Pain and Gladness; A Biblical Study

Pain and Gladness; A Biblical Study

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...will there be any "lower creatures"? We can only hope so. And can there be a Millennium, when the1 lion shall eat straw like the ox, and they shall not hurt nor destroy, so that there shall be no alloy of pain, but yet the interest and joy of living growth? We can hope it may be so. For we can see that to a creature which had lived its span of life, and come to a full end, death might be like a child's falling asleep after a happy day. Or there might be the continual upspringing of new lives, and no death: for there is room in the universe. These are things which we cannot even guess at. But of the dumb creatures as well as of ourselves St. Paul, I venture to hope, means us to "reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to usward." And we may go on to the end of the passage,1 and, trusting the love of God for ourselves, trust it for the dumb creatures. 1 Isa. xi. 1-10; lxv. 17--end. 2. The Cross.--Where did St. Paul learn his doctrine of pain? From the Cross. The cardinal point of his preaching is "Jesus Christ and Him crucified."2 That great fact of the Cross is indeed the key to the spiritual understanding of pain. (Just as, conversely, it is often pain which first gives us any understanding of the Cross.) Coming into a world of sin and death and pain, our Saviour saved us from sin by taking upon Himself our sin; He conquered death for us by dying Himself: and He made atonement for us, not indeed by, but yet through, His own suffering. /He, the captain of our salvation, was made perfect through sufferings." By the things which He suffered He learned obedience, ' just as He learned every other human perfection more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236903919
  • 9781236903914