again declared that His existence was not measured bytime, that He was the same yesterday, to-day, and forever.Those who are acquainted with controversial theologywell know that the words of our Lord are made to beara lower sense by those who do not acknowledge HisDivinity. By them they are interpreted as meaning only,' Before Abraham was, it was determined in the counselsof Grod that I should be, and as to GK>d all things areeternally present, so I may say that in God's sight beforeAbraham was, I am.' Many persons who would withoutany scruple reject such an interpretation in this case, yet donot hesitate often, in explaining the prophecies, to adopta similar rule <5f interpretation there ; that is, they givethe words a meaning as far below their simple and obviousmeaning, as the interpretation, ' Before Abraham was, Iwas present to God, inasmuch as he had determined thatI should be,' falls below the simple meaning of the words' Before Abraham was, I am.' But the fault in both casesconsists not in giving such partial interpretations of thewords of Scripture as a meaning of them, but as themeaning ; as their highest meaning or their only one. Itis true that our Lord's incarnation was determined, so theScripture tells us, from the beginning of the world ; it istrue, therefore, that our Lord was present in the mind of God, if we may so speak, before Abraham was bom ; andif any Jew who had heard Him say these words and whoknew nothing of His divine nature, had imderstood themin this sense, and therefore, seeing in them nothing whichhe would think blasphemous, had not joined his country-men in taking up stones to cast at Him, such a Jew wouldhave understood them well according to his light, andwould have gained &om them the knowledge of a truth.168 CHRISrs DIVIITY.