person of Christ is the center of theology.? Dean Stanley never tired of quoting as his own Confession of Faith the words of John Bunyan: ?Blest Cross ? blest Sepulchre ? blest rather he ? The man who there was put to shame for me!? And Charles Wesley wrote on Catholic Love: ?Weary of all this wordy strife, These motions, forms, and modes and names, To thee, the Way, the Truth, the Life, Whose love my simple heart inflames ? Divinely taught, at last I fly, With thee and thine to live and die.?

?We have two great lakes named Erie and Ontario and these are connected by the Niagara River through which Erie pours its waters into Ontario. The whole Christian Church throughout the ages has been called the overflow of Jesus Christ, who is infinitely greater than it is. Let Lake Erie be the symbol of Christ, the pre-existent Logos, the Eternal Word, God revealed in the universe. Let Niagara River be a picture to us of this same Christ now confined to the narrow channel of His manifestation in the flesh but within those limits showing the same eastward current and downward gravitation which men perceived so imperfectly before. The tremendous cataract, with its waters plunging into the abyss and shaking the very earth, is the suffering and death of the Son of God which for the first time makes palpable to human hearts the forces of righteousness and love operative in the Divine nature from the beginning. The law of universal life has been made manifest. Now it is seen that justice and judgment are the foundations of God?s throne, that God?s righteousness everywhere and always makes penalty to follow sin and that the love which creates and upholds sinners must itself be numbered with the transgressors and must bear their iniquities. Niagara has demonstrated the gravitation of Lake Erie and not in vain. For from Niagara there widens out another peaceful lake. Ontario is the offspring and likeness of Erie. So redeemed humanity is the overflow of Jesus Christ but only of Jesus Christ after he has passed through the measureless self-abandonment of His earthly life and of His tragic death on Calvary. The Church draws its life from the cross just as the Niagara feeds the waters of Lake Ontario. Christ?s purpose is not that we should repeat Calvary for that we can never do but that we should reflect in ourselves the same onward movement and gravitation towards self-sacrifice which He has revealed as characterizing the very life of God.? (A. H. Strong, Sermon before the Baptist World Congress, London, July 12, 1905).

(b) The chief problems. These problems are 1) one personality and two natures, 2) human nature without personality, 3) relation of the Logos to the humanity during the earthly life of Christ, 4) relation of the humanity to

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