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Remarks on the Expression, "VERILY, VERILY,"
By SAMUEL BARNARD, JUN.
The testimony of JESUS is the spirit of prophecy
Printed by W. Nicholson, Warner Street,
FOR WILLIAMS AND SMITH, STATIONERS' COURT,
Rev. xix. 10.
All that Love the Lord Jesus in Sincerity and Truth.
A YOUNG man unknown to the literary Public, and known partially only to the religious one, comes forth in this his maiden attempt; humbly desiring to be a champion for scripture truth. A motto which he trusts is indelibly engraven on his heart, is "The Testimony of Jesus is the
Spirit of Prophecy." Worthy motto for every one who would desire under the help and guidance of the Spirit, to follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth, and who looketh upon himself as an adopted child of God!
He conceals not his name, publishing it not, he trusts, from a proud selfish, self-honoring principle; but because he is not ashamed of the gospel of God: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. And further, he desires to be thus humbly bold, when he sees in
fidels, carnal reasoners, worldly-wise men, and reason taught philosophers, proud to affix their names to Works, degrading the essential and divine dignity of Christ, trampling his revelation, despising his cross, blaspheming his Holy Spirit, and thus openly glorying in their own shame. The world is poisoned with books, whose leading trait is either gross immorality, or a immorality, or a specious morality, which undermines principle, and aims a blow at the spirit of the gospel. Yet the Author writes not as one afraid of the success of the gospel; he knows that God's counsel shall stand, and that He will accomplish all his good pleasure.
Courteous Reader, let this suffice for a description of my Work. A work is the best description of itself—and I shall rejoice to hear my Work is approved, not for mine own, but for the Lord's sake, whose servant I am if I obey his will; whose son I am, if I acknowledge with soul-abasement yet soul-rejoicing, the kind remembrances of his fatherly hand, who seeing he could have no greater love for us, laid down his life for his friends; whose heir I am, if I prize the inheritance, which he hath meritoriously purchased by his blood;