Charles Augustus Briggs

Henry Preserved Smith
1914 Expository Times  
294 law of righteousness upon which the moral universe depends. Well, we know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might become rich. Was this act of our Lord Jesus Christ an improper act ? The modern conscience seems to say yes. But only when it is looked upon as the act of an outsider. But our Lord was never weary of telling us when He came that He came as the Son of our Father, and that all He did the
more » ... ll He did the Father did in Him. He made clear that He was no outsider, but bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. He made clear that He came not only as the Father's Son, but as the Son of Man. He came not as substitute simply, but as representative, and that not by arbitrary choice, as one of a rebel regiment might be chosen to sutfer for the sins of the whole regiment, but as actually Himself the regiment, so made one with us that humanity is comprehended in Him. He is more than our substitute. He is more than our representative. He is identified with us. Yes, that is the word ; not substitution, not representation, but identification ; so that I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me : and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.' -There is one thing more. This identification means death. It means spiritual death. There is no escape from that. Is there any desire to escape ? As David would have shared Absalom's social death had he gone out to Geshur, so our Lord Jesus Christ shared our spiritual death by identifying Himself with us in our sin. For God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us. PROFESSOR CHARLES AUGUSTUS BRIGGS was a man of positive convictions, and he was always perfectly frank in stating those convictions. Thorough in the investigation of the grounds for an opinion, when he once satisfied himself of the truth he embraced it with his whole heart. What he could not understand was the levity of those who defended their alleged faith with superficial reasons. The strength of the expressions which he used in characterizing such levity sometimes obscured the fact that he was a man of great sweetness of disposition and of great modesty in his estimate of himself. These qualities were most clearly revealed in the home, and friends who were privileged to enter that circle were charmed by the perfect harmony which reigned there. Complete affection, conjugal, parental, and filial, bound all the members together. To say more than this would be to violate the sanctities which are now more than ever precious to the memory. But the sweetness of disposition and modesty of bearing were equally manifest in a larger circle made up of colleagues and personal friends. The volume published in his honour on his seventieth birthday commemorates the impression made upon these friends, many of whom were his pupils. It speaks of ' the stimulus of his untiring energy, his patient research, his fearlessness in proclaiming truth, his warm personal sympathy, and his quick response to every demand made upon his stores of knowledge and the treasures-often unsuspected-of his warm and valiant heart.' These personal qualities were rooted in an unusually deep and earnest piety. His friends knew that he lived in the presence of God. Let us say at once that in the best sense of the word our friend was a High Churchman. He believed in the Church as a divine institution founded by
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