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# N these pages I offer to the public some thoughts which I have already offered to my own congregation, on what seems to me the problem of problems—the relation which sin sustains to the Divine plan of human development. The course of thought which is here rather sketched than wrought out, may possibly seem to clash in some degree with the tenets of the theological school which has long ruled in the domain of Evangelical Nonconformity. But I am not without hope that
the thoughts developed in these pages will receive a candid and kindly consideration, inasmuch as I am firmly persuaded that their tendency is not to confound, but to confirm and establish, all that our hearts cleave to as the essence of the Gospel. If I claim for the work of Christ an older as well as a wider relation to man than the formularies of our faith seem to recognize, I believe that I am vindicating a truth on which those formularies themselves are built, and which lends to them their weight and influence with men. I am happy, too, in the conviétion that the number is rapidly increasing in our churches, of those to whom the statement of this older and wider relation of the redeeming love and purpose of God in Christ will appear to be “not against the truth, but for the truth” of the Gospel; and who may find here convičions about Divine things which have long haunted their minds brought out to fuller expression, and conneéted with the great purpose of redemption—which I here treat as the very groundwork of man's life and history. Happily, too, it is more easy to speak freely and to be judged Christianly, when treating, however imperfeółly, yet with honest and reverent heart, of these high matters, than it was when I published the “ Divine Life in Man,” four years ago.
“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But
where sin abounded grace did much more abound ; that as sin
hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through right-
eousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." -
Romans v. 20, 21.
$gtmon b.—The Penitent's Creed ..............
“He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, I have perverted
$ctmon uí.—The Penitent's Gospel................
“He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall
$gtmon bff.—She loved much : She had much Jørgiven ...........................................
“And, behold a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she
“Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damna-
£etmon it.—On Restoring a Sinner ...........
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual,
self, lest thou also be tempted.”-Gal. vi. 1.
$ctmon L.—And yet there is Room ............
“Come, for all things are now ready.” “And yet there is room.”
Lake xiv. 17, 22.