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The "New" Testament

 

JHM D'Aubigne

THE ENGLISH NEW TESTAMENT AND THE COURT OF ROME. BOOK 19 CHAPTER 1 page 0772 paragraph 2


Such at that period [1526] were the hermeneutics [understandings or interpretations of Biblical things] of England.

Tyndale had set the example himself by explaining many of the words which might stop the reader.

"The New Testament!" we may suppose some farmer saying, as he took up the book; "what Testament is that?"

"Christ," replied Tyndale in his prologue, "commanded his disciples before his death to publish over all the world his last will, which is to give all his goods unto all that repent and believe.

He bequeaths them his righteousness to blot out their sins--his salvation to overcome their condemnation; and this is why that document is called the Testament of Jesus Christ."

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"The law and the gospel," said a citizen of London, in his shop; "what is that?"

"They are two keys," answered Tyndale. "The law is the key which shuts up all men under condemnation, and the gospel is the key which opens the door and lets them out.

Or, if you like it, they are two salves [ointments]. The law, sharp and biting, driveth out the disease and killeth it; while the gospel, soothing and soft, softens the wound and brings life."

Every one understood and read, or rather devoured the inspired pages; and the hearts of the elect (to use Tyndale's words), warmed by the love of Jesus Christ, began to melt like wax.

 

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