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"Hence there is only this alternative before us, either to believe his divinity, or to deny his veracity, But to deny his veracity upon this subject, is to blast his whole moral character, and to represent him in as odious a light as ever the Jews did, when they called him a blasphemer, and said he was mad and had a devil. To impeach the moral character of Christ is extremely criniinal; for it is not only blaspheming his name, but denying his religion. To say that Christ was a blasphemer, is to say that Christianity is a falsehood. If there were no truth in Christ, there is no truth in his religion. Hence it seriously concerns those who deny the divinity of Christ, impeach his character, and subvert his Gospel, to prepare to meet him when he shall come in the clouds of heaven, and settle the solemn dispute between them."*
The peculiar virtue of the blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, to redeem men from their vain conversation, is closely and intimately connected with his power of intercession with the Father for all the saints. Of Christ, it is said, that he is able "to save to the uttermost all who come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." And of this Saviour, it is said, that he "is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. Hence Christ is able to save to the uttermost: he is the ever-living Intercessor, and he is made higher than the heavens; and he hath the keys of hell and of death; he openeth and no man shutteth; and shutteth and no man openeth: these things fully and strikingly proclaim the Deity of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
To believe in the Lord Jesus Christ is necessary, in order to right and joyful feelings of heart; for how ean we feel right towards Christ, if we believe him to be a man only, when, at the same time we are requir
* Dr. Emmons.
ed to worship and to honour him even as we honour the Father? Will such deem it consistent to honour him, as they honour the eternal God, while they believe him to be a mere created being?
With the Arian, Socinian, or Unitarian faith we cannot, as I see, comply with the command; "That all men should honour the Son even as they honour the Father." How then must they feel who profess to honour the Father with religious worship; when, at the same time, their feelings correspond with the belief, that equal honours are not due to the Son? Especially when it is added; "He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father which sent him." There must be. I think, a warfare between their belief concerning Christ, and the declaration which he makes concerning himself. Their faith concerning Christ comports not with the requirement to honour the Son, even as the Father is honoured. They believe that God is to be worshipped, but they believe not that equal honours are due to the Son of God. There fore, it appears to me, that Socinians must alter their faith, or there can be no agreement between them and the word of God.
It is true, however, that all who have clean hands and a pure heart will be saved. All such will finally surround the throne of God; and with united voices say; "unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.' ""
The Bible proclaims the divinity of Christ from the beginning to the end of it. The Lord God who appeared to Adam and Eve, it is evident, was Christ; otherwise how could they hide themselves from his presence among the trees of the garden. If he came to them in the form of a man, it might seem to them, that they could hide themselves from his presence. No doubt he appeared as a man. Christ therefore in
the days of his flesh, said to the Jews, "before Abra ham was, I am."
Jesus Christ is exhibited to our view in the sacred Scriptures, "as having come down from heaven, as from a place of settled abode, previous to his appearance among men." "And no man hath ascended up to heaven. but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. He that cometh from above is above all."* And he is declared by Saint Paul, to be the Lord from heaven.-Christ is the brightness of his Father's glory; which GLORY he had with the Father before the world was. And he is the image of the invisible God; and by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth.
It was Christ who led the children of Israel through the wilderness and through the sea. This is evident, for, "The Rock which followed them was Christ." The Lord Jehovah who came down on mount Sinai, and gave the law to Moses, was Christ; this is evident, otherwise, he and Moses could not converse together face to face. "And it came to pass as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses-and the Lord spake unto Moses face to face." It was God in human nature who wrestled with Jacob; this is evident from the history of the case. "Let me go," said the Man who wrestled with Jacob, "for the day breaketh. And he said I will not let thee go except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince thou hast power with God and with men; and hast prevailed." This Man did not see fit to tell Jacob his name; but he blessed him there. This was the same Person of whom saith the Prophet Isaiah, His name is Wonderful. "And Jacob called
* John iii, 13 and 31.
the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved."*
The Ancient of days mentioned in Daniel is evidently the Christ. And the description given of him by the prophet proclaims his Godhead. 1 beheld till the thrones were cast down and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool; his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him; thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set and the books were opened.
And this is the very Person, who, after he had finished the work which the Father gave him to do, ascended to heaven: And while he blessed his disciples, "he was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white. apparel; who also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."
All must appear before the judgment seat of Christ; and when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, and sit upon the throne of his glory; though he will be seen in the body in which he ascended to heaven, yet his divinity will shine through his humanity with such glorious brightness as to convince the whole moral creation that he is the Son of God as well as the Son of man.
"And before him shall be gathered all nations." He will be able accurately to distinguish between moral characters, so as to set the one on the right hand and the other on the left:-Let us hear the Son of God in vindication of his own divinity: "Then shall the King
sayunto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Unto ihem on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels–And these shall away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal."