|Author:||Porter, Edmund, 1595-1670.|
|Title:||Theos anthrōpophoros. Or, God incarnate.: Shewing, that Jesus Christ is the onely, and the most high God· In four books. Wherein also are contained a few animadversions upon a late namelesse and blasphemous commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrewes, published under the capital letters, G.M. anno Dom. 1647. In these four books the great mystery of man's redemption and salvation, and the wayes and means thereof used by God are evidently held out to the capacity of humane reason, even ordinary understandings. The sin against the Holy Ghost is plainly described; with the cases and reasons of the unpardonablenesse, or pardonablenesse thereof. Anabaptisme, is by Scripture, and the judgment of the fathers shewed to be an heinous sin, and exceedingly injurious to the Passion, and blood of Christ. / By Edm. Porter, B.D. sometimes fellow of St. John's Colledge in Cambridge, and prebend of Norwich.|
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Theos anthrōpophoros. Or, God incarnate.: Shewing, that Jesus Christ is the onely, and the most high God· In four books. Wherein also are contained a few animadversions upon a late namelesse and blasphemous commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrewes, published under the capital letters, G.M. anno Dom. 1647. In these four books the great mystery of man's redemption and salvation, and the wayes and means thereof used by God are evidently held out to the capacity of humane reason, even ordinary understandings. The sin against the Holy Ghost is plainly described; with the cases and reasons of the unpardonablenesse, or pardonablenesse thereof. Anabaptisme, is by Scripture, and the judgment of the fathers shewed to be an heinous sin, and exceedingly injurious to the Passion, and blood of Christ. / By Edm. Porter, B.D. sometimes fellow of St. John's Colledge in Cambridge, and prebend of Norwich.
Porter, Edmund, 1595-1670., Downame, John, d. 1652.
London: Printed for Humphrey Moseley, and are to be sold at his shop at the Prince's Arms in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1655.
Crell, Johann, -- 1590-1633. -- Commentarius in Epistolam ad Hebraeos.
Jesus Christ -- Divinity
to the reader
TO The Right Honourable, THOMAS Lord Coventry, Bron of Ailesbury, Peace and Truth.
AN ADVERTISEMENT to the READER.
THE Principal Contents of the four Books following.
OBSERVATIONS UPON THE COMMENTARY ON The Epistle to the HEBREWES, published under the Capital Letters G. M. Anno Dom. 1646.
CHAP. I. The Original and growth of the Arian Heresie.
CHAP. II. Reasons why the Authour of this Commentary concealeth his own name.
CHAP. III. Touching the Preface, Licencing, and appro∣bation of this Commentary.
CHAP. IV. The Commenters temporizing in unsainting the Apostles, in condemning Tombs, and in short hair.
CHAP. V. How the Commenter complieth with the Arians▪ of the Author of the Epistle to the Hebrews; of the Nicene Fathers; and how the Father and the Son may be said to be opposites.
CHAP. VI. Sheweth, that the whole design of this Com∣menter is to confute or extenuate, and darken the authority and evidence of this Epistle to the Hebrewes.
CHAP. VII. Shewing how the Commenter mis-expoundeth other places which make against him.
CHAP. VIII. Sheweth against this Commenter, that mens soules dye not with their bodies.
CHAP. IX. Of the most ancient Creed; why so many addi∣tions have been made, and particularly the article of Christs descent.
CHAP. X. Of Heresies, which occasioned ne additions to the old Creed.
CHAP. XI. What the word Hades signifies, which we tran∣slate Hell, that the place and condition of soules departed is unknown; of the visions of S. Hie∣rome, and Curina, and the apparition of Irene deceased.
CHAP. XII. A digressive Censure of St. Hierome's anCurina's Visions, how they might be presen∣ted; and of Exstasies, Raptures or Trances, both from God, and from the Devil.
CHAP. XIII. Of the apparitions of the dead; and that they are not the soules of men deceased, but other spirits assuming their shapes.
CHAP. XIV. That the Commemoration of the dead in the pray∣ers of the Church was intended princi∣pally to set forth the Immortality of their soules.
CHAP. XV. That the Fathers did not beleeve, that Souls de∣parted were insensible, as if they were dead, or asleep, because the Saints departed do pray for the Church Militant, as the Fathers thought.
CHAP. XVI. Of the departure of our soules from our bodies, and the Conductors or leaders of them to the other world; and of the places or mansions of dead mens soules.
CHAP. XVII. Of the blasphemies contained in the Commen∣tary against the Godhead of Christ, and the Incarnation thereof, and his Redemption of man.
Blasphemies against the Godhead of Jesus Christ.
Blasphemies against the Incarnation of the Son of God, and his Work of Re∣demption.
CHAP. XVIII. The Conclusion of this first Book, with a friendly Caution to the Com∣menter.
The GODHEAD OF Jesus Christ.
CHAP. I. Of divers doubts and difficulties concerning the sin against the holy Spirit, and divers opinions thereof.
CHAP. II. What the sin against the holy Spirit is, and what is meant by blasphemy?
CHAP. III. That the Godhead of the Son is called Spirit, and holy Spirit: that the words Ghost and Spirit are of the same signification.
CHAP. IV. That the blasphemy against the holy Spirit men∣tioned, Matth. 12. was meant of the denying and blaspheming the Godhead of Iesus Christ.
CHAP. V. The Opinions of later Divines concerning the unpardonable sin: A brief Narration of the life and death of Arius, and of Julian the Apostate.
CHAP. VI. The second question, why this blasphemy of deny∣ing the Godhead of Christ is said to be especi∣ally unpardonable?
CHAP. VII. The Commenter having denied the Godhead of Christ, doth also denie the work of redemption by him, and so Turcizeth, and acteth for An∣tichrist: of Antichrists mysticall body.
CHAP. VIII. Of the hypostaticall union of the Godhead and manhood in the Person of Jesus Christ, the communication of the properties of each na∣ture, the life and death of Nestorius, and how Christ is said to be deified
CHAP. IX. More concerning Deification, and in what sense Christ may be said to be Deified.
CHAP. X. How those words which signifie the abasing and minoration of the Son of God are to be under∣stood of his delivering up the Kingdome, and end thereof, and of his subjection to the Fa∣ther.
SECT. II. More concerning the subjection of Christ.
CHAP. XI. Why the unpardonable sinne is rather fastened on the deniers of the Godhead of the Sonne then on them that deny the Godhead of the other Persons:
CHAP. XII. The Godhead of Jesus Christ shewed by Scrip∣ture, and by the type of the Tabernacle.
CHAP. XIII. The Godhead of Christ further proved from the typicall Tabernacle and Temple.
CHAP. XIV. That the Christian when he prayeth, setteth his minde on God in Christ, as the finall Object of his Prayer; (as the Jewes prayed to God, then residing in the Tabernacle, or Temple;) because the now glorified Body of Jesus, is the Temple wherein the Godhead will for ever dwell.
CHAP. XV. That the most high God became a Mediatour, and a Priest, and that Christ is prayed unto, and yet is a Mediatour: Every Person in the Trinitie may be prayed unto.
CHAP. XVI. The Godhead of Christ, shewed from the ado∣ration of his Person, and how God is to be wor∣shipped, being incarnate.
CHAP. XVII. That genuflection to our Lord Jesus was apoint∣ed onely to be as an acknowledgment of his God-Head.
CHAP. XVIII. More of the adoration of our Saviour: of his names Jesus, Christ, Emmanuel, Jehova, and other names of God.
CHAP. XIX. That the Name Jesus is the onely proper Name of God, because the pure Godhead can have no proper Name, as the Fathers affirmed.
CHAP. XX. That no creature is called Jehova: the significa∣tion of that word and the reverend esteem of it by the Ancients.
CHAP. XXI. The Conclusion of this second Booke, with the Authours resolute Confession, of Jesus Christ, to be the most High, and onely Lord God.
THE INCARNATION of GOD.
CHAP. I. The Vindication of Eusebius, whom this Comment hath calumniated, and falsi∣fied.
CHAP. II. That the most high God appeared visibly to the Patriarchs in the Person of the Son, and not in the Person of the Father, as the Ancients thought.
CHAP. III. How God is said to be invisible. What is meant by the face, and the after parts of God.
CHAP. IV. More concerning the first question how God hath bin, and may be seen.
CHAP. V. The Incarnation of God foreshewed in types the heresie of the Anthropomorphites, the first article of the Church of England explained.
CHAP. VI. The Second question, why the Fathers said that onely the Son was seen by the Patriarks, and not the Father.
CHAP. VII. Of the Incarnation of God the Son, and the reason and purpose why he was Incarnate.
I. The faithful are not Incarnate.]
2. Christ the Captaine of the faithfull is not Incarnate.]
CHAP. VIII. More reasons, why the Son of God was Incarnate, how, and when he became our suetrie, the Ae∣ternal covenant explained; distinction of Per∣sons in the Godhead.
CHAP. IX. The Covenant between God and Man, the Le∣gall and Evangelicall Covenant are but one; the reasons why Christ was Circumcised, and Baptized.
CHAP. X. That Man could not be redeemed, nor saved, but by the Incarnation of the Sonne of God, how the curse was executed on Man, and how the Law is fulfilled by Man.
CHAP. XI. That Christ was a person able, and fitt to performe the law, and to suffer for manking, and that he did stand in the place and stead of all men.
SECT. II. More of the same. That Jesus Christ was a Person every way fitly qualified to be Man's Redeemer; both for that he was free from all sin, Originall and Actuall; (although he took flesh from the loynes of Adam:) and also in regard of the infinite worth and excellencie of his Person.
1. What the Originall sin of Adam was.
2. How Originall sinne is derived from Adam, to all his Progenie.
3. How Christ is freed, & seperated from Original sin.
CHAP. XII. That the unregenerate man is redeemed by Christ, and that the Spirit of Christ is communicated to him.
CHAP. XIII. Of the Originall of Christs humane soul, & whe∣ther it were derived by Propagation from his Progenitors, as his body was.
CHAP. XIV. The question of the Soules propagation left un∣determined by Saint Augustine, yet he thought it more probable that our soules are propaga∣ted from our Parents.
CHAP. XV. That the Spirit of God is communicated to the unregenerate, and of the diversitie of the Mea∣sures, and the graces therof.
CHAP. XVI. That the Spirit of God is given to men n san∣ctified, how those are said to be Gods anointed, who were not anointed with Oile, that our King is Gods anointed, somthing concerning the Kings touching and Curing the diseased.
CHAP. XVII. The Ʋnion of Christ, and his Church further shewed, why Christ is called by the names Adam, Jacob, David. Why all mankind was extracted out of One man, why S. Austin denied the Anti∣podes, wherin this Ʋnion consisteth An Expli∣cation of Heb. 7. 9. Which was slubbered over by the Commenter, touching Melchisedech, and Levi.
Of THE UNPARDONABLE SINNE.
CHAP. I. Whether those who have once fallen into the blas∣phemy of denying the Godhead of Jesus Christ, are absolutely unpardonable, and left with∣out all hope of assoilment, or remedie and for∣giveness, so that they must be certainly, and eternally damned?
CHAP. II. That the sin against the Spirit, possibly may be pardoned, and that by repentance; Gods threat∣nings are conditional, and not alwayes exe∣cuted, yet the truth of God is not violated. Threatnings are but provcations to repen∣tance.
CHAP. III. That the blasphemy against the holy Spirit is then onely unpardonable, when it is accompa∣nied with final impenitencie.
CHAP. IV. An exposition of Hebr. 6. 4. that the word In∣lightned signifieth baptisme, Anabaptisme is inhibited, as both unprofitable, and also sinful.
CHAP. V. That the word renuing, doth in this place signifie baptisme, those that fall after baptisme, have yet left to them a second remedy, and that is repentance.
CHAP. VI. How a Second Baptism is said to be a new cruci∣fying of Christ, that it is ignominious to the all sufficient sacrifice of Christ, and that it not only doth no good to a sinner, but much harme by aggravating his sins, as raine maketh weedes to increase.
CHAP. VII. A review of those words, Heb, 6. 4. and some doubts cleared concerning the former Exposi∣tion; what moved the Apostle to handle the Doctrine of Baptism, and so strictly to for∣bid Anabaptisme in this Epistle to the He∣brews.
CHAP. VIII. The distinction of Baptisms into true and false, the formes of pseudobaptismes among Here∣ticks, after their dippings a true baptisme may be administred, yet is not to be ac∣counted Anabaptism. the Novatian baptisme was a true baptism. St. Cyprian in part is excused.
CHAP. IX. That the disciples of Ephesus. Act. 19. who had bin Baptized by Johns disciples before, were re-baptized, because Johns Baptisme was then out of date, and null.
CHAP. X. Of true Christian baptisme, that it may not be twice ministred. No heretick maintained two baptismes, but only Marcion, what Marcion, was, and his reasons for multiplying bap∣tisme, why the Novatians, Donatists and our new Anabaptists doe re—bap∣tize. Cyprian's error; and Athanasius his lu∣dicrous baptisme.
CHAP. XI. That the ancient Church allowed but one Bap∣tisme, is shewed by their deferring it till ripe yeares, and to old age; that their delay was also for carnall respects, the danger of delay∣laying it, the Storie of a Jew-Anabaptist, and an example upon an Arian pseudobap∣tisme; the conclusion of this Exposition.
CHAP. XII. An Exposition of Heb. 10. 26. The particular sin against the holie Spirit is shewed to be the denying Christ to be God, what is meant by ac∣counting his blood to be Common, or unholie. The unsufficiencie of legal Sacrifices: and the sufficience of Christs sacrifice.
CHAP. XIII. Of severall degrees of denying, and rejecting Christ and salvation by him; as First, some denied outwardly, onely by compulsion, and the terrour of torments. Secondly, some wilfully uncompelled. Thirdly, others both wilfully, and after knowledge; as Arius, Julian, and this Commenter: Theophylact and Anselms Exposition of this place.
CHAP. XIV. That the remedy of Repentance, is not absolutely taken away from them that have sinned this grand sin, in denying & renouncing Christ, that such possibly may repent, that this sin is then onely unpardonable, when it is accompanied with finall impenitencie; the Conclusion of this Exposition.
CHAP. XV. Whether such Blasphemers as are before menti∣oned (may upon their Repentance) finde mercie? two sorts of Repentance: First, Legall: Secondly, Evangelicall, of Judas and his Repentance: the difference between peni∣tencie, and resipiscencie: Objections out of the Old Testament cleared: Why temporall pressures, are not alwayes withdrawn upon true Repentance.
CHAP. XVI. An Exposition of that place. 1 John. 5. 16. Of the distinction of sins into venial, and mortal, what is meant by a sin not unto death, and a sin unto death, that all sins are not Equal.
CHAP. XVII. Whas is meant by a sin unto death, the judgment of the Fathers and the Ancient expositdrs there∣in, and the discipline of the primitive Church therunto correspondent, that the greatest sins, both have bin actuallie, and so may be pardo∣ned, in what sence the Fathers called some sins venial, and some Mortal.
CHAP. XVIII. The meaning of these words Idoe not say he shall pray for it, that this praying, and not praying is to be understood of the living, and not of the dead, the practise of the Church in praying for penitents, the manner and form of Eccle∣siastical or external pennance, viewed in the Roman Lady Fabiola, in what case God for∣bad praying for sinners in the Old Testa∣ment.
CHAP. XIX. That the greatest sinners, during their natural life may be prayed for, in some sence, Certaine propositions of divines examined, the practise of the Synagogue, and Church in praying for all mankind for heathens, Jewes, infidels, hereticks, persecutors, idolaters.
CHAP. XX. The meaning of those words▪ I doe not say that he shall pray for it, the difference between praying for the person, and praying for the sin, the different prayers for a sinner penitent, and a sinner impenitent, the practise of the Church in praying for her persecutors, and against them, the prayers ef Christ, and S. Stephen explained, the case of Alexander the Copper∣smith.
CHAP. XXI. A recapitulation of the former Expositions of the foure places. That finall Impenitencie cannot properly be called the grand sinne. The difference of Repentance, required to the grand sinne, and to other inferiour, and un∣known sinnes. The danger of misunderstan∣ding the solifidian doctrine. Of the misbe∣liefe of the Incarnation of Christ, censured with Charitie.
THE TABLE Of the Contents of each several CHAPTER.
THE FIRST BOOK, Containing General Animadversions up∣on the Commentarie and Commen∣ter, and the assertion of the Souls Immortalitie.
Errors of the Press.