The Berean Expositor
Volume 31 - Page 158 of 181
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No wonder we read, that when they heard this, the disciples ceased, saying, "The will
of the Lord be done".
With such an example, who would not be encouraged to endure? See how, had the
disciples not restrained him, Paul would have entered into the theatre at Ephesus, where
the populace were crying out for about two hours, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians!"
(Acts 19: 30). While, therefore, we can easily see that there was great impetuosity in
Paul's character that needed the curb, after all, how much better is this fire and force than
the lethargy of so many who profess to follow his steps.
We are not told in the Scriptures to follow Paul's example blindly.  Where he
followed his Lord, he becomes an example for us to follow; where he was sometimes
carried away by an excess of zeal, he becomes a corrective, but in most cases our lamps
burn so feebly, and are so easily dowsed, that we have to confess that a little of the spirit
of this ardent Apostle would make for clearer and fuller testimony on the part of us all.