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WITH Isa. 9. 6, 7, Luke 1. 32, 33. Dan. 2. 44, 45, Rev. 11. 15. 11. 1-10, Rom. 15. 12.
7: 13, 14,
1 Cor. 15. 24. 28. 16,
9. 26, Luke 24. 26. 35. 4-6,
Matt. 11. 2-6. Hos. 1. 7-11, Matt. 1. 21-23. 40. 3—5, 3. 1-3.
Acts 15. 16. 40. 10, 11, John 10. 11. 16.
Matt. 2. 15.
Matt. 12. 17-21. 12. 3. 5, Acts 7. 30–35.
Acts 13. 47. Obad. ver. 21. Rev. 11. 15.
Matt. 12. 40.
2. 5, 6.
Acts 10. 36.
Luke 2. 30.
18. 37. Zeph. 3. 15—17, Rev. 21. 3. 59. 20,
Rom. 11. 26. Hag. 3.6-9, Heb. 12. 25, 26. 61. 1,
Luke 4. 18. Zech. 2. 10, John l. 14.
3. 8, Luke 1. 78.
6. 12, 13, Heb. 6. 20.
Matt. 21. 5. Jer. 23. 5, 6,
John 19. 37.
13. 7, Matt. 26. 31. Ezek. 17. 22-24, Matt. 13. 32.
25. 31, 34. 23, 24, Rev, 22. 16. Mal. 3. 1-3,
11. 10. 37. 24, 25, Luke 1. 32.
4. 2–6, Mark 9. 11, 12 In what passages of Scripture is Christ spoken of as God? Thy throne, O God, for ever. Ps. xlv. 6. Heb. 8. The mighty God, the everlasting Father. Isa. ix. 6. Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts. Isa. vi. 3. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake jo
him, (Christ.) John xii. 41. Awake, o sword, against the man that is my fellow. Zech. xiii. 7. Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is, God with us. Matt. i. 23. The Word was God. The word was made flesh, &c. John i. 1. 4. The Jews sought to kill him, because he made himself equal
with God. John v. 18. Thou, being a man, makest thyself God. John x. 33. Feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own
blood. Acts xx. 28. Christ, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Rom. ix. 5. Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be
equal with God. Phil. ii. 6. In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Col. ü.9. God was manifest in the flesh. 1 Tim. jü. 16. The great God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Tit. ü. 13. His Son Jesus Christ; this is the true God. 1 John v. 20. The only wise God our Saviour. Jude 25.
There are certain attributes or perfections which belong to none but the Supreme Being. Wherever, therefore, we find those perfections ascribed to any being in the Scrip
tures, we have the fullest assurance that this being is God : for He will not give his glory to another. Isa. xlii. 8.
1. God existed from eternity. I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
Isa. xliv. 6. The same declaration is made by Christ. I am the first, and I am the last. Rev. i. 17; xxii. 13. Out of thee shall he come forth-whose goings forth have been
from of old, from everlasting. Mic. v. 2. Before Abraham was, I am. John viii. 58.
(By which name God revealed himself to Moses. Exod. iii. 24.) I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world.
John xvi. 28. The glory which I had with thee before the world was. John
xvii. 5. Melchisedec, having neither beginning of days, nor end of
life, but made like unto the Son of God. Heb. vii. 3. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.
Heb. xiii. 8. If David call him Lord, how is he his son ? Matt. xxii. 45. I am the root and the offspring of David. Rev. xxii. 16.
2. God created all things. I am the Lord that maketh all things, alone, by myself. Isa.
xliv. 24. I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens. Isa. xv. 12.
We find creation ascribed to Christ. All things were made by him. John i. 1. 3. 10. All things were created by him and for him. Col. i. 16. Thou Lord in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the
earth. Heb. i. 10. For whom-and by whom are all things. Heb. ii. 10. Thou hast created all things. Rev. iv. 11. 3. God supports and sustains all things. In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath
of all mankind. Job xii. 10.
The same is said of Christ.
4. God is omnipresent.
2 Chron. xvi. 9. We find that Christ is also present everywhere. Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am
I in the midst of them. Matt. xviii. 20. I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Matt.
xxviii. 20. While conversing with Nicodemus, he called himself “the Son
of man, which is in heaven.” John ii. 13.
He is always in every place, for he can attend to the prayers
of all that call upon him. 1 Cor. i. 2. He is therefore able to succour them that are tempted. Heb.
ii. 18. He is always at hand to defend his sheep, so that none shall
pluck them out of his hand. John X. 28. 5. God is omniscient. The Lord looketh on the heart. 1 Sam, xvi, 7. Thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men. 2 Chron.
vi. 30. I the Lord search the hearts, I try the reins. Jer. xvii. 9, 10.
The very same thing is said of Jesus Christ. I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts. Rev. ii. 23. And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said. Matt. ix. 4; xii. 25.
Luke vi. 8. Jesus perceived in his spirit, that they reasoned within them
selves. Mark ii. 6. 8. Jesus, immediately knowing in himself, said. Mark v. 30.. He knew all men, he knew what was in man. John ii. 24, 25. Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed
not. John vi. 64. Lord, thou knowest all things. John xxi. 17.
6. God alone is the object of divine worship. Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou
serve. Matt. iv. 10. Second commandment. Exod. xx. 40-6.
Yet in the days of his flesh, Jesus suffered himself to be worshipped by his disciples; after his resurrection and ascension he was worshipped by his apostles : and he is now worshipped in heaven by the glorified hosts of saints and angels. They fell down and worshipped him. Matt. ii. 11. There came a leper, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou
wilt, thou canst make me clean. Matt. viii. 2. They which were in the ship, came and worshipped him. Matt.
xiv. 33. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
Matt. xv. 25. 28. They came and held him by the feet and worshipped him.
Matt. xxviii. 9. When they saw him they worshipped him. Matt. xxviii. 17. The apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. Luke
xvii. 5. Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luke xxiii. 42. The blind man whom he restored to sight, worshipped him.
John ix. 38. Thomas said unto him, My Lord, and my God. John xx. 28. Christians are described as calling on his name, that is, praying
to him. Acts ix. 14. 21. 1 Cor. i. 2.
They stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord
Jesus, receive my spirit. Acts viii. 59. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Rom. X. 13. The Apostle Paul prayed to Jesus, and received this answer,
My grace is sufficient; My strength is made perfect, &c., and he adds, That the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Cor.
xii. 8, 9. He prayed to Jesus for the Thessalonians: Now our Lord Jesus
Christ comfort your hearts. 2 Thess. ii. 16, 17, Let all the angels of God worship him. Heb. i. 6. The twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, saying,
Blessing and honour be to him that sitteth on the throne, and to the Lamb. Rev. v, 8, 13,
HIS ONLY SON.
It is important to notice this expression. By it we express the belief thai Jesus was the Son of God in a sense which is applicable to no created being. Whosoever uses this part of the creed in the sense which Scrip. ture attaches to its terins, expresses no less than this. “I do profess to be fully assured of this assertion, as of a most certain, infallible, and necessary truth, that Jesus Christ, the Saviour and Messias, is the true, proper, and natural Son of God, begotten of the substance of the Father; which be. ing incapable of division or multiplication, is so really and totally commu. nicated to him that he is of the same essence with him, God of God, of light, very God of very God. And as I assert him to be the Son, so do ( also exclude all other persons froin that kind of sonship, acknowledging none but him to be begotten of God by that proper and natural genera. tion.”- Bishop Pearson on the Creed. To attach to the expression referred to a lower sense than this is inconsistent with the Scriptures, whose meaning the Creed represents, and with the doctrine universally prevalent in the Church when the creed was framed.
OUR LORD. The table in this section (which will well repay the reader for a care. ful examination) shows that many passages of the Old Testament which speak of the LORD or Jehovah are quoted or referred to in the New as being spoken of Christ. Thus Malachi, delivering the words of "the Lord or hosts,” (iii. 1,) says, "I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me." In St. Matt. xi. 10, &c. we learn that this mes. senger was John the Baptist, and he came as we know to prepare the way of Christ. It was also prophesied of him by Isaiah (xi. 3, compared with Matt. iii. 3,) that he should prepare the way of the Lord (Jehovah;) Zacha.
* The reader should not lay any stress upon the occurrence of the name of God here, as it is not in the original, but added by the trans. lators of the English Bible, which the fact of its being in Italic letters in. dicates. All words so printed in the English Bible are thus supplied to complete what appeared to the translators, and what in most cases is, obviously the sense. This passage however presents conclusive evidence of the Divinity of the Saviour. It was Jesus upon whom Stephen called, and his soleinn and dying prayer thus addressed to himn is an act of. worship, which it would be idolatry to offer to hins were he not GOD.
rias declares to us the fulfilment of the prophecy, in his song of joy on the coming of our Saviour, (Luke i. 76,) saying of John, “thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his way," "where,” says Bishop Pearson, “Christ is certainly the Lord, and the Lord undeniably
Jehovah. So also the declaration of Joel, (ii. 32:) "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD (JEHOVAH) shall be delivered,” is applied by Śt. Paul in Rom. x. 13 to the Lord Jesus, as is evident from the ninth verse of the same chapter. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus -thou shalt be saved.”—"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." The LORD JEsus is therefore he, of whom the prophet spoke as JEHOVAH.
These passages are quoted from among many to illustrate the argument, upon whích some further remarks may be found in Bishop Pearson on the Creed. This author also points out another sense in which the title of "our Lord” is applied to Christ, of which it is important to speak. The Saviour in his Divine nature is Lord from eternity. He is also Lord over all things in virtue of his office as Mediator between God and man. we have observed two natures united in his person, so must we also con. sider two kinds of dominion belonging respectively to those natures; one inherent in his divinity, the other bestowed upon his humanity; one as he is Lord the maker of all things, the other as he is made Lord of all things.” “The Word was God,” (John i. 1,) and as such possessed of the first kind of dominion; he was "made both Lord and Christ,” (Acts ii. 36,) when he took upon him the nature of man, and became our Media. tor with God, and as such is Lord in the second sepse. " These two meanings must be united in order to understand rightly the force of our expression when we declare our belief in Christ as our Lord." though he be thus Lord of all things,” Bishop Pearson adds, "by the first creation and preservation of them, yet he is more peculiarly the Lord of us who by faith are consecrated to his service: for through the work of our redemption he becomes our Lord both by the right of conquest and of purchase, and making us the sons of God and providing heavenly mansions for us, he acquires a further right of promotion, which, considering the covenant we all make to serve him, is at last coinpleted in the right of a voluntary obligation. And thus I believe in Christ our Lord."
ON THE CREED. § 4. ON THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST. What does the Creed further teach us to believe concerning
This event was foretold by our Saviour, who made frequent allusions to it. Matt. xii. 40; xvi. 21; xvii. 23 ; xx. 19. Mark viii. 31 ; ix. 31;
x. 34 ; xiv. 58. Luke ix. 22; xiii. 32; xviii. 33 ; xxiv 7. John ii. 19. 21; X. 15. 18.
These declarations must have been made very explicitly and very publicly, as an attempt on the part of his followers to accomplish the prophecy, was expected by the chief priests. Matt. xxvii. 63. And the risen Jesus upbraids