Tracts for Circulation

Tracts for Circulation

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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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...other passage, with one exception in this book, a divine truth, or prophecy is being made known under the form of a parable or simile, which requires the word to be understood in its common sense, or the meaning of the parable will be lost. This exception is met with in xvii. 1, "The great whore, that sitteth upon many waters." This is explained in ver. 15 "The waters, whieh thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples." The idea represented is an apostate Church, which has been established among those nations who have forsaken the love of their Maker. "Thy Maker is thine Husband." (Isaiah liv. 5.) It is therefore clear that whenever the word "water" is used in the New Testament it signifies common or natural water, unless it is otherwise especially explained as being used in a different sense. Consequently there is every reason to believe, that when our Lord said, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot 'enter into the kingdom of God," He meant the word "water" in its common sense of natural water, or that which is seen, and touched, and drunk; and that He did not intend it to be understood in a spiritual or figurative sense. This also has been the opinion of the whole Christian Church from our Lord's days. Our Lord therefore by these words appears to lay down a positive rule, that "Except a man be born," or brought forth out "of water, he cannot enter into the kinsnlom of God." It is said in St. Matt. iii. 16, that "Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water." (St. Mark i. 10.) And again in Acts viii. 39, the same is said also of the Eunuch, who had been baptized by Philip. When a person has been...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236971477
  • 9781236971470