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what it was his duty to do, and therefore could not merit any thing for others; but he taught us the true way to find acceptance with God, and that was by doing the will of his Father which is in heaven: 'and therein he is the way, the truth, and the life, because no one cometh unto the Father, but by
Neither did he make satisfaction unto God for
It was impoffible; and what God never required : But he who had no pleasure in the death of finners, but rather that they hould turn from their wickedness and live, out of the immeasurable height and depth of his love, directed our lord Jesus Christ to teach mankind a never-failing way of being reconciled to God; and that was by sincere repentance and reformation. This was the gospel or good tidings of Jesus Chrift, Repent je, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. He tells us, I am not come to call the righteous, but finners to repentance; and by that beautiful excellent parable of the prodigal son, he illustrates the tender mercy of his God and our God, of his father and our Father, without any satisfaction. The compassionate Father required none at all, but humble confeffion and submission, with fincere repentance and reformation, and then comes the best robe, the ring, the Jhoes, and the fatted calf, to demonstrate the paternal acceptance without satisfaction or sacrifice, but a broken and a contrite heart which he will never re
fuse; fuse'; for he can as soon cease to be God, as cease to be merciful.
And as to the trinitarians, nothing is more plain, than that they feed upon ashes ; a deceived heart hath turned them aside, because they will not make use of those rational faculties which God hath given them ; nor say, Is there not a lye in my righthand ? otherwise they would never fatter the humble Jesus, nor make the most high God to be a plurality of persons.
For as to the holy ghost (their third Goa) it is evidently no distinct person from God, any more than a man's spirit is a distinct person from the man; so that the spirit of God is God's spirit, as is manisest from scripture and reason, Gen. vi. 3. My Spirit shall not always strive with mar : And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters : And God said, Let there be light, and there was light. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters. And God made all things by the word of kis power. So that the word of God, and the fpirit of God, are not diftinct persons from God, but the power of God, and the erergy of God. So the word of a man, and the spirit of a man, are not distinct persons from the man, but the man himself; if his word be false, or his spirit be wicked, the man is falfe and wicked.
The fame degree of stupidity that leads trinitarians 'to call the word of God, and the fpirit of
God, distinct persons, would lead them to call the wisdom of God, the goodness of God, the love of God, the peace of God, the power of God, and the mercy of God, distinct persons; and make God to be a trinity of trinities ; for it is certain, God is expressly called by all those names.
But whosoever goes about to father this absurd and horrid doctrine of the trinity upon Jesus Christ, does egregiously abuse hin; who told us plainly, his Father was greater than hu; and that he could do nothing of himself, which is a denonstration that he is not God: For we are sure God is omnipotent, and can do all things of himself; being self-exista ent and independent, the supreme creator of the universe ; and in this it is, that the unitarians triumph as unanswerable, believing in Jesus Christ, who told us his Father was the only true God, John
P.S. By these last words of Christ, I myself was convinced many years ago.