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concerning the Messiah arc infallible criteria, whereby to distinguish between genuine and spurious Gospels, -so- that any passage in the present canon of the New Testament, which expressly militates against these predictions, or cannot, without a manifest perversion of its meaning, be brought to coincide with them, must be an interpolated forgery.


That the suffering Jesus, the remote son of David, and the immediate son of Joseph, and Mary, was the Christ or .the Messiah, I will now undertake to prove from your own prophecies, more fully than I have hitherto done. To the same person, who in the 2d Psalm is represented as 'the 'anointed against' whom your 'rulers 'took council together,' Jehovah declares in the fame Psalm, 'I will give thee the 'Heathen for thine inheritance, and the • utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.' It is evident from the 49th chapter of Isaiah, that the suffering Jesus described in the 7th verse, under the character os • him, whom

'man despiseth, him whom the nation,'

your your people, 'abhorreth'is the same with him of whom it is said by Jehovah in the following verse, * I will give thee for a covenant of the people to establish' or raise up 'the earth,' the land of Judea, * to cause to inherit the desolate heritages,' or, in. other words, as the Messiah, who, on your return to your own land, in conse* quence of your conversion to a faith in him, shall cause you to dwell in the long forsaken land, where he will personally reign over you in righteousness, love and truth. His sufferings are thus represented in the 6th verse of the 50th chapter of the same prophet, 'I gave my back to the smiters, and 'my cheeks to them, that pulled off the 'hair; I hid not my face from shame and 'spitting.' This is the same person of whom it is asserted in the 13th verse of the 52d chapter, 'Behold, my servant shall pros'per, he shall be exalted and extolled, and

* be very high.' And again, 'As many

* were astonished at thee, (his visage was so 'marred more than any man, and his form

* more than the sons of men,) so shall he

'sprinkle 'sprinkle many nations, the kings mall f shut their mouths at him; for that, which • had not been told them, shall they see, f and that, which they had not heard, (hall 'they consider.' The following 53d chapter deserves your most serious attention, where his lamb-like sufferings and unmerited death as a transgressor, which he experienced at the hands of your ancestors, who * despised 'and esteemed him not,' are most feelingly described. This is the man, who after "he was tormented for," or on account $f, the 'transgressions' of your ancestors, * bruised for,' (or on account of) their 'iniquities,' and 'cut off out of the land 'of the living, saw his feed,' men embrace the divine religion he was sent to teach, consequently ' saw of the travail of his foul 'and was satisfied;' and 'prolonged his 'days' in consequence of his being raised hty God on the third day from the dead. This is he, of whom it is recorded in the 55th chapter, * I,' Jehovah; 'have given 'him,' David, or the Messiah so called after the name of his royal progenitor, 'for'

'a witness

* a witness to the people, a leader and com'mander to the people.' This is * the re'deemer, who,' (chap. lix. verse 20) 'shall

* come to Zion and unto them, that turn 'from transgression in Jacob, to give unto 'them,' (chap. lxi. verse 3.) 'beauty for 'ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the 'garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.' This is ' that righteous branch,' (Jer. xxiii. 5, &c.) which Jehovah promised to ' raise 'unto David,' that 'King, who shall reign 'and prosper, and shall execute judgment 'and Justice in the earth; in his days Ju'dah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell 'safely; and this is his rjame whereby he 'shall be called iJpny rt1n» the Lord our 'righteousness,' stiled also, ( Jer. xxx. 9.) 'David, their king, whom I,' the Lord their God, will 'raise up unto them.' This is that' one shepherd,' (Ezek.xxxiv.23,&c.) 'whom I will set over them, and he mall 'feed them, even my servant David,' the patronymic of the Messiah, as before observed, 'and I the Lord will be their God,

* and my servant David,' the Messiah, * a. i- • 'prince

'prince among them.' Lastly, this k that

• one king,' (Ezek. xxxvii. 23, &c. who,

• lhall be king to them all,' both to Israel and Judah, when • I will make them one 'nation in the land upon the mountains of 'Israel,' &c. &c.

His 'kingdom, prefigured in Nebuchadnezzar's dream, Daniel ii. 35. by 'a stone 'that smote the image, became a great 'mountain, and filled the whole earth, '{hall break in pieces and consume all

• these kingdoms,' the four successive great monarchies, the Babylonian, the Persian, the Grecian, and the Roman, together with the several kingdoms, into which this last has been divided, typified under the several metals, ' the gold, the silver, the brass, the

• iron, aud the clay,' whereof the said visionary image was composed, and * it mall 'stand for ever,' that is, to the end of the age of the Messiah, as I formerly observed. This is that 'Son of Man,' of whom it is recorded, Daniel vii. 13, &c. that (there was given him by the Ancient

• of Days,' the Lord your God, 'Dominion,


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