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. 1899. Excerpt: ... II. And now, secondly, observe the root of this virtue, or energy, in faith. The Revised Version, to which I must again appeal, improves our translation by reading, instead of "add to," "supply in" That is to say, "virtue" is not to be piled upon "faith," and "knowledge" upon "virtue," and so on; as if they were unrelated graces, put on the top one of another, like bricks upon a wall. It is not to faith that virtue is to be added, but it is in faith that virtue is to be found. That is to say, the germ, the root, the vital point from which is developed virtue and all that follows is Faith. The great series of Christian graces here is a case of evolution; one after another springing from the primary Christian characteristic of faith in Jesus Christ, which implicitly contains them all. Each link in the chain grows out of that which precedes, and leads forward to that which follows. The thought that underlies this exhortation is that a Christian man's faith in Christ is the productive root of all goodness of character. That is not because of anything in faith itself, but altogether because of what faith lays hold of. I do not for a moment mean to say that these beauties of character which follow in these verses cannot be produced without faith. That would not be true; but if they ever are, they are of a more imperfect form than they might be, if they were rooted in the soil of Christian confidence in Jesus Christ. And if they are ever produced, as undoubtedly they are, independently of that exercise of Christian faith, they lack at once their best security, their most vital power, and their highest consecration. But apart from that, let us take this thought home to ourselves, that the New Testament knows nothing of a faith, the only effect of which is to obta...
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Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910) has been known for gen erations as the prince of preachers. He was born in Scotland and lived much of his life in England. His abilities to dissect a passage and to use analogies from nature and life have long been imitated. His sermons reveal his passion, spiritual insight, and intellectual power.
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