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30. Is the Holy Ghost a person? A.
31. Is the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of God, one, and only one, Spirit? A.
32. How is God said to be a Spirit? A.
34. Why is he called “ Jesus Christ of the seed of David ?: A.
35. Was the God of Elijah, Jeremiah, and Daniel, the Eternal God? A. Yes.
36. Why does Jesus call himself, “ The Lord God of the Holy Prophets?” Rev. 22:6–16. A.
37. Was the Logos, (John 1:1,) a real existence? A.
38. Was he a substance, or was he an attribute of God? A. An attribute.
39. Was the world created by delegated power? A. Yes.
40. Can God delegate his attributes? A.
It is with feelings of devout regard and veneration for the Supreme Being, that we have approached the subject we have been contemplating in the preceding pages. We make no pretensions to any ability to comprehend the uncreated existence of the Infinite and Holy ONE. All such pretensions, we esteem folly and blasphemy.
It may not be improper to say, that some who are Trinitarians, nominally, carry their views so far as to give up the doctrine entirely, and take the
ground they most strenuously oppose; and, in fact, are in sentiment Unitarians. The moment we de. ny the distinction between the Father and the Son, and assert that they in all respects are the same being; that moment we are on Unitarian ground, with this difference, that they hold thus of the Father.
It matters not whether we consider the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit, the only proper Deity. If we lose sight of the distinctions of persons in the Trinity, we take the side of Unitarianism, or Socinianism, which differs somewhat from the views of modern Unitarians, as we have already shown. If we declare the Son to be God, to the exclusion of the personality of the Father and Spirit, not acknowledging them at the same time to be God equally with the Son, we overreach the doctrine of the Trinity, and become supporters of the doctrine we oppose. We are represented as holding that “the very and Eternal Father died on the cross,” and then we are tauntingly asked, “Who supported the universe while God was dead?” We deny holding any such doctrine. We constantly make the distinction between the persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. We do not believe that the Eternal God died, but we do believe the human body of the Lord Jesus died, and this is one reason why we believe in the humanity of Christ, for we cannot beliede that Divinity could bleed and die. We confidently believe our Lord and Savior, in his divine nature, to be God with the Father and Holy Ghost, and therefore we make no distinction in the worship
we render him or them. We do not bow our knees a little way to Christ, and then bow them down to the Father, but we bring them down, right down, at the name of Jesus Christ. And we do hope, when this mortal life shall close, to bow with all them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, and offer unceasing and undivided praise to GOD, the FATHER, GOD, the SON, and GOD, the HOLY SPIRIT, in a world that shall never end.
HYMN.--Praise to God.
And never bring to mind,
On thee, alone on thee ;
Thine all the glory be.
Thy fasting, and thy prayer-
To save us from despair ?
Thy struggling agony,
And none to watch but thee
The buffeting and shame
And earth reviled thy name ?
The agonizing cry?
Thy Son forsaken die ?
Our kindred cease to love,
Our constancy shall prove.
CHAPTER I. Evidences of the real humanity of our Lord
Jesus Christ. His body was human-He had a human soul,