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professors who deny this truth, are no more entitled to the name of Christians, than Jews, Turks, or infidels ; and if the Saviour speaks the truth, living and dying in this woful state of infidelity, they will be as far from possessing eternal life as demons in outer darkness. “ If ye believe not that I am he, ye

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go, ye cannot come.” Were I not able to adduce any other proofs corroborative of the deity of Christ, surely the foregoing testimonies would be deemed satisfactory evidence by all those who prefer the unerring word of God, to the vague and uncertain opinions of men.

But socinianism, with other pestilential errors closely connected with it, both in this country and other parts of Christendoin, is alarmingly upon the increase; and fostered under the cant phrase of liberality of mind, which views all religious distinctions with a cold indifference, and the peculiar glories of the gospel as mere non-entities,-it surely becomes every faithful minister of the new testament, in these latter days of blasphemy and rebuke, to make a bold and decided stand against the vile encroachments and daring opposition of the motley hosts of the enemies of the truth, who are continually upon the alert to defy the armies of the living God; for what they cannot carry by assault, they will, if possible, take by stratagem ; so that by smooth words and fair speeches, they have already led astray many who are sorely entangled in the yoke of bondage, and others are awfully deceived to their own destruction. “ In the latter times, soine shall depart from the faith.” Let, then, all Ziou's watchmen, who are Israelites indeed, and love our Lord Christ in truth and sincerity, rouse themselves from the benumbing stupor of the present awful times of a general falling away from the truth; and, with the vigilance and fidelity their solemn and overwhelmingly responsible work demands, affectionately, fearlessly, and earnestly contend for the ancient faith once delivered to the saints. We ought not to give place to the common enemy even for an hour, that the truths of the gospel may continue with us in their native simplicity and glory, that their unction and life-giving energy may be enjoyed in our hearts, by the grace and power of the Lord the Spirit. See Gal. ii. 4, 5. Rest assured, that the essential and all-important doctrines of the Godhead of Christ is the central point in which all the lines of divine revelation meet-the various declarations of the

Bible harmonize, and splendidly appear in all their overpowering majesty and combined glories, to the everlasting honour of a Three-One Jehovah, and the unspeakable comfort of every believer. Those are the worst of enemies that would despoil us of this only hope ; they resemble merciless pirates, who, having robbed the vessel of all her rich stores, at last sink the ship, without affording the perishing and miserable crew a plank on which they may escape the devouring gulf. Upon this only basis, the salvation of the church is built by the hands of the Eternal ; and if this principal foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do?' For upon this imperishable pillar rests the faith of God's elect. From this enriching source of life and joy, is derived all our consolation, dearest hopes, and immortal felicity. The nominal protestant churches, which are deprived of this pre-eminent gospel truth, and inestimable jewel, are comparable to a lifeless carcase, without an animating soul. " It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing—for the body without the spirit is dead." All that is lovely and fair in christianity is deformed; their strength and beauty are departed ; and upon their eyelids are fixed the chilling shadow of moral death. There is nothing left but the outworks of christianity; and upon them may be written “Ichabod—the glory is departed.” Indeed, if Christ is not really and truly God, christians are, of all men, the most miserable ; for as their expectations are raised infinitely higher than any other sect, therefore their disappointment would be inconceivably greater. But this supposition is absolutely false. Their Saviour is God, blessed for ever; and, therefore, true believers are the only happy persons; “yea, happy is that people whose God is the Lord.” Their Redeemer is strong, Jehovah of Hosts is bis name.” 6. Their rock is not like our rock ; our enemies themselves being judges.”

Happy is the man who hath the God of Jacob for his help. If the scriptures are true, I explicitly declare, that socinians are as far removed from correct views of the person of Christ, as Mahometans, or any other infidels; and were they consistent with themselves, they would not only be deists, but atheists; for there are as many arguments to prove the deity of the Son, as there are the Godhead of the Father. In order to confute these gainsayers, as well as to establish the weak and wavering; and for the edification of those who love the honour and glory of Christ, their God and Redeemer, ineffably better than their own lives, I will present to their impartial and rigorous examination, the subsequent scriptural, and consequently unanswerable, demonstrations of the Godhead of the Saviour.

First. Christ is absolutely called God in the sacred language of inspiration. This position, the opposers of this doctrine obstinately deny; and contend, that whenever this term is applied to Jesus of Nazareth, it is to be taken in a figurative sense; or that he is God merely by appointment or office. But those who are disposed seriously to attend to the testimony of scripture, will easily detect the fallacy of their reasoning, and be not a little shocked at the daring impiety of those who, Judas like, say, “ Hail, Master !” and at the same time, use every effort to degrade the Son of God to the rank of a dependent creature like themselves. “Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes." The following texts strikingly assert the deity of Christ : “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” John i. 1. « Unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever ; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom,” Heb. i. 8. “To them that have obtained like precious faith with us, through the righteousness of God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ, (or rather, as it ought to be translated, even our Saviour Jesus Christ,") 2 Peter i. l. “Ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and (or even) our Lord Jesus Christ,” Jude 4. The living and true God. are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” “ I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore. Amen," 1 St. John v. 20. Rev. i. 18. “ The great and mighty God, the everlasting Father,” Titus ii. 13--Isaiah ix. 6. “ The only wise God,” Jude 25. “ The God of glory," Acts vii. 2. “God over all, blessed for ever," Romans ix. 5. “He is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords,” 1 Tim. vi. 15.Rev. xvii. 14; xix. 13—16. Finally, the sublime and incommunicable

name of Jehovah is assumed by the Saviour, and positively ascribed to him by the Holy Spirit. "Before

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Abraham was, I am," John viii. 58. “For if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins,” John viii. 24. “ This is the name whereby he shall be called, Jehovah our righteousness!” Jer. xxiii. 6. “For thy Maker is thine husband, the Lord of Hosts is his name,” Isaiah liv. 5.

I am well aware the hatred of the Socinians is so implacable against Christ, that these clear, harmonious scriptural testimonies, and consequently infallible proofs of his Deity, instead of convincing them of their soulruining errors, they put a fresh edge upon their subtlety, and endeavour to evade their force, by telling us that the foregoing divine titles are applied to the Son of God only in a qualified or secondary sense, as a magistrate, king, or emperor, is styled lord or god, as “ There be gods many, and lords many.” But I ask them, where do we read, in the sacred oracles, of a magistrate, king, or judge, being called god and lord, with such additional transcendent epithets as these, “ The Mighty God! The everlasting Father! The living and true God! The Most High God! The only wise God ! The God of glory! King of kings, and Lord of lords! The God of the whole earth! God over all, blessed for ever! Amen." Look, and search diligently, for in the volume of holy writ you will find no such horrid blasphemy.

Secondly. The incommunicable attributes and perfections of Jehovah are ascribed to him. To Christ, as God, belong self-existence and absolute independence. In this character, his being and nature are of himself. This cannot be asserted, with truth, of any mere creature, however high in the scale of creation. They are solely dependent on him for their existence and operation. “ For in him we live, move, and have our being,” Acts xvii. 28.-Exodus iii. 14.-Rev. i. 8, xvi. 5. “ He is eternal without beginning, ending, or succession of duration,” Prov. viji. 23–31 ; Micah v. 2 ; 1 John v. 7. , He is the unchangeable God, in his nature, essence, and purpose, love, mercy, and faithfulness. "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever,” Heb. xiii. 8, i. 12; Psalm cii. 24-27. He possesses almighty power, which is distinct from his mediatorial power that he received from the Father, which proves him to be God Almighty, Phil. iii. 20—21; Rev. xi. 17— 22, xii. 13— 20; Isaiah Ixiii. 1.. He is omnipresent; but if he was a


mere creature, he could not be in more than one place at the same time. As man, he is confined at the right hand of God as much as my body is confined in this pulpit. But as God, he fills immensity ; neither men, angels, nor devils, can fee from his all-penetrating pre

“If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there ; if I make

my bed in hell, behold, thou art there," Psalm cxxxix. 7-12; Matt. xviii. 20; Col. i. 17; Heb. i. 3; St. John iii. 13. The Saviour is omniscient. He has an infinite and perfect knowledge of past, present, and future events. “ He searches the hearts, and tries the reins of the children of men,” Rev. ii. 23. “ And needed not that any should testify of man; for he knew what was in man,” Št. John ii. 25, vi. 14, xxi. 17 ; St. Matt. ix. 4, xii. 25; Heb. i.; Col. ii. 3. It is also written, “ In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,” Col. ii. 9.

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” “ I and my Father are one, Phil. ii. 5, 6; Zech. xiii. 7; Heb. i. 3 ; Col. i. 15; St. John x. 30, xiv. 9, 10; 1 St. John v. 7.

Thirdly. The works and actions which are proper only to God, are attributed to him. Nothing takes place, or ever shall happen, either in time or eternity, but according to his decree and appointment, or permission. He created all things, and for his pleasure they are and were created. “ All things were made by him ; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” He preserves and governs all things by his infinite wisdom and almighty power. Miracles he accomplished by his own power, and in his own name. He has finished the work of human redemption, a work he never could have accomplished, had he not been God. There are other divine actions which incontrovertibly prove his deity; such as sending the Holy Ghost-quickening the spiritually dead-applying to the consciences of convinced sinners his precious blood-justifying the ungodly-pardoning sin-sanctifying the hearts of his elect-causing them to persevere in a state of grace, and preserving their faith, until they receive its end, the salvation of their souls; raising the dead at the last day, and judging the world. Not one of these supernatural actions could he perform by his own power and wisdom, was he not the eternal God. Fervently pray for the Spirit of illumination, that you may understand, by his soul-enlightening rays,

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