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God With Men.

God With Men.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. HOKATIO SOUTHGATE, D. D.,


''Emmanuel. . . . God with ws."— St. Matt. i. 23.

GOD with us : The miglity Lord has His habita-
tion among men. God is manifested, — exhibited
and displayed, — in the flesh of our human nature.
The Word, which was in the beginning, which was
with God, and was God, was also, in the Incarna-
tion, made flesh, and dwelt among us, had a taber-
nacle among men ; and, in His humanity, went
through the common experiences of our earthly
lot ; was even tempted, like as we are, though, un-
like us, without sin.
REV. HOKATIO SOUTHGATE, D. D.,


''Emmanuel. . . . God with ws."— St. Matt. i. 23.

GOD with us : The miglity Lord has His habita-
tion among men. God is manifested, — exhibited
and displayed, — in the flesh of our human nature.
The Word, which was in the beginning, which was
with God, and was God, was also, in the Incarna-
tion, made flesh, and dwelt among us, had a taber-
nacle among men ; and, in His humanity, went
through the common experiences of our earthly
lot ; was even tempted, like as we are, though, un-
like us, without sin.

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GOD WITH ME. REV. HOKATIO SOUTHGATE, D. D., ''Emmanuel. . . . God with ws."— St. Matt. i. 23. GOD with us : The miglity Lord has His habita- tion among men. God is manifested, — exhibited and displayed, — in the flesh of our human nature. The Word, which was in the beginning, which was with God, and was God, was also, in the Incarna- tion, made flesh, and dwelt among us, had a taber- nacle among men ; and, in His humanity, went through the common experiences of our earthly lot ; was even tempted, like as we are, though, un- like us, without sin. His humanity, liable in itself to fall, was made perfect through sufferings ; as w^e also, through much tribulation, are gradually made perfect in Him ; growing towards perfection in the present scene of our probation, and attaining it, finally, in the future Kingdom of God. He was, in 20 GOD WITH ME. [SERM. all things, made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest ;* for, suffering Himself through temptation, He became able, in the tried sympathies and experiences of His humanity, to succor them that are tempted. He raised our nature to such a degree of perfection that, from being, in Him, simply sinless, at first, it became complete also, at the last, in all the en- durances of our human life ; His first perfection being in His Immaculate Conception by the Holy Ghost ; His acquired perfection being in the disci- pline of obedience, through which He passed, like other men, but with a different issue, inasmuch as
 
He escaped without stain or taint of actual trans- gression. It was for this thorough obedience unto death that, in His human nature. He was exalted, and He who, in His original being, was in the form of God, and thought it not robbery to be equal with God, did, in the flesh which He assumed, and in all the parts and endowments of our common humanity, become elevated to a glory which is above every name, thus rescuing our fallen nature itself, rendering it capable of reunion with Deity, and, by carrying it in His own Person above the clouds, opening the way thitherward to us, and * Heb. ii. 17. II.] GOD WITH ME. 21 making it possible for us, through oar union with Him, thither also to ascend, and with Him contin- ually to dwell. This is the doctrine of the Church, as it lies scat- tered in Scripture, and as it is gathered into one form of expression, and summarily conveyed, in the Creeds, — most minutely in the Athanasian Creed, which our own Church does not use, but the doc- trines of which she holds, " whole and undefiled." For the consolation of those who wish that this Creed had been retained in our Common Prayer, as it is still retained in that of the Church of England, I may here say, that it is not in use in the Oriental Churches, (where, probably, it originated,) although it is regarded by them, as by us, as a sound state- ment of doctrine, to w^hich their theologians freely refer. The icene Creed, the longer form in our American Prayer Book, is, however, sufficient for our present purpose, which is simply to state, as a foundation for some practical remarks, the true
 
doctrine concerning the Manifestation of God in the flesh. He is God of God ; Light of Light ; very God of very God ; begotten, (eternally,) not made, that is, uncreated ; of one substance with the Father ; by Him all things were made. All this is true of Him as He existed fivm eternity, before the Incarnation. Then it was that that which follows in 22 GOD WITH ME. [SERM. the Creed became true of Him, and thenceforward remains true of Him to eternity. He, such as we have just described, for us men, and for our salva- tion, came down from heaven, His eternal abode, and was incarnate, by the superhuman conception of the Holy Ghost, of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucilSed also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death; was buried, like other men; but, unlike all others preceding Him, rose the third day in His human nature ; in that body, glorified. He ascended into heaven ; and now sitteth there, in the fulness of His humanity, on the right hand of the Father, whence He shall come again to earth with glory in the last days, to  judge both those then living and the risen dead. This is the Catholic doctrine ; that is to say, the doctrine of Scripture, as universally interpreted by the Church — the doctrine which, at this moment, the Oriental Churches, the Church of Kome, the Church of England, our own Church, and the great body of Protestant believers hold firmly and un- doubtingly — the doctrine which the vast majority of Christian men throughout the world affirm and commemorate to-day. Emmanuel, God luiih us : who can conceive of the vast mystery ? Who can think of it, but with feelings of mingled reverence and awe ? And yet, it has its practical uses ; and

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