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The Witness of the Scriptures.

The Witness of the Scriptures.

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" Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal
life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not
come to me, that ye might have life." John v. 39, 40.

" Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal
life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not
come to me, that ye might have life." John v. 39, 40.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Sep 10, 2013
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THE WITNESS OF THE SCRIPTURES.BY ALPHEUS W. WILSON, D.D.," Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternallife: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will notcome to me, that ye might have life." John v. 39, 40.WHETHER we read in the imperative or, withthe Revised Version, in the indicative, thewords point the Jews to the futility of their searchand rebuke their failure to take true direction fromthe Scriptures. They expected to obtain eternallife. But the Scriptures told them of Christ. If they had believed and been obedient to them, theywould have known the Christ, and coming to himwould have had life. It is clear that our Lord in-tended to refer his claims to the testimony of theScriptures, those Scriptures which we know asthe Old Testament. The language is too plain tobe misunderstood. But it has ample support fromthe appeals to Moses and the prophets, the quota-tions from them in his teachings and in the specialinstruction which he gave his disciples in theScriptures concerning himself. " Beginning atMoses and all the prophets, he expounded" to thetwo disciples on the way to Emmaus " in all the(131)132 THE WITNESSES TO CHRIST.Scriptures the things concerning himself;" and inhis last hours with them, " Then opened he theirunderstanding, that they might understand theScriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written,and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise
from the dead." In pursuance of his method theapostles reasoned with Jews and Gentiles out of theScriptures, showing that Jesus was the Christ.As our Lord distinctly declined to rest his claimsupon mere human testimony, even such as John's,he evidently intended to set the Scriptures apartand assign to them a value attaching to no otherrecords as authoritative and divine. He calls themthe word of God, and affirms their perpetual sig-nificance and obligation.The scope and limits of this lecture do not admitof a discussion of the questions raised by this ap-peal. We have only to state the conclusions towhich we are shut up by the use made of theScriptures by our Lord and his apostles.1. The stability and integrity of our gospel arebound up with the inspiration and divine authorityof the Old Testament. We are "built upon thefoundation of the apostles and prophets, JesusChrist himself being the chief corner stone."Apostolic and prophetic teaching unite and areheld together in Jesus Christ. They do not sim-THE WITNESS OF THE SCRIPTURES. 1 33ply constitute separate parts, either of which maybe removed without danger to the other. Theyare inseparably combined. Blot out from theNew Testament the features which identify it withthe Old, and little will be left that is worth con-tending for. Take away the material in history,thought, worship, and experience drawn from theOld Testament, and you destroy the validity of our Lord's appeal and the argument of apostolicpreaching. No concessions to the power and pu-rity of the gospel, no admissions of its ethical valueto the world, will avail to sustain it as an isolated
and independent institution and agency. By itsown terms it is committed to such intimate and vi-tal relationship to the Old Scriptures that theystand or fall together.2. The Scriptures were intended for our learn-ing, for our admonition, " upon whom the ends of the ages are come." They had not only the abid-ing quality characteristic of many works of genius,but were distinguished from all other literature inthat they addressed themselves to the ages to comerather than to their own generations. Like the in-stitutes of the tabernacle, they were but a figure,or parable for the time then present, whose mean-ing should be fully disclosed only when the wayinto the holiest of all should be made manifest.134 THE WITNESSES TO CHRIST.So says the apostle Peter: " The prophets inquiredand searched diligently, . . . what, or whatmanner of time the Spirit of Christ which wasin them did signify. . . . Unto whom it wasrevealed, that not unto themselves, but unto usthey did minister the things, that are now reportedunto you by them that have preached the gospelunto you."3. They were the product of a divine influenceupon the minds of men, and as such carried withthem the authority of divine command and the cer-tainty of divine truth. "All Scripture is given byinspiration of God." The testimony is not sub-stantially altered if the reading of the RevisedVersion be adopted : "Every scripture inspiredof God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof,for correction, for instruction which is in righteous-ness: that the man of God may be complete, fur-nished completely unto every good work." For itstill affirms inspiration for the class of Scripture re-

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