The Core of Creeds, or St. Peter's Keys

The Core of Creeds, or St. Peter's Keys

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...what is wrong, comprehend the great work of the christian teacher--a work which must ever accord with the will of heaven, for moral truth is the same in all worlds. Stripping then from the passage its figurative garb, the idea I take to be simply this--I Will AUTHORISE THEE TO EXPOUND MY SYSTEM. Now my position is, that the idea contained in Peter's confession, qualified him for this high office. Two remarks will illustrate this: first that Peter's qualification was the ground of the authority now committed to him. Christ raises no one to an influential post in His kingdom, who has not been previously qualified. In human states, men are frequently lifted to an office, whose functions they are incapable of discharging. Unjust judges, ignorant teachers, servile kings--with such anomalies human society has ever been too familiar. Outward patronage, not inward power, is too frequently the stepping stone to high offices. This is a sore evil. It injures the functionaries themselves. Little men, in great offices, are more the objects of commiseration than envy. They often lose their nature in pretence, and their soul in vanity. They become dizzy on the altitude to which some false hand has borne them. Nor, is it less injurious to the commonwealth. In such cases merit is at a discount, the motives to self-culture are weakened, and the general conscience is insulted. But in Christ's empire, the man always determines the office. You have no commission, unless you have the power. The divine "CaW' to any ministry is the capacity to discharge its functions. Peter was now authorized to expound Christ's system, because he had now reached the qualification. My second remark is, that Peters qualification was grounded on this idea. This idea qualified him...
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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236516680
  • 9781236516688