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speaks of Christ as being “ all in all,” but it was on a different occasion from the one under consideration. But mark, he does not say that the Father shall be all in all, but GOD shall be all in all. The distinction in the divine essence as now recognized by us will cease, and
GOD be ALL in ALL.
We have abundant evidence that this is the sense of the text, for God says of the Son, " Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever.” And the Revelator tells us he saw the “ Lamb in the midst of the throne.”
Let men make light of the existence of “God the Son," because that nowhere in the scriptures this precise form of expression is used, yet they will find him without much search in a coming day! Jehovah calls him God. “Thy throne, O GOD." Jesus says he that “the SON makes free is free indeed,” and therefore we have no scruples in giving . him the appellation “God the Son." And now “to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and inajesty, dominion, and power, both now and ever.” Amen.
7. It is again stated by the last mentioned author, that though Christ is called God, it is in a subordinate sense, and therefore it does not prove him to be the “Supreme God.” We have yet to learn that the Christian religion admits of different grades of Gods, Gods superior and inferior. We unhesitatingly state that the term “ god,” is no where in
the Bible applied to men or angels, unless it is used in the plural number, or preceded by the article a, or otherwise qualified by the sense, so that it cannot be understood to mean the Supreme Being. * But where it is applied to Christ, this distinction ceases to be made. Says one,
66 Christ is not what the Bible calls him. He is called a Rock, a Lion, a Lamb."
It should be borne in mind that these titles denote different characters under which he is revealed to
When spoken of as a sacrifice for our sins, he is denominated a lamb. When his power and ability "to take the book, and unloose the seals, is spoken of, he is compared to a Lion, and his immutability is spoken of under the figure of a Rock.
But is he inferior to the objects that figuratively represent him? What is he when he is represented by the terms, “Mighty God,” “ Everlasting Father,”+ “True God, and Eternal Life,” “Great
* Mr. Morgridge says, “ Moses is called Jehovah, their God." Deut. 11:13–15, and that " Jonathan calls David, O Lord God of Israel.” 1 Sam. 20:12. See Morgridge's work, page 122 and 125.
What man, and especially what Christian, can but blush at such statements as these ! The reader may consult the sacred text, Henry's, Clarke's, or any other Commentary on earth, to see how untrue these statements are. The fact is, truth is not now, nor ever will be, indebted to falsehood for its support. But how fruitless must be such attempts to destroy the doctrine of the Supreme Divinity of our blessed Lord. That cause that truth will not sus. tain, is a bad cause, and should be forthwith abandoned.
+ The term, “ Everlasting Father,” in this passage, we think, does not refer to the first person in the Trinity, but to Christ, as
." "Only Wise God," " The first and the last, the Almighty?" If he bears, in the sacred Word, such appellations as these, and yet they do not prove bis Supreme Divinity, there can be certainly no proof from the word of inspiration, that any Infinite Supreme Being exists in the universe. We would ask, if these titles would prove the Father to be the self-existent God? and if so, what do they prove in relation to our Lord Jesus Christ?
But the time of vain speculations on the character of Christ will close ere long; that day when God the Son shall take the throne of judgment and call all human beings before his face. will see him clad in robes of judgment. We shall Bee those flaming eyes and burning feet. Our ears will hear his pleasing voice, bid us welcome to the mansions of unsullied bliss, prepared eternal in the heavens; or we shall tremble at that voice which says, depart." Our hearts will flutter in our bosoms, filled with joy; or sink within us, convulsed with awful terror. Then will shine forth the attributes of him who was dead, and is alive, and has the keys of death and hell. Forbid it, blessed Jesus, that we should be deceived!
the Author, Creator, Governor, and Protector of the Universe, or the Father of all created things, and of the Gospel dispensation. Trinitarians should be careful not to confound the idea of these two persons. Let the distinction always be maintained.
QUESTIONS ON THE CHIARACTER OF
We will subjoin the following, and give the answers as far as we can, in accordance with the views of modern Unitarians. Those we do not answer, we shall leave for any Unitarian to answer, who is better skilled in the mysticisms of that doctrine than we are at present.
But until these questions are answered in agreement with the views of Unitarians, we shall consider them unanswerable.
QUESTIONS. 1. Did Christ exist before his nativity ? A. Yes.
2. Is his existence eternal? A. No.
5. Was there ever any incarnation of the divine Being? A. No.
6. How was God manifested in the flesh? A.
7. Is the Son an object of religious worship? A. Yes.
8. Is any creature an object of religious worship? A.
9. Did the body of Christ exist previous to his conception and birth? A.
10. Was that body human, angelic, or divine in its nature? A. Divine.
11. Can Divinity bleed? A.
12. Had the actual Creator any partner in creating the universe? A. No.
13. Who was the Creator? A. Christ.
14. Did the body of Christ possess a human soul? A. No.
15. Was it the body or mind of Christ that created the universe ? A.
16. Is the Holy Ghost an active agent, a person? A. No.
17. How then was the Holy Ghost, the Father of Jesus Christ? A.
18. Was the Creator of the universe a separate and distinct being, from him who died on the cross? A.
19. Was the Creator himself uncreated? Yes, he was.
20. Was Jesus Christ self-existent? A. No. 21. Did Jesus increase in wisdom? A. Yes. 22. Did the Creator increase in wisdom? A.
23. Did Jesus Christ possess two natures? A. No.
24. In what sense was Jesus before Abraham? A.
25. Is there any created being who was from everlasting to everlasting? A.
26. Is any created being the living God? A. No.
27. Why is Christ so called? Acts. 14, 15. A. 28. Is the Eternal God a spirit? A. Yes.
29. Is a spirit a mind, an agent, a person? A. Yes.