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ANALYSIS OF THE LECTURES.

LECTURE I.

THE QUESTION BEFORE US.

St. Matt. xvi. 13.

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The Question before us in these Lectures is proposed by

our Lord Himself, and is a strictly theological one 3 Its import 1. as affirming that Christ is the Son of Man 6 2. as enquiring what He is besides

9 I. Enduring interest of the question thus raised even for

non-believers II. Three answers to it are possible 1. The Humanitarian

15 2. The Arian

16 3. The Catholic

17 Of these the Arian is unsubstantial, so that practically there are only two

17 III. The Catholic answer

1. jealously guards the truth of Christ's Manhood 18

2. secures its full force to the idea of Godhead. 26 IV. Position taken in these Lectures stated

34 Objections to the necessary discussion

a. From the ground of Historical Æstheticism 34 B. From the ground of ‘Anti-doctrinal' Morality 37

7. From the ground of Subjective Pietism . 41

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LECTURE II.

ANTICIPATIONS OF CHRIST'S DIVINITY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.

Gal. iii. 8.

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Principle of the Organic Unity of Scripture-Its importance in the argument .

45 I. Foreshadowings

a. Indications in the Old Testament of a Plurality

of Persons within the One Divine Essence 49 B. The Theophanies; their import

52 7. The Divine · Wisdom 1. in the Hebrew Canon

бо 2. in the later Greek Sapiential Books

62 3. in Philo Judæus

63 Contrast between Philo and the New Testament 69

Probable Providential purpose of Philo's speculations . 71 II. Predictions and Announcements

Hope in a future, a moral necessity for men and nations 73
Secured to Israel in the doctrine of an expected
Messiah.

76 Four stages observable in the Messianic doctrine

a. From the Protevangelium to the death of Moses 79 B. Age of David and Solomon

80 y. From Isaiah to Malachi

84 8. After Malachi

93 Contrast between the original doctrine and the secularized form of it

94 Christ was rejeeted for appealing from the debased to the original doctrine

94 Conclusion: The foregoing argument illustrated1. from the emphatic Monotheism of the old Testament

95 2. from its full description of Christ's Manhood . 97

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Analysis of the Lectures.

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LECTURE III.

OUR LORD'S WORK IN THE WORLD A WITNESS TO HIS DIVINITY.

St. Matt. xiii. 54-56.

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I. Our Lord's Plan' (caution as to the use of the ex

pression)
Its substance—the formation of a world-wide spi-

ritual society, in the form of a kingdom
It is set forth in His Discourses and Parables .
Its two leading characteristics-
a. originality

107 B. audacity' II. Success of our Lord's Plan'-

1. The verdict of Church history
2. Objections from losses and difficulties, con-
sidered

123 3. Internal empire of Christ over souls

127 4. External results of His work observable in human society

132 III. How to account for the success of our Lord's Plan'

1. Not by reference to the growth of other
Religions

134 2. Not by the causes' assigned by Gibbon 137 3. Not by the hypothesis of a favourable crisis. 138 which ignores the hostility both of a. Judaism

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and B. Paganism 141 But only by the belief in, and truth of Christ's Divinity 147

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LECTURE IV.

OUR LORD'S DIVINITY AS WITNESSED BY HIS CONSCIOUSNESS.

St. John X. 33

The Christ of history' none other than the Christ of

dogma'

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A. The Miracles of the Gospel History

Their bearing upon the question of Christ's Person .

Christ's Moral Perfection bound up with their reality
B. Our Lord's Self-assertion .
I. First stage of His Teaching chiefly Ethical
marked by a. silence as to any moral defect.

B. intense authoritativeness
II. Second stage: increasing Self-assertion

which is justified by dogmatic revelations of His
Divinity

a. in His claim of co-equality with the Father
B. in His assertion that He is essentially one

with the Father
7. in His references to His actual Pre-exist-

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Ground of Christ's condemnation by the Jews
III. Christ's Self-assertion viewed in its bearing upon

His Human Character :
His 1. Sincerity.

2. Unselfishness

3. Humility
The argument necessarily assumes the form of a

great alternative

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LECTURE V.

THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST'S DIVINITY IN THE WRITINGS OF

ST. JOHN.

1 St. John i. 1-3.

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St. John's Gospel the battle-field' of the New Testament
I. Ancient and modern objections to its claims

Witness of the second century
Its distinctive internal features may be explained
generally by its threefold purpose-

1. Supplementary
2. Polemical

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