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"EMMANUEL, or Titles of Christ"
by Octavius Winslow, 1869

The personal and official titles of our Lord Jesus, unlike the names and
designations of the world, are real and substantial things\u2014each one
possessing profound significance and unfading glory. They have not been
inaptly denominated, by a divine of the sixteenth century, a "cabinet of
jewels." With them our Lord is completely invested Himself the divinest, the
most costly and precious one of all. They emblazon His person, shed luster
upon His work, and will sparkle upon brow when in His Second Coming,
"upon His head shall be many crowns." Each title embodies a distinct meaning

and illustrates a particular truth, the significance and preciousness of which the

Holy Spirit can alone unfold and the believing heart alone appreciate. Like
His twofold nature, the titles of our Lord are wonderful, and, like His infinite
resources, they are exhaustless. The present volume is an attempt to explore,
in a limited degree, this costly treasure. The author is painfully conscious that
he has scarcely opened the sacred casket, and that even the few precious gems
he has exposed to view, he fears are placed in a light so dim, and are arranged
with a hand so inartistic, as greatly to obscure their luster and to veil their
worth. With his readers he is prepared to exclaim, "The half has not been told
us!" And yet so essential is it to know the Lord Jesus, so important to believe
in, admire, and love Him, the author is consoled by the thought that the
dimmest presentation, the feeblest uplifting of the Savior, may win to Him a
soul and plant a new jewel in His crown. May this be the happy result of these

There is, perhaps, no name belonging to our Lord with which the believer is in

more practical and constant communion than the one selected as the
distinctive title of this volume\u2014"Emmanuel, God with us." How blessed to
know that our daily life is a daily realization and experience of its truth, power,

and preciousness. God in Christ is with us in all places, in all circumstances,

and at all times. In all our "adversities of mind, body, and estate," "in all
times of our tribulation; in all times of our wealth; in the hour of death and in
the day of judgment, "Christ is "Emmanuel, God with us!" If the present
volume but serve to keep this glorious name of our divine Redeemer, and the
precious truth it expresses, prominently and constantly before the Christian
Church, it will have served its mission; and to the Triune Jehovah shall be
ascribed all the praise.

Christ\u2014Emmanuel, or God with Us
"They shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with
us."\u2014Matthew 1:23.

"All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: The
virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him
Immanuel\u2014which means, 'God with us.'" Matthew 1:22-23

The titles of the Lord Jesus were not like those of the world, empty and vain

sounding things. Each one possessed an impressive meaning, significant either
of some distinguished trait of His personal character, or illustrative of some
important aspect of His official work. There is no study of our Lord more
precious and instructive to those who love Him than the varied and expressive

names He wears. A single title is to them often as a volume replete with divine
truth, as a mine of untold wealth, as a box of most precious ointment, as a
tower of impregnable strength.

We are about to consider a few of Christ's more familiar and prominent titles;
and, as introductory to the series, have selected, perhaps, the most significant
and impressive one of all. This remarkable title is the fulfilment of a prophecy,
and the confirmation of our faith in the truth of His Messiahship; the
unfolding of a twofold nature\u2014it brings before our view at once His Deity and
humanity. The narrative is in this way\u2014"All this took place to fulfill what the
Lord had said through the prophet: 'The virgin will be with child and will
give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"\u2014which means, God
with us.'" Matthew 1:22-23

As I have remarked, we have here a famous prophecy fulfilled, and a wondrous
person revealed. The former view of the subject would alone supply us with

ample material for reflection. It is no light thing in the present day to
maintain the integrity of God's word. On every hand, and from every quarter
it is malignantly and fiercely assailed. Men deeply erudite, religious in
profession, and eminent in their relation to the Church, are devoting all the
power and influence their learning and position can command, to the
destruction of the Bible. I speak advisedly\u2014the destruction of the Bible! The
Word of God is wholly divine; and as a volume thus wholly divine, it must, in
faith, humility, and love, be received. Impugn the integrity of any one part,
and you have impugned the integrity of every other. Loosen one stone of the
sacred fabric, and you have loosened all. Tamper with the integrity of this
book, or question the veracity of that narrative; reject the inspiration of this
gospel, or doubt the canonical integrity of that epistle, and you have taken
away my Bible, and what have I left?

The God dishonoring theories, therefore, which several modern writers have
advanced, the refined and subtle shades of inspiration which many have
drawn, all converge to one point\u2014the virtual denial of inspiration entirely;
and all tend to one solemn and inevitable result\u2014the overthrow of God's
Word. Accept, then, with gratitude every fulfilled prophecy as evidencing the
truth of the Bible, and as establishing your individual faith in the inspiration,
integrity, and preciousness of that Divine Word, which is all that you have to
guide you through the sins and snares and sorrows of this life to the happiness
and the glories of the life that is to come. Hold fast to the integrity of these two
witnesses\u2014the Old and the New Testament. They confirm and establish each
other. The Old Testament predicts the New, and the New Testament fulfils the
Old; and thus both unitedly testify, "Your Word Is Truth."

In entering upon a consideration of the present title of our Lord, we are in the
very outset confronted by the most marvellous and glorious doctrine of the
Christian faith\u2014the DEITY of the Son of God. This is an essential doctrine of
revelation, not accepted by any one particular branch of the Christian
Church, but is the received tenet of the whole. Even in the creed of the most
corrupt of all religious communions, the Church of Rome, it is found to exist,
though blended with so much that is erroneous in doctrine, and overlaid with
so much that is superstitious in worship, as entirely to neutralize its power
and utterly to veil its luster. Perhaps, the most lucid and earnest embodiment
of this essential truth of the gospel is found in the doctrinal formula of the

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