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The Faith Once Delievered (5 of 15)
Clarence E. Macartney
Prophecy and Its Witness to Christ
Justin, surnamed Martyr, was the first Christian
philosopher and theologian among the church fathers.
This great defender of the Christian faith sealed his
testimony when he was scourged and beheaded at Rome
about a.d. 166. As a young man thirsting for truth, he
had knocked at the gate of almost every system of
pagan thought and philosophy: the Stoics, the
Peripatetics, the Pythagoreans, and the Platonists.
When he thought he was near his goal, the vision of
God, he was taking a solitary walk along the seashore
when he met a venerable old Christian who entered into
a conversation with him which changed the whole future
course of his life. This aged Christian pointed him to
the writings of the Hebrew prophets, who were older
than the philosophers, and who spoke the truth as
witnesses and not as reasoners. They were the ones who
had foretold the coming of Christ, and their
prophecies were fulfilled in His life and death and
resurrection. Taking the old man's advice, Justin
turned to the prophets of the Old Testament and the
confirmation of their predictions in the New
Testament, and became an enthusiastic and courageous
defender of the Christian faith. When asked once to
explain the mystery of Christ, he replied, "I am too
little to say something great of Him."
The Nature of Prophecy
The two pillars of evidence upon which Christianity
stands are, first of all, the miracles and, second,
the prophecies. The prophecies are, in a way, more
impressive than the miracles, for the miracles were
done ages ago, but the fulfillment of prophecy goes on
from age to age, and the longer the world runs the
more impressive it becomes. Prophecy is a miracle in
itself, for the unfolding of the future is beyond the
power of man's mind. God might have made man with the
power to forecast and foresee the future ...
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