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the Publication till now; if perchance some few may even now be at leisure t» peruse them. .
I need not acquaint the Reader, that in the whole Controversy concerning the Everbleffed Trinity, the principal Point, and that which has been the most largely and warmly debated, is the Divinity of the Son or Second Person. Upon this therefore 1 have spent the greater Part of my Discourse, wherein I have carefully answered all Objections ; and particularly the Learned will be perhaps not displeased ivjth the Pains I have taken in establishing, what our Greatest Divines do generally either suppose or assert, thS they have been over faring in the Proof of it; / mean the Quiescence of the WORD during our Savior's Miniftry.
Of what Consequence this Notion is, 'tis impobjjile for the most negligent not to perceive. It enables us clearly to account jor our Savior s not knowing the Day of Judgment, which has hitherto been esteemed the great Difficulty: and it gives such a Turn to the whole. Dispute, that 1 cant but wonder, how those Divines, who have' been necessitated to shelter themselves under it, and have therefore so frequently suggested and proposed it; should not discern, or at least so imperfectly display, that Evidence of it, which the Holy Scriptures afford us. 1 dare affirm, that whosoever impartially considers what I have offered (and truly I thought my self obliged to enlarge pretty freely on a Matter of such Importance, especially when it has been too much neglected by others j will readily embrace a Truth,- which is so
A 4 manifestmanifestly useful in the Demonstration of our blessed, Lord's Divinity.
There is one thing, which (in the Opinion of some Persons-) may possibly need an Apology. 1 have taken the Liberty oj maintaining the Pr-eexiftence of our Savior's Human Soul; not because 1 am in the least inclined to favor the Preexislence of other Souls; but because the Holy Scriptures, I humbly conceive, do warrant that Position. I promise my self, that the Reader will candidly weigh what I have advanced concerning that Tenet. 1 assure him, I have no particular Fondness for it, notwithstanding it has been, and fill is, maintained by Great Divines. I can-t but think it the most rational Way of interpreting diverse Texts of Scripture: but if any one will shew rne, how to interpret those Texts without admitting that Doctrine, Tshall readily become his Convert. This 1 am sure of, the L-onsubjlantial Divinity of our Lord is so plainly taught in Scripture, that I would admit any Hypothesis, provided it were barely possible, rather thin deny it t and if those Texts can be explained so, as not to injure that great Truth ; the Author of such Ex,: lica. ion (ball find me, not his Adversary, but truly thankful, for imparting such valuable Secrets to me.
As I have been follicitous to obviate all Objections; so have 1 been designedly brief in the positive Part: concerning which, as I am persuaded 1 have said enough ; so I was unwilling to fay more than was indispensably necessary. ''Twill not be expected there fore, that I should heap up all those Arguments, which have been urged by former Writers; or that 1 should insist upon all those Texts, wherein the fame Doffrw is contained.
This Method I have purposely chosen, that J might not expose the Doctor and my self to infnit Wrang' lings, which do rather obscure, than confirm, the most important Truths, with respect to the Generality of People; who are rather confounded, than instructed, by a Multiplicity of Reasonings, guarded againsl numberless Exceptions, thro? the whole Course of which *tis difficult for those who have not very strong Htads, to fee every Consequence clearly, and upon the Whole to form an exact Judgment.
I have therefore proceeded in such a Manner, and selected such Topics, as will (I hope, thro God's Aflijlance) not perplex the meanest, but yet convince, the best Understandings ; such as will not embarrass' any, but yet satisfy every Reader.
Briefly, if those Arguments which I have pitched upon, be conclusive; the Cause will not suffer for want of others to accompany them: and if those Arguments are not conclusive, 1 must for my self confess, that 1 know of none which have more Force in them.
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