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Excerpt from The Open BibleTeaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you (Matt. 28:20). This closing paragraph of Christs Great Commission is one of the chief martyrs of Christendom, sharing this sad distinction with theMoreExcerpt from The Open BibleTeaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you (Matt. 28:20). This closing paragraph of Christs Great Commission is one of the chief martyrs of Christendom, sharing this sad distinction with the Lords Prayer. Its terms are made to endure constant and glib quotation, while their import is often ignored, and their appeal too frequently goes unheeded.It is, indeed, a great task which Christ here entrusts to His Church- even His most ardent followers would fear to undertake it, had He not promised to be with them alway in carrying it out. We are to teach those who have been baptized all things whatsoever He has commanded us - that is, the whole truth which Christ has revealed. And this teaching is to be done in such a manner that they may observe all these things. Those who through Baptism have been grafted into Christ - as branches into the Tree of Life - are to be trained to bear fruit of His whole truth- in brief, to live His truth in faith and love.How has the Christian Church, at its best, endeavored to discharge its trust as Teacher of Christs Truth? No doubt the Church has acted wisely in following the example of the apostles by way of presenting terse and simple summaries of Christs truth for the benefit of the young and ignorant. These summaries have gradually crystallized into the Catechism, where the religion of Christ is viewed in Part I as a divine requirement, in Part II as an object of glad faith, in Part III as a treasure to be made ever more our own by prayer, and in Parts IV and V as a salvation divinely assured and sealed unto us.Under the head of the Catechism the various good Explanations of it deserve honorable mention, particularly those which confine themselves to a homely interpretation of its terms and to the citation of pertinent Bible passages in support of its teaching.In the second place, sound sense, as well as the apostolic practice, justifies the Church in employing compends of Bible History as a means of teaching the truth of Christ. For the Christian religion rests upon facts of Sacred history and cannot be understood apart from them. Moreover, what Christ taught does not carry its full appeal to the heart unless it comes to us energized by His personality and life, and attested by its influence upon the nations and characters of the Bible era.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.