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He is always in every place, for he can attend to the prayers
of all that call upon him.' 1 Cor. i. 2. He is therefore able to succour them that are tempted. Heb.
ii. 18. He is always at hand to defend his sheep, so that none shall
pluck them out of his hand. John X. 28. 5. God is omniscient. The Lord looketh on the heart. 1 Sam. xvi. 7. Thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men. 2 Chron.
vi. 30. I the Lord search the hearts, I try the reins. Jer. xvii. 9, 10.
The very same thing is said of Jesus Christ. I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts. Rev. ii. 23. And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said. Matt. ix. 4; xii. 25.
Luke vi. 8. Jesus perceived in his spirit, that they reasoned within them.
selves. Mark ii. 6. 8. Jesus, immediately knowing in himself, said. Mark v. 30. He knew all men, he knew what was in man. John ii. 24, 25. Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed
not. John vi. 64. Lord, thou knowest all things. John xxi. 17. 6. God alone is the object of divine worship. Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou
serve. Matt. iv. 10. Second commandment. Exod. XX. 4-6.
Yet in the days of his flesh, Jesus suffered himself to be worshipped by his disciples; after his resurrection and ascension he was worshipped by his apostles : and he is now worshipped in heaven by the glorified hosts of saints and angels. They fell down and worshipped him. Matt. ii. 11. There came a leper, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou
wilt, thou canst make me clean. Matt. viii. 2. They which were in the ship, came and worshipped him. Matt.
xiv. 33. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
Matt. xv. 25. 28. They came and held him by the feet and worshipped him,
Matt. xxviii. 9. When they saw him they worshipped him. Matt. xxviii. 17. The apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. Luke
xvii. 5. Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luke xxiii. 42. The blind man whom he restored to sight, worshipped him.
John ix. 38. Thomas said unto him, My Lord, and my God. John XX. 28. Christians are described as calling on his name, that is, praying
to him. Acts ix. 14. 21. 1 Cor. i. 2.
They stoned Stephen, calling upon God,* and saying, Lord
Jesus, receive my spirit. Acts viii. 59. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Rom. X. 13. The Apostle Paul prayed to Jesus, and received this answer,
My grace is sufficient; My strength is made perfect, &c., and he adds, That the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Cor.
xii. 8, 9. He prayed to Jesus for the Thessalonians: Now our Lord Jesus
Christ comfort your hearts. 2 Thess. ii. 16, 17. Let all the angels of God worship him. Heb. i. 6. The twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, saying,
Blessing and honour be to him that sitteth on the throne, and to the Lamb. Rev. v. 8. 13.
HIS ONLY SON.
It is important to notice this expression. By it we express the belief thai Jesus was the Son of God in a sense which is applicable to no created being. Whosoever uses this part of the creed in the sense which Scrip. ture attaches to its terins, expresses no less than this. “I do profess to be fully assured of this assertion, as of a most certain, infallible, and necessary truth, that Jesus Christ, the Saviour and Messias, is the true, proper, and natural Son of God, begotten of the substance of the Father; which be. ing incapable of division or multiplication, is so really and totally commu. nicated to him that he is of the saine essence with him, God of God, light of light, very God of very God. And as I assert him to be the Son, so do | also exclude all other persons from that kind of sonship, acknowledging none but him to be begotten of God by that proper and natural generation."-Bishop Pearson on the Creed. To attach to the expression referred to a lower sense than this is inconsistent with the Scriptures, whose meaning the Creed represents, and with the doctrine universally prevalent in the Church when the creed was framed.
OUR LORD. The table in this section (which will well repay the reader for a care. ful examination) shows that many passages of the Old Testament which speak of the LORD or Jehovah are noted or referred to in the New as being spoken of CHRIST. Thus Malachi, delivering the words of "the Lord or hosts,” (iii. 1,) says, “I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way hefore me." In St. Matt. xi. 10, &c. we learn that this mes. senger was John the Baptist, and he came as we know to prepare the way of CHRIST. It was also prophesied of him by Isaiah (xi. 3, compared with Matt. iii. 3,) that he should prepare the way of the LORD (JEHOVAH;) Zacha
* The reader should not lay any stress upon the occurrence of the name of God here, as it is not in the original, but added by the translators of the English Bible, which the fact of its being in Italic letters in. dicates. All words so printed in the English Bible are thus supplied to complete what appeared to the translators, and what in most cases is, obviously the sense. This passage however presents conclusive evidence of the Divinity of the Saviour. It was Jesus upon whom Stephen called, and his soleinn and dying prayer thus addressed to him is an act of. worship, which it would be idolatry to offer to hini were he not God.
rias declares to us the fulfilinent of the prophecy, in his song of joy on the coming of our Saviour, (Luke i. 76,) saying of John, “thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his way,” “where,” says Bishop Pearson, "Christ is certainly the Lord, and the Lord undeniably Jehovah. So also the declaration of Joel, (ii. 32 :) “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD (JEHOVAH) shall be delivered," is applied by Śt. Paul in Rom. x. 13 to the Lord Jesus, as is evident from the ninth verse of the same chapter. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus -thou shalt be saved."-"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” The LORD Jesus is therefore he, of whom the prophet spoke as JEHOVAH.
These passages are quoted from among many to illustrate the argument, upon which some further remarks may be und in Bishop Pearson on the Creed. This author also points out another sense in which the title of our Lord” is applied to Christ, of which it is important to speak. The Saviour in his Divine nature is Lord from eternity. He is also Lord over all things in virtue of his office as Mediator between God and man. we have observed two natures united in his person, so must we also consider two kinds of dominion belonging respectively to those natures; one inherent in his divinity, the other bestowed upon his humanity; one as he is Lord the maker of all things, the other as he is made Lord of all things." “The Word was God," (John i. 1,) and as such possessed of the first kind of dominion; he was "made both Lord and Christ,” (Acts ii. 36,) when he took upon him the nature of man, and became our Mediator with God, and as such is Lord in the second sense. "These two meanings must be united in order to understand rightly the force of our expression when we declare our belief in Christ as our Lord."."And though he be thus Lord of all things,” Bishop Pearson adds, "by the first creation and preservation of them, yet he is more peculiarly the Lord of us who by faith are consecrated to his service : for through the work of our redemption he becomes our Lord both by the right of con. quest and of purchase, and making us the sons of God and providing heavenly mansions for us, he acquires a further right of promotion, which, considering the covenant we all make to serve him, is at last completed in the right of a voluntary obligation. And thus I believe in Christ our Lord."
ON THE CREED. § 4. ON THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST. What does the Creed further teach us to believe concerning
This event was foretold by our Saviour, who made fre. quent allusions to it. Matt. xii. 40; xvi. 21; xvii. 23; xx. 19. Mark viii. 31 ; ix. 31;
X. 34 ; xiv. 58. Luke ix. 22; xiii. 32; xviii. 33 ; xxiv 7. John ii. 19. 21; X. 15. 18. These declarations must have been made very explicitly and very publicly, as an attempt on the part of his follow. ers to accomplish the prophecy, was expected by the chief pries
Latt. xxvii. 63. And the risen Jesus upbraids
his disciples with their backwardness in believing a fact so plainly declared to them.
o fools, and slow of heart to believe. Luke xxiv. 25. They knew not the Scriptures, that he must rise again from the
dead. John xx. 9. The resurrection was typified in Isaac's being brought to be sacrificed. Heb. xi. 19.
Jonah's being three days and three nights in the whale's belly. Matt. xii. 40.
Our Saviour died on Good Friday, the day of preparation, about three o'clock in the afternoon; he was buried that evening, and was in the grave on Saturday, (the Jewish Sabbath,) Matt. xxviii. 1. Mark xvi. 1, 2. Luke xxiii. 56. On Saturday night the chief priests obtained of Pis late a guard to watch the body till the third day should be past. Matt. xxvii. 63–66. On the first day of the week (our Sunday) early in the morning, he rose again.
The Jewish Sabbath commemorated the redemption of Israel from Egyptian bondage. The Christian Sabbath commemorates the redemption of the soul from the worse bondage of Satan. It is called the Lord's Day. Rev. i. 10. What do you mean by Christ's rising from the dead ?
His soul and his body, which had been separated by death, were reunited, and he rose with the same body with which he died. What are the proofs of his resurrection?
Men and angels testified it.
The soldiers appointed to watch the sepulchre. Matt. xxviii. 11. Matt. xxviii. 6. 9, 10. 17. Mark xvi. 6. 10. 13. Luke xxiv. 4–6.
15—35. John xx. 12. 14. 19. 26. Acts i. 3—9; iv, 33; xiii. 33. Rom. i. 4. 1 Cor. xv. 5-8. 2 Tim. ii. 8.
He conversed with his disciples, and ate and drank with them, &c. He continued on earth forty days after his resurrection. Acts i. 3.
The facts of which the evidence of the resurrection consists, are attested by a succession of witnesses, and may be comprised under,
Appearances of the Angels.
Appearances of Christ to the women.
He must have appeared often during the forty days he was upon earth ; of the visits which he made eleven, viz. those to the women, and the following, are mentioned. To the eleven in Galilee. Matt. xxviii. 16. To the two disciples in journeying to Emmaus. Mark xvi. 12.
Luke xxiv. 13, &c.
On Easter Sunday.
1. To prove our Saviour's divinity.
from the dead. Rom. i. 4.
Sometimes he is said to be raised by his own power. John ii. 19-22; x. 15–18. Sometimes by the power of God. Acts ii. 32. Gal. i. 1. Eph. i. 19. Phil. ii. 9.
2. To assure us of the sufficiency of his sacrifice. Raised again for our justification. Rom. iv. 25. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, &c. Acts
ii. 31-33. 3. As a pledge of our own resurrection. He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your
mortal bodies. Rom. viii. 11. Christ-is become the first-fruits of them that slept. 1 Cor.
xv. 20. Them also which sleep in Jesus God will bring with him.
1 Thess. iv. 14. If we have been planted in the likeness of his death, we shall
be also in the likeness of his resurrection. Rom. vi. 5. 4. To lead us to die to sin. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin,
but alive unto God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. vi.
11. That he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and
rose again. 2 Cor. v. 15.
above. Col. iii. 1.