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The Seventh Age of the World. after CARISTI 32. Mat. svii. Christ payeth tribute to Cæsar.
24. Luke, is. A certain village of the Samaritans refuseth our 51. Saviour entertainment in his way to Jerusalem ; the
disciples desiring to call for fire from heaven to cau
sume them, are severely reprehended. 1. I. The seventy disciples are sent out by two and two
to work miracles, and to preach. 33.
xi. I. Christ teacbeth his disciples to pray.
concerning the death of Christ.
Zacchæos, a Publican, converted,
Christ restoreth to blind Bartimæus his sight.
hair of her head.
Isa. lii. the temple, and casteth out those that bought and sold
ing it is found dried up and withered : Thence he
over was sacrificed, 1 Cor. v. 7, and so an end is
niel's last Week begins, Dan. ix. 27. xxvi. On the first day of unleavened bread, when the Mark, Passover of the Jews was to be slain (April 2), in the
xiv. evening, Jesus eateth the Passover with his disciples, Luke,xxii. and institutes the sacrament of his body and blood in
bread and wine. John, xiii. Christ washeth his disciples' feet, and exhorteth
them to humility and charity. xviii.
In the self-same night Christ is betrayed by Judas,
mocked, buffeted, and spit upon by the soldiers. Matthew, Next day he is condemned by Pilate, and crucified;
xxvii. the sun during the crucifixion is darkened, and the Mark, xv. vail of the temple rent in the midst. Christ, praying Luke xxiii for his enemies, gives up the ghost. Joseph of AriJohn, xix. mathea begs the body, and lays it in a new sepul
Ps. xxii. chre. VOL. IV.
The Seventh Age of the World. after CHRisT 33. Matthew, On the third day, the next after the Jewish sabbath
xxviii. (April 5), Christ riseth from the dead ; his resurrecMark,xvi. tion is declared by angels to the women that came
to the sepulchre. Christ first appeareth to Mary xxiv.
Magdalene, and afterward to his disciples, and dineth
Christ bringeth his apostles to mount Olivet; com
mandeth thein to expect in Jerusalem the sending Matthew, down of the Holy Ghost; sends them to teach and xxviii. baptize all nations, and blesses them; and while they
behold, he is taken up, and a cloud receives him out of their sight. After his ascension his disciples are warned by two angels to depart, and to set their minds upon his second coming; they accordingly return, and, giving themselves to prayer, choose Matthias to be an apostle in the place of Judas.
On the day of Pentecost (May 24) the Holy Ghost descendeth on the apostles in the form of cloven tongues, like as of fire, and enableth them to speak all languages. Peter the same day preacheth Christ and the resurrection, and about three thousand believers are added to the church.
Peter, by faith in Christ's name, healeth a lame
lers of the Jews, offended at Peter's sermon, and his miraculous cure of the lame man, cast both him and John into prison ; upon their examination, they boldly avouch the lame man to be healed by the name of Jesus, and that by the same Jesus we must be eternally saved. After this the Jews forbid them to speak any more in that name; but the apostles answer, That it is fit they should obey God rather than men. They are threatened, and let yo.
Ananias, and his wife Sapphira, for their hypocrisy, are suddenly struck dead.
The apostles are again cast into prison by the highpriest, but an angel sets them at liberty, and bids them preach the Gospel to the people without fear; being taken again teaching in the temple, they are brought before the council ; where, by the advice of Gamaliel, a Pharisee and doctor of the law, they are delivered.
The nuinber of believers increasing at Jerusalem, the apostles ordain seven deacons, who should distribute the alms of the whole church to the widows, and poorer sort of believers. Stephen, one of these deacons, having confounded some that disputed with bim, is by them falsely accused of blasphemy, and brought before the council, where he reprehends their rebellion, and murdering of Christ. Whereupon they
The Seventh Age of the World. after CHRIST 34. Aets, vii. cast him out of the city, and stone bim; be in the
mean time prayiog for them.
A great persecution of the church at Jerusalem
; follows after the death of the first martyr, Stepben. 5, | Philip, one of the seven deacoas, preacheth at Sa
: maria, and converteth many; worketh miracles, and healeth the sick. Simon the sorcerer, seeing the sonders that are done by Philip, believetb, and is
baptized. 15, ; The apostles at Jerusalem, bearing that Samaria had
received the faith, send thither Peter and Jobn to confirm and enlarge the church. The apostles, by prayer and imposition of hands, confer the Holy Ghost on all believers. Simon Magus offers them money, that he may receive power of conferring the same, whose impiety is sharply reproved by Peter. Having completed their ministry in those parts, they return to
Jerusalem. 35. 26. An angel sendeth Philip to teach and baptize the
Ethiopian eunuch. i ix. I, 1 Saul, a violent persecutor of all that call on the
name of Jesus, and one who consented to the death of Stephen, goes bow towards Dainascus, with commissiou from the bigb-priest and the council, to appreheud all Christians in those parts, and to bring them boond to Jerusalt m; on the way he is miraculously 1 converted by a voice from heaven; and tbree days · after baptized by Ananias at Damascus, where he
preacheth the Gospel of Christ with great boldness, to the astonishment of those that knew upon what desigu
he was sent thither. 35. Acts, is. Saul having preached the Gospel at Damascus a
23. long time, the Jews lay wait to kill him, but he es2 Cor. xi. capeth from thence, and comes to Jerusalem; there he i 32. i sees Peter, and James the brother of our Lord, and 'Gal. i. 18. abides with them 6fteen days. Here he speaks boldly
in the name of Jesus, and disputes with the Grecians, 1
or rather Jews that used the Greek tongue. These !
i also coosult how they may kill him. Acts, While Saul prays in the temple, he is in a trance, xxii. 17. and the Lord appears unto bim, and bids him to de
i part from Jerusalem, because they will not receive his ix. 30. i testimony; adding, that he will send him to the GenGal. i. 21. tiles. Saul, leaving Jerusalem, goes to bis own country,
Tarsus, and from thence travels into Syria and Cilicia. Acts, ix. Peter visits the churches of Judta, Galilee, Sa. 32, maria, &c. At Lydda he cureth Æneas of the palsy;
and at Joppa restoreth Tabitha to life.
At Cæsarea, Cornelius, a centurion, by prayers and alms, finds favour in the sight of God, and is com
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manded by an angel to send for Peter, now at Joppa. God, by a vision, teacheth Peter not to despise the Gentiles; and, being sent for by Cornelius, goes and preacheth Christ to him, and a great company that were met at his house. While Peter preacheth, the Holy Ghost falls upon them all ; and immediately the apostle baptizeth them.
Peter, at his return to Jerusalem, is accused by those of the circumcision, for conversing with the Gentiles ; but he declares to them his vision, and the whole matter concerning Cornelius; and they glorify God, for granting to the Gentiles also repeutance unto life.
The believers, who, ever since the martyrdom of Stephen, and the persecution thereupon ensuing, had been dispersed throughout all Phenice and Cyprus, come now to Antioch, and preach the Gospel to the Greeks there, baving before preached to none but the Jews. The church at Jerusalem understanding this, and that the number of believers increased exceeedingly, send Barnabas thither to confirm them; he goes to Tarsus, and takes Saul along with him to Antioch, where they continue a whole year, converting multitudes to the faith. Here the disciples were first called Christians.
About this time James, the brother of John, is beheaded by the command of Herod Agrippa. He also imprisoneth Peter, whom an angel delivers upon the prayers of the church. This same Herod, not long after, speaking to the people at Cæsarea, some of them cry out, It is the voice of God, and not of man; and immediately an angel of the Lord smites bim, because he gave not the glory to God; and he is eaten of worms, and dieth.
Barnabas and Saul set forward in their preaching of the Gospel. They plant the Christian faith in Se. leucia, Cyprus, and other places. At Paphos they preach the Gospel to Sergius Paulus, governor of that country. Elymas, a sorcerer, withstanding them, and endeavouring to turn away Sergius from the faith, is at Saul's rebuke struck blind. From this time Saul is always called by his new name, Paul. He preacheth at Antioch; the Gentiles believe, but the Jews gaiosay and blaspheme. Whereupon he and his assistants turn to the Gentiles, and come to Iconium.
At Iconium they are persecuted, and ready to be stoned. From hence they fly to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonja. At Lystra, Paul healing a cripple, the multitude cry out that the gods are come dowil, and call Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius;
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and would have sacrificed to them, had not the apostles, with clothes rent, rue in smoag tien, and assured them that they were men like themselves. Seea after there come Jews from Antioch and leouiun,
who exeite the people against them. Paul is by the 2 Cor. si. furious maititude sieged, and drawn out of the esty as
dead; but whilst the disciples scand about kim, le riseth 17, and the next day departs with Barnabas to
Derbe. xi. 2. In this year, perhaps at this very time, Paul was
casgit up into tie taird beares, and beard unspeas.
able words, fourteen years before he wrote his second 1
i epistle to the Corinthians. 2 Tim. i. Abeat this time, Timothy, though a ebild, with his 2, 5. mother Eunice, and bis grandmother Loris, embrace
the Christian faith presched by Paul 52. Acts, w. Certain Judaizing Christians come from Judea to
Antioch, and teach that the Gentiles ought to be cir eeneised, and observe the law of Moses, these Paul and Barnabas oppose, and a council is held by the apostles and others at Jerusalem, to determine this coatroversy. The deerees of the synod are sent to
the churebes 53. 36. Paul and Barnabas thinking to visit the churches
together, fall at strife, and part asunder; Baruadas I and Mark go into Cyprus, Paul and Silas into syna
and Cilicia. xvi. Paul, coming to Derbe, finds there Timothy, whom
(because his mother was a believing Jew, though his father a Gentile) be causeth to be eireumcurl and takes him along with him. He is by a vision ad monished to go into Macedonia. Coming to Philippi the chief city of that part of Macedonia, he couverts Lydia; casteth out of a certain maid-servaut a spirit of divination, whose master, losing a considerable gain thereby, brings Paul and Silas before the magistrates; these cause them to be whipped and imprisoued; but at midnight, Paul and Silas praying and singing psalms, the doors of the prison fly open, and their bonds are loosed : the gaoler, ready to kill himself, is converted to the faith, and baptized the same night, with his whole family. Next day the magistrates
come themselves, and pray them to depart the city. 54. xvii. From Philippi Paul takes his journey through Am
phipolis and Apollonia, and comes to Thessalonica, where he finds a synagogue of the Jews; there he preacheth three sabbath days; some believe, others persecute him. Leaving Thessalonica, he comes to Berea, and soon after arrives at Athens, disputes with the philosophers, and declares unto them the