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§ 29. Christ’s Teaching revealed from within, not received from without.

Had the source of Christ’s mighty power been merely a doctrine, it might have been received, or at least suggested, from abroad. But his 40power lay in the impression which his manifestation and life as the Incarnate God produced; and this could never have been derived from without.7979   We recall here the profound sentiment of a prophetic German mind: “The pearl of Christianity is a life hidden in God, a truth in Christ the Mediator, a power which consists neither in words and forms, nor in dogmas and outward acts; it cannot, therefore, be valued by the common standards of logic or ethics.”—Hamann, iv., 285. The peculiar import of his doctrine, as such, consists in its relation to himself as a part of his self-revelation, an image of his unoriginated and inherent life; and this alone suffices to defy all attempts at external explanation.


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