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all Misery-Self-assertion-Emulation-Dominion of the
Law of Self in Savage Races-Mental Degradation—The
Animal Propensities--Infirmities-Relation of Unfallen
Beings to God-State of Dependence-Independence of
God necessitates the Dominion of the Law of Self-If

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CHAPTER I.

NATURE OF SPIRITUAL DEATH.

Erroneous Views-Definition of Spiritual Death-Its Anti-

thesis, Spiritual Life-Moral Blindness the Distinguish-
ing Characteristic of Spiritual Death-Effects of Fall of
Man-Shame-The Spirit of Life in Adam a Seed only
-Adam a Psychical or Natural Man-Twofold Meaning
of 'Spiritual'— Effect of Separation from God is to
silence Conscience-Tendency of Spiritual Death to
deepen-Influence of Satan—Tendency to Moral and
Mental Degradation-Spiritual Death the Result of Law
-Physical Death-The Tree of Life-Necessary With-
drawal of the Creator's Influence consequent on the Fall

-The Direct Effects of Sin on Man—The Dominion of
Satan-His Power of Death-Physical Shame . . 131

CHAPTER II.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPIRITUAL DEATH.

Imputed Sin-All Men Psychical by Nature—Effect of

Adam's Sin on his Posterity—The Development and
Manifestation of Sin necessary for Redemption-Moral
Education of Human Race necessarily slow- The Ante-
diluvian World—The Preaching of Noah—The Law of

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Retribution-Corruption of the World after the Deluge-
Interposition of God—Israel—Their repeated Sins and
Corruption-Progress of Moral Education of the World
- Ignorance of the Heathen a Necessity-Many of them

saved-No other Means possible for Moral Education of

the Human Race-Apparent Failure of Christianity-

Necessity for Further Manifestation of Evil—The Nations

of Christendom-Final Manifestation of Evil-Foretold

Hostility of the World to the Truth . . . 152

CHAPTER III.

THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.

Repentance unto Life-Necessity of a great change of Mind

-Its Nature unrecognised–The Death of the Flesh-

Separation from the World-Its Hostility- Apostolic

Christians-How Change effected— Belief in Christ-

Evidence of True Faith is belief in Christ's Words-Im-

portance of the Truth-Knowledge of God is Eternal

Life-Christ the Word of God'-Life dependent on

the Knowledge of the Truth-The · Bread of Life' and

• Waters of Life'-Christ the Vine—Darkness is Death,

Light is Life-Power of the Truth—The Truth rejected

by World-Warnings of Christ-False Teachers-Per-

version of the Truth-Promises to those who seek -

Rejection of Warnings — Consequent Blindness—The

Vail . . . . . . . . 173

CHAPTER IV.

THE SPIRIT OF RITUALISM.

The Vail on the Heart—Substitution of Religiousness for

Righteousness—The Jewish Religionist-His Hatred of
the Truth-Hopelessness of his state-Moral Causes of
this-Religion to quiet Conscience-The High Estimation
of it by World-Blindness of Jew–His Character un-
recognised-Warnings of Christ- The Jewish Ritual-
Value attached to it by Jew-His Condemnation by the
Prophet-Parallel Tendency among Professing Christians

— The Word Latria'-Warning of the Preacher-Outward
Worship-'Acted' Religion-Psychical Emotion-Aids
to Devotion-Vain Repetitions—True Religion-Effects
of Outward Religion-Spiritual Blindness—Example of
the Jew—Tendency of Error to develop-The Precepts

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