The Apostle Paul's Experience





has been recorded three times. I have no doubt that he told it

everywhere he went: how God had met him; how God had opened his eyes

and his heart; and how God had blessed him. Depend upon it,

experience has its place; the great mistake that is made now is in

the other extreme. In some places and at some periods there has been

too much of it--it has been all experience; and now we have let the

pendulum swing too far the other way.



I think it is not only right, but exceedingly useful, that we should

give our experience. This man bore testimony to what the Lord had

done for him.



"And it was the Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his

eyes; Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received

his sight. He said unto them, 'He put clay upon mine eyes; and I

washed, and do see.' Therefore said some of the Pharisees, 'This man

is not of God, because he keepeth not the Sabbath day.' Others said,

'How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?' And there was a

division among them.



They say unto the blind man again, 'What sayest thou of Him, that He

hath opened thine eyes?'"



What an opportunity he had for evading the questions! He might have

said: "Why, I have never seen Him. When He met me I was blind; I

could not see Him. When I came back I could not find Him; and I have

not formed any opinion yet." He might have put them off in that way,

but he said:



"He is a prophet."



He gave them his opinion. He was a man of backbone. He had moral

courage. He stood right up among the enemies of Jesus Christ, the

Pharisees, and told them what he thought of Him--



"He is a prophet."



If you can get young Christians to talk, not about themselves, but

about Christ, their testimony will have power. Many converts talk

altogether about their own experience--"I," "I," "I," "I." But this

blind man got away to the Master, and said, "He is a prophet." He

believed, and he told them what he believed.



"But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been

blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him

that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, 'Is this

your son, who ye say was born blind? How then doth he now see?' His

parents answered them, and said, 'We know that this is our son, and

that he was born blind: but by what means he now seeth, we know not:

or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he

shall speak for himself.' These words spake his parents, because

they feared the Jews; for the Jews had agreed already that if any

man did confess that He was Christ, he should be put out of the

synagogue. Therefore said his parents, 'He is of age; ask him.'"



I have always had great contempt for those parents. They had a noble

son, and their lack of moral courage then and there to confess what

the Lord Jesus Christ had done for their son, makes them unworthy of

him. They say, "We do not know how he got it," which looks as if

they did not believe their own son. "He is of age; ask him."



It is sorrowfully true to-day that we have hundreds and thousands of

people who are professed disciples of Jesus Christ, but when the

time comes that they ought to take their stand, and give a clear

testimony for Him, they testify against Him. You can always tell

those who are really converted to God. The new man always takes his

stand for God; and the old man takes his stand against Him. These

parents had an opportunity to confess the Lord Jesus Christ, and to

do great things for Him; but they neglected their golden

opportunity.



If they had but stood up with their noble son, and said, "This is

our son. We have tried all the physicians, and used all the means in

our power, and were unable to do anything for him; but now, out of

gratitude, we confess that he received his sight from the prophet of

Galilee, Jesus of Nazareth," they might have led many to believe on

Him. But, instead of that, they said, "We know that this is our son,

and that he was born blind: but by what means he now seeth, we know

not."



Do you know why they did not want to tell how he got his sight?

Simply because it would





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