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all of them to consider that when tbey attempt to ridicule infantbaptism as such , they lead the way to treat with the like contempt
To the-Editor of the Monthly Repository .
Sept . 30 , 1809 , SIR > I presume it will be admitted , even by reputed orthodox Christians , that Christ ' s coming into the world his coming forth from God , his being sent of God , and his coming down from heaven , all intend one and the same event ,
though that event is expressed in different ways . If , then , we can ascertain to wjiat time and event in the gospel history Jus coming into the world is referred , this will help to explain a number of otherwise difficult passages in the New Testament . I am aware that
Christ's coming into the world is generally supposed , at least by the reputed orthodox , to mean his being born ; but 1 think the New Testament proves it intends his entering on his office and ministry *
Johnx . 36 . Jesus spoke of the Father ' s having sanctified and sent him into the world . His being sanctified must mean bis being separated and set apart to the office and work oi the Messiah ,
or messenger of God to man , by being divinely commissioned , and qualified for that office by the descent of the miraculous gifts of the Spirit upon him * which was not prior to his baptism ; and according to his own words , his being
sanctified preceded his being sent into the world . Praying for his Apostles , John xvii . 18 . Jesus said , " As thou [ the litther ] hast sent me into the world , even so
have I also sent them into tha , world : V as it must be admitted by all parties of Christians that the sending of the Apostles did not
relate to their being born , but to their being sent forth as public teachers , it follows , from our Lord ' s words , that the Father ' 3 sending him into the world relates not to his birth , but to his being sent forth in his public ministry , as a divinely commissioned teacher . In the good confession which he witnessed before Pilate , Jesus spoke of his birth and his coming into the world as distinct events . John xviii . 37 . " To this
end was I born , and for this cause came I into the World , that I should bear witness to the truth . ** In the former of these events h ^ spoke of himself as passive , " I was born ; " in the latter as active , " I came into the world / ' The words of the Apostle , Acts xiii . 24 . " When John had first preached , before his coining , &c / ' I
regard as decisive . He asserts that John preached before the coming of Christ , but no one will say that he preached before the birth pf Christ ; therefore , the coming of Christ must relate to
his entering on his public wore and ministry . That bis coming forth from the Father , and being sent from God may be understood of his being sent forth divinely commissioned , is clear from its being said of the Baptist , John i . 6 . There wa *
On Christ * * Coming into the IFdrld . 8
circumcision , which was certainly a divine institution * PHILAL ^ ETHES .
our Christ ' s coming into the would .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1810, page 9, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2400/page/9/