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REDEMPTION :

SOME OF THE ASPECTS OF
THE WORK OF CHRIST

CONSIDERED IN

A COURSE OF SERMONS.

BY THE

REV. RICHARD METTX BENSON, MA.

Student of Christ Church, and Perpetual Curate
of Cowley, Oxon.

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TO THE

REV, THOMAS CHAMBERLAIN, M.A.,

VICAR OF S. THOMAS THE MARTYR,

IN OXFORD,

THIS VOLUME IS DEDICATED,

WITH MUCH PERSONAL REGARD AND AFFECTION,

AND AS A TOKEN OF RESPECT

FOR THE UNTIRING FAITHFULNESS

WITH WHICH HE HAS ENDEAVOURED TO RECLAIM

THE OUTCASTS OF POVERTY AND SIN

TO THE KNOWLEDGE, WORSHIP, AND LOVE

OF THE REDEEMER OF MANKIND.

PREFACE.

The object of the following Sermons is to exhibit the doctrine of our Redemption in its purely Scriptural conception, as a Divine work of spiritual power. I probably feel more than the mere casual reader can feel, how small a portion of this great subject is really touched. This sense of incompleteness is one reason which makes me prefer to leave as Sermons what might have been moulded otherwise into a more formal treatise. Besides which, some elements of truth are more readily enforced in sermons than in chapters, and a dogmatic treatise is naturally addressed to a higher theological tribunal than a volume of popular discourses. Some apology, however, seems due for having allowed the Sermons to exceed the length now usual amongst us. In preparing them for publication, they have become longer than I could have wished; but the patience of a reader need never be taxed beyond his will, so that I have preferred giving a larger amount of Scriptural illustration than could be brought within such narrow limits. Whatever value these Sermons possess, consists in the bringing together of certain passages of Holy Scripture, and I hope that, sketchy as they are, they may nevertheless be found suggestive to thoughtful and pious minds. So may

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