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likely to hear a quotation for Scripture that is not in the Bible
and never was. You may hear, " In the midst of life we are in
<leiith," from the prayer-book, " He tempers the wind to the shorn
lamb," from an old romance ; "God unchangeably ordains what-
>oe\er conn's to pass," from the Catechism ; accompanied by
passages misquoted, misunderstood, and misapplied, which show
that the people do not read their Bibles, and do not -understand
tin-in : and the worst tiling about it is, one-half the people who go
l> meeting do not seem to know the diMerence. We need to read
the Bible, to search it, study it, believe it, and obey it, and we
shall lind that it is tilled with sanctifying power to our own souls,
and that it is the word of salvation to the lost and perishing.

But says one, " I do not understand the Bible. I read it, but 1
cannot make anything of it. Somehow it is obscure, and my mind
does not take hold of it." How do you read your Bible? " Oh, I
read a chapter now and then,; I read it here and there."

Suppose your boy comes home from school and says, " I can't
make anything of this arithmetic ; it is all dark to me." You say
to him, " How did you study it?" "Oh, I read a little at the
beginning, and then 1 turned to the middle and read a little here
and there, and skipped backward and forward. But I don't
understand it ; I can't see into it."

You say to him, "My son, that is not the way to understand
arithmetic. Yon must begin at the beginning, with the simplest
elements, master every principle, learn every rule, solve every
problem, and perform every example, and then the whole book will
open to yon as you go on."

When yon read a novel do you begin in the middle, and read a
page here and a line there, and skip about hither and thither, ami
say, "I can't make anything of this book ? " No; you begin at
tin- beginning, M here "A solitary horseman was seen one dark,
tempestuous night, riding along 'upon the margin of a swollen
stream which wound about the base of a lofty mountain, on which
sto.nl an -ancient cattle," etc., etc. There is where you Ix'gin ;
.and then yon read every line and every page of the l M >ok until you
get to the end. Sometimes they print a column or two of a story
in a paper, and ^o and scatter it through the town, and at the end
;>f it yon will read, " The remainder of this thrilling story will IM>
j'oiind in the columns of the Weekly Bluzinij Count ;" and then
\.ni-tartoirdowii to the news-room and buy the lUnzinfj Cmmf
to find out how the story ends ! Why will you not take the I'.ible
and read it in the same way ? Why will you not give as much



22 THE INSPIRATION OF THE BIBLE.

attention to the faithful words of the living God as you will to
a pack of lies spun out by some sinful man ? Why will you not
take the Bible and read it from beginning to end, and see how it
comes out ? You will find it the grandest and most thrilling story
the world has ever known. Sometimes, when you have not time
to read a novel through, you read the first chapter or two, to find
out who the hero is, and then skim through the pages and read
the closing chapters and find out who was murdered, who was
hung, and who was married ; and then you can guess the rest, for
there is usually about so much sawdust put in the middle for stuff-
ing. Why will you not do ajj. much as this for the Bible? Begin
at the beginning, and read until you find out who is the hero of
the story. You will find that the presence of one Person pervades
the whole book. If you go into a British navy-yard, or on board
a British vessel, and pick up a piece of rope, you will find that
there is one little red thread which runs through the whole of it
through every foot of cordage which belongs to the British govern-
ment so, if a piece of rope is stolen, it may be cut into inch
pieces, but every piece has the mark which tells where it belongs.
It is so with the Bible. You may separate it into a thousand
parts, and yet you will find one thought one great fact running
through the whole of it. You will find it constantly pointing and
referring to one great Personage " the Seed of the woman ' that
shall crush the serpent's head ; " the Seed of Abraham," in whom
all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; "the Seed of
David," who shall sit on David's throne and reign for evermore ;
the despised and rejected Sufferer, the Man of Sorrows, the Christ
of God, born in Bethlehem, crucified on Calvary, rising trium-
phant from Joseph's tomb, ascending to sit at God's right hand.
and coming again to judge the world and reign as King and Lord
of all for ever. Around this one mighty Personage this whole book
revolves. " To him give all the prophets witness ; " and this book,
which predicts his coming in its earliest pages, which foreshadows
his person and his ministry through all its observances, types, and
sacred prophecies, reveals in its closing lines the eternal splendours
which shall crown and consummate his mighty work.

God's Word declares the end from the beginning. It is not only
the chart which guides each weary wanderer to his own eternal
rest, but it is the record of the great plan and purpose of the
Almighty concerning the world which he has made, and the
church which he has redeemed. It, unfolds God's everlasting
piirpu-;e, as manifested in .Jesus Christ ; and if one will read
three chapters at the beginning of the Bible and three at the



THE INSPIRATION OF THE BIBLE. 23

end, he will be struck with the correspondence which there exists.
At the beginning >f the Uihle we iind a new world : " In the
beginning (iod created the heaven and tlie earth." At the end of
tin' Hilile we find a new world : " I saw a new heaven and a new
earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away."
At the beginning, we find Satan entering to deceive and destroy;
at the end, we find Satan cast out, "that he should deceive the
nations no more." At the beginning, sin and pain and sorrow and
sighing and death find entrance to the world ; at the end, there
shall be no more pain nor sorrow nor sighing, and no more death.
At the beginning, the earth, for man's transgression, is cursed
with thorn* and thistles; at the end, ''there shall be no more
curse : but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it.". At
the beginning, we find the tree of life in paradise, from which the
sinner is shut away by a flaming sword, lest he eat and live
for ever ; at the end, we find the tree of life again " in the midst of
the paradise of God," and the hlcsM-d ami the blood- washed ones
have a right to the tree of lite, and "enter in through the gates
into the city." At the beginning, man was brought beneath the
dominion of death and the grave ; at the end, " the dead, small
and great, stand before God," the sea gives up its dead, and death
and hell are cast into the lake of lire. At the beginning, the
first Adam lost his dominion over earth, and was driven out of the
garden of Eden in shame ami sorrow ; at the end, we find the
second Adam, victorious over sin and death and hell, enthroned as
King and Lord of all, and reigning in triumph and glory for ever.

Now, when you get the plan of this book, you find that it is
something more than a book of detached sentence*, good maxims
and comforting words. It is a book which unfolds the divine
purpose, and not only reveals the way of salvation, but marks the
pathway of the people of God through this wilderness, and fore-
shows the destiny of the world which he has made and the church
which he has redeemed.

\Vhen we look at these farts we see that this is no man's Inuik.
When Columbus saw the river Orinoco, some one said lie had dis-
covered an island. He replied : " No Midi river as that Hows from
an island. That mighty torrent must drain the waters of a
continent." So this book comes, not from the empty bent- <>f
impostors, liars, and deceivers ; it springs from the eternal depths
of divine wisdom, 1m e, and grace. ll i< the f ransrript of the
divine mind, the unfolding of the di\ ine purpose, the revelation of

the divine \\ill. God help us to receive it, to believe it, and
be saved through Christ our Lord.



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Perhaps the, nm-t widely circulated argument ;iirainst Infidelity ever
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Besides the lalior involved in issuing ./>< Ininilrml tn.< of anti-infidel and
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lias published in Great Britain alone, sii 1882, about a million of anti-

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