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XXXIX. Because he expressly disclaims the possession of the divine attribute of omniscience. "But of that day, and that hour, knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but my Father only," Matth. xxiv. Mark xiii, 32.
XL. Because Christ is said in the Scriptures to have been "tempted of the devil," Matth. iv, 1. But "God cannot be tempted with evil."
XLI. Because it is related of our Saviour, that "he continued all night in prayer to God," Luke vi, 12. Why should Christ thus pray, if he himself were God?
XLII. Because, in presence of a numerous company before the resurrection of Lazarus, he gave thanks to the Father for having heard him. "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me, and I knew that thou hearest me always," John xi, 41, 42.
XLIII. Because Jesus besought his Father to glorify him. "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thyself, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was," John xvii, 5. The being who prayed to God to glorify him, cannot be God.
XLIV. Because he implored that, if it were possible, the bitter cup might pass from him, adding, "nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt," Matth. xxvi, 39.
XLV. Because he said, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me ?" Matth. xxvii, 46. Can he who uttered this be the supreme God?
XLVI. Because he never paid his adorations to himself, the Son, nor to the Holy Ghost, as he should have done, had the Son and the Holy Ghost been God; but always to the Father.
XLVII. Because he never instructed his disciples to worship himself or the Holy Ghost, but the Father, and the Fatlier only. "When ye pray, say, our Father which art in heaven," Luke xi, 2. "In that day, ye shall ask me nothing. Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name," &c, John xvi, 23. "The hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him," John iv, 23.
XLVIII. Because it was not the practice of the apostles to pay religious homage to Christ, but to God the Father through Christ. "I thank God through Jesus Christ," Rom. vii, 25. "To God only wise, be glory through Christ," Rom. xvi, 27. "I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," Eph. iii, 14.
XLIX. Because St Peter, immediately after being filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, thus addressed the Jews; "Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you, by miracles, and wonders, and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know; him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands. have crucified and slain; whom God hath raised up,” &c, Acts ii, 22-24.
L. Because St Paul expressly states, that "all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ," 2 Cor. v, 18.
LI. Because the same apostle gives "thanks to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ," 1 Cor. xv, 57.
LII.. Because it is said, that it is" to the glory of God the Father," that "every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,” Phil. ii, 11.
LIII. Because the Scriptures affirm, that" Christ glorified not himself to be made a high priest, but HE [glorified him] who said unto him, thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee," Heb. v, 5.
LIV. Because it is expressly asserted, that God gave to Christ the Revelation which was made to the author of the Apocalypse, Rev. i, 1.
LV. Because an apostle speaks of Christ, only as the image of God. "Who is the image of the invisible God," Col. i, 15. 2 Cor. iv, 4. It would be absurd to call any one his own image.
LVI. Because Christ is stated to be "the first born of every creature," Col. i, 15.
LVII. Because he is said to be "the beginning of the creation of God," Rev. iii, 14.
LVIII. Because the Scriptures affirm, in so many words, that "Jesus was made a little lower than the angels," Heb. ii, 9. Can God become lower than his creatures?
LIX. Because Peter declares that, "Christ received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, this is my beloved Son," &c, 2 Peter i, 17.
LX. Because it is represented as necessary that the Saviour of mankind should "be made like unto his brethren," Heb. ii, 17.
LXI. Because, in the Epistle to the Hebrews, Christ is compared with Moses in a manner that would be impious, if he were the Supreme God. "For this man
[Christ] was counted worthy of more glory than Moses inasmuch," &c, Heb. iii, 3,
LXII. Because he is represented as being the servant, the chosen, the beloved of God, and the recipient of God's Spirit. "Behold my servant, whom I have chosen, in whom my soul is well pleased; I will put my spirit upon him," &c, Matth. xii, 18.
LXIII. Because he himself expressly declares that, it was in consequence of his doing what pleased the Father, that the Father was with him and did not leave him alone. "He that sent me is with me; the Father hath not left me alone, for I do always those things that please him," John viii, 29.
LXIV. Because he is said to have "increased in wisdom, and in favour with God and man," Luke ii, 52.
LXV. Because he speaks of himself as one who had received commands from the Father. "The Father, who sent me, he gave me a commandment," John xii, 49.
LXVI. Because he is represented as obeying the Father, and as having been "obedient unto death," Phil. ii, 8. Even as the Father said unto me, so I speak, John xii, 50. "I have kept my Father's commandments," John xv, 10.
LXVII. Because Christ "learned obedience by the things which he suffered," and through sufferings was made perfect by God, Heb. v, 8; ii, 10.
LXVIII. Because he is spoken of in the Scriptures as the first born among many brethren, Rom. viii. 29. Has God brethren?
LXIX. Because Christ calls every one, who obeys God, his brother. "Whosoever shall do the will of my Father in heaven, the same is my brother, Matth. xii, 50.
LXX. Because he offers to the faithful the like distinction and honour that himself has with the Father. "To him that overcometh, will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am sit down with my Father in his throne," Rev. iii, 21.
LXXI. Because God, in the latter ages, hath spoken by his Son, and appointed him heir of all things, Heb. i, 2. LXXII. Because Christ is styled the first begotten of the dead, Rev. i, 5.
Because it is declared that God raised him "This Jesus hath God raised up, where
LXXIII. from the dead. of we are all witnesses," Acts ii, 32.
LXXIV. Because GoD poured out upon the Apostles the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ, Tit. iii, 6.
LXXV. Because the reason, assigned for the Holy Spirit not having been received earlier, is, that Jesus was not then glorified. "The Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified," John vii, 39.
LXXVI. Because it is affirmed that Christ was exalted by God to be a prince and a Saviour, Acts v, 31.
LXXVII. Because God made that same Jesus, who was crucified, both Lord and Christ, Acts ii, 36.
LXXVIII. Because God gave him a name which is above every name, Phil. ii, 9.
LXXIX. Because Christ was ordained of God to be the judge of quick and dead, Acts x, 42.
LXXX. Because God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, Rom iii, 16.
LXXXI. Because all judgment is committed to Christ by the Father, John v, 22.
LXXXII. Because our Saviour grounds the importance of his judgment solely upon the circumstances, that 2