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Jewish, which, by its splendor, surpassed all the glory of mortals; both these dispensations, in their every circumstance, were typical of Christ.

The prophets, in foretelling the Messiah, made use of such language as must lead us to suppose, either that there are two Gods, or different modes of subsistence in the same God. Thus, the Lord says, "I have overthrown some of you as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.* I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord their God. The Lord rained-brimstone and fire from the Lord, out of Heaven. I will strengthen them in the Lord, and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the Lord."||

Isaiah applies the title, God, to Christ: "unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God. A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel"T-God with us.

Isaiah, fortelling the consequences of Christ's coming, introduces them with a declaration that He is God; thus, "behold your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame

Amos iv. 11. † Hosea i. 7. Gen. xix. 24. Is. ix. 6. ¶ Is. vii. 14.

Zech. x. 12.

man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing."* Prophesying concerning His forerunner, he says, "The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord,-Jehovah-make straight in the desert a highway for our God." And he expressly styles the "Redeemer the Lord of hosts."

Jeremiah proclaims Him as One who was to be so above all created beings, as to be able to clothe us with righteousness. "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a king shall reign and prosper; and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth, and this is his name, whereby he shall be called, the Lord our righteousness."|| Surely we must say, "in the Lord have I righteousness and strength."§

Daniel beheld Him in an illustrious vision, receiving the crown of dominion. "I saw," said he, "I saw in the night visions, and behold one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass

Is. xxxv. 4-6, Is. xl. 3. Is. xliv. 6. || Jer. xxiii. 5 and 6. xlv. 24.

away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed."* And we perceive the same prophet praying in the name of the Messiah, in the same manner that we pray in the name of Christ;-beseeching "for the Lord's sake."+

Haggai fortels the Messiah as "the desire of all nations:" and it is remarkable that, at the birth of Jesus, there was a general expectation of a Supreme Ruler. The Senate of Rome was agitated by the subject. Virgil wrote concerning it. Cæsar claimed it as heralding him. The wise men, we know, came from the East and worshipped this DESIRE.

Zechariah represents Jehovah as saying unto Israel, "The Lord of hosts hath sent me unto thee." He also announces the Messiah as "the man whose name is the branch:" who "shall build the temple of the Lord:—and shall sit and rule upon his throne:" and declares that "the counsel of peace shall be between them both:"-indicating a covenant between two

persons.

Malachi proclaims Him expressly as "the Lord," or "Jehovah."T

Such was the effect of these dispensations, and of these prophecies, that the Jews expected in the Messiah a Mighty One, who should overturn all the powers of the earth, and place

• Danl. vii. 13, 14. †Danl. ix. 17. Hag. ii. 7. Zech. ii. 11. § Zech. vi. 12, 13. ¶ Mal. iii. 1.

them in the throne of supreme dominion. They expected Him to reign with a supremacy ne'er to end. They entitled Him the Word: looked to Him as the Creator: as Him who appeared to Moses; and destroyed Sodom and Gomorah.

We know that Christ is Divine, because, when in the midst of this general expectation of Him, Gabriel came to announce His approach, he said to Zacharias, concerning the forerunner John, "Many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord, their God;"* and to Mary concerning Jesus-" He-shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his Father David:-and of his kingdom there shall be no end. The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." Elizabeth, saluting Mary, entitled her, "The mother of my Lord:"‡ and Zacharias, addressing John, said, "Thou shalt go before the face of the Lord." The angel said to the Shepherds, "Unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And aged Simeon, in the fulness of his joy, exclaimed, "Lord, now lettest thou

*Luke i. 16. † Luke i. 32-35. Luke i. 43 Luke i.76. Luke ii. 11.

thy servant depart in peace;-for mine eyes have seen thy salvation;-a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel."*

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And now we have touched but the threshhold of these proofs. They lie yet in great mass within those sacred pages, but your patience would be wearied in listening to them. will, therefore, suspend the argument for the present. In the mean time, let me intreat you to bear in mind the infinite importance of your having right ideas concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.

That we are in a state of sorrow we know: that we are sinners we are fully assured: and that we are travelling forward to a world of retribution, we are well aware. The question, then, whether there be any sufficient Redeemer, is of incalculable moment. Whether you and I shall lie down in torment, or rise to everlasting felicity, is a matter that deeply interests us: and the whole is suspended on the character of Jesus Christ. There is no other Helper.We hear of "no other name under Heaven whereby we can be saved." The philosophers of olden time are all darkness and doubt: the philosophers of latter years are full of contradictions. We want some one on whom we can repose: well accredited, and at the same time full of power:-for it is no trifle to save

*Luke ii. 29-32.

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