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LETTER III.-Distinguishing marks of Deity, ·


Certain criteria necessary to distinguish God from the creature.

The Mosaic dispensation designed to prevent idolatry. Divine

criteria are names, titles, attributes, works and worship, proved

from reason and from Scripture.

LETTER IV.—The Angel-Jehovah,


The Angel of the Lord. Philo, his character. Seven propositions.

Different appearances of the Angel. He is called by the rabbins

by different names. They ascribe all the appearances to the

same Angel. All the divine criteria ascribed to this Angel.

His appearance to Hagar considered. She knew him to be


LETTER V.—The sabject continued, .


The appearance of the angel to Abraham. To Jacob. To Moses.

To Joshua. To Gideon, and to Manoah. Quotation from Eu-

sebius. Design of these appearances. This Angel is Jehovah.

Promised as a guide to the children of Israel. The rabbins

expected the Messiah to be divine. Messiah the second per-

son in the Trinity.


LETTER I.--He is the Angel-Jehovah,


Striking similarity between Christ and the Angel. All the divine

criteria ascribed to Jesus Christ. He is called God, Jehovah,

the First and the Last, the Son of God.

LETTER II.-Divine criteria, or the continuation of the subject, 191

The divine attributes ascribed to Jesus. Divine works. Such as

creation, redemption, and raising the dead., Divine worship,

baptism, and the Lord's supper.


LETTER I.-Consequences if Christ be not God,


Then it follows: That he was not the promised Messiah, but a

deceiver and blasphemer. That the Jews were bound to put

him to death. That the ceremonial law is not abrogated, and

no atonement made. That all who have worshiped Christ

have been idolaters. That into this fatal error they were

led by believing the sacred Scriptures.

LETTER II.-Continuation of the subject,


If Christ be not God, then the following Scriptures in particular

must lead to idolatry, viz. John, 17: 6. 2 Cor. 8:9. Gal. 1: 1.

4:4, 5. Phil. 2:5-11. Heb. 1:1-3.

Letter IlI.-Consequences if Christ be truly God,


Then it appears that God is love. That love and obedience to

God, and love and compassion to men, are illustrated and en-
forced by the strongest motives. That sin is an abomination,
and most hateful to God. That to honor and worship the
Son, and to believe in him, is most reasonable and just, That
the condition of those who do not acknowledge him as the true
God must be most awful. That the true penitent has the great-
est encouragement to trust in Christ for salvation. That the
state of true believers is most safe and blessed. And that all

efforts to promote the cause of Christ must ultimately succeed.

LETTER IV.-The deity of the Holy Ghost,


All the divine criteria are ascribed to him. He is called God and

Jehovah. He possesses all the incommunicable attributes.

Such as eternity, unchangeableness, omnipresence, omnisci.

ence, omnipotence. Divine attributes, such as creation, the

formation of the human nature of Christ; the new creation.

LETTER V.-The subject continued,


Regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit. The resurrection.

Divine worship. Baptism and doxologies. Particular pass-

ages of Scripture considered. Believers the temple of the

Holy Ghost. Lying to the Holy Ghost punished with death.

Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost an unpardonable sin. The

Holy Ghost is the Author of inspiration. Testimonies from

Jewish writers. Conclusion,

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Jer. 31 : 31-40. Zech. 12: 10-14. Restoration proved from facts.

The extent of the land promised not yet possessed. The distinct

preservation of Israel. Their general expectation of a literal



LETTER I.—The general resurrection,


The term explained. Importance. The doctrine proved. Pos-

sible. Analogy. Ideas of reward and punishment. Proved

from Scripture, 2 Cor. 5:10. Job, 19 : 25–27. Isaiah, 26 : 19.

John, 5:28, 29. 1 Cor. 15. Its nature. Author. Design. Im-


LETTER II.-General Judgment,


Proved from man's relation to God as his creatures and subjects.

From the justice of God. From the dictates of conscience.

From remarkable judgments inflicted. From the Scripture.

From the testimony of heathens. The person to be the judge

is Christ. He is invested with this office, as a reward for his

sufferings. To the honor of his kingly office. The manner of

his appearance. The persons to be tried. The matter for which

they will be judged. The evidence to be produced. The pro-

perties of the trial. Impartial. Distinct. Convincing. Close.

LETTER III.-Misery of the wicked,


Its nature. Punishment of loss. Debarred from the beatific

vision of God. Excluded from the court of heaven. Punish-

ment of sense. Torments of conscience. Duration.

LETTER IV.--Happiness of the righteous,

Inconceivably great. Character of the righteous. Nature of their

happiness. Negatively freed from sin. From the consequences

of it. Positive happiness. Perfection of knowledge. Of will.

The powers of the soul in full exercise, also of the body. The

society and employment of heaven. Beauty and glory of the

place. Duration.

LETTER V.-Conclusion, .


Address to Benjamin, 385. To the Jewish nation, 386. To aris

tians, 390.

Index to subjects.


Ditto of scripture,


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Letter I.


My beloved Brother Benjamin,

Jehovah, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Angel of the covenant, having preserved me in my journey, and brought me safely back to my family, I now, agreeably to my promise in my last letter, resume with pleasure our correspondence, in a second series of letters, on some of the most important and interesting subjects respecting the Messiah.

Having in the former series considered the predictions which relate to Messiah's state of humiliation, and their accomplishment in the birth, life, sufferings, death and burial of Jesus Christ, I propose to consider, in the first part of this series of letters, those predictions which relate to his state of exaltation.

§ 1. In the sufferings and death of Christ, we have seen the Sun of Righteousness setting in great darkness, and all nature in mourning; but we shall now see him rising and shining brighter and brighter unto the perfect day, to go down no more. What is said respecting every believer, is perfectly true respecting Jesus Christ: "Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. For his anger endureth but a moment: in his favor is life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with VOL. II.


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