These expository, devotional meditations have been written primarily for pastors and others in the Philippines, the land of my rich inheritance in the Lord for the past thirty wonderful years. I refer to the inspired statement concerning Abraham: “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance” (Hebrews 11:8).

What I have learned from others and what may be original are by now so inextricably entwined that I cannot separate them. I trust that it will suffice for me to state that I have drunk deeply of the writings of Alexander Maclaren, G. Campbell Morgan, Arthur W. Pink, and J. C. Ryle. Their beneficent influence upon me permeates these pages, perhaps at times even by unintentionally unacknowledged direct quotation. Dr. K. Schilder’s trilogy: Christ in His Suffering, Christ on Trial, and Christ Crucified, and The Suffering Saviour by F.W. Krummacher also have greatly stimulated my thinking. My constant references have been A.T. Robertson’s Word Pictures in the New Testament and Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

Edwin G. Spahr
Manila, Philippines 1976