Language is the best means of communication between one mind and another: it is, therefore, natural that God should use the best means of communication, and that, therefore, he should converse with men in words. Language reduced to writing becomes at once more accurate and more permanent; and hence, again, it is in every sense most probable that when the Infinite God communicates with finite men it should be in the speech of men, and that this speech should be embalmed in writing. Divine writings do not, therefore, come before us at all out of the expected order of God’s procedure; the announcement of their existence does not create in us any overwhelming surprise, neither do we see in the notion of such writings anything forced and abnormal.
A mind entirely locked up within itself could hardly belong to an energetic worker: he who makes is pretty sure to communicate, and it seems right to expect that so abounding a Maker as the Most High God would also hold converse with other minds, even though they might be inferior and subordinate, especially upon a topic so needful as his own nature and requirements. One does not expect to hear of a great artist that he is a hermit; the qualities of a great Worker are such as produce a Friend, a Brother, a Father. We may expect the Creator to be communicative. True, a clever workman may never speak, for he may happen to be deaf and dumb; but he that made all ears and tongues is not in such a case.
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