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The Fullness
of the
Blessing
of the
Gospel of Christ



BY

BISHOP WILLARD F. MALLALIEU
[Text scanning, editing and formatting by Craig L. Adams.]





COPYRIGHT 1903 BY
JENNINGS AND PYE

CINCINNATI: JENNINGS AND PYE NEW YORK: EATON AND MAINS




To My Father.





PREFACE.

Back to the Wesleys and the Bible. The Bible in its simplicity and power, the Bible as unfolded and illustrated in the poetry and prose of the Wesleys, is really the foundation of the greatest religious movement of the last two most wonderful centuries. Methodism builds on the Word of God. It has no new doctrines, no new and strange theories, no recently invented experiences. Its doctrines, theories, and experiences are those of the Pentecostal Church, and of the earliest centuries of Christianity. Its doctrines are preachable everywhere and always: its theories are reasonable; its experiences are what the immortal souls of men have ever desired and sought. It is believed that this volume will help to a knowledge of these doctrines and theories, and will lead to the enjoyment of the experiences. So shall its readers come to know the Fullness of the Blessing, and thus become efficient and successful co-workers with Christ in saving the race redeemed by his precious blood.

If the hymns and Scripture quotations shall be carefully and prayerfully read, and, so far as possible, committed to memory, they will constitute an intellectual and spiritual treasure of unspeakable value, and will supply a sound body of theology, which will constitute a sure foundation for faith and holy living.





EDITOR'S NOTE: I was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of the 1903 edition printed by Jennings and Pye. The text is small, but quite clear and the book has no underlining. A previous owner of this volume wrote these words in it: "one of the very best on Holiness." This is a fine introduction to Wesleyan teaching.

I have put together
a small page of biographical information on Bishop Mallalieu for those who may be interested. (And, I'm always interested in more information as well — if someone out there has more.)

While this book is a good, brief introduction to the doctrine of Christian Perfection, readers will find little here that is new — the familiar Wesley quotes are repeated once again. I am personally very fond of Chapter 3.

This book may be navigated by using the hyperlink Table of Contents below, or by using the navigation bar on the right.


— Craig L. Adams






CONTENTS.


CHAPTER I.
A Precious Reality

CHAPTER II.
Methodist Hymnology Anticipates The Fullness of the Blessing

CHAPTER III.
Some Things That Methodism Stands For

CHAPTER IV.
The Fullness of the Blessing Defined

CHAPTER V.
The Testimony to the Soul's Conversion

CHAPTER VI.
The Holy Spirit's Testimony

CHAPTER VII.
The Testimony of the Fruits

CHAPTER VIII.
Inbred Sin and Its Cure

CHAPTER IX.
The Blessing Attained, Gradually or Instantaneously, Which?

CHAPTER X.
The Fullness of the Blessing, How Obtained? Enlightenment, Conviction of Need, Loyalty

CHAPTER XI.
The Fullness of the Blessing, How Obtained? Devotement — Consecration — Faith

CHAPTER XII.
Does the Blessing Involve Sinlessness?

CHAPTER XIII.
May the Blessing be Lost?

CHAPTER XIV.
Continual Growth Attends the Fullness of the Blessing

CHAPTER XV.
The Fullness of the Blessing a Preparation for Christian Work




BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ABOUT BISHOP MALLALLIEU