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of the Doctrine of Moses and Christ, is resolv'd into Miracles.
IV. 2. What assurance of Miracles is sufficient to perswade men to believe that Testimony, for the Confirmation of which they are wrought. 3.
What assurance they give us, that the Scriptures are a Divine Revelation.
I proceed to treat of these in their order.
1. I shall shew that the divine Authority both of the Doctrine of Moses, and of Christ, is resolved into Miracles. '. We find the Scripture lays the whole weight of the divine Authority both of the Law and Gospel, of the revelation of the Old and New Testament, upon this Evidence. Exod. 4. 1, 2, 3. When God sends Moses, he objects, That they will not believe him, nor hearken to him, but will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto him. Thereupon God gives him a power of Miracles, that they may believe, That the Lord God of their
Fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Volume and Jacob had appeared unto them; and XII.
by the evidence of those Miracles which he wrought,he prevail'd over the Magicians. And generally throughout the Story of she Old Testament we find all persons yielding to the evidence of Miracles, as a sufficient attestation to a Prophet and his Message. When Elijah had prevailed witlr God in a miraculous manner, to confirm his own Worship, and confute the Worfhip of Baal, by sending Fire from Heaven to consume the Sacrifice, the People yield to this Evidence, and ery out, The Lord he is God, the Lord he' is God, 1 Kings 18. 39,
When Elijah raised the Woman's Son, then The own'd him for a Prophet, 1 Kings 17. 24. Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is true. So likewise Naaman was convinced by the miraculous Cure which the Präphet Elisha wrought on him, 2 Kings 5. 15. Behold! now I know that there is no God in all the Earth but in life rael.
And so likewise the Divinity of Sermon our Saviour and his Doctrine is IV. resolved into the Evidence of his Miracles. This is the Evidence Christ gives of himself, when John sent his Disciples to enquire whether he was the Meilias, Mat. II. 2. Now when John had heard in the priJon the works of Christ, he fent two of his disciples, and said unto him Art thou he that sbould come : or do we look for anotber? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and few John again those things which je do hear, and see. The blind receive their fight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleanfed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the GoSpel preached unto them. And blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in me. So John si 36, But I have greater witness than that of Jobn: for the works which the Father bath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me,
that the Father hath sent me. Chap. 10. 25. Jesus answered them, I told you, and je believed not : the works that I do in my Father's Name; they bear witness
of me. Verf. 37, 38. If I do not the Volume works
of my Father ; believe, me XII. t if I do;
though ye believe not me,
believe the works : that ye may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in him: Chap. 14. 11. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me : or else believe me for the very
works sake. Chap. 20:30, 31. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God, and that believing, ye might have life through his Name. And from hence our Saviour aggravates the Unbelief, and Impenitency of the Jews, because they resisted this highest Evidence, Mat. 11. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not. Woe unto thee Chorazin, woe unto thee Bethsaida. For iff the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre, and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you,
it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the
day of Judgment, than for you. And
Sermon thou Capernaum which art exalted un
IV. to heaven, falt be brought down to bell. For if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodome, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodome in the day of Judgment,
than for thee. John, 15. 24. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did ; they had not had sin: but now have they both seen, and hated both me and my Father. And so the Apostle tells us, That Miracles are the great confirmation of the Gospel, and are so clear an Evidence of the Truth of it, that they render all Unbelievers inexcusable, Heb. 2. 2, 3. For if the word Spoken by Angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just rocompence of reward: How shall we escape, if we neglect so. great salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him!.
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