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Are we not told that the child born, the son given, is the mighty God? which must surely mean, that the same divine essence dwells in the Father and the Son; that it is one true and essential Godhead, dwelling in the person of the Father, Son, and Spirit; not that they are three Gods, but three distinct persons, constituting one Godhead ?-(Does not the body and spirit form one man?) Is not the Son declared equal to the Father as touching his Godhead? Are not their names more descriptive of the relations they sustain in the scheme of Redemption, than indicative of any superiority or inferiority in their essence, or Godhead? Is it not the second person in the glorious Trinity, who has taken the human nature into union with his divine person? And are not God and man united in the complex person of Jesus of Nazareth, Israel's long promised and expected Messiah? His humanity is fully proved by his birth, life, and death; and his Deity is fully attested in the strongest language, for to whom the names, titles, attributes, works and prerogatives of God are ascribed, and declared to belong, surely, He must be the true God; and we have only to search the record of truth, and we shall find ascribed to him, all the distinguishing names and titles of God, as :
Jehovah, or the Lord,-Isaiah vi. 1. 9, 10.
37-41. Isaiah xlv. 24, 25. Rom. v. 18.
2 Cor. v.
21. Psalm lxxxiii. 18. Isaiah xlii. 8., xlv. 5, 6.
Jeremiah xxiii. 6. 1 Cor. i. 30.
13. Math. xxvii. 9, 10.
Zech. xi. 12,
The true God,-John i. 2., xvii. 3. 1 John v. 20, 21. The Great and Mighty God,--Deut. x. 17. Jer. xxxii. 18, 19. Isaiah ix. 6. Titus ii. 13.
The only God,-Rom. xiv. 9, 10, 11, 12. Deut. iv. 35. 39, Isaiah xlv. 5. 15. 18. 21-25.
The only wise God,-Eph. iii. 25, 26, 27. Jude 24, 25. Rom. xvi. 27. 1 Tim i. 17.
God blessed for ever,-Rom. i. 25. 2 Cor. xi. 31. Rom. ix. 5.
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords,-1 Tim. vi. 14,
15, 16. Rev. xvii. 14., xix. 13. 16. The Lord of Hosts,-2 Sam. vi. 2.,
Deut. x. 17.
vii. 26. Psalm
viii. 13, 14.,
xxiv. 10. Isaiah i. 24., vi. 3., xliv. 6. Hosea xii. 4, 5. Isaiah viii. 13, 14., xxviii. 16. Psalm cxviii. 22. Matt. xxi. 42. 44. Luke xx. 17, 18. 1 Peter ii. 6, 7, 8. Hosea xii. 4, 5. Isaiah liv. 5. Rom. ix. 33.,
The First and the Last,-Isaiah xli. 4., xliv. 6.,
xlviii. 11, 12. Rev. i. 8. 11. 17, 18., ii. 8.*
All the attributes of God ascribed to Christ.
1 Kings viii. 39. Isaiah xli. 21, 22,
23. Jer. xvii. 9, 10. Matt. xii. 25. John ii. 24,
25., xxi. 17. Rev. ii. 23.
Omnipresence,-Psalm xxiii. 4., cxxxix. 7-10.
Isaiah xli. 10., xliii. 5. Jer. xxiii. 24. Matt. xviii. 20., xxviii. 20. Eph. i. 23.
Omnipotence, Gen. xvii. 1., xxxv. 11., xlviii. 3. Phil. iii. 21. Rev. i. 8.
Eternity, Psalm xlv. 6., xc. 2. Isaiah xliv. 6. Heb. i. 8., vii. 3. Rev. i. 18., ii. 8.
Immutability,- Mal. iii. 6. Heb. i. 12., xiii. 8., i. 8,
Divine works ascribed to Christ.
Creation of the world,—Gen. i. 1. Psalm cii. 25, 26, 27. Isaiah xliv. 24. John i. 1, 2, 3. 10. Col. i. 16, 17. Heb. i. 3. 10., iii. 4.
Final Judgment of the world,-Psalm 1. 6. Matt. xxv. 31-46. John v. 21, 22. 25. 27. Rom. iii. 6., xiv. 10. 2 Tim. iv. 1. 2 Cor. v. 10.
The Prerogatives of God ascribed to Christ.
To forgive sin,--Isaiah xliii. 25.
Matt. ii. 5. 10.
Acts vii. 59, 60. Col. iii. 13.
To Baptise with the Holy Ghost,-Joel ii. 28, 29. Neh. ix. 20. Zech. xii. 10. Matt. iii. 11. Acts i. 5., ii. 33. John vii. 39., xvi. 7. Eph. iv. 8.
The Kingdom and Honours of God ascribed to Christ.
An everlasting Kingdom-Psalm xxix. 10., xlv. 6,7. Heb. i. 8.
An universal Kingdom,-Psalm ciii. 19. John xvii. 10. Acts x. 36. Rom. x. 12.
Divine Worship,-Deut. vi. 13, 14, 15., x. 20.
Exod. xxxiv. 14. Psalm xlv. 11. Matt. iv. 10. John v. 23., xiv. 1., xx. 28. Acts vii. 59. Rom x. 13., xiv. 11., xv. 12. Rev. v. 13.
Is not God represented in his word, as highly jealous of his honour, and has he not solemnly declared, that he will not give his glory to another? Then, if Christ is not equal to the Lord of Hosts, whence is it, that the great God does allow, and sanction, his distinguishing names, titles, attributes and works, to be ascribed to Jesus? Can we imagine God to be unmindful of his own honour, or so unkind to his creatures, as to permit those names so descriptive of Deity, to be applied to any mere creature, however superior, or exalted? Has he not pronounced an
awful curse on those who worship any but the true God? Can we suppose the blessed God so inattentive to the happiness of his creatures, as to suffer in his revealed word, language so strikingly calculated to lead men into a belief of the Deity of Jesus, if in fact he was not God? No, the God of Truth does not trifle thus with the children of men. He has set all the great and fundamental doctrines of the gospel in the fore-ground; all truths that are essential to be known in order to salvation, are written as with a sunbeam; the Deity of Jesus, foremost of the whole, is so plain," that he who runs may read," and the "wayfaring man, though a fool, cannot err therein." It does not require superior intellectual powers or attainments, to learn that Jesus is the Christ of God; but it does require art and skill in criticism, to give any other sense to the word of God. There are persons, who deny the Godhead of Jesus, and yet acknowledge him a being of exalted virtue, and a model of perfection, worthy of imitation. But do they not, in robbing him of Deity, destroy all his claim to our attention? in fact do they not make him an impostor and deceiver? Do they not, with the Jews, raise the cry of blasphemy against him? and bring him under the curse and punishment pronounced by the eternal and unchange