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Calling on the Name of Jesus.

Calling on the Name of Jesus.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. EDWARD D. GRIFFIN, D. D.

Acts, vix. 59.

And they atoned Stephen, ealling upon God and ftying, Lord Jcsas, re-
ceive my spirit.
REV. EDWARD D. GRIFFIN, D. D.

Acts, vix. 59.

And they atoned Stephen, ealling upon God and ftying, Lord Jcsas, re-
ceive my spirit.

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CALLIG O THE AME OF JESUS.REV. EDWARD D. GRIFFI, D. D.Acts, vix. 59.And they atoned Stephen, ealling upon God and ftying, Lord Jcsas, re-ceive my spirit.It is to be numbered among the evidences of our Saviour's divinity, that he is an object of prayer.It may comport with the principles of the Romishchurch to address their petitions to created spirits ;but a protestant who would preserve consistency,must either subscribe to the divinity of Christ or re-fuse to call upon his name. We have an instancebefore us of a martyr, who on the verge of immortallight, while his soul was filled with the Holy Ghost,and the heavens were opened to his mortal vision,called on the name of Jesus. There is no term inthe original answering to the word God. This wassupplied by the translators : but the meaning wouldhave been better preserved without it. In the ori-ginal it is thus : *'And they stoned Stephen, calling160 CALLIG O THEupon and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spiriL''The immediate object of his prayer was the Re*deemer, whom he was then beholding at the righthand of God. It was the practice of the primitiveChristians to call on the name of ChrisL Thiswas the discriminating mark between them and theJews, who called on the name of the Father but re-fused divine honors to the Son. When the LordJesus appeared in vision to Ananias at Damascusand commanded him to visit the penitent Saoi,^^Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of 
 
this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saintsat Jerusalem : and here he hath authori^ from thechief priests to bind all that call on thy name.^ Andwhen he had come to Saul, he concluded his mes-sage in these words : *^ And now why tarriest thoa f Arise and be baptised and wash away thy sins,calling on the name of the Lord.^ — ^the same LordJesus. "And straightway'' Saul " preached Ckriain the synagogues : — ^but all that heard him wereamazed, and said. Is not this he that destroyed themwhich called on this name in Jerusalem ?" The firstEpistle to the Corinthians is addressed to *^tbechurch of God which is at Corinth, — ^with all thatin every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ ourLord.^ To the Romans Paul writes : " If thoushalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, andshalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised himfrom the dead, thou shalt be saved. — For the Scrip-ture saith. Whosoever helieveth on him shall not beashamed. For there is no difference between theJew and the Greek ; for the same Lord over all,KAHS or jruus. 161[meaning Jeius Christ^} is rich unto all that callupon him. For whosoever shall call upon the namsof the Lord shall be saved. How then shall theycall on him in u>hom they have not believed? [It wasJesus Christ in whom they were to believe.] Andhow shall they believe in him of whom they havenot heard f^ "These things,'' says John, "haveI written unto you that believe on the name of theSon of God. — ^And this is the confidence that wehave in Atm, that if we ask anything according to hiswill he heareth us. And if we know that he hearus, whatsoever we ask we know that we have thepetitions that we desired of him. If any man seehis brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he
 
shall ask and Ae, [the Son of God,] shall give himlife for them that sin not unto death."Persons acquainted only with our English trans-lation, may imagine that they discover in anotherpassage a prohibition against praying to Clurist." In that day ye shall ask me nothing : verily, verilyI say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Fatherin my name, he will give it you." The darknessof this passage is wholly in our translation ; in theoriginal the sense is plain. The confusion in our ver-sion is produced by translating two words of quitedifferent significations by one and the same Englishterm. I mean the word ask. One of the Greek words thus translated signifies to ask questions ; theother, to ask in a way of petition. In the preced-ing conversation Jesus had foretold his death in amanner which the disciples did not understand, andthey were anxious to comprehend his meaning.Vol. n. 81162 CALLIG O THE^< ow Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye inquire amongyourselves of that I said, A little while and ye shallnot see me, and again a little while and ye shall seeme 1^ Then having expressed himself somewhatmore intelligibly concerning his death and resur-rection, and their subsequent joy on earth, (referringto Pentecost,) he adds, ^* And in that day ye shallask me nothing.'^ Ye shall have no occasion to in-terrogate me, or that I should be present to solveyour doubts. When you shall be anointed with theHoly Ghost, you will not need ^^ that any manteach you, but — ^the same anointing" shall teachyou " all things.** " When he, the Spirit of truth,

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