Excerpt from The Words of the Lord Jesus, Vol. 7
IT has been found necessary, on account of its disproportion ate bulk, to divide the last volume of the first edition of this work. The question may be asked, why I have not rather retrenched and curtailed it; and my reply'is, that I did not think myself justified in dealing thus with a book which already belongs to the public, and has been blessed to the public, good; -that the words of the Passion and the Resurrection demand the most careful and elaborate treatment, being of all our Lord's discourses the most weighty, the most profound, and the most unlimited in their consequences - and, moreover, that they involve more than ordinary exposition of the historical narrative with which they are so wonderfully interwoven. As to the most dihuse of the treatises contained in these volumes - those on Baptism and the Lord's Supper - the necessity of our own times has required that they should be rather enlarged than compressed.
May the Lord Open for this exposition of His word, based upon a penetrating contemplation of His life, a still more ex tended path of usefulness and blessing! May it especially be the means of convincing many that the abstract principle of an authoritative Scripture, even without the strict obligations of Confessions, can oher something positive enough for a genuine faith in Christ; and of proving to others that even a more rigorous idea of inspiration may be consistently and intelligently carried out into the details of interpretation, to the satisfaction of every reasonable mind.
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