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fellow of Jehovah'. But, if he was a mere CHAP. man, the Almighty could not, with any propriety, call him bis fellow; a term, which always conveys the idea of similarity and equality. Here, then, we behold a decisive testimony to the truth of the catholic doctrine professed by " the church of God, which he hath purchased with 66 bis own bloodu.-" The right faith is, that we believe and confess that our “ Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is 66 God and Man

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TO. Malachi.

10. The last of the prophets is Malachi, who both foretells the manifestation of Christ, and perfectly concurs with Zechariah, and the other inspired writers, in ascribing to him divinity. “ Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare way

before me; and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his tem

ple, even the messenger of the covenant, “ whom ye delight in; behold, he shall

come, faith the Lord of hosts y.” Here

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+ See Dr. Eveleigh's observations on this text, contained in a Sermon preached before the University.

u Acts xx, 28.
x Athanafian Creed.
y Malachi iii. I.

again

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and it may perhaps be ; האדון but ,יהוה

sect, again two distinct persons are mentioned, III. the fender and the person fent, God and

the messenger of the covenant ; yet they are both called the Lord. It is true, that the person sent is not, in this place, called

, ; said, that the word 11788 is not applied to God alone, but is used frequently in a secular sense, as we do the term lord. This is granted ; but at the same time it is evident, that unless 197877 be here equivalent to 171,7', the whole passage is unintelligible. For if 11787 relate to a mere man, who is described as going in the quality of a mefsenger into the temple of God, that temple certainly cannot be called his (the man's) temple. It is plain, therefore, that the messenger of the covenant here fpoken of must be the most High himself; and yet, though God, he is sent by the Lord of hosts. The Trinitarian has no difficulty in understanding the purport of these mysterious words; and if the impugner of that doctrine can reconcile them to his creed, he will at least deserve the praise of ingenuity.

Malachi, though living only in the twilight previous to the rising of the Sun of

Righteousness, yet, with the piercing eye CHAP. of faith, beheld both his harbinger the morning star, and the first dawn of the bright luminary of the spiritual day. “Behold, I send you Elijah the Prophet before the coming of the great and terrible “ day of the Lord ; and he shall turn the “ heart of the fathers to the children, and “ the heart of the children to their fathers, « lest I come and smite the earth with a “ curse." “ But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of Righteousness “ arise with healing in his wingsa."

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7 Mal. iv. 5.

a Mal. iv. 2.

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SECT.

III.

CHAP. III.

PROPHECIES, WHICH DECLARE THAT THE

LAW WAS TO BE SUPERSEDED BY THE
GOSPEL. 'I, PROPHECY OF MOSES. 2. PRO-

PHECIES CONTAINED IN THE PSALMS. 3.
ISAIAH. 4. JEREMIAH. 5. DANIEL. 6. HO-
SEA. 7. AMOS. 8. MALACHI,

WE

Prophecies E now come to those prophecies, which de. clare that which more immediately connect the Law was to me and the Gospel ; and as many passages ocby the Gof- cur in the ancient Scriptures, which speak pel.

of the inefficacy of legal ceremonies, they likewise shall be noticed, though they may not be, strictly speaking, prophetic.

1. As Moses was the instrument, by of Mofes. which God revealed the Law, it is but

reasonable to expect, that he should make some mention of the great Prophet, who was destined to succeed him, and whose office it would be to establish a more spi. ritual religion, not founded upon rites and ceremonies, but upon the inward purity of the heart. 6. And the Lord said I will

« raise

" raise up a Prophet from among their chap. “ brethren, like unto thee, and will put III. “ my words in his mouth, and he shall

speak unto them all that I shall com“ mand him. And it shall come to pass, 66 that whosoever will not hearken unto os

my words which he shall speak in my
name, I will require it of him. But the

prophet which shall presume to speak a “ word in my name, which I have not “ commanded him to speak, or that shall

speak in the name of other Gods, even “ that prophet shall die. And if thou say “ in thine heart, How shall we know the os word, which the Lord hath not spoken? “ When a prophet speaketh in the name “ of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor

come to pass, that is the thing which “ the Lord hath not spoken, but the pro

phet hath spoken it presumptuously: thoų or shalt not be afraid of hima."

The great successor of the Jewish Lawgiver is here minutely described, and the people are commanded to hearken to his voice. A question then will naturally arise, who the person is, that is so particularly

à Deut. xviii. 7.

pointed

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