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THE DOCTRINE OF THE LORD.

people; . . . I am Jehovah; that is My name, and My glory will I not give to another" (Isaiah xlii. 6, 8). "Behold, the days come, when I will raise unto David a righteous branch, who shall reign king, . . . and execute judgment and justice in the earth; and this is His name, . . . Jehovah our Righteousness" (Jerem. xxiii. 5, 6; xxxiii. 15, 16): besides other passages, where the coming of the Lord is called the day of Jehovah, as Isaiah xiii. 6, 9, 13, 22; Ezek xxxi. 15; Joel i. 15; ii. 1, 2, 11; iii. 2, 4; iv. 1, 4, 18; Amos v. 13, 18, 20; Zeph. i. 7-18; Zech. xiv. 1, 4-21; and other places. That Jehovah Himself descended and assumed the Human, is very evident in Luke, where are these words: "Mary said to the angel, How shall this be, since I know not a man?" To whom the angel replied, "The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee; therefore that Holy Thing that is born of thee, shall he called the Son of God" (i. 34, 35). And in Matthew: The angel said to Joseph, the bridegroom of Mary, in a dream, "That which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; . . . and Joseph knew her not, until she hrought forth a Son, and he called His name Jesus" (i. 20, 25). That by the Holy Spirit is meant the Divine which proceeds from Jehovah, will be seen in the third chapter of this work. Who does not know that the child has its soul and life from the father, and that the body is from the soul? What therefore is said more plainly, than that the Lord had his soul and life from Jehovah God? And since the Divine cannot be divided, that the Divine itself was His soul and life? Therefore the Lord so often called Jehovah God His Father, and Jehovah God called him His Son. What then can be heard more preposterous, than that the soul of our Lord was from the mother Mary, as both the Roman Catholics and the Reformed at this day dream, not having as yet been awaked by the Word.

That a Son born from eternity descended and assumed the Human, evidently falls and is dissipated as an error, by the passages in the Word in which Jehovah Himself says that He is the Saviour and the Redeemer; which are the following: "Am not I Jehovah? and there is no God else besides Me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none besides Me" (Isaiah xlv. 21, 22). "I am Jehovah, and besides Me there is no Saviour" (xliii. 11). "I am Jehovah thy God, and thou shalt acknowledge no God but Me: there is no Saviour besides Me" (Hosea xiii. 4). "That all flesh may know that I Jehovah am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer" (Isaiah xlix. 26; lx. 16). "As for our Redeemer, Jehovah of Hosts is His name" (xlvii. 4). "Their Redeemer is mighty; Jehovah of Hosts is His name" (Jerem. 1. 34). "O Jehovah, my rock and my Redeemer" (Psalm