the people saw sign which he did, they said, This is of a truth the prophet that cometh into the world.? <430826>John 8:26 ? ?the things which I heard from him [the Father], these speak I unto the world?; 14:9 ? ?he that hath seen me hath seen the Father?; 17:8 ? ?the words which thou gavest me I have given unto them.?
Denovan: ?Christ teaches us by his word, his Spirit, his example.? Christ?s miracles were mainly miracles of healing. ?Only sickness is contagious with us. But Christ was an example of perfect health and his health was contagious. By its overflow he healed others. Only a ?touch? ( <400921>Matthew 9:21) was necessary.?
Edwin P. Parker, on Horace Bushnell: ?The two fundamental elements of prophecy are insight and expression. Christian prophecy implies insight or discernment of spiritual things by divine illumination, and expression of them, by inspiration, in terms of Christian truth or in the tones and cadences of Christian testimony. We may define it, then, as the publication, under the impulse of inspiration and for edification of truths perceived by divine illumination, apprehended by faith and assimilated by experience. It requires a natural basis and rational preparation in the human mind, a suitable stock of natural gifts on which to graft the Spiritual gift for support and nourishment. These gifts have had devout culture. Illuminations and inspirations have crowned them. Because insight gives foresight, the prophet will be a seer of things as they are unfolding and becoming will discern far signaling and intimations of Providence will forerun men to prepare the way for them and them for the way of God?s coming kingdom.?
2. The stages of Christ?s prophetic work.
These are four, namely:
(a) The preparatory work of the Logos, in enlightening mankind before the time of Christ?s advent in the flesh. All preliminary religious knowledge, whether within or without the bounds of the chosen people, is from Christ, the revealer of God.
Christ?s prophetic work began before he came in the flesh. <430109>John 1:9 ? ?There was the true light even the light which lighteth every man, coming into the world? all the natural light of conscience, science, philosophy, art, civilization, is the light of Christ. Tennyson: ?Our little systems have their day, They have their day and cease to be; They are but broken bits of thee, And thou, O Lord, art more than they.? <581225>Hebrews 12:25, 26 ? ?See that ye refuse not him that speaketh...whose voice then [at Sinai]
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