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The Works Of James Arminius Vol 1 by James Arminius

4. MIRACLES

An illustrious evidence of the same divinity is afforded in the miracles, which God has performed by the stewards of his word, his prophets and apostles, and by Christ himself, for the confirmation of his doctrine and for the establishment of their authority. For these miracles are of such a description as infinitely to exceed the united powers of all the creatures and all the powers of nature itself, when their energies are combined. But the God of truth, burning with zeal for his own glory, could never have afforded such strong testimonies as these to false prophets and their false doctrine: nor could he have borne such witness to any doctrine even when it was true, provided it was not his, that is, provided it was not divine. Christ, therefore, said, |If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not; but if I do, though you believe not me, believe the works.| (John x.37, 38.) It was the same cause also, which induced the widow of Sarepta to say, on receiving from the hands of Elijah her son, who, after his death, had been raised to life by the prophet: |Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.| (1 Kings xvii.24.) That expression of Nicodemus has the same bearing: |Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.| (John iii.2.) And it was for a similar reason that the apostle said, |The signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.| (2 Cor. xii.12.) There are indeed miracles on record that were wrought among the gentiles, and under the auspices of the gods whom they invoked: It is also predicted, concerning False Prophets, and Antichrist himself, that they will exhibit many signs and wonders: (Rev. xix.20.) But neither in number, nor in magnitude, are they equal to those which the true God has wrought before all Israel, and in the view of the whole world. Neither were those feats of their real miracles, but only astonishing operations performed by the agency and power of Satan and his instruments, by means of natural causes, which are concealed from the human understanding, and escape the cognizance of men. But to deny the existence of those great and admirable miracles which are related to have really happened, when they have also the testimony of both Jews and gentiles, who were the enemies of the true doctrine -- is an evident token of bare-faced impudence and execrable stupidity.
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