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Belief no Proof of Revelation.
      §15. If this internal Light, or any Proposition which under that
Title we take for inspired, be conformable to the Principles of
Reason or to the Word of GOD, which is attested Revelation,
Reason warrants it, and we may safely receive it for true, and be
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guided by it in our Belief and Actions: If it receive no Testimony
nor Evidence from either of these Rules, we cannot take it for a
Revelation, or so much as for true, till we have some other Mark that
it is a Revelation, besides our believing that it is so. Thus we see the
holy Men of old, who had Revelations from GOD, had something else
besides that internal Light of assurance in their own Minds, to
testify to them, that it was from GOD. They were not left to their
own Perswasions alone, that those Perswasions were from GOD;
But had outward Signs to convince them of the Author of those
Revelations. And when they were to convince others, they had a
Power given them to justify the Truth of their Commission from
Heaven; and by visible Signs to assert the divine Authority of the
Message they were sent with. Moses saw the Bush burn without being
consumed, and heard a Voice out of it. This was something besides
finding an impulse upon his Mind to go to Pharaoh, that he might
bring his Brethren out of Egypt: and yet he thought not this enough
to authorise him to go with that Message, till GOD by another
Miracle, of his Rod turned into a Serpent, had assured him of a
Power to testify his Mission by the same Miracle repeated before
them, whom he was sent to. Gideon was sent by an Angel to deliver
Israel from the Mideanites, and yet he desired a Sign to convince
him, that this Commission was from GOD. These and several the
like Instances to be found among the Prophets of old, are enough
to shew, that they thought not an inward seeing or perswasion of
their own Minds without any other Proof a sufficient Evidence,
that it was from GOD, though the Scripture does not every where
mention their demanding or
Locke Hum IV, 19, §15, pp. 704-705