"The opening of the prison"

It was in an inner prison with "their feet fast in the stocks" that Paul and Silas found themselves after being persecuted and beaten. Their persecutors were those who had been deprived of their profit from wrong methods by the teaching and healing work of Paul, as we read in the Acts.

At midnight, the record goes on to say, the foundations of the prison were shaken by an earthquake, and not only Paul and Silas but all the prisoners found themselves free. In that dark and dismal place, Paul and Silas had been praising God and singing hymns.

Thus was the presence of the Christ literally proved in human experience, as foreshadowed in the words of Isaiah: "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound."

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"God's method"
March 28, 1942

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