The Practical Works; With a Life of the Author, and a Critical Examination of His Writings

The Practical Works; With a Life of the Author, and a Critical Examination of His Writings : In Twenty-Three Volumes Volume 22

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...ratione miracula nunc quoque sublata sunt, cum evangelium per universum orbem diffusum est. Promissio' igitur quam Christus in Marco 16, 17, scribi voluit, non ad omnia tempora 'pertinebat.--Pet. Mart. Lac. Commun. Clas. 1. c. 8. sect. 20. ' Object. 2. God may enable false prophets to work miracles to try the world, without any derogation to his faithfulness. Answ. No: for divine power being properly the attendant of divine revelation, if it should be annexed to diabolical delusion, it would be a sufficient excuse to the world for their believing those delusions. And if miracles should not be a sufficient seal to prove the authority of the witness to be divine, then is there nothing in the world suflicient; and so our faith will be quite overthrown. ' Object. But, however, miracles will no more prove Christ to be the Son'of God, than they will prove Moses, Elias, or Elisha, to be the sons of God, for they wrought miracles as well as Christ. V ' Answ. Miracles are God's seal, ' not to extol the person that is instrumental, nor for his glory; but to extol God, and for his own glory. God doth not intrust any creatures with his seal so absolutely, as that they may use it when, and in what case they please. If Moses, or Elias, had aflirmed themselves to be the sons of God, they could never have confirmed that aflirmation with a miracle; for God would not have sealed to a lie. Christ's power of working miracles did not immediately prove' him to be the Christ, but it immediately proved his testimony to be divine, and that testimony spoke his nature and olfice: so that the power of miracles in the prophets and apostles was not to attest to their own greatness, but to the truth of their testimony concerning...
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  • Paperback | 226 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 9781236831286