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The two following texts are but a repetition of the same argument : but as they speak of Christ under a different name, they ought to have a place for themselves.
Luke i. 16, 17. And many of the chil
dren of Israel shall he turn to the LORD THEIR GOD: and he shall
go before HIM. Matth. iii. 11. HE that cometh AFTER
ME is mightier than I, &c.
Here again, the Baptist is said to go before the Lord God of the children of Israel: but it is certain, he went before Jesus Christ, the only person who is said to come after him: therefore, Jesus Christ is the Lord God of the children of Israel. And the same title is given him in the prophet Hosea. I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord their God: which can be no other than the voice of God the Father, promising salvation by the person of God the Son.
Matth. xi. 10. Behold I send MY · messenger before THY face, to pre
pare THY way before THEE. Mal. iii. 1. Behold I send MY mes.
senger to prepare the way before ME.
As this prophesy is worded by St Matthew, (as also by St. Marka and St. Lukeb) there is a personal distinction between him who sends his messenger, and Christ before whom the messenger is sent I send my messenger to prepare thy way before THEE. But the prophet himself has it thus-I send my messenger, to prepare the way before me. Yet the evangelist and the prophet are both equally correct and true. For though Christ be a different person, yet he is one and the same God with the Father. And hence it is, that with the evangelist, the persons are not confounded; with the prophet the godhead is not divided. This argument, may serve to justify an excellent observation of our church in the nomily upon the resurrection—" How dare we be so bold to renounce the presence of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost ? for where one is, there is God all whole in majesty, together with all his power, wisdom, and goodness.”
a Mark i. 2,
b Luke vii. 27
Psalm lxxviii. 56. They TEMPTED
and provoked the MOST HIGH
GOD. 1 Cor. x. 9. Neither let us TEMPT
CHRIST as some of them also tempted.
These texts do both relate to the same re. bellious acts of the Israelites in the wilderness. In the former of them, the person they tempt. ed is called the most high God: in the latter he is called Christ : therefore, Christ is the most highGo d.
John ii. 29. He that hath the bride, is
THE BRIDEGROOM*-(meaning Christ.)
* Another title of eminence, that shews Christ to be upon an equality with God the Father, is to be collected from the following scriptures.
Psalm xxiii. 1. The LORD (Heb. Jehovah) is my SHEP
John X. 16. There shall be one fold, and ONE SHEF.
If Christ be not the Lord, in unity with the Father, there must of course be two distinct beings, to whom the scripture has appropriated this character of a shepherd; and
But, according to the prophet, Isa. liv. 5. Thy maker is thine HUS.
BAND, the LORD OF HOSTS is his name.
And the church, which is the bride of Christ, can no more have two distinct husbands, than Christ can have two distinct churches. As the church is the bride, the body, the building of God; and as there is one bride, one body, one building ; so is there, on the other hand, one God, who is the husband or bridegroom; one Christ, who is the head; one God with the Lamb, who is the light of it. Compare also, Jer. iii. 1. and 31, 32. Ezek. xvi. Hos. ii. Matt. ix. 15.—xxv. 1. 2 Cor. ii. 2. Eph. V. 23. Rev. xix. 7. and xxi. 2. 9.
that would make two shepherds. But Christ has affirmed there is but one shepherd, that is himself, THE SHEPHERD of the sheep, v. 2. whom St. Peter calls the chief shepherd, 1 Pet. v. 4. So again
Psalm c. 3. Kaow ye that the LORD he is God-we
are his people and the SHEEP of his pasture, John X. 3. He (that is Christ himself) calleth ais
And again-John xxi. 16. Feed we sheep-said Christ to So. Peter : which in the language of St. Peter himself, Pet. y. 2. is-Feed the dock of God.
Here follow some single texts, to which add no parallels; there being no danger - mistaking their application.
* John xx. 28. And Thomas answered
and said, MY LORD and MY GOD
* Rom. ix. 5. Of whom as concerning
the flesh CHRIST came, who is over all, GOD BLESSED for EVER. Amen.
x 2 Pet. i. 1. Through the righteousness
of OUR GOD and Saviour JESUS CHRIST.
The Greek is τα Θε8 ημων και Σωτηρό Ιησε Χρισ8 mathe
very same, as to the order and grammar of the words, with the last verse of this epistle-18 Κυριε ημων, και ΣωτηρG- Ιησε ΧρισB which is thus rendered in our English version-of our Lord and Saviour Hesus Christ. And so, without doubt, it should be in the other passage, there being no possible reason