But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.…
What will convince and convert men? What will revive and enlarge the Church of God? Many means are useful; one only is efficacious.
1. The voice of God in nature is not sufficient.
2. Miracles do not avail.
3. Zeal, however ardent, comes short.
4. Machinery, perfect though it be — good preaching, a strong Church, all the ordinances of God's house, Sunday schools, etc. — does not convert souls or give life to the people of God.The only efficacious instrument is God's truth, the gospel of the grace of God, the gospel faithfully preached and made efficacious by the agency of the Holy Ghost, as it was at Lystra and at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, and as it is now wherever the conditions are faithfully observed.
Parallel VersesKJV: But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.