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T H E D I V I N I T Y O F T H E M E S S I A H c h a p t e r 36 Trypho then said, “It may also be admitted that this is exactly as you say, and that the prophets predicted that Christ was to suffer, that he was to be called a Stone, that his first coming in which he was proclaimed to appear in suffering would be followed by another in glory, and that he would thenceforth be the Judge of all men, and the Eternal King and Priest. But prove to us that Jesus Christ is the one about whom these prophecies were spoken.” 2. “At the proper time,” I replied, “I will supply the proofs you wish, but for the present permit me to quote the following prophecies to show that the Holy Spirit by parable called Christ God, and Lord of hosts and of Jacob. God himself calls your interpreters stupid1 because they claim that these prophecies were not spoken of Christ, but of Solomon, when he transported the ark of testimony into the temple built by himself. 3. “This is David’s psalm: The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and all they who dwell therein. For he has founded it upon the seas, and has prepared it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord; or who shall stand in his holy place? The innocent in hands, and clean of heart, who has not taken his soul in vain, nor sworn deceitfully to his neighbor. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and mercy from God his Savior. This is the generation of those who seek him, of those who seek the face of the God of Jacob. 4. “Lift up your gates, O you princes, and be you lifted up, O eternal 56 1. Jer 4.22. gates, and the King of Glory shall enter in. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord who is strong and mighty in battle. Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lifted up, O eternal gates, and the King of Glory shall enter in. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the king of Glory.2 5. “This proves that Solomon was not the Lord of hosts. But, when our Christ arose from the dead and ascended into heaven , the heavenly princes chosen by God were ordered to open the gates of heaven that the King of Glory might enter, and, after arising, sit at the right hand of the Father until he makes his enemies his footstool (as it is stated in another psalm).3 6. “Now, when these heavenly princes saw that he was in appearance without beauty, honor, or glory,4 and not recognizing him, they asked, Who is this King of Glory? And the Holy Spirit, either in his own name or in the Father’s, answered, The Lord of Hosts. He is the King of Glory.5 But I am sure that everyone will admit that none of the gate-keepers of the Temple at Jerusalem ever said of Solomon (though he was ever so glorious a king), or of the ark of testimony, Who is this King of Glory? ” c h a p t e r 37 “Christ is thus further described,” I continued, “in the stanza of the Forty-sixth Psalm, God is ascended with jubilee, and the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to our God, sing praises; sing praises to our king, sing praises. For God is the king of all the earth, sing wisely. God has reigned over the Gentiles; God sits on his holy throne. The princes of the people are gathered together with the God of Abraham, for the strong ones of the earth are of God, and have been exceedingly exalted.6 2. “And in Psalm Ninety-eight the Holy Spirit reprimands you, and announces that he whom you refuse to recognize as your king is the King and Lord of Samuel, Aaron, Moses, and of every other man. 3. “Here are the words of that psalm: The Lord has reigned, let the peoples be angry. He that sits on the cherubim; let the earth be The divinity of the Messiah 57 2. Ps 23 (24).1–10. 3. Ps 109 (110).1. 4. See Is 53.2–3. 5. Quoted...


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