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By Gilbert T. Sadler

Author's FOREWORD.

This ebook is the short precis of effects
reached by means of non-stop paintings in the course of twenty
years of ministry in Congregational church buildings.

It might be acknowledged to be either severe and
constructive, severe simply because positive.

It humbly urges purposes opposed to
the historicity of Jesus Christ,
the externalising of God,
the enslavement of guy,
because it seeks to uphold that
Christ is the perfect in God,
God is the lifestyles uniting all issues,
Love is man's real legislations.

The which means of those is built in the
following pages. They shape a team spirit, an
outlook, and, it is was hoping, they will be an
inspiration to many.

G. T. S.

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Syncretism was the order of that day. Cumont (Ghent) has told of a sect in Asia Minor at that time whose god was J ehovah-Attis : a shange combination (see " Hypsistos " by Cumont) . ording to th e Book of Enoch , was already existing in the unseen world . They called i t Christ, a n d felt the Kingdom of God had thus begun in their cult and in their hearts. The Parable of the Sower expressed this for the initiated, but was not grasped by those outside (see Mark iv. 1 0-13 ; Matt. xii i . 10-17 on this distinc­ tion) .

He was also " the Coming One, " according to the Book of Enoch . Such was their tl: ought before A . D . 70. D. 70, the writings began, and the speculati

Th e Christian shared too in Christ's " resurrection . " Since the Lord's Supper came into the CP-rist-cult from the Mystery-religions, and is spoken of in conjunction with them (I. Cor. x. 16-21), it can hardly be denied that the whole idea of a dying and rising Christ came from the Mystery-religions in Palestine, Syria, Egypt, and Asia Minor and Greece. (ii) Isaiah liii. was applied to Christ, for He had been " despised and rejected of men . " The true Israel, the suffering Servant of God, was now seen to be the Christian Church, and so the prophecy was applied to Christ in the early Church (see Acts viii.

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