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even that of a Saviour, which is his own name, and such as can belong to no other.
Rev. 22.6. The LORD GOD of the
Holy Prophets SENT HIS Angel to few unto his Servants the things
which must shortly be done. Ibid. v. 16. I jesus have sent MINE
ANGEL to testifie unto you these things in the Churches.
· The Angel that appeared to St. John was the
Angel of the Lord God, and the Lord God sent him: but he was the Angel of Jesus, and Jesus sent him: therefore, Jesus is the Lord God of the Holy Prophets.
Luke I. 76. And thou Child shalt be
called the Prophet of the highest, for thou shalt go before the face of the LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS.
Matth. Matth. XI. 10. Behold I send my mes
senger before thy FACE, to prePARE THY way before thee.
John the Baptist goes before the face of the Lord, that is, of the Highest, whose prophet he is, to prepare his way. But, he was sent as a Messenger before the face of Christ, to prepare his way; who, therefore, is the Lord, and the Highest.
The two following texts are but a repetition of the fame argument: but as they speak of Christ under a different name, they ought to have a place for themselves. Luke I. 16, 17. And many of the child
ren of Israel shall he turn to the LORD THEIR GOD: and he shall go
before him. Matth. III. 11. He that cometh After
me is mightier than I — &c. Here again, the Baptist is said to go before the Lord God of the children of Israel: but it is certain, he went before Jesus Christ, the only
person who is said to come after him: therefore,
Jesus Christ is the Lord God of the children of Ilrael. And the same title is given to him in the prophet Hofea - I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord their God: which can be no other than the voice of God the Father, promising Salvation by the person of God the Son.
VIII. Matt}. XI. 10. Behold I send my mel
senger before thy face, to prepare
Thy way before thee. Mal. III. 1. Behold I send my messen
senger to prepare the way before me.
As this prophecy is worded by St. Mathew (as also by St. Marka and St. Luke 1) there is a personal distinction between Him who sends his Messenger, and Christ before whom the Messenger is sent — I send my Messenger - to prepare thy way before THEE. But the Prophet himself has it thus - I send my messenger, to prepare the way before ME. Yet the Evangelist and the Prophet are both equally correct and true. a Mark I. 2. b Luke VII. 27.
For though Christ be a different person, yet is he one and the fame God with the Father. And hence it is, that with the Evangelist, the perfons are not confounded; with the Prophet, the Godbead is not divided. This Argument, may serve to justify an excellent observation of our Church in the Homily upon the Resurrection - "How “ dare we be so bold to renounce the presence of “the Father, Son, and Holy Ghojt? for where “one is, there is God all whole in Majesty, to“gether with all his power, wisdom and good“ ness.”
P/. LXXVIII. 56. They tempted and
provoked the MOST HIGH GOD. Cor. X. 9. Neither let us TEMPT CHRIST as some of them also tempted.
These texts do both relate to the same rebellious Acts of the Israelites in the wilderness. In the former of them, the person they tempted is called the most High God: in the latter he is called Christ: therefore, Christ is the most High God.
John III. 29. He that hath the Bride,
is the BRIDEGROOM * - (meaning Chrift.)
But according to the Prophet,
BAND, the LORD OF hosts is his
And the Church, which is the Bride of Chrift, can no more have two distinct busbands, than Christ can have two distinct Churches. As the Church is the Bride, the Body, the Building of God; and as there is one Bride, one body, one building ; so is there on the other hand, one God, who is the husband or Bridegroom; one Christ who is the Head; one God with the Lamb, who is the Light of it. Compare also, Fer. III. I. and 31. 32. Ezek. XVI. Hof. II. Matth. 9.15—25. 1. 2 Cor. II. 2. Eph. V.23. Rev. XIX. 7. and XXI. 2,9.
* Another title of Eminence, that shews Christ to be upon an equality with God the Father, is to be collected from the fol. lowing Scriptures.