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That the scriptural doctrine of the Trinity can correctly be so explained, as to silence the cavils of wicked men, I have no belief. "The carnal mind is enmity against God.'' And the world by wisdom knew him not. The Trinity is not the only doctrine, at which men cavil. Every distinguishing doctrineof grace is offensive to fallen man. And to give such an explanation of those doctrines, as that they shall not offend the wicked heart, is to pervert the scriptures, and handle the word of God deceitfully. This, neither Christ, nor his apostles, would ever do. But it is the very business, and one distinguishing characteristic, of false teachers. The ambassadors of Christ are never to attempt to render the doctrine of the Trinity, or any of the distinguishing doctrines of grace, palatable to the carnal mind; lest they incur the charge of being men pleasers; but not the servants of Christ.

How great is the Saviour of the world! He is the mighty God ;—mighty to save. How astonishing is the grace of heaven, the condescension of the high and lofty One! That such a Person should be sent, should come, on such an errand, be manifested in the flesh, and treated as Jesus was, is an infinite wonder! And it will be esteemed thus, in eternal ages!

How great then, are the obligations lying on man, to embrace, and follow Christ! Obligations of duty, gratitude, interest, and of every consideration, unite to enforce th's duty,'with indescribable weight. Words are infinitely inadequate to this subject.

Hence we learn how astonishing is the treatment, which Christ receives from gospel despisers! "Be astonished, O heavens, at this!'' See perishing worms spuruhig at their Maker, their Proprietor, their Saviour, Supporter, and their final Judge! Going their ways, to their farms and merchandise, and making light of the death and compassion of the Saviour, who is God, as well as man.

How tremendous will be the exhibition of justice and judgment, which such a Saviour will make, against these his enemies, when he, " the Lord himself, shall be revealed from heaven, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them, that know not God, and obey not the gospel of his Son." That day, of the glorious appearing of the great God, will decide who Christ is; and the madness of the conduct of his enemies.

How vain are the efforts of the enemies of the gospel, to overturn the system, which they hate; when it was instituted, and is supported, by Him, who is the great God,—God over all, blessed forever! They know not their Antagonist. But they will know him. Their characters and views are multiform, from the open atheist, to the highest fanatic. But in the cardinal point they all meet, to oppose the scheme of grace ; to deny the real character of Christ. "Let us break his bands asunder, and cast his cords from us,'' is the express, or implicit language of their hearts and lives! But Christ is mighty to destroy, as well as to save. For he is God, the Almighty!" He, that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; Jehovah shall have them in derision." He sees their day is coming.

But Zion shall be safe. Great is the holy One of Israel in the midst of her. Her Saviour is the Jehovah of hosts. The Captain of her salvation has everlasting strength. The Church then, may well triumph, and say, "This is our God ; we have waited for him; he will save us." "The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge."

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Testimonie« of the primitive Fathers, in favor of the doctrine of a Trinity in Unity iu the Godhead, and of the proper Divinity of Christ. - ... 175

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