Table of Contents

Title Page

Prefatory Material


Book I. Birth and Childhood of Jesus.

Chapter I through III.

Book II. The Mental Culture of Jesus. His Life to the Time of His Public Ministry.

Book III. Preparatives to the Public Ministry of Christ.

Book IV. The Public Ministry of Christ in Its Real Connexion.

Part I. The Plan of Christ.

Part II. The Means and Instruments of Christ.

Chapter I.

Chapter II. Christ's Mode of Teaching in Regard to Its Method and Form.

Chapter III. Christ’s Choice and Training of the Apostles.

Chapter IV. The Church and Baptism.

Chapter V. The Miracles of Christ.

Chapter VI. The Miracles of Christ Considered in Regard to Supernatural Agency.

Book V. The Public Ministry of Christ According to Its Chronological Connexion.


Part I. From the Commencement of Christ’s Public Ministry to the Triumphal Entry.

Chapter I. Jesus and John the Baptist.—The First Disciples.

Chapter II. Commencement of Christ’s Public Teaching.

Chapter III. Jesus at Cana.

Chapter IV. First Journey to Jerusalem to Attend the Feast of the Passover.

Chapter V. Jesus at Ænon, near Salim.

Chapter Chapter VI. Jesus Returns through Samaria to Galilee.—The Samaritan Woman.

Chapter VII. Christ’s First General Ministry in Galilee.

§ 127. Christ heals the Nobleman's Son.—Chooses Capernaum for his Abode.—Healing of Peter's Wife's Mother.

§ 128. Christ appears in the Synagogue at Nazareth.—His Life is Endangered. (Luke, iv., 16-30.)

§ 129. The Parable of the Sower.—Christ's Explanation of the Parable to the smaller Circle of his Disciples.

§ 130. Parable of the various Kinds of Fish in the Net.—Of the Wheat and the Tares.

§ 131. Christ subdues a Storm on the Sea.—Character of the Act as a Miracle.—Its moral Significance.

§ 132. The Gadarene Demoniac.—Christ's Treatment of him after tne Cure.—Inferences from it.

§ 133. Christ Returns to the west side of Genesareth.—Healing of the Issue of Blood.

§ 134. Raising of Jairus's Daughter.—And of the Widow's Son at Nain.

§ 135. Doubts of John the Baptist in his Imprisonment.*—His Message to Christ, and its Result.—Christ's Testimony concerning Him. —His view of the relation between the Old and New Dispensations.

§ 136. Christ shows the Relation of his Contemporaries to the Baptist and to Himself.—The Easy Yoke and the Light Burden.—Jewish Legalism contrasted with Christian Liberty.

§ 137. Christ's Conversation with the Pharisees in regard to the Mode of Life indulged by his Disciples.—The Morality of Fasting.

§ 138. The Parable of the New Patch on the Old Garment, and of the New Wine in Old Bottles.

§ 139. Forms of Prayer.—The Lord's Prayer; its Occasion and Import.—Encouragements to Prayer; God gives no Stone for Bread.

§ 140. Christ forgives the Magdalen at the House of Simon the Pharisee.—The reciprocal action of Love and Faith in the Forgiveness of Sins.

§ 141. Matthew the Publican called from the Custom—house.—Familial Intercourse of Christ with the Publicans at the Banquet.—The Pharisees blame the Disciples, and Christ justifies them.—'The Sick need the Physician.'

§ 142. Christ's different Modes of Reply to those who questioned his Conduct in consorting with Sinners.—The Value of a Soul.—Parable of the Prodigal Son.—Of the Pharisee and the Publican.

Chapter VIII. Christ’s Second Journey to Jerusalem.

Chapter IX. Second Course of Extended Labours in Galilee.

§ 148. (1.) Place and Circumstances of the Delivery of the Sermon, (2.) Its Subject-matter, viz.: the Kingdom of God as the Aim of the Old Dispensation; (3.) The Two Editions, viz.: Matthew's and Luke's; (4.) Its Pervading Rebuke of Carnal Conceptions of the Messiahship.

§ 149. Moral Requisites for Entering the Kingdom of God: (1.) Poverty of Spirit; (2.) Meekness; (3.) Hungering and Thirsting after Righteousness.

§ 150. Moral Result of Entering the Kingdom of God, viz.: The “Pure in Heart see God.”

§ 151. Moral Relations of the Members of the Kingdom to their Fellow men: viz., They are 'Peace-makers,' and 'Persecuted.'

§ 152. The Disciples of Christ the 'Light' and 'Salt' of the Earth.

§ 153. Fulfilling of the Law and the Prophets: (1.) General View; (2.) Particular Exposition; (3.) Demand for a Higher Obedience than that of the Pharisees. (Matt., v., 17-20.)

§ 154. 'Fufilling of the Law' in the Higher Sense.—General Contrast between the Juridical and Moral stand-points.

§ 155. Fulfilling of the Law in the Higher Sense.—Particular Examples, viz., (1.) Murder; (2.) Adultery; (3.) Divorce; (4.) Perjury; (5.) Revenge; (6.) National Exclusiveness.

§ 156. (1.) Alms, Prayer, Fasting; (2.) Rigid Judgment of Self, Mild Judgment of others; (3.) Test of Sincerity in Seeking after Righteousness. (Matt., vi., 1-18; vii., 1-5.)

§ 157. Exhortation to Self-denial.—Caution against Seducers.

§ 158. Test of Discipleship.

§ 159. Healing of the Leper on the Road to Capernaum.

§ 160. Healing of the Heathen Centurion's Slave at Capernaum.—The Deputation of Elders.—Faith of the Centurion.

§ 161. Healing of the Deaf and Dumb Demoniac.—The Charge of a League wzith Beelzebub: a Visible Sign demanded.—The Charge refuted.

§ 162. The Conjurations of the Jewish Exorcists.

§ 163. Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost and against the Son of Man.

§ 164. Purpose of Christ's Relatives to confine him as a Lunatic.—He declares who are his Relatives in the Spiritual Sense.

§ 165. The Demand of a Sign from Heaven answered only by the Sign of the Prophet Jonah.

§ 166. Discourse pronounced at a Feast against the Hypocrisy of the Pharisees and the Lawyers.

§ 167. Christ Warns his Disciples against the Pharisees.—The Power of Divine Truth.

§ 168. Christ Heals a Paralytic at Capernaum, and the Pharisees accuse hiim of Blasphemy.—The Accusation Repelled.

§ 169. The Withered Hand healed on the Sabbath.—The Objections of the Pharisees anticipated and refuted.

§ 170. Cure of the Infirm Woman on the Sabbath; the Pharisees disconcerted.—Of the Dropsical Man.

§ 171. The Strife for Precedence at Feasts.—The Poor, not the Rich, to be invited.—Parable of the Great Supper.

§ 172. The Pharisees attack the Disciples for plucking Corn on the Sabbath.—Christ defends them.

§ 173. Christ's Discourse against the merely outward Cleanliness of the Pharisees.—He explains the Discourse to his Disciples.

§ 174. Trial Mission of the Apostles in Galilee. (Luke, ix.; Matt. x.)

§ 175. Various Opinions entertained of Jesus. Luke ix. 7-9.

§ 176. Return of the Apostles.–Miraculous Feeding of the Five Thousand.–Object and Significance of the Miracle.–Its Effect upon the Multitude.

§ 177. Christ Walks upon the Waters.

§ 178. Christ in the Synagogue at Capernaum. (John, vi.)

Chapter X. Jesus in North Galilee, and on the Way to Cesarea Philippi.

§ 179. Reasons for the Journey.

§ 180. Cure of the Blind Man at Bethsaida.—Peter's Second Confession.—The Power of the Keys. (Mark, viii.; Matt., xvi.)

§ 181. The Disciples prohibited to reveal Christ's Messianic Dignity.—The Weakness of Peter rebuked. (Matt., xvi., 20—28; Mark, viii., 30.)

§ 182. Monitions of Christ to the Apostles in regard to Prudence in their Ministry.—(1.) The Wisdom of Serpents and Harmlessness of Doves. (Matt., x., 16.)—(2.) The Parable of the Unjust Steward (Luke, xvi., 1-13.)—(3.) 'Make to yourselves friends of the Mammon of Unrighteousness,' &c.

§ 183. Caution against imprudent Zeal in Preaching the Gospel.

§ 184. The Syro-Phoenician Woman. (Matt., xv., 21; Mark, vii., 24.)—(1.) Her Prayer.—(2.) Her Repulse.—(3.) Her Faith.—(4.) The Result.

§ 185. The Transfiguration of Christ. (Luke, ix., 29-36.)

§ 186. Elias a Forerunner of Messiah. (Matt., xvii., 10-13.)

§ 187. Christ Cures a Demoniacal Youth after the Disciples had attempted it in vain. (Mark, ix., 14; Matt., xvii., 14; Luke, ix., 37.)—He Reproves the unbelieving Multitude.

§ 188. Christ tells the Disciples the Cause of their Failure.—The Power of Faith.—Prayer and Fasting. (Matt., xvii., 20, 21.)

§ 189. Return to Capernaum.—Dispute among the Disciples for Precedence.—The Child a Pattern.—Acting in the Name of Christ. (Luke, ix., 46; Mark, ix., 33; Matt., xviii.)

§ 190. Christ's two Sayings: 'He that is not against you is for you,' and, 'He that is not for me is against me.' (Mark, ix., 40.)

§ 191. The Stater in the Fish. (Matt., xvii., 27.)

Chapter XI. Christ's Journey to Jerusalem to Attend the Feast of Tabernacles.

Chapter XII. Christ's Return from Capernaum to Jerusalem through Samaria.

§ 202. Reasons for the Journey through Samaria. (Luke, ix., 51, seq.)

§ 203. Choice of the Seventy. (Luke, x.)—Import of the Number 'Seventy.'

§ 204. Instructions to the Seventy on their Mission. (Luke, x.) The Wo to the Unbelieving Cities.

§ 205. Exultation of the Disciples on their Return.—The Overthrow of Satan's Kingdom.—Christ warns the Disciples against Vanity. (Luke, x., 17-20.)

§ 206. The Kingdom of God revealed to Babes. —The Blessedness of the Disciples in beholding it. (Luke, x., 21, 24.)

§ 207. The Signs of Discipleship. (Matt., vii., 22.)—Requisites, viz. Self-Denial and Resignation (Luke, ix., 56, 62): Taking up the Cross. (Luke, xiv., 25-35; Matt., x., 38; xvi., 24.)

§ 208. Self-Denial and Self-Sacrifice further illustrated.—Parable of the building of the Tower.—Of the Warring King. (Luke, xiv., 28-33.)—The Sacrificial Salt. (Mark, ix., 49, 50.)—The Treasure hid in the Field.—The Pearl of Great Price. (Matt., xiii., 44-46.)

§ 209. Christ refuses to interfere in Civil Disputes. (Luke, xii., 13-15.)—His Decision in the Case of the Adulteress.

§ 210. Christ's Intimations of the Future.

§ 211. Parables of the Mustard Seed and of the Leaven. (Luke, xiii. 18-21.)—Points of Agreement and Difference.—Compared with the Parable of the Ripening Grain. (Mark, iv., 26.)

§ 212. The Fire to be Kindled.—The Baptism of Sufferings.—Christianity not Peace, but a Sword. (Luke, xii., 49-53.)

§ 213. The Kingdom of God comet/h not with Observation. (Luke, xvii., 20.)

§ 214. The personal Return of Christ to the Earth, and the Day of Judgment. (Luke, xvii., 22-37.)

§ 215. Exhortation to Watch for Christ's Coming (Luke, xii., 36-48): to Confidence in the Divine Justice.—The importunate Widow. (Luke, xviii., 1.)

§ 216. Call to entire Devotion.—The Strait Gate and the Narrow Way.—Heathen admitted to the Kingdom of Heaven. (Luke, xiii., 24-28.)

§ 217. The Signs of the Times. (Luke, xii., 54.)

§ 218. The contracted Jewish Theodicy Rejected. (Luke, xiii., 1-5.)

§ 219. The Parable of Dives and Lazarus. (Luke, xvi., 19-31.)

§ 220. Persecutions of Herod Antipas. (Luke, xiii., 31.)

§ 221. Christ's Words of his Death.

§ 222. Journey continued through Samaria. (Luke, xvii., 11, seq.)Inhospitality of certain Samaritans.—Displeasure of the Disciples. (Luke, ix., 54.)—Ingratitude of Nine Jewish Lepers that were Healed.—Gratitude of the Samaritan Leper. (Luke, xvii., 15, 16.)

Chapter XIII. Christ's Stay at Jerusalem During the Feast of the Dedication.

Chapter XIV. Jesus in Peraea (Bethabara).

Chapter XV. Jesus in Bethany.

Chapter XVI. Jesus in Ephraim.

Chapter XVII. Christ's Last Passover Journey to Jerusalem.

Part II. From the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem to the Ascension.

Chapter I. From the Triumphas Entry to the Last Supper.

§ 243. The Entry into Jerusalem.

§ 244. Sadness of Christ at Sight of Jerusalem. (Luke, xix., 41-44.)

§ 245. The Fig-tree Cursed. (Matt., xxi., 18; Mark, xi., 12.)—Parable of the Fig-tree. (Luke, xiii., 6-9.)

§ 246. Machinations of the Pharisees.

§ 247. Combination of the Pharisees and Herodians.—Christ's Decision on paying Tribute to Caesar.

§ 248. Christ's Reply to the Sadducees about the Resurrection. (Matt., xxii., 23, seq.; Mark, xii., 18; Luke, xx., 27.)

§ 249. Christ's Exposition of the First and Great Commandment. (Mark, xii., 28—34.)

§ 250. The Parable of the Good Samaritan. (Luke, x., 25, seq.)

§ 251. Christ’s Interpretation of Psalm cx., 1. (Mark, xii., 35-37.)

§ 252. The Widow’s Mite. (Luke, xxi., 1-4; Mark, xii., 41-44.)

§ 253. Christ predicts the Divine Judgments upon Jerusalem. (Matt., xxiii.)

§ 254. Christ’s Prediction of the Coming of the Kingdom of God, and of his Second Advent. (Mark, xiii.; Matt., xxiv.)

§ 255. Parable of the Marriage Feast of the King’s Son. (Matt., xxii., 1-14.)

§ 256. Parable of the Wicked Husbandman. (Matt., xxi., 33-44; Mark, xii., 1-12; Luke, xx., 9-18.)

§ 257. Parable of the Talents (Matt., xxv., 14—30) compared with that of the Pounds (Luke, xix., 12).

§ 258. Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. (Matt., xxv., 1-13.)

§ 259. Christ teaches that Faith must prove itself by Works. (Matt. xxv., 31-46.)

§ 260. The Heathens with Christ. (John, xii., 20, seq.)

§ 261. Christ’s Struggles of Soul, and Submission to the Divine Will.—The Voice from Heaven. (John, xii., 27-29.)

§ 262. Christ closes his Public Ministry.—Final Words of warning to the Multitude.

§ 263. Machinations of Christ’s Enemies.

§ 264. The Motives of Judas in betraying Jesus.

Chapter II. The Last Supper of Jesus with the Disciples.

Chapter III. Christ’s Last Discourses with His Disciples.

Chapter IV. Discourses of Christ After Rising from Table at the Last Supper.

Chapter V. Gethsemane.

Chapter VI. The Trial and Condemnation.

Chapter VII. The Crucifixion.

Chapter VIII. The Resurrection.

Chapter IX. The Ascension.



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