Excerpt from The Old in the New, or the Position and Policy of the Presbyterian Church in the United States: A Discourse, Delivered at the Opening of the General Assembly, in St. Louis, May 17, 1855
Lord himself, previous to his ascension. Even during his personal ministry, there was scarcely the twilight of evangelical truth, when' compared with the full-day brightness with which it shone after the baptism of the Holy Ghost and of fire.
Nor have the epithets old and new ceased to be applicable to Christianity. There has been progress in the knowledge of Chris tianity - progress from vagueness to precision, from obscurity to splendor, in some points - since the days of the apostles. There have been no authentic additions to. It but new representations and impressions have been given of it, from time to time, in virtue of which it has been itself called new. At different epochs, it has become almost as new as it was at first, in its new manifestations of power, and in the new impressions which men have had of it. It was so in the early part of the sixteenth century, when its republi cation by the reformers, was as a resurrection of it to the nations of Europe. Indeed, at every period of awakening in the church, the ancient faith becomes new again. Nay, it is, as it were, constantly rejuvenizing itself in the experience of individual Christians, to many of whom it seems to be always becoming more and more novel. The old, primitive word, the same essentially, yesterday, to-day and forever, appears to them each day more fresh than when it first opened itself to than. It is always recognized by them as the same old commandment, but it has a new aspect everything in it looks perfectly fresh and young; its facts, teachings, tenden cies, bearings, relations, inﬂuences, are ever and more and more new.
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