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whereon the Samaritans worshipped Gon w,as the proper place for-that worship, according to the practice of their ancestors. Believe me, saith Christ, the hour or- time is coming, when not only in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem only, ye shall worstiiji the
sather,—but the time is now come, when the true wor
Jhijipers shall worJliip the father in spirit and in truth, for the fatherseeketh such to worsfiiji him. God is a
spirit, and they who worship him must worship, him ill
spirit and in truth.
In these very remarkable words of Jesus Chrijt, the following propositions or doctrines are] very evidently contained.
"accept of no co-partner with him .—When the law "was given by Moses, to- the Israelites, the first and "chies precept of their religion was—Thou fialt have "none other gods before me. Deut. iv. 35. v. 7. Who"soever violateth this command, denieth the foun"dation, on which all the rest depend, and therefore '' we are commanded, 7hon /halt -werfiip the Lord thy "God, and him onlyfialt thou serve, because he alone "is God. Mat. iv. 10. Deut. v'u 4, 5. Him only "fialt thoufear, because be alone hath infinite power. "—The whole heart is required by him, and should "be engaged to him. Thou Jlialt love the Lord thy "God, "with all thy heart, with all thy soul. Mark "xii. 29, 30. If there were more Gods than one, "our love must be divided."—Pearson on the creed, .p. 25.
1. That Christ admits, that the Samaritans ay well as the other Jews worshipped the Father, and the Father only.
2. That the time was at hand, when the worship of the Father was not to be confined to Samaria or Jerusalem, but that the worship of God the Father was to he performed every where.
3. That they who worshipped the Father at Samaria and Jerusalem wor/histped the true God.
4. That this true God was the Father in Christ's account; and' they only the true worsliippers who worshipped the Father in spirit and in truth: and the Father sought (approved) such worshippers.
5. That by a true consequence, such who worship others, with, or bestdes the Father, with equal honour and glory as they offer to the Father, are not true, or right worJlliippers, nor such wor/hi/i[lers as the Father seeketh or approves..
6. That the true notion of God is,, that he is a spirit, or one spirit, or one person or spiritual being; not three spirits* or three persons, or three infinite minds, or intelligent beings*, as some have most dangerously spoken. Dean Sherlock, See.
C H A P.
* The doclrihe of three co-equal persons in one supreme God, and the ivorstip of three co-equal per-, sons, &c. is not the true ddflrine nor the true wor/iip, acCording to the mind of Jesus Christ; but on the contrary
God, one person.
ALL the writers of the Old Testament* and of the New Testament, always represent, in the language of Moses and the prophets, and of Christ and his apostles, God to be one person;- that is, one infinite spirit, or intelligent being, mind, ox substance; and never once in all the bible is God said to be three persons, or that there are three persons in the Godhead.
If all the texts which expressly declare God to be one person, or one spirit, were to be mentioned, a great part of the bible would be transcribed.
In order to state the proofs of this important doctrine, it must be granted, and cannot be denied, that wherever God speaks of himself', or is spoken of, or to, in pronouns, and all their correlates, or their
trary, both the doflrine and worship too are false, antichrislian, polytheistic, and idolatrous: and hath been the true and most wosul cause os the great and general apostacy which for many centuries hath reigned through all the christian -world, and hath been and continues to be, a stumbling block to Jetvs, Turks, and Infidels of all nations.
ar* corres/ionding terms, in the Jlngular number only; I say, in all such passages, and they are innumerable, we must understand, and cannot but understand God to be unquestionably represented as one person, viind, or spiritual being, and one alone.
And here for brevity's sake, I wave numberless passages which every reader may find in almost every chapter in the five books of Moses, and the prophets; and I desire the terms used in Exodus xx. md Deuteronomy v. atthemost solemn delivery of the ;Iaw of the ten commandments, may be duly regarded in the first place.
lam the Lord, Jehovah, thy God "He wAsbrought thee out, &cc. And God spake all these 'words,faying, I am the Lord Jehov Ah, thy Gpd; thou Jhalt have none other Gods but me, or besides me, or before me. Exod. xx. Deut. v,
i" the Lord, Jehovah, thy God am a jealous God. Deut. v. 9. Note here, God speaks of 'himself in the first person singular, or an angel who' personated God. And the relative terms which follow are all in the third person singular. He who, •Vijits—on them that hate me. He who fiiewtih 'mercy to them that love me, and keep my commandments..
He will not hold guiltless His name He the
'Lord Jehovah made—He rested—He blessed—He
, hallowed—He giveth. I even I bring a jlood—I
e/fab lijh my covenant—1 am God, #pd there is no
God with me / am God, and beside me there is no
'Saviour. I am the Lord, who maketh asl thin?t,
ixiho stretcheth forth the heavens alone; who [[ireadeth abroad the earth by myself. I am the Lord, there is none else, none beside me. I am God, and there is none else. I am God, and there is none like me. <ren.' vi. 17. ix. 9. Lev. xxvi. Deut. xxxii. 39. Isa. xliii. 11. xliv. 6, 24. xlv.5, 6, 7, 21, 22. xlvi. g. In the second person singular, thou, thee, thine, .and thyself, God is often addressed. Thou art the God. Thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth— that all the kingdoms may know, that thou art the Lord God, even thou only. Thou, even thou, art Lord alone. In the Psalms often, Thou, whose name is Jehovah, Thou alone art most high—Thou art my God, isfe. Thus in the Old Testament. 2 Kings xix. 15, 19. Nehem. ix. Isa. xxxvii. 16. Pf. lxxxiii. 18. cxviii.28.
Jesus Christ himself, in speaking to his God and cur God, prayed thus, Not as I will, but as thou wilt. Mat. xxvi. 39. It may be worth notice, that Jesus Christ mentions God above thirty times in the singular number in St. Matthew's gospel, which, duly considered, sully expresseth his notion or belies to have been, that there is but One God, and that God is One. This is lise eternal, to know, or own, thee, O Father, to be the only true God ; and in this prayer with his disciples, God, the Father, is addressed . seven times in the second personstngular. John xvii.