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C H A P. I. . The DIVINITY of CHRIST.
. . I. Isa. VIII. 13, 14. Sanctifie the LORD 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 STUMBLING and ROCK Of Offence to both houses of Israel. 1 Pet. II. 7, 8. The stone which the
builders disallowed, the fame is made the head of the corner, and a stone OF STUMBLING and ROCK OF OFFENCE.
Instead of reasoning upon these words of the Prophet Isaiah, according to any private Interpretation, I add another passage of Scripture, wherein they are exprefly applied to
the person of Christ ; and then thew what must be the result of both. If the Scripture, thus compared with itself, be drawn up into an argument, the conclusion may indeed be denied, and so may the whole Bible, but it cannot be answered. For example,
The Stone of Stumbling and Rock of Offence, as the former text affirms, is the Lord of Hofts himself ; a name which the Arians allow to no other but the one, only, true, and supreme God.
But, this Stone of Stumbling and Rock of Offence, as it appears from the latter text, is no other than Christ, the same stone which the builders refused; Therefore,
Christ is the LORD OF HOSTS HIMSELF : and the Arian is confuted upon his own principles.
Ifai. VI. 5. Mine Eyes have seen the
King, the LORD OF hosts. John XII.41. These things said Efaias, when he saw HIS (CHRISTS) GLORY, and spake of him.
a See an Esay on Spirit p. 65. Clark's Doctr, of the Trin. C. 1. 5. 3. 402.
Jesus Jesus is the person here spoken of by St. John ; whose Glory, Esaias is declared to have seen upon that occafion, where the Prophet affirms of himself, that his Eyes had seen the Lord of Hofts : Therefore,
Jesus is the LORD OF HOSTS.
Ifai. 44.6, 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 ME there is NO GOD.
Omega, the beginning and the End,
These Titles of the first and the last are confined to him alone, befdes whom there is no God. But Jesus hath assumed these Titles to himself: Therefore, Jesus is that God, besides whom there is no other. Or thus — There is no God besides him who is the first and the last : but, Jesus is the first and the last : therefore besides Jesus there is no other God.
Isai. XLIII. 11. I even I am the LORD,
and besides me there is no SA, VIOUR. 2 Pet. III. 18. OUR Lord and saviour
Jesus Christ then, is our Saviour; or, as he is called, John IV.42. The Saviour of the World. But unless he were God, even the Lord, Jehovab, as well as man, he could not be a Saviour ; because the Lord has declared, there is no Saviour beside himself. It is therefore rightly observed by the Apostle, Phil. 2. 9. that God in dignifying the man Christ with the name of JESUS, hath given him a name above every name,
a The argument drawn from this text will be equally convincing which ever way it be taken --Jesus Christ is a Saviour therefore he is Jehovah, the Lord Jesus Christ is Jehovah, therefore he is the Saviour. The best observations I have ever met with upon the name Jehovah, and it's application to the second Person of the Trinity, are to be found in a Vindication of the Do&trine of the Trinity from the Exceptions of a late pamphlet entitled, an Essay on Spirit — by the learned Dr. T. Randolph, President of C.C.C. in Oxford: which I would desire the Reader to consult, from p. 61. to 71. of Pt. I.