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very God, co-equal, co-essential, and co-eternal with the Father; and in all respects, the same in substance, power and glory.
First, we are to show that the same names and titles are given to Christ which are given to the Father, and whereby God maketh himself known.—Let it be here observed, that the term Lord, in the old testament, when printed in capital letters in our translation is always the mme Jehovah in the original. And the word Jehovah, is a peculiar term, never given to any but the only living and true God. The word Jehovah, is in itself, necessary, eternal, independent, immutable, self-existence. Therefore, it is the incommunicable name of the Most High. Now this singujar and incommunicable name, which is never given to any other but God, is often ascribed to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Hence it is said in the prophecy of Jeremiah, * “This is the name where“by he shall be called, the Lord, or Jehovah, our righteousness.” This is expressly applied by St. Paul to Jesus, when he declares he to is made untous righteousness.” Thus speaks Isaiah, i < Sure“ ly shall one say, in Jehovah have I righteousness and strength ; “in Jehovah shall all the seed of Israel be justified.” This is directly interpreted of Christ, in the new testament. § “By the “righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men to justifi“cation of life.” And Christ || “ was made sin for us, that we “might be made the righteousness of God in him.” He is stiled Jehovah by the prophet Zechariah, when he predicted that he should be sold for thirty pieces of silver.
The name of God is likewise frequently applied to him. He is called the true God, the great and mighty God, the wise God, and God blessed forever. ** “This is the true God and eternal “life.” t? “To us a child is born, to us a son is given, his name “shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the “Prince of peace.” Thomas, when he is aroused from his stupid
unbelief, cries out “My Lord and my God.” Whoever reads the fourteenth chapter to the Romans, will find the terms Lord, God . and Christ, used in a promiscuous and synonimous manner, so that the former are as really applied to Jesus as the latter. He is called the only wise God by St. Jude. . * “To the only wise God, “our Saviour, be glory, and majesty, dominion and power.” He is declared to be God, blessed forever, by the apostle Paul. to Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh, “Christ came, who is God over all blessed forever.” Thus Jesus Christ appears to be called God, the true, the great and the mighty God, the only wise God, and God over all blessed forevermore.
We also find him styled the Lord God of hosts. Thus the prophet Hosea, when he retails the history of Jacob's wrestling with the Angel, declares, “By his strength he had power with “God ; even the Lord God of hests.” And another prophet says, $*Thy maker is thy husband, the Lord of hosts is his name, , “ and thy Redeemer the holy one of Israel, the God of the whole “earth shall he be called.” He is proclaimed king of kings, and Lord of Lords... Thus saith St. John, is “The lamb shall over“come, for he is the Lord of Lords, and king of kings.” And another apostle styles him, “The blessed and only potentate, “the king of kings, and Lord of Lords, to him be honor and “power everlasting.” He is pronounced the first and the last, a peculiar title of the supreme Jehovah. This is frequently ascribed to him in the Revelations. “I am the first and the last; I am “he that liveth and was dead, and behold I am alive forevermore. “These things saith the first and the last, who was dead and is “alive... I am alpha and omega, the first and the last.” Thus we see the most sacred titles, and the most divine names, are attributed to Christ in the scriptures; and what can all this teach us, but that he is truly God, co-equal and co-essential with the Father, or that lie and his Father are one.—I proceed
Secondly, to make it appear that the same attributes anJ peri 'fections are ascribed to him, which are ascribed to the Father, 'We find omniscience, omnipresence, immensity, eternity, omnipotence, and immutability, justice, holiness, goodness, mercy and truth; yea, were I to recapitulate all the perfections of Godhead, we would behold them in a rich profusion attributed to the divine Jesus, " who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery "to be equal with God. For in him all the fullness of the God"head dwell bodily." That he is the all knowing, heart searching and reintrying God, is asserted in places almost innumerable. Peter declares, "Lord, thou knowest all things, thou knowest u that I love thee." And St. John says, " Jesus knew all men, "and needed not that any one should testify of men, for he knew "what was in man.'' Matthew affirms, "That Jesus knew the "thoughts of men.'' He himself declares, " I am he which "searches the reins and the hearts, and I will give to every one, f of you according to your works.''
Christ is every where present, in heaven, in earth, and under the earth. "If I ascend into heaven, thou art there; if I make
my bed in hell, behold thou art there.'' Can "any hide bim"self in secret places, that I shall not see him, saith the Lord? "Do not I fill heaven and earth, saith the Lord?" Thus he promises to his people to be always with them, Mid this he could iiot accomplish were he not omnipresent. He says to his disciples, "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there, "am I in the midst of them." And again, " Lo, I am with yon «' always to the end of the world,"
His immensity is involved in his omnipresence, and is proved by the same scriptural authorities. The Redeemer in whom Job believed, his being " was longer than the earth, andbroader than "the sea," that is immense, without measure and without bounds. To be in heaven and earth at the same time, proves his immensity. "Tbis he himself affirms. * " No man hath ascended up to hea*' ven, but he that came down from heaven, even the son of man "which is in heaven.''
Eternity is also ascribed to him: "From everlasting to ever"lasting he is God. Before Abraham was I am. He is without "father, without mother, without descent, having neither bc*' ginning of days, nor end of life. His throne is declared to be V forever and ever.'' It is affirmed by the prophet Micah, f" His "goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Thus he is as certainly eternal as the Father.
Almighty power is also another divine attribute which is ascribed to him: "All power lie possesses in heaven and in earth." He is styled " Almighty,'' once and again, and is said " To uphold *' all things by the word of his power."
He is likewise unchangeable. "Jesus Christ is the same yes** terday, to day and forever. The heavens and earth shall be *' changed, but he is the same, and Jiis years shall not fail."
Your patience would be exhausted, were I to take time to show how all the moral perfections of Jehovah ; how justice, holiness, goodness, mercy and truth are attributed to him. He is the just, merciful, good and gracious Saviour. Not only are those things declared abundantly concerning him in the bible, but his whole life, humiliation, sufferings and death, proclaim him to he a miracle of divine beneficence, righteousness, grace, compassion and Jove.
Thirdly, if we fmd the same operations or works ascribed to him, which God only can perform, then Jesus Christ is in atl things co-equal with the Father. We have the whole works of creation and providence attributed to him—and these are Mich rnighty operations, that none but an omnipotent and infmite God
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is qualified to do. "Iti the beginning was the Word, and all "things were made by him, and without him was nothing made, "that was made. The world was made by him.. Of old hast "thou laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the "'works of thy hands." This is repeated concerning him in the epistle to the Hebrews. "He spake and it was done, he com"manded and it stood fast."'
He is the preserver ef all things, "upholding them by the word "of his power. By him were all things created, that are in hea-"ven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible; whether they "be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things "were created by him and for hhn. And he is before all things, "and by him all things consist." He governs all things by the might of his power, and his dominion and providence is over all.. What being can be higher, greater, and more powerful than this?: He, who is the creator, upholder, and governor of all, surely he must be the Almighty God, the same with the Father. "I and: "my Father are one."
Fourthly, the same worship, homage, and adoration are paid to the Lord Jesus Christ, by all in heaven, and all the saints on earth, which are offered to God the Father. The divine commandment is, " Let all the angels of God worship him." All men are to " honor the Son as they honor the Father." Thomas worshipped him, when he adored him as his Lord aud his God. He had homage paid him by the proto-martyr Stephen, with his dying breath ; when the last words he spoke were words of profound adoration? saying, "Lord Jesus receive my spirit." St. Paul prayed unto him: " For this, says he, I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me,'" that is, that the thorn in his flesh might be taken away. This is the adoration and praise given to him by all creation in the Revelation of John : "And "every creature which is in heaven and on earth, and such as are u in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying blessing,