Notes, Explanatory and Pratical on the Gospels+

Notes, Explanatory and Pratical on the Gospels+

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: denote a change from Gentilism to Judaism by becoming a proselyte by baptism. The word with them meant a change from the state of a heathen to that of a Jew. But they never used it as applicable to a Jew, because they supposed that by his birth old 1 Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born 1 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, he was entitled to all the privileges of the people of God. When, therefore, our Saviour used it of a Jew, when he affirmed its necessity of evtry man, Nicodemus supposed that there was an absurdity in the doctrine, something that surpassed his comprehension; and he therefore asked whether it was possible that Jesus could teach so absurd a doctrine--as he could conceive no other sense as applicable to a Jew--as that he should, when old, enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born. And we may learn from this: 1st. That prejudice leads us to misunderstand the plainest doctrines of religion. 2d. That things which are at first incomprehensible, or apparently absurd, may when explained become clear. The doctrine of regeneration, so difficult to Nicodemus, is plain to a child that is born of the Spirit. 3d. Those in high rank, and who are learned, are often most ignorant about the plainest matters of religion. It is often wonderful that they exhibit so little acquaintance with the most simple subjects pertaining to the soul, and so much absurdity in their views. 4th. A doctrine is not to be rejected because the rich and the great do not believe or understand it. The doctrine of regeneration was no worse because Nicodemus did not comprehend it. 5. Be born of water. By water here is evidently signified baptism. Thus the word is used Eph. v. 26. Titus iii. 5. Baptism was practised...
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  • English
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