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Art. III. The prediction of the faith of the Gen
tiles fulfilled, tho' very difficult and impro
bable after the incredulity of the Jews. 239 Art. IV. The accomplishment of the promise
made to the apostles of invincible patience and
240 Art. V. Important reflections on the courage and
zeal of the apostles, which ought not to be confounded with the courage and
patience of other martyrs.
243 Art. VÍ. The fulfilling the promise made to Christ
and bis apostles, to endue them with that wifdom, which their enemies could not contradiet.
246 Art. VII. The power of Christ clearly proved by
the triumph of a wisdom, which had the appearance of folly.
CH A P. IV.
Important reflections on the predication of the
apostles, wbo, far from being ashamed of the folly of the cross, placed their whole confidence in it: and on their weakness in which they gloried. The divinity of Christ clearly evinced by the efficacy of the gospel, and by the weakness of its ministers.
Art. I. The apostles knew very well, that it was
imposible to succeed by human means, in perfuading the belief of Christ crucified. 253
Art. V. The apostles in a very little time made
Art. II. They even made the success of their pre
dication depend on the scandal of the cross. 254 Art. III. Tbo' they wrought many miracles, yet
they attributed the efficacy of their words only to the cross of Christ.
255 Art. IV. Oppositions of every kind to the success
of the gospel increased in the times of the apostles, who triumphed over all, and were fully convinced they should be victorious. 256
a surprizing progress, without making use of any human means.
257 Art. VI. God's design in employing only weak
men, who were conscious of their disability, in conducting a work infinitely above human strength and wisdom.
258 Art. VII. Invincible force of the demonstration
founded upon the plan and design of Christ, on the means be chose, on his predi&tions contrary to all probability, and on the events which clearly justified them,
After so many proofs that Jesus Christ is the
promised Mesah, that he rose from the dead, and sitteth at the right band of bis Father; the miracles, which he performed during bis life, need no examination, in order that they may be looked upon as certain. - We undertake, nevertheless, to examine them independently of the preceding proofs, and to demonstrate that they are not only certain, but moreover that they are an incontestable proof of Jesus Christ's being the promised Mesiah, and the Son of God. 1. The turning of water into wine at the marriage in Cana: The mystery of that mutation. 2. The first increase of loaves in the desart : Jesus Christ's divinity demonstrated. The heavenly sustenance figured by a miraculous food. 3. The ficond increase of loaves, which is not only certain, VOL. III
but confirms many other preceding miracles.
FTER what has been said, there is no occasion we fhould give ourselves any
trouble to prove the truth of the miracles performed by Jesus Christ, part of which are related in the gospel. The master must, at least, be equal to his disciples. And since the apostles cast out devils, heal diseases, raise the dead, impart the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, and perform all these marvellous operations only by invoking his almighty name; it must be great folly to harbour the least doubt concerning the miracles which he himself performed in his life time.
Yet I shall not be satisfied with this, nor the preceding proofs: and I even consent, that the inquiry, we are now commencing, be made