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for us: Besides that it must appear in the higheft Degree probable, that no Creature whatever (fupposing Him to have suitable Abilities) could have been intrusted with so great and fo en. dearing a Charge ; fuch as mult inevitably draw after it a larger share of our Love, Respect, and Esteem, than seems confistent with our Duty to God, and the Rules laid down in Scripture for our Behavior towards the Grea. tures. But enough of this: I proceed.
Qu ER Y XIX. Whether the Doctor hath not given a very
partial Account of Joh. 5. 23. founding the Honour due to the Son, on this only, that the Father hath committed all Judgment to the Son; when the true Reason assign'd by our Saviour, and illustrated by several Instances, is, that the Son doth the same Things that the Father doth, hath the same Power and Authority of doing what He will; and therefore has a Title to as great Honour, Reverence, and Regard, as the Father Himself hath? And it is no Objection to this, that the Son is there faid to do nothing of Himself, or to have all given Him by the Father; since it is owned that the Father is the Fountain of All, from whom the Son derives, in an ineffable manner, his Elence and Powers so as to be one with Him.
TN Answer to this, you say, The only How
I nour due to our Saviour, is plainly fup. posed by St. Joho to be given Him, upon Àccount of his being appointed by the Father judge of the World, p 96. This is very strange indeed: What? Was there no Honour due to Him on Account of his having been @eds from the Beginning ? None for his having created the World? None on Account of his being the only begotten Son, which St. John reprelents as a Circumstance of exceeding great * Glory ? Surely these were Things great enough to demand our Tribute of Honour and Respect; and therefore St. John could never mean that He was to be honoured only upon that single Account, as being constituted Judge of all Men. This could never be the only reason why all Mesè Should honour the Son even as They honour the Father. What then did St. John mean? Or rather, what did our Blessed Lord mean, whose Words St. John recites? He meant what He has said, and what the Words literally import; that the Father (whose Honour had been fufficiently secured under the Jewish Dispensation, and could not bur be so under the Chris stian also) being as much concern’d for the Honour of his Son, had been pleased to commit all Judgment to Him, for this very end and purpose, chat Men might thereby fee and know that the Son, as well as the Father, was Judge of * Joh. 1. 14.
all the Earth, and might from thence be convinc'd how reasonable it was, and how highly it concern'd them, to pay all the fame Honour to the Son, which they had hitherto believed to belong to the Father only. And considering how apr Mankind would be to lessen the Dignity of the Son (whether out of a vein of disputing, or because He had condescended to become Man like Themselves and considering allo that the many Notices of the Divinity of his Perfon might not be sufficient, with some, to raise in Them that Esteem, Reverence, and Regard for Him, which They ought to have; for the more effectually securing a point of this high Concernment, it pleased the Father to leave the final Judgment of the great Day in the Hands of his Son: Men therefore might consider that this Person, whom they were too apt to difregard, was not only their Creator, and Lord, and God, but their fudge too, before whose awful Tribunal they must one Day appear: An awakening Consideration, such as might not only convince Them of his exceeding Excellency and Super-eminent Perfections, but might remind them also, how much it was their Interest, as well as Duty, to pay Him all that Honour, Adoration, and Service, which the Dignity and Majesty of his Person demands.
Let us but suppose the present Catholick Do&trine of the Co-equality and Co-erernity of the three Persons to be true, what more propei method can we imagine, to secure to each Per
son the Honour due unto Him, than this; that every person should be manifested to us under some peculiar Title or Character, and inforce his claim of Homage by some remarkable Dispensation, luch as might be apt to raile in Us a religious Awe and Veneration ? This is the Case in fact ; and on this Account, chiefly, it seems to be that the Son, rather than the Father (whose perfonal Dignity is less liable to be question’d) is to be Judge of all Men, that so all Men may honour the Son, xayvos muerdos tór hatées. The learned Doctor * pleads that xafas ofien signifies a general Similitude only, not an exact Equality : Which is very true; and would be pertinent, if we built bur. Argument on the critical Meaning of the Particle. But what we insist on, is, that our Bleffed Lord, in that Chapter, draws a parallel between the Father and Himself, between the Father's Works and his own, founding thereupon his Title to Ho. nour; which sufficiently intimates what xofes means; especially if it be consider'd that this was in answer to the Charge of making Himself t equal with God. This is what I intimated in the Query; upon the reading whereof, you are struck with amazement at so evio dent an instance, how prejudice blinds the Minds, &c. But let me perswade you to foro bear that way of talking, which (besides that it is taking for granted the main Thing in Question, presuming that all the Prejudice lies on * Reply, p. 260.
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one side, and all the Reason on the other) is really not very becoming, in this Case, con: sidering how many wise, great, and good Men, how many Churches of the Saints, through a long Succession of Ages, you must, at the fame time, charge with prejudice and blindness; and that too after much canvassing and careful considering what Objections could be made against Them; to which you can add nothing new. nor so much as reprelent the old ones with greater Force than They have been often be. fore, 1300 Years ago. It might here be fufficient, for you, modestly to offer your Reasons: And however convincing they may appear to you (yet considering that to Men of equal Sense, Learning, and Integrity, they have appeared much otherwise ) to suspect your own Judgment; or, at least, to believe that there may be Reasons, which you do not see, for the contrary Opinion. Well, but after your fo great Assurance, let us hear what you have to say. If our Lord had purposely design’d, in the most express and emphatical Manner, to de. clare his real Subordination and Dependence on the Father, He could not have done it more fully and clearly than He hath in this whole Chapter. Yes, sure He might: Being charged with Blasphemy, in making Himself equal with God, He might have express'd his Abhorrence of such a Thought; and have told Them that He pretended to be nothing more than a Creature of God's, fent upon God's