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A LETTER TO A FRIEND
AUTHORITY, PURPOSE, AND EFFECTS,
AND ESPECIALLY ON THE DOCTRINE OF
BY JOSEPH JOHN GURNEY.
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus
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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
DEC 19 1939
The original of the following Letter was occasioned by the request of a friend of mine, that I would furnish him with a selection of passages from the Holy Scriptures, on that most important and interesting subject—the christian doctrine of Redemption. Since, in the course of a private circulation, the Letter has been found useful to some individuals, I am induced to correct and publish it, in the hope that others, who stand in need of the same kind of information, may, through the divine blessing, derive from it a similar benefit.
THE mercy of God in Christ Jesus is a subject which I have long been accustomed to regard as superior to all others, in point of interest and importance. Conscious, in some degree, of the perfect purity of an omnipresent Deity, as well as of the corruption of my own heart, I rejoice in the assurance that means are provided through which the stain of my sins may be washed out, and through which I may be accepted with favour by the Author of all true happiness. Nor is it wonderful that I should entertain, for others whom I love, an earnest, and even painful solicitude, that they also may be brought to the discovery of this way of escape, and may come to acknowledge Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, to be “the propitiation for their sins”-their resurrection” and their life.”
Animated by these feelings, I cannot but be willing, according to the best of my ability, to