Ernesti's Institutes

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Page 218 - He gave this and the Prophecies of the Old Testament, not to gratify men's curiosities by enabling them to foreknow things, but that after they were fulfilled they might be interpreted by the event, and his own Providence, not the Interpreters, be then manifested thereby to the world.
Page 130 - Now in the Catholic Church itself we take the greatest care to hold THAT WHICH HAS BEEN BELIEVED EVERYWHERE, ALWAYS AND BY ALL.
Page 22 - But I do not perceive that the application of this principle is the admission of a double sense. It is one sense ; it is one predicate or collection of predicates ; but, by original design and construction, formed so as to be applied to two subjects ; to the first, by anticipation and partially, and to the second, in complete perfection ; the former being the temporary representative and introduction to the latter.
Page 220 - Luke xvii. 21. The predictions relative to this kingdom, therefore, are to be spiritually interpreted. Wars, conquests, and revolutions, and vast extent and great political import, are not the object of the Apocalyptical prophecies, unless they appear to have promoted or retarded in a considerable degree the real progress of the religion of Jesus Christ, whose proper reign is in the hearts and consciences of his subjects.
Page xliv - An Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures'.
Page 33 - that the knowledge of the sense can be derived from nothing but the knowledge of the words.
Page 213 - It is a declaration made by a creature, whether human or of a superior order, under the inspiration and commission of the Omniscient God, relating to an event or series of events, which have not yet taken place, which could not have been certainly foreknown by any science or wisdom of man, but which shall take place in the visible dispensations of the divine government in the present state.
Page 220 - ... 2. Unless the language and symbols of the Apocalypse should in particular passages direct, or evidently require, another mode of application, the predictions are to be applied to the progressive church of Christ. 3. The kingdom which is the subject of this prophetic book, is not a temporal, but a spiritual kingdom ; — " not a kingdom of this world...
Page 25 - ... sense which has been assigned to this and other psalms, it seems to be beyond the province of the interpreter. There are no human means by which to ascertain it. None but the Divine Spirit can be sure what it is. As has been well observed by Ernesti, in his Principles of Biblical Interpretation,* "Nor, in searching for this typical 'sense, is there need of the care and talents of an interpreter. For it is revealed by the information and testimony of the Holy Spirit, beyond whose showing we should...
Page 32 - Newcome ; who explains it of the creation of the visible, material world by Christ, as the agent and instrument of God. See his notes on ver.