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Interpretations in consistency with the Divine Unity. passage means, that the mystery of godliness, (those holy doctrines and principles which before had been unknown to men,) was revealed by one who was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; was proved to be divine by the attestation of the spirit; was contemplated with admiration and astonishment by those who were sent to disseminate it among mankind; was preached among the Gentiles; was believed on in the world; was gloriously received by multitudes in every region,

An INFINITE, ETERNAL, UNCHANGEABLE Being, could not BE MADE, or BECOME, a SUFFERING and MORTAL MAN.-To say this is a mystery, cannot conceal that it is an absurdity.

(26) The grammatical construction of the original, throws just as much ambiguity into the passage, as there is from a similar cause, in the English, which would be plainer if it were rendered, of the great God, and of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Paul uniformly speaks of God and Christ as two distinct Beings. He speaks of the FATHER as the God of Jesus, the ONLY GOD, and the ONLY WISE GOD; and he expressly declares There is ONE GOD, and, There is ONE GOD, the FATHER.

(27) Ver. 2. The worlds should have been the ages; and since in this epistle, as well as in the Old Testament, (see No. 1,) the plural is often used for the singular to denote dignity and eminence, the ages probably means the Age of the Messiah, the dispensation of which he was the introducer and the head: (see farther in No. 10, and No. 23).-Ver. 3. Who being a beam of His glory, and the impress of His perfections, (since in him and by him, the glorious and gracious attributes of the Most High were eminently displayed and manifested to mankind,) and directing all things by the word of His (i. e. the Father's) power.-Ver. 6. And when he again bringeth the First-born into the world, (i. e. probably, when he raiseth Christ from the dead,) he saith, And let all the messengers of God do him homage: (see p. 15).-Ver. 8, may be rendered either, To (or respecting) the Son, he saith, God is thy throne for ever and ever, or, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever. original words (Ps. xlv. 6), are used in reference to Solomon, and surely, therefore, can prove nothing when applied to Christ. -Ver. 10-12, are a quotation from Ps. cii. They are, without a doubt, addressed to JEHOVAH, the one living and true God; they are applicable only to him; and they are here employed as a proof, that the sovereignty of Christ would be eternal, since He who appointed him is Himself almighty, unchangeable and everlasting.

The

In support of Trinitarianism.

heavens are the work of thy hands, &c.

(28) 1 John iii. 16. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us.

(29) 1 John iv. 9. In this was manifest the love of God towards us, because that God sent his ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON into the world, that we might live through him.-Ver. 15. Whosoever shall confess, that Jesus is the SON OF GOD, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

Rom. viii. 32. He that spared not HIS OWN SON.

(30) 1 John v. 7, 8. For there are three that bear record [in heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth,] the spirit, and the water, and the blood; and these three agree in one.

Disproving the commou Interpretation.

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Lord Jesus, &c.

(28) Rev. iv. 8, 10. Holy, holy, holy, LORD GOD, ALMIGHTY, which was, and is, and IS TO COME.-Him that

LIVETH FOR EVER AND EVER.

(29) 2 Sam. vii. 14. I will be his Father (i. e. Solomon's) and he shall be MY SON.

Rom. viii. 14. As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the SONS OF GOD.

Rom. viii. 17. Heirs of God, and JOINT-HEIRS with CHRIST.-Verse 29. The FIRST-BORN among many BRETHREN.

John xx. 17. Go to my and say unto

BRETHREN, them, I ascend unto MY FATHER and YOUR FATHER, and to MY GOD and YOUR GOD.

(30) If the words in brackets were genuine, they would admit of a satisfactory interpretation, agreeably to the principles stated in No. 14.1 See also

1 Cor. iii. 8. He that planteth, and he that watereth, (referring to Paul himself and Apollos,) are ONE,

And the

John xvii. 22. glory which thou gavest me I have given them, that they (the Apostles) may be ONE,

even as we are one.

(31) 1 John v. 20. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may

(31) John xvii. 3. This is life eternal, (said Christ kimself) that they might know THEE, (the Father,) the ONLY

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Siniversally acknowledged to be a wilful interpolation 1 John's the

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