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Re: VPATH question
Re: VPATH question
Thu, 24 Jan 2008 18:57:20 GMT
not being for Jesus Christ and
saying so, and not being for Jesus Christ and pretending to be so. The one
party can do miracles, not the others. For it is clear of the one party that
they are opposed to the truth, but not of the others; and thus miracles are
837. That we must love one God only is a thing so evident that it does not
require miracles to prove it.
838. Jesus Christ performed miracles, then the apostles, and the first
saints in great number; because the prophecies not being yet accomplished,
but in the process of being accomplished by them, the miracles alone bore
witness to them. It was foretold that the Messiah should convert the
nations. How could this prophecy be fulfilled without the conversion of the
nations? And how could the nations be converted to the Messiah, if they did
not see this final effect of the prophecies which prove Him? Therefore, till
He had died, risen again, and converted the nations, all was not
accomplished; and so miracles were needed during all this time. Now they are
no longer needed against the Jews; for the accomplished prophecies
constitute a lasting miracle.
839. "Though ye believe not Me, believe at least the works." He refers them,
as it were, to the strongest proof.
It had been told to the Jews, as well as to Christians, that they should not
always believe the prophets; but yet the Pharisees and Scribes are greatly
concerned about His miracles and try to show that they are false, or wrought
by the devil. For they must needs be convinced, if they acknowledge that
they are of God.
At the present day we are not troubled to make this distinction. Still it is
very easy to do: those who deny neither God nor Jesus Christ do no miracles
which are not certain. Nemo fac