An Exposition of the Epistle to the Ephesians.
By Robert E. Pattison
Robert E. Pattison (1800-1874) brought years of pastoral experience as well as theological teaching to bear in writing this, “his only literary monument.” First published in Boston in 1859, C. H. Spurgeon counted this work among the very best on this epistle, stating in his Commenting and Commentaries that it was “A book to instruct intelligent, experienced believers,” and “a model for a class-book, plain yet profound.” Includes a biographical essay on the author, an appendix containing Pattison’s address to the Warren Baptist Association in which he contends that it is not the outward miracles that would now commend the gospel to others for consideration, but the inward miracle of the transformed life, which then outwardly through a commitment to piety may be effectually used of the Lord in the conversion of others, and a second appendix of a sermon by Hanserd Knollys on Ephesians 1:4. 264 pages.
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Robert E. Pattison's work on Ephesians gives many good and concise definitions of words and phrases in this book, and lifts up the soul of the reader to contemplate the glory of living their Christian life to God. "Practical godliness increases the discerning power of the soul in religion. If any man will do HIs will, he shall know of the doctrine, etc. A spirit of obedience fills the heart with light. This is specially true of love. How noble and elevated the motive of pleasing God! How peaceful the consciousness of being approved of Him! What must heaven be, where this consciousness shall unceasing, growing, and eternal! How reasonable the aspirations of the believer! P. 183