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by his loss, and derives advantage from his re so many defects, so many offences, I feel that lapse. He says, that object was fatal to my I love thee still; I feel that strong temptations innocence; I must no more look upon it; that can never eradicate a love, which is graven on company drew me into this sin; I must instant- my heart; I feel, when thy perfections are disly withdraw; it was in the court of Caiaphas cussed, that they affect, penetrate, and fill my disowned my Saviour, I must shun that place. soul; I feel delighted that my Redeemer is in
In fine, adequately to comprehend the na- vested with such abundant glory and strength; ture of St. Peter's repentance, we must dis- when thy gospel is preached, I feel my heart cover all the effects a sight of his sin produced burn within me; and I admire and adore the in his soul. Here I would have my hearers God, who has revealed a scheme of salvation suspend the effects of fatigue; they are incapa- so grand, so noble, so sublime. I feel, notble of attention, too far prolonged, though we withstanding this awful deviation, inconceivadiscuss the most interesting truths of religion. ble sorrow, and inconceivable shame, which, I would, authorized by custom, add another to me, is an evident test, that the God I oftext to that I have read. It occurs in the fend, is in reality, the God I love." Gospel according to St. John. Jesus said to Can it be imagined, that St. Peter's avowa) Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me of his weakness, rendered his love less estimamore than these: He saith unto him, Yea, ble to his Master? Can it be conceived, that Lord, thou knowest I love thee: He saith un- Jesus Christ is less delicate in his attachment to him, feed my lambs.” What has been said than man? Knowing the fidelity of a friend, of lawful love,--that those whose hearts are having a thousand satisfactory tests of his atunited, never differ with the object of their tachment, do you cease to love him, when he affection, but it tends to augment the flame,- has committed a fault, for which he is woundmay be said of divine love. This is obvious ed the first: “ The Lord knoweth whereof from the text we have cited; Jesus Christ and we are made.” Our faults, howsoever glaring St. Peter alternately retaliated, for the eclipses (if followed by repentance,) though they may their love had sustained.
suspend, for a period, the influence of his love, It is true, the apostle replied only to part of can neither change its nature, nor restrict its the question of Jesus Christ. He was asked, duration. St. Peter had no sooner said to his “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more Master, “Lord, thou knowest that I love thee,” than these?" On all other occasions, he would than he was re-established in his ministry by frankly have replied, “Yea, Lord, thou his prompt reply, “ Feed my sheep." knowest that I love thee more than these.” O how worthily did this apostle repair the Ah, Lord! I well know the allusion of thy offence he had given the church, by his devowords; I fully perceive that thou wouldst hum- tion to its interests. Methinks I see him gatherble me, by the recollection of the promise I ing, on the day of Pentecost, the souls which, have made, and which I have basely violated; perhaps, he had caused to stray! Methinks I “Though all men should be offended with seem to hear those pathetic addresses proceed thee, yet will I never be offended." I am fully from his mouth, which, like streams of lightimpressed with the mortifying history thou ning, enkindle every thing in their course; sofwouldst retrace. I am the least of all my tening those very souls, which the cross of brethren: there is not one to whom I can dare Christ was unable to move; extorting from to give myself the preference.
them this language, highly expressive of comir St. Peter replied with humility, he replied punction, “Men and brethren, what shall we also with sincerity and zeal. If we wish a do?" Methinks I see him flying from Pontus believer to be humble, we never wish him to to Galatia, from Galatia to Bithynia, from be vain. If we do not require him to say, “I Bithynia to Cappadocia, from Cappadocia to am conscious of being so established in grace, every province of Asia, from Asia to Rome, as never to be shaken;" we wish at least, that leaving all his course strewed with the wreck he should feel the cheering and reviving flame of Satan's power; with trophies of temples of divine love, when its embers are most con- demolished, of idols dethroned, of pagans concealed in the ashes. We wish him not to verted, correspondent consequences of a minismake an ostentatious display of piety, but to try, which, at its first commencement, had conevidence the tender attachment be has for verted eight thousand men. Methinks I see God, even when, through weakness, he has him led from tribunal to tribunal, sometimes happened to offend him. This was the dis. before the Jews, and sometimes before the Ro. position of St. Peter, and his humility implied mans, every where loaded with the reproach no defect of love. “ Simon, son of Jonas, of Christ, every where confessing his name; lovest thou me!" "Lord! I can presume no- finally fixed on a cross, and saying, as he died thing of myself, the past makes me tremble for the Redeemer, who had died for him, for the future; the example of distinguished "Lord, thou knowest all things, thou knowest saints, and mine still more, humbles and abases that I love thee." my soul. Perhaps, like Job, I shall curse the Such was the repentance of St. Peter, and day of my birth; perhaps, like David, I shall such may ours now be! May those eyes which become guilty of murder and treason; perhaps, still seek us, as they sought him, pierce our I shall deny thee again; perhaps, I shall be so heart, as they pierced his; striking the convile, as to repeat these awful words, which science with sanctifying terror, and causing will, to me, be a subject of everlasting regret, those tears of repentance to flow, which are so “I know not the man, I am not one of his availing for the sinner. disciples;” and if thou wilt condemn me, thou They ought to produce those particular efhast only to crush a worm, on whom no de- fects on you, my brethren, whose sin has had pendance can be placed. After all, Lord! amid / a sad conformity to St. Peter's; who having
" Are not you
seen (while in France) Jesus Christ delivered | fice to your net. Ascribe not to your courage again into the hands of thieves, and hearing a felicity which, perhaps, is solely due to the the interrogation, “ You, also, are not you his favourable circumstances in which you may disciples?" have answered as our apostle, “I have been providentially placed. Remember know not the man, I am not one of his disci- St. Peter. He reposed the utmost confidence ples.” 0! seek the eyes of Jesus Christ: see in his zeal; and, the first trial he made of his the looks be gives, hear what they say: Cow- strength, he was convinced of his weakness. ardly souls, are these the fine promises you Had God smitten the shepherd in the midst of made in time of peace? Is this the example you, perhaps the sheep would have been scatyou have set before the church? Was it not tered. Had you, as so many others, seen galenough ...? But why do I open wounds, leys equipped, dungeons opened, gibbets erectwhich the mercy of God has closed? Why do ed, fagots kindled, executioners armed, racks I recall the recollection of a crime, which so prepared, perhaps you would likewise have demany tears, so many torrents of blood, so nied the Saviour. many sacrifices, have effaced? It is, indeed, Do I impose on my hearers? Do you judge less with a view that I name it now, to re- by what we do in the time of peace, of what we proach the fault, than to remind you of the should do in the time of tribulation? Let each vows you made, when, all bathed in tears, you here sound the depth of his own heart, and let implored forgiveness; less to overwhelm you him support, if possible, the dignity of Jesus with a sight of your sin, than to comfort you Christ. How frequently, amid a slanderous with that divine mercy, which has done it all multitude, who have said to us, away:
his disciples' Are not you attached to those, Who can ascertain the extent of mercy? who make it a point of conscience not to menWho can find language sufficiently strong, and tion the faults of your neighbours?” How often figures sufficiently pure, noble, und sublime, for have we replied, by a guilty silence, “I know its adequate illustration? To what sinner did him not, I am not one of his disciples.” How it ever prohibit access? What wounded and often in licentious company, when asked, "Are contrite conscience was ever repulsed at its not you of that class. Are not you one of those, bar? This immensity of mercy has forgiven who restrict their appetites, moderate their pasNebuchadnezzar and Manasseh, the one a sions, and mortify the flesh?” How often have monster in nature, the other a monster in re we answered, " I know him not, I am not one ligion. It has forgiven St. Paul for persecu- of his disciples.” How often when led away tion, and St. Peter for apostacy. It has for- with the enemies of righteousness, who have given you, who have imitated this weak disci- said, “ Are not you one of that company? Are ple; it has readmitted you into the fellowship not you one of those who pique themselves on of the church, who had so basely abandoned primitive virtue?” How often have we anit. Happy those apostate protestants, if Jesus swered by a cowardly conduct, “I know him Christ should deign to cast his eyes upon them, not, I am not one of his disciples.” as he has on you. Happy if, on quitting the In defiance of all the composure and apathy court of Caiaphas, in which they have, like with which we daily commit this sort of sins, our apostle, denied their Master, they should conscience sometimes awakes and enforces reweep like you.
formation. One of those happy occasions is O God! if we are permitted to address thee, just at hand. A crowded audience is expected though but “dust and ashes,” is it for the con- here on Wednesday next. A trumpet is blown firmation, or the confusion of our faith, that, on in Zion; a solemn assembly is convoked; a fast this subject, thou seemest inexorable; and a sub- is proclaimed. But shall I tell you, my breject on which we will never cease to pray. On thren? After excepting the small number who this head, has the mighty God “forgoiten to will then afflict their righteous soul, and no have compassion?" No! I cannot persuade my doubt, redouble their devotion; after excepting self that God has for ever abandoned so large the small number, and after examining the naa portion of his church. No! I cannot persuade ture of our solemn humiliations, that I am less myself that God has ceased to watch over the afraid of your sins, than of your fasts for naconsciences of those our unhappy brethren, tional reform? whom Satan has so long detained in security Before the great God;-before the Holy One and slumber. No! I cannot persuade myself, of Israel, whose love of holiness is infinite as that God should permit so many children to himself, we shall appear on Wednesday next, perish for the sins of their fathers; and to be for with minds still immersed in the cares, and agiever separated from the church, to which they tated with the pleasures of the preceding day; materially belong. Let our part be done, and we shall appear with dissipation, with a heart God's shall surely be accomplished. Let us be neither touched, nor broken, nor contrite: we afflicted for the affliction of Joseph. Let us shall each appear, and say, "I have sinned;" pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Let the ca or in other words, “I have made my house a lamities of the church be ever on our mind. scene of voluptuousness, a seat of slander, a They are ever before the eyes of God; they ex- haunt of infamy: I have trampled my brethren cite him to jealousy; they cause him to emerge under my feet, and this opulence, with which from that cloud, in which he has so long been God has invested me to support, I have emconcealed for the exclusion of our prayers. ployed to oppress the wretched: I have amassed APPLICATION.
exorbitant gains on the right hand, and the left;
I have sacrificed friend, pupil, widow, orphan; I address myself to you, my brethren, whose I have sacrificed every thing to my private incharacters have never been defiled with so foul terest, the only god I worship and adore." On a blot: offer not incense to your drag, nor sacri- this great God, who discovers the most latent
foldings of the heart, whose "sword divides | Shiloh, and this sacred temple in which he asunder the soul and spirit, the joints and mar- deigns to dwell with men. row;" in whose presence “all things," the mind My brethren, are we yet spared to sound the and heart, the secret thoughts, the concealed alarm, to thunder? And shall we not adopt a crimes, the dark designs, "all things are naked new mode of celebrating this fast, and endeaand manifest;"—on this great God we presume vour to execute il? to impose by the exterior, by the tinsel of de And you, our senators and governors! who votion, by covering ourselves with sackcloth have appointed this solemnity, let us apprize you and ashes, by bowing the neck to the yoke, and also of its appropriate duties. Come on Wedafflicting the soul for a single day; even, if we nesday next: like modern Jehoshaphats, prosshould put on sackcloth and ashes; if we should trate, at the footstool of God's throne, the digbow the neck to the yoke, and afflict the soul nities with which you are invested; and for for a single day. But this very exterior, of which you must give so solemn an account. which God says, “Is this the fast I have chosen? Come, and let all your glory consist in humiCallest thou this a fast, a day agreeable to the liation and repentance. Come, and surrender Lord?” Isaiah lviii. 5. This mere exterior is not into his Omnipotent hands, the reins of this reeven found among us: we have only to open our public, and swear that you will henceforth goeyes to admit the propriety of the charge. vern it by no maxims but his laws. And may
Before this great God, whose power is infi- God grant, may God indeed grant you, to set nite, and who seems to have displayed it of late so laudable an example before his church; and, years, solely to punish the crimes of men, and having inspired you with the noble resolution, to strike all Europe with terror and death, with may be crown it with effect! horror and despair;-before this God we shall Ministers of Jesus Christ, whom Providence presume to ask, not to be involved in the gene- calls on Wednesday next to administer the ral destruction: we shall presume to offer up word, your task is obviously great. With what this prayer, while each is resolved to insult him, a charge are you intrusted! On you principally to devour one another, to adhere to our crimi- devolves the duty of alarming and abasing the nal connexions, to persevere in our unlawful wicked. On you principally devolves the duty gains. Am I then extravagant in saying, that, of stopping the torrent of iniquity, which is folwhen I reflect on the nature of our solemn hu- lowed by these awful calamities. On you prinmiliations, I am less afraid of our sins, than of cipally devolves the duty of quenching the fasts we celebrate for national reform?
flames of celestial vengeance, enkindled against Not that this sort of fasts are always una our sins. “Who is sufficient for these things.” vailing; the mercy of God sometimes gives them But use your efforts, and expect the rest from effect, and endeavours in some sort to overlook the blessing of God. Speak as ministers ought our hypocrisy “When he slew them, then to speak on like occasions. “Cry aloud, lift they sought him, and remembered that God up your voice like a trumpet, show Jacob his was their rock. Nevertheless, they did flatter transgressions, and Israel his sins.” If you teswith their mouth, and they lied unto him with tify the truth, what matter if they murmur their tongues, for their heart was not right with against your discourses. And may God, on him. But he being full of compassion, forgave this solemn occasion, “teach your hands to their iniquity, and many a tiine turned away war, and your fingers to fight." May God inhis anger," Ps. Ixxviii. 34-38. God has not spire you with magnanimity of mind corresonly acted on these principles with regard to pondent to the mission with which you are inhis ancient people, but even with regard to us. vested. On the approach of death, when we have sought And you, Christian people, what will you do the Lord by solemn prayer, “When we have on Wednesday next. It is not only your preremembered our rock, when we have flattered sence in this temple,—it is not only hymns and with our mouth, and lied with our tongues," prayers, supplications, and tears, which we sopromising reformation, he has had compassion licit,-a fast should be signalized by more disupon us, and has retarded our destruction. On tinguished marks of conversion and repentance: that account we still live. On that account these are restitution, these are mutual reconthese hearers are still present in this temple, and ciliation, these are a profusion of charities, these the wicked among them have been precipitated are a diligent search for the indigent, who are into the gulf of Gehenna. But how long, think expiring as much through shame as want. you, can this sort of fasts produce the effects for Here, here, my dear brethren, is what we rewhich they have hitherto availed? Weigh quire. And let me obtain this request! Let me the words which follow the above quotation. even expire in this pulpit, in endeavouring to “When God heard this, he was wroth, and add some degree of energy to your devotion, greatly abhorred Israel: so that he forsook the and effect to your fast! Our prayers shall
suptabernacle in Shiloh, the tent he had planted ply our weakness. O Almighty God! O God! among men.
And he delivered his strength who makest “judgment thy strange work,” let into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's our prayers appease thy indignation! Resist hand,” verse 59-62.
not a concourse of people, assembled to besiege Holland! Holland! here is the sentence of thy the throne of thy grace, and to move thy bowels destiny. God, after regarding our humiliations of paternal compassion! When our nobles, our for a certain lime, after" remembering that we pastors, our heads of houses, our children, when are but flesh,” after enduring the prayers of de- all our people, when all shall be assembled on ceitful tongues, and the promises of feigned lips, Wednesday next in this house, with eyes bathed he will finally hear the cry of our sins, he will in tears, with hearts rent, for having offended abhor Israel, he will abandon his pavilion in so good and gracious a God,—when each sball
cry from the ashes of our repentance, " Have says he, "for those who were once enlightened, mercy upon me, according to the multitude of and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were thy tender mercies, and blot out my transgres- made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have sions.” Deign thou also to be present, O great tasted the good word of God, and the powers God, and “Holy one of Israel." Deign thou of the world to come; if they shall fall away, to also to be present with the goodness, the love, renew them again unto repentance.” the bowels of compassion, which thou hast for St. Paul, after having pronounced these terpoor penitent sinners! Hear, O Lord, hear, o rific words, adds; “Behold we are persuaded Lord, and pardon! Amen.
better things of you.” Happy apostle, who,
while pronouncing the sentence of celestial SERMON LXXXIX.
vengeance, could Hatter himself that it would not fall on any of his audience. But we, my
brethren, how shall we say to you?“ Beloved, ON THE NATURE OF THE UNPAR- we are persuaded better things of you." The DONABLE SIN.
disposition is worthy of our wishes. May it
be the effect of this discourse, and the fruit of HEBREws vi. 4-6.
To have been enlightened,—to have tasted It is impossible for those who were once enlightened, the heavenly gift,—to have been partakers of
and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were the Holy Ghost, -to have tasted the good made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have word of God, and felt the powers of the world tasted the good word of God, and the powers of to come,—and to fall away in defiance of so the world to come: if they shall fall away, lo re much grace, -such are the odious traits emnew them again unlo repentance.
ployed by the apostle to degrade a crime, the “How dreadful is this place! This is none nature of which we proceed to define. The other but the house of God, and this is the gate awful characteristics in the portrait, and the of heaven." On a different occasion, there superadded conclusion, that it is impossible to would have been nothing surprising in the fears renew them again unto repentance, fully apof Jacob. Had God revealed himself to this prize us, that he here speaks of the foulest of patriarch in the awful glory of avenging wrath, all offences; and, at the same time, gives us a and surrounded with devouring fire, “with limited notion of its nature. darkness and with tempest;" it would have been Some have thought, that the surest way to surprising that a man, that a sinner, and a be obtain a just idea of the sin, was to represent it liever of the earlier ages of the church, should by every atrocious circumstance. They have have been vanquished at the sight. But, at a collected all the characteristics, which could period when God approached him with the ten- add aggravation to the crime: they have said, derest marks of love; when he erected a mira. that a man who has known the truth, who has culous ladder between heaven and earth, caus- despised, hated, and opposed it, neither through ing the angels to ascend and descend for the fear of punishment, nor hope of reward, offerprotection of his servant; when he addressed ed by tyrants to apostacy, but from a principle him in these consolatory words, “Behold I am of malice, is the identical person of whom the with thee, I will keep thee in all places whither apostle speaks; and that in this monstrous asthou goest, and I will bring thee again into this sociation of light, conviction, opposition, and land; for I will not leave thee;" that Jacob unconquerable abhorrence of the truth, this awshould tremble in such a moment, is what we ful crime consists. cannot conceive without astonishment. What! Others, proceeding farther, have searched is the gate of heaven dreadful; and is the house ancient and modern history, for persons, in of God an object calculated to strike terror into whom those characteristics associate; that, suthe mind?
peradding example to description, they might My brethren, Jacob's fear unquestionably exhibit a complete portrait of the sin, into proceeded from the presence of God, from the whose nature we shall now inquire. They singularity of the vision, and the peculiar scene have selected two striking examples. The first ry of the discovery, which had struck his ima- is that of the emperor Julian, the unworthy negination. But let us farther extend our thoughts. phew of Constantine the Great, designated in Yes, the gate of heaven is terrible, and the house history under the odious appellation of apostate, of God is dreadful! and his favours should im- who, after having been bred in the bosom of press solemnity on the heart. Distinguished the church, and after having officiated with his favours give occasion to distinguished crimes; brother, as reader (do not be surprised, my breand from places the most exalted have occurred thren, that the nephew of an emperor should the greatest falls. St. Paul, in the words of my wish to be a reader in the church, the first text, places each of the Hebrews, whom he ad- Christians had higher ideas than we of the sadressed, in the situation of Jacob. He exhibits cred functions,) after, I say, having sustained a portrait of the prodigies achieved in their fa- this office, abandoned the faith, persecuted the vour, since their conversion to Christianity; the church, endeavoured to refute Christianity, asmiracles which had struck their senses; the sumed the character of chief pontiff, carried knowledge which had irradiated their minds; himself to that excess as to wish to efface the and the impressions which had been made on impression of baptism by the blood of victims, their hearts. He opens to them the gate of and if we may credit a tradition reported by heaven; but, at the same time, requires that Theodoret, died blaspheming against Jesus they should exclaim, “How dreadful is this Christ.* place!” From this profusion of grace, he draws motives for salutary fear. "It is impossible,"
• Hist. Eccles, lib, iii. cap. 3.
The second example is that of the most sin- | nary method of defaming his character. Ungular Venetian, whose memory seems handed able to destroy the force of the miracle, they down to posterity solely to excite horror, and inaintained that it proceeded from an impure for ever to intimidate those who renounce the source, and that it was by the power of the truth. His name is Francis Spierra. He had devil Jesus Christ healed this afflicted class of tasted the doctrine of the Reformation, and men. This was the occasion on which he propublished his sentiments; but on being cited nounced the words we have recited. before the pope's nuncio, and menaced with The import of the expressions is no way diffithe loss of his head, if he did not instantly re- cult to comprehend. Who is the Son of Man? cant, his fears occasioned his baseness, and he | And who is the Holy Ghost? And what is it had the weakness to make a public renuncia- to speak against the one and the other? The tion of our communion. But scarcely had he Son of man is Jesus Christ revealed in human made the abjuration ere he was abandoned to form. Without staying here to refute a misthe horrors of melancholy. The anguish of take of the learned Grotius, who pretends behis mind was fatal to the body; and as one en cause the article does not precede the word, it deavoured to convince him of the boundless is not to be understood of our Saviour, but of mercy of God, " I know it,” he exclaimed, men in general. To confirm the sense here "I know that God is merciful; but this mercy attached to the term, we shall only observe, belongs not to me, to me who have denied the that St. Luke, chap. xii. 8, after calling our truth. I have sinned against the Holy Ghost; Saviour “the Son of man,” immediately adds, I already feel the horrors of the damned. My “Whosoever shall speak a word against the terrors are insupportable. Who will deliver my Son of man, it shall be forgiven him:” where soul from this body? Who will open for her it evidently follows, that by “the Son of man,” the caverns of the abyss? Who will chase her Jesus Christ must be understood. And though into the darkest abodes of hell? I ain damned the expression may elsewhere have other signiwithout resource. I consider God no longer fications, they have no connexion with our as my Father, but as my enemy. I detest subject. him; (is it possible that a Christian mouth By the Holy Ghost, must be understood the should open with the like blasphemies!) I de- third person in the adorable Trinity; considertest him as such. I am impatient to join the ed not only as God, but as Author of the curses of the demons in hell, whose pains and miracles achieved for the confirmation of the horrors I already feel.”*
gospel. Hence, to “speak against the Son of In the course of this sermon, we shall endea- man,” was to outrage the Lord Jesus; to render vour to draw, from their method, whatever his doctrine suspected; to call his mission in may most contribute to your instruction. But, question; and particularly to be offended at the first of all, we deem it our duty to make some humiliations which surrounded it on earth. previous observations, and to derive the light Such was their conduct who said, “ Is not this from its source. In the discussion of a sin, the carpenter's son? Can there any good thing solitary in its nature, the Scriptures having ex come out of Nazareth? A gluttonous man, a cluded none from salvation, but those who are wine-bibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.” guilty of this offence, it is of the last impor To speak against the Holy Ghost, was matance to review all those passages, which, it is liciously to reject a doctrine, when he who depresumed, have reference to the crime: we livered it, confirmed the truth of it by so dismust inquire in what they differ, and in what tinguished and evident a miracle as healing a they agree, drawing, from this association of demoniac; and to ascribe those miracles to the light, that instruction, which cannot be derived devil, which, they were assured, had God alone from any other source.
for their author. Here, I conceive, is all the The task will not exceed our limits, there light we can derive from the text. being at most but four texts, in which, it is pre- many persons determine the sense of the text, sumed, the Scriptures speak of this sin. The not so much by the letter as the reputation of first is in the gospels where mention is made of the interpreter, we must apprize them, that we speaking or blaspheming against the Holy have derived this explanation not only from Ghost: “ I say unto you, all manner of sin and the writings of our most celebrated commentablasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the tors who have espoused it, but also from the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not works of the most celebrated of the fathersbe forgiven unto men. And whosover speak- I mean Chrysostom. The following is the subeth a word against the Son of man, it shall be stance of his paraphrase on the text in St. Matforgiven him; but whosoever speaketh against thew:—“You have called me a deceiver, and the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, an enemy of God; I forgive this reproach. neither in this world, neither in that which is Having some cause to stumble at the flesh with to come.” This text, which Augustine deems which I am clothed, you might not know who the most difficult in the Scriptures, will be- I am. But can you be ignorant that the castcome intelligible, if we examine the occasion ing out of demons, is the work of the Holy and weigh the words.
Ghost? For this cause, he who says, that I do The occasion is obvious to understand. Jesus these miracles by Beelzebub, shall not obtain had just cured a demoniac. The Pharisees had remission." attested the fact, and could not deny its divine Such is the comment of Chrysostom, to authority: their eyes decided in favour of Jesus i whom we add the remark of an author, worChrist. But they had recourse to an extraordi- thy of superior confidence; it is St. Mark, who
Our author thought himself justified in reciting this subjoins these words: “ Because the Pharisees and case, there being thousands in France who had re
said he hath an unclean spirit.” Hence it is Bounced the reformed religion.
inferred that the Pharisees, by ascribing the