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exclusively to the only true God, are ascribed to Jesus
Christ.

Adopting, throughout, the principle of selection, I con-
fined myself, on the first of these heads, to the two names,
God, and J ehovah.

I. — 1. God, — John i. 1. ^^In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with God, and the word icas
God.'^ — John i. 14. '* And the w ord was made flesh, and
dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of
the only-begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth :"
compared with Isaiah ix. 6. " Unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given ; and his name shall be called —
the mighty God .•" — and Matth. i. 22, 23. " Now all this
was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of
the Lord by the prophet, saying. Behold a virgin shall be
with child, and shall bring forth a son ; and they shall
call his name Immanuel, Avhich, being interpreted, is, God
with us :'' — Rom. ix. 5. " Of whom, as concerning the
flesh, the Christ came, who is over all, God, blessed for-
ever :" — Heb. i. 8. "^^ But unto the son he saith, thy throne,
O God, is forever and ever !" — 2 Peter i. 1. ^^ Who have
obtained like precious faith with us, through the righteous-
ness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ ;" a reading
justified by the established principles of Greek syntax,
and by the precise parallelism of the expression in the
10th verse of the same chapter — " An entrance shall be
ministered to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ :" — Titus ii. 13, to
which the same general principles of syntax most clearly
and decidedly apply ; '^ looking for that l)lessed hope,
even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savio2ir
Jesus Christ.'^ — To these passages, a number of others
might have been added.

. 2. Jehovah. — This is the incommunicable name of the
true God, the God of Israel, — He calls it " My name Je-



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hovah/^ Exod. vi. 3, and the Psalmist says, " That men
may know, that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah^ art
the Most High ever all the earth." Psalm Ixxxiii. 18. —
It is i;iven to Jesus in the following passages. — liuke i.
16, 17. *^ And many of the children of Israel shall he
(John the Baptist) turn to the Lord their God. And he
shall go hefore him in the spirit and power of Elias — to
make ready a people prepared for the Lord .'- compared
with Isaiah xl. 3. *' The voice of him that crieth in the
wilderness. Prepare ye the way of Jehovah, make straight
in the desert a highway for our God ;" a prophecy which
is applied to the ministry of John as the forerunner of Je-
sus, both by himself and by the New Testament histori-
ans. John i. 23. Matth. iii. 1—3. Mai. iii. 1. "Be-
hold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the
Avay before me : and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall sud-
denly come to his temple, even the messenger of the cov-
enant, whom ye delight in : behold he shall come, saith
Jehovah ofhosts.'^ — Heb. i. 10. " And, Thou, Lord^ (an-
swering to Jehovah throughout the psalm from which the
words are quoted) in the beginning hast laid the founda-
tions of the earth, and the heavens are the work of thy
hands." Isaiah vi. 1 — 5. "In the year tliat king Uz-
ziah died, I saw also Jehovah, sitting upon a throne, high
and lifted up : — ahove it stood the Seraphim — and one cri-
ed to another. Holy, holy, holy is Jehovah o^hosis ; the
whole earth is full of his glory : — mine eyes have seen
the King, Jehovah of hosts .•" compared with John xii.
41. " These things said Esaias, when he saw his
(Christ's) glory, and spake of him." Jer. xxiii. 6. "This
is liis name, whcrehy he shall be called, Jehovah our righ-
teousness.-' Zech. xiii. 7' ^* Awake, O sword, against
iny sliepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith
Jehovah of hosts r' — Isaiah xlv. S3 — 25. "I have sworn
hy myself, the word is gone out of my moutli in righteous^



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ness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall
bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely shall one say, In
Jehovah have I righteousness and strength : — In Jehovah
shall all the seed of Israel be justified and shall glory ;"
compared with Rom. xiv. 10, 11. "We shall all stand
before the judgment seat of Christ : for it is written, As I
live saith the Lord, f Jehovah J every knee shall bow to
me, and every tongue shall confess to God ;'' and 1 Cor.
i. 30, 31. " Of him are ye, in Christ Jesus, who of God is
made unto us wisdom, and righteousness (or justification)
and sanctification, and redemption : that, according as it
is written. He that glorieth let him glory in the Lord." I
observed, that if conviction was produced by these instan-
ces, such conviction would naturally lead to the applica-
tion of the name to Jesus, in many others, which might
not, at first view, appear so obvious.

To these passages was subjoined the remarkable rea-
soning of the Saviour himself, founded on the peculiar ap-
plication of the title Lord to the Messiah, by David in the
beginning of the 110th Psalm : Matth. xxii. 41 — 46.
'' While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus ask-
ed them, saying. What think ye of Christ ? Whose son is
he ? They say unto him. The Son of David. He saitli
unto them. How, then, doth David in sjiirit call him Lord,
saying. The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou on my right
hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool ? If David,
then, call him Lord, how is he his Son f And no man
was able to answer him a word."

II. Of Divine Attributes ascribed to Jesus, I confined
myself to four ; — Eternal Existence, Jllmighty Power,
Omnipresence, and Omniscience.

1. Eternal Existence.-— \ here referred, in general
terms, but without any particular illustration, to the nume-
rous passages, which intimate his pre-existence, by speak-
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up where lie was before ; of coming forth from the Fa-
ther, and coming into the world, and of leaving the world
and returning to the Father, &c. — and then more particu-
larly to John viii. 58. " Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Before Mraham icas, lam /''' — Heh. i. 10.



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