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74 I In Addition, then, to the preceding Remarks, it may be permitted us to fubjoin a few Reflections (and thofe as fhort as poffible) upon the Divinity of our great Re- deemer; that other Pillar and Ground of the truth, againft which the Gates of Hell (if GOD be true), how- ever they may " grate harfh Thunder,"(ball never pre- vail. The Proof of CHRIST'S Divinity is attempted in the following EfTays, from the Names, l'itles, and Offices, which were revealed, from Time to Time, concerning Him, in the Old 2'eflament, by the SPIRIT of GOD. And thefe Names and Titles, exclufive of the legal conomy (which was only a further Declaration or Explanationof them in his gracious Offices), Tingly and conjointly prove, that JEHOVAH was to be the MESSIAH; while, on the other Hand, the Faas and Evidences of the New2'eftament affirm and demonftrate, that the MES- SIAH was indeed JEHOVAH. Clear and explicit as the Teftimony of this Truthundoubtedly is in the apoftolic Writings ; the Certainty of it is no lefs ftrong in thofe ofMofes and the Prophets. Were it otherwife ; in what a miferable Perplexity mutt the true Believers, for the firft four thoufandYears of the World, have remained ? And what little Encouragement had they to embrace the Pro- miles and confefs themfelves Strangers and Pilgrims on the Earth* (for which they are applauded); if the Power, which was to effeft the Bleffing, had not been efteemed divine? But it appears, that, as the WoRnwas in the Be- ginning; fo He was allo known by the Faithful from,the Beginning -f-. And it is allowed by molt Chriftians, that Adam, Hebr. xi. 13. j- Wifus quotes from Zanchius, that mot} of the Fathers were of Opinion, that Adam, before his Fall, frequently faw GOD in a bodily Appearance, and heard him fpeak ; and adds, that this WAS ALWAYS THE SON OF GOD. Juft afterwards he fays, ., CHRIST ,' is that JEHOVAH, who took Adam and placed him in Paradife, " and fpake to him." Oecon. Fced. L i. C. 2. §. 7. Indeed they might well conclude fo; for, !voce the Fall, Man has nothing to