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called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus.
2 Pet. i. 17, For he received from God the Father, honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
1 John ii. 22, Who is a liar but he that denieth that (the man) Jesus is the Christ? (the anointed).
iv. 3, Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God.
iv. 9, God sent his only Son into the world that we might live through him.
iv. 10, He (God) loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
iv. 14, And we have seen and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
v. 1, Whosoever believeth that (the man) Jesus is the Christ, is born of God; and every one that loveth him that caused, loveth him also that is caused of him.
2 John 7, For many deceivers are en
tered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, (a man).
Jude 4, Denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rev. i. 1, The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave unto him.
i. 5, 6, Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood; and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father, (or, to his God and Father),
ii. 26, 27, To him will I give power over the nations; even as I received of Father.
iii. 12, Him that overcometh, will I make a pillar in the temple of my God; and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which cometh down out of heaven from my God.
iii. 21, To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne; even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
xv. 3, And they sing the song of Moses,
the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty, &c.
xix. 15, And he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Al mighty God.
THE PRE-EXISTENCE AND DIVINITY OF
Upon a question which has so greatly agitated the Christian world, and upon which such various opinions have been entertained, it would be the height of presumption to say no difficulties are to be found.
The wonder is that the difficulties are not much greater. When we consider the distance of time since the books of the New Testament were composed; the language in which they were written; the number of ages which elapsed before the discovery of the art of printing, consequently the multitude of transcribers
through whose hands they must have passed; and the difficulty of giving an accurate translation even with the best intentions and inclinations; it is truly astonishing that there are not more inaccuracies, greater variations, and almost insurmountable obstacles.
The question for your consideration is, on which side lie the greatest difficulties. Which opinions are most consistent, best accord with reason, require the least subtlety of explanation, are most simple, are most in unison with the attributes of the Deity, and best harmonize with the scriptures as a whole?
The enumeration given in our last Lecture comprehends nearly 1000 passages. Upon each of these, passages you reason in some such mode as the following. This passage cannot mean that the Father is God alone, viewed as a person, because there are two other persons, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. That passage cannot mean that the Father is supreme to an unlimited extent, because the Son and Holy Ghost are co-equal and co-eternal. A third cannot mean that the