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THE

MIRACLES

OF

Jesus Christ

EXPLAINED

NO

ACCORDING TO THEIR SPIRITUAL MEANING,

in the way of

QUESTION AND ANSWER.

BY THE

REV. J. CLOWES, M. A.

Rector of St. John's Church, Manchester, and late Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

If I do not the works of My Father, believe Me not; but if I do, though ye believe not Me, believe the works, that ye may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him, (John x. 37, 38.)

MANCHESTER:

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Westminster.

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PREFACE.

THE following explanation of the miracles wrought by the GREAT SAVIOUR, was penned under the full conviction, that every miracle, like all the other histories both of the Old and New Testament, involves in it an internal or spiritual meaning, applicable to the church in general, and to every individual member of the church in particular, and that by virtue of such internal or spiritual meaning, the record of the miracle is in reality, as it is called, the WORD OF GOD. If the reader then be indisposed to make this acknowledgment, he is admonished instantly to lay down the book, and not to proceed to the explanation, lest it should only give him offence, and lead him to close his eyes more obstinately against the light of truth, and finally to profane it. On the other hand, if he be disposed to believe in the spiritual contents of the WORD OF GOD, and thus in the spiritual meaning of the miracles recorded in it, let him then proceed to the follow ing explanation, because it may be humbly hoped, that it will then tend at once to confirm his faith, and to influence and regulate his conduct, For he will then be enabled, through the divine grace and mercy, to discern, that the operation of the GREAT and HOLY GOD, or of JESUS CHRIST in His DIVINE HUMANITY, is ever constantand uniform, and that consequently Heisever

JUN 28 1991 ASCO1

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