Daily Plumer – Hebrews 1:1-2 – The Consistency Between the Testaments

“Yet in all this variety [of the Bible] there is no discord. The earlier and the later inspired writers never clash, vs. 1, 2. Great efforts have been made to discover discrepancies between the sacred penmen. The utmost that has been done in this way has been to feed infidel pride and arrogance. The meek have never followed these pernicious ways.

Jesus well said to the cavillers of his day, ‘Had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?’ John 5:46, 47. And blessed Paul says, ‘Having obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come.’ Acts 26:22.

The New Testament does not supersede the Old. It fulfils it. Heubner: ‘Christianity completes the circle of revelation; it is its perfection, and stands good for the highest reach of culture which man can attain on earth.’ In a clear day a glorious noontide crowns the light of the morning. Where is the man, who in true faith and love receives one book of scripture, and rejects the rest, or relies on one Testament and rejects the other? If the two Testaments did not accord with each other, one or both would certainly be untrue. As we find them, they do mightily support each other. One religious truth is never inconsistent with any other religious truth: while one error often saps the basis of another error. Moreover Christianity is a finality, the completion of what began to be revealed in Eden. In its luminous pages there is no lack of light. For faith and godliness, for holy thinking, holy feeling, holy speaking and holy living we need no more lessons, no clearly teaching that we find in scripture. Faith says it is enough, though unbelief will cavil forever.”

(These hopefully daily remarks come from William Swan Plumer’s 1872 commentary on the epistle to the Hebrews.)



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