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xnies , the object of th ^ other being to subvert it by simitar views . For the universal Father , the impostors substituted the Supreme Unknown God , which they pretended to have revealed ; for the man Jesus or the Son of God .
they held forth as an object of faith the God that had descended upon him ; and in the room of the Holy Spirit , whiicli attested his simple humanity , they % laced a fictitious being , which ia mockery they called Truth or mother of all .
I have said that the context without the seventh verse , is a dead letter . Th % next verse , which is allowed to be genuine , is a demonstration of this : ' * There are three which bear testimony on the earth , the Spirit , the Wmt and * the Blood . " The water
and the blood bear testimony ; as having proceeded from the region of the heart pierced by the spear , they prove that the sufferer , being really a man possessing flesh and blood , actually died : and the Spirit bears testimouy , because , being communicated to Jesus at his baptism , it enabled him to foresee and to foretell his
death . But what does this testimony prove ? Taken in itself , nothing to the purpose . Every man has flesh and blood ; every man dies . But take Jesus ill the character of the Logos , alive , and in heaven at the time the
Apostle was writing , as it is asserted in the preceding , disputed verse , the circumstance of his having died proves every thing . It places on a solid foundation the grand principles of
Christianity , the actual death , resurrection and exaltation to the right hand of God , of the man Jesus Christ $ whence , according to his own solemn promise , he vrtll one day return in the power of his Father to raise the dead
and judge the world in righteousness . The Gnostics aHowed that the Christ , after the crucifixion of Jesus , was still alive , as having neither died nor suffered . In order to set aside this ,
it was necessary for the apostles to assert his death , whenever they had occasion to speak of him as being alive . See Rev . i . 18 ; also , ch . ii . 8 . The conclusion , then , infallibly is , that the text of the Three Heavenly Witnesses , 1 John v . 7 > ifc genuine : for is is morally impossible that a verse which attests the simple humanity of Christ , and sets aside IttiyK
nity , should s be the forgery of men who , "In after ages , perverted it tfr prove the Trinity . BEN DAVID .
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Sir , AM happy to see that die ques-I tion regarding the interpretation of the proem of John ' s Gospel has engaged the attention of several of your ablest correspondents . From
the opinions that they have expressed , I am led to hope that this good at least will arise , that when another edition of the Improved Version shall be given to the public , the Socinian interpretation will no longer be allowed to maintain its place exclusively of the other- —I mean that of Lardner
and Priestley ; but that , at least , both will be so introduced as to afford a fair alternative to the reader ' s judgment . I see with satisfaction that the mode of interpretation for which , I contend is adopted in the continental versions , which are therein at variance with the received English text . The Geneva version of 1802 renders the €
passage thus : Au commencement etoit la parole , la parole £ tqit avec Dieu et la parole £ toit Dieu . J 5 i ( e £ toit au commencement avec Dieu . Toiites choses ont 6 t 6 faites par elle , "
&c . Harmonizing with this we find , the Italian version : tc Nel prineipio la parola era , e la parola era appo Iddio , et la parola era Dio . JE # sa era nel principio appo Dio . Ogni cosa h
stata fatta per essa , " &c . And to do justice to all opinions and to the original itself , the English rendering ought to be similar to these ; and I trust in the next edition of the
Improved Version we shall see it so . It would run thus : " In the beginning was the word , and the word was with God , and the word was GocL This was in the beginning with Goc } . All things were made ( or done ) by it , and without it no one thing was made ( or done ) whifih has been made ( or done ) . ' * Such a translation is in
itself neutral 5 it favours no opinion particularly , and is therefore such as all parties may use with satisfaction : whereas the present text of the Improved Version has such a peculiarity as to be altogether intolerable to those who view the subject in any degree $ iflferently from its authors . Surely it i $ a mutter of the greatest
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1826, page 20, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2544/page/20/