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concerning the Messiah are infallible criteria, whereby to distinguish between genuine and fpurious Gospels, so that any passage in the present canon of the New Testament, which expressly militates against these predictions, or cannot, without a manifest perversion of its meaning, be' brought to coincide with them, must be an interpolated forgery.
That the suffering Jesus, the remote son of David, and the immediate son of Joseph, and Mary, was the Christ or the Messiah, I will now undertake to prove from your own prophecies, more fully than I have : hitherto done. To the same person, who in the 2d Psalm is represented as the • anointed against whom your rulers • took council together,' Jehovah declares in the same Psalm, ‘I will give thee the • Heathen for thine inheritance, and the • utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.' It is evident from the 49th chapter of Isaiah, that the suffering Jesus described in the 7th verse, under the character of him, whom man despiseth, him whom the nation,'
your people, "alphorreth' is the same with him of whom it is said by Jehovah in the following verse, 'I will give thee for a covenant of the people to establish' or raise up the earth, the land of Judea, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages," or, in other words, as the Messiah, who, on your return to your own land, in consequence of your conversion to a faith in him, 1hall cause you to dwell in the long forsaken land, where he will personally reign over you in righteousness, love and truth. His sufferings are thus represented in the 6th verse of the goth chapter of the same prophet, 'I gave my back to the smiters, and • my cheeks to them, that pulled off the
hair ; I hid not my face from shame and • spitting. This is the same person of whom it is asserted in the 13th verse of the 52d chapter, ‘Behold, my servant shall prof
per, he shall be exalted and extolled, and • be very high.' And again, “As many • were astonished at thee, (his visage was so
marred more than any man, and his form . more than the sons of men,) so shall he
• sprinkle many nations, the kings shall
shut their mouths at him ; for that, which • had not been told them, shall they see, . and that, which they had not heard, shall
they consider.' The following 53d chapter deserves your most serious attention, where his lamb-like sufferings and unmerited death as a tranfgreffor, which he experienced at the hands of your ancestors, who despised • and esteemed him not,' are most feelingly described. This is the man, who after “ he was tormented for," or on account of, the transgressions' of your ancestors, ' bruised for,' (or on account of) their
iniquities, and cut off out of the land of the living, saw his feed, men embrace the divine religion he was sent to teach, consequently · faw of the travail of his soul " and was fatisfied ;' and 'prolonged his • days' in consequence of his being raised by God on the third day from the dead. This is he, of whom it is recorded in the 55th chapter, “T,' Jehovah; have given
him, David, or the Meffiah so called after the name of his royal progenitor, • for
• a witness to the people, a leader and coma
mander to the people. This is the re• deemer, who,' (chap. lix. verse 20) shall ' come to Zion and unto them, that turn from transgression in Jacob, to give unto them,” (chap. Ixi. verse 3.) beauty for, alhes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heavinesse? This is that righteous branch,' (Jer. xxiii. 5, &c.) which Jehovah promised to “raise • unto David,' that King, who shall reign • and prosper, and shall execute judgment . and justice in the earth ; in his days Ju• dah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell • safely; and this is his name whereby he • shall be called 1878 in, the Lord our * righteousness,' stiled also, ( Jer. xxx. 9.) • David, their king, whom I,' the Lord their God, will raise up unto them.' This is that one shepherd,' (Ezek.xxxiv.23,&c.). • whom I will set over them, and he shall • feed them, even my servant David,' the patronymic of the Messiah, as before observed, and I the Lord will be their God, • and my servant David,' the Messiah, ?a;
• prince among them. Lastly, this is that
one king,' (Ezek. xxxvii. 23, &c. who, • shall be king to them all,' both to Israel and Judah, when I will make them one ination in the land upon the mountains of • Ifrael,' &c. &c.
His • kingdom, prefigured in Nebuchadnezzar's dream, Daniel ii. 35. by “a stone • that sinote the image, became a great • mountain, and filled the whole earth, • shall break in pieces and consume all
these kingdoms, the four successive great monarchies, the Babylonian, the Persian, the Grecian, and the Roman, together with the several kingdoms, into which this last has been divided, typified under the several metals, • the gold, the silver, the brass, the • iron, and the clay, whereof the said vifionary image was composed, and it shall * ftand for ever,' that is, to the end of the age of the Messiah, as I formerly obferved. This is that “Son of Man,' of whom it is recorded, Daniel vii. 13, &c. that there was given him by the Ancient of Days,” the Lord your God, - Dominion,