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WORD, or Christ's Divine Nature, is inferior to the Very God. Such are these which follow. And ye are Christ's: and Christ is God's, 1 Cor. 3. 23. But to us there is but one God, the Father, of wbom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Chrift, by whom are all things, and we ·by him, i Cor: 8.6. But I would have you know, that the bead of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God, 1 Cor. 11.3. Then comeih the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father ; when be shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power. For he must reign till be bath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is Death. For he hath put all things under his feet.' But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is is excepted, which did put-all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto birn, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all, 1 Cor. IF. 24" -28. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jésus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes be became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich, 2 Cor. 8.9. Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the eastb? He that descended, is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things, Ephef. 4. 9, 10. For both' he that fan&tifieth, and they who are Jančtified (viz. as you your self (d) explain it, Christ and all good Christians) are all of one (viz. as you rightly say, of Goa) for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Heb. 2. 11. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats, should take away sins. Wherefore when

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burnt offerings and facrifices for sin thou haft had no plexo fure: Then Jaid I, Lo, I.come (in the volume of the book it is written of me) to do thy will, O. GodAbove, when be said, Sacrifice, and offering, and burnt offerings, and offering for sin thou wouldeft not neither hadft pleasure therea in, which are offered by the law). Then said be, LoI come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may eft ablish the seconde? By the which will we are sanctis fied, through the offering of the body of Jefus Cbrift once for all, Heb. 10.4

1 Thus also are those Texts to be understood, in which the Very God is ftyled the God, the Father, og the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. That ye

with one mind and one mouth, glorifié God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Rom. 15. 6. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, 2 Cor. 1.3. The God and Father of our Lord. Jesus Chrift, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not, 2 Cor. 11. 31. Blessed be the God, and Farber of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly Places in Chrift, Ephef. 1.3. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto

you the Spie rit of wisdom and revelation, in the knowledge of him, v. 17. We give thanks to God, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Chrift, praying always for you, Col. 1. 3. Bleffed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, i Pet. 1. 3. And barb made us king's and priests unto God and his Father ; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen, Rev. 1.6.

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Thus also is our blessed Savior himself to be una derstood in these remarkable Texts. Jefus faitb un te ber, Touch me not : for I am not yet afcended to my Father : but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I afcend . unto my Fatber, and your Father, and to my God, and your God, John 20. 17. Him shaf overcometh, will. I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and be shall go no more out : and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will

my new name, Rev. 3. 12. To these I may add the following Passages; And be was cloathed with a vesture dipt in blood: and his name is called, The Word of God, Rev. 19.43. And out of bis mouth goeth a sharp (word, that with it be should smite the Nations : and he shall rule them with a rod of iron : and be třeadeth the wine-press of the fierceness and wrath of AL mighty God, v.15

I confess, there are some other Particulars affirmed of our blessed Lord with respect to his Human Nature, which have been too commonly understood of the WORD or his Divine Nature; and which wou'd, if chat Interpretation were juft, fairly prove, that the WORD or Divine Nature of Christ, is inferior to the Very God. Upon there therefore I shall bestow a few Observations.

Our Lord is called the image of the Invisible God, and the first born of every Creature, Col. 1. 15. But how does it certainly appear, that these Phrases relate to the WORD or his Divine Nature ? God is said to have created Man in his own image, Gen. 1. 27. and he is accordingly the image and glory of God, 1 Cor. 11.7. particularly as he is the Representative of God, exercising Authority in

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God's Name in this lower World and thus is Christ the image of God, 2 Cor. 48 4. even the image of the invisible God, Col. 1. 153 by being, even in his Human Nacure, God's Representacive; becaufe, 1. His preexistent Soul did in the old Times perfonat the Divine Majefty; and 2. The Man Christ Jesus does now exerciso God's Dominion over the whole Creation. And accordingly 'tis obu fèrvable, that the Apostle ftyles Christ the Image of the invisible God, plainly intimating, that the Image is self is visible; and consequently that Phrafe must be understood as I have already explained it. And as for the other Phrafe, the Man Christ Jesus is most certainly ube for ft-born of every creature, not only, 1. because his Human Soul was created before all other Creatures, as I have (e) already faid ; but also, 2. because he is now instated in the a&ual Poffeffion of the Fus Primogeniti (which the WORD, or his Divine Nature, is effentially incapable of receiving) as being actually constituted, and in Fact become, what he was not before his Exaltation, vize the Governor of all created Beings.

Again, 'tis affirmed of Christ, Col. 2.9. that in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead iw pieninos (that is, not as we translate it, bodily ; but as owus is opposed to excret', v. 17.) really or fruly. Now this may be moft justly affirmed of the Mar Christ Jesus. For if the Fulness of the Godhead fignifys the WORD or Divine Nature ; it really and truly, dwells in the Man to whom 'cis personally united. But if fótas. fignifys the Dominion of God, as you (f) con

(e) Chap. 7. p. 89.
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tendit does; tis certain, that the Man Christ Je-
fus does actually exercise it at present in the most
ample Manner, as God's Vicegerent in his King-
dom of the Creation,
2. Again we read, that God hath in these last days
Spoken unto us by bis Son, whom he hath appointed beir of
all things, by whom also be made the worlds. Who being
the brightness of his Glory, and the express image of bis
perfon, and upholding all things by power,
when be bad by himself purged our fins, sat down on the

nord of his
right band of the Majesty on bigh: Being made so much
better than the Angels, as he hath by: inheritance obtained
a more excellent Name than they. For unto which of the
Angels said be at any time, Thou art my Son, this day
bave I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Fa-
ther, and be shall be to me a Son? And again, when he
bringeth in tbe first born into the World, be saith, And
let all the Angels of God worship him. And of the Angels
be faith, who maketh bis Angels fpirits, and his ministers
a flame of fire. But unto the Son he faith, Thy throne,
o God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of rigbteousness is
the sceptre of thy kingdom : Tbou bajt loved righteousness,
and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God hath a-
noirited thee with the oyl of gladness above thy fellows.
And thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation
of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine bands,
They shall perish, but thou remainest, and they all jhall
wax old as doth a Garment ; And as a vesture shalt thou
fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the
fame, and thy years shall not fail. But to which of the
Angels said be at any time, șit on my right hand, until I
make abine enemies thy footstool ? Are they not all mini-
Aring Spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be
heirs of Salvation ? Heb. 1.2--14.

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