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A. D. 33. Ghost: as your fathers cil, told them plainly, That notdid, fo do ye. withstanding all these unexcep
tionable Evidences from their own Scriptures, he still expected that they would cortinue hard against the Word of God, and the miracuJous Testimonies of his Spirit, just as their Fore-fathers had too often done before them.
$2. Which of the 52. Only with this Difference, prophets have
not That they only abused those Proyour fathers perse- phets that foretold and described cuted ? and they have the blessed Times of the Meffiah; Nain them which Thewed before of the
but you (says he) by a more descoming of the just perate Degree of 'Wickedness, One, of whom ye have betrayed and murdered the have been now the very Mafiah himself. betrayers and murderers.
53. Who have re Ś3. And finally, That this ceived the law by the their Law and Temple; tho' the disposition of angels, one so augustly and solemnly deand have not kept it. clared from Heaven, the other so magnificent in its Fabrick and Worship, should be so far from being their Security, under such unrepented Violation of the Divine Will, that they would serve only as Arguments to ascertain, and increase, and aggravate that most exemplary Judgment that was coming upon them. 54: When they
54. This Discourse, and the heard these things, bold Application of it to them, they were cut to the fo incensed the Council, that heart
, and they gnash they expressed themselves against ed on him with ebeir him, with all the Signs of Rage teeth.
and Bitterness. 55. But he being 55. Stephen knowing what this full of the holy Ghost, Fury of theirs would end in, looked up itedfastly lifted up his Eyes and heart to into heaven, and faw Heaven, where his only Hope the glory of God, and and Confidence was placed ; and Jesus ftanding on the right hand of God,
God for his present Support,
vouchsafed him a Sight of the SHECHINAH, of glorious Appearance of the Divine
Majesty, and Jesus in the highest Splendor and Great- A. D. 33.
56. And said, Be. 56. And he declared to them
57. But they, seeing nothing
him in the loudest Manner, called upon the People to carry him off, and stone him as a Blasphemer.
58. And cast bim 58. And to put some face of
themselves for it, and gave their
59. Thus they murdered this
60. And he kneel. 60. And in the Midst of his
CH A P.
CHA P. VIII.
nity. They are forced to flee from Jerusalem. Only
verts thë Eunuch, and baptizeth him. 4. D. 33. *. AND Saul was HE Rage and Malice of consenting un
the Council at Stephen's to his death. And at Discourse, did not end in his that time there was a Murder, but extended to all the great persecution 2gainst the church Christian Converts; all, or moft which was at Jerufa. of which, were forced therelem; and they were upon to retire from Jerusalem all scattered 'abroad into the several Parts of Judaa throughout the regi- and Samaria. But the twelve ons of Judæa and Sa- Apostles * continued there ftill: maria, except the a. And in the Execution of these poftles.
persecuting Orders of the Council, Saul was a principal Instrument, as he had before been of Stephen's Condemnation.
• Ver. 1. Talo oy a mosórwy, Except the Apostles; who, in all Probability, would hardly have abided the Danger of this Persecution, but from some special Order from God; and
by a particular Providence over them. · The Reason for their Continuance at Jerusalem in a Body,' I conceive to be, That they might consult and give Directions to them that were scattered into several Parts, relating to the Converts they should make. See Chap. viii. 14, 86. and Chap. xi. 22, 86. See Bp. Pearson's Oper. Polis
2. And devout men 2. In the mean Time, thoit A. D. 35. carried Stephen to his was against the Custom of the burial, and made great Jewis Nation to bury Malefaclamentation over him.
tors in the fame Manner with other People, yet Stephen's * Friends ventured to carry his Body off, and perform his Funeral with the usual Decencies and Respects. 3. As for Saul, he
3. To proceed now in the Acmade havock of the count of this Dispersion of the church, entring into Christian Converts, who could every house, and hal
now no longer endure their own ing men and
Houses, by reason of the Zeal committed them to
and Fury of Saul, who by Orprison.
der of the Council, entered and searched them all, dragging Men and Women out to Prison.
4. Therefore they 4. But these Endeavours to that were scattered a- iuppress the Christian Doctrine, broad, went every tended yet further to spread and where preaching the
propagate it. For such of those word.
that were driven from Jerusalem, as had sufficient Endowments of the Holy Ghoft, and Authority from the Apostles, went preaching, and confirming the Gospel, through the several Towns and Countries, into which they were dispersed.
5. Then Philip went 5, 6, 7 & 8. Among whom down to the city of Philip, one of the seven Deacons Samaria, and preach. or Stewards for the Poor, (Chap. ed Christ unto them. vi.) distinguished himself in one
6. And the people of the chief Cities of the Samawith one accord gave ritan Country ; in which he heed unto those things preached, and wrought Miracles hearing and seeing the with such Success, that the greatmiracles which he did. eft Part of the People believed, 7. For unclean spi- and embraced the Gospel with rits, E
"Arseas curalis, Devo:it Men. Whether this Phrase in this place, fignifies Jewish Proselyres, or Christian Gone verts, is hardly to be determined ; though most probably they were Jewish Profelytes turned Christians.
1. D. 35. rits, crying with a the greatest Gladness and Satif
loud voice, came out fa&tion.
8. And there was great joy in that city.
9. But there was a 9, 10 & 11. Now there had
one Simon, a famous Sorcerer,
divine Power; and indeed had
so long and often astonished the
People with diabolical and magi-
to. To whom they cal Performances, that he was
11. And to him they had regard, because that of long
12. But when they 12. But upon hearing the
more plain and unexceptionable
it, they left Simon, and were
baptized into the Religion of
13. Nay, the Power by which
himself was as much struck and
astonished at them, as the Peo-
ple had been at his; and finding
he could no longer stand in
14 & 15. Now the twelve A-