THE limits of our knowledge, it behooves all of us to get clearly in mind. I desire now to add some suggestions to fellow-students of the Word, as to what we do not know, and it must be admitted that there is a great deal included under that head.
In the first place there is much that we are not intended to know. Deut. 29:29, tells us that “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but the things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” There are certain things that so far belong unto God and always will belong unto Him, as that they will always remain secret. If God made any attempt to reveal them to us, we should not have the capacity and receptivity for them; but there are other things which are revealed, and they belong to us and to our children. These are all the words of His law. His commandments are clear and plain, and it is with those that we have principally to do.
Now note the singular silences of Scripture. The inspiration of the Word of God is seen not only in what is openly declared, but in what is not said. For example, there is no hint given in the Word of God as to when the age of moral responsibility begins in children. Truth is not announced which belongs to the department of pure science. Petty rules are not given to us for our daily conduct, constituting a sort of a manual for the control of the little details of life, but we are left to great general principles that we may make our personal application of them and learn independence, by using reason and conscience.……. We have the barest hints as to any original form of Church polity, and even those are so vague and general that they accommodate themselves with amazing flexibility to the various systems of church conduct. ……………. There is no pronunciamento with regard to different forms of worldly amusements; the limits of propriety are set upon great general principles. …………… (One man wrote says the author) endeavoring to make up for the deficiency of Holy Scripture by supplying us with conceptions of how souls in the future life spend their time and occupy themselves. We find in his works an illustration of the famous maxim, that nothing that is new is true, and nothing that is true is new. His visions abound in the novelties of spiritualism and the speculations of an irreverent science and a dreamy philosophy. So far as he has sought to fill up the gaps of Scripture he has only made the whole subject ridiculous, furnishing a great lesson for all who seek to supply speech where the Bible keeps silence.
Pierson, A. T. (1892). The Divine Art of Preaching (59–62). New York: Baker & Taylor Co.
I thought this was well worth considering. Where you find long lines of periods……..I have left out material so as to not make it tedious reading for you! I have put the bold print in to get you to notice it!
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