The Holy Bible, with a Comm Arranged in Lectures, by C Girdlestone
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.1842 Excerpt: ... Thus did Christ silence his gainsayers, at once by the force of reason, and by the evidence of their senses. Would that Christians in like manner sought to convince the world, not by words only, and by arguments, but by actions of Christianity! Would that, by bounty more enlarged, by honesty more strict, by diligence more disinterested, than the rest of mankind, tfiey would stretch forth the withered hand, and make manifest the power of God's grace! The Pharisees, though put to silence, were none the nearer to being converted, but " went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence." This He did that He might avoid raising any public disturbance. And for the same reason, though He healed all among the multitudes which followed Him, He "charged them that they should not make him known.'" In this conduct we find fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, in which the Messiah is described as the chosen of God, the beloved in whom He is well pleased. Isai. 42. 1, 2, 3. "I have put my Spirit upon him;" meaning, I unite with his human nature the divine Spirit. "And he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles;" through Him, that is, shall the way of righteousness be revealed to all mankind. "He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the streets.'" He shall be meek, gentle, and peaceable, in the method of his ministration upon earth. "A bruised reed shall he not break." He will not bear hard on the spirit that is already contrite. "And the smoking flax shall He not quench." Nor extinguish by severity the slightest embers of repentance and faith. "He shall bring forth judgment unto truth." That is, this forbearance He shall continue to shew till He bring forth "judgment unto...
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