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ter-is a fact for which nothing can possibly account, but the truth of the whole statement.

Since then our Saviour's character, as pourtrayed in the New Testament, was real, we may receive it as a sure evidence, that the religion which he taught is divine. For in the first place, we are bound by the laws of testimony, by plain reason, and by common sense, to receive as true, whatsoever was affirmed by a man of perfect morality. And secondly, the character of Jesus, considered as an essential part of a religious system, is in itself a strong internal proof that God—the Fountain of all virtue and loveliness is the Author of Christianity. In vain should we search for the description of such a character in the pages either of profane history, or of uninspired philosophy. It stands unrivalled and alone, a masterpiece of divine wisdom and power, stamped with the image of the most high God.

Between the requirements of the law, and the example of the lawgiver there is no shadow of disagreement. Let the inquirer after truth reflect on this coincidence; let him examine the nice and easy fitting in of the law with the pattern, and of the pattern with the law, and he will be constrained to confess that both originate with that God of harmony, whose works alone tally with a perfect precision.

SECTION VI.

ON THE GENERAL ACCOUNT OF THE SAVIOUR.

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When conversing with the Jews respecting his own attributes, Jesus Christ appealed to the Scriptures as witnesses to the truths which he uttered—“ They are they which testify of me;"! So also the apostle Paul asserts that the “holy Scriptures” are able to make “wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Our Lord and his apostle here referred to the Scriptures of the Old Testament; but their doctrine is applicable with still greater force to those of the New Testament. The sacred writers of both dispensations unite in testifying of Christ; and on the other hand, the description which they give of him, reflects its glory on the Scriptures, and bears witness to the inspiration under which they were composed.

In order to do justice to our present argument therefore, we must by no means confine ourselves to our Lord's human life and moral character; we must endeavour to

take a comprehensive view of his nature, history, and offices, as the Son of God, and Saviour of the world.

When Jesus Christ came into the world, he proceeded forth from God the Father and

came down from heaven.3 He was therefore with the Father and in heaven, before his birth. He existed before John the baptist ;4 and before Abraham himself. He was the Lord of David, and the living Redeemer of Job. He was with God in glory before the foundation of the world 8_-the 66

Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last ;"9 his “ goings forth have been from of old from everlasting."1

He is the Son of God, "the only begotten of the Father,"2 begotten before any thing was created. He is the power and wisdom of God 4—the Word by whom God acts and in whom he is made manifest to his creatures. He is the “ image of the invisible God,” 5 “the express image of his person (or substance.)”6

He was “in the form of God” and “ thought it not robbery to be equal with God”?—one with the Father,8 and therefore himself God. “ In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was

God.9

“ All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was

3 John iii, 13. xvi, 28. 4 John i, 15. 5 John viii, 56_-58.

6 Ps. cx, i. 7 Job xix, 23-26.

8 John xvii, 5, 24. 9 Rev. xxii, 13.

2. 2 John i, 14. 3 Col. 1, 15. πρωτοτόκος πάσης κτίσεως. 4 1 Cor. i, 24.

5 Col. i, 15. 6 Heb. i, 3.

7 Phil. ii, 6. 30.

9 John i, 1.

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“ The world was made by him.” ? God made the worlds by his Son.3 By the

were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers, all things were created by him and for him."4

By him also “ all things consist." 5 He upholds all things “ by the word of his power;"6 and he is himself unchangeable“ the same yesterday, and to day, and for

ever."7

He was

" that eternal life which was with the Father.”8 “ In him was life, and the life was the light of men;"9 he was “ the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."i He preached by his Spirit to the world before the flood. He inspired the prophets who spake concerning himself.3 He was the spiritual rock, who miraculously supplied the wants of the Israelites 4_the leader whom they tempted to their own destruction. When the law was delivered from mount Sinai, his “ voice shook the earth.” 6

We have abundant reasons for identifying him with the “ Angel of the covenant,” who conversed with Abraham, received the vows

1 John i, 3.
3 Heb. i, 2.
5 Verse 17.
7 Heb. xiji, 8.
9 John i, 4.
2 1 Pet. ii, 19.

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2 John i, 10.
4 Col. i, 16.
6 Heb. i, 3.
8 1 John i, 2.
1 Verse 9.
31 Pet. i, 11.
5 Verse 9.

4 1 Cor. x,

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of Jacob,8 and “ redeemed” him“ from all evil ;"9 revealed himself to Moses in the burning bush ;1 led the Israelites through the desert, in a cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night ;appeared to Joshua, in the character of the captain of the Lord's host;3 drove out the Canaanites from the land of promise ;4 and was manifested in his divine character and glory to Isaiah,5 Ezekiel, Daniel,7 Amos,& and Zechariah.9 He was the ever present helper and governor of God's people, the object of their fear, their love, and their allegiance. In him was the name of his Father; he was arrayed in the attributes of God. He acted and spake on behalf of Jehovah, and was Jehovah.2

In the fulness of time—at the precise date, in the very place, of the nation, tribe, and family, predicted by the prophets, the “ Word was made flesh”3_" made of a woman, made under the law.”4

6. As the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same. "5 He was clothed with a human body and a human soul, and having before been God only, he now became

8 Gen. xxxi, 11-13. 9 Gen. xlviii, 16.

1 Exod. ii, 2. 2 Exod. xiv, 19. Comp. xiii, 21. 3 Josh. v, 13.

4 Exod. xxiii, 23. 5 Isa. vi, 1.

6 Ezek. i, 28. 7 Dan. x, 6.

8 Amos vii, 6, 7, 8. 9 Zech. i, 1–13.

1 Exod. xxiii, 21. 2 Gen. xix, 24.

3 John i, 14. 4 Gal. iv, 4.

5 Heb, ii, 14. 6 Heb. x, 10.

7 Matt. xxvi, 38.

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