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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jan 05, 2013
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THE WORDS OF JESUS CHRISTBY A LAYMAN. INTRODUCTION. For a republication of the spoken words of the Son of God and Saviour of the world there can never be, in Chris- tendom, reason or occasion for an apology. Nothing can forbid a modest endeavor on the part of a believer, to bring these spiritual Oracles into an effectual contact with the human mind and heart, conscience and will. To estabhsh such a vital and vitaHzing relation between Christ's teachings and the daily life of all classes of people is the object of this book. It is done by classi- fication, — a law through which the trained intellect is apt to work upon the materials of its knowledge. A close study of the Gospels finds it possible to distribute these sayings of the Divine Master into one hundred and eighteen divisions or sections, each admitting of a caption pointing to some specific department of truth, or trait of character, or line of duty, or interest of society, or rule of faith, or feature of the One Revelation. What- ever difference of choice there might be as to the proper place of here and there a sentence, or passage, the ar- rangement here is not artificial or arbitrary. It is rather by subject than by mere association, rather in the order of thought than of continuity in time or place, and rather logical than either fanciful or formal. Whatever is needed for reference is supphed by the Index. It appears, therefore, that there is no pretension to criticism, or interpretation. The work is not in any
iv INTRODUCTION. sense a Commentary, a Treatise, a " Harmony," a theo- logical compend, or an exegetical manual. Possibly a question might arise as to the doctrinal bearing of a particular text, though none such occurs to our recol- lection. The aim is to present the language of our Lord, as it is translated in the received Version, in its majesty and beauty, its power and tenderness, its marvellous variety and commanding authority; and so to present it as to serve at once the greater edifying and the practical convenience of the Christian preacher, teacher, and student, as well as of every devout reader of the Scriptures, of whatever degree of education, what- ever "school," class, or condition. If a passage some- times suffers by separation from the context as it stands in our New Testament, the gain is still actual and mani- fest, and the New Testament itself is always at hand. The qualifications for such an undertaking are, chiefly, reverence, religious sensibility, profound faith, good learning, good sense, and good taste. How carefully, conscientiously, and intelligently the compiler has dis- charged his high task appears from his thoughtful Intro- duction. As with him, so may it be the blessing and  joy of many a believer, escaping from the fretting and doubt-breeding air of controversy, and the arena of sec- tarian disputation, into a loftier and purer realm, to hearken teachably to the voice of Him who speaks as man never spake, and to find His words to be spirit and life, — the spirit of holiness, and Everlasting Life ! F. D. HUNTINGTON.
CONTENTS. PAGE APOLOGIA ix THE GODHEAD 3 I. The Father 3 ' His Divinity 6 His Humanity , , , . 19 His Mission 22 His Ministry 35 Mediator, Consoler, Intercessor, Re- deemer 39 in. The Holy Ghost 43 II. The Son

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