The Sum of Righteousness, Meditations on the Early Life and Ministry of Our Lord

The Sum of Righteousness, Meditations on the Early Life and Ministry of Our Lord

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...of former generations, had been cast out, but its place had been taken, not by a spirit of faithful obedience to the law of God, but by a spirit of Pharisaism, which, although less gross in form, was a worse kind of idolatry than that from which they had been delivered. 2. What was true of that particular nation which God had chosen to be an example to all nations and all persons, is true of every man. An external repentance.which confines itself to a reform of the external life, and is prompted by a sense of public opinion, a fear of exposure, or a dread of the consequences of sin, or which rests upon no deeper foundation than the removal of temptation, is no real repentance. The spirit of evil can only be cast out by the Spirit of God, otherwise it 148 THE MOTHER AND BRETHREN OF CHRIST. returns again, knowing that it can, at any time, claim its former abode as its own. On returning it finds that although some of the traces of its former occupancy are removed, and the man has put on the appearance of an external morality, his soul is yet empty. The strong man has not been bound, and his place filled by the Stronger. The very appearance of a reformation which does not exist, makes the evil spirit rejoice with all the more fiendish joy, for he knows that in no one more than in the hypocrite is there room for himself and his company. Thus the last state of that man is worse than the first. II.--If it is true that by the indwelling of the Spirit of God we are being moulded so that we may attain to His likeness (and this is the great hope of our faith), must it not also be true that it is possible that the evil spirit may so enter into us and bind us by his influence that our last state becomes worse than our first? We can only escape this fearful...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236611373
  • 9781236611376