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will render faith f&tional , and by de » grees , convince , infidelity . There are few persons that think , but would be Christians ; but the palpable incongruities of some passages in the evangelists , and the glaring absurdities of others , have
EXPLANATION OF 2 COR . VIII . 9 . To the Editor of the Monthly depository .
SIRj Attempts to elucidate the holy scriptures find a candid admission into your valuable miscellanyv I am therefore tempted occasionally to offer to public notice some hints in this way . In the 2 Cor . Tiii . 9 . we find a text that hath
employed the critical skill of yarious learned commentators to ascertain its original meaning . It is as follows ec For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ , that though he was rich , yet for our sakes he became poor , that ye through his poverty might be "rich
Trinitarians , Arians , and even Unitarians have exhibited this text as a proof of their respective views of the rank of our benevolent Saviour in the universe . Dr . Doddridge saith Rich in the glories of the heavenly world and
m supreme dominion and authority there , yet for your sakes he became poor , that you , through thisj his voluntary poverty , might not only be discharged from that
dreadful debt you ttad contracted to the divine justice by which you were become obnoxious t , o everlasting ruin and condemnation , but 4 jthat also you , might become rich in the favour of God and in
the graces of the holy spirit pow , and at length rich in the treasures of the heavenly world for ever . " Dr . Priestley observes that The apostle recommends generosity to
others from the example of Christ whose grace or kindness he here speaks of . For though he may be said to have been rich , as he had the command of riches and
of all the powers of nature whick appeared in the miraculous draught of fishes , his multiplying provisions on two different occasions , yet he chose a low and indigent station in life and never availed
himself of his miraculous power to supply his own want or to relieve himself in any difficulty whatever but devoted himself and his time to the gaod of Others . " Now it appears to me that neither
of these learned writers hath given the sense of the apostle fully . If we admit of the sense of the for-v mer it appears to destroy the unity of the JDeity , or at least to hold to our contemplation a species of
Sabellianism which supposes such a change in the nature of God as is Wholly inconsistent with his cha ~ racter and perfections ^ especially with his immutability * Such a comment is at variance with
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ever been a source of disgust to some and of triumph to others . I have not a doubt but your labours will relieve the former , and silence all the fair reasonerg amongst the latter .
BIBLICAL CRITICISM .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1808, page 89, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2389/page/33/