This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1855. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. MARTYRDOM. Necessity of suffering inculcated by Our Saviour: St. Paul: St. Peter: St. Augustine -- Love of suffering -- The Spirit of Martyrdom: St. Paul in the Hall of Caiaphas: St. Peter: St. Andrew: St. Ignatius -- Napoleon I. -- Napoleon III. -- French missionaries -- Protestant missionaries -- Comparison of French aud English Clergy -- Comparison of Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches -- Dissenters -- The late Archbishop of Paris -- Chapel of the Martyrs -- Conclusion. The Son of God came into this world to suffer. He alone could expiate the sins of men. Those sins having been committed against God, their sovereign, required a divine expiation. But in making this expiation, which is perfect and complete in itself, and cannot be made more perfect and complete, it is still only so in regard to us from our being united to Him by sufferings. As the Christian looks on the present life as a state of being given him solely that he may acquire eternal life and happiness hereafter, he will, consequently, consider it the one grand object of his present existence to suffer. He knows that this doctrine rests on the words of our Saviour: "If any one will come after me, he must take up his cross daily, and follow me." And again, speaking to His apostles beforehand of their mission in the world, "Lo, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves;" "you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake;" and perhaps still more significantly, "I came not to send peace upon earth, but a sword." While spiritual blessings--joys that should never end, and which cannot even be conceived by the mind till it is enlarged by death--are promised to His disciples in abundance, almost the only temporal things which He foretells them shall be theirs are the things which the...
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