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own body now dead, &c. but was have a building of God, an house not strong in faith, giving glory to God; made with hands, eternal in the heaand being fully persuaded that what vens, &c. We are confident, I say, he had promised he was able also to and willing rather to be absent from perform: and therefore it was impu- the body, and to be present with the ted to him for righteousness.-Rom. Lord, &c. Knowing therefore the iv. 5. 16. 18-22.
terror of the Lord, we persuade men, Now if we be dead with Christ, we &c.--2 Cor. v. 1.6. 8. 11. believe that we shall also live with That we should be to the praise of him.-Rom. vi. 8.
his glory, who first trusted (or hoped) We are saved by hope : but hope in Christ.—Eph. i. 12. that is seen is not hope: for, what a Buried with him in baptism; whereman seeth, why doth he yet hope for? in also you are risen with him, through But if we hope for that we see not, the faith of the operation of God, who then do we with patience wait for it, hath raised him from the dead. &c. I am persuaded that neither life, Col. ii. 12. &c.—Rom. viii. 24, 25. 38, 39. We pray always for you, that our
The righteousness which is of faith, God would, &c. fulfil all the good speaketh on this wise : say not in pleasure of his goodness, and the work thine heart, Who shall ascend into of faith, with power.—2 Thess. i. 11, heaven? that is, to bring Christ down Therefore we both labour, and suffer from above: or, Who shall descend reproach, because we trust in the living into the deep? that is, to bring_up God, who is the Saviour of all men, Christ again from the dead. But especially of those that believe.what saith it? The word is nigh thee, I Tim. iv. 10. in thy mouth, and in thy heart; that Fight the good fight of faith ; lay is, the word of faith which we preach; hold on eternal life.—1 Tim. vi. 12. that if thou shalt confess with thy When I call to remembrance the mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt be- unfeigned faith that is in thee, &c. lieve in thine heart that God hath I am not ashamed, for I know whom raised him from the dead, thou shalt I have believed; and I am persuaded, be saved; for with the heart man be- that he is able to keep that which I lieveth unto righteousness.-Rom. x, have committed unto him against that 6-10.
day.--2 Tim. i. 5. 12. James i. 5, 6. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, According to the faith of God's &c.-Rom. xiii. 14.
elect, &c. In hope of eternal life, No man can say that Jesus is the which God, that cannot lie, promised Lord, but by the holy Ghost.—1 Cor. before the world began, &c. Rebuke xii. 3.
them sharply, that they may be found My preaching was not with enti- sound in the faith.-Titus i. 1, 2. cing words, &c. that your faith should 13. ii. 2. not stand in the wisdom of men, but And faith which thou hast towards in the power of God.—1 Cor. ii, 4,5. the Lord Jesus.-Phil.5. Acts xx.20,21.
We also believe, and therefore The word, &c. did not profit them, speak; knowing that he which raised not being mixed with faith in them up the Lord Jesus, shall raise up us that heard it, &c. We which have also, by Jesus, and shall present us believed do enter into rest.—Heb. with yon, &c. While we look not at iv. 2, 3. the things which are seen, but at the We, &c. who have fled for refuge things which are not seen, &c. which to lay hold upon the hope set before are eternal.—2 Cor. iv. 13, 14. 18. us.-Heb. vi. 18.
We know that if our earthly house Faith is the substance of things of this tabernacle were dissolved, we hoped for, the evidence of things not
seen. For he that cometh to God We have seen and do testify, that must believe that he is, and that he the Father hath sent the Son to be is a rewarder of them that diligently the Saviour, &c. Whosoever shall seek him, &c. By faith Abraham, confess that Jesus is the Son of God, &c, sojourned in the land of promise, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. &c. For he looked for a city which And we have known and believed the hath foundations, whose builder and love which God hath unto us, &c.maker is God. Through faith also 1 John iv. 14–16. Sarah herself receiveth strength, &c, Whosoever believeth that Jesus is because she judged him faithful who the Christ is born of God, &c. Who had promised, &c. * These all died in is he that overcometh the world, but faith, not having received the pro- he that believeth that Jesus is the mises, but having seen them afar off, Son of God ? &c. If we receive the and were persuaded of them, and em- witness of men, the witness of God is braced them, and confessed, &c. Abra- greater, &c. We know we are of God. ham offered Isaac, &c. accounting that We know that the Son of God is God was able to raise him up from come, &c. His Son Jesus Christ; the dead, &c. Moses had respect unto this is the true God and eternal life. the recompense of reward, &c., as -1 John v. 1. 5. 9. 19, 20. seeing him who is invisible. And But ye, beloved, building up your some refused deliverance, that they selves in your most holy faith, keep, might obtain a better resurrection. &c.—Jude 20. Heb. xi. 1. 6. 8–11. 13. 17. 19. 26, 27. 35. vi. 18.
Secr. i. Farther Benefits and AdIf any of you lack wisdom, let him
vantages of Faith. ask of God, &c. but let him 'ask in Noan believed, was moved with fear, faith, nothing wavering: for he that built the Ark, was saved.--Heb. xi. 7. wavereth is like a wave of the sea, Pharaoh's servants, who believed &c. For let not that man think that God's word secured their cattle from he shall receive any thing of the Lord. the hail.—Exod. ix. 18—21. 24. -James i. 5-7.
I had fainted, unless I had believed Blessed be God, &c. which hath to see the goodness of the Lord in begotten us again unto a lively hope, the land of the living.-Ps. xxvii. 13. through the resurrection of Jesus Isa. vii. 9. Christ, &c. whom, having not seen, Commit thy works unto the Lord, ye love; in whom, though now you and thy thoughts shall be established. see him not, yet believing, &c. who —Prov. xvi. 3. 2 Chron. xx. 20. by him do believe in God, &c. that Behold, God is my salvation, I will your faith and hope might be in God. trust, &c. Therefore with joy shall -1 Pet. i. 3. 8. 21.
ye draw water out of the wells of salTo whom coming as unto a living vation.—Isa. xii. 2, 3. stone, &c. ye also, as lively stones, Daniel was taken up out of the
&c.—1 Pet. ii. 4, 5. den, and no manner of hurt, &c. beTo them that have obtained like cause he believed in his God.- Dan. precious faith with us.—2 Pet. i. 1. vi. 23.
Who is a liar, but he that denieth Nineveh believed God, and prothat Jesus is the Christ?-1 John ii. 22. claimed a fast, &c. and God saw their
We know that when he shall ap- works, and God repented of the evil pear, we shall be like him; for we that he said he would do unto them. shall see him as he is. That we -Jonah iii. 5-10. should believe on the name of his Son Jesus saith unto the blind men, Jesus Christ.- 1 John iii. 2, 3. 23. Believe ye that I am able to do this? v. 13.
They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then
touched he their eyes, saying, Ac- I am come a light into the world, cording to your faith be it unto you. that whosoever believeth on me, should And their eyes were opened.—Matt. not abide in darkness.-John xii. 46. is. 28-30. Luke xviii. 42.
If thou wouldest believe, thou When Peter was come down out of shouldest see the glory of God. the ship, he walked on the water to John xi. 40. go to Jesus; but when he began to Christ prayed for those who had, fear, he began to sink, &c. And Jesus and afterwards should believe on him. said unto him, O thou of little faith, John xvii. 20. wherefore didst thou doubt?-Matt. Through faith in his name, hath xiy. 28–31.
made this man strong, whom ye see When Christ saw the faith of the and know; yea, the faith which is by woman of Canaan, Jesus answered him, hath given him this perfect and said unto her, O woman, great is soundness in the
all. thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou -Acts iii. 16. wilt. And her daughter was made What doth hinder me to be baptiwhole.—Matt. xv.26-28. Luke xviii. zed? If thou believest with all thine 42. vii. 7.
heart, thou mayest.-Acts viii. 36, 37. The disciples came to Jesus apart, And put no difference between them and said, Why could not we cast him and us, purifying their hearts by faith. out? And Jesus said unto them, Be- —Acts xv. 9. cause of your unbelief: for verily I Paul's faith saved the passengers say unto you, if you have faith as a in their dangerous voyage and in shipgrain of mustard-seed, ye shall say wreck; he believed God.-Acts xxvii. unto this mountain, Remove hence 22—25. into yonder place, and it shall remove; Rejoicing in hope.-Rom. xii. 12. and nothing shall be impossible unto The God of hope fill you with all you.-Matt. xvii. 19, 20. Mark xi. joy and peace in believing.-Rom. 23. Matt. xxi. 21.
xv. 13. The faith of the woman with the We are always confident; knowing bloody issue derived virtue from Christ that whilst we are at home in the to heal her, &c. Jesus said to the body, we are absent from the Lord; ruler (when news was brought that for we walk by faith, and not by sight. his daughter was dead), Benot afraid; We are confident, I say, and willing only believe: and Christ raised her. rather to be absent from the body, Mark v. 27-29. 35, 36. 42. and to be present with the Lord.
If thou canst believe, all things are 2 Cor. v. 6—8. possible to him that believeth, &c. They which are of faith, the same He cried out, Lord, I believe: help are the children of Abraham, &c. We thou my unbelief. Jesus healed his received, &c. the Spirit through faith. child.—Mark ix. 23—27.
-Gal. iii. 7. 14. What things soever ye desire when In whom after that ye believed, ye ye pray, believe that ye receive them, were sealed with the Holy Spirit. and ye shall have them.—Mark xi. 24. Eph. i. 13. James i. 5—7. Matt. xxi. 22. In whom we have boldness, and • The centurion's faith healed his access with confidence, by the faith servant.-Luke vii.9, 10. Matt.viii. 13. of him, &c. that Christ may dwell in
He that believeth on me (as the your hearts by faith.--Eph. iii. 12. 17. scripture hath saith), out of his belly Heb. iv. 16. shall flow rivers of living water. But Above all, taking the shield of this spake he of the Spirit, which faith, wherewith ye shall be able to they that believe on him should re- quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. ceive.-John vii. 38, 39. iv. 14. -Eph. vi. 16.
We are the circumcision, &c. which sound and unfeigned faith.--2 Tim. rejoice in Christ, and have no confi- i. 5. Titus i. 1. 13. ii. 2. dence in the flesh.-Phil. iii. 3.
That the trial of your faith being Putting on the breast-plate of faith much more precious than of gold, &c; and love; and for an helmet the hope might be found unto praise, and of salvation. Thess. v, 8.
honour, and glory, at the appearing .: Therefore we both labour, and suffer of Jesus Christ.—1 Pet..i. 7. reproach, because we trust in the living Be ready always to give, &c. à God, who is the Saviour of all men, reason of the hope that is in you. especially of those that believe.- 1 Pet. iii. 15. I Tim. iv. 10.
Abimelech and Pharaoh's servants, Fight the good fight of faith, lay believing the divine threatenings, hold on eternal life.- 1 Tim. vi. 12. obeyed God.-Gen. xx. 7,&c.—Exod,
The word preached did not profit ix. 19, 20. them, not being mixed with faith in He that believeth, shall not make them that heard it, &c. For we which haste.--Isa. xxviii. 16. vii. 9. Proy. have believed, do enter into rest; &c. xvi. 3. 2 Chron. xx. 20. For he that is entered into rest, he The people of Nineveh believed also hath ceased from his own works. God, and proclaimed a fast, and put
Heb. iv. 2, 3. 10. 2 Chron. on sackcloth, &c. Who can tell if xx. 20.
God will turn, and repent? &c. And That by two immutable things, &c. God saw their works, that they turned we might have strong consolation, from their evil way, &c. Jonah iii. who have fled for refuge to lay hold 5. 8-10. upon the hope set before us; which They trembled at the words of God, hope we have, as an anchor of the when he threatened for sin.-Ezra ix. 4. soul, botla sure and stedfast, &c.- 2 Kings xxii, 11.13.18, 19. Isa. lxvi. 2. · Heb. vi. 18, 19.
The vision is yet for an appointed Faith enabled men to do and suffer time: but at the end it shall speak, great things for God. See at large and shall not lie: though it tarry, Heb. xi. xii. 1, &c.
wait for it, &c. Behold his soul which And the prayer of faith shall save is lifted up, is not upright in him; the sick, and the Lord shall raise him but the just shall live by his faith.up.—James v. 15.
Hab. ii. 3, 4. Who are kept by the power of God,
Why are ye so fearful? How is it through faith unto salvation, &c. re- that ye have no faith ?-Mark iv. 40. ceiving the end of your faith, even the Heb. xi. 23. 27. salvation of your souls. —1 Pet. i. The woman who had much forgiven 5. 9.
unto her, loved much, and expressed To them that have obtained like it much; and Jesus said, Her sins, precious faith with us.--2 Pet. i. 1. which are many, are forgiven; for she
This is the victory that overcometh loved much: but to whom little is the world, even our faith.—1 Johnv.4. forgiven, the same loveth little.
Luke vii. 38. 42, 43. 47. Secr. iv. The Effects, or Fruits by And the apostles said unto the which we know a right Faith. Lord, Increase our faith. ---Luke xvii.
5. Mark ix. 24. We should try ourselves. The faith of the poor impotent Examine yourselves, whether ye be people made them wait at the pool, in the faith. --2 Cor. xiii. 5.
for the moving of the water: and All men have not faith.—2 Thess. though they were disappointed often, iii. 2.
yet still they waited. - John v. 2–7. It is called the faith of God's elect; Abraham rejoiced to see my day;
he saw it, and was glad.—John viii. receive the promise, &c. The just 56.-Luke ii. 28, 29.
shall live by faith.-Heb, x.. 35-38. We cannot but speak the things By faith Noah, being warned of God which we have seen and heard. of things not seen as yet, moved with Acts iv. 20.
fear, prepared an ark, &c. By faith When the Eunuch had believed, he Abraham, when he was called to go, went on his way rejoicing.=Acts viii
. &c. obeyed; and he went out, not 38, 39.
knowing whither he went, &c. ConPurifying their hearts by faith.- fessed that they were strangers, &c. Acts xv. 9.
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, If we hope for that we see not, offered up Isaac, &c. his only begotten then do we with patience wait for it. son, of whom it was said, &c. By -Rom. viii. 25.
faith Moses refused to be called the Rejoicing in hope.-Rom. xii. 12. son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing
The God of hope fill you with all rather to suffer affliction with the joy and peace in believing.-Rom. people of God, than to enjoy the plea
sures of sin for a season: esteeming We having the same spirit of faith; the reproach of Christ greater riches according as it is written, I believed, than the treasures in Egypt: for, &c. and therefore have I spoken: we also --Heb. xi. 7, 8. 13. 17, 18. 24–26. believe, and therefore speak.—2 Cor. What doth it profit, my brethren, iv. 13. Ps. cxvi. 10.
though a man say he bath faith, and We are confident, I say, and willing have not works ; can faith save him? rather to be absent from the body, Faith, if it hath not good works, is and to be present with the Lord, &c. dead, being alone, or by itself. Yea, Knowing therefore the terror of the a man may say, Thou hast faith, and Lord, we persuade men to believe.- I have works; shew me thy faith 2. Cor. v.8. 11.
without thy works, and I will shew Examine yourselves whether ye be thee my faith by my works. Thou in the faith: prove your own selves: believest that there is one God, &c. know ye not your own selves, how but wilt thou know, O vain man, that that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye faith without works is dead? Was be reprobates ?—2 Cor. xiii. 5. not Abraham our father justified by
In Jesus Christ neither circumcision works, when he had offered Isaac his availeth any thing, nor uncircum- son upon the altar? Seest thou how cision; but faith, which worketh by faith wrought with his works? and by love.-Gal. v. 6.
works was faith made perfect, &c. In whom also after that ye believed, Faith without works is dead. James ye were sealed with that holy Spirit ii. 14. 17—22. 26. of promise. Eph. i. 13.
Jesus Christ, whom having not seen, We give thanks to God, remember- ye love; in whom, though now ye see ing without ceasing your work of faith, him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with &c. patience of hope.—1 Thess. i. 2,3, joy unspeakable and full of glory.
We which have believed do enter 1 Pet. i. 7, 8. into rest.—Heb. iv. 3. 10.
Unto you therefore which believe, We might have strong consolation, he is precious (or an honour).who have fled for refuge to lay hold 1 Pet. ii. 7. upon the hope set before us : which We know that when he shall apis the anchor of the soul, sure and pear, we sha l be like him, for we shall stedfast, entering into that within the see him as he is. And every man veil, &c.—Heb. vi. 18, 19.
that hath this hope in him, purifieth Ye have need of patience, that after himself, as he is pure. - 1 John ye have done the will of God, ye might ill. 2, 3.