As I have remarked, we have here
a famous prophecy fulfilled
a wondrous person revealed
. The former view of the subject would alone supply us withample material for reflection. It is no light thing in the present day tomaintain the integrity of God's word. On every hand, and from every quarterit is malignantly and fiercely assailed. Men deeply erudite, religious inprofession, and eminent in their relation to the Church, are devoting all thepower and influence their learning and position can command, to thedestruction of the Bible. I speak advisedly—
the destruction of the Bible!
TheWord of God is wholly divine; and as a volume thus wholly divine, it must, infaith, humility, and love, be received. Impugn the integrity of any one part,and you have impugned the integrity of every other. Loosen one stone of thesacred fabric, and you have loosened all. Tamper with the integrity of thisbook, or question the veracity of that narrative; reject the inspiration of thisgospel, or doubt the canonical integrity of that epistle, and you have takenaway my Bible, and what have I left?The God dishonoring theories, therefore, which several modern writers haveadvanced, the refined and subtle shades of inspiration which many havedrawn, all converge to one point—the virtual denial of inspiration entirely;and all tend to one solemn and inevitable result—the overthrow of God'sWord. Accept, then, with gratitude every fulfilled prophecy as evidencing thetruth of the Bible, and as establishing your individual faith in the inspiration,integrity, and preciousness of that Divine Word, which is all that you have toguide you through the sins and snares and sorrows of this life to the happinessand the glories of the life that is to come. Hold fast to the integrity of these twowitnesses—the Old and the New Testament. They confirm and establish eachother. The Old Testament predicts the New, and the New Testament fulfils theOld; and thus both unitedly testify, "Your Word Is Truth."In entering upon a consideration of the present title of our Lord, we are in thevery outset confronted by the most marvellous and glorious doctrine of theChristian faith—the DEITY of the Son of God. This is an essential doctrine of revelation, not accepted by any one particular branch of the ChristianChurch, but is the received tenet of the whole. Even in the creed of the mostcorrupt of all religious communions, the Church of Rome, it is found to exist,though blended with so much that is erroneous in doctrine, and overlaid withso much that is superstitious in worship, as entirely to neutralize its powerand utterly to veil its luster. Perhaps, the most lucid and earnest embodimentof this essential truth of the gospel is found in the doctrinal formula of the