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LETTERS ON THE TRINITY,
THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST;
THE REV. WILLIAM E. CHANNING,
IN ANSWER TO HIS SERMON
ON THE DOCTRINES OF CHRISTIANITY.”
By MOSES STUART,
ASSOCIATE PROF. OF SAC. LIT. IN THEOL. SEM.
WITH A PREFACE,
REV. ABERCROMBY L. GORDON,
MINISTER OF GREYFRIARS PARISH, ABERDEEN.
WAUGH & INNES, AND WILLIAM OLIPHANT, EDINBURGH; JOHN
REID & CO., GEORGE GALLIE, AND WILLIAM COLLINS, GLAS-
The Apostle Paul, in one of the Epistles to his friend and fellow-labourer Timothy, after mentioning the fulfilment of the Divine purpose,
in the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, refers to his own appointment as a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. In discharging the duties of this sacred office, he experienced many sufferings, and at the very moment of writing his Epistle was in imprisonment at Rome, and in the expectation of a speedy and violent death, in consequence of his determined and uncompromising declaration of revealed truth. “ Nevertheless,” he adds, “ I am not ashamed;"-meaning that he entertained not the feelings of a man who, having hastily adopted certain religious opinions, and brought upon himself ridicule, sufferings, and death, saw at that awful period how vain and foolish had been his former views, and imprudent his conduct-who stood condemned by himself, and abashed in the presence of his fellow-creatures--who regretted his past course, and had a fearful looking for of judgment and eternity. No: whilst in prison, and in the prospect of death, he indulged very different thoughts. “ I am not ashamed, for I know,” he continues, “ in whom I have believed. I am thoroughly convinced of the certainty of the truths which I have myself received, and been declaring to others. I know the authority, the power, the sufficiency of the Saviour. I look with all the confidence of an enlightened and unsubdued conviction, and with all the satisfaction of conscious honesty, upon the testimony which I formerly bore to Christ, and in the prospect of the death which I am soon to undergo, and in the view of the eternity on which I am soon to enter, I rely with perfect confidence on the security of that