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Interpretations in consistency with the Divine Unity. (19) The sacred historian really wrote, to feed the church OF THE LORD. The great critic Griesbach, though himself a Trinitarian, unhesitatingly rejects of God, and reads of the Lord : and he says that, on the evidence for the latter reading, he could not do otherwise. Archbishop Newcome, and most orthodox critics, consider of the Lord as the true reading.-It is, at any rate, utterly impossible that the sacred writer could mean, that a SPIRITUAL, INCORRUPTIBLE, EVERLASTING, ETERNAL, IMMORTAL Being, with whom there is NO VARIABLENESS, neither shadow of turning, could DIE.
(20) The stops in the New Testament are of no authority; and any punctuation may be used, which suits the original language. There are solid and abundant reasons to believe, that the Greek fully and correctly allows this rendering, “ From whom was the Christ as to the flesh. God who is over all be blessed for ever."-By natural descent the Christ was from the Israelites ; by divine communications and divine authority, he was the Son of God. The appellation Blessed is never used in reference to Jesus, but to God, and to God only; see Mark xiv. 61; Luke i. 68; Rom. i. 25; 2 Cor. i. 3 ; xi. 31; Eph. i. 3; 1 Peter i. 3. The common translation, as commonly interpreted, makes the Apostle Paul absolutely contradict himself; the translation here given is perfectly authorized by the Greek, is suitable to the Apostle's manner, and accords with his declarations in various parts, of the absolute unity and unrivalled supremacy of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(21) Many Unitarians constantly employ this benediction, or devout wish, at the close of their public services. They understand the Apostle to mean, “ May you enjoy the gracious blessings which Jesus Christ brought from the Father, (or the favour of the Lord Jesus Christ,) the love and approbation of God, and the participation of his holy gifts and influences.”
(22) The common translation of Phil. ii. 6, not only makes the Apostle contradict the plainest principles of that religion, against which he declares he had “not offended any thing at all," and is almost a libel upon the character of him who declared that he sought not his own glory,—but is directly and
' In support of Trinitariauism.- Disproving the common Interpretation. made himself of nó reputation, the glory and the victory and and took upon him the form the majesty : for all that is in of a servant, and was made in the heaven and in the earth is the likeness of men ; and being thine : Thing is the kingdom, found in fashion as a man, he O JEHOVAH, and Thou art exhumbled himself, and became alted as head above all. Both obedient unto DEATH, even the riches and honour come of death of the cross. Wherefore THEF, and Thou reignest over God also hath HIGHLY EX all; and in THiNE hand is ALTED him, and given him a power and might; and in name which is above every THINE hand it is to make great name; that at (or in) the name and to give strength to all. of Jesus every knee should John x. 34-36. Jesus anbow, of things in heaven, and swered them, Is it not written things in earth, and things in your law, I said ye are under the earth; and that gods ? If he called them gods, every tongue should confess UNTO WHOM THE WORD OF that Jesus Christ is Lord, to God CAME, and the Scripture THE GLORY OF GOD THE FA cannot be broken, say ye of
him whom the Father hath SANCTIFIED and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest, because I said, I am the Son of God?
John xiv. 10. The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself; but the FATHER that dwelleth in me, AE DOETH THE WORKS.
John xii. 49. I have not spoken of myself; but the FATHER which SANT me, he GAVE ME A COMMANDMENT, what I should say and what I should speak.
Acts x. 38. GOD ANOINTED Jesus Christ with the holy SPIRIT and with POWER. Ver. 40. Him GOD RAISED UP the third day.
2 Cor. xiii. 4. Though he was crucified through weak