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PREFACE. In the thirty-first verse of his twentieth chapter, S. John gives the purpose he had in view in writing his version of the Good News of our Salvation.
“ These are written," he there says, “ so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of
God, and so that believing you may have life in his name."
To understand these words rightly we have to think of S. John, the last of the Apostles, living on to the close of the first century. He has learned in the thoughts and experiences of the last fifty years of his life what the manifestation of Christ's life really is. He has become quickened by the presence of the Paraclete who has brought all things to his mind and has guided him into all the truth.
Think of the Apostle John thus, and then think of him living among men who were teaching that the world was not made by the First God, but by
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