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THE ACTS.

[of Christ. Lord, wilt thou at this time restore CHAP. I.

again the kingdom to Israel?

7 And he said unto them, it is not THE THE former treatise have I made, for you to know the times or the sea. O Theophilus, of all that Jesus

sons,

which the Father hath put in his began both to do and teach,

own power. 2 Until the day in which he was 8 But ye shall receive power, after taken up, after that he, through the that the Holy Ghost is come upon your Holy Ghost, had given command- and ye shall be witnesses unto me, ments unto the apostles whom he had both in Jerusalem and in all Judea chosen :

and in Samaria, and unto the utter3 To whom also he shewed himself

most parts of the earth. alive after his passion by many infal- 9 And when he had spoken these lible proofs, being seen of them forty things, while they beheld, he was days, and speaking of the things per- taken up; and a cloud received him taining to the kingdom of God: out of their sight.

4 And, being assembled together 10 And while they looked stead with them, commanded them that fastly toward heaven as he went up, they should not depart from Jerusalem, behold, two men stood by them in white but wait for the promise of the Father, apparel; which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 11 Which also said, Ye men of

5 For John truly baptized with Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into water ; but ye shall be baptized with heaven ? this same Jesus, which is the Holy Ghost not many days hence, taken up from you into heaven, shall

6 When they therefore were come so come in like manner as ye have together, they asked of him, saying, seen him go into heaven. (A)

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EXPOSITION,
CHAP, I,

were iniracles of destruction, with whicly (A) Ver. 1-11. Our Lord's 'ascension. he chastised the Egyptians : but the mira - The excellent M. Claude remarks, that cles of Jesus Christ were always miracles here the Evangelist (Luke] speaks of of benevolence, raising the dead, giving the things that Jesus began both to do and sight to the blind,” &c. (Claude's Essay to teach.Now he says the same of Moses : vol. ii. p. 174.) “ He was mighty in words and in deeds This practice of teaching and working

(Acts vii. 22). ... These two things joined miracles our Lord continued through the 1 together, doing and teaching, are distin- whole course of his ministry, "going

guishing characters of a true prophet, who about” preaching and “ doing gond,' never separates practice from doctrine." “until the day that he was takeu up” to We may remark, however, that there was heaven; which, however, was not votil a great difference between Moses and Jesus, “after that he, through the Holy Ghost both in their teaching and doing. “One had given commandments unto the apos taught justice, the other mercy; one abased, tles whom he had chosen,” relative to the other exalted; one terrified, the other their conduct after his departure. **T comforted. There was also a great differ- whom also (says St. Luke) he showed him | ence between the deeds of the one and of self alive, after his passion, by many in

the other. Most of the miracles of Moses fallible proofs; being seen of them" a

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NOTES. CHAP. I. Ver. 1. The former treatise. -See Ver. 6. Wilt thou at this time restore.- From ou Luke i. 3.

Lord's promise, that the Holy Spirit should convinc Ver. 4. Being assembled together.-Marg, “Eat. the world of sin, &c. (Jobu xvi. 8), it is possibl ing together with them;" and we know that our that the apostles expected that this effect would im Lord did eat with his disciples, even after his resur- mediately follow the gift of the Holy Ghost. Se rection (Luke xxiv. 42). But the original word D«adridge. seems applicable to any friendly or social meeting.. Ver. z. Put in his own poner. Compare Marl

“ Saith he:" these words, though not in the xiii. 32, and Note. original, are evidently implied. See Doddr.

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The ascension)
THE ACTS.

[of Christ, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore CHAP. I.

again the kingdom to Israel?

7 And he said unto them, it is not THE former treatise have I made, for you to know the times or the sea. O Theophilus, of all that Jesus

sons, which the Father hath put in his began both to do and teach,

own power. 2 Until the day in which he was 8 But ye shall receive power,

after taken up, after that he, through the that the Holy Ghost is come upon your Holy Ghost, had given command- and ye shall be witnesses unto me, ments unto the apostles whom he had both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, chosen :

and in Samaria, and unto the utter3 To whom also he shewed himself most parts of the earth. alive after his passion by many infal- 9 And when he had spoken these lible proofs, being seen of them forty things, while they beheld, he was days, and speaking of the things per- taken up; and a cloud received him taining to the kingdom of God out of tireir sight.

4 And, being assembled together 10 And while they looked steadwith them, commanded them that fastly toward heaven as he went up, they should not depart from Jerusalem, behold, two men stood by them in white but wait for the promise of the Father, apparel; which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 11 Which also said, Ye men of

5 For John truly baptized with Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into water ; but ye shall be baptized with heaven ? this same Jesus, which is the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

from

you into heaven, shall 6 When they therefore were come so come in like manner as ye have together, they asked of him, saying, seen him go into heaven. (A)

taken up

EXPOSITION.
CHAP, I,

were miracles of destruction, with which (A) Ver. 1-il. Our Lord's ascension. he chastised the Egyptians : but the mira The excellent M. Claude remarks, that cles of Jesus Christ were always miracles here “the Evangelist (Luke) speaks of of benevolence, raising the dead, giving the things that Jesus began both to do and sight to the blind," &c. (Claude's Essay to teach.Now he says the same of Moses : vol. ij. p. 174.) “He was mighty in words and in deeds This practice of teaching and working

(Acts vii. 22).... These two things joiued miracles our Lord continued through the 1 together, doing and teaching, are distin- whole course of his ministry, "going

guishing characters of a true prophet, who about" preaching and “doing good, I never separates practice from doctrine." “until the day that he was takeu up" to We may remark, however, that there was heaven ; which, however, was not until a great difference between Moses and Jesus, “after that he, through the Holy Ghust, both in their teaching and doing. “One bad given commandments unto the apostaught justice, the other mercy; one abased, tles whom he had chosen," relative to the other exalted; one terrified, the other their conduct after his departure. To comforted. There was also a great differ- whom also (says St. Luke) he showed him ence between the deeds of the one and of self alive, after his passion, by many in: the other. Most of the miracles of Moses fallible proofs; being seen of them"

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NOTES. CHAP. I. Ver. 1. The former treatise.--See Ver. 6. Will thou at this time restore.- From our Luke i. 3.

Lord's promise, that the Holy Spirit should convinct Ver. 4. Being assembled together.-Marg. “Eat. the world of sin, &c. (Joho xvi. 8), it is possibile ing together with them;" and we know that our that the apostles expected that tbis effect would im. Lörd did eat with his disciples, even after his resur- mediately follow the gift of the Holy Ghost. See tection (Lake xxiv. 42). But the original word Dodaridge. seems applicable to any friendly or social meeting.... Ver. 7. Put in his own poner. Compare Mart

" Sarth he:" these words, though not in the xiji, 32, and Note. original, are evidently implied. See Doddr.

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