progressive system, whose culmination and key are to be found in the New. The central subject and thought which binds all parts of the Bible together, and in the light of which they are to be interpreted, is the person and work of Jesus Christ.
The Bible says: ?There is no God? ( <231401>Isaiah 14:1); but then, this is to be taken with the context: ?The fool hath said in his heart.? Satan?s ?it is written,? (Mar. 4:6) is supplemented by Christ?s ?It ms written again?
( <400407>Matthew 4:7). Trivialities are like the hair and nails of the body ? they have their place as parts of a complete and organic whole; see Ebrard, Dogmatik, 1:40. The verse which mentions Paul?s cloak at Troas ( <550413>2 Timothy 4:13) is (1) a sign or genuineness ? a forger would not invent it; (2) an evidence of temporal need endured for the gospel; (3) an indication of time limits of inspiration, ? even Paul must have books and parchments. <510221>Colossians 2:21 ? ?Handle not nor taste, nor touch? ? is to be interpreted by the context in verse 20 ? ?why? do ye subject yourselves to ordinances?? and by verse 22 ? ?after the precepts and doctrines of men.? Hodge, Systematic Theology, 1:164 ? ?The difference between John?s gospel and the book of Chronicles is like that between man?s brain and the hair of his head; nevertheless the life of the body is as truly in the hair as in the brain.? Like railway coupons, Scripture texts are ?Not good if detached.?
Crooker, Time New Bible and its New Uses, 137-144, utterly denies the unity of the Bible. Prof. A. B. Davidson of Edinburgh says that ?A theology of the Old Testament is really an impossibility, because the Old Testament is not a homogeneous whole.? These denials proceed from an insufficient recognition of the principle of evolution in Old Testament history and doctrine. Doctrines in early Scripture are like rivers at their source; they are not yet fully expanded; many affluents are yet to come. See Bp. Bull?s Sermon, in Works, xv:183; and Bruce, Apologetics, 323 ? ?The literature of the early stages of revelation must share the defects of the revelation which it records and interprets? The final revelation enables us to see the defects of the earlier? We should find Christ in the Old Testament as we find the butterfly in the caterpillar, and man the crown of the universe in the fiery cloud.? Crane, Religion of Tomorrow, 224 ? Every part is to be modified by every other part.
No verse is true out of the Book, but the whole Book taken together is true. Gore, in Lux Mundi, 350 ? ?To recognize the inspiration of the Scriptures is to put ourselves to school in every part of them.? Robert Browning, Ring and Book, 175 (Pope, 228) ? ?Truth nowhere lies, yet everywhere, in these; Not absolutely in a portion, yet Evolvable from the
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