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third Day be will raise us up, and we shall live in bis Sight. Which undoubtedly alludes to the two Millinaries of Years, during whichTime the Kingdom of the Meffiah is to be in its depressed State, whereas in the third it Thall be raised into a State of Glory. And therefore the Probability is that the grand
Jubilee of the seventh Millinary will be honoured by the Appearance of the Meffiah ini à State of Triumph and Glory; when the Kingdom and Dominion, and the Greatness of the Kingdom under the whole Heaven, shall be given to the People of the Saints of the most High, whose Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and all Dominions Mall serve and obey him. Which, says the Prophet Daniel, is the End of the Matter. :
As to the Unity of the Godhead which you so much insisted on, you may be afsured that the true christian Doctrine asserts that Position as strongly as the Jews can posfibly do. I do indeed acknowledge that some Disputes, which arose among Christian Divines in the fourth Century, and which are not yet quite abolished, gave too much Cause for the Enemies of Christianity to triumph ; but as it would be hard upon you to be obliged to vindicate all the idle Deci
Tions of your Schools ; so neither shall I at: tempt to vindicate all the filly Determinations of our Councils.
You know, as well as I, that the Word Elohim, God, is in the Hebrew Bible applied to Men and Angels, as well as to the fupreme God, without impeaching the Unity or Supremacy of the one God. And that not only the Appellation of the Son of God, but also of God, is applied to the Messiah, in particular in the Scriptures of the Old Testament, as for Example, when God, speaking of the Meffiah, says to David, * I will be bis Father, and be shall be my Son.Wherefore the holy David when speaking in the Spirit, concerning this Promise, faith, + I will de clare the Decree Jehovah hatb said unto me, Thou art my Son, this Day have I begotten thee. Nor is he only spoken of under the Character of the Son of God, but also as God. For thus the holy David, when speaking of the Messiab, faith, || Thy Throne, O God, is for ever and ever; the Sceptre of thy Kingdom is a right Sceptre: Thou lovest Righteousness and batest Wickedness; therefore, O God, thy God, bath anointed thee with the Oil of Gladness above thy Fellows. And the
Prophet * 2 Sam. vii. 14. + Pfa. ii. 7. || Pl. xlv. 6, 7.
, Prophet Isaiah, when speaking of the famePerson, faith, * Behold your God will come with Vengeance, i. e. to subdue of his Enemies, even God with a Recompence, i.e. for the || Remiffion of our Sins, He will come and save you. Then the Eyes of the Blind. hall be obened, and the Ears of the Deaf all be unstopped, &c. Which Texts with many others, to the same Purposes, are universally applied to the Messiah, by all Divines both Jewish and Christian.
And if you will allow us the fame Latitude of Interpreting our Scriptures, as you take in the Interpretation of yours, you will find the Unity and Supremacy of the one only God as strongly asserted therein, as in your Scriptures. As a Proof of which I shall beg leave to produce one Text out of many, which is to be found in the Writings of Paul of Tarsus, who was one of the Apostles of Jesus, whom we suppose to be the Chrif or the Messiah. And that is in his Epistle to the Corinthians, where he says, ** For tho? there be that are called Gods, whether in Heaver or in Earth, (as there be Gods many, and Lords many) yet to us there is but one God, F 2
the * Ifa. xxxv. 4, 5;
+ See Pfal. cx. 1, 20 | See Ifa. lii. 4, 5, &c. ** 1 Cor. viii, 5, 6 .
the Father, of whom are all Things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all Things, and we by him. And in another Place he faith, * Though we or an Angel from Heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let bin be accur sed. With whom I fincerely join in saying Amen.
As to our Reasons for laying aside the Practice of Circumcision, and the rest of the Mofaical Institutions, this would take up more Time than I am Master of at present, to put it in an easy and true Light: but if I find that what I have here written meets with a proper Reception, I shall not decline giving you all the Satisfaction in my Power upon those Heads, as well as upon any other which either may occur to myself, or shall be fuggested unto me. In the mean Time, I recommend you to the divine Protection, and remain,
Your fincere Well-wisher; and most obedient, bumble Servant,
• Gal. i. 8.
The polite Reception, which the above Letter met with in Manuscript, hath encouraged me to send it to you inPrint; and to proceed in endeavouring to difcharge the Engagement above entered into. And I can now promise that it will not be long before I shall do myself the Honour of sending you a lecond Letter on the Subject therein mentioned, which will conclude with an Abstract of the Evidence on which our Belief in the Christian Religion is founded