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The Doctrine of Christ - W. W. Prescott

The Doctrine of Christ - W. W. Prescott

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“If we do not, by faith and meditation, realize the principles which flow from the truth as it is in
Jesus, and obtain the strength which is stored in him, we shall not grow by him or like him. No matter
how mighty be the renewing powers of the gospel wielded by the divine Spirit, they can only work on
the nature that is brought into contact with and continues in contact with them by faith. The measure in
which we trust Jesus Christ will be the measure in which he helps us.”
“The gracious provision of God in giving his Son that the world through him might be saved,
becomes effectual in the individual believer only as he personally accepts the wonderful gift of the
Father’s love, and inwardly appropriates the living bread from heaven.”
“Lot it be remembered that the study of the testimony is one thing, and the enjoyment of the
salvation is another; and that the record of the things which Jesus did and said has attained its end with
those only who, ‘believing, have life through his name.”

Read the chapter, “Faith and Acceptance,” in Steps to Christ.

4. THE GREAT FACTS CONCERNING CHRIST

A. The Great Facts

“THE gospel is not a mere philosophy. It is the good news concerning Christ, the Son of God
and Son of man. It has its basis in those facts concerning him which are set clown in the four records of
his life. These facts are wrought into doctrine for us in the Acts of the Apostles, and are further
interpreted for us in the Epistles. Our Christian experience depends upon our personal relation to those
facts as thus interpreted to us. “The history deposits the material of the doctrine, for that material is
nothing else than Christ manifest in the flesh-his incarnation, his obedience, his holiness, love, grace,
and truth, his death and passion, his resurrection and ascension, and then, beyond these, his glorified life,
and his coming and his kingdom, in which the past history finds its necessary and predicted issues.”
“The gospel which the apostles preached consisted of two elements, a testimony of external facts which
fell within the region of the senses, and a testimony of the virtue of those facts in the predestined
government of God, and of the consequences of them in the spiritual history of men, neither of which
was it possible for the senses to certify.” The foundation of the gospel is in facts which have come to
pass, and will yet come to pass. Christ died, he ascended, he will come again, he will reign in glory.
These are external facts. They enter the region of doctrine (as we commonly use the term) through their
consequences to ourselves, through their effect on our own inward consciousness, through the uses and
applications which may be made of them. If Christ died to bear our sins; if he ascended to be manifested

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in the presence of God for us; if he will come again to judge our state; if he will reign in glory to perfect
our salvation; then these, facts, in themselves external to us, are external no longer. They are among the
grounds of a whole system of thought and habit of feeling, and when taught as such they grow into a
scheme of doctrine.” “The importance in the whole course of instruction of first fixing on the mind both
the objective reality of the facts and the living portrait of the person, is further intimated by the fourfold
repetition of the history. Four times does the Lord walk before us in the glory of grace and truth, and
whatever correspondences or variations the Gospels may exhibit in other parts of their narratives, four
times are the great facts of the death and resurrection of Christ rehearsed to us in the minuteness of
circumstantial detail.” “Christian doctrine does not ground itself on speculation. It begins from the
region and the testimony of the senses. Its materials are facts, and it is itself the interpretation and
application of them.”

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