Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,…
I. THE DEVIL SOME TIMES MAKES USE OF THE BEST INSTRUMENTS FOR THE BASEST OF HIS PURPOSES. The Sadducees the best sect: the high priest the pick of his nation.
II. PERSECUTION MUST BE RECKONED AS THE COST OF CHRISTIAN COURAGE. The age of martyrdom not yet closed.
III. GOD'S DELIVERANCES OF HIS CHOSEN OFTEN APPEAR LIKE MIRACULOUS INTERVENTIONS OF HIS OWN HAND (Psalm 91:11, 12).
IV. THE TRUE PURPOSE OF EVERY CHRISTIAN CAREER is to "go stand and speak to the people all the words of this life: by testimony or works."
V. THE DEVIL'S MINIONS ARE USUALLY THE EARLIEST TO BECOME FRIGHTENED WHEN THE FIGHT REALLY BEGINS.
VI. WHAT SATAN FEARS MOST IS GOOD DOCTRINAL TEACHING (ver. 28).
VII. THE GRAND PRINCIPLE OF THE GOSPEL IS UNQUALIFIED OBEDIENCE TO GOD.
VIII. THE ENTIRE GOSPEL IS CONTAINED IN THE STORY OF CHRIST'S HUMILIATION AND EXALTATION.
IX. THE LIMIT OF HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY IS FOUND IN STATING THE TRUTH AND LIVING UP TO IT.
(C. S. Robinson, D. D.)
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