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and 'the fruit of Ms body,' defy their utmost skill tp distort them from their one one only obvjpus sense, viz. a lineal descendent from, Oayid^ by an human father.

Again; those unambiguous expressions, tike son of man, and the man Christ Jesus,' are so intelligible, that a man must take infinite pains tot misunderstand them. His predilection for a *wy to adopt the phrase of the shrewd and masterly author of * the Confessional,' an hidden abstruse cabbalistic meaning, must have taken Entire possession of his intellects, before he could melt down, by the subtle chemistry of sophistry, coarse evangelic common sense into refined scholastic nonsense. But, in fact, men of learning, from an accustomed attempt to solve real difficulties, contract an habit of perplexing easy truths, and, consequently, as often darken our light, as 'lighten our darkness.' Of this we have abundant testimony in the groundless hypothesis, that \ht words, fan of man, and a man,7 when app%4 to Christ, mean merely an human creature of the male species, supernaturally born of an human female. Your AngloChfistian friend,, my Jewish friends, who. is a -plain -l^uV'Mdowns, that he, <i*rwi§ttbQa&-Qf an understanding ac-, commodated to- thctperceptkmr'af the ingx-*nuity and acuteraes9 of dxposihding 'theson of mart,'to mean the son of woman only; especially, as he is not authorized to adopt this exposition by the "sacred writings, either of the apostles or prophets; and would Jiave been less astonished fto. have: heard-bf a sect of philosophising "spirits maintaining, that *- that the son of tbefon of a man only.'' He is equally dull in comprehending-how an human male, the offspring of an human' female alone, lean be called a man. ^ In hisidea, no man can. be a man, who is notbegotten by a man on the body of a-woman ;' and,-, in fact, it 'xs impossible to invent aname fully expressive o£ that creature of the. brain, represented as-sprung'.frocnitne womb of a: woman alone, uhconscjousrdfaprevious carnal knowledge of a" man. Now, on the supposition, that such:a being ever' existed', except in the confused pericranium* of a Christian Platonist,' I defy-every ev'afl-* gelist to prove, that he can;be'called ':* 'the" son of man, and a man',1 without a most tin-' paralleled and unpardonab^catachrefls^ or' abuse of words, which wea*e hot instructed



to look for in the express and unambiguous revelation of.the will of God toman, contain ed in, his merciful Gospel.dispensation adrriinistered hy 4he one'mediator between God •and man, the man Christ Jesuev - The inevitable consequence of the establishment of .such a catachresis is, that language must cease to be the vehicle of ideas. An appeal ta dispassionate and unprejudiced right reason Wjll-guiqkly decide the point, whether the scripiuj^appBlations, 'the son of mant 'andi& fWiz^t'^scribed to Jesus, the promised Mesilah,. can admit, any other signification, than that he was the son, as well of'a man, a&»f.a woman, and a man of corruptible flesh and blood like as we are; corruptible, I say, for it was entirely owing to the exertion of the power of God,: in raising him stem the - df&dy-'-im the third day, that his body did not putrefy.

-j*aQ '{lull aril * bollh .vlahqoiq f;:>-•hii I-readily grant that Christ. was divinely inspired,, not partially, like the prophets, but universally, or, to use an evangelic expression, 'without measure,' a circumstance necessary to qualify him for preaching the Gospel of Peace; that he worked miracles, foe,; without the-: exertion of such divinely-* i'.:zc.j-y. delegated gated power, he could not have proved the truth of his divine commission; and that; though subject tdhuman infirmities and pas* lions, and 'tempted like as we are/ he lived fcnd died without sin. The end and intent of God's gracious Gospel dispensation be?» ing of a moral nature, or to introduce an universal purity and holiness among meni it is very plain that this moral end could not be secured but by moral means* and that no moral means could be better caleu* lated to promote the moral perfection of man, than the illustrious arid unparalleled example of a man practising obedience to the will of God, even unto death, and that the most lingering, excruciating, and ignominious death of the cross, the most disinterested and generous love to his fellow creaturfes, and spotless innocence and purity. Hence this truly good man is with the strictest propriety, stiled 'the Holy One,' or the one holy man i For, though ' God made man,' or mankind, 'upright,' or per-^ sect, that is, capable of arriving by a practical conformity to the law imprest onhis understanding, at the moral perfection tff his nature, yet no man, before Christ, ever did attain it, and, to the more inexcusable J reproach

reproach of his nominal disciples, no marl, after him, haa completely imitated the example of his literally sinless life and death.

But that our Lord* jesus Christ, was a man, that he was begotten by a man on the, body of a woman, in the honorable estate of matrimony, as we fellow creatures are> cannot surely admit a doubt> in the mind of any Christian, who, unshackled by systematic prejudices, grudges not the pains to consult the numerous passages of the New Testament, where Christ is ex* pressly stiled ' the son of man, and a man/ without any of those strange qualifying limitations, and perplexing explications, which Christian sophists affix to these simple and intelligible expressions; expressions, self-, evident to every man, whose head is not bewildered by the nice subtle distinctions of * the vain philosophy/ contained in the writings of the schoolmen of Alexandria, who are presumptuously denominated fathers of the church, whereas many of them might more' aptly be termed * babes in Christ: ''


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