Excerpt from The Kingdom of Heaven Here and Hereafter
To estimate once more our Lord's teaching about the Kingdom Of Heaven. It is an arduous under taking, in which any large measure of success can scarcely be looked for: But the present time Offers some advantages which may seem to wai'rant the taking it in hand. We have Shaken Ourselves clear Of certain Conventional ways of treating our Lord's I discourses which greatly spoilt their effectiveness and even obscured their meaning. We do not in the least desire to treat the Bible like any other book, or to rank our Lord with other Teachers Of mankind. But we see quite Clearly that being made Man, and speaking to His hearers in their Own language, it was of necessity that He Should so order His words as to produce the effect which He desired upon their minds. He spoke indeed as never man spake, but all the same He spoke as Man to men. He used a style which was distinc tively Eastern, constantly figurative, not infrequentlyviii preface.
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