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In support of Trinitarianism. was the Lord who spoke in the 8th verse, and that he is therefore the Almighty. In Rev. xxii. 13, our Lord says, I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last and these expressions of the sacred writer, are supposed to attribute to Jesus Christ, ETERNITY and SELF-EXISTENCE.
Disproving the common Interpretation. upon him the name of MY GOD, and the name of the city of MY GOD, &C. Rev. v. 12. Lamb that was
Worthy is the
And they sing
ceive power, &c.
If the Reader have carefully considered the passages in the 2d column of the preceding pages, (some of which, however, as intimated in p. 5, have been introduced merely for the purpose of illustration, or explanation,) he can scarcely fail to admit the conclusions which will now be drawn from the whole. But he will find it useful to peruse also the following passages, some of which decisively prove, that God and Christ are two distinct Beings, and that Christ was inferior to, and dependent upon, his God and Father. Deut. iv. 35, 39, xxxii. 39; Ps. lxxxvi. 9, 10; Matt. xx. 23, xxvi. 37-42; Luke i. 32; John iii. 16, v. 26, 27, vii. 16-18, viii. 42; Acts ii. 33, 36; Rom. ii. 16, v. 11, xv. 6; 1 Cor. iii. 23, xi. 3, xv. 21, 57; 2 Cor. i. 2-4, iv. 14; Gal. i. 1, 3, 4; Eph. i. 19-22; Col. iii. 21; 1 Thess. i. 9, 10; 2 Thess. ii. 16; Tit. iii. 4-6; 1 Pet. i. 3, 21, iv. 11, v. 10; 2 Pet. i. 17. A vast number more yet remain, which will reward his search into the Scriptures of truth.
Interpretations in consistency with the Divine Unity.
the passages quoted or referred to from other parts of the book, would destroy all ground for doubt.
In Rev. i. 11, the words "I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, and" are omitted, upon similar authority, by the above-mentioned critics.
We may reasonably understand these prophetic titles of Christ to denote that he is, under God, the Author of the Gospel dispensation, and that he will conduct it to its termination; to that glorious period when, in the words of the Apostle Paul, "He shall have delivered up the kingdom to GoD even the FATHER; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power:" " and when all things shall be subdued unto him, even then the Son himself shall be subject to him that PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIM, that GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL."
This is a close rendering of the original, and best preserves the sense. Christ is always subject to the Father. See I Cor. iii. 23, xi. 3, The head of Christ is God.'
I. Respecting JEHOVAH, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Scriptures teach, that BESIDES HIM THERE IS NO GOD; that by His almighty word, by His great power and out-stretched arm, ALONE, and BY HIMSELF, He created the heavens and the earth and all that in them is, and that He preserveth them all; that He is the Sovereign Lord of heaven and earth; that He is the Lord God Omnipotent, who was, and is, and is to come; that He is the One Living and True God; that His name alone is Jehovah, Most High over all the earth; that He alone is perfectly holy, He alone supremely good; that He is our Heavenly Father, the one God and Father of all, the God as well as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ ; that He is a Spirit whom no one hath seen, or can see, dwelling in light inaccessible and full of glory; that He is the incorruptible, everlasting God, with whom there is no variableness, nor shadow of change, the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, the blessed and only Potentate, who alone hath immortality, who liveth for ever and ever; that he is the ONLY TRUE GOD; that of Him and by Him, and to Him are all things and to Him be glory for ever.
II. This great and glorious Being, the Scriptures declare to be the God of all grace, the Father of mercies and of all consolation they teach us that He is just and true in all His ways, and righteous in all His works; and that He is Love; that He so loved the world that He sent his only-begotten Son to save it; that according to his own mercy he saved us; that eternal life is His gift, through our Lord Jesus Christ; that through him, He hath blessed us with all spiritual bless