In this section, Athanasius takes an interesting look at Jesus’ miracles as fulfillment of prophecy.
Behold, our God recompenseth judgment; He shall come and save us. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall hear; then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be plain.
Though Namaan the leper was cleansed and the dead were raised, the particular combination of miracles had never happened before. And, nobody had heard of a man blind from birth receiving sight. Athanasius quotes from John.
Since the world began it was never heard that any one opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.