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Man's Relations to God

by John Kennedy of Dingwall


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Man's Relations to God

by Rev. John Kennedy, D.D.


ISBN 0-9526799-3-0
96 pages; soft cover



£5.00



Man's Relations to God

What is found here in Rev. John Kennedy, D.D., is a heavenly blend of doctrine and devotion, a fine example which refutes the idea that sound doctrine is dry and lifeless. The author ranges from a consideration of man as created, through fallen and evangelized, until he exhibits man as in Christ.


The thinking of this "Spurgeon of the North" is clear and easy to follow: this book presents true spiritual fare, enough to satisfy the hungry soul. Above all things Dr. Kennedy lifts up his Master's Name and holds forth the Person of Jesus in a manner that is rare in our day and generation. How wonderfully he has given insight into the great work on the cross. Shining forth are all the offices of the Redeemer, who is Prophet, Priest and King.


One thing is brilliantly clear: here is a firm grasp of the doctrines held by the Reformers, and more than that, there is here a felt praise for those truths. Includes Subject and Scripture Indexes.


Introduction

O N the subject of "Adoption" there have been very few words written by divines throughout the ages. The Westminster Confession of Faith, that timeless standard of protestantism, has a brief chapter on the subject in just over one hundred words. Here in this small volume the writer has given a fuller treatment, although he laments that his labours as a pastor curtailed him somewhat. However, what has been lost in length has been more than compensated for in clarity. What is found here in Rev. John Kennedy is a heavenly blend of doctrine and devotion, a fine example which refutes the idea that sound doctrine is dry and lifeless. Addressing man "in Christ" Doctor Kennedy writes:

"Their soul shall be perfectly conformed to His; and their risen body shall be 'fashioned like to His glorious body.' Oh, what a consummation! How delightful to the Father! how satisfying to the sons! Before the Father shall the Elder Brother present the children all, in the beauty of His likeness. How certain and how fervent shall their welcome be from God! How sure is a mansion for each of them in the Father's house! How ravishing their bliss as they shall dwell there for ever!"

Much more is to be found in this little book, for the author ranges from a consideration of man as created, through fallen and evangelized, until he exhibits man as in Christ. The thinking of this "Spurgeon of the North" is clear and easy to follow: this book presents true spiritual fare, enough to satisfy the hungry soul. Above all things Dr. Kennedy lifts up his Master's Name and holds forth the Person of Jesus in a manner that is rare in our day and generation. How wonderfully he has given insight into the great work on the cross. Shining forth are all the offices of the Redeemer, who is Prophet, Priest and King. One thing is brilliantly clear: here is a firm grasp of the doctrines held by the Reformers, and more than that, there is here a felt praise for those truths.

Dr. Kennedy laboured as a weapon against error. His sword had the blood of heresy upon it, for he was sound in the faith and like the righteous in every generation he was "bold as a lion". He was not like the wicked who flee "when no man pursueth". If there was a Goliath he would war a good warfare against him; if a Nebuchadnezzar he would say, "I will not bow down". Like those who have given themselves unto doctrine "wholly" he was able to save both himself and those that heard him. In this book is found perhaps the best of Kennedy the theologian and the best of Kennedy the preacher rolled into one. The reader may judge for himself that though asleep in Jesus, he being dead yet speaketh.

The James Begg Society has great pleasure in bringing this little work into circulation again, with the hope that it will both instruct and edify the brethren. A few minor corrections to spelling and punctuation, and the addition of Subject and Scripture Indexes, are the only alterations from the original edition; the Subject Index has been improved for this revised edition.

Acknowledgements

Particular thanks are due to Mr. & Mrs. W. Russell of Ayr, Mr. J. Frew of Springside, Irvine, Pastor J. North of Lewes, Dr. R. MacLeod of Edinburgh and others who love the Truth and have encouraged the work.

— The Publishers.

Preface

I F a sculptor, who had moulded a head for a gigantic statue, and then laid it aside till he had fashioned a body for it, found, on attaching both, that the latter was utterly dwarfed, his feeling would be just what mine is, when I look on the title, in connection with the contents of this little book. The artist might plead that he lacked sufficient material, and time to use more even if he had it, to form the requisite size of figure; but he would sadly blunder, if he did not at once destroy his model, instead of exposing it and himself together. But though I plead guilty of the first mistake, I am still quite ready to appear to commit the second. The design in my mind was very different from the work which came at last from my hand. Though I intended a due proportion between the book and its title, amidst the pressing claims of other labours, I found I could not execute my design. But sworn to consult not my own honour, but the interests of the truth, and anxious that my views should be considered, rather than my work commended, I have ventured to publish what I have written. Let the title be regarded as indicating what I intended, and not as telling what I have done; and let my views be judged, not according to my design or execution, but as they appear in the light of Scripture.