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HOLY SCRIPTURE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

But notwithstanding differences, the fact remains that the Holy Spirit mastered the problem of bringing to man lost in sin, by human language intelligible to all nations and ages, the world of divine thoughts, so as to use them as the instrument of man's quickening. It does not alter the case that the Holy Scripture shows so many seams and uneven places, and looks different from what we should

expect.

The

chief virtue of this masterpiece

God's thoughts in our sinful

life

was so

to enfold

that out of our language they could

form a speech in which to proclaim through the ages, to all nations, the mighty words of God. This masterpiece is finished and lies before us in the Holy Scripture. criticizing these

received

it

And

instead of losing itself in

apparent defects, the Church of

all

ages has

with adoration and thanksgiving; has preserved

it,

and always believed to find eternal life in it. Not as tho critical and historical examination were prohibited. Such endeavor for the glory of God is highly commendable. But as the physiologist's search for the genesis of human life becomes sinful if immodest or dangerous to unborn life, so does every criticism of Holy Scripture become sinful and culpable if irreverent or tasted

it,

enjoyed

it,

seeking to destroy the the Church.

life of

God's

Word

in the consciousness of

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

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The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 104

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

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