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would they have obeyed their Master's injunction, to“ go into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature,” unless they had been enabled to “utter words easy to be understood ?” Would not such a futile attempt have been in direct opposition both to the spirit and the words of St. Paul, where (strongly deprecating the “speaking in an unknown tongue,” by those who are called to the work of the ministry) he says, “when thou shalt bless with the Spirit, (that is, in an unknown tongue,) how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned, say amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest ?” “For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.”

Since then, “faith cometh by hearing,” and since it was the especial object of the apostles' preaching, to “speak unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort,” how important to the vital interests of Christianity, how essential to its establishment in the minds of men, was the proof here afforded of the Holy Spirit's miraculous influence, by the astonishing fact, that a number of poor illiterate fishermen and mechanics, were, in an instant, endued with the power of speaking every known language of the habitable globe. How important, that this rare, this unheard-of gift, should have been imparted in a manner which must at once have removed every possible suspicion of deceit or imposture; at a season too, when such a numerous assemblage of widely scattered nations were witnesses of the fact, and of course enabled to attest its truth. For, at this festival of Pentecost, there were sojourning at Jerusalem, great multitudes of Jews, “out of every nation under heaven;" and well might they all be “amazed and marvel, when they heard these simple-minded, unlearned Galileans, speak, “every man in his own tongue, the wonderful works of God."

The second miracle wrought by the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, was his giving them an understanding of the secret counsels of God :--a clear perception, a full comprehension of what they had hitherto known but imperfectly ;-an entirely new insight into things, which (till they had received this divine illumination) were to them utterly unknown : nor was this all; for as a yet farther evidence of their being indeed

taught of God,” they were endued with the spirit of prophecy, which enabled them to predict many events, which were afterwards accomplished in due season.

The spiritual knowledge which the apostles had already acquired, from the doctrines, the promises, the divine example, and mighty works of their adorable Lord, may be compared to the beautiful features of a splendid landscape, obscured in the gloom of night, or but indistinctly seen through the first faint glimmerings of the morning's dawn,-as contrasted with the same fair scene, displayed in all its loveliness, by the bright beams of a meridian sun. For, as in this case, it is not the sun that produces the rich variety of nature's work, though it is to his light we owe the distinct developement of each beauteous object; so, the divine truths presented by Christ to his disciples, though, like their eternal Source, “the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever,” were but dimly perceived, but imperfectly appreciated, till his Spirit's light had beamed on their darkened minds, dispelled the mists of doubt and uncertainty, and revealed those things, which, being “spiritually discerned,” had been hitherto, in a great measure, “hidden from their eyes.

And with respect to those things which Christ had not taught them, because (as he said to them)“ ye cannot bear them now;"—such as the abolition of the Jewish ceremonies, and the calling of the Gentiles ; it was the Holy Spirit that “led them into all truth.” He had been promised to them for this purpose ; and it is with reference to his miraculous gifts, that St. Paul calls him “a spirit of wisdom and revelation ; a spirit that searcheth the deep things of God, that revealeth hidden things.” On this first effusion of the Spirit, what a perfect understanding of Scripture was instantly manifested by St. Peter ! He who before, could not comprehend that his Lord must die, since he understood not what the Prophets had said concerning him ; he whose intemperate zeal had abruptly checked his master's prophetic announcement of his approaching fate, by the hasty exclamation “this be far from thee, O Lord,”—now explains to the assembled multitude, the words of David and of Joel ; proving by each, that Jesus Christ must die and rise again ; and (together with his fellow apostles) declares to them mysteries, hitherto concealed from the world. And shall it be asked, whence did all this proceed ? The answer is at once given by the Apostle, in the words of the text. It is, says Peter, because Jesus, “having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear:” this gift of tongues, this understanding of the Scriptures, this supernatural knowledge, which we now shew to you, and at which ye are thus amazed and confounded.

The third gift of the Holy Ghost to the apostles, was his investing them with an almost unlimited power, of confirming the word of his grace, by the signs and miracles which followed it: at once the most obvious and popular demonstration of the divine truths which they delivered. But here it is of moment to observe, that all these miracles were performed, only in the name of the Lord Jesus. To his faithful witnesses, he gave authority over unclean spirits; he gave them power to heal the sick, to restore the dead to life ; and even, by the laying on of their hands to communicate a portion of their own miraculous gifts, to such as believed through their word. But, far from arrogating to themselves any merit in the accomplishment of the “ mighty signs and wonders,” which they wrought "by the power of the Spirit of God,” we find them constantly and fearlessly preaching “ Jesus of Nazaretli,” as the Mighty One, in whose name alone, these miracles were performed. Of this a memorable instance is recorded, in the healing the poor man at the “beautiful gate of the Temple. For the sacred narrative relates, that when all the people “ were filled with wonder and amazement,” at seeing the man who was lame from his birth, “walking and leaping, and praising God,” St. Peter thus addressed them :-“Ye men of Israel why marvel ye at this, or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk ?” And then, directing their views to the Great Original of all, even “the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob,” he bade them regard the miracle they had just witnessed, as a signal proof that he had “glorified his Son Jesus,” whom they had ungratefully rejected, and delivered up to an ignominious and cruel death. For, (continued the Apostle) “his name,


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