Excerpt from The Preaching to the Spirits in Prison: I Peter, III. 18-20
T may interest, and I trust also profit, the reader, if we not only examine this scripture but review the questions raised on it for ages. Here many a Christian finds perplexity, rejecting what does not fall in with the analogy of faith, yet unwilling to doubt what seems intimated by the letter of the word. He is ready to suspect himself of failure in spiritual intelli gence, and to question whether there might not be some unconscious insubjection of heart and mind to the perfect revelation of god. The chief at least of the speculations in which men of reputation have indulged in ancient and modern times will claim a notice, in the hope of satisfying the believer that human thoughts are ever worthless, and that divine writ is clothed by the Spirit with self-evidencing light and power for all who have their hearts opened to the Lord and are self judged in His sight. It will be seen, too, by a full enough examination.
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