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thy way, thy son liveth ; and the man I have given unto them the words believed the word that Jesus had which thou gavest to me, and they spoken unto him, and he went his have received them ; and they have way, &c. And himself believed, and known surely that I came out from his whole house.-John iv. 39. 41, thee, and they have believed that 42. 49, 50. 53.
thou didst send me.-John xvii. 8. He that believeth on him that sent 25. xi. 45. 1 John v. 10, 11. me, &c. Had ye believed Moses, &c. Thomas, &c. said unto him, My But if ye believe not his writings, &c. Lord and my God! &c. Jesus saith, John v. 24. 46, 47.
&c. Blessed are they that have not This is the work of God, that ye seen, and yet have believed. These believe on bim whom he hath sent, &c. things are written, that ye might beSimon Peter answered him, Lord, to lieve that Jesus is the Christ, the Son whom shall we go? thou hast the of God.-John xx. 28, 29. 31. words of eternal life. And we be- The Eunuch said, What doth hinlieve and are sure, that thou art that der me to be baptized ? And Philip Christ the Son of the living God.- said, If thou believest with all thine John vi. 29. 68, 69.
heart, thou mayest. And he anFor if ye believe not that I am he, swered and said, I believe that Jesus ye shall die in your sins, &c. Abra- Christ is the Son of God. He bapham saw my day, &c.-John viii. tized him.-Acts viii. 36–38. 24. 56.
Paul preached Christ in the synaThe man who was born blind Christ gogues, that he is the Son of God, cured : and when the Jews had cast &c. Proving that this is very Christ. him out, Jesus heard of it: and when Acts ix. 20. 22. xvii. 3. he had found him, he said unto him, God gave them the like gift, &c. Dost thou believe on the Son of God? Then hath God also to the Gentiles And he answered and said, Who is granted repentance unto life.-Acts he, Lord, that I might believe on him? xi. 17, 18. &c. It is he that talketh with thee. We believe, that through the grace And he said, Lord, I believe ; and he of the Lord Jesus, we shall be saved worshipped him.--John ix. 33–38. even as they.-Acts xv. 11.
Jesus, &c. whosoever liveth and Testifying both to the Jews, &c. believeth in me, shall never die. Be- faith towards our Lord Jesus.-Acts lievest thou this? She saith unto him, XX. 20, 21. Yea, Lord, I believe that thou art the Believing all things which are writChrist, the Son of God, which should ten in the law and the prophets, and come into the world.—John xi. 25- have hope towards God, which they 27. vi. 14.
themselves also allow, that there, &c. He that believeth on me, believeth --Acts xxiv. 14, 15. John ii. 22. not on me, but, &c.-John xii. 44. That they may receive forgiveness
That when it is come to pass, ye of sins, &c. by faith that is in me. may believe that I am he.—John xiii. Acts xxvi. 18. 19. Acts xxvi. 18.
Paulsaid, Be of good cheer, for there Ye believe in God, believe also in shall be no loss,&c. Beof good cheer: me.-John xiv. 1.
for I believe God, that it shall be even The Father himself loveth you, be- as it was told me.-Acts xxvii. 21-25. cause ye have loved me, and have To him that worketh not, but bebelieved that I came out from God, lieveth on him that justifieth the un&c. Now are we sure, that thou godly, his faith is counted for righteknowest all things, &c. By this we ousness, &c. Abraham against hope believe that thou camest forth from believed in hope, &c. And being not God.- John xvi. 27. 30.
weak in faith, he considered not his 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 wetrust 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, 1 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 entic- sound in the faith. - Titus i. 1, 2. ing words, &c. that your faith should 13. ii. 2. pot stand in the wisdom of men, but And faith which thou hast towards in the power of God.--1 Cor. ii. 4, 5. the LordJesus.-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 you, &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 received 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. 19, 20. seeing him who is invisible. And But ye, beloved, building up yoursome 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, a 27. 35. vi. 18.
Sect. III. Farther Benefits and If any of you lack wisdom, let him
Advantages of Faith. ask of God, &c. but let him ask in Noah 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. xxvij. 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 are built up, &c.—1 Pet. ii. 4, 5. den, and no manner of hurt, &c. be
To 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 Johnji.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 whosoeverbelieveth on me, should And their eyes were opened.—Matt, not abide in darkness.-John xii. 46. ix. 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 xiv, 28- 3).
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 presence of you all. thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou --Acts iji. 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 we not 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 grain of mustard-seed, ye shall say shipwreck; he believed God.--Acts unto this mountain, Remove hence xxvii. 22–25. into yonder place, and it shall re- Rejoicing in hope.-Rom. xii. 12. move; and nothing shall be impos- The God of hope fill you with all sible unto you.—Matt. xvii. 19, 20. joy and peace in believing.-Rom. Mark xi. 23. Matt. xxi. 21.
xv. 13. The faith of the woman with the Weare always confident; knowing bloodyissue 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), Be not 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 2 Cor. v. 6—8. are possible to him that believeth, They which are of faith, the same &c. He cried out, Lord, I believe : are the children of Abraham, &c. We belp thou my unbelief. Jesus healed received, &c. the Spirit through faith. his 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 said), 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 wickceive. John vii. 38, 39. iv. 14. ed. Eph. yi. 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. ïïi. 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. -1 Thess. v. 8.
honour, and glory, at the appearing Therefore we both labour, and of Jesus Christ. - 1 Pet. i. 7. suffer reproach, because we trust in Be ready always to give, &c. a the living God, who is the Saviour of reason of the hope that is in you.all men, especially of those that be- 1 Pet. iii. 15. lieve.—1 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.
The word preached did not profit Exod. 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. Prov. 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. xx. 20. on sackcloth, &c. Who can tell if
That by two immutable things, &c. God will turn, and repent! &c. And we might have strong consolation, God saw their works, that they turned who have fled for refuge to lay hold from their evil way, &c.-Jonah iii. upon the hope set before us; which 5.8—10. hope we have, as an anchor of the They trembled at the words of God, soul, both sure and stedfast, &c.- when he threatened for sin.--Ezra ix. 4. Heb. vi. 18, 19.
2 Kings xxii. 11.13.18,19. Isa. Ixvi. 2. Faith enabled men to do and suffer The vision is yet for an appointed great things for God.-See at large time : but at the end it shall speak, Heb. xi. xii. 1, &c.
and shall not lie: though it tarry, And the prayer of faith shall save wait for it,&c. Behold his soul which the sick, and the Lord shall raise him is lifted up, is not upright in bim; up.-James v. 15.
but the just shall live by his faith.Who are kept by the power of God, Hab. ii. 3, 4. through faith unto salvation, &c. re- Why are ye so fearful? How is it ceiving the end of your faith, even that ye have no faith ?-Mark iv. 40. the salvation of your souls.—1 Pet. Heb. xi. 23. 27. i. 5.9.
The woman who had much forgiven To them that have obtained like unto her, loved much, and expressed precious faith with us.—2 Pet. i. 1. it much; and Jesus said, Her sins,
This is the victory that over- which are many, are forgiven; for she cometh the world, even our faith. - loved much : but to whom little is 1 John v. 4.
forgiven, the same loveth little.
Luke vii. 38. 42, 43. 47. Sect. 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, iü. 2.
yet still they waited.-John v. 2–7. It is called the faith of God's elect; Abraham rejoiced to see my day;