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* Isa. ix. 6. For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the MIGHTY GOD, the EVERLASTING FATHER.
Jer. xxiii. 6. This is the name where.
by he shall be called the Lord (JEHOVAH) our righteousness.
Isa. ii. 17, 18. The LORD ALONE
shall be EXALTED in that day: and the IDOLS he shall utterly abolish.
“ Idolatry is the reverse, and direct opposite to Christianity (or, the day of Chirst.) To destroy this, was the great end of Christ's coming into the world. But except he were God, the very and eternal God, of one substance with the father, his religion would be so far from destroying idolatry, that it would only be a more refined and dangerous spe. cies of it. The prophet therefore, concludes all, that so he might acquit the worship of Christ from all the charge of idolatry, with this positive assertion; that it would prove the most effectual means of putting an end to all false and idolatrous worship: the idols he shall utterly abolish. The like conclusion we meet with in the apostle St. John; who haying affirmed that fesus Christ is the true God and eternal life, immediately subjoins and closes all with this advice--little children keep yourselves from IDOLS.”
This remark is taken from the first volume of an Essay upon Proper Lessons; written as I am told, by a gentleman of the laity. There needs no apology for setting it down; it being of good use in the subject I am upon. And italso gives me an occasion of returning thanks to the pious and learned author of that excellent work, not for myself only, but for many sincere friends to the religion of Christ and the church of England, among whom his labors are not without their fruit; and I am confident they will not be without their reward: but the author must be content to wait for it, till Wisdom shall be justified of all her children.
Rev. i. 8. I am alpha and omega, the
beginning and the ending, saith the LORD, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the ALMIGHTY.
If the reader will be pleased to examine the 13th and 17th verses of this chapter, it will appear that this 8th verse was undoubtedly spoken from the mouth of Christ: who therefore has a just title to every name and attribute expressed in it; and among the rest to that of the Almighty.
Origen, who certainly was no Arian, though often represented as such, by some who would be pleased to have the vote of so celebrated a genius, has the following observation-"Now that you may know the omnipotence of the Father and the Son, to be one and the same as HE is ONE and the SAME GOD and LORD with the FATHER, hear what St. John had said in the Revelation- These things, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” For who is the Almighty that is to come, but Christ?
a Ut autem unam & eandem omnipotentiam Patris & Filii esse cognoscas sicut unus atque idem est cum Patre Deus & Dominus, audi hoc modo Joan, in Apocalypsi dicentem : Hæc dicit Dominus Deus qui est, & qui erit, & qui renfurus est omnipoiens. Qiii enim venturus est omnipotens, quis est alius nisi Christus? --De principiis Lib. i. C. 2.
The text that follow, with this mark (1) prefixed to them, qe such as have been abused by the Arians to upport their heresy: and to the best of my knowledge, there are some of every sort. But when the scripture is brought to declare its own sense of them, they will either appear to be nothing to the purpose, or confirm and preach the faith they have been supposed to destroy.
† Matth. xix. 17. Why callest thou
ME GOOD? there is none good but ONE, that is, GOD.
The objection is founded upon the Greek, which runs thus--Ουδεις εςιν αγαθG), ει μη εις, osu. There is none good but eis one; and that (one) is, o Re God.
Whence it is argued, that the adjective ers being in the mas euline gender, cannot be interpreted to signify one being or nature (for then it should have been en, in the neuter) but one person : so that by confining the attribute of goodness to the single person of the Father, it must of course exclude the persons of the Son and Holy Ghost from the unity of the godhead.
To say the truth, I think this is the most plausible object I have ever met with ; and I have sincerely endeavored to do it justice. If it is capable of being set, in a stronger light, any man is welcome to add what he pleases to it. For supposing the word is to signify one person (and in that lies the whole force of he argument) then if one per on only is good, and that person is God; it must also follow that there is but one person who is God: the name of God being as much confined hereby to a single person, as the attribute of goodness. But this is utterly false ; the names of God, Lord, Lord of hosts, the Almighty, Most High, Eternal, God of Israel. &c. being also ascribed to the second and third persons of the blessed trinity. Take it this way therefore, and the objection by proving too much, confutes itself, and proves nothing.
The truth is, this criticism, upon the strength of which some have dared to undeify their Saviour, has no foundation in the original. The word en is so far from requiring the substantive person to be understood with it, that it is put in the masculine gender to agree with its substantive OEG, and is best construed by an allverb. If you follow the Greek by a literal translation, it will be thus-- There is none good Men EiS o OQ-but the one God; that is, in common English but God only, And it happens that the same Greek, word for word, occurs in Mark ii. 7.Who can forgive sinsa
-El Mein EiS o OfQbut God only: so it is rendered by our translators : and we have