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XV. John XIV. 11. I am in the Father, and the Father in ME. Compare this with the foregoing Article.
. . . XVI. 2 Cor. V. 20. We are ambassadors for
CHRIST, as though God did BESEECH you by us. We PRAY you IN CHRISTS STEAD be ye reconciled to GOD.
The usefulness of this text to our present subject, lies in these words -~ In Christ's stead “we pray, as though God did beseech” — where the interchanging of the Names God and Christ, fhews the same person to be entitled to both.
XVII. 1 John V. 20. We are in him that is
true, even in his Son Jesus Christ: This is the TRUE GOD and eternal life.
Col. II. 8, 9. Beware left any man spoil
you through Philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after CHRIST; for in HIM DWELLETH ALL THE fulness of the GODHEAD BODILY.
The Apostle foresaw, that a thing calling itself Philosophy would set all its engines at work to destroy the notion of Christ's true and absolute Divinity — “For in him (says he) dwelleth “all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Philosophy “will dispute this: and undertake to demonstrate “ the contrary. But if you listen to such vain “ deceit, it will overthrow your faith, and Spoil “you for a disciple of Jesus Christ : therefore<< Beware.”
John I. 1. The worD WAS GOD.
Ifai. IX. 6. For unto us a Child is
born, unto us a Son is given, and the Government shall be upon his Shoulder : and his name shall be called wonderfull, Counseller, the MIGHTY GOD, the EVERLASTING FA
Jer. XXIII.6. This is the Name whereby he shall be called, the Lord (JEHOVAH) our Righteousness.
XXII. Ifai. II. 17, 18. The LORD ALONE shall
be Exalted in that day: and the Idols he shall utterly abolish.
“ Idolatry is the reverse, and direct oppofite “to Cbriflianity (or, the day of Chrift.) To de“stroy this, was the great end of Christ's coming “ into the world. - But except he were God,
“the very and eternal God, of one Substance with “the Father, his Religion would be so far from “destroying Idolatry, that it would only be a “more refined and dangerous species of it. The « Prophet therefore, concludes all, that so he "might acquit the worship of Christ from all “charge of Idolatry, with this positive assertion; “ that it would prove the most effectual means “of putting an end to all false and Idolatrous « Worship: The Idols be mall utterly abolis. “ The like conclufion we meet with in the A« postle St. John ; who having affirmed that ge< sus Christ is the true God and eternal life, im“mediately subjoins and closes all with this ad“vice - Little Children, keep yourselves from IDOLS.”
This Remark is taken from the first Volume of an Esay upon the proper Lessons ; written, as I am told, by a Gentleman of the Laity. There needs no Apology for setting it down; it being of good use in the subject I am upon. And it also gives me an occasion of returning thanks to the pious and learned Author of that excellent work, not for myself only, but for many sincere friends to the religion of Christ and the Church of England, among whom his labours are not without their fruit; and I am confident they will not be without their reward: but the Author must be con
tent to wait for it, till Wisdom fhall be justified of all ber Children.
XXIII. Rev. I. 8. I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the ending faith the LORD, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the ALMIGHTY.
If the Reader will be pleased to examine the 13th and 17th verses of this Chapter, it will appear that this 8th verse was undoubtedly spoken from the mouth of Christ : who therefore has a juft title to every name and attribute expressed in it; and among the rest, to that of the Almighty.
Origen, who certainly was no Arian, though often represented as such, by some, who would be pleased to have the vote of so celebrated a genius, has the following observation — “Now “that you may know the Omnipotence of the “ Father and the Son to be one and the same as “HE is ONE and the SAME GOD and « LORD with the FATHER, hear what St. John has said in the Revelation - These things saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and