THE INTELLIGIBILITY OF DIVINE LAW

THE world is familiar with the fact that in studying a given force or influence the phenomena which have characterized a known period of its history are naturally looked for in any as yet unknown period, and this so-called law of the maintenance of type is sure to determine the expectation of all who are investigating the subject.

In the study of Christianity this law would lead one to expect that all the vital and well-attested results which followed its acceptance in the first century would be found attending it in the fifth or twenty-fifth, and those who believe in the historic verity of the miracles of the New Testament, but deny the legitimacy of any expectation of their recurrence today, are therefore called upon to give reasons for the incongruity of their position. This responsibility they accept, and the usual explanation given is that Christ Jesus was unique; that he had an understanding of things, a perception of divine Truth which does not pertain to us, and which we cannot hope to acquire.

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