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Interpretations in consistency with the Divine Unity. This interpretation is fully borne out by the original; and accords with the general tenor and express declarations of revelation,
(23) On this passage, (after comparing the texts in the second column, and those in No. 10,) the reader is requested to observe (1) That he who is said to be the image of God, is spoken of in the preceding verse, as having shed his BLOOD, Christ was the image of God, inasmuch as in and by him the glorious and gracious perfections of God were clearly displayed to mankind. (2) He who was the FIRST-BORN of every creature, (or rather of the whole creation,) and the FIRST-BORN from the DEAD, could not have been an ETERNAL being. (3) The language essentially differs from that of the passages which speak of the Natural Creation : the latter say that God created the HEAVENS and the EARTH. (4) The passages quoted in the second column, and in No. 10, EXCLUDE EVERY INSTRUMENTAL CAUSE in the natural creation ; and ascribe it to the IMMEDIATE AGENCY OF JEHOVAH. (5) The whole connexion of this passage, and the corresponding passage in Eph. i. ii. clearly refers to the blessings of the gospel, in communicating and diffusing which, Jesus Christ was the appointed agent. (6) The great change which took place in the spiritual condition of men, by the gospel dispensation, is repeatedly spoken of as a NEW CREATION ; e. g. “If any man be in Christ, he is a NEW CREATURE;" or " there is a NEW CREATION ;” (2 Cor. V, 17). “The new man, which is CREATED according to God in righteousness and true holiness ;" (Eph. iv. 24). See also Eph. ii. 10, 15, iii. 9; Col. iii. 10; Gal. vi. 15. (7) All things, as in ver. 20, and various other parts of Paul's epistles, signifies all persons. And (8), following the plain declarations of Scripture, and guided by the connexion, and by the language of Paul in other parts, the Unitarian maintains, that he solely meant, in this passage, to represent Christ as the appointed agent in accomplishing the great and glorious scheme of the gospel, in effecting the NEW CREATION. • It is not easy, however, to perceive the force of some clauses in the 16th verse. The utmost they can imply is, that the benefits of the new creation, in some unknown way extended to angels. Some Unitarians may consider them as referring to
ther they be things in earth or that made the world and al things in heaven.
things therein, seeing he is Ver. 16 is supposed clearly | Lord of heaven and earth:to prove that Jesus Christ was He bath appointed a day, it the CREATOR OF THE NATU
the which he will judge the RAL UNIVERSE, and therefore world in righteousness, by that TRULY God.
man whom he hath ordained The prepositions in paren These are the words of Paul. theses seem best to convey the
Isa. xliv. 24. Thus saith sense of the original.
Jehovah thy Redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am JEHOVAH that maketh all things, that stretcheth forth the heavens ALONE, that spreadeth abroad the earth by MYSELF,
Rom. xi. 36. OF HIM, AND THROUGH HIM, AND TO HIM, ARE ALL THINGS : to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
(24) Col. ii. 9. For in him (24) John i. 16. Of his fuldwelleth all the fulness of the ness have all we received, and Godhead bodily.
grace for grace. See also ch. i. 19, in the Eph. xi. 19. And to know last number.
the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness
of God. (251) 1 Timn. ji. 15, 16. That (25) 2 Cor. iv.f. God who thou mayest know how thou commanded the light to shine oughtest to behave thyself in out of darkness, bath sbined the house of God, which is in our bearts, to give the light the church of the living God, of the knowledge of the glory the pillar and ground of the of God, in the face of JESUS truth. And without contro | CHRIST.-Ch. y. 19. God was versy great is the mystery of IN CHRIST reconciling the godliness : God was manifest world to himself. in the flesh, justified in the John i. 18. No man (rather spirit, seen of angels, preached No one) hath seen God at any unto the Gentiles, believed on time; the only-begotten Box, in the world, received up into which is in the bosom of the lory.
Father, he hath declared him.