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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 Excerpt: ...which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and our hands have handled, declare we unto you." Words more positive cannot be conceived. (1 John i. I-3-) % Presuming the SECOND gospel to have been under the dictation of St. Peter, we have--a no less positive assertion: In his first epistle, St. Peter calls himself "an elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ." (1 Peter v. 1.) When apprehended with St. John and brought before the High Priest, he said--"We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." (Acts iv. 20.) And in his address to Cornelius, he said--"We are witnesses of all the things which Jesus did, both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem." (Acts x. 39.). If The writer of the FIRST gospel was--St. Matthew, an apostle, and we may infer that he was an eye-witness from what was made an imperative condition when a new apostle was to be selected in the place of Judas.. That condition was--that he must be one "who had companied with the apostles all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among them, beginning from the baptism of John unto that same day that He was taken up from them." (Acts i. 21, 22.) § Many other passages might be added to the same effect:--Thus, in his address to the people on the day of Pentecost, St. Peter said, "We, the apostles, are witnesses" of what we now tell you about Jesus Christ. (Acts ii. 32.) The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews says, to the same effect--"The salvation spoken by the Lord was confirmed unto us by them that heard him." (Heb. ii. 3.) And the whole tenour of the gospels shows--that the apostles were the constant companions of the Lord. Section 2. Contemporary writers, cap...
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