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assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. XX. 28. Take heed, therefore, unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Rom. i. 7. Grace to you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. j. 3. Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Cor. i. 2. Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Gal. i. 3. Grace be to you, and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ. Eph. i. 2. Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Add to this, Fourthly, that he is there shewn to be honoured as God: John, v. 23. That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Heb. i. 6. When he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. Prayer is made to bim, Acts, vii. 59. They stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 1 Cor. i. 2. With all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. FAITH and Hope are directed to be put in him. John, xiv. 1. Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. Psalm ii. 12. Kiss the Son lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. PRAISES AND THANKSGIVINGS are given to him: GLORY AND Honour are ren. dered to him. Rev. v. 13. Compare iv. 11. And every

creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the curth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I, saying: Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever:- Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and Utre created.

And no wonder, since, Lastly, the NATURE of God is therein also expressly ascribed to him: Heb. i. 3. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image, of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat doun on the right hand of the majesty on high. Phil. ii. 6. Iho, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. Col. ii. 9. Comp. i. 15, 19. For in him duelleth all the fulness of the godhead bodily, who is the image of the invisible God, the first born of crery creature, for it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.

6. Q. But if Christ, therefore, be God, of the same substance with the Father, how can he be called the Son of God?

A. Because he received his Divine Nature from the Father'; who is the beginning and root of the divinity, and has communicated his own essence to Christ: who, therefore, though he has the same nature, and so, in that respect, is equal with the Father; yet is he in order after him, as being God of God.

7. Q. How does it appear that Christ received his Divine Nature from the Futher?

A. It can only be known by that revelation which

God has made of it in the Holy Scriptures; where he is, for this reason, said to be the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, Heb. i. 3. The image of the invisible God, Col. i. 15. To be from God, John, vii. 29. To have life from the Father, John, v. 26 : and the like. And upon this account it is that our Saviour himself says, that the Father is greater than he, John, xiv. 28. That he can do nothing of himself but what he seeth the Father do, v. 18, 19. Or, if this be not yet plain enough, they tell us farther in express terms, that he is the hegotten, and the only begotten Son of the Father, i. 14, 18. iii. 16, 18. 1 John, iv. 9. v. 1.

8. R. But will not this make the Holy Ghost as much God's Son, as Christ? And how then is Christ his only Son?

A. In matters of this kind, which are so far above our capacities, and of which we know nothing but what God has been pleased to reveal to us, we must speak as God, in his word, has taught us to speak. Now, the Scriptures no where call the Holy Ghost the Son of God: nor God the Father of the Holy Ghost: and therefore, though we know not what the precise difference is, yet because the proper act of a father is to beget, * we say that Christ received his Divine Nature from God by generation; but of the Holy Ghost we say, as the Scriptures do, that he proceedeth from the Father, John, xv. 26; and is the Spirit not of the Father only, but of the Son also. Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Rom. viii. 9. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now, if any man halh not the Spirit

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no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

16. Q. How is Christ our Lord ?

A. As he is God, together with the Father, and as by him God created the world; so has he the same original right of dominion with bim, and is Lord of all his creatures.

ProofS SUBJOINED.-Acts, x. 36. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ, (he is Lord of all): that word I say ye know. Rom. x. 12, 13. There is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

11. Q. Is there not some other ground for this title, and which restrains it in a particular manner to mankind ?

A. Yes there is : inasmuch as by his coming into the world, and dying for us, he redeemed us from death, and so became our Lord by virtue of that purchase which he thereby made of us.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Acts, ii. 36. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye crucified, both Lord and Christ. Rom. xiv. 7, 8, 9. For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live, therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ both died and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. 1 Cor. ji. 8. Which none of the princes of this world knew : for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.

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