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In Moses's apartments, Mofes, Boy, and the two
Mofes. Welcome, my young friend, this meeting is truly cordial, as we shall now consider some parts in our last that have impressed my mind, I mean the different passages of scriptúre relating to the divinity of the Messiah.
Boy. The divinity of the Mefliah is declared throughout the scriptures, beginning with the first of Genesis and finishing with the end of your prophets.
Moses. I confess the mystery staggers and greatly oppreffes my spirits; my whole life ha been anxiously desirous of knowledge and searching out truth ; but never found myself plunged in the maze of difficulties and labyrinths of impenetrable depths, which are unsearchable and past finding out.
Boy. The grace of the Almighty alone can remove your darkness and place you in his presence, when the scriptures will unfold themselves, dark paffages and seeming contrarieties will bear one pleasing aspect of coincidence and argument.
Mofes. The old covenant inculcated one God; but no distinction of persons. Your's agree with us in the unity of substance, that is, one God, in three persons : here lies the stone of contention, the rock of offence.
Boy. This is the rock of offence spoken of by the Royal Prophet, whom Israel reveres and honours, in his 118th Psalm. The stone which
the builders refufed is become the chief corner stone. This is the Lord's doing; and it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord hath made ; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; God is the Lord who has shewn us light.
Mofes. David is, and ever was, revered and honoured by Israel, as the darling of his God, and father of their Meffiah. And the Almighiy pronounced these blessings ; but the law was given to Mofes, for the rule and guide of Ifrael; therefore, unless I am convicted by the five books, wrote by our legislator, of error, I am bound to remain a member of the original covenant, known to be by the express command of the Almighty, and positively enjoined.
Boy. As your desire in this meeting is to search out the will of the Almighty God, and his divine Truths, it will be proper to divelt yourself of all prejudice and partiality, and with an heroic resolution to embrace what your reason assents to without contradiction ; but in this
great matter your whole confidence must be immoveably fixed on your God. In the last conference there were some texts quoted which were not discussed in Genesis, which we will, if you please, examine. Genesis ist chapter. In the beginning God created the Heavens and the eartb: and the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep : und the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. I beg your explanation, who is this Spirit of God, marked out distinct and clear?
Mofes. God is a Spirit and cannot suffer parts.
Boy. God created, and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. It is most positive and absolute, by this scripture, that God, and the Spirit, are distinct persons; but God, producing the Spirit, is one substance, consequently one God.
Moses. As I observed in our last, there is no diving into the depth of the Divinity.
Boy. The Godhead is infinite, and our conceptions weak and limitted to a very insignificancy; yet, when his Majesty is pleased to communicate his secrets and reveal his truths, it is the duty of his creature to embrace them, and submit with joy and perfect obedience; the reverse proceeds from what Almighty God repeatedly charged Israel with, an obdurate and flinty heart.
Moses. I confess, to the confusion of Israel, what
you advance; but these repeated admonitions were, when Israel fell from their allegiance and went aside from the law and command.dents.
Boy. The law was binding and obligatory, until the Mefliah.
Mofes. Moses, whom God Almighty appointed our law-giver, gave Ifrael charge to obey the Messiah. And the Lord your God shall raise you up a prophet from the midst of those of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him shall you hearken, according to all thou defiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb, in the day of the assembly, saying, “ let me not hear
again the voice of the Lord my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.” And the Lord said unto ime, They have well Spoken, I will raise them a prophet from among tbeir brethrin, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth, and be shall speak unto them all that I shall command him, and it shall come to pass, that whofever will not bearken to my words, which be mall speak in My Name, I will requir it of him.. Deut. 18th chapter.
Boy. Pray what do you infer from this prophecy.
Mofes. A positive injunction, enjoined by the great legislator, and express order of the Almighty God; therefore of equal weight and authority with che other comman/ments.
Boy. Ir will be the most eligible method for to discuss each article before we proceed to another; we will return to our first. The Di. vinity, the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the warers.
Mofes. Here O lfrael, the Lord your God is one God; I cannot therefore admit the plural; but muit, as Israel ever have done, confess the fingular number in God. The Spirit of God distinctly expressed, favours christianity, but a single verfe must favour some other meaning, and give the precedency to the commandment.
Boy. This revelation of the most transcending mystery, the knowledge of which will remove the partition wall or rock of offence, that separates Ifrael from christianity, must not he palled over ; you will therefore give your ex
planation on this matter of infinite importance,
Mofes. The mystery of the Divinity is infi-
Boy. The divinity is the ground and basis of the two covenants; until this fundamental and prime article is reconciled, the two covenants never will be brought to agreement.
Mofes. My desire is truth ; but, touching this tremenduous mystery, my nature recoils, and shrinks into my base nothingness; my soul as an outcast is filled with horror; I dread the thought.
Boy. It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God; this is scripture, and it is to avoid this dreadful catastrophe that we meer this day, and it is with confidence I embrace this conference purely, as I have no other will but to be directed by the divine mercy,
and that his truth may appear; I will therefore proceed with the ift chapter of Genesis. The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep ; and God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
Mofes. Almighty God speaks in this chapter, both in the fingular and plural number ; it will be proper to proceed in order, to assist ourselves with proper lights, by proceeding next to the article of the Mefliah.