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CHAPTER V.
PREFATORY REMARKS.

I CANNOT enter upon subjects of so much difficulty as the Son of God and the Holy Spirit, without again premising a few introductory words. If indeed I were a member of the Church of Rome, which requires implicit obedience to its creed on all points of faith, I should have acquiesced from education or habit in its simple decree and authority, even though it denies that the doctrine of the Trinity, as now received, is capable of being proved from any passage of Scripture.[1] But since I enrol myself among the <104> number of those who acknowledge the word of God alone as the rule of faith, and freely advance what appears to me much more clearly deducible from the Holy Scriptures than the commonly received opinion, I see no reason why any one who belongs to the same Protestant or Reformed Church, and professes to acknowledge the same rule of faith as myself, should take offence at my freedom, particularly as I impose my authority on no one, but merely propose what I think more worthy of belief than the creed in general acceptation. I only entreat that my readers will ponder and examine my statements in a spirit which desires to discover nothing but the truth, and with a mind free from prejudice. For without intending to oppose the authority of Scripture, which I consider inviolably sacred, I only take upon myself to refute human interpretations as often as the occasion requires, conformably to my right, or rather to my duty as a man. If indeed those with whom I have to contend were able to produce direct attestation from heaven to the truth of the doctrine which they espouse, it would be nothing less than impiety to venture to raise, I do not say a clamour, but so much as a murmur against it. But inasmuch as they can lay claim to nothing more than human powers, assisted by that spiritual illumination which is common to all,[2] it is not unreasonable that they should on their part allow the privileges of diligent research and free discussion to another inquirer, who is seeking truth through the same means and in the same way as <105> themselves,[3] and whose desire of benefiting man kind is equal to their own.

In reliance, therefore, upon the divine assistance, let us now enter upon the subject itself.[4]

OF THE SON OF GOD.

Hitherto I have considered the internal efficiency of God as shown in his decrees.

His external efficiency, or the execution of his decrees, whereby he carries into effect by external agency whatever decrees he has purposed within himself, may be comprised under the heads of Generation, Creation, and the Government of the Universe.

First, Generation, whereby God, in pursuance of his decree, has begotten his only Son; whence he chiefly derives his appellation of Father.

Generation must be an external efficiency, since the Father and Son are different persons; and the divines themselves acknowledge this, who argue that there is a certain emanation of the Son from the Father (which will be explained when the doctrine concerning the Holy Spirit is under examination;) for though they teach that the Spirit is co —essential with the Father, they do not deny that it emanates, and goes out, and proceeds, and is breathed from the Father, which are all expressions denoting external efficiency. In conjunction with this doctrine they <106> hold that the Son is also co-essential with the Father, and generated from all eternity. Hence this question, which is naturally very obscure, becomes involved in still greater difficulties if the received opinion respecting it be followed; for though the Father be said in Scripture to have begotten the Son in a double sense, the one literal, with reference to the production of the Son, the other metaphorical, with reference to his exaltation, many commentators have applied the passages which allude to the exaltation and mediatorial functions of Christ as proofs of his generation from all eternity. They have indeed this excuse for their proceeding, if any excuse can be offered in such a case, that it was impossible to find a single text in all Scripture to prove the eternal generation of the Son. This point appears certain, notwithstanding the arguments of some of the moderns to the contrary, that the Son existed in the beginning, under the name of the logos or word, and was the first of the whole creation,[5] by whom afterwards all other things were made both in heaven and earth. John i. 1-3. 'in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,' &c. xvii. 5. 'and now, O Father, glorify me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.' Col. i. 15, 18. 'the first-born of every creature.' Rev. iii. 14. 'the beginning of the creation of <107> God.' 1 Cor. viii. 6. 'Jesus Christ, by whom are all things.' Eph. iii. 9. 'who created all things by Jesus Christ.' Col. i. 16. 'all things were created by him and for him.' Heb. i. 2. 'by whom also he made the worlds,' whence it is said, v. 10, 'thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth;' on which point more will be said in the seventh Chapter, on the Creation.

All these passages prove the existence of the Son before the world was made, but they conclude nothing respecting his generation from all eternity. The other texts which are produced relate only to his metaphorical generation, that is, to his resuscitation from the dead, or to his unction to the mediatorial office, according to St. Paul's own interpretation of the second Psalm: 'I will declare the decree; Jehovah hath said unto me, thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee'-[6] which the apostle thus explains, Acts xiii. 32, 33. 'God hath fulfilled the promise unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second Psalm, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.' Rom. i. 4. 'declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.' Hence, Col. i. 18. Rev. i. 4. 'the first begotten of the dead.' Heb. i. 5, speaking of the exaltation of the Son above the angels; 'for unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten <108> thee? and again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son.' Again, v. 5, 6, with reference to the priesthood of Christ; 'so also Christ glorified not himself to be made an High Priest, but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee: as he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever,' &c. Further, it will be apparent from the second Psalm, that God has begotten the Son, that is, has made him a king: v. 6. 'yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Sion;' and then in the next verse, after having anointed his King, whence the name of 'Christ' is derived, he says, 'this day have I begotten thee.'[7] Heb. i. 4, 5. 'being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.' No other name can be intended but that of Son, as the following verse proves: 'for unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee?' The Son also declares the same of himself. John x. 35, 36. 'say ye of Him whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest, because I said, I am the Son of God?' By a similar figure of speech, though in a much lower sense, the saints are also said to be begotten of God.[8]

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It is evident however upon a careful comparison and examination of all these passages, and particularly from the whole of the second Psalm, that however the generation of the Son may have taken place, it arose from no natural necessity, as is generally contended, but was no less owing to the decree and will of the Father than his priesthood or kingly power, or his resuscitation from the dead. Nor does this form any objection to his bearing the title of begotten, in whatever sense that expression is to be understood, or of God's 'own Son,' Rom, viii. 32. For he is called the own Son of God merely because he had no other Father besides God, whence he himself said, that 'God was his Father,' John v. 18. For to Adam God stood less in the relation of Father, than of Creator, having only formed him from the dust of the earth; whereas he was properly the Father of the Son made of his own substance. Yet it does not follow from hence that the Son is co-essential with the Father, for then the title of Son would be least of all applicable to him, since he who is properly the Son is not coeval with the Father, much less of the same numerical essence, otherwise the Father and the Son would be one person; nor did the Father beget him from any natural necessity, but of his own free <110> will,[9] — a mode more perfect and more agreeable to the paternal dignity; particularly since the Father is God, all whose works, as has been already proved from Scripture, are executed freely according to his own good pleasure, and consequently the work of generation.

For questionless, it was in God's power consistently with the perfection of his own essence not to have begotten the Son, inasmuch as generation does not pertain to the nature of the Deity, who stands in no need of propagation;[10] but whatever does not pertain to his own essence or nature, he does not effect like a natural agent from any physical necessity. If the generation of the Son proceeded from a physical necessity, the Father impaired himself by physically begetting a co-equal; which God could no more do than he could deny himself; therefore the generation of the Son cannot have proceeded otherwise than from a decree, and of the Father's own free will.

Thus the Son was begotten of the Father in consequence of his decree, and therefore within the limits of time, for the decree itself must have been anterior to the execution of the decree, as is sufficiently clear from the insertion of the word 'to-day.' Nor can I <111> discover on what passage of Scripture the assertors of the eternal generation of the Son ground their opinion, for the text in Micah v. 2. does not speak of his generation, but of his works, which are only said to have been wrought 'from of old.' But this will be discussed more at large hereafter.

The Son is also called 'only begotten.' John i. 14. 'and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.' v. 18. 'the only begotten Son which is in the bosom of the Father.' iii. 16, 18. 'he gave his only begotten Son.' 1 John iv. 9. 'God sent his only begotten Son.' Yet he is not called one essentially with the Father, inasmuch as he was visible to sight, and given by the Father, by whom also he was sent, and from whom he proceeded; but he enjoys the title of only begotten by way of superiority, as distinguished from many others who are also said to have been born of God. John i. 13. 'which were born of God.' 1 John iii. 9. 'whosoever is born of God, doth not commit sin.' James i. 18. 'of his own will begat he us with the word of truth.' 1 John v. 1. 'whosoever believeth,' &c. 'is born of God.' 1 Pet. i. 3. 'which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope.' But since throughout the Scriptures the Son is never said to be begotten, except, as above, in a metaphorical sense, it seems probable that he is called 'only begotten' principally because he is the one mediator between God and man.

So also the Son is called the 'first born.' Rom. viii. 29. 'that he might be the first born among many brethren.' Col. i. 15. 'the first born of every creature.' v. 18. 'the first born from the dead.' Heb. <112> i. 6. 'when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world.' Rev. iii. 14. 'the beginning of the creation of God,' —all which passages preclude the idea of his co-essentiality with the Father, and of his generation from all eternity. Thus it is said of Israel, Exod. iv. 22 'thus saith Jehovah, Israel is my son, even my first born;' and of Ephraim, Jer. xxxi. 9. 'Ephraim is my first born;' and of all the saints, Heb. xii. 23. 'to the general assembly of the first born.'

Hitherto only the metaphorical generation of Christ has been considered; but since to generate another who had no previous existence, is to give him being, and that if God generate by a physical necessity, he can generate nothing but a co-equal Deity, which would be inconsistent with self-existence, an essential attribute of Divinity; (so that according to the one hypothesis there would be two infinite Gods, or according to the other the first or efficient cause would become the effect, which no man in his senses will admit) it becomes necessary to inquire how or in what sense God the Father can have begotten the Son. This point also will be easily explained by reference to Scripture. For when the Son is said to be 'the first born of every creature,' and 'the beginning of the creation of God,' nothing can be more evident than that God of his own will created, or generated, or produced the Son before all things, endued with the divine nature, as in the fulness of time he miraculously begat him in his human nature of the Virgin Mary. The generation of the divine nature is described by no one with more sublimity and copiousness than by the apostle to the Hebrews, i. 2, 3. 'whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom <113> also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person,' &c. It must be understood from this, that God imparted to the Son as much as he pleased of the divine nature, nay of the divine substance itself, care being taken not to confound the substance with the whole essence, which would imply, that the Father had given to the Son what he retained numerically the same himself; which would be a contradiction of terms instead of a mode of generation. This is the whole that is revealed concerning the generation of the Son of God. Whoever wishes to be wiser than this, becomes foiled in his pursuit after wisdom, entangled in the deceitfulness of vain philosophy, or rather of sophistry, and involved in darkness.

Since, however, Christ not only bears the name of the only begotten Son of God, but is also several times called in Scripture God, notwithstanding the universal doctrine that there is but one God, it appeared to many, who had no mean opinion of their own acuteness, that there was an inconsistency in this; which gave rise to an hypothesis no less strange than repugnant to reason, namely, that the Son, although personally and numerically another, was yet essentially one with the Father, and that thus the unity of God was preserved.

But unless the terms unity and duality be signs of the same ideas to God which they represent to men, it would have been to no purpose that God had so repeatedly inculcated that first commandment, that he was the one and only God, if another could be said to exist besides, who also himself ought to be believed in as the one God. Unity and duality cannot <114> consist of one and the same essence. God is one ens, not two; one essence and one subsistence, which is nothing but a substantial essence, appertain to one ens; if two subsistences or two persons be assigned to one essence, it involves a contradiction of terms, by representing the essence as at once simple and compound. If one divine essence be common to two persons, that essence or divinity will either be in the relation of a whole to its several parts, or of a genus to its several species, or lastly of a common subject to its accidents. If none of these alternatives be conceded, there is no mode of escaping from the absurd consequences that follow, such as that one essence may be the third part of two or more.

There would have been no occasion for the supporters of these opinions to have offered such violence to reason, nay even to so much plain scriptural evidence, if they had duly considered God's own words addressed to kings and princes,[11] Psal. lxxxii. 6. 'I have said, Ye are gods, and all of you are children of the Most High;' or those of Christ himself, John x. 35. 'if he called them Gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken-;' or those of St. Paul, 1 Cor. viii, 5, 6. 'for though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or earth, (for there be gods many and lords many,) but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things,' &c. or lastly of St. Peter, ii. 1, 4. 'that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,' <115> which implies much more than the title of gods in the sense in which that title is applied to kings; though no one would conclude from this expression that the saints were co-essential with God.

Let us then discard reason in sacred matters, and follow the doctrine of Holy Scripture exclusively.[12] Accordingly, no one need expect that I should here premise a long metaphysical discussion, and introduce all that commonly received drama of the personalities in the Godhead: since it is most evident, in the first place, from numberless passages of Scripture, that there is in reality but one true independent and supreme God;[13] and as he is called one, (inasmuch as human reason and the common language of mankind, and the Jews, the people of God, have always considered him as one person only, that is, one in a numerical sense) let us have recourse to the sacred writings in order to know who this one true and supreme God is. This knowledge ought to be derived in the first instance from the gospel, since the clearest doctrine respecting the one God must necessarily be that copious and explanatory revelation concerning him which was delivered by Christ himself to his apostles, and by the apostles to their followers. Nor is it to be supposed that the gospel would be ambiguous or obscure on this subject; for it was not given for the purpose of promulgating new and incredible doctrines respecting the nature of God, hith <116> erto utterly unheard of by his own people, but to announce salvation to the Gentiles through Messiah the Son of God, according to the promise of the God of Abraham. 'No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him,' John i. 18. Let us therefore consult the Son in the first place respecting God.

According to the testimony of the Son, delivered in the clearest terms, the Father is that one true God, by whom are all things. Being asked by one of the scribes, Mark xii. 28, 29, 32, which was the first commandment of all, he answered from Deut. vi. 4. 'the first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord;' or as it is in Hebrew, 'Jehovah our God is one Jehovah.' The scribe assented; 'there is one God, and there is none other one but he;' and in the following verse Christ expresses his approbation of this answer. Nothing can be more clear than that it was the opinion of the scribe, as well of the other Jews, that by the unity of God is intended his oneness of person. That this God was no other than God the Father, is proved from John viii. 41, 54. 'we have one Father, even God. It is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say that he is your God.' iv. 21. 'neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father.' Christ therefore agrees with the whole people of God, that the Father is that one and only God. For who can believe that the very first of the commandments would have been so obscure, and so ill understood by the Church through such a succession of ages, that two other <117> persons, equally entitled to worship, should have remained wholly unknown to the people of God, and debarred of divine honours even to that very day? especially as God, where he is teaching his own people respecting the nature of their worship under the gospel, forewarns them that they would have for their God the one Jehovah whom they had always served, and David, that is Christ, for their King and Lord. Jer. xxx. 9. 'they shall serve Jehovah their God, and David their King, whom I will raise up unto them.' In this passage Christ, such as God willed that he should be known or served by his people under the gospel, is expressly distinguished from the one God Jehovah, both by nature and title. Christ himself therefore, the Son of God, teaches us nothing in the gospel respecting the one God but what the law had before taught, and everywhere clearly asserts him to be his Father. John xvii, 3. 'this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.' xx. 17. 'I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God and your God:' if therefore the Father be the God of Christ, and the same be our God, and if there be none other God but one, there can be no God beside the Father.

Paul, the apostle and interpreter of Christ, teaches the same in so clear and perspicuous a manner, that one might almost imagine the inculcation of this truth to have been his sole object. No teacher of catechumens in the Church could have spoken more plainly and expressly of the one God, according to the sense in which the universal consent of mankind has agreed to understand unity of number. <118> 1 Cor. viii. 4-6. 'we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one: for though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many and lords many,) but to us there is but one God the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.' Here the expression 'there is none other God but one,' excludes not only all other essences, but all other persons whatever; for it is expressly said in the sixth verse, that 'the Father is that one God;' wherefore there is no other person but one; at least in that sense which is intended by divines, when they argue from John xiv. 16. that there is another God, for the sake of asserting the personality of the Holy Spirit. Again, to those 'who are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, God the Father, of whom are all things' is opposed singly; he who is numerically 'one God', to 'many Gods.' Though the Son be another God, yet in this passage he is called merely 'Lord;' he 'of whom are all things,' is clearly distinguished from him 'by whom are all things,' and if a difference of causation prove a difference of essence, he is distinguished also in essence. Besides, since a numerical difference originates in difference of essence, those who are two numerically, must be also two essentially.[14] There is 'one Lord,' namely he whom <119> 'God the Father hath made,' Acts ii. 36. much more therefore is the Father Lord, who made him, though he be not here called Lord. For he who calls the Father 'one God,' also calls him one Lord above all, as Psal. cx. 1. 'the Lord said unto my Lord,' —a passage which will be more fully discussed hereafter. He who calls Jesus Christ 'one Lord,' does not call him one God, for this reason among others, that 'God the Father hath made him both Lord and Christ' Acts ii. 36. Elswhere therefore he calls the Father both God and Lord of him whom he here calls 'one Lord Jesus Christ.' Eph. i. 17. 'the God of our Lord Jesus Christ.' 1 Cor. xi. 3. 'the head of Christ is God.' xv. 28. 'the Son also himself shall be subject unto him.' If in truth the Father be called the 'Father of Christ,' if he be called 'the God of Christ,' if he be called 'the head of Christ,' if he be called the God to whom Christ described as the Lord, nay, even as 'the Son himself, is subject, and shall be subjected,' why should not the Father, be also the Lord of the same Lord Christ, and the God of the same God Christ; since Christ must also be God in the same relative manner that he is Lord and Son? Lastly, the Father is he 'of whom,' and 'from whom,' and 'by whom,' and 'for whom are all things;' Rom. xi. 36. Heb. ii. 10. The Son is not he 'of whom,' but only 'by <120> whom;' and that not without exception, 'all things,' namely 'which were made,' John i. 3. 'all things, except him which did put all things under him,' 1 Cor. xv. 27. It is evident therefore that when it is said 'all things were by him,' it must be understood of a secondary and delegated power; and that when the particle by is used in reference to the Father, it denotes the primary cause, as John vi. 57. 'I live by the Father;' when in reference to the Son, the secondary and instrumental cause; which will be explained more clearly on a future occasion.

Again, Eph. iv. 4-6. 'there is one body and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.' Here there is one Spirit, and one Lord; but the Father is one, and therefore God is one in the same sense as the remaining objects of which unity is predicated, that is, numerically one, and therefore one also in person. 1 Tim. ii. 5. 'there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.' Here the mediator, though not purely human, is purposely named man, by the title derived from his inferior nature, lest he should be thought equal to the Father, or the same God, whereas the argument distinctly and expressly refers to one God. Besides, it cannot be explained how any one can be a mediator to himself on his own behalf; according to Gal. iii. 20. 'a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.' How then can God be a mediator of God? Not to mention that he himself uniformly testifies of himself, John viii. 28. 'I do nothing of myself,' and v. 42. 'neither came I of myself.' Un <121> doubtedly therefore he does not act as a mediator to himself; nor return as a mediator to himself. Rom. v. 10. 'we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.' To whatever God we were reconciled, if he be one God, he cannot be the God by whom we are reconciled, inasmuch as that God is another person; for if he be one and the same, he must be a mediator between himself and us, and reconcile us to himself by himself; which is an insurmountable difficulty.

Though all this be so self-evident as to require no explanation, —namely, that the Father alone is a self-existent God, and that a being which is not self-existent cannot be God —it is wonderful with what futile subtleties, or rather with what juggling artifices, certain individuals have endeavoured to elude or obscure the plain meaning of these passages; leaving no stone unturned, recurring to every shift, attempting every means, as if their object were not to preach the pure and unadulterated truth of the gospel to the poor and simple, but rather by dint of vehemence and obstinacy to sustain some absurd paradox from falling, by the treacherous aid of sophisms and verbal distinctions, borrowed from the barbarous ignorance of the schools.

They defend their conduct, however, on the ground that though these opinions may seem inconsistent with reason, they are to be held for the sake of other passages of Scripture, and that otherwise Scripture will not be consistent with itself. Setting aside reason, therefore, let us have recourse again to the language of Scripture.

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The passages in question are two only. The first is John x. 30. 'I and my Father are one,' —that is, one in essence, as it is commonly interpreted. But God forbid that we should decide rashly on any point relative to the Deity. Two things may be called one in more than one way. Scripture saith, and the Son saith, 'I and my Father are one,' —I bow to their authority. Certain commentators conjecture that they are one in essence, —I reject what is merely man's invention. For the Son has not left us to conjecture in what manner he is one with the Father, (whatever member of the Church may have first arrogated to himself the merit of the discovery,) but explains the doctrine himself most fully, so far as we are concerned to know it. The Father and the Son are one, not indeed in essence, for he had himself said the contrary in the preceding verse, 'my Father, which gave them me, is greater than all,' (see also xiv. 28. 'my Father is greater than I,' ) and in the following verses he distinctly denies that he made himself God, in saying, 'I and my Father are one;' he insists that he had only said as follows, which implies far less, v. 36. 'say ye of him whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?' This must be spoken of two persons not only not co-essential, but not co-equal. Now if the Son be laying down a doctrine respecting the unity of the divine essence in two persons of the Trinity, how is it that he does not rather attribute the same unity of essence to the three persons? Why does he divide the indivisible Trinity? For there cannot be unity without totality. Therefore, on the authority of the opinions holden by my <123> opponents themselves, the Son and the Father without the Spirit are not one in essence. How then are they one? it is the province of Christ alone to acquaint us with this, and accordingly he does acquaint us with it. In the first place, they are one, inasmuch as they speak and act with unanimity; and so he explains himself in the same chapter, after the Jews had misunderstood his saying: x. 38. 'believe the works; that ye may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in him.' xiv. 10. 'believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.' Here he evidently distinguishes the Father from himself in his whole capacity, but asserts at the same time that the Father remains in him; which does not denote unity of essence, but only intimacy of communion. Secondly, he declares himself to be one with the Father in the same manner as we are one with him, —that is, not in essence, but in love, in communion, in agreement, in charity, in spirit, in glory. John xiv. 20, 21. 'at that day ye shall know that I am in the Father, and ye in me, and I in you: he that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father.' xvii. 21. 'that they all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us.' v. 23. 'I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them as thou hast loved me,' v. 22. 'the glory which thou gavest me I have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one.' When <124> the Son has shown in so many modes how he and his Father are one, why should I set them all aside? why should I, on the strength of my own reasoning, though in opposition to reason itself, devise another mode, which makes them one in essence; or why, if already devised by some other person, adopt it, in preference to Christ's own mode? If it be proposed on the single authority of the Church, the true doctrine of the orthodox Church herself teaches me otherwise; inasmuch as it instructs me to listen to the words of Christ before all other.[15]

The other passage, and which according to the general opinion affords the clearest foundation for the received doctrine of the essential unity of the three persons, is 1 John v. 7. 'there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one.' But not to mention that this verse is wanting in the Syriac[16] and the other two Oriental versions, the Arabic and the Ethiopic, as well as in the greater part of the ancient Greek manuscripts, and that in those manuscripts which actually contain it, many various readings occur, it no more necessarily proves those to be essentially one, <125> who are said to be one in heaven, than it proves those to be essentially one, who are said to be one on earth in the following verse. And not only Erasmus, but even Beza, however unwillingly, acknowledged (as may be seen in their own writings)[17] that if John be really the author of the verse, he is only speaking here, as in the last quoted passage, of an unity of agreement and testimony. Besides, who are the three who are said to bear witness? That they are three Gods, will not be admitted; therefore neither is it the one God, but one record or one testimony of three witnesses, which is implied. But he who is not co-essential with God the Father, cannot be co-equal with the Father. This text however will be discussed more at large in the following chapter.

But, it is objected, although Scripture does not say in express words that the Father and the Son are one in essence, yet reason proves the truth of the doctrine from these, as well as from other passages of Scripture.

In the first place, granting, (which I am far from doing,) that this is the case, yet on a subject so sublime, and so far above our reason, where the very elements and first postulates, as it were, of our faith are concerned, belief must be founded, not on mere <126> reason, but on the word of God exclusively, where the language of the revelation is most clear and particular. Reason itself, however, protests strongly against the doctrine in question; for how can reason establish (as it must in the present case) a position contrary to reason? Undoubtedly the product of reason must be something consistent with reason, not a notion as absurd as it is removed from all human comprehension. Hence we conclude, that this opinion is agreeable neither to Scripture nor reason. The other alternative therefore must be adopted, namely, that if God be one God, and that one God be the Father, and if notwithstanding the Son be also called God, the Son must have received the name and nature of Deity from God the Father, in conformity with his decree and will, after the manner stated before. This doctrine is not disproved by reason, and Scripture teaches it in innumerable passages.

But those who insist that the Son is one God with the Father, consider their point as susceptible of ample proof, even without the two texts already examined, (on which indeed some admit that no reliance is to be placed) if it can be demonstrated from a sufficient number of Scripture testimonies that the name and attributes and works of God, as well as divine honours, are habitually ascribed to the Son. To proceed therefore in the same line of argument, I do not ask them to believe that the Father alone and none else is God, unless I shall have proved, first, that in every passage each of the particulars above mentioned is attributed in express terms only to one God the Father, as well by the Son himself as by his apostles. Secondly, that wherever they are attributed to <127> the Son, it is in such a manner that they are easily understood to be attributable in their original and proper sense to the Father alone; and that the Son acknowledges himself to possess whatever share of Deity is assigned to him, by virtue of the peculiar gift and kindness of the Father; to which the apostles also bear their testimony. And lastly, that the Son himself and his apostles acknowledge through out the whole of their discourses and writings, that the Father is greater than the Son in all things.

I am aware of the answer which will be here made by those who, while they believe in the unity of God, yet maintain that the Father alone is not God. I shall therefore meet their objection in the outset, lest they should raise a difficulty and outcry at each individual passage. They twice beg the question, or rather request us to make two gratuitous concessions. In the first place, they insist, that wherever the name of God is attributed to the Father alone, it should be understood οὐσίωδῶς, not ὑποστατικῶς, that is to say, that the name of the Father, who is unity, should be understood to signify the three persons, or the whole essence of the Trinity, not the single person of the Father. This is on many accounts a ridiculous distinction, and invented solely for the purpose of supporting their peculiar opinion; although in reality, instead of supporting it, it will be found to be dependent on it, and therefore if the opinion itself be invalidated, for which purpose a simple denial is sufficient, the futile distinction falls to the ground at the same time. For the fact is, not merely that the distinction is a futile one, but that it is no distinction at all; it is a mere verbal quibble, founded on the use of <128> synonymous words, and cunningly dressed up in terms borrowed from the Greek to dazzle the eyes of novices. For since 'essence' and 'hypostasis' mean the same thing, as has been shown in the second Chapter, it follows that there can be no real difference of meaning between the adverbs 'essentially' and 'substantially,' which are derived from them. If then the name of God be attributed to the Father alone 'essentially,' it must also be attributed to the Father alone 'substantially;' since one substantial essence means nothing else than one hypostasis, and vice versa. I would therefore ask my adversaries, whether they hold the Father to be an abstract ens or not? Questionless they will reply, the primary ens of all. I answer, therefore, that as he has one hypostasis, so must he have one essence proper to himself, incommunicable in the highest degree, and participated by no one, that is, by no person besides, for he cannot have his own proper hypostasis, with out having his own proper essence. For it is impossible for any ens to retain its own essence in common with any other thing whatever, since by this essence it is what it is,[18] and is numerically distinguished from all others. If therefore the Son, who has his own proper hypostasis, have not also his own proper essence, but the essence of the Father, he becomes on their hypothesis either no ens at all, or the same ens with the Father; which strikes at the very foundation of the Christian religion. The answer which is commonly made, is ridiculous namely, —that although one finite essence can pertain to one person on <129> ly, one infinite essence may pertain to a plurality of persons; whereas in reality the infinitude of the essence affords an additional reason why it can pertain to only one person. All acknowledge that both the essence and the person of the Father are infinite; therefore the essence of the Father cannot be communicated to another person, for otherwise there might be two, or any imaginable number of infinite persons.

The second postulate is, that wherever the Son attributes Deity to the Father alone, and as to one greater than himself, he must be understood to speak in his human character, or as mediator. Wherever the context and the fact itself require this interpretation, I shall readily concede it, without losing any thing by the concession; for however strongly it may be contended, that when the Son attributes every thing to the Father alone, he speaks in his human or mediatorial capacity, it can never be inferred from hence that he is one God with the Father. On the other hand I shall not scruple to deny the proposition, whenever it is to be conceded not to the sense of the passage, but merely to serve their own theory; and shall prove that what the Son attributes to the Father, he attributes in his filial or even in his divine character to the Father as God of God, and not to himself under any title or pretence whatever.

With regard to the name of God, wherever simultaneous mention is made of the Father and the Son, that name is uniformly ascribed to the Father alone, except in such passages as shall be hereafter separately considered. I shall quote in the first place the texts of the former class, which are by far the more considerable in point of number, and form a large and <130> compact body of proofs. John iii. 16. 'so God loved the world, that he gave his own Son,' &c. vi. 27. 'him hath God the Father sealed.' v. 29. 'this is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.' xiv. 1. 'ye believe in God, believe also in me.' What is meant by believing in any one, will be explained hereafter; in the mean time it is clear that two distinct things are here intended —'in God' and 'in me.' Thus all the apostles in conjunction, Acts iv. 24. 'lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God which hast made heaven and earth..... who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage..... against the Lord, and against his Christ?' Rom. viii. 3. 'God sending his own Son.' 1 Thess. iii. 11. 'now God himself, and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.' Col. ii. 2. 'to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.[19] iii. 3. 'your life is hid with Christ in God.' 2 Tim. iv. 1. 'I charge thee therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ.' 1 John iv. 9. 'the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son.' So also where Christ is named first in order. Gal. i. 1. 'by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead.' 2 Thess. ii 16. 'now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father.' The same thing may be observed in the very outset of all the Epistles of St. Paul and of the other apostles, where, as is natural, it is their custom to declare in express and distinct terms who he is by whose divine authority they have <131> been sent. Rom. i. 7, 8. 1 Cor. i. 1-3. 2 Cor. i. 1-3, and so throughout to the book of Revelations. See also Mark i. 1.

The Son likewise teaches that the attributes of divinity belong to the Father alone, to the exclusion even of himself. With regard to omniscience. Matt. xxiv. 36. 'of that day and hour knoweth no man, no not the angels of heaven, but my Father only;' and still more explicitly, Mark xiii. 32. 'not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.'

With regard to supreme dominion both in heaven and earth, the unlimited authority and full power of decreeing according to his own independent will.[20] Matt. vi. 13. 'thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.' xviii. 35. 'so likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not,' &c. —xxvi. 29. 'in my Father's kingdom.' xx. 23. 'to sit on my right hand and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.' It is not mine —, in my mediatorial capacity, as it is commonly interpreted.[21] But questionless, when the ambition of the mother and her two sons incited them to prefer this important petition, they addressed their petition to the entire nature of Christ, how exalted soever it might be, praying him to grant their request to the utmost extent of his power whether as God or <132> man; v. 20. 'worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him,' and v. 21. 'grant that they may sit.' Christ also answers with reference to his whole nature —'it is not mine to give;' and lest for some reason, they might still fancy the gift belonged to him, he declares that it was altogether out of his province, and the exclusive privilege of the Father. If his reply was meant solely to refer to his mediatorial capacity, it would have bordered on sophistry, which God forbid that we should attribute to him; as if he were capable of evading the request of Salome and her sons by the quibble which the logicians call expositio prava or æquivoca, when the respondent answers in a sense or with a mental intention different from the meaning of the questioner. The same must be said of other passages of the same kind, where Christ speaks of himself; for after the hypostatical union of two natures in one person, it follows that whatever Christ says of himself, he says not as the possessor of either nature separately, but with reference to the whole of his character, and in his entire person, except where he himself makes a distinction. Those who divide this hypostatical union at their own discretion, strip the discourses and answers of Christ of all their sincerity; they represent every thing as ambiguous and uncertain, as true and false at the same time; it is not Christ that speaks, but some unknown substitute, sometimes one, and sometimes another; so that the words of Horace may be justly applied to such disputants:

Quo teneam vultus mutantem Protea nodo ?[22]

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Luke xxiii. 34. 'Father forgive them,' &c. John xiv. 2. 'in my Father's house.' So also Christ himself says, Matt. xxvi. 39. 'O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.' Now it is manifest that those who have not the same will cannot have the same essence. It appears however from many passages, that the Father and Son have not, in a numerical sense, the same intelligence or will. Matt. xxiv. 36. 'no man knoweth..... but my Father only.' Mark xiii. 32. 'neither the Son, but the Father.' John vi. 38. 'I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.' Those therefore whose understanding and will are not numerically the same, cannot have the same essence. Nor is there any mode of evading this conclusion, inasmuch as the Son himself has thus expressed himself even with regard to his own divine nature. See also Matt. xxvi. 42. and v. 53. 'thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?' Mark xiv. 36. 'Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me,' &c. Luke xxii. 29. 'I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me.' xxiii. 46. 'Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.' John xii. 27. 'Father, save me from this hour.' If these prayers be uttered only in his human capacity, which is the common solution, why does he petition these things from the Father alone, instead of from himself, if he were God? Or rather, supposing him to be at once man and the supreme God, why does he ask at all for what was in <134> his own power?[23] What need was there for the union of the divine and human nature in one person, if he himself, being equal to the Father, gave back again into his hands every thing that he had received from him?

With regard to his supreme goodness. Matt. xix. 17. 'why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.' We need not be surprised that Christ should refuse to accept the adulatory titles which were wont to be given to the Pharisees, and on this account should receive the young man with less kindness than usual; but when he says, 'there is none good but one, that is God,' it is evident that he did not choose to be considered essentially the same with that one God; for otherwise this would only have been disclaiming the credit of goodness in one character, for the purpose of assuming it in another. John vi. 32. 'my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.' v. 65. 'no man can come unto me' —that is, to me, both God and man —'except it were given unto him of my Father.'

With regard to his supreme glory. Matt, xviii. 10. 'their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.' John xvii. 4. 'I have glorified thee on the earth.' Nay, it is to those who obey the Father that the promise of true wisdom is made even with regard to the knowing Christ himself, which is the very point now in question. John vii. 17, 18. 'if any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself: he that speaketh of him <135> self seeketh his own glory; but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.' xv. 8. 'herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.' Matt. vii. 21. 'not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father that is in heaven.' xii. 50. 'whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.'

Thus Christ assigns every attribute of the Deity to the Father alone. The apostles uniformly speak in a similar manner. Rom. xv. 5, 6. 'the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one toward another, according to Christ Jesus.' xvi. 25-27. 'to him that is of power to stablish you.....according to the commandment of the everlasting God..... to God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ —our Lord,' as the Vetus Interpres and some of the Greek manuscripts read it. 1 Tim. vi. 13-16. 'I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who witnessed a good confession..... until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords: who alone hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto, whom no man hath seen, nor can see; to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.'

With regard to his works. See Rom. xvi. 25-27. 1 Tim. vi. 13-16. as quoted above. 2 Cor. i. 21, 22. 'now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; who hath also sealed <136> us.' Now the God which stablisheth us, is one God. 1 Pet. i. 2. 'elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.' Even those works which regard the Son himself, or which were done in him. Acts v. 30-33. 'the God of our fathers raised up Jesus..... him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.' Gal. i. I. 'by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead.' Rom. x. 9. 'if thou shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.' 1 Cor. vi. 14. 'God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise us up by his own power.' 1 Thess. i. 10. 'to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead.' Heb. x. 5. 'sacrifice and offering thou wouldst not, but a body hast thou prepared me.' 1 Pet. i. 21. 'who by him do believe in God that raised him up from the dead.' So many are the texts wherein the Son is said to be raised up by the Father alone, which ought to have greater weight than the single passage in St. John, ii. 19. 'destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up' —where he spake briefly and enigmatically, without explaining his meaning to enemies who were unworthy of a fuller answer, on which account he thought it unnecessary to mention the power of the Father.

With regard to divine honours. For as the Son uniformly pays worship and reverence to the Father alone, so he teaches us to follow the same practice. Matt. vi. 6. 'pray to thy Father.' v. 9. 'after this manner therefore pray ye; Our Father, which art <137> in heaven,' &c. xviii. 19. 'as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which in heaven.' Luke xi. 1, 2. 'teach us to pray,' &c. 'and he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father, which art in heaven.' John ii. 16. 'make not my Father's house an house of merchandise,' iv. 21-23. 'the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him.' xv. 16. 'that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.' xvi. 23. 'in that day ye shall ask me nothing; ..... whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.' Rom. i. 8, 9. 'first, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all..... for God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son,' &c. v. 11. 'we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.' vii. 25. 'I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.' xv. 6. 'that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.' 1 Cor. i. 4. 'I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ.' 2 Cor. i. 3. 'blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.' Gal. i. 4, 5. 'who gave himself..... according to the will of God and our Father; to whom be glory for ever and ever.' Eph. i. 3. 'blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,' &c. ii. 18. 'for through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.' iii. 14. 'for this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.' v. 20, 21. 'now unto him <138> that is able to do exceeding abundantly, above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end.' Philip, i. 2, 3. 'grace be unto you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.' See also Col. i. 3. and iii. 17. 'whatsoever ye do..... do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.' 1 Thess. i. 2, 3. 'we give thanks to God for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.' v. 9, 10. 'to serve the living and true God; and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom be raised from the dead.' See also 2 Thess. i. 2, 3. and 2 Tim. i. 3. 'I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers.' Now the forefathers of Paul served God the Father alone. See also Philem. 4, 5. and 1 Pet. i. 3. and iv. 10. 'as every man hath received the gift..... let him speak as the oracles of God..... as of the ability which God giveth, that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ.' James i. 27. 'pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father, is this.' 1 John. ii. 1. 'we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.' 2 John 4-6. 'walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father..... this is love, that we walk after his commandments.' Rev. i. 6. 'who made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Matt. xxi. 12. <139> 'Jesus went into the temple of God.' Here however my opponents quote the passage from Malachi iii. 1. 'the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant.' I answer, that in prophetical language these words signify the coming of the Lord into the flesh, or into the temple of the body, as it is expressed John ii. 21. For the Jews sought no one in the temple as an object of worship, except the Father; and Christ himself in the same chapter has called the temple his Father's house, and not his own. Nor were they seeking God, 'but that Lord and messenger of the covenant;' that is, him who was sent from God as the mediator of the covenant; —he it was who should come to his Church, which the prophets generally express figuratively under the image of the temple. So also where the terms God and man are put in opposition to each other, the Father stands exclusively for the one God. James iii. 9. 'therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.' 1 John ii. 15, 16. 'if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him; for all that is in the world..... is not of the Father, but of the world.'

But it is strenuously urged on the other hand, that the Son is sometimes called God, and even Jehovah; and that all the attributes of the Deity are assigned to him likewise in many passages both of the Old and New Testament, We arrive therefore at the other point which I originally undertook to prove; and since it has been already shown from the analogy of scripture, that where the Father and <140> the Son are mentioned together, the name and attributes, and works of the Deity, as well as divine honours, are always assigned to the one and only God the Father, I will now demonstrate, that whenever the same properties are assigned to the Son, it is in such a manner as to make it easily intelligible that they ought all primarily and properly to be attributed to the Father alone.

It must be observed in the first place, that the name of God is not unfrequently ascribed, by the will and concession of God the Father, even to angels and men, —how much more then to the only be gotten Son, the image of the Father. To angels. Psal, xcvii. 7, 9. 'worship him all ye gods..... thou art high above all the earth; thou art exalted far above all gods,' compared with Heb. i. 6. See also Psal. viii. 5. To judges. Exod. xxii. 28. 'thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.' See also, in the Hebrew, Exod, xxi. 6. xxii. 8, 9. Psal. lxxxii. 1, 6. 'he judgeth among the gods. I have said, Ye are gods, and all of you are children of the most high.' To the whole house of David, or to all the saints. Zech. xii. 8. 'the house of David, shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.' The word אלהים, though it be of the plural number, is also employed to signify a single angel, in case it should be thought that the use of the plural implies a plurality of persons in the Godhead: Judges xiii. 21. 'then Manoah knew that he was an angel of Jehovah; and Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, be cause we have seen God.' The same word is also applied to a single false God. Exod. xx. 3. 'thou <141> shalt have no other gods before me.' To Dagon. Judges xvi. 23. To single idols. 1 Kings xi. 33. To Moses. Exod. iv. 16. and vii. 1. To God the Father alone. Psal. ii. 7. xlv. 7. and in many other places. Similar to this is the use of the word אדנים, the Lord, in the plural number with a singular meaning; and with a plural affix according to the Hebrew mode. The word אדני also with the vowel Patha is frequently employed to signify one man, and with the vowel Kamets to signify one God, or one angel bearing the character of God. This peculiarity in the above words has been carefully noticed by the grammarians and lexicographers themselves, as well as in בעל used appellatively. The same thing may עשחרוח. For even among the Greeks the word perhaps be remarked of the proper names כעלים and δεσπότης, that is, Lord, is also used in the plural number in the sense of the singular, when extraordinary respect and honour are intended to be paid. Thus in the Iphigenia in Aulis of Euripides, λίαν δεσπόταισι πιστὸς εἶ, (1. 304 Beck's edition) for δεσπότῃ, and again εὔκλεές τοι δεσποτῶν θνήσκειν ὕπερ (1. 312) for δεσπότου. It is also used in the Rhesus and the Bacchæ and in the same manner.[24]

Attention must be paid to these circumstances, lest any one through ignorance of the language should erroneously suppose, that whenever the word Elohim is joined with a singular, it is intended to intimate a plurality of persons in unity of essence. But if there be any significance at all in this peculiarity, the word must imply as many Gods, as it does persons. Be <142> sides, a plural adjective or a plural verb is sometimes joined to the word Elohim, which, if a construction of this kind could mean anything, would signify not a plurality of persons only, but also of natures. See in the Hebrew, Deut. v. 26. Josh. xxiv. 19. Jer. x. 10. Gen. xx. 13. Further, the singular אלה also sometimes occurs, Deut. xxxii. 18. and elsewhere. It is also attributed to Christ with the singular affix. Psal. cx. 1. לאדני 'Jehovah said unto my Lord,' in which passage the Psalmist speaks of Christ (to whom the name of Lord is assigned as a title of the highest honour) both as distinct from Jehovah, and, if any reliance can be placed on the affix, as inferior to Jehovah. But when he addresses the Father, the affix is changed, and he says, v. 5. אדני 'the Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.'

The name of God seems to be attributed to angels,[25], because as heavenly messengers they bear the appearance of the divine glory and person, and even speak in the very words of the Deity. Gen. xxi. 17, 18. xxii. 11, 12, 15, 16. 'by myself have I sworn, <143> saith Jehovah.' For the expression which was so frequently in the mouth of the prophets, and which is elsewhere often omitted, is here inserted, that it may be understood that angels and messengers do not declare their own words, but the commands of God who sends them, even though the speaker seem to bear the name and character of the Deity himself. So believed the patriarch Jacob; Gen. xxxi. 11-13. 'the angel of God spake unto me saying..... I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee. I am the God of Bethel,' &c. xxxii. 30. 'I have seen God face to face;' compared with Hos. xii. 4, 5. 'he had power with God, yea, he had power over the angel.' Exod. xxiv. 10, 11. 'they saw the God of Israel..... also they saw God.' Deut. iv. 33. 'did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?' Yet it is said, Exod. xxxiii. 20. 'there shall no man see me, and live.' John i. 18. 'no man hath seen God at any time.' v. 37. 'ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.' 1 Tim. vi. 16. 'dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto, whom no man hath seen, nor can see.' It follows therefore that whoever was heard or seen, it was not God; not even where mention is made of God, nay even of Jehovah himself, and of the angels in the same sentence. Gen. xxviii. 12, 13. 'behold the angels of God..... and behold, Jehovah stood above them.' 1 Kings xxii. 19. 'I saw Jehovah sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him.' Isai. vi. 1, 2. 'I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne..... above it stood the seraphim.' I repeat, it was not God himself that he saw, but perhaps one of the an <144> gels clothed in some modification of the divine glory, or the Son of God himself, the image of the glory of his Father, as John understands the vision, xii. 41. 4 'these things said Esaias, when he saw his glory.' For if he had been of the same essence, he could no more have been seen or heard than the Father himself, as will be more fully shown hereafter. Hence even the holiest of men were troubled in mind when they had seen an angel, as if they had seen God himself. Gen. xxxii. 30. 'I have seen God.' Judges vi. 22. 'when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of Jehovah, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord Jehovah, for because I have seen an angel of Jehovah face to face.' See also xiii. 21, 22. as before.

The name of God is ascribed to judges, because they occupy the place of God to a certain degree in the administration of judgement. The Son, who was entitled to the name of God both in the capacity of a messenger and of a judge, and indeed in virtue of a much better right,[26] did not think it foreign to his character, when the Jews accused him of blasphemy because he made himself God, to allege in his own defence the very reason which has been advanced. John x. 34-36. 'Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods ? If he called them gods unto whom the word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken; say ye of him whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of <145> God ?' —especially when God himself had called the judges, sons of the Most High, as has been stated before. Hence 1 Cor. viii. 4, 5. 'for though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.'

Even the principal texts themselves which are brought forward to prove the divinity of the Son, if carefully weighed and considered, are sufficient to show that the Son is God in the manner which has been explained. John i. 1. 'in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.' It is not said, from everlasting, but 'in the beginning.' The Word, —therefore the Word was audible. But God, as he cannot be seen, so neither can he be heard; John v. 37. The Word therefore is not of the same essence with God. 'The Word was with God, and was God,' —namely, because he was with God, that is, in the bosom of the Father, as it is expressed v. 18. Does it follow therefore that he is essentially one with him with whom he was ? It no more follows, than that the disciple 'who was lying on Jesus' breast,' John xiii. 23. was essentially one with Christ. Reason rejects the doctrine; Scripture nowhere asserts it; let us therefore abandon human devices, and follow the evangelist himself; who is his own interpreter. Rev. xix. 13. 'his name is called The Word of God' —that is, of the one God: he himself is a distinct person. If therefore he be a distinct person, he is distinct from God, who is unity. How then is he himself also God ? <146> By the same right as he enjoys the title of the Word, or of the only begotten Son, namely, by the will of the one God. This seems to be the reason why it is repeated in the second verse —'the same was in the beginning with God;' which enforces what the apostle wished we should principally observe, not that he was in the beginning God, but in the beginning with God; that he might show him to be God only by proximity and love; not in essence; which doctrine is consistent with the subsequent explanation of the evangelist in numberless passages of his gospel.

Another passage is the speech of Thomas, John xx. 28. 'my Lord and my God.' He must have an immoderate share of credulity who attempts to elicit a new confession of faith, unknown to the rest of the disciples, from this abrupt exclamation of the apostle, who invokes in his surprize not only Christ his own Lord, but the God of his ancestors, namely, God the Father; —as if he had said, Lord! what do I see —what do I hear —what do I handle with my hands ? He whom Thomas is supposed to call God in this passage, had acknowledged respecting himself not long before, v. 17. 'I ascend unto my God and your God.' Now the God of God cannot be essentially one with him whose God he is. On whose word therefore can we ground our faith with most security; on that of Christ, whose doctrine is clear, or of Thomas, a new disciple, first incredulous, then suddenly breaking out into an abrupt exclamation in an ecstasy of wonder, if indeed he really called Christ his God ? For having reached out his fingers, he called the man whom he touched, as if unconscious of what he was saying, by the name of God. Neither is <147> it credible that he should have so quickly understood the hypostatic union of that person whose resurrection he had just before disbelieved. Accordingly the faith of Peter is commended —'blessed art thou, Simon' —for having only said —'thou art the Son of the living God,' Matt. xvi. 16, 17. The faith of Thomas, although as it is commonly explained, it asserts the divinity of Christ in a much more remarkable manner, is so far from being praised, that it is undervalued, and almost reproved in the next verse —'Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.' And yet, though the slowness of his belief may have deserved blame, the testimony borne by him to Christ as God, which if the common interpretation be received as true, is clearer than occurs in any other passage, would undoubtedly have met with some commendation; whereas it obtains none whatever. Hence there is nothing to invalidate that interpretation of the passage which has been already suggested, referring the words —my Lord —to Christ, —my God —to God the Father, who had just testified that Christ was his Son, by raising him up from the dead in so wonderful a manner.

So too Heb. i. 8. 'unto the Son' —or 'of the Son —he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.' But in the next verse it follows, 'thou hast loved righteousness,' &c. 'therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows,' where almost every word indicates the sense in which Christ is here termed God; and the words of Jehovah put into the mouth of the bridal virgins, Psal. xlv. might have been more prop <148> erly quoted by this writer for any other purpose than to prove that the Son is co-equal with the Father, since they are originally applied to Solomon, to whom, as properly as to Christ, the title of God might have been given on account of his kingly power, conformably to the language of Scripture.

These three passages are the most distinct of all that are brought forward; for the text in Matt. i. 23. 'they shall call' (for so the great majority of the Greek manuscripts read it[27] ) 'his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us,' does not prove that he whom they were so to call should necessarily be God, but only a messenger from God, according to the song of Zacharias, Luke i. 68, 69. 'blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us,' &c. Nor can any thing certain be inferred from Acts xvi. 31 , 34. 'believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, —and he rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.' For it does not follow from hence that Christ is God, since the apostles have never distinctly pointed out Christ as the ultimate object of faith; but these are merely the words of the historian, expressing that briefly which there can be no doubt that the apostles inculcated in a more detailed manner, —faith in God the Father through Christ. Nor is the passage in Acts xx. 28. more decisive, —'the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood;' that is, with his own Son, as it is elsewhere expressed, for God properly speaking has <149> no blood; and no usage is more common than the substitution of the figurative term blood for offspring. But the Syriac version reads, not 'the Church of God,' but the 'Church of Christ;' and in our own recent translation it is, 'the Church of the Lord.'[28] Nor can any certain dependence be placed on the authority of the Greek manuscripts, five of which read τοῦ Κυρίου Θεοῦ,[29] according to Beza, who suspects that the words τοῦ Κυρίου have crept in from the margin, though it is more natural to suppose the words καὶ Θεοῦ to have crept in, on account of their being an addition to the former. The same must be said respecting Rom. ix. 5. 'who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.' For in the first place, Hilary and Cyprian do not read the word God in this passage, nor do some of the other Fathers, if we may believe the <150> authority of Erasmus; who has also shown that the difference of punctuation may raise a doubt with regard to the true meaning of the passage, namely, whether the clause in question should not rather be understood of the Father than of the Son.[30] But waiving these objections, and supposing that the words are spoken of the Son; they have nothing to do with his essence, but only intimate that divine honour is communicated to the Son by the Father, and particularly that he is called God; which has been already fully shown by other arguments. But, they rejoin, the same words which were spoken of the Father, Rom. i. 25. 'more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen,' are here repeated of the Son; therefore the Son is equal to the Father. If there be any force in this reasoning, it will rather prove that the Son is greater than the Father; for according to the ninth chapter he is 'over all,' which however, they remind us, ought to be understood in the same sense as John iii. 31, 32. 'he that cometh from above, is above all; he that cometh from heaven is above all.' In these words even the divine nature is clearly implied, and yet, 'what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth,' which language affirms that he came not of himself, but was sent from the Father, and was obedient to him. It will be answered, that it is only his mediatorial character which is intended. <151> But he never could have become a mediator, nor could he have been sent from God, or have been obedient to him, unless he had been inferior to God and the Father as to his nature. Therefore also after he shall have laid aside his functions as mediator, whatever may be his greatness, or whatever it may previously have been, he must be subject to God and the Father. Hence he is to be accounted above all, with this reservation, that he is always to be excepted; 'who did put all things under him,' 1 Cor. xv. 27. and who consequently is above him under whom he has put all things. If lastly he be termed blessed, it must be observed that he received blessing as well as divine honour, not only as God, but even as man. Rev. v. 12. 'worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing;' and hence, v. 13. 'blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.'

There is a still greater doubt respecting the reading in 1 Tim. iii. 16. 'God was manifest in the flesh.' Here again Erasmus asserts that neither Ambrose nor the Vetus Interpres read the word God in this verse, and that it does not appear in a considerable number of the early copies.[31] However this may be, it will be clear when the context is duly examined, that the whole passage must be understood of God the Father <152> in conjunction with the Son. For it is not Christ who is 'the great mystery of godliness,' but God the Father in Christ, as appears from Col. ii. 2. 'the mystery of God and of the Father, and of Christ.' 2 Cor. v. 18, 19. 'all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ..... to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.' Why therefore should God the Father not be in Christ through the medium of all those offices of reconciliation which the apostle enumerates in this passage of Timothy? 'God was manifest in the flesh' —namely in the Son, his own image; in any other way he is invisible: nor did Christ come to manifest himself, but his Father, John xiv. 8, 9. 'Justified in the Spirit' —and who should be thereby justified, if not the Father? 'Seen of angels' —inasmuch as they desired to look into this mystery, 1 Pet. i. 12. 'Preached unto the Gentiles' —that is, the Father in Christ. 'Believed on in the world' —and to whom is faith so applicable, as to the Father through Christ? 'Received up into glory' —namely, he who was in the Son from the beginning, after reconciliation had been made, returned with the Son into glory, or was received into that supreme glory which he had obtained in the Son. But there is no need of discussing this text at greater length: those who are determined to defend at all events the received opinion, according to which these several propositions are predicated not of the Father but of the Son alone, when they are in fact applicable both to the one and the other, though on different grounds, may easily establish that the Son is God. a truth which I am far <153> from denying —but they will in vain attempt to prove from this passage that he is the supreme God, and one with the Father.

The next passage is Tit. ii. 13. 'the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.' Here also the glory of God the Father may be intended, with which Christ is to be invested on his second advent, Matt, xvi. 27. as Ambrose understands the passage from the analogy of Scripture. For the whole force of the proof depends upon the definitive article, which may be inserted or omitted before the two nouns in the Greek without affecting the sense; or the article prefixed to one may be common to both.[32] Besides, in other languages, where the article is not used, the words may be understood to apply indifferently either to one or two persons; and nearly the same words are employed without the article in reference to two persons, Philipp. i. 2. and Philem. 3. except that in the latter passages the word Father is substituted for great. So also 2 Pet. i. 1. 'through the righteousness of [our] God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.' Here the repetition of the pronoun ἡμῶν without the article, as it is read by some of the Greek manuscripts, shows that two distinct persons are spoken of. And surely what is proposed to us as an object of belief, especially in a matter involving a primary article of faith, ought not to be an inference forced and extorted from passages relating to an entirely different subject, in which the readings are sometimes various, and the <154> sense doubtful, —nor hunted out by careful research from among articles and particles, —nor elicited by dint of ingenuity, like the answers of an oracle, from sentences of dark or equivocal meaning —but should be susceptible of abundant proof from the clearest sources. For it is in this that the superiority of the gospel to the law consists; this, and this alone, is consistent with its open simplicity; this is that true light and clearness which we had been taught to expect would be its characteristic. Lastly, he who calls God great, does not necessarily call him supreme, or essentially one with the Father; nor on the other hand does he thereby deny that Christ is the great God, in the sense in which he has been above proved to be such.

Another passage which is also produced is 1 John iii. 16. 'hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us.' Here however the Syriac version reads illius instead of Dei, and it remains to be seen whether other manuscripts do the same.[33] The pronoun he, ἐκεῖνος, seems not to be referred to God, but to the Son of God, as may be concluded from a comparison of the former chapters of this epistle, and the first, second, fifth and eighth verses of the chapter before us, as well as from Rom. v. 8. 'God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.' The love of God, therefore, is the love of the Father, whereby he so loved the world, that 'he purchased it with his own blood,' Acts xx. 28. and for it 'laid down his life,' that is, the life of his only begotten Son, as it may be explained from John iii. 16. and by analogy from many other passages. Nor is it ex <155> traordinary that by the phrase, 'his life,' should be understood the life of his beloved Son, since we are ourselves in the habit of calling any much-loved friend by the title of life, or part of our life, as a term of endearment in familiar discourse.

But the passage which is considered most important of all, is 1 John v. part of the twentieth verse —for if the whole be taken, it will not prove what it is adduced to support. 'We know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, (even) in his Son Jesus Christ: this is the true God, and eternal life.' For 'we are in him that is true in his Son,' —that is, so far as we are in the Son of him that is true: —'this is the true God;' namely, he who was just before called 'him that was true,' the word God being omitted in the one clause, and subjoined in the other. For he it is that is 'he that is true' (whom that we might know, 'we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding' ) not he who is called 'the Son of him that is true,' though that be the nearest antecedent, —for common sense itself requires that the article this should be referred to him that is true,' (to whom the subject of the context principally relates,) not to 'the Son of him that is true.'[34] Examples of a similar construction are not wanting. See Acts iv. 10, 11. and x. 16. 2 Thess. ii. 8, 9. 2 John 7. Compare also John xvii. 3. with which passage the verse in question seems to corres <156> pond exactly in sense, the position of the words alone being changed. But it will be objected, that according to some of the texts quoted before, Christ is God; now if the Father be the only true God, Christ is not the true God; but if he be not the true God, he must be a false God. I answer, that the conclusion is too hastily drawn; for it may be that he is not 'he that is true,' either because he is only the image of him that is true, or because he uniformly declares himself to be inferior to him that is true. We are not obliged to say of Christ what the Scriptures do not say. The Scriptures call him God, but not 'him that is the true God;' why are we not at liberty to acquiesce in the same distinction? At all events he is not to be called a false God, to whom, as to his beloved Son, he that is the true God has communicated his divine power and glory.

They also adduce Philipp. ii. 6. 'who being in the form of God' —but this no more proves him to be God than the phrase which follows —'took upon him the form of a servant' —proves that he was really a servant, as the sacred writers nowhere use the word form for actual being. But if it be contended that the form of God is here taken in a philosophical sense for the essential form, the consequence cannot be avoided, that when Christ laid aside the form, he laid aside also the substance and the efficiency of God; a doctrine against which they protest, and with justice. To be in 'the form of God,' therefore, seems to be synonymous with being in the image of God; which is often predicated of Christ, even as man is also said, though in a much lower sense, to be the image of God, and to be in the image of God, that <157> is, by creation. More will be added respecting this passage hereafter.

The last passage that is quoted is from the epistle of Jude, v. 4. 'denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.' Who will not agree that this is too verbose a mode of description, if all these words are intended to apply to one person? or who would not rather conclude, on a comparison of many other passages which tend to confirm the same opinion, that they were spoken of two persons, namely, the Father the only God, and our Lord Jesus Christ? Those, however, who are accustomed to discover some extraordinary force in the use of the article, contend that both names must refer to the same person, be cause the article is prefixed in the Greek to the first of them only, which is done to avoid weakening the structure of the sentence. If the force of the articles is so great, I do not see how other languages can dispense with them.

The passages quoted in the New Testament from the Old will have still less weight, if they be produced to prove anything more than what the writer who quoted them intended. Of this class are, Psal. lxviii. 17-19. 'the chariots of God are twenty thousand,' &c;.....'the Lord is among them,' &c. 'thou hast ascended on high..... thou hast received gifts for men.' Here (to say nothing of several ellipses, which the interpreters are bold enough to fill up in various ways, as they think proper) mention is made of two persons, God and the Lord, which is in contradiction to the opinions of those who attempt to elicit a testimony to the supreme divinity of Christ, by comparing this passage with Eph. iv. 5-8. Such a doctrine was <158> never intended by the apostle, who argues very differently in the ninth verse —'now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?' —from which the only mean to show that the Lord Christ, who had lately died, and was now received into heaven, gave gifts unto men which he had received from the Father.

It is singular, however, that those who maintain the Father and the Son to be one in essence, should revert from the gospel to the times of the law, as if they would make a fruitless attempt to illustrate light by darkness. They say that the Son is not only called God, but also Jehovah, as appears from a comparison of several passages in both testaments. Now Jehovah is the one supreme God; therefore the Son and the Father are one in essence. It will be easy to expose the weakness of such an argument as this, which is derived from the ascription of the name of Jehovah to the Son. For the name of Jehovah is conceded even to the angels, in the same sense as it has been already shown that the name of God is applied to them, namely, when they represent the divine presence and person, and utter the very words of Jehovah. Gen. xvi. 7. 'the angel of Jehovah found her,' compared with v. 10. 'the angel of Jehovah said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly,' and v. 13. 'she called the name of Jehovah who spake unto her —.' xviii. 13. 'and Jehovah said,' &c. whereas it appears that the three men whom Abraham entertained were angels. Gen. xix. 1. 'there came two angels.' v. 13. 'and Jehovah hath sent us' —compared with v. 18, 21, 24. 'Oh, not so, אדני: and he said unto him, See I have ac <159> cepted thee..... then Jehovah rained..... from Jehovah out of heaven.' Gen. xxi. 17. 'the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven,' &c.....'God hath heard' —compared with v. 18. 'I will make him a great nation.' So Exod. iii. 2, 4. 'the angel of Jehovah.....when Jehovah saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him' —compared with Acts. vii. 30. 'there appeared to him an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.' If that angel had been Christ or the supreme God, it is natural to suppose that Stephen would have declared it openly, especially on such an occasion, where it might have tended to strengthen the faith of the other believers, and strike his judges with alarm. In Exod. xx. when the law was delivered, no mention is made of any one who gave it to Moses, except Jehovah, and yet Acts vii. 38. the same Stephen says, 'this is he that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai;' and verse 53. he declares that 'the law was received by the disposition of angels.' Gal. iii. 19, 'it was ordained by angels.' Heb. ii. 2. 'if the word spoken by angels was steadfast,' &c. Therefore what is said in Exodus to have been spoken by Jehovah, was not spoken by himself personally, but by angels in the name of Jehovah. Nor is this extraordinary, for it does not seem to have been suitable that Christ who was the minister of the gospel should also be the minister of the law: 'by how much more also he is the mediator of a better covenant.' Heb. viii. 6. But it would indeed have been wonderful if Christ had actually appeared as the mediator of the law, and none of the apostles had ever intimated it. <160> Nay, the contrary seems to be asserted Heb. i. 1. 'God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.' Again it is said, Num. xxii, 22. 'God's anger was kindled..... and the angel of Jehovah stood in the way for an adversary unto him.' v. 31. 'then Jehovah opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of Jehovah.' Afterwards the same angel speaks as if he were Jehovah himself, v. 32. 'behold I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me': and Balaam says, v. 34. 'if it displease thee-;' to which the angel answers —'only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak.' v. 35. compared with v. 20. and with chap, xxiii. 8, 20. Josh. v. 14. 'as captain of the host of Jehovah am I come,' compared with vi. 2. 'Jehovah said unto Joshua.' Judg. vi. 11, 12. 'an angel of Jehovah.....the angel of Jehovah,' —compared with v. 14. 'Jehovah looked upon him, and said-'. Again, v. 20, 21. 'the angel of God..... the angel of Jehovah;' and v. 22. 'Gideon perceived that he was an angel of Jehovah' —compared with v. 23. 'Jehovah said unto him' —although the angel here, as in other instances, personated the character of Jehovah: —v. 14. 'have not I sent thee?' v. 16. 'surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites:' and Gideon himself addresses him as Jehovah, v. 17. 'show me a sign that thou talkest with me.' 1 Chron. xxi. 15. 'God sent an angel —.' v. 16, 17. 'and David saw the angel of Jehovah..... and fell upon his face, and said unto God-.' v. 18, 19. 'then the angel of Jehovah com <161> manded Gad to say unto David..... and David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spake in the name of Jehovah.'

But it may be urged, that the name of Jehovah is sometimes assigned to two persons in the same sentence. Gen. xix. 24. 'Jehovah rained..... from Jehovah out of heaven.' 1 Sam. iii. 21. 'Jehovah revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of Jehovah.' Jer. xxxiv. 12. 'the word of Jehovah came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying-.' Hos. i. 7. 'I will save them by Jehovah their God.' Zech. iii. 1-3. 'standing before the angel..... and Jehovah said unto Satan, Jehovah rebuke thee' —and again, 'before the angel.' I answer, that in these passages either one of the persons is an angel, according to that usage of the word which has been already explained; or it is to be considered as a peculiar form of speaking, in which, for the sake of emphasis, the name of Jehovah is repeated, though with reference to the same person; 'for Jehovah the God of Israel is one Jehovah.' If in such texts as these both persons are to be understood properly and in their own nature as Jehovah, there is no longer one Jehovah, but two; whence it follows that the repetition of the name can only have been employed for the purpose of giving additional force to the sentence. A similar form of speech occurs Gen. ix. 16. 'I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature: and 1 Cor. i. 7, 8. 'waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.' 1 Thess. iii. 12, 13. 'the Lord make you to increase,' &c. 'to the end he may stablish your hearts..... before God, even our Father, <162> at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.' Here whether it be 'God, even our Father,' or 'our Lord Jesus,' who in the former verse is called Lord, in either case there is the same redundance. If the Jews had understood the passages quoted above, and others of the same kind, as implying that there were two persons, both of whom were Jehovah, and both of whom had an equal right to the appellation, there can be no doubt that, seeing the doctrine so frequently enforced by the prophets, they would have adopted the same belief which now prevails among us, or would at least have laboured under considerable scruples on the subject: whereas I suppose no one in his senses will venture to affirm that the Jewish Church ever so understood the passages in question, or believed that there were two persons, each of whom was Jehovah, and had an equal right to assume the title. It would seem, therefore, that they interpreted them in the manner above mentioned. Thus in allusion to a human being, 1 Kings viii. 1. 'then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel..... unto king Solomon in Jerusalem.' No one is so absurd as to suppose that the name of Solomon is here applied to two persons in the same sentence. It is evident, therefore, both from the declaration of the sacred writer himself, and from the belief of those very persons to whom the angels appeared, that the name of Jehovah was attributed to an angel; and not to an angel only, but also to the whole Church, Jer. xxxiii. 16.

But as Placæus of Saumur thinks it incredible that an angel should bear the name of Jehovah, and that the dignity of the supreme Deity should be degraded <163> by being personated, as it were, on a stage, I will produce a passage in which God himself declares that his name is in an angel. Exod. xxiii. 20, 21. 'behold, I send an angel before thee, to kep thee in the way,' &c. 'beware of him, and obey his voice; provoke him not, for he will not pardon your transgressions; for my name is in him.' The angel who from that time forward addressed the Israelites, and whose voice they were commanded to hear, was always called Jehovah, though the appellation did not properly belong to him. To this they reply, that he was really Jehovah, for that angel was Christ; 1 Cor. x. 9. 'neither let us tempt Christ,' &c. I answer, that it is of no importance to the present question, whether it were Christ or not; the subject of inquiry now is, whether the children of Israel understood that angel to be really Jehovah? If they did so understand, it follows that they must have conceived either that there were two Jehovahs, or that Jehovah and the angel were one in essence; which no rational person will affirm to have been their belief. But even if such an assertion were advanced, it would be refuted by chap, xxxiii. 2, 3, 5. 'I will send an angel before thee..... for I will not go up in the midst of thee..... lest I consume thee in the way. And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned.' If the people had believed that Jehovah and that angel were one in essence, equal in divinity and glory, why did they mourn, and desire that Jehovah should go up before them, notwithstanding his anger, rather than the angel? who, if he had indeed been Christ, would have acted as a mediator and peace-maker. If, on the contrary, they did not consider the angel as Je <164> hovah, they must necessarily have understood that he bore the name of Jehovah in the sense in which I suppose him to have borne it, wherein there is nothing either absurd or theatrical. Being at length prevailed upon to go up with them in person, he grants thus much only, v. 14. —'my presence shall go with thee' —which can imply nothing else than a representation of his name and glory in the person of some angel. But whoever this was, whether Christ, or some angel different from the preceding, the very words of Jehovah himself show that he was neither one with Jehovah, nor co-equal, for the Israelites are commanded to hear his voice, not on the authority of his own name, but because the name of Jehovah was in him. If on the other hand it is contended that the angel was Christ, this proves no more than that Christ was an angel, according to their interpretation of Gen. xlviii. 16. 'the angel which redeemed me from all evil;' and Isai. lxiii. 9. 'the angel of his presence saved them' —that is, he who represented his presence or glory, and bore his character; an angel, as they say, by office, but Jehovah by nature. But to whose satisfaction will they be able to prove this? He is called indeed, Mal. iii. 1. 'the messenger of the covenant:' see also Exod. xxiii. 20, 21. compared with 1 Cor. x. 9. as before. But it does not therefore follow, that whenever an angel is sent from heaven, that angel is to be considered as Christ; nor where Christ is sent, that he is to be considered as one God with the Father. Besides that the obscurity of the law and the prophets ought not to be brought forward to refute the light of the gospel, but on the contrary the light of the gospel ought to be employed <165> to illustrate the obscurity necessarily arising from the figurative language of the prophets. However this may be, Moses says, prophesying of Christ, Deut. xviii. 15. 'Jehovah thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken.' It will be answered, that he here predicts the human nature of Christ. I reply that in the following verse he plainly takes away from Christ that divine nature which it is wished to make co-essential with the Father —'according to all that thou desiredst of Jehovah thy God in Horeb..... saying, Let me not hear again the voice of Jehovah my God,' &c. In hearing Christ therefore, as Moses himself predicts and testifies, they were not to hear the God Jehovah, nor were they to consider Christ as Jehovah.

The style of the prophetical book of Revelations, as respects this subject, must be regarded in the same light. Chap. i. 1, 8, 11. 'he sent and signified it by his angel.' Afterwards this angel (who is described nearly in the same words as the angel, Dan. x. 5, &c.) says, 'I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come,' v. 13. 'like unto the Son of man.' v. 17. 'I am the first and the last.' ii. 7, &c. 'what the Spirit saith unto the churches.' xxii. 6. 'the Lord God sent his angel.' v. 8. 'before the feet of the angel which showed me these things.' v. 9. 'see thou do it not; for I am thy fellow-servant,' &c. Again, the same angel says, v. 12. 'behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me,' &c. and again, v. 13. 'I am Alpha and Omega,' &c. and v. 14. 'blessed are they that do his com <166> mandments;' and v. 16. 'I Jesus have sent my angel,' &c. These passages so perplexed Beza,[35] that he was compelled to reconcile the imaginary difficulty by supposing that the order of a few verses in the last chapter had been confused and transposed by some Arian, (which he attributed to the circumstance of the book having been acknowledged as canonical by the Church at a comparatively late period, and therefore less carefully preserved,) whence he thought it necessary to restore them to what he considered their proper order. This supposition would have been unnecessary, had he remarked, what may be uniformly observed throughout the Old Testament, that angels are accustomed to assume the name and person, and the very words of God and Jehovah, as their own; and that occasionally an angel represents the person and the very words of God, without taking the name either of Jehovah or God, but only in the character of an angel, or even of a man, as Junius <167> himself acknowledges, Judges ii. 1, &c.[36] But according to divines the name of Jehovah signifies two things, either the nature of God, or the completion of his word and promises. If it signify the nature, and therefore the person of God, why should not he who is invested with his person and presence, be also invested with the name which represents them? If it signify the completion of his word and promises, why should not he, to whom words suitable to God alone are so frequently attributed, be permitted also to assume the name of Jehovah, whereby the completion of these words and promises is represented? Or if that name be so acceptable to God, that he has always chosen to consider it as sacred and peculiar to himself alone, why has he uniformly disused it in the New Testament, which contains the most important fulfilment of his prophecies; retaining only the name of the Lord, which had always been common to him with angels and men? If, lastly, any name whatever can be so pleasing to God, why has he exhibited himself to us in the gospel without any proper name at all?

They urge, however, that Christ himself is sometimes called Jehovah in his own name and person; as in Isai. viii. 13, 14. 'sanctify Jehovah 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 for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel,' &c. compared with 1 Pet. ii. 7. 'the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling,' &c. I answer, that it appears on a comparison of the thirteenth with the eleventh <168> verse, —'for Jehovah spake thus to me,' &c. —that these are not the words of Christ exhorting the Israelites to sanctify and fear himself, whom they had not yet known, but of the Father threatening, as in other places, that he would be 'for a stone of stumbling,' &c. 'to both the houses of Israel,' that is, to the Israelites, and especially to those of that age. But supposing the words to refer to Christ, it is not unusual among the prophets for God the Father to declare that he would work himself, what afterwards under the gospel he wrought by means of his Son. Hence Peter says —'the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling.' By whom made, except by the Father? And in the third chapter, a quotation of part of the same passage of Isaiah clearly proves that the Father was speaking of himself; v. 15. 'but sanctify the Lord God' —under which name no one will assert that Christ is intended. Again, they quote Zech. xi. 13. 'Jehovah said unto me, Cast it unto the potter; a goodly price that I was prized at of them.' That this relates to Christ I do not deny; only it must be remembered, that this is not his own name, but that the name of Jehovah is in him, Exod. xxiii. 21. as will presently appear more plainly. At the same time there is no reason why the words should not be understood of the Father speaking in his own name,[37] who would consider the offences which the Jews should commit <169> against his Son, as offences against himself; in the same sense as the Son declares that whatever is done to those who believed in him, is done to himself. Matt. xxv. 35, 40. 'I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat,' &c. 'inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.' An instance of the same kind occurs Acts ix. 4, 5. 'Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?' The same answer must be given respecting Zech. xii. 10, especially on a comparison with Rev. i. 7. 'every eye shall see him, and they also that pierced him:' for none have seen Jehovah at any time, much less have they seen him as a man; least of all have they pierced him. Secondly, they pierced him who 'poured upon them the spirit of grace,' v. 10. Now it was the Father who poured the spirit of grace through the Son; Acts ii. 33. 'having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this.' Therefore it was the Father whom they pierced in the Son. Accordingly, John does not say, 'they shall look upon me,' but,'they shall look up on him whom they pierced,' chap. xix. 37. So also in the verse of Zechariah alluded to a change of persons takes place-'they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for his only son;' as if Jehovah were not properly alluding to himself, but spoke of another, that is, of the Son. The passage in Malachi iii. 1. admits of a similar interpretation: 'behold I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me, and Jehovah, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold he shall come, <170> saith Jehovah of hosts.' From which passage Placæus argues thus: He before whose face the Baptist is to be sent as a messenger, is the God of Israel; but the Baptist was not sent before the face of the Father; therefore Christ is that God of Israel. But if the name of Elias could be ascribed to John the Baptist, Matt. xi. 14. inasmuch as he 'went before him in the spirit and power of Elias,' Luke i. 17. why may not the Father be said to send him before his own face, inasmuch as he sends him before the face of him who was to come in the name of the Father? for that it was the Father who sent the messenger, is proved by the subsequent words of the same verse, since the phrases 'I who sent,' and 'the messenger of the covenant who shall come,' and 'Jehovah of hosts who saith these things,' can scarcely be understood to apply all to the same person. Nay, even according to Christ's own interpretation, the verse implies that it was the Father who sent the messenger; Matt. xi. 10. 'behold, I send my messenger before thy face.' Who was it that sent? —the Son, according to Placæus. Before the face of whom? —of the Son: —therefore the Son addresses himself in this passage, and sends himself before his own face, which is a new and unheard of figure of speech; not to mention that the Baptist himself testifies that he was sent by the Father, John i. 33. 'I knew him not, but he that sent me..... the same said unto me,' &c. God the Father, therefore, sent the messenger before the face of his Son, inasmuch as that messenger preceded the advent of the Son; he sent him before his own face, inasmuch as he was himself in Christ, or, which is the same thing, in the Son, 'reconciling the world unto <171> himself.' 2 Cor. v. 19. That the name and presence of God is used to imply his vicarious power and might resident in the Son, is proved by another prophecy concerning John the Baptist. Isai. xl. 3. 'the voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of Jehovah; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.' For the Baptist was never heard to cry that Christ was 'Jehovah,' or 'our God.'

Recurring, however, to the Gospel itself, on which, as on a foundation, our dependence should chiefly be placed, and adducing my proofs more especially from the evangelist John, the leading purpose of whose work was to declare explicitly the nature of the Son's divinity, I proceed to demonstrate the other proposition announced in my original division of the subject —namely, that the Son himself professes to have received from the Father, not only the name of God and of Jehovah, but all that pertains to his own being, —that is to say, his individuality, his existence itself, his attributes, his works, his divine honours; to which doctrine the apostles also, subsequent to Christ, bear their testimony. John iii. 35. 'the Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things unto him.' xiii. 3. 'Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things unto him, and that he was come from God.' Matt. xi. 27. 'all things are delivered unto me of my Father.'

But here perhaps the advocates of the contrary opinion will interpose with the same argument which was advanced before; for they are constantly shifting the form of their reasoning, Vertumnus-like,[38] and <172> using the twofold nature of Christ developed in his office of mediator, as a ready subterfuge by which to evade any arguments that may be brought against them. What Scripture says of the Son generally, they apply, as suits their purpose, in a partial and restricted sense; at one time to the Son of God, at another to the Son of Man, —now to the Mediator in his divine, now in his human capacity, and now again in his union of both natures. But the Son himself says expressly, 'the Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand,' John iii. 35. —namely, because he loveth him, not because he hath begotten him —and he hath given all things to him as the Son, not as Mediator only. If the words had been meant to convey the sense attributed to them by my opponents, it would have been more satisfactory and intelligible to have said, 'the Father loveth Christ,' or 'the Mediator,' or 'the Son of Man.' None of these modes of expression are adopted, but it is simply said, 'the Father loveth the Son;' that is, whatever is comprehended under the name of the Son. The same question may also be repeated which was asked before, whether from the time that he became the Mediator, his Deity, in their opinion, remained what it had previously been, or not? If it remained the same, why does he ask and receive every thing from the Father, and not from himself? If all things come <173> from the Father, why is it necessary (as they maintain it to be) for the mediatorial office, that he should be the true and supreme God; since he has received from the Father whatever belongs to him, not only in his mediatorial, but in his filial character? If his Deity be not the same as before, he was never the Supreme God. From hence may be understood John xvi. 15. 'all things that the Father hath are mine that is, by the Father's gift. And xvii. 9, 10. 'them which thou hast given me, for they are thine; and all mine are thine, and thine are mine.'

In the first place, then, it is most evident that he receives his name from the Father. Isai. ix. 6. 'his name shall be called Wonderful,' &c. 'the everlasting Father;'[39] if indeed this elliptical passage be rightly understood; for, strictly speaking, the Son is not the Father, and cannot properly bear the name, nor is it elsewhere ascribed to him, even if we should allow that in some sense or other it is applied to him in the passage before us. The last clause, however, is generally translated not 'the everlasting Father,' but 'the Father of the age to come,'[40] — that is, its teacher, the name of father being often attributed to a teacher. Philipp. ii. 9. 'wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and hath given him (καὶ ἐχαρίσατο) a name which is above every name.' Heb. i. 4. 'being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name <174> than they. Eph. i. 20, 21. 'when he set him at his own right hand..... far above all principality,' &c. 'and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.' There is no reason why that name should not be Jehovah, or any other name pertaining to the Deity, if there be any still higher: but the imposition of a name is allowed to be uniformly the privilege of the greater personage, whether father or lord.

We need be under no concern, however, respecting the name, seeing that the Son receives his very being in like manner from the Father. John vii. 29. 'I am from him.' The same thing is implied John i. 1. 'in the beginning.' For the notion of his eternity is here excluded not only by the decree, as has been stated before, but by the name of Son, and by the phrases —'this day have I begotten thee,' and, 'I will be to him a father.' Besides, the word 'beginning,' can only here mean 'before the foundation of the world,' according to John xvii. 5. as is evident from Col. i. 15-17. 'the first born of every creature: for by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth,' &c. 'and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.' Here the Son, not in his human or mediatorial character, but in his capacity of creator, is himself called the first born of every creature. So too, Heb. ii. 11. 'for both he that sanctifieth, and they that are sanctified, are all of one;' and iii. 2. 'faithful to him that appointed him.' Him who was begotten from all eternity the Father cannot have begotten, for what was made from all eternity was never in the act of being made; him whom the Father begat from all eternity <175> he still begets; he whom he still begets is not yet begotten, and therefore is not yet a son; for an action which has no beginning can have no completion. Besides, it seems to be altogether impossible that the Son should be either begotten or born from all eternity. If he is the Son, either he must have been originally in the Father, and have proceeded from him, or he must always have been as he is now, separate from the Father, self-existent and independent. If he was originally in the Father, but now exists separately, he has undergone a certain change at some time or other, and is therefore mutable. If he always existed separately from, and independently of, the Father, how is he from the Father, how begotten, how the Son, how separate in subsistence, unless he be also separate in essence? since (laying aside metaphysical trifling) a substantial essence and a subsistence are the same thing. However this may be, it will be universally acknowledged that the Son now at least differs numerically from the Father; but that those who differ numerically must differ also in their proper essences, as the logicians express it, is too clear to be denied by any one possessed of common reason. Hence it follows that the Father and the Son differ in essence.

That this is the true doctrine, reason shows on every view of the subject; that it is contrary to Scripture, which my opponents persist in maintaining, remains to be proved by those who make the assertion. Nor does the type of Melchisedec, on which so much reliance is placed, involve any difficulty. Heb. vii. 3. 'without father, without mother, without descent; having neither beginning of days, nor end <176> of life; but made like unto the Son of God.' For inasmuch as the Son was without any earthly father, he is in one sense said to have had no beginning of days; but it no more appears that he had no beginning of days from all eternity, than that he had no Father, or was not a Son. If however he derived his essence from the Father, let it be shown how that essence can have been supremely divine, that is, identically the same with the essence of the Father; since the divine essence, whose property it is to be always one, cannot possibly generate the same essence by which it is generated, nor can a subsistence or person become an agent or patient under either of the circumstances supposed, unless the entire essence be simultaneously agent or patient in the same manner also. Now as the effect of generation is to produce something which shall exist independently of the generator, it follows that God cannot beget a co-equal Deity, because unity and infinity are two of his essential attributes. Since therefore the Son derives his essence from the Father, he is posterior to the Father not merely in rank (a distinction unauthorized by Scripture, and by which many are deceived) but also in essence; and the filial character itself, on the strength of which they are chiefly wont to build his claim to supreme divinity, affords the best refutation of their opinion. For the supreme God is self-existent; but he who is not self-existent, who did not beget, but was begotten, is not the first cause, but the effect, and therefore is not the supreme God. He who was begotten from all eternity, must have been from all eternity; but if he can have been begotten who was from all eternity, there <177> is no reason why the Father himself should not have been begotten, and have derived his origin also from some paternal essence. Besides, since father and son are relative terms, distinguished from each other both in theory and in fact, and since according to the laws of contraries the father cannot be the son, nor the son the father, if (which is impossible from the nature of relation) they were of one essence, it would follow that the father stood in a filial relation to the son, and the son in a paternal relation to the father, —a position, of the extravagance of which any rational being may judge. For the doctrine which holds that a plurality of hypostasis is consistent with a unity of essence, has already been sufficiently confuted. Lastly, if the Son be of the same essence with the Father, and the same Son after his hypostatical union coalesce in one person with man, I do not see how to evade the inference, that man also is the same person with the Father, an hypothesis which would give birth to not a few paradoxes. But more may perhaps be said on this point, when the incarnation of Christ comes under consideration.

With regard to his existence. John v. 26. 'as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.' vi. 57. 'as the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father, so he that eateth me,' &c. This gift of life is for ever.[41] Heb. ii. 8. 'unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever,' —hence, xi. 12. 'they <178> shall perish, but thou remainest..... but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.'

With regard to the divine attributes. And first, that of Omnipresence; for if the Father has given all things to the Son, even his very being and life, he has also given him to be wherever he is. In this sense is to be understood John i. 48. 'before that Philip called thee..... I saw thee.' For Nathaniel inferred nothing more from this than what he professes in the next verse, —'thou art the Son of God,' and iii. 13. 'the Son of man which is in heaven.' These words can never prove that the Son, whether of man or of God, is of the same essence with the Father; but only that the Son of man came down from heaven at the time when he was conceived in the womb of the Virgin, that though he was ministering on earth in the body, his whole spirit and mind, as befitted a great prophet, were in the Father, —or that he, who when made man was endowed with the highest degree of virtue, is, by reason of that virtue, or of a superior nature given to him in the beginning,[42] even now in heaven; or rather 'which was in heaven.' the Greek ὤν having both significations. Again, Matt, xviii. 20. 'there am I in the midst of them.' <179> xxviii. 20. 'I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.' Even these texts, however, do not amount to an assertion of absolute omnipresence, as will be demonstrated in the following chapter.

Omniscience. Matt. xi. 27. 'all things are delivered unto me of my Father, and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father, neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. John v. 20. 'the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things.' viii. 26. 'I speak those things that I have heard of him.' v. 28. 'then shall ye know that..... as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.' v. 38. 'I speak that which I have seen with my Father.' xv. 15. 'all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you.' ii. 24, 25. 'he knew all men..... for he knew what was in man.' xxi. 17. 'thou knowest all things.' xvi. 30. 'now are we sure that thou knowest all things..... by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.' iii. 31-34. 'he that cometh from heaven..... what he hath seen and heard..... he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God; for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.' Rev. i. 1. 'the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him,' —whence it is written of him, ii. 23. 'I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts,' —even as it is said of the faithful, that they know all things; 1 John ii. 20. 'ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.' Even the Son, however, knows not all things absolutely; there being some secret purposes, the knowledge of which the Father has reserved to himself alone. Mark xiii. 32. of that day and hour knoweth no man, no not the <180> angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father;' or as it is in Matt. xxiv. 36. 'my Father only.' Acts i. 7. 'the times and the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.'

Authority.[43] Matt, xxviii. 18. 'all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.' Luke xxii. 29. 'I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me.' John v. 22. 'the Father hath committed all judgement unto the Son.' v. 43. 'I am come in my Father's name.' vii. 16. 'my doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.' viii. 42. 'I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of my self, but he sent me.' xii. 49, 50. 'I have not spoken of myself but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment what I should say, and what I should speak.' xiv. 24. 'the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.' xvii. 2. 'as thou hast given him power over all flesh.' Rev. ii. 26, 27. 'to him will I give power..... even as I received of my Father.'

Omnipotence. John v. 19. 'the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do; for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.' v. 30. 'I can of my own self do nothing.' x. 18. 'I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again: this comandment have I received of my Father.' Hence Philipp. iii. 21. 'he is able even to subdue all things unto <181> himself.' Rev. i. 8. 'I am..... the Almighty:' though

it may be questioned whether this is not said of God the Father by the Son or the angel representing his authority, as has been explained before: so also Psal. ii. 7.

Works. John v. 20, 21. 'for the Father..... will show him greater works than these..... for as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.' v. 36. 'the works that my Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me that the Father hath sent me:' —it is not therefore his divinity of which they bear witness, but his mission from God; and so in other places. viii. 28. 'then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself.' x. 32. 'many good works have I showed you from my Father.' xi. 22. 'I know that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.' v. 41. 'Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.' So likewise in working miracles, even where he does not expressly implore the divine assistance, he nevertheless acknowledges it. Matt. xii. 28. compared with Luke xi. 20. 'I cast out devils by the spirit,' or 'finger, of God.' John xiv. 10. 'the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.' Yet the nature of these works, although divine, was such, that angels were not precluded from performing similar miracles at the same time and in the same place where Christ himself abode daily; John v. 4. 'an angel went down at a certain season into the pool.' The disciples also performed the same works. John xiv. 12, 'he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do.'

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The following gifts also, great as they are, were received by him from the Father. First, the power of conversion. John vi. 44. 'no man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him.' xvii. 2. 'that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him:' and so uniformly; whence arises the expression, Matt. xxiv. 31. —'his elect.' Wherever therefore Christ is said to have chosen any one, as John xiii. 18. and xv. 16, 19. he must be understood to speak only of the election to the apostolical office.

Secondly, creation —but with this peculiarity, that it is always said to have taken place per eum, through him, not by him, but by the Father. Isai. li. 16. 'I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.' Whether this be understood of the old or the new creation, the inference is the same. Rom. xi. 36. 'for of him,' —that is, of the Father, —'and through him, and to him are all things; to whom be glory for ever.' 1 Cor. viii. 6. 'to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things.' The remaining passages on the same subject will be cited in the seventh chapter, on the Creation. But the preposition per must signify the secondary efficient cause, whenever the efficiens a quo, that is, the principal efficient cause, is either expressed or understood. Now it appears from all the texts which have been already quoted, as well as from those which will be produced hereafter, that the <183> Father is the first or chief cause of all things. This is evident from the single passage, Heb. iii. 1-6. 'consider the Apostle..... who was faithful to him that appointed him..... who hath builded the house,' that is, the Church. But he 'that appointed him,' v. 2. and 'builded all things, is God,' that is, the Father, v. 4.

Thirdly, the remission of sins, even in his human nature. John v. 22. 'the Father hath committed all judgement unto the Son.' Matt. ix. 6. 'but that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, then saith he,' &c. Acts v. 31. 'him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.' Hence Stephen says, vii. 60. 'Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.' It clearly appears from these passages that the following expression in Isaiah refers primarily to God the Father, xxxv. 4-6. 'behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense, he will come and save you: then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,' &c. For it was the Father who appointed Christ 'to be a Saviour,' Acts v. 31. and the Father is said 'to come unto him,' John xiv. 23. and 'do the works, as has been proved before.

Fourthly, preservation. John xvii. 11, 12. 'holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me..... I kept them in thy name.' v. 15. 'I pray that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.' Col. i. 17. 'by him all things consist.' Heb. i. 3. 'upholding all things by the word of his power.' where it is read in the Greek, not 'of his own power,' but 'of his' namely, of the Father's pow <184> er.[44] But this subject will come under consideration again in the eighth chapter, on Providence, where the chief government of all things will be shown to belong primarily to the Father alone; whence the Father, Jehovah, is often called by the prophets not only the Preserver, but also the Saviour. Those who refer these passages to the Son, on account of the appellation of Saviour, seem to fancy that they hereby gain an important argument for his divinity; as if the same title were not frequently applied to the Father in the New Testament, as will be shown in the thirteenth chapter.

Fifthly, renovation. Acts v. 31. 'him hath God exalted with his right hand, to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel.' 1 Cor. i. 30. 'of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.' 2 Cor. iv. 6. 'for God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.' v. 17-21. 'behold, all things are become new, and all things are of God, who hath reconciled himself to us by Jesus Christ..... we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled unto God: for he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.' Hence Jer. xxiii. 6. may be explained without difficulty; 'this is his name whereby he shall be called, Jehovah our <185> righteousness,' and xxxiii. 16. 'this is the name wherewith she shall be called' (that is, the Church, which does not thereby become essentially one with God) 'Jehovah our righteousness.'[45]

Sixthly, the power of conferring gifts —namely, that vicarious power which he has received from the Father, John xvii. 18. 'as thou has sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.' See also xx. 21. Hence Matt. x. 1. 'he gave them power against unclean spirits.' Acts iii. 6. 'in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.' ix. 34. 'Jesus Christ maketh thee whole.' What was said before of his works, may be repeated here. John xiv. 16. 'I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter.' xvi. 13, &c. 'the Spirit shall receive of mine..... all things that the Father hath are mine, therefore said I that he shall take of mine.' xx. 21, 22. 'as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you..... receive the Holy Ghost. Hence Eph. iv. 8. 'he gave gifts to men;' compared with Psal. lxviii. 18. whence it is taken —'thou hast received gifts for men.'

Seventhly, his mediatorial work itself, or rather his passion. Matt. xxvi. 39. 'O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.' Luke xxii. 43. 'there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.' Heb. v. 7, 8. 'who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and sup <186> plications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared: though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.' For if the Son was able to accomplish by his own independent power the work of his passion, why did he forsake himself; why did he implore the assistance of his Father; why was an angel sent to strengthen him? How then can the Son be considered co-essential and co-equal with the Father? So too he exclaimed upon the cross —'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?' He whom the Son, himself God, addresses as God, must be the Father, —why then did the Son call upon the Father? Because he felt even his divine nature insufficient to support him under the pains of death. Thus also he said, when at the point of death, Luke xxiii. 46. 'Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.' To whom rather than to himself as God would he have commended himself in his human nature, if by his own divine nature alone he had possessed sufficient power to deliver himself from death? It was therefore the Father only who raised him again to life; which is the next particular to be noticed.

Eighthly, his resuscitation from death. 2 Cor. iv. 14. 'knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus, shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.' 1 Thess. iv. 14. 'them also which sleep in Jesus shall God bring with him.' But this point has been sufficiently illustrated by ample quotations in a former part of the chapter.

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Ninthly, his future judicial advent.[46] Rom. ii. 16. 'in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.' 1 Tim. vi. 14. 'until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.'

Tenthly, divine honours. John v. 22, 23. 'the Father hath committed all judgement unto the Son; that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father..... which hath sent him.' Philipp. ii. 9-11. 'God hath highly exalted him, and hath given him a name..... that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow..... and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father.' Heb. i. 6. 'when he bringeth in the first —begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.' Rev. v. 12. 'worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power,' &c. Hence Acts vii. 59. 'calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus receive my spirit.' ix. 14. 'all that call upon thy name.' 1 Cor. i. 2. 'with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.' 2 Tim. ii. 22. 'with them that call upon the Lord out of a pure heart,' that is, as it is explained Col. iii. 17. 'whatsoever ye do..... do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.' 2 Tim. ii. 19. 'every one that nameth the name of Christ.' It appears therefore that when we call upon the Son of God, it is only in his capacity of advocate with the Father. So Rev. xxii. 20. <188> 'even so, come, Lord Jesus' —namely to execute judgement, 'which the Father hath committed unto him, that all men might honour the Son,' &c. John v. 22, 23.

Eleventhly, baptism in his name. Matt, xxviii. 18, 19. 'all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth; go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. More will be said on this subject in the next chapter.

Twelfthly, belief in him; if indeed this should be considered as an honour peculiar to divinity; for the Israelites are said, Exod. xiv. 31. 'to believe Jehovah and his servant Moses.' Again, to 'believe the prophets' occurs 2 Chron. xx. 20. 'and faith toward all saints,' Philem. 5. and 'Moses in whom ye trust,' John v. 45. Whence it would seem, that to believe in any one is nothing more than an Hebraism, which the Greeks or Latins express by the phrase, to believe any one; so that whatever trifling distinction may be made between the two, originates in the schools, and not in Scripture. For in some cases, to believe in any oneimplies no faith at all. John ii. 23, 24. 'many believed in his name..... but Jesus did not commit himself unto them.' xii. 42. 'many believed on him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him.' On the other hand, to believe any one, often signifies the highest degree of faith. John v. 24. 'he that believeth on him (qui credit ei) that sent me, hath everlasting life.' Rom. iv. 3. 'Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.' 1 John v. 10. 'he that believeth not God.' See also Tit. iii. 8. This honour, however, <189> like the others, is derived from the Father. John iii. 35, 36. 'the Father hath given all things into his hand: he that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.' vi. 40. 'this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life.' xii. 44. 'Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.' Hence xiv. 1, 'ye believe in God, believe also in me.' 1 John iii. 23. 'this is his commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ.' It may therefore be laid down as certain, that believing in Christ implies nothing more than that we believe Christ to be the Son of God, sent from the Father for our salvation. John xi. 25-27. 'Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea Lord; I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.'

Thirteenthly, divine glory. John i. 1. 'the Word was with God, and the Word was God.' v. 14. 'we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father,' παρὰ Πατρός. v. 18. 'no man hath seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.' vi. 46. 'not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God,' ὁ ὤν παρὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ xvii. 5. 'glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.' No one doubts that the Father restored the Son, on his ascent into heaven, to that original place of glory of which he <190> here speaks. That place will be universally acknowledged to be the right hand of God; the same therefore was his place of glory in the beginning, and from which he had descended. But the right hand of God primarily signifies a glory, not in the highest sense divine, but only next in dignity to God. So v. 24, 'that they may behold my glory which thou hast given me; for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.' In these, as in other passages, we are taught that the nature of the Son is indeed divine, but distinct from and clearly inferior to the nature of the Father, —for to be with God, πρὸς Θεὸν, and to be from God, παρὰ Θεῷ, —to be God, and to be in the bosom of God the Father, —to be God, and to be from God, —to be the one invisible God, and to be the only-begotten and visible, are things so different that they cannot be predicated of one and the same essence. Besides, the fact that the glory which he had even in his divine nature before the foundation of the world, was not self-derived, but given by the love of the Father, plainly demonstrates him to be inferior to the Father. So Matt. xvi. 27. 'in the glory of his Father.' Acts iii. 13. 'the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus.' Col. i. 19. 'it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.' ii. 9. 'in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.' Eph. iii. 19. 'that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.' These passages most clearly evince that Christ has received his fulness from God, in the sense in which we shall receive our fulness from Christ. For the term bodily, which is subjoined, either means substantially, in op <191> position to the vain deceit mentioned in the preceding verse,[47] or is of no weight in proving that Christ is of the same essence with God. 1 Pet. i. 21. 'who gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God.' ii. 4. 'chosen of God and precious.' 2 Pet. i. 16, 17. 'we were eye-witnesses of his majesty; for he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him-'. 1 Pet. iv. 11. compared with 2 Pet. iii. 18. 'that God in all things may be glorified, through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever: but grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; to whom be glory both now and for ever.' On a collation of the two passages, it would seem that the phrase 'our Lord,' in the latter, must be understood of the Father, as is frequently the case. If however it be applied to the Son, the inference is the same, for it does not alter the doctrine of the former passage. John xii. 41. citing Isai. lxiii. 5. 'these things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him,' —that is, the glory of the only-begotten, given to the Son by the Father. Nor is any difficulty created by Isai. xlii. 8. 'I am Jehovah, that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.' For though the Son be another than the Father, God's meaning is merely that he will not give his glory to graven images and strange gods, —not that he will not give it to the Son, who is the brightness of his <192> glory, and the express image of his person,[48] and upon whom he had promised that he would put his Spirit, v. 1. For the Father does not alienate his glory from himself in imparting it to the Son, inasmuch as the Son uniformly glorifies the Father.[49] John xiii. 31. 'now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him' viii. 50. 'I seek not mine own glory; there is one that seeketh and judgeth.'

Hence it becomes evident on what principle the attributes of the Father are said to pertain to the Son. John xvi 15. 'all things that the Father hath are mine.' xvii. 6, 7. 'thine they were, and thou gavest them me;..... now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.' It is <193> therefore said, v. 10. 'all mine are thine, and thine are mine' —namely, in the same sense in which he had called the kingdom his, Luke xxii. 30. for he had said in the preceding verse, 'I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me.'

Lastly, his coming to judgment. 1 Tim. vi. 14. 'until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which in his time he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords; who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see.'

Christ therefore, having received all these things from the Father, and 'being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,' Philipp. ii. 5. namely, because he had obtained them by gift, not by robbery. For if this passage imply his co-equality with the Father, it rather refutes than proves his unity of essence; since equality cannot exist but between two or more essences. Further, the phrases 'he did not think it,' —'he made himself of no reputation,' (literally, he emptied himself,) appear inapplicable to the supreme God. For to think is nothing else than to entertain an opinion, which cannot be properly said of God.[50] Nor can the infinite God be said to empty himself, any more than to contradict himself; for infinity and emptiness are opposite terms. But since he emptied himself of that form of God in which he had previously existed, if the form <194> of God is to be taken for the essence of the Deity itself, it would prove him to have emptied himself of that essence, which is impossible.

Again, the Son himself acknowledges and declares openly, that the Father is greater than the Son; which was the last proposition I undertook to prove. John x. 29. 'my Father is greater than all.' xiv. 28. 'my Father is greater than I.' It will be answered, that Christ is speaking of his human nature. But did his disciples understand him as speaking merely of his human nature? Was this the belief in himself which Christ required? Such an opinion will scarcely be maintained. If therefore he said this, not of his human nature only, (for that the Father was greater than he in his human nature could not admit of a doubt) but in the sense in which he himself wished his followers to conceive of him both as God and man, it ought undoubtedly to be understood as if he had said, My Father is greater than I, whatsoever I am, both in my human and divine nature; otherwise the speaker would not have been he in whom they believed, and instead of teaching them, he would only have been imposing upon them with an equivocation. He must therefore have intended to compare the nature with the person, not the nature of God the Father with the nature of the Son in his human form. So v. 31. 'as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do.' John v. 18, 19. Being accused by the Jews of having made himself equal with God, he expressly denies it: 'the Son can do nothing of himself,' v. 30. 'as I hear I judge, and my judgement is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of my Father which sent me.' <195> vi. 38. 'I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.' Now he that was sent was the only begotten Son; therefore the will of the Father is other and greater than the will of the only begotten Son. vii. 28. 'Jesus cried in the temple, saying..... I am not come of my self.' viii. 29. 'he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.' If he says this as God, how could he be left by the Father, with whom he was essentially one? if as man, what is meant by his being 'left alone,' who was sustained by a Godhead of equal power? And why 'did not the Father leave him alone?' —not because he was essentially one with him, but because he 'did always those things that pleased him,' that is, as the less conforms himself to the will of the greater, v. 42. 'neither came I of myself,' —not therefore of his own Godhead, —'but he sent me;' he that sent him was therefore another and greater than himself, v. 49. 'I honour my Father.' v. 50. 'I seek not mine own glory.' v. 54. 'if I honour myself, my glory is nothing;' it is therefore less than the Father's glory, x. 24, 25. 'if thou be the Christ, tell us plainly..... the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.' xv. 10. 'as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.' xvi. 25. 'the time cometh when I shall no more speak to you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.' xx. 17. 'I ascend unto my Father and your Father; and to my God, and your God.' Compare also Rev. i. 11. 'I am Alpha and Omega,' and v. 17.; 'I am the first and the last.' See also ii. 8. iii. 12. 'him that overcom <196> eth will I make a pillar in the temple of my God,' which is repeated three times successively. Here he, who had just before styled himself 'the first and the last,' acknowledges that the Father was his God. Matt. xi. 25, 26. 'I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth; because thou hast hid these things,' &c. 'even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight.'

Thus far we have considered the testimony of the Son respecting the Father; let us now enquire what is the testimony of the Father respecting the Son: for it is written, Matt. xi. 27. 'no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.' 1 John v. 9. 'this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.' Here the Father, when about to testify of the Son, is called God absolutely; and his witness is most explicit. Matt. iii. 17. 'this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.' Isai. xlii. 1. compared with Matt. xii. 18. 'behold my servant, whom I uphold: mine elect in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him:' —see also Matt. xvii. 5. 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.' Mal. iii. 1. 'even the messenger of the covenant, behold he shall come, saith Jehovah of hosts:' and still more clearly Psal. ii. where God the Father is introduced in his own person as explicitly declaring the nature and offices of his Son. Psal. vii. 8, 11, 12. 'I will declare the decree; Jehovah hath said unto me, Thou art my Son..... ask of <197> me and I shall give..... serve Jehovah..... kiss the Son.' Heb. i. 8, 9. 'unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever..... thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.' To the above may also be added the testimony of the angel Gabriel, Luke i. 32. 'he shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.' If then he be the Son of the Most High, he is not himself the Most High.

The apostles every where teach the same doctrine; as the Baptist had done before them. John i. 29. 'behold the Lamb of God.' v. 33, 34. 'I knew him not, but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me,' &c. 'and I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.' iii. 32. 'what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth,' &c. —not he alone that was 'earthly,' nor did he speak only of 'earthly things,' but he that is 'above all,' and that 'cometh from heaven.' v. 31. lest it should be still contended that this and similar texts refer to the human nature of Christ. 2 Cor. iv. 4, 6. 'lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.' Col. i. 15. 'who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature.' Philipp. ii. 6. 'in the form of God.' Heb. i. 2. 'whom he hath appointed heir.' v. 3. 'the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person.' The terms here used, being all relative, and applied numerically to two persons, prove, first, that there is no unity of essence, and secondly, that the one is inferior to the other. So v. 4. 'being made <198> so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.' 1 Cor. iii. 23. 'ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's.' Here, if any where, it might have been expected that Christ would have been designated by the title of God; yet it is only said that he is God's. The same appears even more clearly in what follows; xi. 3. 'I would have you know that..... the head of Christ is God.' Eph. i. 17. 'the God of our Lord Jesus Christ.' 1 Cor. xv. 27. 'when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him: and when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.' Here the usual subterfuge of the opponents of this doctrine, that of alleging the mediatorial office of Christ can be of no avail; since it is expressly declared, that when the Son shall have completed his functions as mediator, and nothing shall remain to prevent him from resuming his original glory as only begotten Son, he shall nevertheless be subject unto the Father.

Such was the faith of the saints respecting the Son of God; such is the tenor of the celebrated confession of that faith; such is the doctrine which alone is taught in Scripture, which is acceptable to God, and has the promise of eternal salvation. Matt. xvi. 15-19. 'whom say ye that I am? and Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God: and Jesus answered and said unto him; Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven..... upon this rock I will <199> build my Church.' Luke ix. 20. 'the Christ of God.' John i. 49, 50. 'Nathanael answered and said unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.' vi. 69. 'we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.' ix. 35-38. 'dost thou believe on the Son of God? he answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? and Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee: and he said, Lord, I believe; and he worshipped him.' xi. 22, 26, 27. 'I know that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee: whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die: believest thou this? she saith unto him, Yea, Lord, I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.' xvi. 27, 30, 31. 'the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God: now are we sure that thou knowest all things; by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.' xvii. 3, 7, 8, 21. 'this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent: now they have known, that all things, whatsoever thou hast given me, are of thee; for I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.' xx. 31. 'these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, ye might have life through his name.' Acts viii. 37. 'if thou believest, thou mayest..... I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.' Rom. x. 9. 'if thou shalt <200> believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.' Col. ii. 2. 'that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.' Philipp. iv. 6, 7. 'let your requests be made known unto God: and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.' 1 Pet. i. 21. 'who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.' 1 John iv. 15. 'whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.' v. 1. 'whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God.' v. 5. 'who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?' Finally, this is the faith proposed to us in the Apostles' Creed, the most ancient and universally received compendium of belief in the possession of the Church.

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'But I would show you the divers ways the Doctors of your Church do the principal and proper work of the Socinians for them, undermining the doctrine of the Trinity, by denying it to be supported by those pillars of the faith, which alone are fit and able to support it, I mean Scripture, and the consent of the ancient Doctors. For Scripture, your men deny very plainly and frequently that this doctrine can be proved by it. See if you please this plainly taught, and urged very earnestly by Cardinal Hosius, De Auctor. Sacr. lib. iii. p.53. by Gordonius Huntlæus, Tom. I. Controv. 1. De Verbo Dei, lib. x. by Gretserus and Tannerus, in Colloquio Ratisbon. and also by Vega, Possevin, Wickus, and others.' Chillingworth's Preface to the Author of Charity Maintained, a work published in 1630 by Matthias Wilson, a Jesuit, under the name of Edward Knott. 'Longe ergo sincerius facerent, et prout ingenuos disputatores decet, si cum Pontificiis faterentur istam distinctionem ex Scriptura non posse probari, sed tantum ex traditione.' Curcellæi Dissertatio Prima de vocibus Trinitatis, &c. 38. See also the passages quoted by Curcellæus from writers of the Romish Church.

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The spirit of God, promis'd alike and given

To all believers.

Paradise Lost, XII. 519.

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The sentence is thus written in the original —quid est æquius quam ut permittant alteri eandem atque ipsi ratione ac via veritatem indaganti —probably an error for eadem.

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'Which, imploring divine assistance, that it may redound to his glory, and the good of the British nation, I now begin. History of Britain, B. I. Prose Works, IV. 3.

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Thee next they sang of all creation first,

Begotten Son, divine Similitude,

In whose conspicuous countenance, without cloud

Made visible, the Almighty Father shines,

Whom else no creature can behold; on thee

Impress'd, the effulgence of his glory abides,

Transfus'd on thee his ample Spirit rests.

Paradise Lost, III. 383.

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Hear my decree, which unrevok'd shall stand;

This day have I begot whom I declare

My only son, and on this holy hill

Him have anointed, whom ye now behold

At my right hand. Paradise Lost, V. 603.

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...... Into thee such virtue and grace

Immense I have transfus'd, that all may know

In heaven and hell thy power without compare;

And this perverse commotion govern'd thus,

To manifest thee worthiest to be heir

Of all things; to be heir, and to be king

By sacred unction, thy deserved right.

Paradise Lost, VI. 703.

[8]

Thenceforth I thought thee worth my nearer view

And narrower scrutiny, that I might learn

In what degree or meaning thou art call'd

The Son of God; which bears no single sense:

The Son of God I also am, or was;

And if I was, I am; relation stands:

All men are Sons of God; yet thee I thought

In some respect far higher so declar'd.

Paradise Regained, IV. 514.

'The people of God, redeemed and washed with Christ's blood, and dignified with so many glorious titles of saints, and sons in the gospel.' Of Reformation in England. Prose Works, I. 14.

[9]

Milton puts the same distinction into the mouth of Adam, speaking after his fall of the relation in which his sons stood to him:

...... what if thy son

Prove disobedient, and reprov'd retort,

'Wherefore didst thou beget me? I sought it not:'

Would'st thou admit for his contempt of thee

That proud excuse? yet him not thy election,

But natural necessity begot. Paradise Lost, X. 760.

[10]

...... No need that thou

Should'st propagate, already infinite,

And through all numbers absolute, though one. VIII. 419.

[11]

...... for glory done

Of triumph, to be styl'd great conquerors,

Patrons of mankind, gods, and sons of gods.

Paradise Lost, XI. 696.

[12]

Down, reason, then; at least vain reasonings, down.

Sampson Agonistes, 322.

[13]

Seem I to thee sufficiently possess'd

Of happiness or not? who am alone

From all eternity; for none I know

Second to me or like, equal much less. Paradise Lost, VIII. 404.

[14]

'Res etiam singulæ, sive individua, quæ vulgo vocant, singulas sibique proprias formas habent; differunt quippe numero inter se, quod nemo non fatetur. Quid autem est aliud numero inter se, nisi singulis formis differre? Numerus enim, ut recte Scaliger, est affectio essentiam consequens. Quæ igitur numero, essentia quoque differunt; et nequaquam numero, nisi essentia, differrent. Evigilent hic theologi. Quod si quæcunque numero, essentia quoque differunt, nec tamen materia, necesse est formis inter se differant; non autem communibus, ergo propriis.' Artis Logicæ plenior Institutio. Prose Works, VI. 214. The hint thrown out to the theologians in this passage is very remarkable; but I am not aware that it has ever been noticed as affording a clew to the opinion of Milton on the important subject alluded to, which could scarcely have been expected to be found in a treatise on Logick.

[15]

'The best of those that then wrote (in the first ages of Christianity) disclaim that any man should repose on them, and send all to the Scriptures.' Of Reformation in England. Prose Works, I. 11.

[16]

This is true of the manuscripts of the old Syriac version, but the printed editions of the Syriac as well as of the Armenian versions contain the disputed clause. See Bishop Marsh's Letters to Archdeacon Travis. Preface, Notes 8, 9, 10, 11. With respect to the Greek manuscripts, Milton expresses himself cautiously. It now appears that the clause is not found in any Greek manuscript written before the sixteenth century, which has been yet collated. For an elaborate account of the arguments for and against its authenticity, see Horne's Introduction, &c. Part II. Chap. iv. Sect. 5 § 6. where references are given to the principal authorities.

[17]

'Annon illico poterunt tergiversari, de consensu dictum esse, non de eadem essentia?...... Nihil autem æque confirmat auctoritatem testimonii ut consensus. Itaque consentiunt in terra Spiritus aqua et sanguis. An hæc tria sunt unum, sicut Pater, Filius et Spiritus Sanctus unum sunt? Nemo dicit, opinor, sed testimonii consensu sunt unum; ita Pater, Verbum et Spiritus Sanctus sunt unum.' Erasmi Responsio ad Notationes novas Ed. Leid. Tom. IX. p. 278. Edit. Lug. Bat. 1703. 'Et hi tres unum sunt: id est, ita prorsus consentiunt ac si unus testis essent; uti re vera unum sunt si οὐσίαν spectes; sed de illa (ut mihi quidem videtur) non agitur hoc in loco.' Beza in loc.

[18]

'The form, by which the thing is what it is, is oft so slender and undistinguishable,' &c. &c. Tetrachordon. Prose Works, II. 140.

[19]

Τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ τοῦ Χριστοῦ. Gr. of God, even of the Father, and of Christ. Macknight's Translation. See also Hammond and Whitby on the passage.

[20]

Father eternal, thine is to decree,

Mine, both in Heaven and Earth, to do thy will

Supreme. Paradise Lost, X, 68.

[21]

See Poole's Synopsis in loco. But Whitby explains it as signifying only a perfect conformity to His Father's will, without implying any defect in His own power. He quotes in support of this interpretation Luke xxii. 29. Rev. iii. 21. 1 Cor. xii. 5.

[22]

1 Ep. i. 90. He employs the same allusion in Paradise Lost:

..... call up unbound

In various shapes old Proteus from the sea. III. 603.

[23]

..... What he brings what needs he elsewhere seek?

Paradise Regained, IV.325.

[24]

Rhes. 264. Bacch. 1027. Edit. Beck.

[25]

Milton is fond of attributing the name of Godto angels, even in his Poem:

Deigns none to ease thy load, and taste thy sweet,

Nor God, nor man? Paradise Lost, V.59.

And again, in the same book,

Evil into the mind of God or man

May come and go, so unreprov'd. 117.

Where Newton properly remarks that God must signify Angel, for 'God cannot be tempted with evil,' as St. James says of the Supreme Being. So also in Paradise Regained, of the fallen angels,

..... led their march

From Hell's deep vaulted den to dwell in light,

Regents and potentates, and kings, yea Gods,

Of many a pleasant realm and province wide. I. 115.

[26]

Be not so sore offended, Son of God,

Though Sons of God both angels are and men,

If I, to try whether in higher sort

Than these thou bear'st that title

Paradise Regained, IV. 196.

[27]

καλέσουσι τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ. 'Καλέσεις Steph. β. Cant. Euseb. sed exemplaria MSS. universim, Vulg. Hieron. Epiphan. Chrysost. Theophylact. Origen. Iren. Just. Martyr. (qui etiam habet καλέσετε) receptam lectionem retinent.' Mill, in loc.

[28]

In the list of various readings given in Bp. Wilson's Bible, it is stated that the reading of the Lord exists in one of the English Bibles printed by Whitchurch, which is probably the 'recent translation' alluded to by Milton. This printer published many editions of the Bible, separately or in conjunction with Grafton, about the middle of the sixteenth century. The library at St. Paul's contains ten editions published in different years between 1530 and 1560, but the reading alluded to appears in none of them. The libraries of the British Museum, Lambeth, and Canterbury (which latter collection contains about fifty ancient English Bibles and Testaments presented by the late Dr. Coombe), the Bodleian library at Oxford, the University library, and the libraries of Trinity and St. John's Colleges, Cambridge, have also been searched without success for a copy of the edition in question.

[29]

This is the reading of the Codex Passionæi, the date of which, however, is not earlier than the eighth or ninth century, and of sixty-three other MSS. none of which are among the most correct or authoritative. See Horne's Introduction, &c. Vol. II. 352, for an analysis of what Griesbach, Hale, Michaelis and others have written on the verse. The sum of the whole is, that ἐκκλησία τοῦ Θεοῦ, Church of God, the received reading, 'is better supported than any of the other readings, and consequently we may conclude that it was the identical expression uttered by Paul, and recorded by Luke.'

[30]

'Sanctus Cyprianus adversus Judæos libro secundo, capite quinto, adduxit hunc locum, omissa Dei mentione. Itidem Hilarius enarrans Psalmum cxxii. quod incuria librariorum esse omissum videri potest.' Erasmi Annotationes ad Rom. ix. 5. See also his treatise entitled Responsio de Filii divinitate. Tom. IX. p. 849. Macknight in his notes on the passage of the Romans, answers Erasmus with regard to both the points which Milton mentions.

[31]

'Ambrosius et Vulgatus Interpres legerunt pro Θὲος, ὅ, id est, quod.' Erasmus ad 1 Tim. iii. 16. The Clermont MS. the Vulgate, and some other versions read ὅ, which. The Colbertine MS. reads ὅς who. All the other Greek MSS. have Θέος. For a defence of the latter reading see Mill and Macknight in loco, and Pearson On the Creed. See also Waterland, Works, II. 158.

[32]

On the importance of the Greek article, see Mr. Granville Sharp's Remarks on the Uses of the Definitive Article, &c.; Dr. Wordsworth's Six Letters to Mr. Sharp; Mr. Boyd's Supplementary Researches; and Bp. Middleton's Doctrine of the Greek Article.

[33]

The Ethiopia version reads αὐτοῦ. Mill omits Θέοῦ.

[34]

This is the interpretation of Benson, Wetstein, Schleusner, Macknight, &c. In support of the other construction, see Beza, Whitby, and particularly Waterland, Works, Vol. II. p.123.

[35]

'Dicam quid mihi videatur, ita ut quod sentio relinquam ecclesiæ atque adeo piis omnibus dijudicandum. Existimo hunc librum, eo negligentius habitum, quod non statim ab omnibus pro apostolico scripto censeretur, fuisse ab Ariano quopiam depravatum, qui Christum Deum non esse, nec proinde adorandum, sic confirmare vellet: idque exortis jam Anomœis post ipsius Arii tempora, alioqui hunc locum minime prætermissuris. Transpositos igitur fuisse arbitror hos versiculos, nempe 12 et 13,' &c. According to the order subsequently proposed by Beza, the verses would stand thus —14, 15, 16, 13, 12, 17, &c. Eusebius classes the Apocalypse among —the ἀντιλεγόμενα, or disputed books, and it is omitted in the catalogues of canonical books formed by Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem (A. D. 340), and by the council of Laodicea (A. D. 364), and in one or two other early catalogues of the Scriptures; but this omission was probably not owing to any suspicion concerning its authenticity or genuineness, but because its obscurity and mysteriousness were thought to render it less fit to be read publicly and generally. Home's Introduction, &c. IV. 497. Bp. Tomline's Elements of Christian Theology, Vol. I. 500.

[36]

'Hominem, non angelum fuisse apparet, quod locus unde venerit exprimitur, neque disparuisse legitur, ut de aliis angelis narratur. Sic propheta angelus Dei vocatur Hagg. i. 3.' Junius in loc.

[37]

Milton attributes similar language to the Almighty, when he represents him as giving his great command concerning the Messiah in heaven:

Him who disobeys,

Me disobeys, breaks union, and that day

Cast out from God-, &c. Paradise Lost, V. 611.

[38]

'Let him try which way he can wind in his Vertumnian distinctions and evasions, if his canonical gabardine of text and letter do not sit too close about him, and pinch his activity. Tetrachordon, Prose Works, II. 201. 'Vertit rationes et "cannon rex cum optimatibus plus potestatis habeat" quæerit; iterum nego, Vertumne, si pro optimatibus proceres intelligas, quoniam accidere potest ut nemo inter eos optimatis no mine sit diguus.' Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio, Prose Works, V. 149.

[39]

Milton follows the version of Tremellius, who translates the passage thus —'Cujus nomen vocat Jehova, admirabilem,' &c.

[40]

Πατὴρ μέλλοντος αἰῶνος. Septuag. 'Pater futuri sæculi.' Vulg. 'The Father of the everlasting age.' Lowth. 'The Father of the world to come.' Douay Bible.

[41]

..... Thou hast given me to possess

Life in myself for ever; by thee I live,

Though now to Death I yield. Paradise Lost, III.243

[42]

..... hast been found

By merit, more than birthright, Son of God.

Paradise Lost, III. 308.

..... For their King

Messiah, who by right of merit reigns. VI. 42.

That all the angels and ethereal powers,

They now, and men hereafter, may discern

From what consummate virtue I have chose

This perfect man, by merit call'd my Son,

To earn salvation for the sons of men.

Paradise Regained, I. 163.

[43]

..... All power

I give thee. Paradise Lost, III. 317

Scepter and power, thy giving, I assume,

And gladlier shall resign, when in the end

Thou shalt be all in all-. VI. 730.

[44]

This observation is added, because in the Latin version used by Milton the clause is translated sustinens omnia verbo potentiæ suæ, not illius. Peirce (Notes on St. Paul's Epistles) refers the phrase his power, to God the Father; but nearly all the best commentators uniformly explain it as referring to the Son.

[45]

In the original, the sentence is as follows: —'xxxiii. 16. et hoc est quod vocabit eam (nempe ecclesiam, non ideireo essentia cum Deo unam) Jehovah justitia nostra; vel clariore syntaxi, Jehovam justitiam nostram; vel si quis mavult, hic qui vocabit eam; eodem pertinet.' I have omitted in the translation the latter clauses of the sentence, which could scarcely be made intelligible in a language without inflections.

[46]

But whom send I to judge them ? Whom but thee,

Vicegerent Son ? To thee I have transferre'd

All judgement, whether in Heav'n or Earth, or Hell.

Paradise Lost, X. 55.

[47]

Milton seems to have had the same idea in his mind in the following passage:

'Beyond compare the Son of God was seen

Most glorious; in him all his Father shone

Substantially express'd-'. Paradise Lost, III. 138.

[48]

.....'On his right

The radiant image of his glory sat,

His only Son.' Paradise Lost, III. 62.

'Son, thou in whom my glory I behold

In full resplendence, heir of all my might-.' V. 719.

'Effulgence of my glory, Son belov'd,

Son in whose face invisible is beheld

Visibly, what by Deity I am;

And in whose hand what by decree I do,

Second Omnipotence. VI. 680.

..... Unfolding bright

Toward the right hand his glory, on the Son

Blaz'd forth unclouded Deity: He full

Resplendent all his Father manifest

Express'd. X. 63.

[49]

O Father, O supreme of heavenly thrones,

First, Highest, Holiest, Best, thou always seek'st

To glorify thy Son, I always thee,

As is most just: This I my glory account,

My exaltation, and my whole delight, &c. VI. 723.

Shall I seek glory then, as vain men seek,

Oft not deserv'd? I seek not mine, but his

Who sent me, and thereby witness whence I am.

Paradise Regained, II. 105.

[50]

'Opinio autem in Deum non cadit.' Milton uses the same words in his treatise on Logic, where he assigns the reason. 'Opinio tamen in Deum non cadit, quia per causas æque omnia cognoscit.' Prose Works, VI. 293. For, as he says in his Speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing, 'opinion is but knowledge in the making.' I. 322.

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