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Chap.

II]

GRAPHICAL INSPIRATION

§ 85.

continuous authority, which

551 with an "it

justifies citation

written," such as was done by Jesus, but which modified self in

is it-

nature and character according to the claims of the

content.

For him who has been brought to the Christ, and who on his knees worships Him as his Lord and his God, the end of all contradiction

whose

spirit

When

hereby reached.

is

the

Christ,

witnessed beforehand in the prophets, attributes

such authority to the Scripture of the Old Covenant, and by His apostles indicates the ground for that authority in the Theopneusty, there is no power that can prevent the recog-

by him who believes in Jesus. Not would avenge itself in the representation that in the very holiest things Christ had wholly mistaken Himself. This would imply the loss of his Saviour. The objection will not do, that one learns to know the Christ from nition of that authority

to recognize

it

the Scripture, so that faith in the Saviour can follow only

upon a preceding

faith

The reading

on the Scripture.

of the

Scripture as such, without more, will never be able to bring

one single soul from death unto itself is as dull as a

mond

glistens only

diamond

The

life.

in the dark

when entered by

Scripture by

and

;

as the dia-

a ray of light,

Scripture has power to charm the eye of the soul only

the

when

seen in the light of the Holy Spirit.

Christ lives, and by works upon the heart and in the consciousness of God's elect. Sometimes palingenesis takes place in very infancy. If this were not so, all children dying young should have to be considered as lost. Dur-

His Holy Spirit

He

still

ing the period of early bringing up, the enmity against before they

came

God was broken

many

children

show

that

in their youthful hearts,

to read the Scripture.

In

fact, it is in-

we come to the Scripture first, and by Christ. Even when, after having learned

correct to say, that

the Scripture to to read the

Scripture, in later years one

as his Saviour, the Scripture

may

comes

to

Christ

cooperate instrumentally,

but in principle the act of regeneration ever proceeds from heaven, from God, by His Christ; while, on the other hand, without this avwOev (from above) the most careful study

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zaterdag 1 januari 1898

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 708 Pagina's

Encyclopedia of sacred theology - pagina 575

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Abraham Kuyper Collection | 708 Pagina's

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