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"that he might draw his hearers *." Againr he observes, that he said " the Father, and not "Christ, promised that appearance by Joels." On another part of his speech, in which mention is made of God glorifying his Son Jesus, he fays, "he spake humbly concern"ing him J."

Quoting Theodoret, he "calls low dis"courses concerning Christ the first e/e'* merits. To those who were not capable ** of a perfect faith, the preachers of the ** gospel offered what relates to the huma"nity of Christ. Thus the blessed Peter *' preaching to the Jews, measures his doc*« trine by the weakness of his hearers. "For he fays, Jesus of Nazareth, a man "approved of God among you. And ye

have need, he fays, from negligence, *' not being such (i. e. perfect) of milk, ** not of strong meat. He calls low dif

* K&t ttdtytviu <B<t7ft aytni$%ti To yiyovof. tiS'tya.f rr» Tsf «,npottTci{ <t,-niairuuAs/ot. Oecumen, vol. I. p. zi.

t K*t tif^ctt (iiv yet} roy lutura, ["Bujif*} iXvyiv x tit yjfisov tt.va.syii\a&a.iTsto lun\ rt Vfo<p»Tis. Vol.1, p.21.

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Commenting on Heb. v. 7. he was heard, «« in that he seared, Œcumenius fays, " this "he said on account of the weakness of his "hearers *." And again, speaking of God having raised up Christ, he says, " the di*' vine Paul often speaks in a low style; say** ing, That the Father raised up Christ f."

Theophylact, commenting on Heb. i. says, Why did he not fay that Christ spake "to us? It was both because they were "weak, and not yet able to hear concerning "Christ, and to shew, that the Old and the "New Testament have the same authors."

I shall now proceed to shew, that, in the opinion of the same Fathers, the apostles thought it necessary to observe the same caution in teaching the doctrine of the divinity of Christ to the Gentiles, that had been requisite with respect to the Jews.

* Kai turaxsaSfi;. To<nslov, Pnfif, urnKna^n, oil K) avsnj. Tsfo

Xfirs 3c|a{. Tav 3e TawEivwv Tgraiv fit/*»W 3i/o ai7i«, »7e Capt, ly rt ourSima Tot cavsniuv In Heb. vol. 2. p. 349*

f Htitoax* faf Tsartaolefa 0 Seios TlMtor, ftiPyoiiivo;, Tov vscdtpx fntriv caarwai Tov xfirov. ^Ibid. p. 310*

X Aia Ti h xx UXa, Ojowsv nun/ 0 Xf:ro>; A/*ae /«v, Swt rb Cffdmi; ttvM eulsi, K)fiw eWwScu tvcxaeu vsepi is -/fi-rs . a/ut Se x) Sehwoiv, *7» n vsiteua « Kwn, ms en Ts auh. Vol. 2. p. 876.

CHAPTER VI.

Of the Caution observed by the Apostles in teaching the DoSlrines of the Pre-existence and Divinity of Christ to the Gentile Converts.

rp,HE apostles found the Jews fully perfuaded concerning the doctrine of the divine unity, and on that account they are represented by the Fathers as cautious how they taught the doctrine of the divinity of Christ, lest their hearers should have been staggered at it, as if they had^ preached two Gods. The Gentiles were in a quite different situation, believing in a multiplicity of Gods; on which account it might be thought to require less caution to teach this favouri-te doctrine to them. But then, for the fame reason for which it was thought improper for Moses and the prophets to teach it to the Jews, in the former periods of their history, when they were in danger of falling into idolatry, it was equally improper to insist upon it with the Gentiles, lest they should have been encouraged to persevere Vol. III. I in

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