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principal Parts of which it consists, viz. the miraculous Abilities conferred upon the Apostles and primitive Disciples; their preaching of this Religion first to the Jewish Land; and then the Progress they made in it thro' several large Tracts of the Gentile World; you will, I hope, attain the proper Advantages of this Divine History, for building yourselves up

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your moft Holy Faith, in these following Conclusions and Observations.

First, That these miraculous Endowments of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and first Chriftians, are an ample and compleat Confirmation of the Truth of the Gospel History, and Religion.

Secondly, That tho' we have left us in this Book, an Account chiefly of the Travels of but two Apostles, viz. St. Peter and St. Paul (and but a brief and short Abstract of them neither) yet the indefatigable Labours, Sufferings, and Pains we find them to have taken, are a sufficient Intimation and Assurance of the same Industry and Application of all the other Apostles, that were difpersed into other Parts of the World, for demonstrating and establishing the Christian Religion.

Thirdly, That the historical Accounts we have of the Travels, Miracles, and Successes of the rest of the Apostles from the best Ecclesiastical Writers, tho’ they be not of the same Divine Authority with those of this Book, nor all of equal Credibility ; yet, in the main, have a great Degree of historical and probable Truth. And,

Lastly, That whatever the depraved and miserable Estate of Ignorance and Error, of the far major Part of the World may now be, yet the Divine Goodness and Providence was not at first wanting in bestowing on them all the Means of true and saving Religion by his Gospel.

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The CONTENIS.
An Account of some Passages, between Christ and his Apo-

Alles, after his Resurrection. Of what passed at his
Ascension. The Election of Matthias into the Apostleship.
HE * former I & HE Gospel which I A. D. 33:

Luke wrote some made, O Theophilus, Time ago (for your Instruction, of + all that Jesus be most excellent Theophilus) congan both to do and tains an historical Account of the teach.

2. Until the day in Life, Doctrine, and Religion of which he was taken Jesus Christ the Messiah and Saup, after that he, thro' viour of Mankind; in which I the I holy Ghost, had was as full and particular + as I given commandments thought needful for the Instructo the apostles whom tion of any Christian Convert : he had chosen ; Beginning from the Birth and Preaching of John the Baptif, his Forerunner, sent to prepare the Minds of Men for the Reception of his Religion ; and ending at the Day of his Ascension, when he was taken up into Heaven by the Power of the same | Holy Spirit that conducted him thro' the whole Course

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* Ver. 1. The former Treatise- -Τον πρώτον λόγον και οι, the former Part, viz. St. Luke's Gospel, and this of The Aets, seeming to have been but two parts of one and the same Book, and probably publish'd together. See Appendix to the Parapbrase on i Tim. in Imitation of Mr. Lock's Manner, by a moft learned anonymous Author. + Ibid. Treisárlwy must be thus limited; see Job. xxi. 25.

Ver. 2. He through ebe Holy Ghost- It being not by Expositors clearly determined, to which Part of the Sentence

there

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A. D. 33.of his Ministry, and in the † Choice, Management,

and Direction of his twelve Apostles, who were to be the Witnesses of what he had done and taught, and the chief Ministers of his Kingdom.

3. To whom allo 3. To which twelve Apostles he Thewed himself a- (as I there related, Luke xxiv.) he live after his passion dhewed himself alive immediately by many infallible after his Resurrection, convincing proofs, being seen of them of the Truth and Reality them forty days, and of it by many the most undenia

, speaking of the things pertaining to the king ble Proofs, and continued De

monftrations for forty Days togedom of God.

ther, by eating, and drinking, and discoursing with them in his wonted familiar Manner, about the Nature, Excellency, and Success of his Religion and Doctrine, which they were to preach and propagate to Mankind.

4. And being af 4 & 5. At the last of which sembled together with Times of his Meeting and Con

commanded versation with them, being the them that they should very Day * on which he ascended, not depart from Jeru. he order'd them not to begin this salem, but wait for the promise of the great Work of preaching the GofFather, which, faith pel immediately, but to stay at

, be, ye have heard of Jerusalem, till he should send

down upon them those Gifts of 5. For † John truly the Spirit, which God had long baptized with water'; before promised to his Church, but ye shall be bap. Joel ii. 28. and which (faid he) tized with the holy you have heard me several Times Ghost,

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them,

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me.

these Words are to be connected, i. e. Whether Christ is said to have been taken up by the Holy Ghost, or to have chosen and commanded his Apostles by ibe Holy Ghof; I have therefore expressed both Meanings in the Paraphrase. But indeed creampiais drabeing not so good Greek as clandulu dia, I take the latter to be the true Sense, and the Conitruction of the Words seem to determine it so.

As some of our best Commentators think, though it be not absolutely certain.

+ "Oto being rendered by that, connects the Sense of the two Verles. Or, it may be no Reference to any particular

former

Ghoft, not many days speak of, and engage to fulfil up- A. D. 33. + hence.

on you my Apostles, in Words to this Effect, viz. That * as John the Baptift made and received his Disciples by the significant Ceremony of plunging them in Water, so you shall be confecrated to my Ministry and Apostleship in a Manner much more folemn and excellent, by a most plentiful and miraculous Effufion of the Holy Spirit, to qualify you for so great a Work; and this I will perform about ten t Days hence.

6.When they there- 6. Jesus saw the greater Occafore were come toge- fion of giving this Order, and rether, they asked of peating this special Promise to his him, saying, Lord, Apostles, from the common Prewilt thou at this time judice and false Notions they still restore again the king had, of the temporal and secular dom to Israel?

Grandeur of his Kingdom ; or at least that his Kingdom was now presently to come; which they express'd too plainly (some of them at least) by asking him, whether, after his Resurrection and Ascent into Heaven, he intended to gather the Jewish Nation from their Difperfion, and raise it into a victorious and powerful State ; as they expected the Messiah would do i?

7. And he said un- 7 & 8. To which Jesus gave to them, It is not for them this proper and seasonable you to know the times Reply. There are, indeed, great or the seasons which and large Things spoken by the the Father hath put Prophets, concerning the Restoin his own power. ration and Aourishing Eftate of the Jewish Church, under the Meffiah; but the particular Time and Manner, in which God shall please to accomplish these, is one of those Secrets which he

has

former Speecb, but a general Recapitulation of former Promi. ses now renewed; and then our Translation stands good.

* See the foregoing Note. + Viz. At Pentecosł, which was ten Days after Christ's Ascension.

Ver. 6. Reffore the Kingdom to Israel. See Luke xxii. 29; 30. I appoint unto you a Kingdom, &c. I Śce Dan. vii. 13,14,

power after

A. D. 33. 8. But ye shall re

8. But ye shall re- has reserv'd to himself, Deut. xxix. ceive

29.

In the mean Time, let this
that the holy Ghost satisfy you, that you shall be the
is come upon you: first and chief Officers under me,
and ye shall be wit: in erecting and governing, my
nesses unto me, both

Kingdom : The Holy Ghost,
in Jerusalem, and in
all Judea, and in Sa. which I have so often promised,
maria, and unto the shall endow you with such * Pow-
uitermost + parts of er, that you

er, that you shall give miraculous
the earth.

Evidences of the Truth of my

Religion, Mall conquer the Prejudices, and gain the Belief of Mankind, and shall extend these Conquests not only over this City and the Fewin Land, but even to very far and distant Parts of the Gentile + World.

9. And when he 9. These are some of the last had spoken these Words that Jesus spoke to his things, while they Disciples upon Earth, which as beheld, he was taken foon as he had ended, and given up, and a cloud re. them his solemn Blessing, Luke ceived him out of xxiv. 50. there appeared from their fight.

Heaven a Cloud of Glory, with a Retinue of the Holy Angels, which took him up from the Ground before their Eyes, and gradually mounted him out of their Sight.

10. And while they 10 & 11. To which I now looked stedfastly to add another remarkable Cirward heaven, as he cumstance, That while the Difwent up, behold two ciples were beholding his glomen stood by them in

rious Ascent, with the utwhite apparel ; most Amazement and Concern to be parted from him (and, perhaps, with some Hopes that he would soon return to them again) two of the Angels that attended him, came down near to them in human Form, in bright and glitter

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* Ver. 8. Anteats dúvau, Yt Mall receive Power. The Word Power seems here to be emphatical, as respecting the Disciples Notion of having ternporal Power under Christ.-Ye shall receive Power indeed of a much more excellent Kind.

+ "Ews égale pi gñs. Sce Ver. 1. and Luke xxiv. 47, 48, 49

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