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2. Wherever his people may be, his promise can cheer them. “Lo I am with you.” While the missionary is crossing the trackless deep, Jesus is with him, and at the same time he feels that he is with his brethren and sisters whom he bas left, and upon whose faces he has gazed for the last time until he meets them " where no farewell tear is shed." The minister of Jesus, while he faces the storms of opposition and of hell, confides in his omnipresent Savior. If this were not so, how sad must be his soul, while called to leave his father, mother, brothers, and sisters, and no Jesus to go with him. How this idea must paralyze his zeal for God. But to know he has his Jesus within, reigning in his soul, and fighting his battles for him, nerves his heart with holy ardor for the arduous task. Every Christian in the dying hour, wants a present Savior, and may have one, even him who died and lives forever more.
* All hail! triumphant Lord,
Eternal be thy reign;
To wear thy gentle chain.
8. What he said to Nicodemus proves beyond the shade of a doubt that he was omnipresent. While he is now speaking to him, and conversing with him, he says he is even in heaven. No one will pretend that he was trying to deceive Nicodemus, yet if he was not omnipresent, he was practicing a most infamous deception upon him. Ile
declared the ubiquity of his nature in positive terms. Who, we would ask, but “ he who fills heaven and earth,” could, in truth, make such a declaration as our Savior here made? Now the question is, shall we believe what Jesus Christ said, or shall we not? If we do credit his assertion, can we believe him to be a mere creature? After all he has said on this subject, Unitarians maintain that he is not an omnipresent being, but a finite creature, and the Holy Spirit only an energy, attribute, or pow. er of Jehovah. Let the candid reader now say, if we have not proved the omnipresence of the Lord Jesus Christ? According to his own words, can he not be present on earth and in heaven at the same time? Truth will answer he can. If he is omnipresent, Unitarianism is found to be erroneous in a most fundamental point. We have on no point yet exhausted the Bible testimonies, nor do we wish to, for it would be quoting almost the entire Bible. The doctrine of the divinity of Christ, and of the trinity in unity of the Godhead, runs through the whole blessed volume. If two or three positive declarations of God's word, will not prove a proposition, which is in accordance with the general tenor of the Bible, to be the truth, we must despair of proving any thing by the Bible.
The Immutability of our Lord Jesus Christ. Notwithstanding all that may have been said by Unitarians in opposition to the doctrine of the immutability of Jesus Christ, yet we think this hypothesis is easily sustained by the word of inspiration. Men are subject to changes, as says one of old, “ Thou changest his countenance and sendest him away.” Angels are likewise changeable, and are charged with folly. But there is one being who changes not, and “with whom is no variableness nor shadow of turning.” James 1:17. It must be evident to any candid mind that that Being who eternally was and is the same must be uncreated. Then, if we prove Jesus Christ to have been in any sense immutable, thus far we shall prove him to be God. We will therefore hear the words of the Almighty himself as testimony on this controverted point. “ And of the angels he saith, who maketh his angels spirits and his ministers a flanne of fire, but unto the Son he saith, “ Thy throne, O GOD, is forever and ever, a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” Heb. 1:7, 8. Here we have the word of Jehovah to prove his throne of power to be (aiona tou aionos,) eternal, and eternally the same.
- Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, to-day and forever,” (aionos.) Heb. 13:8. Here then is a sure foundation for the saints of God to build their hopes of eternal felicity upon.
things of this life are fluctuating, but the Creator, and Redeemer, and the Savior of the world changes not.
He is the same. The terms "yesterday, to-day, and forever,” fully express his eternity. The same language is applied to Jehovah; and the same sense is conveyed when God said to Moses, “ I am that I AM.” Exod. 3:14. Now this august title is often applied to Jesus Christ, to denote his eternal existence; that is, eternity of duration is said to belong to him. Then, if the Bible proves the iminutability of Jehovah, it does also that of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he spread out the mighty curtain of the skies, and yet
“ His throne eternal ages stood,
Ere seas or hills were made;
Were all the nations deud." How exceedingly vain would it be to apply to any creature in the universe the titles applied to Jesus Christ. To which of the angels could Jehovah say, “ Thy throne, O GOD, is forever and ever?” He could say this to none of the angels, because they are creatures; that is, they are created beings. The Son is either a creature or be is not, and
If he is uncreated, he is self-existent;
Therefore, if Jesus Christ is uncrealed, he must be God. Then, upon his Almighty, immutable arm we may
rest secure; but if he is not immutable, he may fail us in the time of our greatest need. 66 And if the
foundation be destroyed, what shall the righteous · do?". But, notwithstanding all the attacks that
have been made upon his precious character, by hell, anti-christ, and the devil, he still is to the Christian his only refuge, his hiding-place, and everlasting reward beyond the grave.
His language is, while he reflects on him who bore his sorrows on the tree, - Jesus is all to my soul." Yet
"Some take him a creature to be,
A man or an angel at most :
Nor know themselves wretched and lost.
I could not confide in his word,
Unless I could call him MY LORD.
If asked what of Jesus I think,
Though still my best thoughts are but poor,
My life, and my strength, and my store;
My Savior from sin and from thrall;
My portion, my LORD, and my all."
It is evident that Jesus Christ could not have been immutable, and the same from eternity to eternity, if he was ever created. The Word, or Wisdom, (Logos,) that John speaks of as being in the beginning with God, and as being God, must have been a substance or an attribute. If in his pre-existent