God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,…
I. HE HAS ACTUALLY MADE A REVELATION OF HIMSELF TO MAN.
1. Man has a capacity to appreciate, to some extent, God's thoughts.
2. Man stands in need of God's thoughts.
3. Man is bound to study God's thoughts.
II. HE HAS REVEALED HIMSELF TO MAN THROUGH MAN.
1. To increase the intelligibility of God's thoughts.
2. To increase the attraction of God's thoughts.
III. HE HAS REVEALED HIMSELF TO MAN IN A VARIETY OF WAYS.
1. The necessity of modesty in pronouncing concerning the methods of Divine influence.
2. The importance of keeping the soul ever in a waiting attitude.
IV. HE HAS MADE CHRIST THE FINAL REVELATION OF HIMSELF. Christ, as the final organ of Divine revelation to man, transcends all preceding organs —
1. In His relation to the universe.
(1) He is the inheritor of the creation. "Appointed heir of all things."
(2) He is the creator of the universe. "By whom also He made the worlds."
(3) He is the sustainer of the universe. "Upholding all things," &c.
(4) He is the Sovereign of the universe. On the right hand of the Majesty on high."
2. In the completeness of His Divine manifestations. Represents Him more accurately than the impression on the wax represents the seal that produced it.
3. In the moral service He has rendered to humanity.
4. In His superiority to all angelic intelligences.
(1) In His position.
(2) In His reputation.
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