attained its greatest strength, the external attestations by miracle are either wholly withdrawn or begin to disappear. The spiritual wonders of regeneration remain, and for these the way has been prepared by the long progress from the miracles of power wrought by Moses to the miracles of grace wrought by Christ. Miracles disappeared because newer and higher proofs rendered them unnecessary. Better things than these are now in evidence. Thomas Fuller: ?Miracles are the swaddling clothes of the infant church.? John Foster: ?Miracles are the great bell of the universe, which draws men to God?s sermon.? Henry Ward Beecher: ?Miracles are the midwives of great moral truths; candles lit before the dawn but put out after the sun has risen.? Illingworth, in Lux Mundi, 210 ? ?When we are told that miracles contradict experience, we point to the daily occurrence of the spiritual miracle of regeneration and ask: ?Which is easier to say, Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise and walk?? ( <400905>Matthew 9:5).?
Miracles and inspiration go together; if the former remain in the church, the latter should remain also; see Marsh, in Bap. Quar. Rev., 1887:225242. On the cessation of miracles in the early church, see Henderson, Inspiration, 443-490; Buckmann, in Zeitsch. f. luth. Theol. u. Kirche, 1878:216. On miracles in the second century, see Barnard. Literature of the Second Century, 139-180. A.J. Gordon, Ministry of the Spirit, 167 ? ?The apostles were commissioned to speak for Christ till the N.T. Scriptures, his authoritative voice, were completed. In the apostolate we have a provisional inspiration; in the N.T. a stereotyped inspiration; the first being endowed with authority ad interim to forgive sins, and the second having this authority in perpetuo.? Dr. Gordon draws an analogy between coal, which is fossil sunlight, and the New Testament, which is fossil inspiration. Sabatier, Philos. Religion, 74 ? ?The Bible is very free from the senseless prodigies of oriental mythology. The great prophets, Isaiah, Amos, Micah, Jeremiah, John the Baptist, work no miracles. Jesus? temptation in the wilderness is a victory of the moral consciousness over the religion of mere physical prodigy.? Trench says that miracles cluster about the foundation of the theocratic kingdom under Moses and Joshua, and about the restoration of that kingdom under Elijah and Elisha. In the O.T., miracles confute the gods of Egypt under Moses, the Phoenician Baal under Elijah and Elisha, and the gods of Babylon under Daniel. See Diman, Theistic Argument, 376, and art.; Miracle, by Bernard, in Hastings? Bible Dictionary.
(b) Miracles generally certify to the truth of doctrine, not directly, but indirectly; otherwise a new miracle must needs accompany each new doctrine taught. Miracles primarily and directly certify to the divine
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