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Bunyan Characters (1nd Series) - Alex. Whyte

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BUNYAN CHARACTERS: FIRST SERIES
BEING LECTURES DELIVERED IN ST. GEORGE'S FREE CHURCH EDINBURGH

INTRODUCTORY



'The express image' [Gr. 'the character'].--Heb. 1. 3.

The word 'character' occurs only once in the New Testament, and
that is in the passage in the prologue of the Epistle to the
Hebrews, where the original word is translated 'express image' in
our version.  Our Lord is the Express Image of the Invisible
Father.  No man hath seen God at any time.  The only-begotten Son,
who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.  The
Father hath sealed His divine image upon His Son, so that he that
hath seen the Son hath seen the Father.  The Son is thus the
Father's character stamped upon and set forth in human nature.  The
Word was made flesh.  This is the highest and best use to which our
so expressive word 'character' has ever been put, and the use to
which it is put when we speak of Bunyan's Characters partakes of
the same high sense and usage.  For it is of the outstanding good
or evil in a man that we think when we speak of his character.  It
is really either of his likeness or unlikeness to Jesus Christ we
speak, and then, through Him, his likeness or unlikeness to God
Himself.  And thus it is that the adjective 'moral' usually
accompanies our word 'character'--moral or immoral.  A man's
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