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Him all things consist.” Now, if we suppose matter to be infinitely divisible, it will follow, that let His wisdom and power be as great as they will, if finite, but a few of those individual things that are made were the effects of his power and wisdom: Yea, that the number of the things that were made by Him, are so few, that they bear no proportion to others, that did not immediately fall under His notice ; or that of the things that are made, there are ten thousand times, yea infinitely more, not made by Him, than are made by Him:And so, but infinitely few of their circumstances are ordered by His wisdom.
IJ. It is said Heb. ii. 8. “Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under Him, He left nothing that is not put under him.” Here it is represented, that God the Father has put every individual thing under the power and government of another person, distinct from Himself. But this cannot be true of the human soul of Christ, as it must be accord. ing to Dr. Watts's scheme, let the powers of that be never so great, if they are not infinite. For things and circunstances, and depend. encies and consequences of things in the world, are infinite in number; and therefore a finite understanding and power cannot extend to them: Yea, it can extend to but an infinitely small part of the whole number of individuals, and their circumstances and consequences. Indeed in order to the disposal of a few things in their motions and successive changes, to a certain precise issue, there is need of infinite exactness, and so need of infinite power and wisdom.
12. The work of creation. And so the work of upholding all things in being, can, in no sense, be properly said to be the work of any created nature. If the created nature gives forth the word, as Joshua did, when he said, “ Sun, stand thou still;" yet it is Aut that created nature that does it : That being that depends himself on creating power, does not properly do any thing towards creation, as Joshua did nothing towards stopping the sun in his course. So that it cannot be true in Dr. Watts's scheme, that that Son of God, who is a distinct Person from God the Father, did at all, in any manner of propriety, create the world, nor does he uphold it or govern it. Nor can those things that Christ often says of himself, be true; as,
" The Father worketh hitherto and I work."“Whatsoever the Father doth, those doth the Son likewise,” John v. 17, 19; it being very evident, that the works of creating and upholding and governing the world are ascribed to the Son, as a distinct Person from the Father.
13. It is one benefit or privilege of the Person of Christ, when spoken of as distinct from the Father, to have the Spirit of God under him, to be at his disposal, and to be his Messenger; which is
inGnitely too much for any creature : John XV. 26; xvi. 4, 13, 141 and Acts ii 33.
14. Not only is the word Elobim in the plural number, bu: it is joined to a verb of the plural number, in Gen. xx 13. When God caused me to wander from my Farber's bouse. The word Hirbgru, caused 10 wander, is in the plural number. This is agreeable to the use of plural verbs, adjectives and pronouns, in Gen. i. 26; iii 22; xi. 7. See other instances in Gen. xxxv. 7; Exodus xxxii. 4, compared with Neh. ix. 18; Isaiah xvi. 6.
The very frequent joining of the word Elobim, a word in the plural number, with the word Jebovah, a word in the singular number, (as may be seen in places referred to in the English concordance, under the words, Lord God, Lord his God, Lord my God, Lord our God, Lord their God, Lord thy God, Lord your God) seems to be a significant indication of the union of several divine persons in one essence. The word Jebovah signifies as much as the word Essence, and is the proper name of God with regard to his selfexistent, eternal, allsufficient, perfect, and immutable Essence. Moses seems to have regard to something remarkable in thus calling Elohim, the plural, so often by the singular name, Jebovab; especially in that remark, which he nakes for the special observation of God's people Israel, in Deut. vi. 41 “ Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord.” In the original, it is Jebovab Elobenu Jebovab Ebadb; the more proper translation of which is, Jebovah our God is one Jebovah. The verb is, is understood, and properly inserted between fehovah Elohenu and Jehovab Ebadb thus, Jebovab Elohenu is Jehovab Ebadb; which, if most literally
i translated, is thus, Jebovah Our divine Persons is one Jebovab: As though Moses, in this remark, had a particular reference to the word Elobinz being in the plural number, and would guard the people against imagining from thence that there was a plurality of Essences or Beings, among whom they were to divide their affections and respect.
A farther confirmation, that the name Elabim, when used as the name of the True God, signifies some plurality, is, that this same nanic is commonly, all over the Hebrew bible, used to signify the gods of the Heathens, when many gods are spoken of. See those places in the Hebrew bible, which are referred to in the English concordance, under the word Gods.
In Exodus xx. 2, 3, when it is said in the third verse, “Thou shalt have no other Gods before Me." The word is the same as in the foregoing verse, where it is said, “ I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt." It is Elobim in both verses: I ain the jehovah, thy Ęlabim: Thou shalt have no other
Řtobim. Yet the latter Elobim is joined with an adjective of the plural number; which seems naturally to lead the children of Israel to whom God spake these words, to suppose a plurality in the Elo. him which brought them out of Egypt, implied in the name Jehovah. Ps. Iviii. 11. “Verily, there is a God that judgeth in the eartli; Elohim Shopberim: Which literally is, Elohim, judges, (in the plural number.) See the evident distinction made between Jehovah send. ing, and Jehovah sent to the people, and dwelling in the midst of them, in Zech. ii. 8, 9, 10, 11 ; and iv. 8, 9, 11. “For thus saith the Lord of Hosts, After the glory hath He sent me unto the nations which spoiled you : For he that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of His eye."
“ For behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants : And ye shall know that the Lord of Hosts hath sent me."
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: For, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord.”
“And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people: And I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the Lord of Hosts hath sent me unto thee."
“ Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house ; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of Hosts hath sent me unto you."
“Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive irees upon the right side of the candlestick, and upon the left side thereof;"
Joshua xxiv. 19. “And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve Jehovah; for he is an Holy God, Elohim Kedhoshim.” He is the Holy Gods. Not only is the word Elobim properly plural, the very same that is used, ver. 15, the Gods which your fathers served, &c.—but the adjective Holy is plural. A plural substantive and adjective are used here concerning the True God, just in the same manner as in i Sam, iv. 8. " Who shall deliver us out of the hands of these mighty Gods. And in Dan. iv. 8. In whom is the Spirit of the Holy Gods.” So ver. 9, 18, and chap. v. 11, that the plural number should thus be used with the epithet Holy, agrees well with the doxology of the angels, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts," &c.-Isaiah vi. and Rev. iv.
It is an argument, that the Jews of old understood that there were several persons in the Godhead, and particularly, that when the cherubim, in the 6th of Isaiah, cried “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Hosts," they had respect to three persons : That the seventy interpreters, in several places, where the Holy One of Israel is spoken of, use the
plural number; as in Isaiah xli. 16. “Thou shalt glory in the Holý One of Israel :" in the LXX, it is, su partnon av TOIS Byvos lopena. Isaiah lx. 14. "The Zion of the Holy One of Israel ;" it is obwi ayowv lopana. So Jer. li. 5. “Filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel :” απο των αγίων Ισραηλ,