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hope, and glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ."* “ The words in the original, might, with propriety, be rendered Our Great God and Saviour. Mr. Fleming, in support of this interpretation, observes; that we never read of the Father's appear. ance.”+ " Through the righteousness of our God, and Saviour Jesus Christ.” I “But unto the Son, he faith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever.” “Great is the mystery of godliness ; God was manifest in the flesh.”||

2. What is in one part of the Bible said of Jehovah, and ascribed to Him, as the only true God, this being the name which is appropriated to him in diftinction from all other beings, is, in other passages, ascribed to the Redeemer of man, Jesus Christ, and applied to him.

" Mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord (JEHOVAH) of hosts."I This JEHOVAH, Lord of hosts, is said by St. John, to be Jesus Christ, as he applies this pallige to him—“ These things, said Isaiah, when he saw bis (Christ's) glory, and spoke of him.+

"Thus faith the Lord, the king of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts, I am the first and I am the last, and besides one there is no God.”I Here Jehovah takes this character to himself, as peculiar to him. The FIRST, and the last. But Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the true Ifrael, the church; who redeems his people from the curse of the law, by his blood, takes this same character to himself, and therefore must himself be JE-'. HOVAH, beldes whom there is no God.“I(Jesus Christ) am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the FIRST and the LAST."* This fame person takes this to himself repeatedly in the first chapter of this book, " saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and last.”+ A a 4.

“1 . • Tit. ii. : 3. + Doddridge's Note on the place. 2 Peter, i. 1. Heb. i. 8. 1 Timn. iii. 26. lfaiah, si. 5. +John, xii. 41. Traialı, xliv. 6.

• Rev. xxii. 13. + Verse 13.

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“ I am the FIRST and the LAST : I am he that liveth, and was dead, and, behold I am alive for evermore.” I “ I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the ALMIGHTY." “I, even I, am the Lord, and besides me there is no San VIOUR." This title and character, which Jehovan: takes to himself, exclusive of all others, the Saviour of Israel, his church and people, is constantly given to Jesus Christ in the New Testament. He is called Jesus, which signifies a Saviour, because he saves his people from their fins. I “ Christ is the head of the church, and it he is the SAVIOUR of the body," that is the church.*) ha He is called, “ Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."tt: This title is given to him in other places, too many to be: particularly recited. And this is needlels, fince one instance of his being called, by way of eminence, the of Saviour, is sufficient to prove the point now in view. z It may be proper and useful, however, under this head to observe, that as this title, The SavIOUR, is claimed as peculiar to JEHOVAH, the only true God, in the pal{age just quoted from Isaiah ; and since Jesus Christ is called God, and asserted to be God, in many instances, which have been mentioned above, we are hence waras, ranted to apply the expression GOD OUR SAVIOUR, in which is so often used, to Jesus the only Saviour and Redeemer of his church. Among other instances of this, the following may be particularly noted. “Andic Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my fpirit hath rejoiced in God MY SAVIOUR. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a SAVIOUR, which is Christ the Lord.” “ According to the coma mandment of God our Saviour. That they may adorn the doctrine of God Our SAVIOUR in all things: 1 Our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. But-after

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IV. 17. $V. 8. | Ilaiah, xliii. 11. 9 Matt. i. 21. • Eph. V. 33.

1 2 Peter, i. 11. ii. 20. iii, 2, 18. Luke, i. 46, 47. ii. 13.

the kindness and love of GOD OUR SAVIOUR appeared.* Through the righteousness of our GOD AND SAVIOUR Jesus Christ”+ In our translation it is God and our Saviour, but this is not so agreeable to the original, as that now given. “Now unto him that is able to keep you

from falling, and to present you faultless before the pres. :ence of his glory, with exceeding joy, to the only wife God

our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever, Amen." :! That Jesus Christ is the person here intended by the only wise God our Saviour, is farther evident, because this farne thing is expressly ascribed to him by St. Paul. That he (Christ) might present it to himself, a glorious church, not having spot or.wrinkle, or any such thing ; but that it should be holy, and without blemish."'$

Again, JEHOVAH, the Lord of hosts, is called the hufband of the church, and claims this relation. “Thy Maker is thine husband, the Lord of hosts is his name.” * Thou shalt no more be termed forsaken, &c, for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married

And as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, fo hall thy God rejoice over thee.” This same character and relation is ascribed to Jesus Christ. He is the bridegroom, the husband of the church. John Baptist, fpeaking of Christ, says, “He that hath the bride is the bridegroom.”* St. Paul says to the Corinthian church, " I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you a chaste virgin to Chrift.”+ St. John heard them rejoicing in heaven, and saying, “ The marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife (the church) hath made herself ready.” “And I saw the holy city, new Jerufalem (which is the church) coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband,

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• Tit. i. 3. ii. 10, 13. iii. 4. + 2 Pet. i. 1. I jude, xxiv. 25. $ Eph. v, 27. Ifajah, liv. s. f Iriah, lxii. 4, s. John, iii. 29. t 2 Cor. xi. 2.

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And there came unto me one of the seven ange's, and talked with me saying, come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife."* Thus it appears that Jehovah, the only true God, is the church's husband ; and so is Jesus Christ. Therefore Jesus Christ is JEHOVAH ; 01 the only true God, and Jesus Chrift, are the same : For the church hath not, and cannot have two husbands : Nor are there two brides or wives, who can each of them have a husband : For there is but one church ; but one bride, who, as a chaîte virgin, is espoused to one husband, Jesus Christ. “There is one body,” that is, the church, of which Christ is the only head and husband.t “My doves, my undefiled is but one."I

“ Sanctify the Lord (JEHOVAH) of hosts himself, and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread : And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of Aumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel."'$ This, which is spoken of JEHOVAH, is applied to Jesus Christ by St. Peter. “The stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling and rock of offence.”l. It is said, I “The Lord God of the holy prophets fent his angel to thew unto his fervants the things which must shortly be done." And in the fixteenth verse Jesus Christ says, “I Jesus have fent mine Angel to testify unto you these things in the churches." Here the Lord God of the holy Prophets, which must be JEHOVAH, and Jesus Christ, are said to be the same thing. Therefore Jesus Christ and the Lord God, are one and the same.

Not half the instances of this kind, which might be adduced under this head, have been mentioned; but these are enough, it is presumed, to illustrate and make evident to every attentive, impartial person, the truth or the particular observation, to prove which they have been cited,

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* Rev. xxi. 2. 9.

f Eph. iv. 4. i Cant. vi. 9. Ilai. viii. 13, 14. Peter, ij. 7, s. 9 Rev. xxii. 6.

3. That Jesus Christ is God, is evident from the divine attributes being ascribed to him, even those which are peculiar to the Deity.

Eternity, or existing without beginning, is ascribed to him. “But thou Bethlehem-out of thee shall he come forth unto me, that is, to be ruler of Israel, whose going forth bave been from of old, from everlasting.” This is expressly applied to Chrift.* He is represented in that remarkable type of him, Melchizedeck, to be without beginning of days, or end of time.* He is "the begin. ting and the ending, the first and the last, which is, and which was, and which is to come.”I Which words Itrongly express eternal existence, without beginning or end.

Immutability is ascribed to him, which is an attribute peculiar to God. Speaking to the Son of God, it is said, " Thou art the fame,” as opposed to all changeable exiftence. This is expressed more strongly in the following words, “ Jesus Christ, the fame yesterday, to day, and forever.” Here both his eternity, his existence from everlasting to everlasting, and his immutability, are expressed.

He is omnipotent. I “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me, in heaven and in earth: He is "Head over all things to the church."** " He is able to subdue all things unto himself.”+ He is "The first and the last, which is, and which was, and which is to come, The Almighty.”I He upholds all things by the word of his power.” His creating and upholding all things, and other works which are ascribed to him, are, without controversy, the work of Omnipotence. But these will be more particularly considered under another head.

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Mich. v. 2. * Matt. ii. 6. '+ Heb. vii. 3. Rev. i. 8, 17. xxii. 13. Heb. i. 12. || Heb. xiii. 8. 9 Matt. xxviii. 18. * Eph. ji. 22.

+ Phil. iji. 25. Rev. i. 8. Heb. i. 3.

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