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CHA P. IX.
Art. I. Promise of the miracle of the transfigue
ration made under very important circumlances : accomplishment of this promise. 181 Art. II. Certainty of the miracle proved by
plain and natural reflections. Art. III. Farther and more particular proofs of
this miracle, which render the truth of it more obvious.
187 Art. IV. The mystery of the transfiguration
not only was, but must have been, true and real. Necessary relation of all the circumstances of this mystery with the dehgns of God.
191 Art. V. Explication of some other circumstances. Importance of these words, Hear him.
Proofs of the principles of the christian religion,
by the conversion of the world, and by establishing the doctrine, morals, and mysteries of the church of Christ.
Christ's design to enlighten and convert the whole world. The means he chose to execute this design.
Art. I. An abridgment of the general plan of
this fifth part. Art. II. Christ quits the obfcurity of his retreat,
to execute the greatest and most surprizing dehgn which ever entered the mind of man.
Art. III. Christ from the beginning of his manifestation formed bis scheme fo extenhvely, that success could add nothing to it.
204 Art. IV. Instead of using such means as were
agreeable to human wisdom, and in his power, be Nighted them, and even chose the contrary.
206 Art. V. One would think, that his submitting to
be baptized by Saint Jobn, must prove an invincible obstacle to his dehgn, yet be submitted to it.
Art. VI. His surprizing choice of apostles, wbo
were poor fishermen of Galilee. No connection with the great men or sages of his nation. His chusing to be followed by poor peo
ple. Art. VII. His refusal not only of the royalty
offered by the people, but also of being concern
ed in any temporal affair. Art, VIII. The priests and pharisees, whose cre
dit was very great; reproved by him publicly
with great freedom. Art. IX. Christ foretold his approaching death,
which caused no alteration in his measures, neither did be strive to avoid it.
213 Art. X. Christ made use of no human means to
engage his disciples, and foretold to them only persecutions and death,
CH A P. II.
Art. I. Christ was sure of success, and foretold
that from a small beginning, the gospel would foon be propagated to the farthest extremity
of the earth. Art. II. Christ foretold that his death, instead of
being an obstacle to the progress of the gospel,
would promote it. Art. III. Christ foretold that the conversion of
the Gentiles would be the fruit of his death.
Art. IV. He foretold that the Jews, who were
witnesses of his miracles, and depositaries of the holy scriptures, would be excluded his kingdom, and the Gentiles preferred before them.
223 · Art. V. Christ did not foretell those things merely
as a prophet, but as one who was to perform them himself.
.226 Art. VI. Chrift foretold the courage and steadi
nefs of his apostles, and answered for it, as being himself the source and principle thereof
227 Art. VII. Christ foretold that his apostles would
on all occasions be endued with a wisdom superior to all their enemies, and that it was he that would bestow that wisdom on them. The extent of such a promife.
CH A P. III.
· Art. I. The literal accomplishment of the predic
tion of the success of the gospel, which quickly Spread from Jerusalem and all the neighbouring nations, even to the remoteft corners of the earth.
234 Art. II. The accomplishment of what was fore
told of the blindness of the Jews, as also of their punishment and impenitence, tho? the whole seemed improbable.