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PAUL, BARNABAS, AND SILAS.
"And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went
both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so
spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also
of the Greeks believed."-AcTs, c. xiv., v. 1.
"IN the world ye shall have tribulation." These had been the words
of the blessed Saviour to his disciples. Thus He had warned them
that their obedience and zeal in preaching His gospel would bring
upon them the hatred of wicked men, and trouble, and sorrow. But
He had added: "Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
These words of the Lord were now being fulfilled as the number of
the followers of Christ increased. The apostles and other disciples
went about zealously and faithfully preaching salvation and the re-
mission of sins to all who believed on him. This raised the anger
of the Jews, and the more faithfully the disciples did their duty the
more fiercely did the hatred of their enemies pursue them. And now
the gospel was to be preached, not among the Jews only, but also
among the Gentile nations. Those who had ignorantly bowed down
to gods of wood and stone, were now to be brought to the knowledge
of the true God, and of our Saviour Jesus Christ. When Peter
preached before Cornelius, and before the friends and household of
that devout man, the Jews who were present were astonished to see
that the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on Jew and on Gen-
tile alike. And Peter, taught by the vision he had seen, baptized
Jews and Gentiles alike, without distinction of persons. The Christ-
ians at Jerusalem were at first disposed to murmur at seeing the
Gentiles thus admitted to equal privileges with themselves; but when
Peter described to them the vision he had seen, and the command
he had received, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying:
Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life."
Thus the number of Christians increased continually; and in An-
tioch, a good man, a disciple named Barnabas, was of great service
in exhorting those who believed to be faithful, and those who were
PAUL, PREACHES TO THE GENTILES.
yet unconverted to repent and believe. At Antioch the followers of
the Lord Jesus Christ were first called by the name of Christians.
Paul the apostle was at this time in Tarsus, and Barnabas went
thither to seek him, and bl:ught him to Antioch. Paul and Barna-
bas afterwards worked and journeyed together for a long time.
Their first journey was in consequence of a great dearth or famine
that occurred in the reign of Claudius Cassar. The disciples resolv-
ed to send relief to their brethren in Judama; which was sent by
the hands of Paul and Barnabas.
A gi-eater work was soon entrusted to these two men by the rest
of the disciples. They were sent forth to preach the gospel among
the. Gentiles. From city to city they travelled, preaching first to
the Jews; and then when the Gentiles desired also to hear the gos-
pel, they preached to them, and a great number believed. In one
case nearly all the inhabitants of a city came out to hear Paul and
Barnabas. We are told, "When the Jews saw the. multitudes they
were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were
spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. .Then Paul and
Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the Word of
God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from
you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to
the Gentiles." At this the Gentiles were greatly rejoiced; but the
Jews became more and more angry, and stirred up the devout women
and the chief men to persecute Paul and Barnabas, and expel them
from the city. So these two disciples came to Iconium.
Here they converted a great number of people, both Jews and
Greeks; but the unbelieving Jews tried again to raise a persecu-
tion against Paul and Barnabas. For a time many held with Paul
and Barnabas; but at length they were obliged to flee from the city,
and betake themselves to two other cities Lystra, and Derbe.
At Lystra, Paul miraculously healed a cripple; and when the
idolatrous people saw this great work, they could searlcely be pre-
vented from offering sacrifice to them; for they said: The gods are
come down to us in the likeness of men." But some wicked Jews
from Iconium and Antioch stirred up the people against Paul, and
PAUL AND SILAS IN PRISON.
PAUL AND SILAS IN PRISON.
stoned him,,leaving him for dead. He recovered, however, and de-
parted from the city with Barnabas.
After a time there was a dis.iension between Barnablas i1nd Paul;
and they parted-Barn bas! waiting to Cyprus, and Paul ,h'r.lsin,-'
"Sila.s for his eCmlp1aninir. They returned together to lDrbe aln'
Lystra. In their travels they cn,-verted a woman named Lydiai. i,
seller of purple. What happened inext I will tell you in the words
of the Bible: "And it caine tu: pass, as we went to prayer, a cer-
tain dl 1iill possesseds with' a spirit of divinatin met. us, which
brought her masters nluich gain by soothsaying:. The same followed
Paul.and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the
musit high7 Go(d, w which le.vw uito ui the wavy ,f salvatii.ii And this
did she I any days. B ut. Paul, being .rie\-ed, turned d nd said to
the spirit, I ciimnniand thee in the name n t f Jesus Chrtist to cim ie out
,f her. And lie came out the same hour. And when heir ina-ters
.aw that the hope of their gains was go-rne, they caught Paul and
Silas, aln drew them into.thle market-pla1e under the rulers, aind
1br_ ul'g'ht tliein to tlie maistrates, saying These mien, beinI' Jewx (1,_
t-xceedinj-ly trouble our city, and teach cu,,tms which are not law-
t'll fo-r us to receive, neither to observe, being Rom ans. And the
multit-ude rose up together against theit: and tie magistrates rent
iA' their clthes, and cn mianded to beat theii. Andi when they
had laid .many stripes upon them, they cast them into priihl, charg-
ing: the jailor to keei, them safely. And at iniiiiiuit. Paul
and Silas prayed, anld -i' i praises unt, God: and thu pri,'oners
heard thient, Andi su, lddenly there was a great. eat th'q.iake. .-o that.
the foundations of the pi ison were shaken: and imumedliately all the
doors opened, and every one's bands were loosed. And- the keeper
of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prisn doors
open. he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, sup-
posing that the prisoners 'had fled. But Paul cried with a loud
voice, -avinhg. Do thyself no harim : for \we are all here."
Then the jailer's hard heart was touched, and telling down before
Paul aild Silas, he cried: Sirs, what must I do to be saved." They
told him to believe on the Lord.Jesis Christ.
PETER'S MIRACULOUS DELIVERANCE.
"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery
trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing
happened unto you:
"But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's
sufferings."-I PETER, c. Iv., v. 12, 13.
HEROD the king was a wicked, cruel man. He persecuted the fol-
lowers of the Lord Jesus, and caused the Apostle James to be put
to death. This pleased the unbelieving Jews; and, therefore, Herod
proceeded to take Peter prisoner also; and caused him to be shut
up in prison, and guarded by soldiers.
The Christians were very much grieved at this imprisonment of
Peter, and incessantly prayed for his deliverance. Herod intended
to bring him forth on a certain day to the people; but on the night
before this day a bright light suddenly shone in Peter's dark prison,
and the angel of the Lord stood before him, and touched Peter on
the side, saying: "Arise up quickly." And as Peter rose, the chains
fell off his hands. Then the angel of the Lord commanded him to
gird himself, and to put on his sandals. And when Peter had done
so,-the angel said: "Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me."
Thereupon he led Peter forth. The apostle followed, thinking that
this was all a vision, for he could not realise to himself that he was
really. quitting the prison.
After they had left the prison, they came to an iron gate leading
to the city. This gate opened to them of its own accord, so that
they passed through into the city; and here the angel quitted Peter.
Thus left alone, the apostle understood what had happened to
him, and said: "Now I know of a surety that the Lord hath sent
his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from
all the expectation of the people of the Jews." For the Jews were
expecting to gratify their malice and revenge by the spectacle of
Peter in chains. Peter determined to go to the house of Mary, the
THE DEATH OF HEROD.
mother of Mark, one of the apostles. Accordingly he went thither,
and knocked at the door. A damsel named Rhoda came out to open
it; but when she heard Peter's voice at the gate, she was so sur-
prised and overjoyed, that, without stopping to let him in, she ran
at once to the company of Christians who were assembled together
in the house praying, and told them who it was that stood at the
door knocking for admittance. They could not believe her tidings,
and thought Rlhoda must be mad.. But she persisted that she spoke
the truth; whereupon they went out: and opening the door, were
beyond measure astonished to find how directly their prayers had
been answered by the restoration to them of their beloved -teacher.
Peter told them how the angel of the Lord had brought him forth
out of the prison, and desired them to let the'rest of the brethren
hear of this wonderful event. Thereupon he departed to another
Great was the astonishment of the wicked Herod when he found
that the prisoner was gone. He sought for him in vain; and when.
he could not find him; he sent for the keepers of the prison, and as
they could give no account of their prisoner, Herod commannded that
they should be put to death.
You may, perhaps, wish to hear what was the end of this wicked
Herod. I will tell you. The citizens of Tyre and Sidon had offend-
ed him greatly. Anxious to make their peace, they made a friend
of Herod's chamberlain, Blast us, and made submission to him, de-
siring peace.: On a certain day, Herod, arrayed in royal apparel,
sat upon his throne, and made an orition unto them. And the
people gave a shout, saying: I' t is the voice of a god, and not of
a man." But in the midst of this wretched man's pride and arro-
gance, while he was listening to the flatteries which were thus offer-
ed to him, and really considering himselff a god, the angel of the
Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory; and he was
eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
But while the career of this wicked ruler was thus cut short, Peter,
the faithful and zealous servant of the Loird Jesus, went on perform-
ing the work which had been given him to do. He went about
PETER FREED BY THE ANGEL.
8 TRUST IN GOD.
from place to place, preaching the gospel and teaching what was
- good and true. Hardships he had to endure like the rest of the
apostles, and frequent persecutions for the sake of the Lord Jesus;
but he endured them gladly, remembering how his Divine Master
had also suffered* Andthen, many yesi afterwards, wicked men:
took him and nailed him on a cross, so that he died, he laid down
his life gladly, knowing that's crown of glory had been laid up for
him. Like his brethren, the other apostles,he was cheerful alike
amid kindofriends or cruel enemies, for he:knew.that:the Lord never
forsakes those who trust in him, and that God is everywhere.
Oh, look up to the soft blue sky,
Arching above thee bright and fair ;
Cold is the heart, and dull the eye,
i. .:: Which feels not, sees not God is there.
Look round thee on this spacious earth.
S' With every varied beauty rife-
Starts not an instant thought to birth
Of Him whose presence giveth life ?
Survey the billowy, boundless deep;
Is there no voice salutes thine ear,
Whispering, when tempests o'er it sweep,
In still small accents; God is here?
Glauce upward, in night's silent hour,
To countless stars in glory bright;
These speak, unheard, their Maker's power,
~Whose presence is their source of light. .
Hark to the winds which come and go
O'er seas unfathomed, wastes untrod
.Are they not heralds, to and, fro,
Of Him, the Omnipresent God?
All forms of living creatures trace,-.
'Proclaim they not his power and love,
Vocal, in harmony and grace,
Of Him in whom they live ard move?
Last, but not least, oh, turn within,
With humble hope and fervent prayer;
For in each heart.redeemed from sin, .
.....:.. ~~:. T.-- ..... he eternal God is present there.-- -..
THE CAREER iOF ST. PAUL.
"For wo.are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the
beginning of our confidence steadf.ist unto the end."
IIEBREWS, C. II., v. 14.
IT was the peculiar duty of St. Paul to preach the gospel to the Gen-
tiles, or those who were not of the Jewish nation. Not that he was;
unwilling to preach to the Jews also; but these had become so
hardened in their unbelief, that they positively refused to hear the
words of truth, and Paul was for a time obliged to desist from. trying
to teach them. We are expressly told that, "When Silas and Timo-
theus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit,
and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. And when they
opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said
unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: hence-
forth I will go unto the Gentiles."
At Ephesus, the special gifts that had been vouchsafed to Pail
were made manifest in different ways. Those upon whom he laid
his hands received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and spake in divers
tongues, and prophesied. He had cured the cripple at Lystra; but
now the gift of healing was extended even to his garments. Special
miracles were wrought by his hands; and when handkerchiefs o~
aprons that he had worn were brought to the sick, the diseases!'4e-
parted from them, and they were healed. Certain vagabond Jews
tried to imitate the deeds of Paul, and took upon themselves, with-
out any authority, to call in the name of the Lord Jesus upon men
in 'Whom were evil spirits, saying: "We adjure you by Jesus Christ
whom Paul preacheth." There were seven sons of a man named
Seeva, a Jew, who did this. But the evil spirit cried out: "Jesus
V know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?" And the man in
whom the evil spirit was fell upon them and beat them severely.
There were some men who gained much money by making shrines
for Diana, an idol worshipped by many at Ephesus, and elsewhere.
These men were very angry with Paul for declaii4u that it was wick-
PAUL RAISING THE CRIPPLE AT LYSTRA.
PAUL BRINGS EUTYCHUS TO LIFE.
ed to bow down to idols; for they said that if the worship of idols
ceased, their profits would cease also. Therefore, Demetrius, a sil-
versmith, called together a number of men and tried to raise a riot
against Paul. But the town clerk of Ephesus succeeded in putting
down the riot, telling Demetrius, and those who were with him, that
if they had anything to say against Paul or the other disciples, they
ought to proceed according to law, and in a lawful assembly. And
when he had told the people this he dismissed them to their homes.
Paul now visited many towns everywhere preaching the kingdom
of Christ. And I will tell you of a wonderful event that happened
in the city of Troas, where Paul remained seven days. It is thus
related in the Acts of the Apostles: Paul was about to depart on
the morrow, assembled the disciples in an upper chamber; on the
first day of the week, that he might preach to them before he went
away. The chamber was illuminated by many lights, and Paul,
who had much to say to his friends, continued his speech until
midnight. "And there sat in a window a certain young man named
Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep; and as Paul was long
preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third
loft, and was taken up dead. And Paul went down and fell on him,
and embracing him said: Trouble not yourselves, for his life is in
him. When he, therefore, was come up again, and had broken
bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day,
so he departed. And they brought the young man alive, and were
not a little comforted." After visiting many places, Paul deter-
mined to go to Jerusalem. The disciples endeavoured to dissuade
him, knowing how inveterate the Jews were against Paul, and fear-
ing they would deprive him of life. But he would not be dissuaded;
and giving his friends much good advice, he bade them farewell.
They accompanied him to the ship very sorrowful-especially as
Paul, filled with a presentiment of what should happen to him, told
them that they should see his face no more.
When Paul came to Palestine, he stayed for a time in several of
the cities, visiting his brethren the Christians, praying with them,
and exhorting them to do what was right and good. 'In going to
PAUL TAKEN PRTIONER.
Jerusalem, Paul well knew the afflictions and troubles that awaited
him; and that he was ready to face these troubles, and to endure
these afflictions, the following incident, told in the Acts of the
Apostles, fully shows: And as we tarried at Caesarea many days,
there e;jine down from Judaea a certaiti prophet, naiiml Agabus.
And whin he was come unto us, he to.,k Paul's girdle on l bound
his own hands and feet, and said, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem
bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into
the hands of the Gentiles. And we besought him (Paul) not to go
up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and
to break mine heart ? for am I ready not to be bound only, but also
to die -at Jerusalem f*- the name of the Lord Jesus. Aihi1 we went
up to Jerusalem. Ain when seven days were almost ended, the
Jews of Asia, when they saw him in the Temple, stirred up all the
people, and laid hands on him. And all the city was moved, and
the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out, of
They beat and ill-fised Paul in a shameful way; and v',oiild have
murderi'-dl him, but for the arrival of H-e chief captri-i. with a
number if Roman soldiers, who took him prisoner, but saved him
from further violence. He obtained permission to speak to the
people; but when he told them how he was sent to the Gentiles,
they cried: Away with such a fellow from the earth; for it is not
fit that he should live." Then he was taken to the castle, and the
chief cnpltin ordered him to be bound with thongs, that he might
be scoiiie'd. But Paul bld them he w.:is a Roman ,'i :en; and
thereupon they refrained from scourging b imn, and loosed his bonds.
It was esteemed a great privilege to be a Roman citizen; and it was
not lawful that one should be bound or scourged before he had been
properly tried before a tribunal. Therefore, when the captain found
that Pald was a Roman citizen, he was afraid of being_: made to
answer for breaking the law, and ,tre,: t'~:l his prisoner far more
kindly than he would'otrhrwise have done. And on the morrow,,
the chief priests and all their council were cited by the chief cap-
tain to appear, and Paul was brought before them.
THE REST OF PAUL'S HISTORY.
And when they hud appointed him a day, there came
many to him into, his lodging; to whom he expounded
and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them con-
cerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of
the prophets from morning till evening."
A Trs, c. xxvi., v. 23.
THE Jews were so inveterate against Paul, that some of them took
an oath that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed
him. They determined to ask that Paul should be brought down
into the council, and then to fall upon him and slay him. The chief
captain, hearing of this conspiracy, sent Paul away by night, with
some soldiers to guard him, to Felix, the governor, at Caesarea.
The Jews speedily accused Paul before Felix. They said, "We have
tound this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all
the Jews throughout the world." They also accused him of pro-
faning the Temple. Felix seems to have understood the malice of
the Jews, for he put off the whole matter, and placed Paul in the
charge of a centurion, commanding that his friends should have free
access to him. .He also sent for Paul, who spoke to him so movingly
of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, that Felix
trembled. Thus two years passed away. Then Paul was brought be-
fore a ruler, named Festus; and again the Jews maliciously accused
him. They were anxious that Paul should be sent to Jerusalem;
and had they once. got him into their power, they would assuredly
have put him to death. But Paul--as a Roman-had a right to
appeal to Casar, the Roman emperor: and to Caesar he appealed ;
,and after Paul had again powerfully pleaded his cause before king
Agrippa, who came to visit Festus, it was determined that he should
be.,sent to Rome. Therefore, he was delivered to a -centurion,
named Julius, to be carried to Rome by sea, with certain other
PAUL SHIPWRECKED AT MELITA
PAUL SHIPWRECKED AT MELITA.
During this voyage, Paul and his companions suffered shipwreck.
From the commencement the apostle knew what was going to hap-
pen, and said to the centurion and soldiers, "Sirs, I perceive that
this. voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the
lading and ship, but also of our lives." But the centurion listened
to the master and the owner of the ship rather than to Paul; and
they sailed away out of the harbour. Then the following disasters
occurred, as related in the book of the Acts. '" Not long after, there
arose a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. And we, being ex-
ceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the
ship; and the third day we cast -out with our own hands the tack-
ling of the ship. And when neither sun nor stars in many days
appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should
be saved was then taken away." But when all were desponding,
Paul cheered them, exhorting them to eat, and declaring that
though the ship would be lost, they should all be saved. Remem-
bering how truly he had spoken before, they now believed him and
took courage, and this is what happened: "When it was day, they
knew not the land; but they discovered a certain creek with a
shore, into which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in
the ship. And when they had taken up the anchors, they commit-
ted themselves unto the sea. And falling into a place where two
seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast,
and remained unmovable, but the hinder part was broken with the
violence of the waves. And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the
prisoners, lest any of them should swim out and escape. But the
centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and
commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first
into the sea, and get to the land: and the rest, some on boards, and
some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass that
they escaped all safe to land."
The island on which they had been thus cast was called Melita,
and the narrative goes on thus: "And the barbarous people showed
us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every
one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. And
PAUL IN ROME.
when Paul had gathered.a bundle of sticks and laid them on the
fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
And-when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his
hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a mur-
derer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, vengeance suffereth
not to live. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no
harm. Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen or fallen
down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and
saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that
he was a god."
Thus do ignorant people fall from one error into another! At
length Paul and his companions left Melita, and proceeded towards
Rome. There he was permitted to dwell in his own hired house, a
Keeper being with him. Piresently Paul called together the chief
of the Jews in Rome, and explained to them how he had been
accused, and defended himself with such strength that many believ-
ed,' and there was great disputing among the Jews themselves
concerning the truth of Paul's words. "But Paul," we are told,
"received all that came in unto him; preaching the kingdom of
God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus
Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him."
At Rome he is supposed to have written his letters or epistles to
the Philippians, Ephesians, and others. On a second journey to
Rome, he was again taken prisoner, and at length put to death by
the cruel Emperor Nero.
Thus, my dear young readers, I have given you an outline of the
.contents of the Bible; and, in parting from you, I would as a last
word remind you that our Lord Jesus Christ has said: Search the
Scriptures," and has given as a reason, "For those are they that
testify of me."
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