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God, who after the Humanity has delivered up the kingdom, shall be all in all. The distinction in this case between the God and man in the joint-person of Chrift-'Jesus, is warranted by another part of the Chapter, wherein the Apostle has given us a key to his own meaning. Since by MAN (says he came death, by MAN came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Here, it is evident, he is drawing a contrast between the man Adam and the man Christ; so that unless it be done on purpose, no reader can easily mistake the meaning of what follows Then cometh the End, when HE (that is the man Chrift, the second Adam) Mall deliver up the kingdom, &c. for so it must be, according to the tenor of the Apostle's discourse.
The New Testament abounds with expressions of this nature; but they have no difficulty in them, if it only be remembered that Christ is man as well as God; which the Arians are willing upon all occasions to forget. And it has been chiefly owing to an abuse of these texts, that they have been able to put any tolerable glofs upon their Heresy. The Old Testament seldom speaking of Christ, but as a Person of the Godhead before his Incarnation, does not afford them so many opportunities: and hence it is, that most of them confine their enquiries to the New, which is the history of him after his incarnation, when he appeared, as the first born of many brethren,' anointed above his Fellows (Mankind) receiving authority and dominion from God, who by a power superior to that of his human soul and body, put all things in subjection under the feet of it.
But some, for whose fakes he thus humbled himself, and became obedient in the flesh, instead of receiving it with humility and devotion, even cast it in his teeth, and make it an argument against him: vainly imagining that they do honour to their supreme God, while they fay with Peter - Lord, be it far from thee : this Mall not, it cannot, be unto thee. And it is worth their while to consider, whether they may not fall under the same rebuke, when it will be too late to retract and change their opinion.
A solemn Advocate of theirs, whom I take to be a disenter, tells us - his present concern is with the new Testament only. And another writer of some figure, who, you are to suppose, is addressing himself to a young Clergyman, puts it into his head, that he “may reje&t Arguments “ brought from the old Testament to prove the
a Rom.VIII.29. b. A Sequel to the Esay on Spirit, p. 8.
“Trinity, as trifling, and proving nothing but “ the Ignorance of those that make use of them.” * And I could wish that were all: for I had much rather be accounted a fool in their judgment, than find myself under a necessity of charging them with the horrible guilt, of denying the Lord that bath bought them.
XXVI. +Afts X. 42. - That it is he, which
is ordained of God to be the judge of quick and dead.
This Passage will help us to detect, once for all, that common fallacy of our Adversaries, in misapplying such words as relate only to the buman nature of Christ, and erecting arguments thereupon to the degrading of his supreme Effence. Christ is ordained of God; it is true: and the nature that receives power, must be inferior to the nature that confers it. But is his Godbead therefore ordained? They tell you it is ; and their scheme requires it: But the Scripture declares the contrary - GOD (faith St. Paul)
a Letter to a young Clergyman upon the Difficulties and Discouragements which attend the study of the Scriptures in the way of private judgment.
bath hath appointed a day wherein HE will JUDGE the world in righteousness by that MAN (Ev avdpi, IN that MAN) whom he hath ORDAINED. • The supreme God that was manifest in the flesh, and IN Christ reconciling the world to HIMSELF, shall remain in the same personal union with him, till he has judged the world, and is ready to deliver up the kingdom. And though our Judge shall even then retain the Character of a Man, yet as God, who ordained him, shall be present with him in the same person, the act of the last judgment is equally ascribed to both natures. In the text just above cited, it is said
- He (God) will judge the world; tho' it immediately follows, that a man, even the man Christ, is ordained to this office. And so we have it again in the Epistle to the Romans — we skall all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ. For it is written, as I live, faith the Lord, every knee shall bow to ME, and every tongue Mall confefs unto GOD. We are to give an account of ourselves at the judgment-seat of Christ. And how does the Apostle prove it? Why, because it is written, that we shall give an account of ourselves to the Lord God, who swears that he liveth. But unless Christ, who is a man, be also
2 Aas XVII. 31.
b Rom. XIV. 10,11. Ijai. XLV. 23.
this living God and Lord, his proof is not to the purpose.
+ Acts X. 40. Him God raised up and
shewed him openly to us who did eat and drink with him after he rose
from the dead. . John XXI. 1. After these things Jesus
SHEWED HIMSELF again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shEWED HE HIMSELF.
The former text takes something from Christ, as man; in which capacity he was at the dispofal of the Father. But the latter restores it to him again as God; under which character he is at his own disposal, and in unity with the Father. The fame is to be said of the two articles that follow.
+ John III. 16. God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.