teacher of supernatural truth rests upon his miracles, and especially upon the miracle of his resurrection. That one miracle to which the church looks back as the source of her life carries with it irresistibly all the other miracles of the Scripture record; upon it alone we may safely rest the proof that the Scriptures are an authoritative revelation from God.
The miracles of Christ are simple correlates of the Incarnation ? proper insignia of his royalty and divinity. By mere external evidence however we can more easily prove the resurrection than the incarnation. In our arguments with skeptics, we should not begin with the ass that spoke to Balaam, or the fish that swallowed Jonah, but with the resurrection of Christ; that conceded, all other Biblical miracles will seem only natural preparations, accompaniments, or consequences. G.F. Wright, in Bibliotheca Sacra, 1889:707 ? ?The difficulties created by the miraculous character of Christianity may be compared to those assumed by a builder when great permanence is desired in the structure erected. It is easier to lay the foundation of a temporary structure than of one which is to endure for the ages.? Pressense: ?The empty tomb of Christ has been the cradle of the church, and if in this foundation of her faith the church has been mistaken, she must needs lay herself down by the side of the mortal remains, I say, not of a man, but of a religion.?
President Schurman believes the resurrection of Christ to be ?an obsolete picture of an eternal truth ? the fact of a continued life with God.? Harnack, Wesen des Christenthums, 102, thinks no consistent union of the gospel accounts of Christ?s resurrection can be attained; apparently doubts a literal and bodily rising; yet traces Christianity back to an invincible faith in Christ?s conquering of death and his continued life. But why believe the gospels when they speak of the sympathy of Christ, yet disbelieve them when they speak of his miraculous power? We have no right to trust the narrative when it gives us Christ?s words ?Weep not? to the widow of Nain, ( <420713>Luke 7:13), and then to distrust it when it tells us of his raising the widow?s son. The words ?Jesus wept? belong inseparably to a story of which ?Lazarus, come forth!? forms a part
( <431135>John 11:35, 43). It is improbable that the disciples should have believed so stupendous a miracle as Christ?s resurrection, if they had not previously seen other manifestations of miraculous power on the part of Christ. Christ himself is the great miracle. The conception of him as the risen and glorified Savior can be explained only by the fact that he did so rise. E.G. Robinson, Christ. Theology, 109 ? ?The Church attests the fact of the resurrection quite as much as the resurrection attests the divine
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