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ea&y and intelligible manner ; apd t © shew , that they contain * i < a sentiment but what is perfectly con ? sistent with the moral perfections arid government of God , and the freedom of human actions ; and
that our Saviour only intended to intimate to his hearers , that all - \ y ell-disposed , serious , and sincere persons , who truly reverenced God , and desired to know and do , his . will , and entertained proper xegards to the reyelatiqri * of it ,
CRITICISM ON 1 JOHN , V . 7 .
cC Things which , are equal to the ^ t me are equal to prje another . " Eucud , I John v . 7 . O Ilcclrjfi : , q Aoyp ^ y ^ aa To euyiov rfv £ vu , a , ' kcci sIqi ol
ipaig $ v sicri . I shall eqdeavour to prove thai the Father , the Word , and the Idoly Spirit are , literally speaking , one and the same person . And ,
• I , The Father and the Spirit are QD& and t \ w sarpe person . For , J > t , What the father is s ^ id to have cjonp in the worjfs of cr ^ atipn , &c . the Sp irit is q \ sq said to havp done *
Though our heaye ^ ly Fatb r is so often said to . h * ive made all things , nevertheless wo read that * ' the Spirit of Gqd moved ( at the creation ) upon the fj ^ ce of the waters , " pen . i . % . And Job
$ pys , " by | iis spirit he hath gajv nishp 4 the havens . " jo \> xxvi . 13 . J ^ nd EliJiii ^ ay $ , tl ^ e Spirit of God hath roade me . " ? Tob xxxiii . 4 # See also Mal ^ chi ? ii , \ 5 i r . So our Lord says , in reference tp , | iis miracles , * MU © F ^ tfcer \\\ v&
which tliey already / enjoyed , . wotylch come to him and beiieyq , in fou ^ j ' but that 410 persons of an opposite character could come vto him , and that this was unh&ppHy their < own case to whpm he ^ a ^ . sp ^ akirjg . If what hath been offered shall
contribute to give sati $ f& tion to any mind that may Jhaye been unhappily disturbed by these pas--sages , my intention is ^ ftilly un * swerec ^ .. '« . . : . I ... -
dwelleth in me , he cloetl ^ ^ e work 5 , ' ; John xiv . 1 Q . But iq JNlatu , ^ i , i , 28 , \ be says , ff if I cast otitdetttQns by trie Spirit of God /'—? Ci Jehovah * tnd ( or , ex en ) his Spirit hath sent me . '' Isaiah xlviii . 16 *
As therefore what the Father is said tot do , the Spirit is afe ; o said to do , the Spirit of God must be God hirxiself , as the spirit of a man i $ the ipan himself , as . the apostle Paul te ^ h ^ s Ms to . asguerin ^ he 1 Cpr . ii . Jl . vi
Aecordiiiglythe Spirit of Trut | i is , said it ^ proceed fram the Father , John . xv . 26 . But I prjoceed to . another ^ rguffient | ur \ vhiichf isrthis 5 52 d , That ; th Sprit of Qod wd thei
the Power of God Q ^ e s ^ utiq thing , , - , Job says to Gad , " thinf bands h ^ ve H ^ de me / ' Job x . 8 . But , EJihu mys 9 u the Spirit pf Qq <\ h ' jith rnade i ^ ie , V Job xx ^ viii . 4 , S <) thf > t Uiei Hands of GaA * t ^ at is , the fower of God , and his Spirit ^ . re onp ai ? fl the s ^ Lrii ^ t ^ ing , Agfliii , the angel of God . an ? Stwer ^ d ai > d said to Mary , The tyoty . Spirit sbj ^ ll cotye uppn ih ^
98 " . Crittciint . ' on T " John } v . 7 . ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1808, page 98, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2389/page/42/