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ACTS XIII-PAUL PREACHETH IN ANTIOCH

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David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

. 23 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am ? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.

26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.

27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.

28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.

29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.

30 But God raised him from the dead:

31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.

32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,

33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.

35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;

41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.'

42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.”

Habakkuk, 1, 5. ?The Revised Version substitutes “they" for "the Gentiles."

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ACTS XIII-PAUL TURNETH TO THE GENTILES

43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

44 | And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.

45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, , contradicting and blaspheming.

46 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.

47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. 1

48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.

50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.

51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.

52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

Chapter 14

1 Paul and Barnabas are persecuted from Iconium. 8 At Lystra Paul healeth a cripple, whereupon they are reputed as gods. 19 Paul is stoned. 21 They pass through divers churches, confirming the disciples in faith and patience. 26 Returning to Antioch, they report what God had done with them.

SND 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. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.

3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.

5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them,

6 They were ware of it, and filed unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:

Matthew 28, 19; Isaiah 49, 6, etc.

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The Last Sermon

BY EUGENE BERNARD. REPRODUCED BY PERMISSION

OF THE BERLIN PHOTOGRAPHIC CO.

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"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."- John, 15, 13.

OST wonderful of all the wonderful discourses

of Christ on earth was that which He addressed

to the faithful eleven, on the night of their “last supper.” Only the Gospel of John gives it in full. Part doubtless was delivered at the solemn supper table, and part afterward when, having left the Paschal feast, Jesus walked with His dear friends out from Jerusalem and onward toward the Mount of Olives. The supper feast He closed by addressing them as “Little children,” and telling them that He must now leave them to struggle onward by themselves. One last greatest command He gave them: “Love one another.”

Peter protested that he would not be left behind, that however hard the road, he would follow Jesus: “I will lay down my life for thy sake.” But the Master, knowing how weak is flesh even though spirit be willing, put this last burst of human affection sadly behind Him, “Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wbeat: But I have prayed for thee.” And He warned Peter, “Even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice."

Many words of divine counsel followed, and divinest comfort. “In my father's house,” said Christ, “there are many mansions;" and then came a glad assurance for the future, "I go to prepare a place for you." His last words before His agony began were a reassertion of

love for these true friends.

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