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VIEWED PRACTICALLY AND EXPERIMENTALLY IN THE
LIGHT OF THE DIVINE WORD.
(THE SECOND AND CONCLUDING SERIES.)
FROM REDEMPTION TO THE FINAL STATE.
By ROBERT BROWN,
THE HIDDEN MYSTERY, OR THE REVELATIONS OF THE WORD;
" " THE PERSONALITY AND HISTORY
ETC., ETC., ETC.
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” DEÓTVEVOTOS, God breathed, " and is proflt-
"For the prophecy came not at any time" (margin)" by the will of man: but holy men of
HAVING in the Preface to my First Volume of “ Outlines,' dwelt at some length upon the Divine Inspiration of the Scriptures : because this lies at the very root and foundation of the whole subject of Prophetic enquiry; I shall, in the Preface to this Volume, in amplification of the subject, now consider, not only how to “Search the Scriptures" generally, but also how to read, so as to understand, the Prophetic Word in particular.
We are indeed expressly directed by our blessed Lord Himself, to search the Scriptures. “ Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me. And ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.” The word for “search ” here is èpeuvâte, from the verb épevvaw, which means to seek out, to track, to trace, to explore, to investigate. It is in the imperative, and not in the indicative, mood, as some would read it: for the second person plural indicative is never used at the beginning of a sentence without the pronoun, úpeis, you, or some other word, as où, not: while the imperative is frequently so used; as for instance in John xiv. 11, TTIOTEÚETÉ
őtt éryw £v TỐ Tarpi, “Believe"—not "ye do believe ”“Me that I am in my Father ;” and in John xv. 20, uvnuoVELETE TOũ Nóyou où éryó eittov úuiv, “Remember ”-not “ye do remember "_"the word that I said unto you.”
The word is used by Homer for a lion scouring the