The Galatians are severely censured for giving heed to false doctrines, and are called to pronounce even an apostle anathema, if he preached another gospel.— Charles Hodge
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The best evidence of the Bible's being the word of God is to be found between its covers. It proves itself.
To be in Christ is the source of the Christian life;
to be like Christ is the sum of his excellence; to be with Christ is the fullness of his joy.
It is a fact that unless children are brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, they, and the society which they constitute or control, will go to destruction. Consequently, when a state resolves that religious instruction shall be banished from the schools and other literary institutions, it virtually resolves on self-destruction.
The grace of God exalts a man without inflating him, and humbles a man without debasing him.
Sanctification is not a work of nature, but a work of grace.
It is a transformation of character effected not by moral influences, but supernaturally by the Holy Spirit.
The Church, during the apostolic age, did not consist of isolated, independent congregations, but was one body, of which the separate churches were constituent members, each subject to all the rest, or to an authority which extended over all.
If all Church power vests in the clergy, then the people are practically bound to passive obedience in all matters of faith and practice; for all right of private judgment is then denied.
The sin of Adam did not make the condemnation of all men merely possible;
it was the ground of their actual condemnation. So the righteousness of Christ did not make the salvation of men merely possible, it secured the actual salvation of those for whom He wrought.
Christian humility does not consist in denying what there is of good in us;
but in an abiding sense of ill-desert, and in the consciousness that what we have of good is due to the grace of God.
The doctrines of grace humble man without degrading him and exalt him without inflating him.
As we fell in Adam, we are saved in Christ.
To deny the principle in the one case, is to deny it in the other; for the two are inseparably united in the representations of Scripture
But to be the Vicar of Christ, to claim to exercise his prerogatives on earth, does involve a claim to his attributes, and therefore our opposition to Popery is opposition to a man claiming to be God.
Romanists tell us that the Pope is the vicar of Christ;
that he is his successor as the universal head and ruler of the Church on earth. If this is so, he must be a Christ.
The Popish theory, which assumes that Christ, the Apostles and believers, constituted the Church while our Saviour was on earth, and this organization was designed to be perpetual.
The ultimate ground of faith and knowledge is confidence in God.
All moral obligation resolves itself into the obligation of conformity to the will of God.
As the Church is the aggregate of believers, there is an intimate analogy between the experience of the individual believer, and of the Church as a whole.
There is more of power to sanctify, elevate, strengthen, and cheer in the word Jesus (Jehovah-Saviour) than in all the utterances of man since the world began.
It is only when men associate with the wicked with the desire and purpose of doing them good, that they can rely upon the protection of God to preserve them from contamination.
This whole process of education is to be religious, and not only religious, but Christian. And as Christianity is the only true religion, and God in Christ the only true God, the only possible means of profitable education is the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
The Church, however, is a self-governing society, distinct from the State, having its officers and laws, and, therefore, an administrative government of its own.
All the reasons which require the subjection of a believer to the brethren of a particular church, require his subjection to all his brethren in the Lord.
That the apostolic office is temporary, is a plain historical fact.
Foolish talking and jesting are not the ways in which Christian cheerfulness should express itself, but rather "giving of thanks" (Eph. 5:4). Religion is the source of joy and gladness, but its joy is expressed in a religious way, in thanksgiving and praise.
The Church is everywhere represented as one.
It is one body, one family, one fold, one kingdom. It is one because pervaded by one Spirit. We are all baptized into one Spirit so as to become, says the apostle, on body.
The Reformers, therefore, as instruments in the hands of God, in delivering the Church from bondage to prelates, did not make it a tumultuous multitude, in which every man was a law to himself, free to believe, and free to do what he pleased.
Ruling elders are declared to be the representatives of the people.
The Independent or Congregational theory includes two principles;
first, that the governing and executive power in the Church is in the brotherhood; and secondly, that the Church organization is complete in each worshipping assembly, which is independent of every other.
If Christ has risen the Bible is true from Genesis to Revelation.
The kingdom of darkness has been overthrown. Satan has fallen like lightning from heaven; and the triumph of truth over error, of good over evil, of happiness over misery, is forever secured.
True zeal is connected with a holy life.
It is remarkable how often the greatest zealots for God, the Church, and sound doctrine (as they regard it), have been unholy and even immoral in their lives.
So too, in forming a constitution, or in enacting rules of procedure, or making canons, the people do not merely passively assent, but actively cooperate. They have, in all these matters, the same authority as the clergy.
All Church power is, therefore, properly ministerial and administrative.
Everything is to be done in the name of Christ, and in accordance with his directions.
In every system of theology, therefore, there is a chapter De libero arbitrio.
This is a question which every theologian finds in his path, and which he must dispose of; and on the manner in which it is determined depends his theology, and of course his religion, so far as his theology is to him a truth and reality
The Bible contains all the extant revelations of God, which He designed to be the rule of faith and practice for his Church; so that nothing can rightfully be imposed on the consciences of men as truth or duty which is not taught directly or by necessary implication in the Holy Scriptures.
Zeal is the chief source, or one of the chief sources of spiritual power.
God employs living souls to communicate life. In all ages, men of zeal have produced great results. This qualification, in the absence of others, can accomplish wonders.
The right of the people to a substantive part in the government of the Church is recognized and sanctioned by the apostles in almost every conceivable way.
There is no form of conviction more intimate and irresistible than that which arises from the inward teaching of the Spirit.
If, unable to solve the mysteries of Providence, we plunge into Atheism, we only increase a thousand fold the darkness by which we are surrounded
The functions of these elders, therefore, determine the power of the people;
for a representative is one chosen by others to do in their name what they are entitled to do in their own persons; or rather to exercise the powers which radically inhere in those for whom they act.
Our second remark is, that the office is of divine appointment, not merely in the sense in which the civil powers are ordained of God, but in the sense that ministers derive their authority from Christ, and not from the people.
If the Church is a living body united to the same head, governed by the same laws, and pervaded by the same Spirit, it is impossible that one part should be independent of all the rest.
When we are weak, then are we strong. When most empty of self, we are most full of God.
He [man] knows that when he is not what he ought to be;
when he does what he ought not to do; or omits what he ought to do, he is chargeable with sin
It is important that when we come to die we have nothing to do but die.
Our first remark on this subject is that the ministry is an office, and not merely a work.
The gospel is so simple that small children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies by the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches.
Faith is not a blind, irrational conviction.
In order to believe, we must know what we believe, and the grounds on which our faith rests.
A Christian is one who recognizes Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God, as God manifested in the flesh, loving us and dying for our redemption; and who is so affected by a sense of the love of this incarnate God as to be constrained to make the will of Christ the rule of his obedience, and the glory of Christ the great end for which He lives.
It is because God is infinitely great and good that his glory is the end of all things; and his good pleasure the highest reason for whatever comes to pass. What is man that he should contend with God, or presume that his interests rather than God's glory should be made the final end?