THESE Expositions do not attempt to be critical or exhaustive- but the aim has been to deduce such spiritual exhortations and consolations from the glowing words of the Apostle as will most readily help Christian people in the varied circumstances ofMoreTHESE Expositions do not attempt to be critical or exhaustive- but the aim has been to deduce such spiritual exhortations and consolations from the glowing words of the Apostle as will most readily help Christian people in the varied circumstances of daily life.Delivered first as Expositions in the course of my stated ministry, they were afterwards published week by week in the pages of The Christian- and in response to very many requests are here preserved in a permanent form.It has never been my plan in regular exposition to burden the minds of my hearers with all the different opinions of commentators on the varied points arising for discussion in almost every paragraph.
It has been my habit rather to read everything within my reach, and then to state my own general conclusions as simply and clearly as possible. This method has been followed in the present case.Leightons admirable Commentary has been of considerable use, and I have enriched my chapters with several extracts from this mine of spiritual wealth. Indeed, wherever quotation marks occur without reference to the name of the author, the reader may conclude that they indicate passages culled from this source.
I trust that I have acknowledged all my indebtednesses where the ipsissima verba have been used: but who of us can trace the source of ten thousand thoughts which by use we have come to appropriate as our own!Written amid the multiplied engagements of a busy life, it would be impossible to estimate the benefit to heart and thought by bending over these translucent depths of sacred truth-so calm, so still, so profound, so counteractive of lifes feverish haste- and it is my earnest hope that these Expositions may pass on to others some of the blessedness which their preparation has brought to myself.F.