Lesser Parables Of Our Lord, William Arnot, paperback

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Arnot (1808-1875) was a saintly Scotch pastor and writer. You will find him simple in his faith, deep in his spiritual knowledge.

The title of this book does not tell the whole lovely story. For besides the ten chapters on the lesser parables, there are a number of different theological concepts. Then there are 24 chapters on 1 Peter. And he concludes with a discussion of the life of Christ. It has been said that the comments on The Life in Christ are worth the price of the book. It is sorrowful that his first book on The Parables of Our Lord is currently out of print. If you find it, get it.
 
Two chapters cover Matthew 9:37, 38; one each on John 4:35; John 8:36; Mark 9:50; John 4:34; 6:51-53; Luke 8:19-21; Matt. 12:33. Then follows what Arnot terms LESSONS OF GRACE. He said this about Phil. 2:15, 16 (''That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding forth the word of life'') and Matt. 5:14-16 (''You are the light of the world . . . Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven'') — ''The Lord alone is the light of the world, but He has been pleased to arrange His covenant so that those who receive His beams also spread them. It is so arranged also in the material world. Not much of the light which guides us in life comes in direct lines from the sun; most of it reaches us at second hand, reflected from surrounding objects. Thus, in the spiritual sphere, the glory of he Lord arises and shines on Israel; then and therefore the Israelis were expected to rise and reflect the light around to attract the Gentiles. The Philippian converts, walking in the light of God, are expected to shine among the heathen as lights. They are not rays, but reflectors; they give out, with more or less of truth and fullness, the light which they receive from the Sun of Righteousness after He has risen upon them'' (p. 176). This is illustrated in 2 Cor. 4:3, 4, ''if our gospel is hidden, it is hidden to those being lost, in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving ones, so that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ (who is the image of God) should not dawn on them'' (MKJV).
 
As was said before, the consummate wisdom displayed in the section entitled Life in Christ alone is worth the price of this book.
 
NO one who saw William Arnot on the day he left Perth to enter on his studies in Glasgow University, would have foretold that he was likely to make his mark in the arts or theological classes. His mental powers were encased in a rough exterior, and a sluggish appearance belied the possession of an acute and eager mind. While in Glasgow he resided with an uncle and aunt in Norfolk Street, Laurieston. They were of the salt of the earth, and took a deep interest in the intellectual and moral training of their nephew. As a student young Arnot was not long in showing himself much above the average; and at the close of the curriculum his teachers spoke of him in praiseful terms, and predicted that he would become a popular and earnest minister of the gospel.
Not long after he was licensed he became minister of St. Peter's, Glasgow, a new quoad sacra church of the Church of Scotland, whose extension scheme at the time was successful in planting many churches in Glasgow and elsewhere. The committee of this scheme were anxious to get a young and talented minister for this new church, and in Mr. Arnot they obtained the man they desired. By his energy the congregation grew in numbers and influence, and its minister became a power in the locality in which his church was placed. He waged unceasing warfare with the degradation and intemperance then as now too prevalent in many parts of our city. In his campaign against the misery and spiritual indifference he found around him, he had the zealous co-operation of his office-bearers, and was enabled by their help to take a leading part in the Christian and philanthropic institutions that were in operation in Glasgow. On the platform he was no orator; but by his originality and the trenchant way in which he spoke, he not only arrested the attention, but often times roused his hearers to do what they could to raise their fellows higher in the social scale, to aid in the battle against temptation, and to help travelers in the heavenward way.
 
Mr. Arnot held strong opinions on the spiritual independence of the Church, and when the Non-Intrusion question arose he proved one of its firmest friends; and on the Disruption day, 18th May, 1843, he left the Established Church and cast in his lot with those who founded the Free Church of Scotland. Strongly attached to their pastor, the great majority of the congregation followed him in his secession, and a handsome new church, erected in Mains Street, became the worshipping place of Mr. Arnot and his new congregation.
At a meeting of the deacons' court of the church, the question arose should there be a spire? such addition adding materially to the cost. The debate was keen, and the opinion of the moderator was asked. Mr. Arnot at once said: "Gentlemen, spire or no spire is to me a matter of indifference; but if you are to have one, I sincerely hope it will not be borne on my shoulders, broad as they are." This utterance clenched the debate. The spire was erected, and was not borne on the minister's shoulders.
 
He was a great lover and admirer of nature, and from her works drew many lessons to illustrate his sermons. His addresses to the young both instructed and fascinated their minds. Once he told a story as a proof how the youthful mind can be affected by an every-day occurrence. When a lad, he and his father saw at the door of a butcher's shop a sheep with its tongue protruding from its mouth. "William," said his father, "do you see that tongue?" "Yes." "Well, you see there a tongue which never told a lie." The anecdote, although somewhat quaint, served its purpose in calling the attention of his young hearers to the necessity of keeping "the unruly member" free from the sin of telling lies.
 
Mr. Arnot's books and his contributions to magazines were popular and much read. His biography of the youthful and promising student, Mr. Halley, was considered his ablest and richest literary production. As a citizen he was highly esteemed. Latterly he left Glasgow to be minister of the Free High Church, Edinburgh. His predecessor there was the polished and venerable Rev. Dr. Gordon.

 

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