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INVESTIGATED AND DEFENDED.
BY M. W, ALFORD.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the
DOVER, N. H.
PUBLISHED BY THE TRUSTEES OF THE FREE WILL
William Burr, Printer.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1842, by WM. BURB, Agent of “the Trustees of the F. W. B. Connection," in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of New Hampshire.
Few subjects have been more fully or ably discussed than the one examined in the following pages. Still the writer feels warranted in calling the attention of the public to it again, from various considerations. While truth is forever the same, and immutable, error is ever assuming new and specious forms. It therefore becomes necessary, frequently, to trace it in its tergiversations, and expose its insidious devices in order to protect community from imposition. The error we here oppose, is as changeable in its aspect as the chameleon. Arianism, Socinianism, Unitarianism, Rationalism, and Neol. ogy, are the leading titles, under which it has presented itself to the world. But it has not always been honest enough to sail under its own colors; but has frequently sought to make even the sacred name of Christ sanction its abominations. Under the garb of piety, it has insinuated itself into the church, and led astray some of the sincere followers of the Savior. We would especially beseech such to investigate this subject diligently, and see that the doctrines of men are not received as the teachings of the Holy Spirit. Let such beware how they countenance a doctrine that strikes at the vitals of Christianity. If, as the writer believes, the error in question is one of the most pernicious errors ever devised, then it is the duty of every one to be thoronghly informed respecting it. Having been called to the examination of this subject, both in public and private, and to witness the various measures it adopts for its propagation, the author has thought proper to present, briefly, the result of his investigations to the public, in the following pages. And if this little work shall be instrumental of leading any out of error into truth, or of making the truth appear more precious to those who have already embraced it, his object will be accomplished. All he would ask of the reader in relation to this production, is, a careful and impartial examination; believing assuredly that truth will ultimately prevail, which is his constant prayer.
WHILE contemplating the character of the Infinite, Uncreated, Invisible, Immortal, Incomprehensible, BEING; we are at once filled with feelings of deep solemnity and reverential delight.
While we view his awful majesty his jealousy for his own holiness his utter abhorrence of all sin--his dreadful wrath, we can but be solemnly impressed.
But while we consider his love in giving his Son om the condescension of the Son in suffering, bleeding, groaning and dying to redeem us from sin ; who can but feel his heart melt with emotions of tenderness and delight? While we reflect on the vast consequences involved in the subject before us, we trust that the Holy Spirit will grant us aid to arrive at the truth in all our conclusions.
· CHAPTER 1.
Evidences of the real humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ. His body was human-He had a human soul.
It is an evident fact that Christ our blessed Savior must have possessed two natures, or he did not.