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the World) intimating, what they care not Ser. VII...
for Himself. Prov. xvi. 4. - And again,
Add to this, that he is called God over all blessed for ever. Romans ix. 5.
SER. VII. first and laft, Alpha and Omega, which was,
and is, and is to come, the Almighty. Rev. i. 8, 17, 18. The mighty, the true, the great God: King of King, and Lord of Lords ; in whom all the Fulness of the Godhead dwelleth substantially : All Things are naked and open to him : Upholding all Things by the Word of his Power.
If it be said, that the Word, God, is a relative Term, and that our Saviour is stiled God in Respect of his Office and the Relation he bears to us, but not in Respect of his Nature'; I answer ; he is stilęd God, before any Thing was made by him. In the Beginning was the Ward, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, All Things were made by him ; &c. St. John i. 1, 3. Now, as he could have no Relation to his Creatures before they were made, nor any Office or Authority over them, he must be God absolutely, not relatively, God by Nature, and not by Virtue of his Office or Authority. But, fuppofing the Word God to be relative; the Term Jehovah, which is often applied to the Son, is of abJolute Signification, and implies unchangeable, necessary, independent Existence, the incommunicable Property of the supreme
427 Deity, whose Name only is Jehovah. Thus Ser..VII. St. John saith xix. 37: Another Scripture faith, they shall look on þim, whom they have pierced. The Scripture is Zechariah xìi. 10. where God is introduced speaking : They fall look on me,
on me, viz. Jehovah, as appears from what goes before, whom they bave pierced And again, These Things said Ifaiah when he saw our Saviour's Glory, and spake of him. St. John xii. 41. Turn to Isaiah, and you find it: I saw the Lord (Jehovah) fitting upon his Throne. Above it ftood the Seraphims--and one cried unta another end said: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hofts. The whole Earth is full of his Glory. Ifaiah yi. ?, ?, 3. It would be endless to cite all the Passages, in which the Name of Jehovah is given to our blessed Saviour,
The Man, who is obftinate in the Disbelief of his Saviour's Godhead, must be, one would think, strongly tempted to reject the Scriptures, as a Book big with Blajpbemy ; since every Idea difinative of God from his Creatures is there ascribed to him ; unless Paternity, a mere Relation of Order, be the distinctive Idea of God: which is so far from implying any Inferiority, that
SER. VII. it proves the very Reverse. For unless ona
ly Son, and only begotten, signify the only created, (the Consequence of which would be, that our Saviour is the only Creature in the World;) it must follow, that he is uncreated, and therefore of the same Nature with his Father.
To say, that when creative and providential Powers are ascribed to the Son, these are the Attributes and Powers of the Father communicated to, exercised in, and manifested by the Son, is to get rid of a Difficulty at the Expence of an Absurdity.
For how can there be a Communication of the essential Properties of the Deity without a Communication of the divine Essence ?
Whatever Attributes are communicated, must be proportioned to the Capacity of the Receiver And if the Son be not infinite; what is finite, cannot be fufceptive of infinite Attributes.
There is one material Flaw in the Arian Scheme, which must endanger the whole Fabrick, viz. that they have made two Gods, a God fupreme, and a God inferior, in direct Opposition to the first Commandment, Thou shalt bave no other Gods, but me;
no other Elohim, a Word, as the Learned-SER. VII.