An introduction to the New Testament
by Marcus Dods
ISBN 0217168906 (0-217-16890-6)
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Softcover, RareBooksClub.com, 2012
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Book summary: 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. 1891 Excerpt: ...for as in the Epistle to Colossians he had said that "in Christ dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily," so now he says that as Christ is as it were the body and fulness of God, the Church is "Christ's body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all" (i. 23). In reconciling Jew and Gentile alike to God, he has reconciled them to one another, "making of twain one new man " (ii. 15) and giving "both access through one spirit unto the Father." In order to come into this true reconciliation with God and be "filled with all the fulness of God" (iii. 19), Christ must dwell in the heart by faith till the sovereignty and dominion of His love over all things be in some measure understood (iii. 17--20). As soon as Churches and members of Churches recognise that "there is ono body and one spirit, even as they are called in one hope of their calling, one Lord, one faith," etc. (iv. 4--6), they are ashamed of bitterness, wrangling, fraud, and feel themselves dignified and enlarged, as belonging, not to a small sect, but to the Church catholic. The practical injunctions which follow are ruled by two ideas. The idea of unity excludes lying, "speak every man truth with his neighbour; for we are members one of another" (iv. 25). Anger, stealing, foul conversation, are also excluded by the law that binds us to do and to say what may minister to those about us (iv. 29). The idea that the radical relationships of life are pure also plays its part. In opposition to the Gnostic asceticism, which taught that these relationships must be abjured if men would be holy, Paul shows that in these relationships the highest Christian grace, the very love which Christ bore to men, is to be cultivated. But this e...
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