Presbyterianism Defended Against the Exculsive Claims of Prelacy as Urged by Romanists and Tractarians, a Lecture

Presbyterianism Defended Against the Exculsive Claims of Prelacy as Urged by Romanists and Tractarians, a Lecture

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...hand the ordinary duties of the presbyters. (2.) Mr. F. maintains (p. 23) that "it was not those higher functions claimed for the apostles by Dr. C. which distinguished their office from the general office of the Christian ministry, because many others, not apostles, exercised those functions." And then he refers to the five hundred brethren as capable of attesting the Saviour's resurrection; to Philip and Stephen as proclaiming Christianity with infallible authority, and confirming it by miracles; and to the four daughters of Philip, Agabus, Ac, as endowed with the gifts of inspiration and of prophecy; but yet, he adds, none of these persons were apostles. In thus reasoning he entirely misconceives the import of the statement to which he is replying. We never alleged that all were apostles who were capable of attesting the resurrection of Christ, but that stick and such only were qualified to become apostles; that the attesting of this miracle throughout the wide world was one of the distinctive functions of the apostleship; and that no one, accordingly, could be constituted an apostle, unless having seen the Lord after he rose from the dead, he was able, wherever he went in the prosecution of his mission, to confirm this great fact by his own personal testimony. In support of this allegation, we appealed to the words of Peter at the election of Matthias, viz.--" Of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection." And Acts i. 21, 22. Mr. F. argues, "It was quite proper that the person to be appointed should possess the highest possible qualifications attainable at the time. But this does not prove...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236905059
  • 9781236905055