The Sunday-School World Volume 27, No. 7

The Sunday-School World Volume 27, No. 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...while to pause in our studies to consider Paul's conduct as a citizen. It will be a fitting introduction to the study of this lesson. The magistrates of Philippi, in their haste to yield to public clamor, had outraged Roman law in ordering a Roman citizen to be scourged. As a Roman, Paul was entitled to receive from the magistrates protection against the mob. Instead of that protection, the magistrates themselves had ordered the apostles to be scourged and then imprisoned without a proper hearing. This was a serious crime, severely punished under Roman law. The magistrates might lose their position and be sent to Rome in chains for trial, unless they could justify or satisfactorily explain their unlawful order. Paul knew this, and so insisted upon a proper apology and an honorable discharge by the magistrates in person. This would cause others to respect Christians, or at least be slow to invade their civil rights, and so give them larger liberty. The Philippians plainly valued this service of Paul, and no doubt it increased their love for him. Soon after they sent help to him at Thessalonica more than once, Philip. 4:16. And when a prisoner at Rome again they remembered him, sending Epaphroditus as a special messenger with a gift, Philip. 4:18, 19. He maintained his rights as citizen when it would further the gospel, but only at such times and places; for in Thessalonica he yields and quietly retires from strifes. This is the course of the true Christian citizen. SPECIAL WORD STUDIES. Opening means to bring something to the light which was before hidden, covered or obscured. Alleging is used in the older English sense, to support by argument, rather than as now to assert as a fact. So the Greek word means "to place before," more

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