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Christ the Only Savior.

Christ the Only Savior.

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ACTS iv. 12.

" Neither is there salvation in any other : for there is none other
name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

ACTS iv. 12.

" Neither is there salvation in any other : for there is none other
name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

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CHRIST THE OLY SAVIOR. BY REV.WILLIAM BEVERIDGE, D.D. ACTS iv. 12. " either is there salvation in any other : for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." WHE it pleased Almighty God to create the world, and all things in it, he was pleased to do it by his Word : he said, " Let there be light : and there was light V Thus the whole work was finished : as David observes, " By the word of the Lord were the heavens made ; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth 2 ," and St. Peter, " By the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water 3 ;" by that eternal Word, who, subsisting from all eternity in the form of God, at the be ginning of time exerted his divine power in the produc tion of all things out of nothing : for, " In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him ; and without him was not any thing made that was made." This we are assured of by St. John, in the beginning of his gospel, where he also tells us soon after, " that this Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us 4 ;" that is, he " took upon him the 1 Gen. i. 3. 2 Ps. xxxiii. 6. 3 2 Pet. iii. 5. 4 John i. 14. 190 CHRIST THE OLY SAVIOUR. [SERM. form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of
men 5 ," as St. Paul expresseth it, and then he was called Jesus, " the Saviour," as being the only Saviour of men, whose form and nature he for that purpose had so assumed. So that we can now be saved only by him, by whom we were at first created. For that this Jesus, called also " the Christ," is that Word of God by whom all things were made, appears not only from the gospel of St. John, before quoted, but likewise from the apostolical epistles, where it is said, that " God created all things by Jesus Christ 6 ," " whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds 7 ." And especially from that remarkable place, where the apostle, speaking of Jesus Christ, ascribes our redemption and creation to him both together; saying, " In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins : who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers : all things were created by him, and for him : and he is before all things, and by him all things con sist 8 ." And that this glorious and Almighty Creator of all things is not only our Saviour, but the only Saviour that we have in all the world, is positively asserted by St. Peter in my text, where, speaking of Jesus Christ, he saith, " either is there salvation in any other : for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Which words are so plain, that I cannot but wonder how any, who profess to believe the Holy Scriptures, can doubt of the great truth revealed in them. And yet there have been, and still are, some who have the confidence to affirm that there are other \vays besides Jesus Christ, whereby men may be saved: at least such as never heard of him, nor have had his gospel made known unto them, they may, notwithstanding, 5 Phil. ii. 7. 6 Eph. iii. 9.
7 Heb. i. 2. 8 Col. i. 1417. IX.] CHRIST THE OLY SAVIOUR. 191 be saved, as these people think, if they do but live up to the light and knowledge which they have, and according to the rules of that sect, or persuasion, they are of, be it what it will. But this is a great and dan gerous mistake, if not one of those damnable heresies which St. Peter foretold should be privily brought into the church 9 . Be sure it is severely condemned by our Church in her Articles, where she hath declared her self against it in these words, They also are to be had accursed that presume to say, That every man shall be saved by the Law or Sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to frame his life according to that Law, and the light of ature. For holy Scripture cloth set out unto us only the ame of Jesus Christ, whereby men must be saved V In which Article there are tw r o things much to be observed. The first is, that this is the only Article wherein the Church expressly denounceth a curse, or anathema. I say expressly, because it is said, They also are to be accursed, and in the Latin, Sunt et illi anathematizandi ; where the particle et, " also," seems to imply, that the curse is to be referred to all the foregoing Articles : so that whosoever contradict or oppose the doctrine established in any of them, as well as this, are to be also accursed. But, howsoever, this is the only Article of all the xxxix, in which the anathema is expressed ; whereby our Church hath de clared her utter abhorrence and detestation of the opinion she here condemns in a more particular man ner, and hath taken special care that none of her members should be infected with it. For, having de nounced this curse upon all that presumed to hold it,

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