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ON THE CONNECTION OF THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY,
WITH OTHER SCRIPTURAL TRUTHS.
THE Doctrine of the Trinity, taken a finite price redeem us from an by itself, as detached from other endless or infinite penalty ? how doctrines of scripture, might seem should a finite atonement satisfy an unprofitable speculation; but, for crimes deserving a punishment viewed in connection with the whole without end? If Christ were a plan of human redemption, it ap- mere creature, we might well disbepears to be of very great import lieve, either the scriptural doctrine
of endless punishment, or the suffi“ We cannot understand this ciency of the Redeemer. · No wonscheme, unless we know who the der, iherefore, that those who disSaviour is. Nor can we rationally, believe the Divinity of Christ, do and with comfort and satisfaction, generally, if not universally, disbebelieve and trust in Him, unless we lieve the endless misery of those know his sufficiency as a Saviour; who die impenitent.""* liis sufficiency in power, to subdue They who reject the Doctrine of our corrupt inclinations, to sanco' the Trinity must, and naturally do, tify our souls, to conquer Satan reject the Divinity of Christ, the and all our spiritual foes, and to need and efficacy of his atonement, uphold us to the end; his suffi. and all that constitutes the gospel, ciency in wisdom, to disappoint or glad tidings of salvation to the the devices of our grand adversary, lost and guilty. They must, inand of all men who are employed deed, in full contradiction to the in his service, and to make us wise whole tenor of scripture, deny that unto salvation; his sufficiency in men are lost and guilty, deserving goodness and grace, to forgive our to be made the objects of the disins, to watch over us continually vine displeasure. They must also for our preservation, to intercede lose sight of the extent and spirifor 'us' with the Father, and to dis- tuality of the divine law, and enpense to us grace to help in time of tertain very different ideas of the need; and the sufficiency of bis moral government and moral attrimerit and the price of his redemp. butes of God, from those which tion, or his propitiatory sacrifice, are evidently taught in the scripto atone for all our sins, and to pro
tures. cure "our acceptance with the Fa- The fact is, that the law and the ther. Now, if he be a divine per- gospel stand or fall together.
If son, his' sufficiency in these and in we lower the dignity of the Saviour, all other respects appears at once. we must proportionably lower the But if he were not a divine person, might wë not doubt, yea positively nation of Mr. Bradley, entitled, All Di.
* Dr. Edwards's Sermon at the Ordi. deny his sufficiency? How should vine Trutb profitable. P.7, 8.
dignity of the Lawgiver also. If soerer denieth the Son, the same we are sensible of the perfection of hath not the Father: (but) he that the law, we must admit, and admire acknowledgeth the Son, hath the the grace and the wisdom of the Father also. 1 John ii. 23. Our gospel; and be sensible that God, translators have put the latter part in the exercise of his grace, hath of this verse in italics, because it is abounded in all wisdom and pru- wanting in most copies of the Greek dence.
Testament: yet it is found in seve“ No man can entertain right ral manuscripts : so that Beza, and ideas of God and his moral perfec- several other able critics, look on it tions, without acknowledging his as genuine ; and Griesbach terms infinite amiableness; none can dis- it, lectio probabilis. However, the cern the absolute perfection and former clause evidently implies the infinite loveliness of ihe Deity, with- truth of the latter. out admitting that our obligations Accordingly, when Jesus had to supreme love of his moral cha- affirmed, that it is the Father's will, racter, and universal obedience to “ that all should honour the Son, his will, are infinitely binding ; none even as they honour the Father,” he can allow that our obligations to adds, • He that honoureth not the perfect love and obedience are in. Son, honoureth not the Father who finite, without owning that the vio- hath sent him.” lation of such obligations is infinitely (1.) He that honoureth not the criminal; no one that looks upon Son, honoureth not the Father's sin as infinitely evil, can hope for VerACITY, who hath borne testipardon without an atonement of mony concerning his Son as a divine infinite wortb; no one can believe Saviour. the atonement to be of infinite - Hence the generality of those worth, who denies the infinite dig. who reject the doctrine of our Lord's nity of the Saviour. He, then, that divinity, evidently set up depraved denies the proper divinity of Christ reason above Revelation : treating and his infinite dignity, denies the it as a thing incredible, even upon infinite worth of the atonement, the divine testimony, that there should infinite evil of sin, our infinite obli- be any such personal distinctions in gations to obedience, and the infi- the Deity, as they cannot comprenite loveliness and absolute perfec- hend. They would fain persuade tion of God: and, consequently, themselves, that the scriptures conthough he may profess to believe tain no such testimony. But it is a the existence of a Being wearing the fact, wbich many of them cannot name, be strips bim, in bis ideas, of wholly conceal from their own conthat which really constitutes his sciences, that the Bible favours our Deity. He that is without Christ, ideas, only they think its obvious is, therefore, without God. Eph. ii. sense so mysterious, that any vio12. Whosoever transgresseth and lence should be offered to the lanabideth not in the doctrine of Christ, guage of the inspired writers, rather hath not God; he that abideth in ihan that this doctrine should be the doctrine of Christ, he hath admitted. And many of their co. both the Father and the Son. 2 adjutors deny the inspiration of Jolin 9.”*
several parts of scripture, and the The same apostle declares, Who- infallibility of scripture testimony.
Oh! that they would consider 1 * See J. Ryland's Sermon, entitled, John v. 10. “He that believeth not Christ manifested, and Satan frustrated. God hath made him a liar; because P.1, 2.
he believeth not the record which der at, that he, who sent all the God gave of his Son."
other prophets, should send one (2.) He that honoureth not the more, called Jesus Christ? EspeSon, honoureth not the Father's cially, if all the use of his coming, GOVERNMENT, as secured by the were simply to tell us, that God was Son's mediation.
too merciful to do us an injury; or, If we deny the Divinity of Christ, that he would not punish ihose who and deny, or lessen the value of his ought to be pardoned? We have atonement, we must deny, or pro. most reason to wonder, on this hyportionably lessen, the evil of sin, pothesis, at his being called the the importance of the law, and the light of the Gentiles, who, accordauthority, majesty, and infinite ing to the Socinians, is become the loveliness of the scriptural character greatest idol in the world! Strange of God. Thus we must detract indeed, that the greatest and plainfrom the dignity of the Lawgiver est of all the prophets should be the and moral Governor, in proportion worst uuderstood !!!* as we do from the Saviour.
If Christ be no more than man, (3.) He honoureth not the Fr- and have done no more toward our ther's GRACE in the gift of his Son. salvation than the Socinian scheme
If Christ be not truly divine, and imports, how are we to account for yet made some atonement, as the the stress that seems to be laid upon Arians suppose, we have far more faith in him? Consider, when he room to wonder, that he should gave his apostles their commission, make so great a purchase, as the with what a promise, and with what salvation of the wbole church; than a commination was it attended. He that he should give so great a price that believeth, and is baptized, shall for it, as his own blood. But, the 'be saved; and he that believeth not, scriptures always turn our surprise shall be damned. And how often into the other channel; teaching us are similar declarations repeated in not to marvel that God so loved the New Testament? Now, if he CHRIST, as to pardon innumerable be God manifest in the flesh, who sins, for his sufferings; or, as to made atonement for sin by the sagive eternal life to millions, for his crifice of bimself; and if, without obedience; but, God so loved the such a wonderful expedient, either world as to give his only begotten we must have been the victims of Son, &c. and, he that spared not God's righteous displeasure, or the
own Son, &c. how shall he not law of God must have been disho. with Him freely give us all things ? noured by our escaping its curse, John iii. 16. Rom. viii. 32. Herein and justice, purity, and truth have is the-love, which is most to be ad- been sacrificed to our safety; we mired, not that God loved his own wonder not at this edict. If faith Son, who always did the things that be considered as importing the repleased him, and who was so wor. nunciation of self-righteousness; a thy of his love, nor :even that he justification of the claims and granted us salvation for his sake, charges of the Lawgiver; a betaking but that he gave his Son to be the of ourselves to sovereign mercy as propitiation for our sins. 1 John our only refuge; a cordial acquiiv. 10.
escence in that way of salvation But, if Christ be a mere man, and which glorifies both ihe government made no atonement, as the Socinians assert, how is the grace of God an
* See J. Ryland's Chard Sermon, 1794. nihilated! What have we to won- P. 35, 36.
and the grace of God; and, in a which it is insinuated, that those word, uniting with the Redeemer in who“ believe divine justice was sathe great and important ends of his tisfied with the punishment of the mediation; then it appears wise and innocent instead of the guilty," supseasonable, that ibis should be re-' pose " that salvation is attached to quisite to the participation of the a man's creed independently of his benefits of his redemption. But, if conduct;"* but this is doing us great faith be only admitting that Jesus injustice. If I maintained, as the is the Messialı, or he who was pre- same writer does in a printed letter dicted under that name by the Jew- to me, that “ believing Christ was ish prophets, without determining the sent of God, constituted a man a the diguity of his person, or the Christian, as far as faith is concernobject of his mission, then I can by ed,” he might have reason for such no means account for the connec- a charge, unless we denied that “he tion between faith and salvation : I that believeth, shall be saved.” But, could no more solve the difficulty in while we are careful to inculcate the this case, than I could if salvation holy nature of faith, as that which had been connected with believing consists in a cordial acceptance of that Jacob was called Israel, or that Christ, for the ends for which he is Simon was surnamed Peter. If faille given of the Father; while we mainin Christ may leave it undetermined, taiu that genuine faith will assuredly whether he be God or man, or work by love; while we constantly both, or between both; whether he insist upon it, that it is impossible came to obtain the repeal of a law to separate what God has joined 10too bad to be enforced, or to mag. gether, or cordially to receive Christ nify a law too good to be altered ; in his priestly office, and yet reject whether he be truly a great High bim in his kingly character; these Priest, who hath put away sin by intimations can only be attributed the sacrifice of himself; or only a to want of acquaintance with our prophet, who came to teach good real principles.t inorals, to assure us of a fulure
(To be continued.) state, and that God would be so gracious as to pardon those, who, on account of iheir own personal Blasphemy not cognizable by the goodness or penitence, ought not Civil Magistrate. to be condemned: if such points as these may be left undetermined,
To the Editors of the Baptist Magazine. or if they may be determined in the way least to the honour of the Sa. GENTLEMEN, viour; then, I own, its requirement An Article appeared in the must appear arbitrary altogether. I Baptist Magazine for November, can no more account for so much entitled,“ Blasphemy cognizable by stress being laid upon believing Je- the Civil Magistrate” on this artisus to be the Messiah, than if the cle I beg leave to make some obserlike importance had been annexed to the belief of any other proposi- * Mr. Rowe's Sermon at Warminster, tion; for instance, respecting the P. 21. taking of Babylon by Cyrus, and + J. Ryland's Letter to Mr. Rowe. his release of the Jews from capti.
P. 34–76. vity, or relative to Jonah's preach
$ This paper has been printed, in pre
ference to either of the others which ing at Nineveh.
we have received ; because it is not anony. I have read a Socinian