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believe on him whom he hath sent. will not impute sin. (Ps. 32: 1.) -47. He that believeth on me hath 13. For the promise that he should everlasting life.
be the heir of the world was not to 7:37. In the last day, that great Abraham, or to his seed, through the day of the feast, Jesus stood and law, but through the righteousness cried, saying, If any man thirst, let of faith. For if they which are of the him come unto me, and drink. He law be heirs, faith is made void, and that believeth on me, as the Scrip- the promise made of none effect. ture hath said, out of his belly shall Because the law worketh wrath : flow rivers of living water. (But for where no law is there is no this spake he of the Spirit, which transgression. Therefore it is of they that believe on him should re- faith, that it might be by grace; to ceive; for the Holy Ghost was not the end the promise might be sure yet given, because that Jesus was to all the seed : not to that only not yet glorified.)
which is of the law, but to that also 17:3. This is life eternal, that which is of the faith of Abraham, they might know thee, the only true who is the father of us all, (as it is God, and Jesus Christ whom thou written, I have made thee a father hast sent.
of many nations.). (Gen. 17: 4.) beActs 16: 30. Sirs, what must I do fore him whom he believed, even to be saved ? And they said, Believe God, who quickeneth the dead, and on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou | calleth those things which be not, as shalt be saved, and thy house. And though they were. Who against they spake unto him the word of the hope believed in hope, that he might Lord, and to all that were in his become the father of many nations. house.
20. He staggered not at the prom
ise of God through unbelief; but 1 Rom. 3: 27. Where is boasting was strong in faith, giving glory to then ? It is excluded. By what God; and being fully persuaded, law ? of works? Nay ; but by the that what he had promised, he was law of faith. Therefore we con- able also to perform. And therefore clude, that a man is justified by faith it was imputed to him for righteouswithout the deeds of the law. Is he ness. Now, it was not written for the God of the Jews only ? is he his sake alone, that it was imputed not also of the GENTILES? Yes, of to him : but for us also, to whom it the Gentiles also : seeing it is one shall be imputed, if we believe on God which shall justify the circum- him that raised up Jesus our Lord cision by faith, and uncircumcision from the dead, who was delivered through faith. Do we then make for our offences, and was raised void the law through faith? God again for our justification, forbid : yea, we establish the law. 4:1. What shall we then
that 1 5:1. Therefore being justified by Abraham, our father as pertaining faith, we have peace with God to the flesh, hath found? For if through our Lord Jesus Christ : by Abraham were justified by works, whom also we have access by faith he hath whereof to glory, but not into this grace wherein we stand, and before God. For what saith the rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Scripture ? Abraham believed God, 10: 5. For Moses describeth the and it was counted unto him for righteousness which is of the law, righteousness. (Gen. 15: 6.) Now That the man which doeth those to him that worketh is the reward things shall live by them. (Lev. not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 18: 5.) But the righteous which is But to him that worketh not, but be- of faith speaketh on this wise, Say lieveth on him that justifieth the un- not in thine heart, Who shall ascend godly, his faith is counted for righ- into heaven? (Deut. 30:12.) (that is
Even as David also de- to bring Christ down from above:) or scribeth the blessedness of the man Who shall descend into the deep ? unto whom God imputeth righteous- (that is, to bring up Christ again from ness without works, saying, Blessed the dead.) But what saith it? The are they whose iniquities are for- word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, given, and whose sins are covered ; and in thy heart : (Deut. So: 14.) blessed is the man to whom the Lord I that is the word of faith, which we
preach. That if thou shalt confess, fore to enter into that rest, lest any with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and man fall, after the same example of shalt believe in thy heart that God unbelief. hath raised him from the dead, thou 11: 6. Without faith it is imposshalt be saved. (For with the heart, sible to please Him; for he that man believeth unto righteousness ; ) cometh to God must believe that be and with the mouth confession is is, and that he is the rewarder of made unto salvation.) For the scrip- then that diligenıly seek him. ture saith, Whosoever believeth on 1 John 3:23. This is God's comhim shall not be ashamed. (Isa. mandment, that we should believe 28 : 16.)
on the name of his Son Jesus Christ. 11:21. Because of unbelief they Acts 8: 36. See, here is water, were broken off, and thou standest what doth hinder me to be baptized ? by faith. Be not high-minded, but And Philip said, If thou believest fear : for if God spared not the nat- with all thine heart, thou mayest. ural branches, take heed lest he also 2 Cor. 5: 7. We walk by faith, spare not thee.
Behold therefore not by sight. the goodness and severity of God ! 4:18. We look not at the things on them which fell, severity ; but which are seen and are temporal; toward thee, goodness, if thou con- but at the things which are not seen tinue in his goodness : otherwise and are eternal. thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in : for God is able to graft them in again.
§ 2. TRUE FAITH DESCRIBED. HEB. 3: 12. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil James 2: 14. What doth it profit, heart of unbelief, in departing from my brethren, though a man say he the living God. But exhort one hath faith, and have not works? another daily, while it is called To- can faith save him ? If a brother or day ; lest any of you be hardened sister be naked, and destitute of daithrough the deceitfulness of sin, (for ly food, and one of you say unto we are made partakers of Christ, if them, depart in peace, be ye warmwe hold the beginning of our confi- ed and filled ; notwithstanding ye dence steadfast unto the end ; while give them not those things which it is said, To-day if ye will hear his are needful to the body ; what doth voice, harden not your hearts, as in it profit ? Even so faith, if it hath the provocation. For some, when not works, is dead, being alone. they had heard, did provoke : how-Yea, a man may say, thou hast faith, beit, not all that came out of Egypt and I have works: show me thy faith by Moses. But with whom was he without thy works, and I will show grieved forty years ? was it not with thee my faith by my works. Thou them that had sinned, whose car- believest that there is one God; casses fell in the wilderness ? And thou doest well: the devils also beto whom sware he that they should lieve, and tremble. But wilt thou not enter into his rest, but to them know, O vain man, that faith withthat believed not ? So we see that out works is dead ? Was not Abrathey could not enter in because of ham our father justified by works, unbelief.
when he had offered Isaac his son
upon the altar ? Seest thou how 4: 1. Let us therefore fear, lest faith wrought with his works, and a promise being left us of entering by works was faith made perfect ? into his rest, any of you would seem And the scripture was fulfilled, to come short of it.
For unto us which saith, Abraham believed God, was the gospel preached, as well as and it was imputed unto him for unto them: but the word preached righteousness, and he was called the did not profit them, not being mixed Friend of God. Ye see then how with faith in them that heard it. For that by works a man is justified, and we which have believed do enter not by faith only. Likewise also was into rest.6. They to whom it was not Rahab the harlot justified by first preached entered not in because works, when she had received the of unbelief. – 11. Let us labor there- / messengers, and had sent them out another way ? For as the body with- son. And the angel of the LORD out the spirit is dead, so faith with- called unto him out of heaven, and out works is dead also.
said, Abraham, Abraham: and he 1 John 5: 4. This is the victory said, here am I. And he said, lay that overcometh the world, even not thine hand upon the lad, neither our faith.
do thou any thing unto him: for now 1 Thess. 1: 3. We give thanks I know that thou fearest God, seeing to God, remembering your work of thou hast not withheld thy son, thine faith, and labor of love, and patience only son from me. And Abraham of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. lifted up his eyes, and looked, and
2 Thess. 1: 3. We are bound to behold behind him a ram caught in thank God always for you, brethren, a thicket by his horns: and Abrabecause that your faith groweth ex- ham went and took the ram, and ofceedingly, and the charity of you fered him up for a burnt-offering in every one toward each other abound- the stead of his son. And Abraham eth.
called the name of that place JehoTitus 3:8. This is a faithful say- | vah-jireh: as it is said to this day, ing, and these things I will that thou In the mount of the Lord it shall be affirm constantly, that they which seen. have believed in God be careful to Num. 14: 6. And Joshua the son maintain good works.
of Nun, and Caleb the son of JeGal. 5:6. In Jesus Christ nei- phunneh, which were of them that ther circumcision availeth any thing searched the land, rent their clothes : nor uncircumcision ; but faith which and they spake unto all the compaworketh by love.
of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good
land. If the Lord delight in us, then § 3. TRUE FAITH ILLUSTRATED. he will bring us into this land, and
give it us ; a land which floweth with Gen. 15: 5. And he brought him milk and honey. Only rebel not ye forth abroad, and said, look now to- against the LORD, neither fear ye the ward heaven, and tell the stars, if people of the land; for they are bread thou be able to number them: and for us: their defence is departed from he said unto him, so shall thy seed them, and the Lord is with us: fear be. And he believed in the Lord; them not. But all the congregation and he counted it to him for right- bade stone them with stones. 22:1. And it came to pass after
1 Deut.1:26. Notwithstanding ye these things, that God did tempt would not go up, but rebelled against Abraham, and said unto him, Abra- the commandment of the Lord your ham: and he said, behold, here I God: and ye murmured in your am. And he said, take now thy son, tents, and said, Because the LORD thine only son Isaac, whom thou hated us, he hath brought us forth lovest, and get thee into the land out of the land of Egypt, to deliver of Moriah ; and offer him there for us into the hand of the Amorites, to a burnt-offering upon one of the destroy us. Whither shall we go up? mountains which I will tell thee of. our brethren have discouraged our And Abraham rose up early in the heart, saying, The people is greater morning, and saddled his ass, and and taller than we; the cities are took two of his young men with him, great and walled up to heaven ; and and Isaac his son, and clave the moreover we have seen the sons of wood for the burnt-offering, and the Anakims there. Then I said unto rose up, and went unto the place of you, Dread not, neither be afraid of which God had told him. 9. And them. The LORD your God, which they came to the place which God goeth before you, he shall fight for had told him of; and Abraham built you, according to all that he did for an altar there, and laid the wood in you in Egypt before your eyes; and order, and bound Isaac his son, and in the wilderness, where thou hast laid him on the altar upon the wood. seen how that the Lord thy God And Abraham stretched forth his bare thee, as a man doth bear his hand, and took the knife to slay his / son, in all the way that ye went, un,
til ye came into this place. Yet in ever liveth, and believeth in me, this thing ye did not believe the shall never die. Believest thou this? LORD your God, who went in the She saith unto him, yea, Lord: I beway before you, to search you out a lieve that thou art the Christ, the place to pitch your tents in, in fire Son of God, which should come into by night, to show you by what way the world. ye should
and in a cloud by day. 9: 35. Jesus heard that they had And the Lord heard the voice of cast him out: and when he had found your words, and was wroth, and him, he said unto him, Dost thou sware, saying, Surely there shall not believe on the Son of God ? He one of these men of this evil genera- answered and said, Who is he, tion see that good land, which I Lord, that I might believe on him ? sware to give unto your fathers, And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; both seen him, and it is he that talkhe shall see it, and to him will leth with thee. And he said, Lord, I give the land that he hath trodden believe. And he worshipped him. upon, and to his children, because And Jesus said, For judgment I am he hath wholly followed the Lord. come into this world ; that they Also the LORD was angry with me which see not might see, and that for your sakes, saying, 'Thou also they which see might be made blind. shalt not go in thither.
Phil. 3 : 8. I count all things Mat. 8: 8. The centurion an- but loss for the excellency of the swered and said, Lord, I am not knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; worthy that thou shouldest come un- for whom I have suffered the loss der my roof; but speak the word of all things, and count them but only, and my servant shall be heal- dung, that I may win Christ, and be ed. For I am a man under authori- found in him, not having mine own ty, having soldiers under me ; and I righteousness, which is of the law; say unto this man, Go, and he go- but that which is through the faith eth ; and to another, Come, and he of Christ, the righteousness which cometh ; and to my servant, Do this, is of God by faith: that I might know and he doeth it. When Jesus heard him, and the power of his resurrecit he marvelled, and said to them tion, and the fellowship of his sufthat followed, Verily I say unto you, ferings, being made conformable unI have not found so great faith, no to his death. not in Israel.
9: 27. And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him crying, and saying, Thou son of § 4. FAITH — HOW OBTAINED. David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the Rom. 10: 12. For there is no blind men came to him: and Jesus difference between the Jew and the saith unto them, Believe ye that I Greek: for the same Lord over all am able to do this? They said unto is rich unto all that call upon him. him, yea, Lord. Then touched he For whosoever shall call upon the their eyes, saying, According to your name of the Lord, shall be saved. faith, be it unto you. And their eyes [Joel 2: 8.] How then shall they were opened.
call on him in whom they have not
believed? and how shall they believe | John 11; 21. Then said Martha in him of whom they have not heard? unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been and how shall they hear without a here, my brother had not died. But preacher ? And how shall they I know that, even now, whatsoever preach, except they be sent? as it is thou wilt ask of God, God will give written, How beautiful are the feet it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy of them that preach she gospel of brother shall rise again. Martha peace, and bring glad things of good saith unto him, I know that he shall things ! [Isa. 52: 57.] But they rise again in the resurrection at the have not all obeyed the gospel. For last day. Jesus said unto her, I am Esaias saith, Lord, who hath bethe resurrection, and the life: he that" lieved our report? [Isa. 59: 1.] believeth in me, though he were so then, faith cometh by hearing, dead, yet shall he live: and whoso- I and hearing by the word of God.
John 20: 28. And Thomas an- | through faith, and that not of yourswered and said unto him, My Lord, selves, it is the gift of God. and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Phil. 1: 29. Unto you it is Thomas, because thou hast seen me given, on the bebalf of Christ, not thou hast believed: blessed are they only to believe on him, but also that have not seen, and yet have so to suffer for his sake. believed. And many other signs LUKE 17: 5. The apostles said truly did Jesus in the presence of. unto the Lord, Increase our faith. his disciples, which are not written | And the Lord said, If ye had faith in this book. But these are written, as a grain of mustard seed, ye might that ye might believe that Jesus is say unto this sycamine-tree, Be thou the Christ, the Son of God; and plucked up by the roots, and be thou that believing ye might have life planted in the sea, and it should through his name.
obey you. 5: 44. How can ye believe which Heb. 12: 1. Wherefore seeing we receive honor one of another, and also are compassed about with so seek not the honor that cometh from great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay God?
aside every weight, and the sin which 14: 1. Ye believe in God: believe doth so easily beset us, and let us run also in me.
with patience the race set before us; Ps. 106: 11. The waters covered looking unto Jesus, the author and their enemies; then believed they finisher of our faith. his words; they sing his praise. 1 Cor. 12: 8. To one is given by
Gal. 5: 22. The fruit of the the Spirit 'the word of wisdom... spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffer- to another the word of knowledge, ing, gentleness, goodness, faith. to another faith, by the same Spirit. 1 Tim. 1: 14. The grace of our John 17 : 20.
Neither pray I Lord Jesus Christ was exceeding for these alone; but for them also, abundant with faith and love which which shall believe on me through is in Christ Jesus.
their word. 2 Peter 1:1. To them that have Acts 4: 4. Many of them which obtained like precious faith with us, heard the word believed. through the righteousness of God 8: 12. They believed Philip, and our Savior Jesus Christ, grace preaching the things concerning the and mercy be multiplied unto you, kingdom of God, and the name of through the knowledge of God and the Lord Jesus. of Jesus our Lord, according as his 11: 19. They which were scatdivine power hath given unto us all tered abroad, upon the persecution things that pertain unto life and that arose about Stephen, travelled godliness, through the knowledge of as far as Phenice,... preaching the him that hath called us to glory and word ... and the hand of the Lord virtue.
was with them, and a great multi
tude believed. ... Then tidings of T Mat. 16: 16. Simon Peter an- these things came unto the ears of swered and said, Thou art the Christ, the church which was in Jerusalem, the Son of the living God. And and they sent forth Barnabas.... Jesus answered and said unto him, He was a good man, and full of the Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona, Holy Ghost and of faith, and much for flesh and blood hath not revealed people was added to the Lord. it unto thee; but my Father which is in heaven.
| 14:1. At Iconium, they went into Rom. 12: 3. Think soberly as a synagogue of the Jews, and so God hath dealt to every man the spake, that a great multitude, both measure of faith.
of Jews, and also of the Greeks, be1 Cor. 2: 4. And my speech, and lieved. my preaching was not with enticing 26: 16. I have appeared unto thee words of man's wisdom, but in for this purpose, to make thee a demonstration of the spirit and of minister and a witness ... deliverpower; that your faith should not ing thee from the people, and from stand in the wisdom of men, but in the Gentiles, unto whom now I send the power of God.
thee; to open their eyes, and to turn Eph. 2: 8. By grace are ye saved them from darkness to light, and