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of him . I cannot refrain from introducing one of two documents on the subject to which I have adverted /* ( Mr . Gurney here referred to the phrase * ' Son of God , " and to the maftner in which it was understood
by the Jews , maintaining the opinion that with them it implied divinity . ) He proceeded ; * ' I would call your attention to a remarkable passage in a book called Zohar , a cabalistic account of the transactions recorded in
Gtenesis , a great part of which is very old , of about the third century , a book of great importance among Jews . I quote it on the authority of the German critic Schotgen . In it , Messiah is denominated in his preexisting character by the titles * Jehovah , Angel of God , Angel of the
Covenant , the Word of God , the Image of God , the Lord of Hosts , the Son of God , the Son of the Highest , the faithful Shepherd , Lord over things below , Lord of all ministering Angels . * In this book it is likewise said ,
that the spirit of God moved upon the world in the beginning , and was the spirit of King Messiah . The same doctrine is plainly recognized in the Jewish Targttms , which are translations of the Hebrew Scriptures in the Chaldaie , for the Use of the Jews
after their return from Babylon , when they had forgotten their vernacular tongue . These recognize the same character in the Word of God , who is by them repeatedly identified with Jehovah as toeing that personal existence vth 6 is ong with Jehovah , and
by whom the wonderful works of God Are carried into effect . By this word of God was the world created , by him were the children of Israel led inta the wilderness . He it was who appeared to Isaiah in the temr > le : and
where the salvation of-Israel is spoken of , it is particularly attributed to the word of Go < J . Thus When Hosea says , * And Jehovah shall save his people f > y Jehovah , their God / the Targum
pnrd ^ hta&es it , Jehovah shall save his people by the word of Jehovah , their God . * " The speaker concluded bv observing that he beliftved th * fetes never wouid he converted till
brought to recogni&e their degeneracy in this point , 'Oh ' thid dprttfoii , fco * $ ffeifcnt from ttofct eiiterttfinfcd hy Unitarian * , it is not rny design t&
offer liny comment ; I have merely wished to record some observations which appear to me worthy of a few remarks from some intelligent Chris « tian critic . — E .
Sir , August 6 , 1823 MR . BELSHAM , in Vol . Il / Of his " Commentary o n Paul ' s Epistles / ' feels a difficulty in seeing the force of the reasoning of the Apostle in 1 Cor . vi . 2 ; " Do ye not
know that the saints will judge the world ? And if the world shall be judged by you , are ye unworthy ? " &c . May I be permitted to say , that I am ralber surprised that he should feel this
difficulty ? Whatever be the meaning ' of the Apostle in the former clause of the verse , viz . •* Do ye not know that the saints will judge the world ? " he alludes to an office superior in dignity to that of the determination of civil
cases amongst the brethren , and reasoning h fortiori , he urges upoti them the consideration , that if worthy of the superior , they cannot i > e unworthy of the inferior office . Now , this argument seems perfectly clear . If a man be thought worthy of a higher office , he cannot be thought unworthy of the lower . The lower office , it is
true , may be unworthy of him , though he be not unworthy of the office . But it does not seem to have been Insinu ^ ated by the Corinthians , that the office of the determination of civil cases amongst the brethren was an office unworthy of them , and therefore the
Aptostle does not combat that idea . It will not signify whether the Ap 6 st ! e reasons in the above passage from his own principles , or the principles of tlie Corinthians only . Tim argument is equally conclusive on either supposition . If the Corinthians thought theingelvnes worthy of the higher office ,
the Apostle might wet ! ask them , though be did not himself think them worthy of the higher , how they could be unworthy of the lower . Aguio * ^ will not signify wlftthfer the higher
Office alluded to ia qim * ' in pdeaertfe * or oite only m reserve . Slippo ** ' ' one only in reserve , the co-nclusive ^ e ^ of the Apostle ' s argument may * illustrated by the following Am ®* on * . Suppose F tvftsr desirous to press
51 HJ On Mr . Behhum ' s Comment on \ Cor . vi . 2 .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1823, page 590, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1789/page/30/