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Bickersteth on the deity of Jesus Christ

From his work titled The Trinity:

Let us ponder these things, and reflect how cumulative is this evidence. I earnestly pray that the Divine Spirit may present it with irresistible power to every conscience.

  • If, after weighing the solemn declarations of Jehovah, guarding his own inalienable glories, we had found the essential attributes of Deity assigned in Scripture to Jesus Christ, this would have been an unanswerable argument.
  • If, after considering our miserable condition as lost sinners, we had found that, in the matter of eternal salvation, our hopes are there directed to Jesus as our Savior, this would have been conclusive evidence, when we remember, “I am God, and beside me there is no Savior.”
  • If, leaving this line of proof, we review the appearances of the Lord to the Old Testament saints, this would have been a new and interesting series of demonstrations, which would lead us to the same result.
  • If again, quitting this, we carefully ponder the Divine worship offered to him, and accepted by him, this is decisive, when we remember, “Thou shall worship the Lord thy God, and him only shall thou serve.”
  • If, pursuing another path of investigation, we study those Scriptures where, in offices of the highest solemnity, the name of Jesus Christ is so united with that of our heavenly Father, that to accept this as the conjunction of the Creator with his creature would confound all distinction betwixt God and man, we are again led irresistibly to the conclusion, that the Godhead of the Father and of the Son is one, the glory equal, and the majesty co-eternal.
  • If once more we see how prophecies regarding God Jehovah are claimed by the New Testament as being fulfilled in Jesus Christ, here is inspired testimony to the supreme Deity of the Messiah.
  • And finally, when we find the awful names of God, and Savior, and Redeemer, and Lord, ascribed to him again and again, in a subject where misdirected faith were idolatry and death, this again is explicit assertion and transparent proof.

I say, the evidence is cumulative. It is not a long elaborate catena, the strength of which is the strength of its weakest link. If the reader thinks any text is inapplicable, let him dismiss it. This proof rests on hundreds of texts. The whole drift of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, establishes it. It is interwoven with the very texture of the sacred writings. The lines of argument are distinct and independent; and yet, when presented in their collective strength, they are so mutually corroborative, that it seems as if we heard the voice again from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, hear you him:- and when we humbly ask, “Who is he, Lord, that I might believe in him?” and bend a reverential ear to catch the import of the answer, it is this, “Unto you is born a Savior, which is Christ the Lord, Emmanuel, Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the Father of eternity, the Prince of Peace.”

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  1. Ben
    September 29, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    lol jk real nice and good god bless keep up the good work lots of luv roflcopterosmic love and all that

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