Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
The Fruitfulness of Scripture.

The Fruitfulness of Scripture.

Ratings: (0)|Views: 2|Likes:
Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY RICHARD CHENEVIX TRENCH, D.D.,


EZEKIEL XLTII. 9.

And it shall come to pass, that every thing' that
liveth which moveth whithersoever the rivers shall
come, shall live.
BY RICHARD CHENEVIX TRENCH, D.D.,


EZEKIEL XLTII. 9.

And it shall come to pass, that every thing' that
liveth which moveth whithersoever the rivers shall
come, shall live.

More info:

Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Oct 02, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

10/02/2013

pdf

text

original

 
THE FRUITFULESS OF SCRIPTURE.BY RICHARD CHEEVIX TRECH, D.D.,EZEKIEL XLTII. 9.And it shall come to pass, that every thing' thatliveth which moveth whithersoever the rivers shallcome, shall live.The aspect of my subject, which I desire thisday to bring under your notice. is this, namely, thefruitfulness of Holy Scripture; in other words themanner in whicb it hats shown itself a germ of Kfe inall the noblest regions of man's activity ; has with itsproductive energy impregnated the world ; and how,to use the image suggested by my text, every thinghas lived where these healing waters have comef sothat in this way, too, this Word has attested itself that which in my preceding lectures I have endea-voured to prove that it was fitted for being, that whichwe might beforehand presume it would be, namely,the unfolder of all the nobler and higher life of theworld. And these are considerations which will suitas well at a period of these discourses, when they aredrawing nigh to their conclusion. For it were to lit-tle profit to have shown how the Scripture ought tohave been all this, how it was fitted for being all this, .unless it could be shown also that it had been ; unlessDigitized byGoogle
 
THE FRUITFULB8S OF SCRIPTURE. 127we could poipt to the world's history in eyidence thatit had done that, which we say it was adapted fordoing. *^ The Mind see, the lepers are cleansed, thedead are raised ;'' — ^it was to these mighty works thatChrist appealed in answer to the question, ^^ Art thouHe that should come, or look we for another? " Andthis is the true answer to every misgiving question of a like kind. The real evidence for aught whii^h comesclaiming to be from God, is its power — the powerwhidi it is able to put forth for blessbg and for heal-ing. If the Scriptures manifested no such power, allother evidence for their divine origin, however con-vincing we might think it ought to be, yet practicallyit would fail to convince. Men will not live on thereport that aught is great or true, unless they so seeit and so find it themselves. But if they do, no. as-sertion on ihe part of others that it is small, will pre-vail to make them count light, of it. For a momentthe confident assertions of^ainsayers may perplex, oreven seriously injure, their faith: but presently it willresume its hold and its empire again.Thus it has been well and memorably said, that thegreat and standing evidence for Christianity is Chris-tendom; and it was with good reason, and out of atrue feeling of this, that Origin and other early apo-logists of the Faith, albeit they had not such a full-formed Christendom as we have to appeal to, did yet,when the adversaries boasted of their Apollonius and.other such shadowy personages, and sought to set themup as rivals and competitors with the Lord of glory,make answer by demanding, " What became of theseDigitized by
 
Google128 LECTURE ni.men? what signiScanoe bad they for tbe world's afterdevelopment? what have they bequeathed to, showthat they and their appearance lay deep in the mindand counsel of God? what society did they found?where is there a fellowship of living men gathered in.their name? or where any mighty footmarks left uponthe'earth to witne^ that greater than mortals havetrodden it? " And the same answer is good, when itis transferred to the books which at any time havemade ungrounded claim to be divine records^ and assuchy to stand upon a level with the Canonical Scrip-tures; and which sometimes . even in our day arebrought forward^ in the hope of confounding the Ca-nonical m a common discredit with them. We in the'Same way make answer, Is there not a difference?besides all other condemnation under which they lie,besides tbe absence of historic attestation, and thewant of inward religious meaning and aim, are theynot self-condemned, in their utter insignificance — intheir barrenness— in the entire oblivion into whichthey have fallen — in the fact, in short, that nothinghas come of them? What men have they moulded?what stamp or impress have they left of themselvesupon the world? Where is there a society, or evena man, that appeals to them or lives by them?Thus, let any one acquainted with the apocryphalgospels, compare them for an instant with the sacredFour which we recognise and receive. Jt is not merelythat thete is an inward difference between these andthose^ which would be characterized not too stronglyas a difference like that which finds place between

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->