Matt. 16:1-21, Matt. 18:15-20.
from 'The Church: What is it?'
Ten lectures on the church of the New Testament seen to be established, endowed, united and free.
W. T. P. Wolston, M.D., 1905.
Lecture 1 — New Departure
Lecture 2 — A Notable Birthday
Lecture 3 — The House of God
Lecture 4 — Established and Endowed
Lecture 5 — The Body of Christ
Lecture 6 — The Holy Spirit's Temple
Lecture 7 — Gifts, Ministry, and Local Office
Lecture 8 — The Candlestick and the Bride
Lecture 9 — King David's New Cart
Lecture 10 — The Calf and the Camp
The preface of a book is usually the apology for its existence. The Author does not tender one in this case, the occasion for its appearance being far too grave. Scotland has lately been convulsed by a judgment of the House of Lords, which was the result of an appeal to it to decide Which is the Church? entitled to certain temporalities.
"The Battle of the Churches" has drawn the eyes of Christendom on the combatants, and in many a mind raised a doubt as to the reality of Christianity, while numbers of the sheep and lambs of Christ's true flock have been flung into distress and perplexity of mind. Under these circumstances it cannot be contended that an inquiry in Scripture as to What is the Church? is superfluous.
If the reader suggest that the inquiry might with more propriety have come from another quarter than the pen of an M.D., the Author ventures to reply that he is but walking in the steps of "Luke, the beloved physician," in using his pen in divine things. That God-honoured physician was inspired by the Holy Ghost to write the Gospel which bears his name and also the Acts of the Apostles, from which much in the following pages has been culled.
To inspiration the Author, of course, makes no pretence whatever. At the same time he gladly owns his implicit faith in all the Scriptures as God-breathed, their plenary inspiration being no matter of doubt with him.
His happy work has been to make an appeal, not to the House of Lords, but to the Word of the LORD, which endures for ever.
"Thus says the LORD," was the credential of all His messengers in days gone by, and "thus says the LORD" is, in divine things, the only Court of Appeal today.
W. T. P. W.
46 CHARLOTTE SQUARE,
EDINBURGH, December 29, 1904.