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The Doctrine of Christ - W. W. Prescott

The Doctrine of Christ - W. W. Prescott

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Published by: Leslie Cooper on Dec 27, 2009
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“Paul appears to infer from the fact that the word ‘seed’ [in Galatians 3:16] is grammatically
singular, and not plural, that it designates a single individual, who can be no other than Christ. On the
surface this does, admittedly, look like a verbal quibble. The word ‘seed’ in Hebrew and Greek as in
English, is not used, and could not in ordinary speech be used in the plural to denote a number of
descendants. It is a collective singular. The plural applies only to different kinds of seed. The apostle, we

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may presume, was quite as well aware of this as his critics. It does not need philological research or
grammatical acumen to establish a distinction obvious to common sense. This piece of wordplay is in
reality the vehicle of a historical argument, as unimpeachable as it is important. Abraham was taught, by
a series of lessons, to refer the promise to the single line of Isaac. Paul elsewhere lays great stress on this
consideration; he brings Isaac into close analogy with Christ; for he was the child of faith, and
represented in his birth a spiritual principle and the communication of a supernatural life. The true seed
of Abraham was in the first instance one, not many. In the primary realization of the promise, typical of
its final accomplishment, it received a singular interpretation; it concentrated itself on the one, spiritual
offspring, putting aside the many, natural and heterogeneous (Hagarite or Keturite) descendants. And
this sifting principle, this law of election which singles out from the varieties of nature the divine type,
comes into play all along the line of descent, as in the case of Jacob, and of David. It finds its supreme
expression in the person of Christ. The Abrahamic testament devolved under a law of spiritual selection.
By its very nature it pointed ultimately to Jesus Christ. When Paul writes, ‘Not to seeds, as of many,’ he
virtually says that the word of inspiration was singular in sense as well as in form; in the mind of the
Promiser, and in the interpretation given to it by events, it bore an individual reference, and was never
intended to apply to Abraham’s descendants at large, to the many and miscellaneous children according
to flesh.”

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