nature of things independently of the minds and perceptions of creatures; but it depends on the succession of those perceptions.? We must qualify this statement of the younger Edwards by the following from Julius Muller: ?If God?s working can have no relation to time, then all bonds of union between God and the world are snapped asunder.?
It is an interesting question whether the human spirit is capable of timeless existence, and whether the conception of time is purely physical. In dreams we seem to lose sight of succession; in extreme pain an age is compressed into a minute. Does this throw light upon the nature of prophecy? Is the soul of the prophet rapt into God?s timeless existence and vision? It is doubtful whether Revelations 10:6 ? ?there shall be time no longer? can be relied upon to prove the affirmative for the Revised Version margin and the American Revisers translate ?there shall be delay no longer.? Julius Muller, Doct. Sin, 2:147 ? All self-consciousness is a victory over time.? So with memory; see Dorner, Glaubenslehre, 1:471. On ?the death vision of one?s whole existence,? see Frances Kemble Butler?s experience in Shedd, Dogmatic Theology, 1:351 ? ?Here there is succession and series, only so exceedingly rapid as to seem simultaneous.? This rapidity however is so great as to show that each man can at the last be judged in an instant. On space and time as unlimited, see Porter, Hum. Intellect, 564-566. On the conception of eternity, see Mansel, Lectures, Essays and Reviews, 111-126, and Modern Spiritualism, 255-292; New Englander, April, 1875: art. on the Metaphysical Idea of Eternity. For practical lessons from the Eternity of God, see Park, Discourses, 137-154; Westcott, Some Lessons of the Revised Version, (Pott, N. Y., 1897), 187 ? with comments on aijw~nev in <490321>Ephesians 3:21, <581103>Hebrews 11:3, Revelations 4; 10, 11 ? ?the universe under the aspect of time.?
By this we mean that God?s nature
(a) is without extension;
(b) is subject to no limitations of space; and
(c) contains in itself the cause of space.
<110827> 1 Kings 8:27 ? ?behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee.? Space is a creation of God; <450839>Romans 8:39 ? ?nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature.? Zahn, Bib. Dogmatik, 149 ? ?Scripture does not teach the immanence of God in the world, but the immanence of the world in God.? Dante does not put God, but Satan at
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