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. 1873 Excerpt: ...comes first in the Divine order and has its rightful place. "And while all the people were receiving baptism, Jesus also being baptized and praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit in a bodily form, descended upon him like a dove, and a voice came from heaven saying, 'Thou art my beloved Son, with thee I am well pleased.'" Luke iii. 21, 22. "Being baptized and praying" the heaven was opened. Let us not mistake. Prayer with Jesus was not simply a verbal petition. It was passing inward and upward out of the realm of sense into the broad disclosure of eternal things. He has described it as "ascending into heaven," and his teachings and revelations out of that high state as "coming down from heaven," and the normal elevation of his soul amid the eternal serenities and perspectives of immortality as being or dwelling "in heaven." The heaven was opened, to whom? Clearly to the mind of Jesus into which the Divine influx came with such fullness and power as to take voice and articulation, and over whom the white wings hovering dove-like symbolized its all-cleansing and peacegiving work through a Saviour's mediation; and to the mind of John brought into this open vision and communion where the promised tokens were disclosed to him. "I saw and I bear witness that this is the Son of God." He knew him not as the Messiah until then. Now his tone changes towards his own followers. I am not the coming Deliverer, but He is already among you. I have seen Him though you cannot. He must wax and I must wane. Once in his lonely prison hours, weary with what seemed the long delay, doubts flitted over the mind of John and he sent to Jesus for further evidence. It may be hoped that the answer he received reassu...
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