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tion . And he also formed the strongest motives to his disciples to profess his religion , believe his doctrine , and imitate his
example ! Tims , then , we account for the language of the text , in a rational and expressive . manner , without recurring to the idea that any union betwixt the Creator and
the creature can possibly effect § , ny change in the former from riches to poverty . Nor could a change take place in the person of . Christ wrought by himself from a super-angelic being to the rank of a man I Jf he were rich
in bis pre-existent state , in the possession of a nature vastly more noble than human , could this nature undergo such a revolution by means of any other being than God himself ? But St . Paul , in the * text , holds to our view the change iti the condition of Jesus
as an act of his own will and compassion for the benefit of mankind * To conclude , I think the apos - tle Pawl considers Jesus Christ as # ma ? i holy , harmless * and unde-
OBSERVATIONS ON J 0 JIK VI . 37 , £ Y THE LATE REV . W . TURNER OF W 4 . KE 1 IEI-iD . ( Concluded from p . 3 S . ^ )
Of this perverse , prejudiced , and very bad spirit , exactlv answering the general character which our Saviour gives in the forecited xiiif chap , of Matt , were
th 6 se particular Jews to whom he discoursed in the vif chap , ofJohn , They h $ d been witnesses of , and p artook in the effects of that astonisbing miracle recorded in the
jfileds consequently not naturally and necessarily subject to death from the penal . sanction r of-any . law to which he was in his individual state subject ; hut yet standing in the relation of a JSaviour to the human race and their
leader to eternal happiness , it became necessary that in all sufferings he should be like his brethren . His example by such a conduct becomes more impressive / and the evidence of the truth of
a future state and a just retribution more convincing and satisfactory . If the ideas 1 have suggested in this paper are just , and to me they appear natural and conclusive , they will apply with equal force to the illustration of Phil .
ii . 6 , 79 8 . Christ was first in the form of . God as not necessarily subject to mortality , and as possessing a right , to command ; but he rather chose to obey ; than endanger the object of hi&
mission . i I am , Sir , / Yours , SOMERSETENSIS .
former part of the chapter , when tie fed five thousand men with five 1 barley loaves q . nd two small fishes ; yet so stupid were they as not to
perceive therein , the attestation which was giv «* n b y it to his di ~ vane rnission find authority ; but being full of expectation of , the immediate appearing of t | e Mes * siah , they jro ^ clvided , th ^ it a per *
92 Observations on John vi . 37 , by the latt Rev . IV . Turner .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1808, page 92, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2389/page/36/