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some knowledge of a person may be obtained by his true image. Christ being the image of God, it is by him we learn the nature of the Father. Christ saith, “No man knoweth the Father but the Son, and he to whom the Son revealeth him.” Again, “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me." St. Paul is particular, on this subject, in his 1st Epistle to Timothy, see 2: 5. “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” It seems, by this testimony, that St. Paul was a stranger to the notion of Christ's being essentially God, as it would be improper to call him a man, were that the
If it be argued, that Christ is God and man both, we ask, was it the whole divine nature which constituted the divinity of Christ? If this question be answered in the affirmative, we desire to know where that divinity is which constitutes the other two persons in the Godhead. If the question be answered in the negative, and it be argued, that the divinity which Christ possessed was an emanation from Jehovah, it is coming directly to what we contend for, viz. that he is a created being.
As we have seen, from the prophecy of Daniel, that Christ received his kingdom ; so we are taught, by St. Paul, that he will deliver up his kingdom to the Father, when he has accomplished the grand object of his reign, see 1 Cor. 15: 24, 25, 26, 27, 28.
6. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father: when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority, and power. For he must reign, until he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject
unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”
We next inquire, has the Mediator power, or ability, to perform the great work of atonement, which is the reconciliation of the world to God? Those scriptures, with their connexions, which we have quoted to prove the Mediator's dependency, abundantly prove the sufficiency of his power to accomplish the work in which he is engaged. If all power in heaven and earth be committed to Christ, no doubt can be entertained of its sufficiency. If the whole system of law in moral nature be subservient to the designs of the Redeemer, and if he hold in his hands the power of moral government, it certainly must be at his option, whether men shall be reconciled to God, or not.”
Will all men then be reconciled to God? Let the scriptures answer.
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth ; even in hiin : And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby ; And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh."