Vox Clamantis. the Life and Ministry of John the Baptist

Vox Clamantis. the Life and Ministry of John the Baptist

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...to extravagance and strip yourselves naked, yet cease not your giving so long as you have more than enough, and your neighbour is in want; judge not whether the poor are what you are pleased to think deserving, --enough for you that they are poor. God makes you His almoners, not His executioners; ask no thanks nor reward, but give for God's sake, from whose wrath you are fleeing, whose pardon you are seeking. Not the keenest word that John had spoken as yet, was half so keen as this! Let not those who wish comfortable penances prescribed to them, say to honest messengers of God, "What shall we do?" See how good the answer is. Men will not steal from, nor hate, nor injure by cruel lust or lying, those whose want they have sought out and relieved for God's sake. And see how truly by this answer the son of Zacharias was preparing the way of the Lord. "One thing thou lackest," said Jesus to the rich young ruler, who had earnestly asked Him what he must do to inherit eternal life. "Go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow Me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved; for he had great possessions."1 When a lawyer, less sincere than that ruler, asked the Master the same question, "tempting Him," the answer was given in the story of the Good Samaritan, closed with the words, "Go, and do thou likewise."2 The words of Jesus are fuller than those of John, but they are to the very same purpose, and even more searching. If we would feel the whole power of this teaching, we must look on to the judgment words, "I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: ......show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236751612
  • 9781236751614