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Secondly, to make it appear that the same attributes and per. fections are ascribed to him, which are ascribed to the Father. We find omniscience, omnipresence, immensity, eternity, omnipo tence, and immutability, justice, holiness, goodness, mercy and truth; yea, were I to recapitulate all the perfections of Godhead, we would behold them in a rich profusion attributed to the divine Jesus, " who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery “ to be equal with God. For in him all the fullness of the God“ head dwell bodily." That he is the all knowing, heart searching and reintrying God, is asserted in places almost innumerable. Peter declares, “Lord, thou knowest all things, thou knowest " that I love thee.” And St. Jolin says, “ Jesus knew all men, 56 and needed not that any one should testify of men, for he knew “ what was in man." Matthew affirms, “ That Jesus know the
thoughts of men.” He himself declares, “I am he which “ searches the reins and the hearts, and I will give to every one “ of you according to your works."
Christ is every where present, in heaven, in earth, and under the earth. “ If I ascend into heaven, thou art there ; if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there." Can “ any
hide him“ self in secret places, that I shall not see him, saith the Lord ? “ Do not I fill heaven and earth, saith the Lord ?" Thus he promises to his people to be always with them, and this he could not accomplish were he not omnipresent. He says to his disciples, “ Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there “ am I in the midst of them.” And again, "Lo, I am with you "always to the end of the world.”
His immensity is involved in his omnipresence, and is proved by the same scriptural authorities. The Redeemer in whom Job believed, bis being " was longer than the earth, and broader than " the sea,” that is immense, without measure and without bounds. To be in heaven and earth at the same time, proves his immensity This he himself affirms. *< No man hath ascended up to hea.
ven, but he that came down from heaven, even the son of man which is in heaven."
Eternity is also ascribed to him: “From everlasting to evers lasting he is God. Before Abraham was I am. He is without “ father, without mother, without descent, having neither be“ ginning of days, nor end of life. His throne is declared to be “ forever and ever." It is affirmed by the prophet Micah, †“ His. « goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Thus he is as certainly eternal as the Father.
Almighty power is also another divine attribute which is ascribed to him : “ All power he pussesses in heaven and in earth." He is styled “ Almighty," once and again, and is said “To uphold " all things by the word of his power."
He is likewise unchangeable. " Jesus Christ is the same yes
terday, to day and forever. The heavens and earth shall be “ changed, but he is the same, and his years shall not fail.”
Your patience would be exhausted, were I to take time to show how all the moral perfections of Jehovah ; how justice, holinessy goodness, mercy and truth are attributed to him. He is the justy merciful, good and gracious Saviour. Not only are those things declared abundantly concerning him in the bible, but his whole life, humiliation, sufferings and de:eth, proclaim him to be a miracle of divine beneficence, righteousness, grace, compassion and love.
Thirdly, if we find the same operations or works ascribed to him, which God only can perform, then Jesus Christ is in alt things co-equal with the Father. We have the whole works of creation and providence attributed to him--and these are such mighty operations, that none but an omnipotent and infinite God
* John iii, 13. Mic. v. 2.
is qualified to do. “In the beginning was the Word, and all " things were made by him, and without him was nothing made, " that was made. The world was made by him. Qf old hast " thou laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the “works of thy hands." This is repeated concerning bim in the epistle to the Hebrews. “ He spake and it was done, he com“ manded and it stood fast.'"
He is the preserver of all things, “upholding them by the word " of his power. By him were all things created, that are in heas
and that are in earth, visible and invisible ; whether they « be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things « were created by him and for him. And he is before all things, " and by him all things consist.” He governs all things by the might of his power, and his dominion and providence is over all. What being can be higher, greater, and more powerful than this? He, who is the creator, upholder, and governor of all, surely he must be the Almighty God, the same with the Father.
« I and “ my Father are one.”
Fourthly, the same worship, homage, and adoration are paid to the Lord Jesus Christ, by all in heaven, and all the saints on earth, which are offered to God the Father. The divine commandment is, “ Let all tlie angels of God worship him.” AU men are to "honor the Son as they honor the Father.” Thomas worshipped him, when he adored him as his Lord and his God. He had homage paid him by the proto-martyr Stephen, with his dying breath ; when the last words he spoke were words of profound adoration, saying, “ Lord Jesus receive my spirit." St. Paul prayed unto him: “ For this, says he, I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me," that is, that the thorn in his fiesh might be taken away. This is the adoration and praise given to him by all creation in the Revelation of John :
6 And every creature which is in heaven and on earth, and such as are " in the sea, and all that are in thein, heard I saying blessing,
Hand honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth on u the throne, and unto the lamb forever and ever."
These texts of scripture quoted, which are but a few of the multitudes that might be produced, are fully sufficient to show that divine worship, homage, and praise are given to the Lord Jesus Christ, and that, therefore, he must be really and truly God, co-essential and consubstantial with the Father.
To all these things, only a few more observations shall be added, in support of the divinity of our exalted Saviour. He is to be the final judge of the universe, and of this only Jehovah is capable : “ For God is judge himself.” God shall judge the world. It is abundantly affirmed, that, “ We shall all stand be« fore the judgment seat of Christ. That he shall judge the " quick and the dead at his appearing." Christ Jesus is an infanitely wise and perfect judge. He possesses every qualification for this dignified office. He has an omniscient mind, and an almighty arm; he can discover and punish all the secret iniquities of the wicked, and reward all the righteousness of those who love and serve him, and believe in his name.
It is a prerogative of the Most High to pardon sin; but Christ showed himself to be a sin-forgiving God. He speaks to the sick of the palsy, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee." Stephen prayed to Chirst for those who persecuted him, and wickedly stoned him to death, “ Lord, lay not this sin to their charge." And the apos. tle Paul exhorts the Colossian christians, “ Even as Christ forgave " 'you, so also do ye.”
It is likewise a peculiar prerogative of Jehovah, to hold rule and dominion over, and claim a propriety in all things. “His “ kingdom 'ruleth over all.” Christ declares, “ All things that “the Father hath are mine. All things that are mine are thine, " and all things that are thine are mine." We are commanded to believe in him, to trust, and to look to him alone for salvation
and eternal life. He is the great author of the resurrection of the body, and this is solely the property of God, and a work which none but a God can perform. He makes proclamation, saying, « I am the resurrection and the life. The Son quickeneth whom « he will. The hour is coming and now is, in the which all that « are in their graves, shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and " they that hear shall live. All that are in their graves shall hear « his voice and shall come forth, they that have done good unto “ the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil unto the “ resurrection of damnation."
Now, from all these scriptural authorities, arguments and considerations, collected into a single view, does not the conclusion burst upon us with irresistable force, that Jesus Christ is truly God, co-equal, co-eternal, and co-essential with the Father? On what a firm and immoveable foundation does the declaration in our text stand ? “ I and my Father are one." The Jews, the Scribes, and Pharisees were compelled to acknowledge, that « He made himself God.” But instead of submitting to the conviction, and receiving him in his proper character, as the God of Israel, and the Mesich of their bible, the more they saw his di. vinity displayed, the more they hated him, and the more their hearts were enraged against him. Instead of bowing down to him as their God and Saviour, they cried out, he is a blasphemer, he hath a devil, he is not fit to live, away with hiin, crucify him, Crucify him.-This, which was the temper of these infidels and unitarians of old, remains the temper of all their unbelieving followers to this day.
But I shall now close this discourse with some practical ima provement.
First, how happy and blessed are all they who receive the di. vinity of Christ, acknowledge him in all his mediatorial offices, believe in him as their Redeemer and Saviour, trust in him for eternal life. They are blessed in this world with the peace and