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The Mystery of the Temptation

The Mystery of the Temptation

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. W. H.'HUTCHINGS, M.A.,


'TiS ONE THING TO BE TEMPTED . . . ANOTHER THING TO FALL.
BY REV. W. H.'HUTCHINGS, M.A.,


'TiS ONE THING TO BE TEMPTED . . . ANOTHER THING TO FALL.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE TEMPTATIOBY REV. W. H.'HUTCHIGS, M.A.,'TiS OE THIG TO BE TEMPTED . . . AOTHER THIG TOFALL.PREFACE TO SECOD EDITIO.'THE thoughts which these Lectures embody, were origi-nally expressed in a series of Lenten Addresses whichwere delivered in the Church of S. Mary Magdalene,Paddington. In this second edition, the Lectures havebeen revised, and some portions of the work expanded.Moreover, a considerable number of brief notes have beenadded which are intended to serve the twofold purpose of elucidating certain passages in the text, and of calling atten-tion to some of the sources which have been consulted inthe composition of these Lectures.Whilst, however, the title of this volume, and the portionof Holy Scripture of which it contains an exposition, natu-rally connect the book with Lent, and suggest its useduring that penitential season the length of which isgoverned by that of our Lord's Fast and Temptation — the Truth which it is sought to enforce in these pages isone of cardinal importance, and touches upon the veryessence of Christianity. The imitation of Christ is theviii Preface to Second Edition.fundamental law of Christian conduct, and the question is
 
one of vital importance — was Christ really tempted ornot? If not, if the Temptation was only a semblance,what sympathy can there be between Him and us in ourspiritual conflicts ? His Holy Life may still be an objectof reverence and admiration, but we should despair of inany measure reproducing it. Its conditions would be toodifferent from our own to excite in us any hope of living itourselves. His Example would be unsuited to temptedman, and we should have in our contest with the powers of Evil to look elsewhere for our Ideal. But if Christ wasreally tempted " in all points" as we are, but without sin ;if He knew the struggle, the tension, the effort of resistance,as we do; then, — the Tempted Christ can be our Stayand Hope in times of conflict, as the Suffering Christ isour Strength and Solace, in the hour of pain and sorrow.The Reality of Christ's Temptation is no theologicalnicety which may very well have occupied the attention of the Schoolmen in mediaeval times ; but a truth, a belief inwhich must always be of the greatest practical importance.It establishes a tie between Him and us, the hnk of acommon sympathy, which like a magnetic current connectsus together. Every human soul has its spiritual struggles ;and those who are in the midst of the battle — whether theyare in the shop or the factory, in the city or in the fields,at the summit of Society or at its base, whatever their lotmay be — all can look up for help to the One Perfect Pat-Preface to Second Edition, ixtern, " the Captain of their Salvation," Who was first the" Straggler," then the " Victor," in the same warfare, — "And if Satan, vexing sore,Flesh or spirit should assail,Tkou his Vanquisher before^Grant we may not faint nor fail."
 
If the treatment of "the Temptation" which is providedin these pages, should not only tend to a truer realizationof the Mystery, and of its "utility" in its bearing upon ourLord's Example throughout His Life ; but also aid some toa fuller apprehension of the fact, that they can meet theassaults of the Evil One in union with Christ, and thatChrist reiterates His triumphs in His members, — thelabour which has been bestowed upon these Lectures willnot have been spent in rain.W. H. H.KiRBY MiSPERTO ReCTORY,Septtiagesima, 1889.COTETS,nocture \.PAGETHE ETRACE ITO THE TEMPTATIO . . iHecttire M.THE FAST 30nocture W\.THE PERSOALITY OF SA TA 64

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