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one. Lord :"--with the universality of Christia= nity; “ The Lord shall be king over all the earth. In that day shall there be one Lord, and his name One:"-with the certainty of prophecy; “ I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure :"-with divine homage ; “ Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve :"-with the mission of Christ, and eternal life: “ This is life eternal, to know thee, the only true God; and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent:"-with the impartiality of the Divine dealings ; “ Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, seeing it is one God:"-with the mediation of the man Christ, and the universality of salvation ; “ There is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all :"-with the summary of our duty; “ There is one God; and there is none other but he : and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is better than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices :"-with the abhorrence of oppression, injustice and unkindness; “ Have we not all one Father? and, hath not one God created us ?"-with the glowing language of devotion ; “ Now unto the King eternal, immortal, and invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever !"* Let not, then, the suspicion be harboured, or the charge adduced, that we over-rate this tenet, for we only follow the leading of Scripture in raising it to the highest elevation.
The discussion of Unitarianism has been much embarrassed, and its cause injured, by its being mixed up with the private opinions of its friends, There is gross mistake, or wilful injustice, in reckoning whatever is held by certain Unitarians essential to Unitarianism itself. The humanity of Christ is not essential to Unitarianism. Although differing from most respectable authority, I have no hesitation in deeming such limitation most improper. It is inconsistent with the etymology and meaning of the term, and its historical use. Dr. Price was an Unitarian as well as Dr. Priestley: so is every worshipper of the Father only, whether he believe that Christ was created before all worlds, or first existed when born of Mary. Philosophical Necessity is no
* 1 Cor. viii. 6; Ephes. iv. 6; Matt. xix. 17; Deut. vi. 4; Zech. xiv. 9; Isaiah xlvi. 9, 10; Matt. iv. 10; John xvii. 3; Romans ii. 29, 30; 1 Tim. ii. 5, 6; Mark xii. 32, 33; Mal. ü. 10; 1 Tim. i. 17. The word “ wise" is omitted, according to the corrected text of Griesbach.
part of Unitarianism: to some Unitarians it seems the plain dictate of reason and Scripture, illustrative of the character of God and plans of Providence, a glory around the cross of faith, and a rock for the anchor of hope; but others think it inconsistent with the threatenings and promises of God, and the responsibility of man; and a similar diversity obtains among the speculative of other denominations. Materialism is no part of Unitarianism. Some of us believe that man is formed of one substance, others of two: some that unconsciousness prevails from death to the resurrection; and others that the transition is immediate to bliss and glory, or to punishment, of the separated spirit. The denial of angels or devils is no part of Unitarianism : some believe in one, or the other, or in both. There are certain doctrines which we agree in asserting, and others commonly held which we deny. While such passages as the following remain, to each of which might be added a number of similar declarations, we cannot admit the doctrines to which they are opposed, of a Trinity, the equality of Christ with the Father, imputed sin or righteousness, and vindictive or eternal punishment : “ There is none other God, but one.” “ Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” “My Father is greater than I.” “The head of Christ is God.” “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son.” “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father, which is in heaven.” . “ God will not always chide, neither will he keep his anger for ever.”* While, on the other hand, the notions of Christianity which prevail amongst us, of the proper unity, benevolent character, and sole claim to worship, of God, the Father; the mission of Christ for the salvation of the world; the necessity of holiness alone for obtaining the Divine favour; a resurrection to impartial judgment; and the ultimate restoration of all things, are not only scriptural in each particular, but, combined, present the great outline of New Testament teaching, ..“ I am the first, and I am the last, and besides me there is no God.” “God is love." “ The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father.” “He anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the holy spirit and with power.” “ The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” “The grace of God, which bringeth salvation to all men, hath appeared, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” “ There
fore we both labour and suffer reproach because we trust in the living God, who is the saviour of all men.” “Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” “We must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ ; that every one may receive the things done in his body according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” “The creature itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” . “ In the seed of Abraham shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed." * . .
This is Unitarianism. Can it be false? Then what becomes of Scripture, for in its very terms, without perversion, are all the doctrines of Unitarianism expressed, and those denied to which they are opposed! Where this is the case, to those who admit the authority of the New Testament, controversy is at an end. Statement is proof; declaration is demonstration; and Unitarianism becomes identical with Christianity. Its refutation is that of Scripture and of reason. It is “ built upon the foundation of the apostles
* Isaiah xliv. 6; 1 John iv. 8; John iv. 23; 1 John iv. 14; Titus ii. 11, according to the marginal reading of the received translation; 1 Tim. iv. 10; 1 Cor. xv. 21, 22; 2 Cor. v. 10; Romans viii. 21; Acts iii. 25.