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The Scientific Belief in Christ.

The Scientific Belief in Christ.

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BY HOWARD AGNEW JOHNSTON


The introductory words of the Gospel according
to John read thus : "In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
... In Him was life and the life was the light of
men. . . . And the Word was made flesh and dwelt
among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of
the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and
truth."

BY HOWARD AGNEW JOHNSTON


The introductory words of the Gospel according
to John read thus : "In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
... In Him was life and the life was the light of
men. . . . And the Word was made flesh and dwelt
among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of
the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and
truth."

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THE SCIETIFIC BELIEF I CHRIST. BY HOWARD AGEW JOHSTO The introductory words of the Gospel according to John read thus : "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ... In Him was life and the life was the light of men. . . . And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." All the previous chapters have had constant reference to Christ as the central object of our faith. In many particulars they have been preparatory to this special study of His person and work. We will follow the four lines of thought suggested by John in 1: 14, considering (1) The necessity for the in- carnation. "The life was the light of SoSitaT 1 ' men." (2) The deity of Christ, this chap- "The glory as of the only begotten of the Father:" The revelation of Son- ship. (3) The atonement by Christ. "The glory of the fulness of the divine love." The adoption into Sonship. (4) The redemption through Christ. "The glory of the fulness of the divine truth." The realization of Sonship. 151 162 SCIETIFIC FAITH. THE ECESSITY FOB THE IHCABRATIO. The incarnation of Jesus Christ was the appli-
 
cation of a great law which was not unique in the Man of azareth. Its fullness of realization in Him was unique, but the law itself is one of uni- versal application in all development of human life. Its necessity underlies the revelation and apprecia- tion of all truth. That law is that every word must be made flesh, must come into the actual experiences of men, must be incarnate in lives which express the significance of the truth. Otherwise wordmust ^ e word goes unheard and unknown. ^° ™ ada The morning stars sang together through the ages, but no man heard their music, or understood their message. Men pon- dered their mysteries, and tried to spell out their meaning, but did not succeed. Ptolemy thought he had read the message, and for years men accepted his reading; but something was evidently lacking. At last Copernicus came, and in him the fullness of the truth about the stars was first made plain, in him the word of the stars was made flesh. Since Copernicus men have known the stars as they could not before. In like manner the flowers had a mes- sage which men did not understand. Ray and Thompson and Brunfels spelled out some of the letters, but not until Linnaeus came was the word of the flowers made flesh. Electricity flashed its message THE SCIETIFIC BELIEF I CHRIST. 153 in the skies; but men saw only that which was to be dreaded, until one day Franklin caught a vision. Others have followed, and today Edison, Tesla and Marconi are giving us a fuller knowledge of the meaning of the word of electricity. ot yet is this word fully made flesh, nor will it be except as men briiig it down into the actual realm of human ex-
 
perience and daily life. Then its message will be appreciated and appropriated. This is the great law which underlies the neces- sity for the incarnation. When the word of truth concerning God, and the relations between men and God, must be made known to men, there was just one way for it to be done in order to make it vital in human experience. It must be made flesh, must be brought into the life of man as a living reality. Here, as elsewhere, men had tried to spell out this greatest of all words. Moses had caught much of it. That spirit in him which paused to study the burn- ing bush is exactly the spirit which God looks for in men, to arrest their thought, and to open their minds and hearts to receive the truth. And God had crowded all He could upon every man who was will- ing to hear. God gave to Zoroaster, and to Buddha, and to Confucius and to Mohammed all that they could take. They all did Every oth- J J erword something to spell out the word, in the was par- attempt to help their fellow-men. But JgJ**- their best was but partial, and be- trayed a fatal lack. It was not adequate to meet 154 SCIETIFIC FAITH. the needs of men, not adequate to solve the problem of character, not adequate to answer the cry of men for a way for redemption from sin. There must be a fullness of the truth, touching human needs with power, and illumining the dark places in the path- way. The one way must be adopted. Hence we read that "When He cometh into the world, He saith, . . A body hast thou prepared me; . . lo, I

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