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to quarrel with Mr. Carson through- tle has told us that he is not inout; for I much fear that the man- spired in this point, he has been ner in which he holds up the in- · inspired to make the denial. Not tellect of eminent christians to scoln a line has he written in that chap(all which you have properly sup- 'ter which is not immediately from pressed) is calculated to prevent his the Holy Ghost.
Gamaliel was Otherwise excellent book from being not inspired; but inspiration has useful.
recorded his advice, and that docuBut that I may not occupy the ment, as recorded by the Holy columns of the Investigator with Ghost, suggests inspired instrucsecondary considerations, both Hal
tion to us. dane and Carson appear to me to Now, on a reference to the work state the point in one instance very of Mr. Haldane, I am satisfied with exceptionally ; and forasmuch as his previous vindication of these you have quoted these passages passages from ordinary misinierprewithout comment, I of course im- tation; but not with these statements. plicate you, Mr. ditor, in the same If Paul plainly declares that his words charge.
are not inspired, it is a flat contraTreating at page 78 of certain diction to say that they are insupposed admissions of the Apostle, spired, by whatsoever sophistry they that on some occasions he is not may be made to say so.
Thus Mr. speaking by inspiration, you quote Carson says he was inspired to write form Mr. Haldane, " that even if the accounts, when yet he himself ' the mistaken meaning, so often at- says, he was not inspired. The tributed to them, were the just case of Gamaliel is not at all in one, they would not at all militate point. Gamaliel was not inspired, ' against the plenary inspiration of but inspiration recorded his advice.” the Scriptures, because in that True : but Gamaliel makes neither case Paul must be viewed as having profession nor disavowal of inspira· been inspired to write precisely as tion, nor is he one of the writers of " he has done, &c.' Then from Scripture ; whereas St. Paul was Carson you quote :
the actual inditer of the very words were not inspired to decide the in which he declares, that he does questions, yet he was inspired to not speak by the Lord. r write the account which he has
I am Sir, your's, &c. given of the matter. If the Apos
We see nothing in the observa- vades the whole of the historical tions of either of our Correspondents Scriptures, of which the writers to shake our full conviction, as to are evidently unconscious. They the correctness of what we have write with the most perfect simpliboth quoted and written on this city : yet are they instrumental in important subject.
producing that combination and harIn Nil's first objection we think mony and completeness, which are he mis-apprehends the Author; who observable in the entire Work. does not attribute artfulness of ar- In his second objection there likerangement to the Evangelists, but wise appears some misapprehension. states (as we understand him) that He contends, that the discrepancy of there is a certain design which per- honest witnesses in immaterial and
minor facts is excused on the score of make an independent translation of. human infirmity. But Mr. Haldane In the meanwhile the plain course does not maintain the consistency of seems to be, as the doctrine of the verinspiration with a discrepancy of bal inspiration of Scripture is clearly facts; but with a variety in the mode revealed, that we should quietly of stating the same facts by different rest in that until the Lord give us writers. There may be instances light on those points which appear indeed in which this variety of lan- difficult ; satisfied that they may be guage may involve a seeming con- accounted for without any violence tradiction in the fact; and yet, when to this grand truth. Our esteemed we become acquainted with all the Correspondent expresses dissatisfaccircumstances, we have no need to tion with his own node of accountexcuse the discrepancy on the score ing for the case of Bartimeus at Jeof any infirmity; but find it per richo; which mode indeed, were he fectly reconcileable with substantial to follow it out in all its windings, truth. We may illustrate this ob. would be found completely to unservation by the inscription over the dermine that principle for which cross of our blessed Lord, in which Messrs. Haldane and Carson conthe Evangelists profess to give us tend. We will just add for his conthe actual words of the writing; sideration, that Doddridge explains and yet (strange to say!) they all
εν τω εγγιζειν to signify, not four vary from each other.
he was come nigh,” as if in the act THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
of approaching; but " whilst he THE KING OF THE JEWS. was near,” referring to the period THIS IS THE KING OF THE Jews. of his being at Jericho, or sojournJESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING ing in the neighbourhood. He deOF THE Jews.
fends this rendering by Luke x, 9 ; But St. Luke informs us, that it XV, 1; xviii, 40; xix, 29; Romans was written in three languages~ xiii, 12; and from the Septuagint, Greek, Latin, and Hebrew; and Isaiah 1, 8; and Jer. xxiii, 23. consequently there were three in- OBSERVATOR appears entirely to inscriptions. This will immediately mistake the subject.
mistake the subject. We are not account for the difference in three aware, that St. Paul in
instance of them, if we only suppose that one says, he is not inspired; but merely Evangelist transcribes the Greek, that he has no commandment or inanother the Latin, and a third the struction on the particular point in Hebrew. Let us further suppose question. And even had he said so, that two of them are translations inspiration might have recorded his by the Evangelists Mark and Luke denial, as well as Gamaliel's advice. from the same original, and the dif- Our Correspondent appears to us ference is nothing more than what still to confound in some measure any two persons might consistently the personal inspiration of the make, were a sentence of Greek or writers of the Bible, with the inLatin given to them for each to spiration of the writing. .
In the course of my Bible reading the Prophet looks forward through a I came this morning to the 21st series of national visitations, beginchapter of Ezekiel, and was par- ning with the one about to fall on ticularly struck with some pas- Zedekiah and the Jewish people, (in sages very strongly supporting (as the course of which series both the I humbly conceive) the doctrine of righteous and the wicked of Israel as the future Reign of Christ, person- a nation should be cut off,) and endally upon earth, as the Messiah or ing only with the glorious return Prince of Israel. Let me however and reign of the true Messiah. But first premise, that I read the Old the 25th, 26th and 27th verses are Testament without any commentary, the passages to which I particularly since I do not possess one; conse- refer, and they appear to me very quently, if I err in the view I take clearly to require this interpretation. of the passages in question, the error And thou profane wicked prince originates with myself; and I am, of Israel, whose day is come, when I trust, open to conviction should
iniquity shall have an end; Thus arguments be adduced in favor of a
saith the Lord God, Remove the contrary interpretation.
diadem, and take off the crown; The chapter opens remarkably ; < this shall not be the same : exalt inasmuch as the righteous
him that is low, abase him that is alike involved with the wicked” • high. I will overturn, overturn, in the predicted visitation.—" Say roverturn it; and it shall be no more 'to the land of Israel, Thus saith ' until he come whose right it is; and
the Lord; Behold I am against thee, I will give it him.” ' and will draw forth my sword out Now here, as I take it, we have of his sheath, and will cut off from
an express prediction, that when inthee the righteous and the wicked. iquity should have an end, or the
Seeing then that I will cut off from measure of the sins of the Jewish · thee the righteous and the wicked, nation be filled up, (which was sure
therefore shall my sword go forth ly the case when they had crucified ' out of his sheath against all flesh, their Messiah,) the day of visitation • from the south to the north : that should so fully
should so fully come upon
that all flesh may know, that I the Lord nation, that the diadem” and ' have drawn my sword out of his “ crown" (emblems of sovereignty)
sheath. It shall not return any should be taken off” and “ « (v. 3—5.) This visit- moved."
This visit- moved.”-HE should be exalted, ation (as it seems to me) was to be whose lowliness was their stumbnot only national, but more lasting ling-block ; and they, notwithstandand severe than that inflicted by the ing their pride and hardness of heart, Babylonians. For if we were to should be abased.—The kingdom suppose the prediction to have been should not only be “ overturned," fully accomplished in the Babylonian but exist
no more,” until the Son scourge, such would not come up to of David, whose right it is,”* and justify the strong language em- should again come; and then it ployed. I therefore conclude, that should be restored and given to him.
* Christ may be declared the rightful heir to the throne of Israel in a twofold sense ; viz, both as God and man. First as God, the supreme head of the state ; the Jewish nation being originally a theocracy; and secondly as man, the lineal descendant of David.
A CHAPTER OF DIFFICULTIES.
To the Editor of the Investigator.
been evidently set forth crucified
among you? On these words it is Sir,
observed, that Jesus notoriously was Your ready insertion of my diffi- not crucified among the Galatians : culties has at least had the effect of and yet the Apostle here writes of proving, that the Investigator is not his death in such manner, that any disposed to shrink from the candid person not acquainted with history examination of both sides of the might take for granted, that the Gaquestion. I must also admit, that latians had actually with their own some of my difficulties are greatly eyes witnessed his death. And from obviated; and if my mind still lin- thence it is argued, that if language gers about and is entangled with such as this does nevertheless require others of them, I again repeat, that to be interpreted figuratively; upon I do not entertain them as objections, what principle can the literal sense but only as difficulties : for I think of many other passages be insisted it quite contrary to every sound prin- on, the meaning of which is not so ciple of interpretation to reject a doc- obvious ? trine, which is first of all supported 2. I perceive from what has apby so many clear and explicit testi- peared in the Investigator, that the monies; and which, secondly, har view taken of the harvest in Rev. monizes so consistently with the xiv, 15, and again in Matt. xiii, 30 great body of Scripture.
is, that both relate to the gathering of The utility however of discussing the elect. A difficulty however here these difficulties must be evident; presents itself. The parable speaks and therefore I mean now to propose as if the tares were first to be burned, a few more.
But in this instance I and then the righteous to be gathered shall not confine myself to those into the barn. But if the burning of points only which lie against the the tares is to precede the ingathermillennarian view : for as my mind ing of the harvest, (which is taken has progressed in this inquiry I have to signify the gathering of the elect,) been led to examine more accurately then the righteous, who shall be alive some of those texts, which have been in the last times, are to be exposed to usually conceded to the other side ; all the horrors and dangers of that and I am quite as much perplexed burning, and saved so as by fire ; with certain of these, if not more so, and the gathering of the elect will than with that class of texts already not take place until the burning is adduced.
This difficulty is discussed in 1. First, an objection has reached the Dialogues on Prophecy, and got me through an indirect source, which rid of by supposing two acts of judgeI think important. It is educed ment to precede the millennium ; from Gal. iii, 1. O foolish Ga- the one represented by the burning · latians,” who hath bewitched you, of the tares, which is made to cor" that ye should not obey the truth respond with the shaking of thrones before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath during and subsequent to the time of · for you.”
Buonaparte : the other represented a place already built ? or what? by the vintage, and to be after the I speak all with reverence; but I gathering of the elect. I must say really wonder, how I could ever have however, that this cuts the knot, but rested in a passage so obscure in does not untie it; and is to me very itself, as if it were destructive of the unsatisfactory.
view to which I was once opposed. 3. On the other hand I now feel 4. In Isaiah ii, 19, and Rev. vi, a great difficulty with John xiv, 2, 15, 16,-passages which are com
In my Father's house are many monly applied to the judgement of ' mansions: I go to prepare a place the present day—the wicked are said
If a figurative view be to go into holes and caves of the earth, taken of this : as that Jesus by his and dens and rocks of mountains, and mediation and Spirit is now prepar
to call on them to cover them, that ing his people for that heavenly they may be hid from the face of house which is to be from heaven, him that sitteth on the throne.” (as Abdiel insists at p. 60,) then I But if the same class of interpreters can understand it: but when it is make the earth flee away on that day, brought forward to overthrow the at the very instant that He appears for expectation of the saints' reign on whom the white throne is placed, I earth, it must of course be taken in first of all cannot comprehend on a literal point of view; and then what platform the wicked stand to what sense is there in it? How is be judged; nor how they can go Jesus now literally preparing a man- into the holes of the earth, &c. when sion for any in heaven ? Is he it has fled away ! building for them? Or ornamenting
To the Editor of the Investigator.
have favoured “ Amicus ples shall not have gone over the by admitting into your valuable co- cities of Israel till the Son of Man lumns his first Chapter of Difficul- be come.” Now, as I am a great ties, I am encouraged to request of advocate for the literal exposition you a similar favor. I feel greatly of Scripture; and understanding, indebted to “ Abdiel” for his clear as I do, the coming of the Son of and scriptural views of the Advent Man" to refer always to his second and Kingdom of Christ; which quite appearing to set up his universal accord with my own : yet still pas- kingdom; I am much perplexed sages do now and then present with this passage : since it is the themselves to my mind, which I can only one which to me seems to not explain consistently with these militate against the literal acceptaviews. The following passage pre
tion of the terms afore-mentioned. sents a difficulty which I have never If any of the contributors to your seen satisfactorily solved. In Matt. valuable work will solve the difficulty x, 23, our Lord says, that his disci- for me, I shall feel greatly obliged.
1. In respect to the first difficulty was notoriously not crucified among of Amicus, we think he replies to it the Galatians : for we hold it to be himself, when he says, that Jesus a clear principle of Scripture in