Holy Ghost, in testimony and assurance of the true remission of your sins, and that inward work of renovation which he shall effect in you.
II. 40. Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Do not any longer join yourselves with the perverse and malicious enemies of Christ; but, as you do now see their heinous impiety, in crucifying the Lord of Life, so do ye estrange yourselves from them, and believe and profess that truth of the Gospel which they labour to oppose.
II. 42. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And they continued stedfastly in the communion and fellowship of the apostles and the rest of the disciples of Christ; and constantly professed that doctrine, which the apostles taught them; and joined together in the celebration and receipt of the blessed Sacrament of the body and blood of Christ, and in prayers.
II. 44. And had all things common.
And they had, in that first plantation of the Gospel, so all things common, as that every one was ready to contribute of that, which he had, to the public uses of the Church, and to the particular necessities of their brethren. So also verse 45. II. 46. And breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.
And, consorting in their frugal and temperate meals, they did enjoy the holy society of each other, with much comfort and great sincerity of heart.
III. 1. At the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
At the hour of evening prayer, being about three of the clock in the afternoon.
III. 16. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
It was only the name of Jesus, which I made use of in this cure; neither was it the bare outward sound thereof, but the faith in the Almighty power of Him, whose Name it is, that hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, howsoever the secret and omnipotent power of God hath done it, yet the means which hath obtained it, is the faith in this Jesus, both wrought in us by him and firmly pitched upon
him alone, that is it, which hath procured to this man perfect soundness, in the presence of you all.
III. 17. And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
And now, brethren, I have not said this to drive you into a despair of mercy: had ye done this knowingly, wilfully, maliciously, the case had been fearful, and hardly capable of remedy; but now, ye did it rather out of ignorance and error of opinion, as likewise divers of your rulers did; so that there is great hope, and, if ye repent, assurance of mercy and forgiveness.
III. 19. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
That, in the time when this Son of God shall come again to judge the world, which shall be a day of terror indeed to the wicked and impenitent, but a day of unspeakable comfort and happiness to all penitent believers, ye may then receive, not a discharge only, but joy and blessedness from him.
III. 21. Whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets.
Whom the heavens must contain, in respect of the presence of his Glorified Body, until the time of his Second Coming; when he shall appear again, for the full consummation of the glory of his elect, and perfect accomplishment of his kingdom, concerning which, in all the passages thereof, God hath spoken by all his holy prophets.
IV. 11. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, &c. See Psalm cxviii. 22.
IV. 12. For there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Neither can there be any other means named or conceived, in all the world, whereby salvation can be had, but only by and through him.
IV. 28. For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
All these enemies of thy Christ, notwithstanding all their complotting and maliciousness, could do nothing against him, -but that, which thou, in thine eternal counsel, hadst both foreseen and decreed to permit and order, to the behoof and salvation of thy Church.
V. 3. Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Why hast thou given way to Satan, to take full possession of thy heart, in this gross hypocrisy of thine? wherein thou
hast, under a colour of holiness, committed a grievous sacrilege: and thereby hast drawn in the Holy Ghost as a suborner and abettor of thy wickedness and falsehood; pretending to have been moved by that good Spirit, to give all the price of the land freely to God and his Church, when, in the mean time, thou hast kept back part for thine own use.
V. 9. How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband &c.
How is it, that ye have agreed together thus to mock God, and to put this affront upon the Spirit of the Lord? as if, by this secret and fraudulent conveyance, ye would try whether he did know or would revenge this your close deceit and impiety, &c.
V. 12. And they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.
And they all met together, every day, at set hours, in that spacious room of the Temple, which was called the Porch of Solomon.
V. 37. After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him.
After this man arose up Judas of Galilee; and, upon the quarrel of the taxes laid by Cæsar upon the people of the Jews, made an insurrection; pretending that they ought not to be charged with those impositions, &c.
VI. 1. There arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
There arose a murmur of those proselytes, and Jews (now converted to the Christian faith) that were bred in Greece and had lived there, against those that were born and bred in Judea; because, in the distribution of the Church's money and alms, their widows were not as well provided for as the other.
VI. 2. It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
It is no reason, that we, who are appointed by Christ our Master to preach the Gospel, and to attend the winning of souls to God, and the planting and ordering of his Church, should be taken up with the cares of the distributions of money and other alms, for the relief and provision of the body.
VI. 6. And when they had prayed, they laid their hands on
And when they had prayed, they laid their hands upon them; as hereby to signify and import the setting apart and consecration of them to this useful office.
VI. 9. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
And there arose certain of that famous School or Synagogue, which the freemeň of Rome had built for those Jews, which came out of the provinces, being strangers, of many several nations; and they disputed with Stephen.
VI. 15. Saw his face as it had been the face of an angel. They saw a certain majesty, and angelical brightness, in the countenance of Stephen.
VII. 14. Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.
Being in all, to the number of threescore and fifteen souls: for the making up whereof, there are reckoned, above those which Moses mentioneth, two sons and a nephew of Ephraim, and two sons of Manasseh, which were born after the coming down into Egypt.
VII. 16. And were carried over unto Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.
And were carried, some of them to Hebron, some to Sychem; whether to that plot of ground, which was bought of Emmor the father of Sychem; or to that sepulchre, which Abraham bought for money, for the burial of his dead, of Ephron the Hittite.
VII. 43. Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them.
Yea, rather neglecting my tabernacle, ye erected a tabernacle to Moloch, the idol of the Ammonites, and to those other false deities, which ye chose out to yourselves, out of the host of heaven; whose images and representations ye framed to yourselves, to worship them.
VII. 45. Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles.
Which also our fathers carried about with them, as the visible testimony of God's presence; and brought in with Joshua, and, under his conduct, into the promised land, which was then the possession of the Gentiles.
VII. 51. Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
Ye stubborn and perverse people, men whose hearts are corrupt and graceless, and whose ears are wilfully shut up against all good counsel, ye do always rebelliously set yourselves against those wholesome doctrines and holy admonitions,
which the Spirit of God gives you by his messengers: as your fathers did before you, even so do ye, obstinately resist all the means of grace and goodness.
VII. 53. Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
Who have received the Law by the ministration of angels, on mount Sinai, and have not kept it.
VII. 55. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.
But he, being full of faith and all other graces of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven; and there saw a glorious representation of the Majesty of God, and Jesus appearing in his glorified human nature, invested with that infinite resplendence, which was fit for him, to whom the Father hath committed all power and glory. So also verse 56.
VII. 58. And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.
Yet this tumultuous violence was not without some pretence of a legal proceeding for there came in certain men, which gave evidence against Stephen; and these witnesses, according to the law being to cast the first stones at the condemned, laid down their garments at the feet of one that was a favourer and abettor of their proceedings, even a young man, named Saul.
VIII. 18. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money.
And when Simon, the Sorcerer, saw, that, upon the outward ceremony of laying on of hands (though accompanied with the faithful prayers of the Apostles) the miraculous gifts of the Holy Ghost were sensibly conferred on the persons formerly baptized, he offered them money.
VIII. 23. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
For I perceive thou art all over tainted and empoisoned with the most deadly venom of wickedness, and fast bound with the fetters and manacles of thine iniquity.
VIII. 33. In his humiliation, &c. See Isaiah liii. 8.
VIII. 39. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
And the Spirit of the Lord suddenly and miraculously withdrew Philip, from the presence and sight of the eunuch; who went on his way, thereupon more rejoicing, for that he saw God had, by so wonderful means, wrought his conversion.