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The Words of Christ

To sum up the words of Christ, the revelation of God, I quote Arminius:

I think you will understand the distinction which I imagine to be here employed: I will afford you an opportunity to examine and prove it, by adducing the clearest passages of scripture to aid us in confirming it.  (I.) “All things,” said Christ, “are delivered to me of my Father; and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son.” (Matt 11:27)   They were delivered by the Father, to him as the Mediator, “in whom it was his pleasure that all fullness should dwell.” (Col 1:19 See also ii, 9.)  In the same sense must be understood what Christ says in John: “I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me;” for it is subjoined, “and they have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.” (xvii, 8.)  From hence it appears, that the Father had given those words to him as the Mediator: on which account he says, in another place, “He whom God hath sent, speaketh the words of God.” (John 3:34 )  With this the saying of the Baptist agrees, “The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17 )  But in reference to his being opposed to Moses, who accuses and condemns sinners, Christ is considered as the Mediator between God and sinners.  The following passage tends to the same point: “No man hath seen God at any time: the only begotten Son which is in the bosom of the Father,” [that is, “admitted,” in his capacity of Mediator, to the intimate and confidential view and knowledge of his Father’s secrets,] “he hath declared him:” (John 1:18 )  “For the Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand;” (John 3:35,) and among the things thus given, was the doctrine of the gospel, which he was to expound and declare to others, by the command of God the Father.  And in every revelation which has been made to us through Christ, that expression which occurs in the beginning of the Apocalypse of St. John holds good and is of the greatest validity: “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants.” God has therefore manifested Evangelical Theology through his Son, in reference to his being sent forth by the Father, to execute among men, and in his name, the office of Mediator.

(Complete Works of Arminius, Oration II)

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