Truth

Galatians

The Readers

Galatia was a Roman province in Asia Minor. It was populated chiefly by Gauls who emigrated from France in 300 B.C. They were a very impulsive, changeable people.

This probably accounts for their enthusiastic reception of Paul when he first came to them (see Galatians 4:14). “But ye received me as an angel of God, even as Jesus Christ,” and accounts no doubt for their sudden swing to “another gospel” (see Galatians 1:6).

1 Timothy

Of Paul’s epistles there can be made two divisions. These two divisions make up the prison epistles and the pastoral epistles. The prison epistles consist of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, while the pastoral epistles include 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. These are the latest of Paul’s writings and are dated towards the end of his life.

The Only Two Religions and Other Gospel Papers

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Preface

In this little volume the word religion is used in its popular, not its distinctively Biblical sense. In the Scriptures it is but seldom found, and where used it refers, undoubtedly, to outward observances. Paul “profited in the Jews’ religion.” He gave himself up to the carrying out of all its legal enactments. James contrasts with this the “pure religion and undefiled,” which is, not Christianity itself, but the outcome of it. Alas, how many stumble right here—designating a system of philanthropy and correct living as Christianity itself; mistaking the result for the cause from which it springs; denying the truth of God—unwittingly though it may be.

But, as generally used, the word religion covers both the faith and the practice of its devotees—according to Webster, “a system of faith and worship;” and it is in this sense it is used in the present collection of papers.

The first article is introductory to all the others; which throughout are designed to contrast God’s way of salvation with the numberless ways of man’s devising—the end of which will be death, moral and spiritual.

The fact that they were written as separate papers, and are now collected into a volume for the first time, will account for occasional repetitions of thought, and even statement.

If they lead any to value Christ more, and human religiousness less, they will have fulfilled the object for which they are sent forth.

H. A. I.

The Only Two Religions

    “There are only two religions in the world:

    The true and the false.

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