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the temple, praising and blessing God."-Luke xxiv. 52, 53.
PROPHECY." And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit."-Joel ii. 28, 29.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered." -Joel ii. 32.
FULFILMENT." 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 a 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...... Peter, standing up with the eleven, lift up his voice, and said unto them,...... 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 of 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 will pour out, in those days, of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy : ......and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord, shall be saved."—Acts ii. 1-4, 14-21.
PROPHECY.- "Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows ?"-Isa. lx. 8.
"A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time."-Isa. lx. 22.
FULFILMENT. "Then they that gladly received his word were baptised : and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” -Acts ii. 41, 42.
PROPHECY." I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them.”—
Jer. xxxii. 39.
"I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory."-Isa. xlvi. 13.
"It shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem...........And the Lord shall be king all over the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one."-Zech. xiv. 8, 9.
FULFILMENT." And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."-Acts ii. 46, 47.
"Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen."-1 Tim. i. 17.
"He must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet."-1 Cor. xv. 25.
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name. That at the name of JESUS every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."-Phil. ii. 9-11.
Truly Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, one with the Father; the Redeemer of the world. All who believe in him shall be saved. His command to the Jews was, "Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."*
After his resurrection, when walking with the two disciples to Emmaus, he began "at Moses, and all the prophets, and expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself."+
When he appeared to his eleven disciples, "he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."
Blessed Jesus, enlighten the eyes of my understanding, that I may behold thee in all the fulness. of thy glory, as "the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."§ May I receive thee, with joyful heart, as my only Saviour; love thee as my Almighty Friend; and obey thee, as my Sovereign
O! give me grace to prize that blessed volume more and more, which reveals Thee to my soul, as my Atonement, Righteousness, Purifier, and Intercessor. Suffer not the scoffs of the infidel, or the sneers of the worldly, to shake my faith in Thee. Preserve me from the lying suggestions of Satan, and the inward workings of indwelling sin. Give me to know Thee, through the teaching of thy Spirit, that, being transformed into thine image, and made conformable to * John v. 39. + Luke xxiv. 27. Luke xxiv. 44-47. § John i. 14.
thy will, I may, when called out of the body, be glorified with thy glory, and be for ever happy in thy love.
"I love the sacred Book of God,
No other can its place supply;
It gives me wings, and bids me fly.
"Sweet Book! in which my eyes discern
"In thee, I read my title clear,
To mansions that will ne'er decay;
"Then shall I need thy light no more
To show me whom I have believ'd;
"When 'midst the throng celestial plac'd,
From which the sacred page was trac'd,
Sweet book!-I 've no more need of thee.
"But while I'm here, thou shalt supply
"I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."-2 Tim. i. 12.
To talk about Christian Experience is, by some persons considered little short of enthusiasm. To try to enlist the affections on the side of Christianity is by others deemed extravagance. In their view, the soberminded Christian is one who attends to the duties of his station, is a strict observer of religious ordinances, and distributes of his substance to the poor and needy. To speak to them about the corruption of the heart, the inward conflict, the power of faith, the energy of love, the work of the Spirit, the grace of the Saviour, is like talking about an unknown region.
It was not so with the blessed Paul. He could say, "I know whom I have believed." He was taught of God to know, by sweet experience, the efficacy of Christ's atonement, the sufficiency of his grace, and the prevalency of his intercession. His ardent desire was "to know Christ, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means he might attain unto the resurrection of the dead."*
St. John also, being taught of God, was well acquainted with spiritual knowledge and religious experience. His first epistle abounds with the most delightful proofs of this. He seems to rise, as he writes, on the wings of an assured faith and hope:"Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things."-ii. 20.
"We know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."—iii. 2.
*Phil. iii. 10, 11.