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If the Editor should say, according to the general mode of trinitarian exposition, that the adoption of such designations was in refer, ence to the human capacity of Jesus, he will perhaps give up the present difference from me under the supposition that in this instance also Jesus calls himself a servant of God and his followers brethren, as well as forbids John to worship him, meraly in his human capacity.

I now conclude my reply to this branch of the Editor's argument with a few remarks in allusion to such questions of the Editor as “Is it that the son of God after receiving the worship of the highest archangel at God's ex, press command, forbad John to worship him? &c.” I would ask in turn can any man be justified in ascribing deity to one whose language is this,? “ As I received of my father." (Rev. 11. 27.) “ I have not found thy works perfect before God (111. 2) “I will confess his name before my father and before his angels" (5.) “ Him that overcometh will I make a pil. Jar in the temple of my God“ I will wri'e upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God which cometh down out of heaven from my God" (12.) Is it consistent with the nature of God to acquire exaltation through merit? V. 12. “Saying with

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a loud voice, Worthy is the lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessiny." III. 21. “ To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, EVEN As I also 0. vercame and an set down with my father in his thone.” Is it becoming of the nature of Gud to sing thus, addressing himself to ano. ther being, ? “ Great and marvellous are THY works, Lord God Almighty just and true are THY ways, thou king of saints: who shall not fear THEE 0 Lord and glorify the name ? for THOU ONLY art holy &c.” XV. 3, and 4. Is not the lamb throughout the whole Revelation mentioned separately and distinctly froin God? ch. I. 1. - The Revelation of jesus Christ which God gave unto him” 2. " who bare record of the word of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ" 4. and 5.“ And peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits which are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ who is the faithful witness" 9. “ For the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ” V. 9. “Thou wast sluin and hast redeemed us to God(10.) “and hast made us unto our God kings and priests” XI. 15. - The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdom of our Lord and of his ChristXII. 17. “ who keep the

commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ XIV. 12. “that keep the command nients of God and the faith of JesusXXI. 23. “ For the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamb is the light thereof." John in ascribing to the lamb most honorary epithets, those generally printed in capitals, takes great care in the choice of words. XIX. 16. He” (the Lambs)“ hath on his thigh a name written, king of kings and Lord of Lori's' XVII. 14. “For he (the lamb) is Lord of Lords and kiog of kings.” The apostle never once declares him to be " God of Gods" the peculiar epithet of the Almighty Power. So the niost holy saints sing first the song of Moses and then that of the lamb; having perhaps had in view the priority of the former to the latter in point of birih. XV. 3. “ And they (the holy sainis) sing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the lamb."

Iu answer to one of the many insinuations made by the Editor in the course of his argumenis, to wit. If this be Christ, what must hecome of the precepts of Jesus?" (page 576) I most reluctantly put the following query in reply. If a slain lamb be God Almighty or his true emblem, what must be his worship and what must become of his worshippers ?,

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On the attempt to prove the deity of Jesus Christ by comparing Isaiah XLV. 23. (" Uuto me”i. e. God ' every knee shall bow, every ton. gue shall o wear”) with Rom. XIV. 10-12. (" But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ; for it is written, as I live saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me and every tongue shall confess to God: so then every one of us shall give account of himself to God') I observed ia my Second Appeal (page 144.) that between the prophet and the apostle there is a perfect agreement in substance, since both declare that it is to God that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess through him, before whose judgment-seat we shall all stand : at the same time both Jesus and his a. postles inform us that we must stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, because the fa. ther has committed the office of final judgment to him.” To which the answer of the Editor is this, “ we here beg leave to ask our author, where the phrase through him is to be found ? It must be in the anthor's copy of the prophet and the apostle it is not in our's." By these words the Editor clearly means to insinuate that ihe words in question are gratuitously in. serted in my explanation and without any au.

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thority in the holy scriptures. At least I am otherwise at a loss to understand what be means by saying that the words of my para. phrase are not to be found in his Edition of the Bible, for it would be unworthy to suppose of him that he wished to impress his readers with the idea that I was quoting a particular passage falsely, instead of the fact that I was only giving my idea of its import. That I was fully warranted in my interpretation I hope to convince the Editor himself by referring him to the following passages, in which it is expressly declared that it is through Jesus that glory and thanks are to be given to God, and that we have peace with God ; and also that it is by Jesus Christ that God judgeth the world. Romans XVI. 27. “ To God only wise be glory through Jesus Christ for ever a. men.” V. J.“ we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ," ). 8. “I thank my God through Jesus Christ" 11. 16. "In the day when God sball judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ.2 Chr. V. 18. “ All things are of God who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ. John V. 22. “ For the father judgeth no man but hath committed all judgment unto the son.” After considering these texts no one can I think refuse to admit the correctness of my assertion that it ja lo God

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