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& VIII. Behold, I send the promise of my Father upon
you ; tärry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued
with power from on high.?..
; IX. Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not
many days hence.

X. He that believeth in me, the works that I do shall he do ; and greater works than these shall he do; because Father.

} XI. And these signs shall follow them that believe } In my name shall they cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues ;

They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them ; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

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ANNOTATIONS AND REFLECTIONS,

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All the foregoing predictions we have read in the course of our LORD's history, but they will the more, easily be retained in memory from this collective, view of them. Let us consider what they principally. teach'us.

I. We learn, that the baptism of the Holy GHOST.is as necessary as that of water, in order to qualify any one for admittance into the kingdom of Heaven * ; for it is a part of the MessiAH's office as Mediator to sanctify his disciples, hy sending down the Holy SPIRIT upon them :. and he bestows it upon them according to their obedience and necessities; and accepts none as members of his kingdom, who do not submit to the terms on which he . dispenses the Holy SPIRIT, namely, repentance and water baptism.

* See our Lord's Discourse, Section xv. Vol. V.'

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- II. We are faught, that the Apostles and first preachers of the Gospel were to be endowed with supernatural knowledge by the HOLY SPIRIT, which is the SPIRIT OF Gor; and that they were required, instead of depending on their own abilities, to expect and rely upon extraordi. nary illuminations, whenever they were persecuted in the course of their ministry.

III. That these extraordinary illuminations should render them superior to those who had the greatest natural advantages over them.

IV. That the gift of the Holy SPIRIT would be be. stowed by GUD THE FATher at the intercession of the Messiah, and through him, That the Holy SPIRIT should be manifested to the Apostles, so that they should be able to distinguish his operations from the effects of imagination; and that he should be essentially present them when they acted as ministers of the Gospel, reveal. ing to them every

truth
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for them to be ac. quainted with, and enabling them, as appointed witnesses of the ministry and resurrection of CHRIST, to recollect every circumstance requisite to be made known to the world,

V. That the Holy SPIRIT should be an ADVOCATE to plead the cause of CHRIST, both to the Apostles and the world, and also an additional witness to the truth of his resurrection,

VI. Our Lord declared, that the Holy Spirit would not be poured on the Apostles during his personal abode on earth, because the MESSIAH was to be distinguished from the beginning of his ministry to his ascension, from the rest of mankind, as the Holy One, on whom the SPIRIT OF GOD rested; but after his exaltation, he was as Mediator to dispense the Holy Spirit to his faithful followers, in order to enable them fin his stead, as he was no longer personally present) to reprove the world

for its infidelity in disbelieving the doctrine of redemption, for unrighteousness. in respect to immoral acting, and for false judgment in condemning the MESSIAH O death,

VII. We are told that the HOLY SPIRIT would not speak of himself as a separate Deity, but would come as a guide to those who were in search of truth; and that all his operations would have a reference to Christ and his doctrine; that is to say, he would not reveal a New system of religion, but illustrate that which was revealed by our LORD

VIII. That the first effusion of the Holy SPIRIT would be at Jerusalem.

IX. That the Holy SPIRIT would be poured down upon the Apostles in * few days after our LORD's. ascension.

X and XI. That its effects would be evidently mi. raculous and various, and more astonishing than even the miracles our LORD performed during the course of his ministry: because our LORD being exalted to the sight hand of God would shew forth his power, by causing his Gospel to be more extensively propagated than it was expedient to be during his abode on earth. Our LORD called the gift of the Holy Spirit the pros mise of bis FATHER. The MESSIAH was the great promise of the Old Testament, the Holy SPIRIT that of the Nerus ,

Let us now proceed with the history, in order to see how these predictions were accomplished.

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SECTION LVII.

THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

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From Acti, Chap. ii. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place :

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of à rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting :

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, deroet men, out of every nation under heaven.

Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language :

And they were all amazed, and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans?

And how hear we every man in his own tongue wherein we were born. bu

Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Capadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts

of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and Prosely tes,

Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tougues the wonderful works of God.

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And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, sayirig one to another, What meaneth this?

Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice and said unto them, Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto yon, and hearken to my words :

For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.

And it shall come to pass in the last days (saith God) I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh'; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams :

And on my servants, and on my handmaidens, I wilt pour out in those days of my Spirit, and they shall prophesy :

And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath ; blood and fire, and vapour of smoke.

The sun shall de turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the LORD come.

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be saved. * Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Naza: reth, a man approved of God among you, by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.

Him being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain : Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains

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