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As their LORD, to worship the invisible God, whom he styled the FATHER, in him, and to form their ideas of the attributes of the Deity from the history of the miracles and doctrine of him in whom the GODHEAD dwelt, and to whom alone, of all the human race, he was fully known.
Our SAVIOUR repeatedly declared, that he was united with the infinite eternal God whom he styled his Fa. THER; and that he should never be separated from him, but continue to all eternity what the sacred writings teach us the LORD or WORD had been from the very beginning, the executor of the divine Will to all creatures, and the visible representative of the invisible DEITY.
We will now read some parts of the Revelations made to St. John, many years after our SAVIOUR's ascension, which prove that our blessed Redeemer, according to his divine nature, was the same LORD who was revealed to the Prophets, and that his human nature was admitted to a participation of his divine glory.
EXTRACTS FROM THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS.
From Chap. i. iv. and v.
I. I John, was in the isle that is called Patmos, I was in the spirit on the Lord's day; and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.
And I turned to see what voice spake with me; and being turned, I saw One like the son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the breasts with a golden girdle.
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow ; and his eyes were
as a flame of
And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
- And out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword : and his countenance was as the sun shining in his strength.
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead : and he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last,
I am he that liveth, and was dead : and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and death.
II. After this I looked, and behold a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard, was as it were a trumpet talking with me; which said, Cone up hither; and I will shew' thee things which must be hereafter.
And immediately I was in the spirit, and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat throne.
And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper, and a sardine stone : 'and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
And round about the throne were four and twenty seats : and on the seats were four and twenty elders sit. ting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
And out of the throne proceeded lightnings, and thunderings, and voices :
And before the throne was a sea of chrystal : and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and be. hind,
And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle,
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within ; and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
And when those beasts give glory, and honour, and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever
The four and twenty elders fall down and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns bes fore the throne, saying.
Thou art worthy, O LORD, to receive glory, and honour, and power : for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are, and were created.
And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne, a book written within, and on the back side, sealed with seven seals.
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy, to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
And I wept much because no man was found worthy to open, and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto hje, Weep not::be. hold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the throne, and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders stood a Lamb, as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven 'eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
And when he had taken the book, the four beasts, and four and twenty elders, fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals, thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation :
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests : and we shall reign on the earth.
And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the beasts and the elders : and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever, and eyer.
And the four beasts said, Amen. . And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
ANNOTATIONS AND REFLECTIONS. In the first of the foregoing visions we may perceive, that the Being who declared himself to be the first and the last, answered the description of him whom the ancient Prophets saw in their visions on the throne of hearen. We find, that he also declared himself to be the Messiah, who died and rose again from the dead; and though his form was so transcendently glorious, this glorious being bore a striking resemblance to the person of Jesus CHRIST, and St. John was convinced that he was in reality the same.
We must not suppose that the Apostle saw these things with his corporeal eyes. Visions are caused by the miraculous operations of divine power on the ima. ginations of men, by which extraordinary scenes are displayed in order to represent to their minds in a figura. tive manner things which really exist, but which human faculties cannot conceive, nor human language describe in any other
way. The instruction intended to be conveyed by the visions we have been considering, compared with those in the foregoing section, is that the person, whom the prophets saw in their visions, was the Lord, or Divine WORD; and He, like the Son of Man, our LORD JESUS CHRIST; and that he is now in possession of everlasting and uni. versal dominion at the right hand of God, where he will remain for ever, executing the Divine Will to all crea. tures, and receiving their adorations.
It is clearly intimated in the vision which has the se. cond place in this section, that our blessed Redesmer is