2. Presumption of supply. What we know of God, by nature, affords ground for hope that these wants of our intellectual and moral being will be met by a corresponding supply, in the shape of a special divine revelation. We argue this:
(a) From our necessary conviction of God?s wisdom. Having made man a spiritual being, for spiritual ends, it may be hoped that he will furnish the means needed to secure these ends.
(b) From the actual, though incomplete, revelation already given in nature. Since God has actually undertaken to make himself known to men, we may hope that he will finish the work he has begun.
(c) From the general connection of want and supply. The higher our needs, the more intricate and ingenious are, in general, the contrivances for meeting them. We may therefore hope that the highest want will be all the more surely met.
(d) From analogies of nature and history. Signs of reparative goodness in nature and of forbearance in providential dealings lead us to hope that, while justice is executed, God may still make known some way of restoration for sinners.
(a) There were two stages in Dr. John Duncan?s escape from pantheism:
1. When he came first to believe in the existence of God, and ?danced for joy upon the brig o? Dee?; and 2. When, under Malan?s influence, he came also to believe that ?God meant that we should know him.? In the story in the old Village Reader, the mother broke completely down when she found that her son was likely to grow up stupid, but her tears conquered him and made him intelligent. Laura Bridgman was blind, deaf and dumb, and had but small sense of taste or smell. When her mother, after long separation, went to her in Boston, the mother?s heart was in distress lest the daughter should not recognize her. When at last, by some peculiar mother?s sign, she pierced the veil of insensibility; it was a glad time for both. So God, our Father, tries to reveal himself to our blind, deaf and dumb souls. The agony of the Cross is the sign of God?s distress over the insensibility of humanity which sin has caused. If he is the Maker of man?s being, he will surely seek to fit it for that communion with himself for which it was designed.
(b) Gore, Incarnation, 52, 53 ? ?Nature is a first volume, in itself incomplete, and demanding a second volume, which is Christ.?
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