A System of Christian Doctrine, Volume 1

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Page 357 - ... the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him; and he is before all things, and in him all things consist.
Page 217 - But the very fool hears and understands what I say, ' something, greater than which there is nothing,' and what he understands is in his understanding. That it also exists without him would thus have to be proved. But that, beyond which nothing greater can be thought, cannot exist in mere intellect. For did it exist only in intellect, the thought might be framed that it was realized, and that would be a greater thought.
Page 357 - The author of the epistle to the Hebrews says, They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, they were slain with the sword." Heb. xi. 37. Com. in Joan. ii. "And Paul himself says in the epistle to the Hebrews, In these last days He hath spoken to us by His Son, whom He hath made heir of all things, by whom also He made the world.
Page 300 - It is only when a monarch is reigning that the human race exists for its own sake, and not for the sake of something else.
Page 217 - ... may be thought of everything which has beginning or end, or which is constituted of parts and is nowhere whole. But that, and it alone, cannot be thought as non-existent which has neither beginning nor end, and is not constituted of parts, but is thought of as everywhere existing whole. Gaunilo, 2 Count of Montigny, makes a twofold answer in defence of the atheist.
Page 384 - Ghost ; so the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Son as well as from the Father ; he is called here the Spirit of the Lord. Then again, the Spirit is a distinct person from Christ. It is said before,
Page 155 - Spirit, who reveals to us at once our adoption and the divine Fatherhood, and who glorifies Christ, is truth (1 John v. 8). For we know the truth by the presence of truth in the spirit, which truth makes itself evident as light does, and proves itself efficacious by contact with our spirit, imparting knowledge; and by contact with the Spirit of God, we know that the Spirit of God has imparted this certainty, which is therefore infallible (1 John v. 6).
Page 55 - God must be by logical necessity the ultimate guarantee and source of all true certainty; it is not our frail condition of belief, our righteous but subjective nature, which is the ultimate source of our certainty of God and Christ. There is an immediate knowledge of God, and not merely a secondary knowledge produced by inference from effect to cause. We...
Page 139 - My soul thirsteth for God, the living God,* When shall I come, and see the face of God...

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