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Acts 18:18-22 - Homilies By E. Johnson

Return of-Paul to Antioch.

We do not know the exact nature of the vow he was under. But the following lessons may be drawn from his conduct:—

I. WORK WHILE IT IS DAY . Where God opens the door, let the ready servant enter. The voice of the Almighty saith, "Upward and onward evermore," Work, not for glory and gain, out for the kingdom of God and the salvation of men.

II. TARRY NOT TO CONFER WITH FLESH AND BLOOD . Foes might have deterred him in the front; loving friends might have held him back; difficulties might have made him quail; but he hears but one voice, sees but one hand, and goes forward. He who proceeds in this spirit, "unhasting, unresting," is always setting out, always arriving; and, passing unhurt through perils which, if dwelt upon in the imagination, would appear insurmountable, can with thankfulness exclaim, at the end of every step of the life-journey, "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us!"—J.

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