murderer refused. The seeming clergyman was the Governor, with a pardon which he had designed to bestow in case he found the murderer penitent. A. H. Strong, Christ in Creation, 86 ? ?I have heard that, during our Civil War, a swaggering, drunken, blaspheming officer insulted and almost drove from the dock at Alexandria, a plain unoffending man in citizen?s dress; but I have also heard that that same officer turned pale, fell on his knees, and begged for mercy, when the plain man demanded his sword, put him under arrest and made himself known as General Grant. So we may abuse and reject the Lord Jesus Christ, and fancy that we can ignore his claims and disobey his commands with impunity; but it will seem a more serious thing when we find at the last that he what we have abused and rejected is none other than the living God before whose judgment bar we are to stand.?
Henry B. Smith began life under Unitarian influences, and had strong prejudices against evangelical doctrine, especially the doctrines of human depravity and of the divinity of Christ. In his senior year in College he was converted. Cyrus Hamlin says: ?I regard Smith?s conversion as the most remarkable event in College in my day.? Doubts of depravity vanished with one glimpse into his own heart; and doubts about Christ?s divinity could not hold their own against the confession: ?Of one thing I feel assured: I need an infinite Savior.? Here is the ultimate strength of Trinitarian doctrine. When the Holy Spirit convinces a man of his sin, and brings him face to face with the outraged holiness and love of God, he is moved to cry from the depths of his soul: ?Non but an infinite Savior can ever save me!? Only in a divine Christ. Christ for us upon the Cross-, and Christ in us by his Spirit ? can the convicted soul find peace and rest. And so every revival of true religion gives a new impulse to the Trinitarian doctrine. Henry B. Smith wrote in his later life: ?When the doctrine of the Trinity was abandoned, other articles of the faith, such as the atonement and regeneration, have almost always followed, by logical necessity, as, when one draws the wire from a necklace of gems, the gems all fall asunder.?
D. It is essential to any proper model for human life.
If there be no Trinity immanent in the divine nature, then Fatherhood in God has had a beginning and it may have an end; Son-ship, moreover, is no longer a perfection, but an imperfection, ordained for a temporary purpose. But if fatherly giving and filial receiving are eternal in God, then the law of love requires of us conformity to God in both these respects as the highest dignity of our being.
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