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The Gospel in Brief

The Gospel in Brief

This book was written in 1881 and mentioned by James Allen in his September, 1903 edition of The Light of Reason reviews of books.

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Preface

This short exposition of the Gospel is a summary of a large work which exists in manuscript and cannot be published in Russia. That work consists of four parts: An account (Confession) of the course of my own life and of the thoughts which led me to the conviction that the Christian teaching contains the…
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Prologue

Jesus Christ's announcement replaced the belief in an external God by an understanding of life. The announcement of welfare by Jesus Christ, the son of God. The announcement of welfare consists in this, that all men who believe that they are the sons of God obtain true life. The understanding of life is at the…
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The Son of God

Man, the son of God, is weak in the flesh but free in the spirit. Our Father The birth of Jesus Christ was thus: His mother Mary was engaged to Joseph. But before they began to live as man and wife it appeared that Mary was pregnant. Joseph however was a good man and did…
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The Service of God

Therefore man should work not for the flesh, but for the spirit. Which art in Heaven It happened that Jesus was walking across a field with his pupils one Saturday. The pupils were hungry, and on the way they plucked ears of corn and rubbed them in their hands and ate the grain. But according…
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The Source of Life

The life of all men proceeds from the spirit of the Father. Hallowed Be Thy Name Later on, some of John's pupils came to ask Jesus whether it was he of whom John spoke: Did he reveal the Kingdom of God and renew men by the spirits Jesus answered and said: Look for yourselves, and…
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The Kingdom of God

Therefore the will of the Father is the life and we are of all men. Thy Kingdom Come Jesus went about in the towns and villages and taught all men the happiness of doing the Father's will. And he was sorry for people because they perish without knowing what true life consists of, and trouble…
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The True Life

The satisfaction of the personal will leads to death; the satisfaction of the Father's will gives true life. Thy Will Be Done And Jesus rejoiced in the power of the spirit and said: I acknowledge the spirit of the Father, the source of everything in heaven and earth, who has revealed what was hidden from…
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The False Life

To obtain true life, man must on earth resign the false life of the flesh and live by the spirit. As in Heaven so on Earth Once his mother and brothers came to Jesus, and could not get to him because there were so many around him. A man seeing them went to Jesus and…
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I and the Father are One

The true food of everlasting life is the fulfillment Of the Father's will. Give Us Our Daily Bread After that the Jews wished to condemn Jesus to death, and he went away into Galilee and lived with his relations. The Jewish feast of tabernacles was come, and the brothers of Jesus prepared to go to…
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Life is not Temporal

Therefore true life must be lived in the present. Each Day Jesus said: He who is not prepared to suffer all bodily sufferings and deprivations has not understood me. He who obtains all that is best for his bodily life destroys the true life. But he who sacrifices his bodily life in fulfilling my teaching…
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Temptations

The deceptions of temporal life hide from men the true life in the present. And Forgive Us Our Debts As We Forgive Our Debtors Some children were brought to Jesus and he saw that his pupils were sending them away. He was grieved at this. and said: It is wrong to send children away. They…
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The Struggle with Temptation

So, not to fall into temptation, we must at every moment Of our life be at one with the Father. And Lead Us Not Into Temptation After this, the Orthodox chief priests tried to do all they could to ensnare Jesus, so as in one way or other to destroy him. They assembled in council…
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The Farewell Discourse

The personal life is an illusion of the flesh, an evil. The true life is a life common to all men. But Deliver Us From Evil And Peter said to Jesus: Where are you going? Jesus replied: You cannot come where I am going now, but later on you will go there too. And Peter…
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The Victory of Spirit over Matter

And so for a man who lives not the personal life but the common life in the will of the Father, there is no death. Physical death is union with the Father. For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory After this Jesus said: Come now, let us go: he who will betray…
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A Summary of the Chapters

Jesus in his childhood spoke of God as his Father, There was in Judaea at that time a prophet named John, who preached the coming of God on earth. He said that if people changed their way of life, considered all men equal, and instead of injuring, helped one another, God would appear and His…
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