Why Do I Believe?

Why Do I Believe?

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...if the more mechanical. 1 Acts xxviii. 25. '1 Cor. ii. 13. 3 See Gal. hi. 15-20. The sacred writers sometimes treated of matters familiar to them; sometimes they did not understand what they wrote, but searched into the meaning of the things which the Holy Ghost inspired them to proclaim; but the inspiration of the one was as complete as that of the other. Had it been otherwise, their knowledge of their subject would have rendered ours less certain; for we should only have had their words in matters which they knew, while we had God's in those of which they were ignorant. Inspiration and illumination are not synonymous. Balaam was inspired, but not illuminated. He uttered the words which the Lord put into his mouth; but he loved the wages of iniquity, loved and lived in the darkness, and, after one meteoric blaze of light, set in the blackness of darkness for ever. The simple Christian who receives the gospel on the testimony of God and His witnesses is illuminated. The light of the knowledge of God, as it shines in the face of Jesus Christ, has shined into his heart, and filled him with heavenly light--illuminated him; but he is not inspired. He draws inspired truth from God's treasury, and may be the means of thus dispensing it to others; but the source of it dwells not in himself. He must draw before he can either drink or give. There are sentimentalists who speak of the inward illumination of the Spirit as a thing having no connection with the written Word. They turn their eye inwards, to read what is written on the "fleshy tables of the heart," and walk by the light kindled in their souls. We deny not that, when shut out from the ordinary means of instruction in Divine truth, truth may be communicated directly by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123689264X
  • 9781236892645