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working miracles must be admitted to be so too ; for a disposition to exalt the one , will induce us readily to magnify the other . In this view , therefore , the general assertion contained in the note on the ist verse of the 4 th chapter of St . Matthew , that " our Lord was
entrusted with the power of working miracles at pleasure , " inferred from John iil 34 , 33 9 appears calculated rather to convey a wrong than a right impression , concerning the extent of our Lord's power in this respect * John expressly relates , chap , xi , 41 , 42 , that our Lord , when about to raise Lazarus from the
dead , addressed the Father in these words , " Father , I thank thee , that thou hast heard me . I know , indeed , that thou nearest me always 5 * V from which it is not unreasonable to conclude , that
our Lord invariably , either mentally or audibly , prayed to the Father for assistance , whenever a miracle was to be performed by him . This conjecture is abundantly confirmed by the numerous texts in which our Lord declares that
b $ could do nothing of himselfi and that // was the Father ivbo did the works by him ; a language by no means suited to one who was conscious of unlimited power , and such as our Saviour would certainly
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not hare used , if he had possessed the power of "working miracles at pleasure . The 53 d verse of the a 6 th chapter of St . Matthew , furnishes , I think , an almost decisive argument in favour of this supposition . It will be there found , that our L . ord , upon Peter ' s cutting off tlie ear of one of the High Priest ' s servants ,
said , " Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father , and he will send me more than twelve legions of angels ?" The sudden appearance of a host of angels , corne to his defence , every one must allow , would have been a miracle ; but if he could command miracles at pleasure , what necessity had he to intimate , that he could , if he chose to avail him *
self of it , pray to his Father to perform one for him on that particular occasion ? From the above considerations , it maybe fairly presumed that our Saviour was vested-with the power of working miracle ? on prefer occasions only ; that is , whenever the performance of theni was subservient to , and -contributed to promote the great objects of his mission ; and that even on thoie occasws it was
necessary to invoke the aid of the Father by previous prayer . For he expressly says , on various occasions , " I can do nothing of myself , "
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