This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...need these final standards to settle disputed questions, as in weights and measures; as in the correction of our watches by chronometers, and chronometers by God's clock of the ages, which never fails of coming to the exact second with its index hand, at the exact time. Fifthly, the written Word, like the living Word, consists of a body and a soul. As the body of Christ was conceived in the womb of the Virgin, but by the power of the Holy Ghost, so the written Scriptures are conceived in the womb of the human intellect, but by the power of the Spirit of God. The narrative in Daniel, about the man's handwriting on the wall of the King's palace, is a fine illustration of inspiration. We do not dispute the human hand that does the writing, but we claim that the writing is God's writing; and that when it is written no man can add thereto or subtract therefrom; and all that we then need is the interpreter to come and read and explain the writing as the Holy Spirit shall enlighten his experienced soul to do. So in each case there is an immaculate conception and a true incarnation of the mind and spirit of God. Sixthly, we have no hesitation in admitting that inspiration is an incomprehensible mystery. Compare John iii. 8, where the Spirit is compared to the wind, invisible, incomprehensible, indispensable, independent of man's will, irresistible in its action, yet indisputable in its operations. Even so the Spirit of God in the Scriptures may be described by the same terms. Note, however, the following discriminations: First, of course inspiration is claimed only for the original documents. It is granted that errors may occur in copying; intentional and unintentional changes; those designed by officious scribes, and those which are careless and...
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