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very NAME our si'cur bore, che very character He lived in, H:s fjson to Mosës, government, execution of judgment, were things all along predicted, if it can be snewn that unless He, whofays, BIND UP the TESTIMONY, SEAL the LAW among My disciples, IJ. viii. 16, had appeared under this NAME, as He did, and had been what He was He could not have been the Messiah, neither have fulfilled their law, nor have effected their and our salvation; that this name had and has a capital place in their liturgy, and at they not only make avoid the law by their unbelief, but by the rejection of Jit's they, in every respect self-condemned, are fallen into idolatry, I cannot conceive how we can produce stronger arguments or they seek more io induce them to return to THB LORD God, and this [David] BELOVED ONE, Hof.xxxi. 7, 10. Happ; were it for these keepers of the oracles of God if they could be provoked to an holy emulation in the faith of their pious fathers, that it inight no longer be said, the GenTILES come unto Him, &c. but the house of His friends, I/. i. 23, Zec. xiii, will not hear, but still wound Him with reproach. For incy, who are so sunk in lucrative schemes as to think religion it. self but a worldly trade and craft, too blinded with pleasure and intereft to see the way of Him who is great in council and mighty in works, Jer. xxxii. 19, too proud after the clearest evidence to own the want of JESUS to make satisfaction for their offence, to transform them into His lovely image, and conduct them to His reft, will not find them. selves His people, however they boast the name
of Israel or descent from Abraham without his faith and works, any more than they, who usurp to their unhallowed persons the abused name of CHRISTIAN though without the faith and life of one; not caring to make this obvious reflection, that if God spared not the natural branches, though circumcised, because of unbelief, much less will He. spare such though baptized. Happy too fall I count myself if it should please Almighty God to make me an infrument of removing what lays in the way of their conversion, which their own misapprehensions or the misrepresentations of others may have occasioned, that, all invidious ditinctions ceafing, we may go up to this mountainlike, this exalted one of Jehovah, and to this true house or temple of the God of JACOB, with this faith, that He will teach us of His ways with this resolution, that we will walk in His paths, Mic. ii. 2.
Lastly, as it is in this name of Jesus the GenTiles from their birth impotent to good are to rise up to the hope of God's salvation, and to walk in His ways praising Him for it, so the explication of the name must needs be of use to them, that they may praise it with understanding, Ps. xlvii, 7. And to them who use figns to record facts by in a compendious way, it will be acceptable to find the title the compendium of the creed, as it will be becoming in CHRISTIANS to be able to resolve the Indians when they shall alk, as they doubtless would, who is Jesus or what imports this Name? And however invidious minds inftead of breaking
forth into joy at the prospect in I/. lii. 9, would in dissent from heaven draw the ministers from it, forbidding them to speak in HIS NAME to the GentiLES 1 Th. ii. 16, who will not earnestly beseech God that the true chuch of CHRIST may enlarge the place of its tent, and stretch fortb the curtains of its habitations, even unto the AMERICANS under the auspices of our most gracious King, as its nurfing father and our conquests prove their everlasting gain, as they have been discomfited before us as the nations before Israel, that they may seek this name PS. lxxxiii. 16? Since the nation and kingdom that will not serve the holy Jesus will perish, it cannot be charity to withold this LIGHT, not piety to oppose the advancement of the honor of HIS NAME; nor their interest, who expect the jugdment. For if to offend one of the little ones incurs so heavy a doom Mat. xviii. 6, what a fiery indignation have they to look for, that thus injure millions? It is with a view of promoting this honour the following sheets are submitted to the publick. And I was the more readily induced to it, because there has not occurred to me, at leaft in our language, any commentator, who has treated professedly about it, traced its origin and meaning, supported it by proper authorities, stated the high characters it was used to give us an idea of, the fitness there was in our Lord's actions, pasfion, &c. under it.
To make it as plain as I could to the most ordinary if but attentive capacity, I have given the Hebrew words in English characters. For which
reason I could have also wished to have avoided controversy, but where there is gainsaying it is the part of a good soldier of Jesus CHRIST to maintain the ground of his faith, and to endeavour in meekness to convince those that oppose themselves, if God peradventure will give them repentance for the acknowledgment of the truth, 2 Tim. ii. 25.
Not that after all I shall think the servant above his Master, and imagine I shall escape the censure of those, who will too often wrest and torture what with candour they should, but have not time or inclination or ability to examine, and to the reproach of their judgment are disposed parfionately to decry for madness or enthusiasm what they cannot otherwise refuse, much less of those, who are not afraid to follow the steps of those foolish men that defile the dwelling-place of the LORD'S NAME, PS. Ixxiv. 7, and blafpheme v. 18, knowing the poor in Spirit give Him praise, v. 21, PS. Ixxxvi. II. But whilft I am conscious to myself of no wilful misrepresentation, I shall think it a sufficient recompence for such reflections, if any serious reader shall be prevailed with more sincerely to love this name, that he may taste the joys of them that do, Pf. v. 11, and obtain the beritage of those that fear Him lxi. 5. Wherein I have erred I shall be glad to receive corređion : for what there is of truth in it be the glory ascribed to Him from whose SS it is drawn. But as it is by Him we make mention of His NAME IS. xxvi. 13, and can only be enabled rightly to know the truth concerning it, or, when made known, be
disposed to lay it to heart so as to give glory to Him, I would earnestly recommend it to him to pour forth his prayer to God that he may see and walk in His truth, and love and know and give thanks anto His holy NAME, and now and ever triumph in His PRAISE. 1 C. xvi. 35, PS. cvi. 47.
THE reader is defired to observe that the inserted letters in
the proper names, are retained, as in our version, but print. ed in small Italics to distinguith them from those, which are in the Hebrew and are noted by the capitals; and that H, ítands for Hebrew, Gr. for Greek, 0. T. for Old Testament, N. for New; 2. to consult the texts referred to, which will be found either a further testimony of the matter treated of, or explained by it to the belping of his faith, but in this little tract could not be cited at length; 3. to read p. 4. 1. 16 after [Kain] The GOTTEX ONE ; 1. 24, after [SCTH] The APPOINTED ONL; 1. 27, after (Noan] The COMFORTER; P.6, l. 24, for  Mara,  Mare; p 8, 1.2, after (Lo-Ruhaman) "The onz NOT HAVING MERCY;" h. 5, after [Lo-Ammi] “ The
Otber literal errors the candid will excuse on account of the author's distance from the press.
ONE NOT MY PEOPLE.