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The Self-Revealing Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Christ of the New Testament

Author: S. M. Barclay
Publisher: James Nisbet and Co.
Publish Date: 1886

         In these busy days it is hard to buttonhole a friend and hold him while you thoroughly discuss a theme. Lax views of inspiration loosely expressed by an acquaintance whom she credits with a profession of Christianity grieve the heart of our author. She sits down to write a leaflet upon the subject and she finds that it expands into a volume of more than three hundred pages. Nor is this due in any degree to her own volubility. She happens to have read interesting books which such people as she talks with are never likely to read. So she culls choice passages from a large collection of choice authors, and places her studies at their service. More than that she presents them in elegant attire. Such paper and such type are worthy of the best morocco.

            But what of the subject? It is the kind of truth one might well account to be the richest treasure. The structure of the Holy Bible, compact and concrete is a rock on which saints rely for safety; but it seems to some silly folk like a reef against which they strike and perish in the flood of modern thought. This modern thought has many guises; none more deceitful than that which distorts every evidence and argument that our later literature has supplied. Have the Scriptures in their component parts been subjected to the severest scrutiny? And has the text been examined with the keenest possible exegesis? Well, we welcome light, all light, even the cold light produced by the electric battery; though we much prefer the warm rays of the sun, lord of light and lamp of day. But oh! It is gross ignorance for critics to suppose that by turning the focus strong upon "The Book of Judges," or "The Book of Acts"; or the Pentateuch of Moses or the epistles of Paul, they can break the unity of the Scriptures. The Book remaineth one and indivisible.

            The Revised Version completed in the year of grace 1885, has confirmed the canon. We may disagree with details hers and there; but from both sides of the Atlantic the decision has been reached that the canon is fixed and cannot be disturbed.

            Mrs. Barclay with devout conviction asserts what we have often asserted in our sermons. "The angel of the Lord, that great Messenger of the covenant who was actually to appear in flesh and blood many times before he was born at Bethlehem anticipated his descent to earth and visited it in human form." So thinks she! So say we!