Rudolf Stier

The Words of the Risen Saviour


Rudolf Stier
   - The Words of the Risen Saviour

Excerpt from The Words of the Risen Saviour: And Commentary on the Epistle of St. James

When the Apostle Paul in 1 Cor. xv.8 places the appearance of the risen and exalted Jesus to himself in direct continuation with the earlier appearances of the Forty Days - without making express mention of the ascension - it might appear that he recognises no distinction between the time before, and the time after, that event; and the meaning which he intended to convey is undoubtedly this, that the same Person who, from the moment of His resurrection, had begun to enter into His glory, after His suffering and death, had appeared and said to him I - am this Jesus, Still more striking, and equally important in its bearing, is the fact that Ananias, in Acts xxii.14, 15, places the seeing and hearing to which St Paul was chosen, on a level with that seeing and hearing which (according toch. i.21, 22)was the qualification of one who should be a witness to all men of that which he had seen and heard that is, of an Apostle. The Lords life of humiliation and His life of glory are here really embraced in one comprehensive glance; hence, Ananias used the same expression, the Just One, which Stephen used inch. vii.52. All this emphatically teaches us that the transaction with the Apostle Paul must be classed among those manifestations of our Lord which, notwithstanding the intervening glorification in heaven, were bodily manifestations. Jesus appeared to him (Acts ix.17,

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