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gious ^ xerc ^ ses . e on high grounds , or within the bosom x > f the dreary iinoamtaius , were frequented by such persons as wished to be as much as possible remote from the haunts and interruptions of man . Such a solitude would naturally , I think , be
our Saviour ' s choice , under the circumstances which I brought before the reader , and which shew the anxious state of his mind at the time , and prove how necessary he found it to fly to God , in retirement from the world , and seek counsel and direction for ! the
great work before him . The absolute and entire dependence of Christ on his Father ' s wisdom and support , and his long-continued earnestness to obtain
Suggestion on John i . 1 Philadelphia , U . S . June 12 , 1818 . ADMITTING that the introductory verses in the Gospel by John relate to the Christian
dispensation , and that , by " the word , " Jesus Christ is to be understood as the person designated ; the explanation which is usually given of that part of the first verse in which we read , that
the word was with God , " appears to me to be liable to several objections . It is said , that , to be " with God " means , to receive divine communications ; and that , " Moses was with
God in the mount , so was Christ in the wilderness , or elsewhere ; to be instructed and disciplined for his high and important office : " but , in the context , there is no mention of , and
no allusion to , such an occurrence ; and itlie supposition , of Socinus , that to be " with God" in the passage before us , signifies , that , as the word of God , Jesus was known to God
alone , is , to my mind , equally unsatisfactory . In illustrating the phraseology of Scripture , and particularly the Hebraisms with which the New as well
as the Old Testament abounds , it is often useful to recur to the passages iii which they are first to be met with , and ttyus to ascertain their original signification . € t
Iii Geq . v . 22 , we read , Aiid Enoch walked . tvit / i . Gotf . " JHfo \ r he * walked vnifi frod , " we learn from
and a . pply them to the important purposes \ n view , present , in ray estimation , the most positive exclusion of his Deity that can , offer itself to a reflecting mind . I would add , that the translation of the word evofatCpro " was wont to be made , " in Aets xvi . IS , is , I apprehend , very improper . The proper rendering would -be " register-7
ed , Or allowed by law / In the same sense the word is used iu Luke iii . 33 , where , instead of reading . " being as was supposed , the Son of Joseph , * we should rath , er read " legally sanctioned , or * allowed to be according to law , * " or " registered * as the Son of Joseph . 1 NATH . PHILIPPS .
H $ b . xi . 5 , where it is said , " before his translation he had this testimony that he pleased God " The next person spoken , of as having walked with God , was Noah . Gen . vi . 9 : " Noah was a just man , and perfect ' in his generations , and Noah walked with God . " Here , as in the former instance , the reference is
to personal character 5 , and as walking indicates a steady , . regular course , the meaning will be , that both Enoch and Noah were pious aad religious persons when this character was given of them .
In , the first Epistle of John , several passages are to be met with in which similar phraseology is used . Thus , it is said , chap , i , S , " and truly our fellowship is with the Father , and with his Christ" Chapiii 24
Son Jesus . .-: " He that heepeth his commandment $ t dwelleth in him , and he in him . " Chap , iv . 15 : " Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is , the Son of God , God dwelleth in him , and he in God" As these are
general declarations , they cannot be descriptive of any special or peculiar communications to particular persons ; but are easily understood , if referred to religious character .
Perhaps , the strongest and most exactly parallel expression , is that which occurs in Psalm lxxjii . 9 , 3 : ** Nevertheless , I am continually with thee . " These are the words of Asaph , a man who made no claims either to the prophetic character , or ip any divine mission ; they would , there *
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1819, page 41, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1768/page/41/