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Incarnate Deity.

Incarnate Deity.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. RICHARD WINTER HAMILTON.


Philippians ii. 5, 8.

Lbt this mind be in tou^ which was also in Christ Jesus :
who^ beino in the form of god^ thouoht it not robbery
to be equal with god. but made himself of no repu-
tation^ and took upon him the form of a servant, and

WAS MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN: AnD BEING FOUND IN
FASHION AS A MAN, He HUMBLED HIMSELF, AND BECAME OBE-
DIENT UNTO DEATH, EVEN THE DEATH OF THE CROSS.
BY REV. RICHARD WINTER HAMILTON.


Philippians ii. 5, 8.

Lbt this mind be in tou^ which was also in Christ Jesus :
who^ beino in the form of god^ thouoht it not robbery
to be equal with god. but made himself of no repu-
tation^ and took upon him the form of a servant, and

WAS MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN: AnD BEING FOUND IN
FASHION AS A MAN, He HUMBLED HIMSELF, AND BECAME OBE-
DIENT UNTO DEATH, EVEN THE DEATH OF THE CROSS.

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ICARATE DEITY.BY REV. RICHARD WITER HAMILTO.Philippians ii. 5, 8.Lbt this mind be in tou^ which was also in Christ Jesus :who^ beino in the form of god^ thouoht it not robberyto be equal with god. but made himself of no repu-tation^ and took upon him the form of a servant, andWAS MADE I THE LIKEESS OF ME: AnD BEIG FOUD IFASHIO AS A MA, He HUMBLED HIMSELF, AD BECAMEOBE-DIET UTO DEATH, EVE THE DEATH OF THE CROSS.WE sometimes form ideals of moral beauty, — archetypes of more than we have ever realized, — images of wondrous and unattainable excellence.Such thoughts steal over our minds as the most ex-quisite and fair of all our intellectual creations, andunfold their endless variety with a kind of visionedenchantment. Like shoots of light they come andgo: as dreams they gather and melt away. Fewwould be without these glowing visitations, whohave once enjoyed them; and few have enjoyedthem without being improved. They form a worldof their own, peopled with touching and majesticconceptions, breathing with intense and sublime as-pirations. To this we can retreat from the dull andgross repetitions of daily occurrence, we may escapeICARATE DEITY. 219from scenes which embitter and torment. Thesepictures of the mind not only preserve its sensibi-lities in their most delicate bloom, but rise upon us
 
either as recollections of some former state, nowmost unaccountably obscured ; or as the premonitionsof another, prepared for us when we pass from thisearth and refine from the meaner elements which atpresent encumber our spirits.But there is one instance in which all such shadow-ings of fancy fall short of the original. I speak notnow of the poet's inferiority to the task. I speak not now of the painter's incapacity for the theme.I speak not now of the abortive attempt of geniusand art. It relates not to the spell of numbers, orthe delineation of forms. Let the character of Him^whom the text describes, be contemplated. "Towhom shall we liken, or shall it be equal?" Thenoblest thoughts may be raised, the boldest imagi-nations may be exercised, and yet how most dis-tantly they approach its idea, how most feebly theyanswer its reality 1 An undefined remembrance of its outline never strikes us in the manner with whichwe are occasionally affected, when seeing an objectfor the first time we cannot overcome the impressionthat we have been acquainted with it before. Butwith what resemblances and sympathies is this cha-racter to be identified? May it not challenge aperfect uniformity and originality? Where is themind in which the pattern of it could be revolvedand cast? To what prototype does it correspond,and according to which it is fashioned? It is an220 ICARATE DEITY.excellence which originates its own idea, a greatnesswhich creates its own standard, a peculiarity of claims and attributes which circles forever in itself.This character, as we peruse its record of severesimplicity and unconscious praise, must be regarded
 
in the following manner, — it was embodied in a liv-ing being, or is but a lovely fiction ; it did or it didnot exist. If it did appear as a personal history, itcould not belong to an enthusiast^ since he can haveno part in such holy prudence, profound discrimina-tion, and unswerving consistency. And it can aslittle coalesce with the impostor, because his coursemust be most abhorrent from this erect indepen-dence, this noble purpose, this disinterested meek-ness, this transparent simplicity, this indefatigablebenignity. His religion is thus demonstrably esta-blished. But if this character be unreal, — withoutfoundation in truth, never possessing sphere for ac-tivity, — there sprung from the mountains of Galileeand the banks of Gennesaret, a marvel of imagina-tion, more sweet and more heroic, than the magic of Greek and Roman poetry ever summoned into be-ing, or moulded into shape.Though, if it were in our power, it would be mostdesirable to consider "the mind which was in ChristJesus*' as a whole, our faculties necessitate us todetach it into parts: as a sphere of light it over-powers and confounds us, we therefore must disseverand decompose its rays. And it will greatly dependupon the particular inquiry and argument, what maybe the point in this assemblage of transcendent qua-ICARATE DEITY. 221lities to which we advert. Such is its compass, thatthere is nothing which it cannot illustrate.The scope of this Apostolic enforcement definesa portion of this character. Humility in condescen-sion, disinterestedness in benevolence, are the pro-perties selected. "Lowliness of mind,** generous"looking to the things of others,** are urged from

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