By Hugh Binning
That is the proper excellence and glory of it. All arts and sciences have their principles, and common axioms of unquestioned authority. All kinds of professions have some fundamental doctrines and points which are the character of them. Christianity has its principles too. And principles must be plain and undeniable; they must be evident by their own light, and apt to give light to other things. All the rest of the conclusions of the art are but derivations and deductions from them.
Our Master and Doctor follows the same method. He lays down some common principles some fundamental points of this profession, upon which all the building of Christianity hangs. “Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly.” This was the high lesson that his life preached so exemplary, and his doctrine pressed so earnestly, and in this he is very unlike other teachers who impose burdens on others, and themselves do not so much as touch them.
But he first practices his doctrine and then preaches it. He first casts a pattern in himself, and then presses us to follow it. Example teaches better than rules, but both together are most effective and sure. The rarest example and noblest rule that ever was given to men are here met together. The rule is about a thing that has a low name, but a high nature.
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