Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:
the next day seeing some that were fighting, he would have persuaded them to agree, saying, sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye injure one another?
and bringing them out, he said, sirs, what must I do to be saved?
"my friends, said he, I foresee our voyage will be attended with great difficulties, and no small risk of losing not only the ship and cargo, but our lives too."
which Peter observing, thus addressed them, ye men of Israel, why are ye so surprized at this event? or why do you look so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or piety, we had caus'd this man to walk?
at which the people gave a shout, saying, it is the voice of a God, and not of a man.
he that speaks from himself, has a view to his own glory: but he that has a view to his glory that sent him, deserves credit, and is a stranger to all imposture.
Elias was only a man, as we are; however, having ardently prayed, that it might not rain, it did not rain in that country for three years and a half:
then I fell at his seet to worship him: but he said to me, "forbear: I am the servant of God, as you and your brethren are, that bear testimony to Jesus: worship God: for to give testimony to Jesus, is the very design of prophecy."
While Paul was expecting them at Athens, he was grieved to the soul to see the whole city o'er-spread with idols.
by delivering you from this people, and from the Gentiles to whom I now send thee, to open their eyes,
because when they knew God, they did not with gratitude glorify him as God, but their reasoning became extravagance, and their minds, void of judgment, were involv'd in darkness.
1 Corinthians 8:4
As to the eating therefore of what is offered in sacrifice to idols, we know that the heathen deities have no real existence, and that there is but one God.
This I say therefore, and conjure you by the Lord not to live for the future as other Gentiles do, in the vanity of their minds,
hath not my hand made all these things?"