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authority. In other words, he foresaw the present age of materialism, and its tendency towards scepticism regarding everything which cannot be scientifically demonstrated by the inductive processes of reasoning. He knew that when that epoch should have arrived in the history of man's intellectual development, the truth of his doctrines would be all the more forcibly impressed upon mankind if they could be proved by the inexorable rules of logic. Besides,, science and inductive reasoning would have been lost upon the people with whom he had to deal. That he fully realized this is shown by his implied rebuke to the nobleman of Capernaum, when he exclaimed, " Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe." To have attempted to reason with them would have been like " casting pearls before swine." He appealed to them by the only logic they could understand. He offered to them the only evidence they could appreciate, the evidence of their senses.
That Christ foresaw the time when the world would be in possession of indubitable evidence of the truth concerning him, but that he knew that the time had not yet come, is clearly shown by his remarks to his disciples in his memorable interview with them just previous to his crucifixion :
" I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now." x
This refers to the then existing conditions. He had given them all the proofs that they were capable of appreciating of the truth of his doctrines. In the next sentence he refers to the time to come, when still more evidence would be given to the world.
" Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth." 2
This clearly refers to the time, which was yet to come, when mankind should seek the truth and demand to know it. The " Spirit of truth " is a personification of that spirit in man which seeks to learn the truth for its own sake, by
John xvi. 12. 2 John xvi. 13.