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up into heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of Man who is in heaven."
OMNISCIENCE is, attributed to the Saviour, in John ii. 24, 25. it is said, “He knew all man- -he knew what was in man. Rev. ii. 23. “I am He that searcheth the hearts and reins.” Elsewhere it is said repeatedly, “ Jesus knew their thoughts;" He knew the designs of Satan upon Peter, and who would betray him.
Jesus is declared to be OMNIPOTENT, Rev. i. 8.“ I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, sạith the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is to come--the Almighty; Matt. xxviii. 18. “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” « The gift of all power," says an excellent writer, “iņ heaven and in earth, either means, in the sense of our opponents, the gift of an empire to govern, or the gift of ability to govern it. The first alone is impracticable, the last is impossible. The gift of empire without the gift of ability, is the putting of a sceptre into the hand of an infant. The gift of ability is impossible; for the ex ercise of all power in heaven and in earth requires an infinity of perfections: the Governor of all worlds must be in all worlds at the same time. He must maintain the order of His empire by a universal, all-pervading action, by an ubiquity proper to God and incommunicable to creatures.'
We are further confirmed in the Deity of Christ; for the same names, titles, and works which are ascribed to the FATHER are also given to the Son. He is called GOD, 1 Tim. iii. 16. “ God was manifest in the filesh.” Titus ii. 13. “ Looking for that blessed hope and the appearance of the Great God even our Saviour Jesus Christ.” 1 Jolin v. 20. “This is the true Gop and Eternal life.” He iş declared to be the Creator. John i. 1, 2. Col. i. 16. Preserver of the Universe. Heb. i. 3. Miracles were wrought by Him and in His own name. He raised the dead-enlightened the blind-communicated hearing to the deaf-caused the dumb to speak, and the lame to walk. He subdued the power of the tempest; hushed it into peace; appeased the fury of the waves, and produced a death-like stillness. The spectators of this great event acknowledge His power-Him that had been sleeping in the hinder part of the vessel, seemingly
. Robinson's Plea for the Divinity of Christ. ---A masterly performance.
unconscious and apparently unconcemned, whilst his disciples are in the greatest trepidation, asleep like a man! Him they see advancing; and, with majestic power and sovereign-authority, they hear Him whisper 'to the winds, and waves, and tempests. peace be still instantly the waves retire, the tempest is hashed, the wind is still. The spectators, astonished and filled with admiratión, 'exclaim--“What manner of Man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”.
I might proceed, my dear friend, and, from the word of God, exhibit Jesus as receiving Divine Honours, Heb. i. 6.--As conferring Forgiveness of sin, Matt. ix. 2.-As the Object of Faith, John xiv. 1.—John viii. 24. and as the Judge of all men. I might lead you to His sepulchre, and shew him triumphing over principalities and powers; but what has been said will, I trust, lead you to consider the proofs that abound throughout the Scriptures,' to compare them together, and particularly to attend to the different declarations of the Prophets, and examine how far they apply to our Lord and Saviour.
Before I conclude, suffer me to advert to the attestation borne to the Character of Christ aş God by John the Baptist; by His disciples and by various others.
The testimony of John is striking-John i. 32, 34. and bare record that this is the Son of God.” The Apostles in their discourses and writings bore the same witness; they preached in His name, repentance and remission of sins through His blood. Indeed if Jesus Christ were not God, it must be admitted, (and I speak with reverence) that His mode of speaking concerning Himself was most incautious as well as obscure, and that His apostles were culpable in using such language as that which appears in their writings. Read as specimens Col. i. 15, and : Hebrews i. 3.
Pliny, who was governor of Bithynia, under the Emperor Trajan, A. D. 103. writing to that Emperor, says that the Christians met on a certain day, before it was light, and addressed themselves in a prayer to Christ as to a God. His words are these, “Solent stato die, ante lucem convenire; carmenque CHRISTO, quasi Deo, dicere secum invicem.”
Justin Martyr, who flourished A. D. 155, had been a heathen philosopher; after his conversion to Christianity, he published
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two Apologies in its favour. In one of them he says, “ The Pagans tax us with Atheism-if they mean a refusal to worship any God, we disown the charge-The true God, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, we worship and adore."
The doctrine of our Lord's Deity is important in every part of the Christian system.-It renders His atonement infinitely valuable and efficacious, and His Intercession powerful and availing. Oh how firm is the hope that is built upon Him! how solid the friendship that is formed with Him. Let him have your entire confidence, and seek your joy in Him. May I beg your attention to the subject, and that you will consider me always,
Your most affectionate friend, Jan. 1829.
R. C. W.
OF PAPER AND PARCHMENT. Various are the materials on which mankind, in different ages and countries have contrived to write their sentiments, as on stones, bricks, leaves of herbs and trees, thin rinds or
also on tables of wood, wax, and ivory; to which may be added plates of lead, linen rolls, &c. At length the Egyptian papyrus was invented, then parchment, afterwards cotton paper, and lastly, the common or linen paper. The Egyptian paper, which was principally used, according to the ancients, was made of a rush called papyrus, growing principally about the banks of the Nile, from whence the word paper is derived.
The honour of the invention of parchment is usually ascribed to Eumenes, king of Pergamus, who reigned about 245 A. C. though in reality that prince appears only to have improved the manner of preparing parchment, for the Persians are said to have used parchment, apwards of 300 before Christ. Paper from cotton rags, is a sort of paper that has been in use upwards of 800 years, as is shewn by Montfaucon, from several authorities. In the French king's library are MSS in this paper,
which, by the character and other circumstances, appear to be of the 10th century. Rees Cyclo. Britt.
This agrees with Guthrie, who says it was invented about the year 1000. Pide Tables.
FISHERMEN ON THE GANGES.
The fishermen are a finer race here than those in the neighbourhood of Calcutta, and their boats better. They have also large sieves, like those on the Hooghly; yet many circumstances in their equipments are extremely rude. Many have for sail a mat, or cloth, suspended between two bamboos, one on, each gunwale, like the New Zealanders; and one skiff passed us scudding under a yet simpler contrivance—two men standing up in her, and extending each a garment with bis feet and hands. I have seen some such representations of Cupids and Venuses on gems, but little thought that the thing had its prototype in real life, and was the practice of any modern boatman,
BEAUTIES OF AEBREW. Ir has been asserted by an eminent Hebrạist, and I believe the sentiment to be an incontrovertible truth, "that there never has been nor ever can be an Infidel perfectly acqnainted with the Original Language of the Old Testament," for such transcendent beauties, and peerless elegance, in that sacred language, adorn every part of Holy writ, that surely the most sceptical mind could not refrain from exclaiming, “ the hand that made it is Divine." VOL. II. 34 SERIES.
What has already been said in a former number of the Youths' Magazine, respecting the excellence of this inestimable and most interesting branch of knowledge, has rendered it unnecessary to expatiate on the importance of becoming acquainted with it; but with a view to support the testimony there given, and in the humble hope that it may be instrumental in keeping alive that desire of information on the subject, that appears to be enkindling in the breasts of some of the readers, I have selected the following, as a brief specimen of the inimitable beauties of that language.
As the rays of light in the morning break through the lattices of eastern chambers, the dawning of the day is called
O'Dyby The eyelids of the Morning Dawn. In the same figurative beauty of expression, a Bird is called
. Mighty Cedars
. An unworthy Son
, The Sea shore
. [yoke. A Sharp Rock
. Intimate Friends .
. Deserving of death .
. ASlanderer or evil-speaker w nA man of tongue. A Speaker i. An hundred years old iTjW nNO 13 A son of a hundred years. Thresher of Corn
floor, An Arrow or Archer
) . A hairy-man.
. An Ally
A , Thou shalt die noi no Dying thou shalt die.
,A master of the wing בעל כנף
.Cedars of God ארזי אל
.Lip of the sea שפת הים
.A man of lips איש שפתים . .
,Son of the door בן וני .
,Son of the bow בן נשת .Sons of the burningcoal בני רשף
.A master of hair בעל שער ,A master of covenant בעל ברית
ACCOUNT OF JERUSALEM. This eminent city, it is said, was founded by Melchisedek, the high priest, on the hills Moriah and Acra, B. C. 1981, and called by him Salem, (peace.) After sixty years it fell into
of the Jebusites, a tribe descended from Jebus, the