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Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Hermenie Templeton Kavanagh

The Secret Doctrine, Volume I Cosmogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky

The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Thomas Carlyle, Rudolf Steiner

Vanity Fair

William Thackery

Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon

by Handley Carr Glyn Moule


3—8. He gives thanks to God, the Father of Christ, for the report he has heard [from their missionary pastor Epaphras] of their faith rested on Christ and their love exercised towards fellow Christians, a faith and love animated by the common hope [of the Lord's Return] from heaven, which was made known to them in the earliest, and truest, Gospel messages that had reached Colossae, bringing with it, as it was bringing everywhere among men, its secret of fruitfulness and development; yes, so it was with them since first they had heard and spiritually understood God's gifts in their reality. It was that message [and not another] that Epaphras had originally carried to them—Epaphras, Paul's beloved fellow-servant and representative, who had [now come to him at Rome, and] told him of their loving spiritual life.

9—12. [His thanksgivings pass into petitions;] he prays that they may have the deepest possible spiritual insight into the will of God, in order to their meeting His wish in everything, as His saints should do; bearing the fruit of general practical holiness, and [so] advancing in that holy intimacy with Him [which active sympathy with His will infallibly developes]; and meanwhile gaining a fulness of strength proportioned to the forces flowing to them from God's revealed Self, and resulting in a life of perseverance and patience, full of joy, and of the thanksgiving prompted by the fact that the Father of their Lord has qualified them [in His Son] to enter into possession of the land of light, the Canaan of grace.

13—14. For indeed the Father has rescued them from the authority of the dark realm [of sin and death] into the kingdom of the Son whom He eternally loves, in whom we have the redemption of Divine forgiveness;

16—17 and Who is [Himself supremely great in Person and Function; for He is] the Manifestation of the Unseen God, eternally born of Him,

and, as such, etemally antecedent to, and Lord over, all created being. In Him, [as the eternal Cause and Law,] all such being came to exist, in all its orders, and not least those angelic hierarchies [to which the Colossians were being tempted to transfer the trust and worship due to Him]. Yes, everything that becomes, was constituted through Him [as the F ather’s Divine Agent], and for Him [as its Reason and Goal]; He is the Antecedent of all things, He is the Bond Of all things, [holding them fast in their cosmic union by His life and will].

18-20. He too, the same Person, is the Head of the Church, [the living Company of believing men], which thus forms His Body, [an organism animated by Him, and used as a vehicle of His action in the world]; He is the Origin, the Beginning, [of its life]; He, once dead, now risen again, is the Firstborn [ofthe family of immortalityll all He is and has done contributes to His unique preeminence in every respect [for us ; no rival in our trust and worship is for a moment permissible]. In Him, [His Son incamate and glorified,] it pleased the Father that the Plenitude [of Divine power and grace] should take up its abode; and, providing a sacred Propitiation in His Sacrificial Death, to receive into peace through Him, through Him [alone], His creatures, whether hurnan or angelic, [whether fallen men, or angels needing in some mysterious sense a nearer approach to Him; let the Colossians remember this, when angel-worship is recommended to them].

21-23. [Now to come to their own case; as He had received other alienated beings into peace, so] He had received them, once estranged from Him and hostile to Him in their life-principles, (yet now, as a fact, [he cannot but gladly remind them,] brought back into peace by their Lord’s Crucifixion-Death,) so as to present them to Himself [in the day of glory], perfect [in their Head’s perfection], for His own approval. Only, let them adhere [for their very life] to the faith they had found, in the repose of a fixed reliance, not faltering in their hold on the hope of the Gospel, which had reached them as it had reached humanity at large, and of which he, Paul, was [an appointed] minister.

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