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and on earth alone, and as God. But one or two testimonies inore in regard to the devotions of the apostles and early disciples of Christ.
« And they prayed and said, Thou, Lord, that knowest the hearts of all inen.” Acts 1:24. The church was his peculiar care, for Jesus Christ was the head over all things to the church, and it was with the utmost propriety, that they should call upon him while they were choosing a person to fill the same place and office, that one whom he had formerly chosen himself, had occupied. It is also evident that the disciples, after his resurrection, applied the titles Lord and God to him indifferently. “ Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel.” Acts 1:6. “ Philip, speaking to him says, My Lord and my God.” John 20:28.
But lastly on this point. We read in the beginning of the ninth chapter of the Acts, that Saul breathed out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord.
When the Lord appeared to him, he inquires, “Who art thou, Lord,” “and the Lord said, I am Jesus." The same Lord appeared to Ananias, and Ananias said to him, “ Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem, and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind ALL THAT CALL UPON 'THY NAME.” Ananias went to Saul and told him, " The Lord even Jesus that appeared unto thee in the way as thou comest, hath SENT ME, that thou mightest receive thy sight.” This same Lord told Ananias that Saul
was a chosen vessel unto him, and that he must suffer much for his name's sake. Acts 9:16. But when Paul rehearsed this story in his defence.
and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight, and the same hour I looked up upon hini. And he said the GOD of our fathers hath chosen thee,” &c. From this we see that the Christians of the apostles' days prayed or called upon the name of the Lord Jesus generally, and this was a distinguishing characteristic of Christians, that they prayed to Jesus Christ. Again, we see that the same person is called Jesus, Lord, and God, in this transaction, even the God of the Hebrew Fathers. Certainly this is sufficient evidence that Jesus Christ was, and is, worshiped on earth, and in heaven as God, and consequently, when Trinitarians worship Him as such, they cannot justly be termed idolaters.
The Omniscience of our Lord Jesus Christ.
That our Savior is omniscient is flatly contradicted by Unitarians. But if we prove he had this altribute of Jehovah, (and it is presumed that no one will pretend that God ever delegated his attributes,) that it belonged to our Savior, that he possessed it, we shall prove Unitarianism to be false in another fundamental point. Omniscience is that attribute of God, by which he knows the thoughts, and even the imaginations of the thoughts of all hearts. He sees the end from the beginning, and truly knows all the intermediate circumstances. Now, if we can prove that this power was possessed by our Lord, we shall prove him, in his divine nature, to be God, or we must acknowledge that there are two beings possessing this attribute, which can be possessed by Jehovah alone; this again would be an absur.. dity. But we will bring forward the testimony of our Lord himself on this point. " As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father.” John 10:15. If this asserts the omniscience of the Father, which none, we think, will deny; it also proves the omniscience of the Son. What man would dare face his Maker with a blasphemy like this, and say,
" I know all about him who made me, as well as he knows me?" What angel would dare lift up his head before the throne, and say, “I know Him that sits on that throne as he knows me?” Angels
would tremble to hear such blasphemy avowed by any created being! Indeed, it would be the height of blasphemy, for any created being, in heaven, or on earth, or in hell, to make such a stateinent as this ! This testimony of Jesus Christ must make the council of anti-christ treinble. Remember that the Son states, that he knows the Father, in the same sense that the Father knows him. This includes the heighths and depths of omniscience! Even the mind of Goil was known by him; his plans, bis designs, were all known; the stupendous scheme of salvation was concerted by the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, before all worlds. But mark their love for man.
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But to the testimony again. " Jesus knowing their thoughts.” Mat. 12:25. - He knew what was in man, and needed not that any should testify of
John 2:24. “Therefore, judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts, and then shall every man have praise of God.” 1 Cor. 4:5. “Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, show whether of these two thou hast chosen."
Acts 1:24. “Lord, (said Peter,) thou knowest all things, thou knowest that I love thee." John 21: 17. “I am he that searcheth the reins and the heart.” Rev. 2:23. We might multiply scripture testimony on this subject; but in the mouth of two or three witnesses, the truth will be established. If these texts do not prove that our Lord Jesus was omniscient, there can be no proof brought from the sacred volume to sustain the idea that Jehovah is omniscient. We have then the same testimony of the omniscience of Christ that we have of his existence; for we have proved it by his own testimony and the testimony of his apostles. If we repose confidence in their testimony of the existence of such a person as Christ, why not place the same confidence in their testimony concerning his character. He so perfectly understood all the secret windings of the human soul, that he needed not that any should instruct him. Infidels generally acknowledge the existence of such a person as Jesus Christ; but his character they doubt.
in fact, no person that knows that there is no God, yet many doubt it. Neither is there any one that knows that Jesus Christ was not omniscient, yet some doubt it. This is all they can do, unless they are possessed with the attribute of omniscience themselves. Very many may be found, who have commenced doubting one truth of revelation after another, because it could not be completely comprehended by their feeble minds, until they have landed themselves on the dangerous shores of infidelity. The very mo.