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CHA P. IX.

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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.

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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.

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Christ's design to enlighten and convert the whole world. The means he chose to execute this design.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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CH A P. II.

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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.

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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.

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· 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.

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