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faith-Justified by faith-Receive the forgiveness of sins by faith— Access to God by faith-Christ dwelling in the heart by faithWork righteousness through faith-Obtain promises by faith-Walk by faith-Stand by faith-Saved by grace, through faith-And St. Peter adds, kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation." Tim. iii. 15. Gal. iii. 26. Rom. iii. 18. Acts xxvi. 18, 15, 9. Gal. iii. 14. Eph. iii. 12, 17. Heb. 11, 38. 2 Cor. v. 7. 20. Eph. ii. 8. 1 Pet. i. 5.

'Descending from the skies

To wretched man, the Goddess in her left

Holds out this world, and in her right the next.
Supporter sole of man above himself,

Ev'n in this night of frailty, change, and death,
She gives the soul, a soul that acts a God,
Salvation; and by grace: by grace through faith.
Here is firm footing: here is solid rock :
This can support us; all is sea besides ;
Sinks under us; bestorms and then devours.
His hand the good man fastens on the skies,

And bids earth roll, nor feels her idle whirl."

Rom. xi. Berridge.


The peculiar specific nature of faith, whereby it is differenced from all other powers, acts, and graces in the mind, lies in this, that it lives on, or makes a life of, things invisible. It is not only conversant about them, but mixeth itself with them, making them the spiritual nourishment of the soul. Owen.

Faith is a working grace; it hath a deal of work to do; it has its bands always full, and is employed about many things; it is the grace by which a soul goes to God, as its covenant God, lays hold on him as such, pleads his promises with him, asks favours of him, and is very importunate, and will have no denial; and by which it goes to Christ as at its first conversion, afterwards for fresh supplies of grace, out of that fulness of grace that is in him; it receives him, and all from him, and through him, pardon, righteousness, adoption of children, and an eternal inheritance; and it is that grace which carries back all the glory to God and Christ, and to free grace. It glorifies God, exalts Christ, humbles the creature, and magnifies

the grace
of God; it has much work to do this way; and it works
by love, by acts of love to God, to Christ, and to the saints; and it
puts the soul upon a cheerful obedience to every ordinance and
command; and hence obedience is styled the obedience of faith;
and indeed all good works, that are properly so, are done in faith ;
Dr. Gill,
and faith without works is dead.

Nature is dumb on this important point,
Or hope precarious in low whisper breathes.
Faith speaks aloud, distinct; even adders hear,
But turn, and dart into the dark again.
Faith builds a bridge across the gulf of death,
To break the shock blind nature cannot shun,
And lands thought smoothly on the farther shore.
Death's terror is the mountain faith removes,
That mountain barrier between man and peace;
'Tis faith disarms destruction, and absolves
From ev'ry clamorous charge the guiltless tomb.


This faith is said to be" the gift of God," and " of the opera tion of God;" hence we conclude that no man in bis natural state possesses it; but that it is a supernatural principle coming from God, and producing effects above nature: the whole of the 11th chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews is a confirmation of this statement, and I trust my dear Betah knows something experimentally of its power and influence; for it is the same in nature, though different in strength, in all the family of God; hence the Apostle Peter calls it," like precious faith."

Your faith may not be strong enough to remove mountains; but if it be strong enough to trust Christ in the vale, it is like precious faith. It may not be strong enough to triumph over all enemies, yet strong enough to maintain daily war with them. It may not be strong enough to take a standing on the summit of Calvary, gaze on the atouing Saviour, and exclaim, He is “ my Lord and my God," may be strong enough to lie at the foot of his cross, and wajt


to be sprinkled with his blood.

"Little faith," weak faith, and even faith which is but as a grain of mustard-seed, is nevertheless the faith of God's elect; in Paul it

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may be strong enough to say, "I know whom I have believed;" in you, it may only be able to say, Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief." The faith which exclaims, " None of these things move me," and that which cries out, "Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe," is like precious faith; yea, the faith of Abraham, “ who against hope believed in hope;" the faith of David, who sung, “ Although my house be not so with God, yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant;" the faith of Job, who exclaimed, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him;" the faith of Paul, whose whole life, after his conversion, was one continued triumph of faith; and the faith of the awakened sinner, who weeps at the feet of Jesus, seeks to touch the hem of his garment, or breathes out the heartfelt cry, "Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy upon me;" is all "like precious faith. Irons.

The reason why I am so much taken with the garnish and seeming beauty of this world's vanities, so as to step out of the road of holiness to catch at or delight myself in them, is only because I look upon them with an eye of sense; for, could I behold every thing with the eye of faith, I should judge of them, not as they seem to me, but as they are in themselves-vanity and vexation of spirit; for faith bath a quick and piercing eye, that can look through the outward superficies into the inward essence of things. It can look through the pleasing bait to the hidden hook; view the sting as well as the honey; the everlasting punishment as well as the temporal contentment there is in sin. It is, as the Apostle very well defines it," the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen." Heb. xi. 1. 'Tis the substance of whatsoever is promised by God to me, or expected by me from him; so that by faith, whatsoever I hope for in heaven, I may have the substance of upon earth; and it is the evidence of things not seen, the clear demonstration of what would otherwise seem impossible; so that I can clearly discern, as through a prospect, hidden things, and things afar off, as if they were open, and just at hand. I can look into the deepest mysteries as fully revealed, and see heaven and eternity as just ready to receive me.

Bishop Beveridge.

Happy man, whosoever thou art, that canst look by an eye of faith at the gospel, as the charter of thy liberties; at the condemning law, as cancelled by thy Surety; at the earth, as the footstool of thy Father's throne; at heaven, as the portal of thy Father's house; at all the creatures in heaven and earth, as an heir is wont to look at his father's servants; and which are therefore his, so far as he shall need them, according to that declaration," All are yours, for ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's."

Faith can support, when nature shrinks. Faith can call God Father, when he frowns; and make some discovery of a sun through the darkest cloud. Arrowsmith.

Faith gives glory to God; because it brings nothing to him but poverty, want, and emptiness. All graces bring something to God, but faith brings nothing. Love brings a flaming, burning heart to God;-repentance brings a bleeding, broken heart to God;-obedience brings a working hand to God ;-patience brings, as it were, a broad back to God, let him lay on what he will;-poor faith brings nothing but the poor man's bare hand and empty dish. The poorer man comes to God, the more glory to God. It is remarkable, that in those cases wherein we bring something to God, we are apt to carry away something of the glory that belongs to him.


Faith is the confident expectation of things hoped for security of the divine promises. It is also the powerful conviction of things which are not seen; but of whose certainty there is such a full persuasion, that they act upon the mind as if they were present. Dr. Doddridge.

By faith I know the worlds were made
By God's great word of might;
How soon, Let there be light, he said,
That moment there was light.



By faith I soar and force my flight,

Through all the clouds of sense;
I see the glories out of sight,
With brightest evidence.

By faith I mount the azure sky,
And from the lofty sphere,
The earth a little mote espy,
Unworthy of my care.

By faith I see the unseen things,

Hid from all mortal eyes;

Proud Reason stretching all its wings,
Beneath me flutt'ring lies.

By faith I overcome the world,

And all its hurtful charms;
I'm in the heav'nly chariot hurl'd
Through all opposing harms.

By faith I have a conquering pow'r,
To tread upon my foes,

To triumph in a dying hour,
And banish all my woes.

By faith I trust a pardon free,
Which puzzles flesh and blood;
To think that God can justify,
Where yet he sees no good.

By faith I keep my Lord's commands,
To verify my trust;

I purify my heart and hands,
And mortify my lust.

By faith I see JEHOVAH high
Upon a throne of grace;
I see him lay his vengeance by,
And smile in Jesu's face.

By faith I walk, I run, I fly,

By faith I suffer thrall;
By faith I'm fit to live or die,

By faith I can do all.


A believer has not so much to boast of as a common beggar. He that gives to a beggar, gives a bare alms only; whereas God gives his people both Christ's righteousness to justify them, and also the hand of faith, by which they receive it.


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