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THE

GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN.

PRINTED BY R. CLAY, LONDON,

FOR

MACMILLAN & CO. CAMBRIDGE.

London: BELL AND DALDY, 186, FLEET STREET.

Dublin: WILLIAM ROBERTSON.

Edinburgh: EDMONSTON AND DOUGLAS.

Glasgow: JAMES MACLEHOSE.

Oxford: J. H. AND JAS. PARKER.

THE

3090

GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN.

A Series of Discourses.

BY

FREDERICK DENISON MAURICE, M.A.

CHAPLAIN OF LINCOLN'S INN.

"Johannes redet schlect und einfältig wie ein Kind, und lauten seine Worte
(wie die Weltweisen sie ansehen) recht kindisch. Es ist aber eine solche Majestät
drunter verborgen, die kein Mensch, so hoch er auch erleuchtet ist, erforschen
noch ausreden kann."-LUTHER, Auslegung des Evangel. Johannis, 1, 5.

SECOND EDITION.

Cambridge:

MACMILLAN AND CO.

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PREFACE.

I MADE many attempts to write a commentary on the Gospel of St. John. All of them proved abortive; though each of them made me more alive to the duty of endeavouring to impart to others some of the lessons which I had received from it. At length I was convinced that unless I studied the Gospel first of all with reference to my own congregation, and used it as a lesson-book for them, I never should be able to express what was in my mind to men whom I did not know. Critics, I doubt not, will know excellent reasons why a book of Scripture cannot be satisfactorily expounded in pulpit discourses. I certainly shall not dispute their opinion. No one is more aware than myself that I have not satisfactorily expounded this book of Scripture. I have not hoped to do that. But I believe I may have given my hearers and my readers some encouragement to seek a better Expositor of it than I or any much wiser teacher can be. If a few have been led by my words to hope for that guidance, and to place themselves under it, I trust they will ask for themselves and for me, that we may never desert it for any other, least of all

for our own.

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