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vested with Almighty power, as is God the Father, “ The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God ;" (Isa. xl. 3 ;) and we have already found the voice of the paternal Deity declaring unto him who was ordained to prepare the way for God the Son, that He whose way he did prepare was his beloved Son, in whom He was well pleased. Then follows verse the 5th : “ And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together ; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” 8th verse : “ The word of our God shall stand for ever." “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” (John i. 1.)

Say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God ! behold the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him : behold his reward is with him, and his work before him.” (Isa. xl. 9.)

This prophecy again is parallel to one in the Revelations, last chapter, 12th verse: “ Behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me;" and proves that the Lord God before spoken of was Christ the Son of God. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd ; he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” Verse the 12th, and all the ensuing ones of this chapter appear in continuation to speak of God the Son, and are applicable unto him as the glorious firstborn of every creature, by whom all things were created that are in heaven and that are in earth,

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I have made the earth, and created man upon it; I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Isa. xly. 11–13.) And many more passages well worthy of notice on this point may be selected in the

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prophecy of Isaiah ; but that contained in chap. Ixiii. is too illustrious to be passed over : “ Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save,” (for God hath laid help upon One that is mighty ;) his own arm hath brought salvation to him. The 9th verse clearly answers the inquiry : that it was the Saviour, who in all the affliction of his children was afflicted; and who in his love and his piety redeemed them. And Jeremiah asserts, (1. 34.) that the Redeemer is strong, the Lord of hosts is bis name. “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit.” (Dan. vii. 9.) Thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

The Ancient of days here spoken of, unquestionably means God the Son ; for “God hath committed all judgment to the Son;” (John v. 22;) and in chap. ix. 24, Messiah is called the Most Holy. “ The desire of all nations shall come; and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Haggai ii. 7.) Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man who is the Branch (the man in whom the Lord of hosts was to become incarnate ;) and He shall grow up out of his place, and He shall build the temple of the Lord: even He shall build the temple of the Lord ; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and He

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