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thority - "see the Text, No.66.". And what text would you suppose this to be? why, it is no other than that of Afts V.4. where he IS expressly filed God. The Do&tor refers us to it, because he has added a long perplexed Comment, to help us to understand it, I suppose ; though a child may see the force of it without any Comment at all. The substance of all he has said may be reduced to this — " Ananias “Iyed to God, because he lyed to the Apostles, “in whom God dwelt by his Spirit.” Thus he has tried to evade it ; even by producing one proof of the Holy Ghosts Divinity, as an answer to another. For if the Scripture assures us that God dwelleth in us, and our only argument for it, is, because the Spirit dwelleth in us; who can the Spirit be, but God himself? as it is proved in the following Article. But before we proeeed to it, I must beg the Reader to observe how he has used and represented Athanasius's opinion upon this text. “ Athanafius himself (says “the Doctor b) explains this text in the same man"ner : He that lyed (faith he) to the Holy Ghost, “ lyed to GOD, WHO dwelleth in men ly bis “Spirit. Fore where the Spirit of God is, there
is GOD.” The Difference, then, between a Part 11. §. XXXII. b No: 66..'c Ozo goe asi no Ils 66 MG 78 988, exe Egtv o EOE..win ..
this author and St. Athanafus, is no more than this: the former takes occasion to deny that the Holy Ghost is GOD, the latter to prove it, and both from one and the same text; which, if you believe the Doctor, they have explained in the same manner !
I Fohn III. 21. Beloved if our heart
condemn us not then have we con
fidence toward GOD. . . . Ibid. v. 24. And hereby we know that : He abideth in us, by THE SPIRIT · which he hath given us.
The Apostle's reasoning is this “The Spirit “abideth in us; and hereby we know that He (God) abideth in us. But unless the Spirit be a person in the Unity of God, the conclusion is manifestly false.
1 Cor. III. 16. The temple of God is
holy, which temple are ye. 1 Cor. VI. 19. Know ye not, that your
BODIES are the TEMPLE of the Holy
; . XI. :. Matt. IV. 1. Then was Jesus led up
(UTO) BY THE SPIRIT, to be TEMPT
ED, &c. Luke XI. 2—4. OUR FATHER which
art in heaven – LEAD us not into TEMPTATION. ;.
It is not my business in this place to fhew particularly in what manner and for what end God leads us into temptation. That it is no way inconsistent with the divine attributes, is plain from the case now before us : for Jesus was led up into the wilderness to meet his adversary and be tempted by him. And it is also plain from that petition in the Lords Prayer, that our Father which is in heaven would not lead us into temptation : it being needless and absurd to pray that God would not do, what, by the necessity of his nature, it is impossible for him to do. In this case, God is not the tempter : he only introduces us to the trial; and always provides, if we have the grace and prudence to embrace it, a way for our escaping that we may be able to bear it.
But when Jesus was tempted, the leading him into temptation was the act of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, as often as we repeat the Lords Prayer, we address ourselves inclusively to the Person of the Spirit, under the one name of OUR FATHER: and certainly, he also is our Father, of whom we are begotten and born, even of the Spirit: and again, as many as are LED by the SPIRIT of God, they are the SONS of God. Rom. VIII. 14. See Art. I. of this Chapter.
2 Cor. I. 3. Blessed be God, even the
GOD of ALL COMFORT.
If all spiritual Comfort (sent from heaven) be of God, how is it consistent, that the Churches had rest --- walking in the COMFORT OF the HOLY GHOST, '. unless the Holy Ghost be a person in the Unity of God? and how can be be styled by way of Eminence, THE Comforter, if there be a God distinct from him, who claims that Title? for then he is not the Comforter, but one of the two; and two divine Comforters, like two Almighties, would make two Gods; which is not a principle of Christianity, but of heathen Idolatry. And the same reasoning will hold good as to another of his titles.
a Aks IX. z. b 'o a Dyreinte. John XIV. 26.
For For the Holy Ghost is called, by way of Eminence, THE SPIRIT, ' i.e. the true and principal, the head and Father of all other Spirits. Yet we are told that God is a Spirit:b.so that unless the Spirit be also God, we must believe in two supreme, distinct, and independent Spirits. And thus we justly argue for the Divinity of Chrift; that because GOD is LIGHT, and Christ is THE LIGHT.“ Therefore, he is and must be God; even the TRUE God, because he is the TRU
1 Cor. II. 11. For what man knoweth
the things of a man, save the spirit of a man which is in HIM? Even so the things of God knoweth (DES) none but the SPIRIT OF GOD.
The Spirit of a man knows the things of a man for this reason, because it is in him. For the same reason, the Spirit of God knows the things of God, because it is in the Godhead; than which nothing farther need be desired to prove
a I John V.6. 6 John IV. 24. c 1 John 1.5. d John I. 4:7, 8. and VIII. 12. e Ibid. I. 9.