In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us…
The mission of Christianity to heal both body and soul. The powerful appeal which can be made through gratitude. The necessity of a prayerful spirit in the exercise of the gifts bestowed.
I. LESSONS ON THE WORK OF THE CHRISTIAN MESSENGER.
1. Personal character a great power in the ministration of truth. "They said he was a god." We must make a way for ourselves to men's hearts.
2. Benevolent works an introduction for the gospel. "The rest came."
3. The chief men should be won - not merely the lower classes. The unconverted rulers and rich have sorrows in their homes. We may reach them through their family affections.
II. THE SPIRITUAL HEALING OF THE WORLD IS THE HOPE OF ITS FUTURE.
1. A retrospect of the beneficent influence of Christianity on the life of man.
2. A contrast between the method of the gospel and the pretentious but powerless schemes of socialists and political and scientific enthusiasts.
3. The works of Christ affect the mass through the individual. Multitudinism is delusion. But the mass of the Christian Church must be aggressive on the mass of the world. - R.
Parallel VersesKJV: In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.