Christ’s testimony was final.


His was the last testimony, the last revelation that ever will be given to man. After Christ, nothing. Christ comes last, he is the last stepping-stone across the brook of time. All who come after him are only confirmers of the testimony of Christ.

Our Augustines,

our Ambroses,

our Chrysostoms,

or any other of the mighty preachers of olden times, they never pretended to say anything fresh. They only revived the gospel, — the same old-fashioned gospel which Christ used to preach. And Luther, and Calvin, and Zwingle, and Knox, they only came to confirm the truth. Christ said “finis“to the canon of revelation, and it was closed for ever. No one can add a single word thereto, and no one can take a word therefrom.

We Dissenters are some times charged with inventing a new gospel.

We deny it.

We say that our Owen, Howe, Henry, Charnock, Bunyan, Baxter, or Janeway, and all that galaxy of stars of the pulpit, did not pretend to say anything new; they only revived the things that Christ said, they only professed to be confirmers of the Witness. So has it been with the great men we have lost during the last century. Whitefield and his brother evangelists, and men who stood in the same position as Gill, or Booth, or Rippon, or Carey, or Ryland, or some of those who have just been taken away, — they did not pretend to say anything new. They only said, “Brethren, we come to tell you the same old story; we are not testifiers of new things; we are only confirmers of the Witness, Christ Jesus.”


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