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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 faithNoah.beingwarnedof 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
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If we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it —Rom. viii. 25.
Rejoicing in hope.—Rom. xii. 12.
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac, &c. his only begotten son, of whom it was said, &c. By faith Moses refused to be called the 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 pleaxv. 13, 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 hath faith, and
We areconfident, 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 JesusChristneithercircumcision 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
l0Te. Gal. v. 6. works was faith made perfect, &c.
In whom alsoafter that ye believed, Faith without works is dead.—Jamee 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 yourwork of faith, him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with &c.patienceof hope.—IThess.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 shall 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 iii. 2, 3.
thou believest not my words, which Sect. V. The Dangerous State and snall be fulfilied, &c._Luke i. 20.
Issue of Unbelief. The Son of man when he cometh,
The old world, though informed of shall he find faith on the earth ?— the flood by Noah, yet, because of un- Luke xviii. 8.
belief, was destroyed by it.—Gen. But those mine enemies, which vi.7. would not that I should reign over
When Lot had told his sons-in-law, them, bring hither, and slay them that God would destroy the city, and before me.—Luke xix. 27. John v. had advised them to get out, they be- 40. 43.
lieved him not; and were destroyed Hethatbelievethnot, is condemned in the overthrow.—Gen. xix. 12—14. already: because he hath not believed 25. Exod. ix. 19. 21. 25. in the name of the only begotten Son
How long will it be ere they believe of God, &c. Hethatbelievethnot me? I will smite them.—Numb. xiv. the Son, shall not see life; but the 11,12. wrath of Godabideth on him.—John
I will hide my face, &c. for they iii. 18. 36. are children in whom is no faith.— Verily, verily, I say unto you, exDeut. xxxii. 20. cept ye eat the flesh of the Son of
The lord, in Samaria, because he man, and drink his blood, ye have no believed not the word of God con- life in you.—John vi. 53. cerning relief of provision then in the I said therefore unto you, that ye sore famine as God had spoken, was shall die in your sins; for if ye bethreatened, that he should not eat lieve not that I am he, ye shall die in thereof; and accordingly was trod to your sins.—John viii. 24. death; and saw it, but did not eat.— Ye believe not, because ye are not 2 Kings vii. 1,2. 17—20. of mysheep; as I said unto you, My
A fire was kindled against Jacob, sheep hear my voice, &c.—John x. and anger also came up against Israel, 26,27. v. 38.
because they believed not in God, If any man hear my words, and and trusted not in his salvation.—Ps. believe not, &c. He that rejectlxxviii. 21, 22. eth me, and receiveth not my words,
Woe unto thee, &c. for if the hath one that judgeth him; the word mighty works, &c. had been done in that I have spoken, the same shall Tyre, &c. they would have repented, judge him in the last day.—John xii. &c—Matt. xi. 21. 23. 47, 48.
He did not many mighty works If a man abide not in me, he is there, because of their unbelief.— cast forth as a branch, and is witherMatt. xiii. 58. ed; and men gather them and cast
Peter began to sink through unbe- them into the fire, and they are burnlief. Jesus said unto him, O thou of lit- ed.—John xv. 6. tie faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? He will reprove the world of sin, —Matt.xiv.29-31. Lukexxii. 31-34. ,%c. Of sin, because they believe not
He appeared unto the eleven, and on me.—John xvi. 8, 9. upbraided them with their unbelief Beware therefore, lest that come and hardness of heart; because they upon you, &c. Behold, ye despisers, believed not them who had seen him and wonder, and perish: for I work after he was risen, &c. But he that a work in your days, a work which believethnotshallbedamned.—Mark ye shall in no wise believe, though a xvi. 14.16. man declare it unto you.—Acts xiii.
Thou shalt be dumb, and not able 40,41. to speak, until the day that these How shall they call on him, whom things shall be performed: because they have not believed?—Rom. x. 14.
Well, because of unbelief they were broken off; and thou standest by faith, &c. God spared not the natural branches, &c.—Rom. xi. 20, 21.
He that doubteth, is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith, is sin. —Rom. xiv. 23.
The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven, taking vengeance on them, &c. that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlastingdestruction, &c.—2Thess. i. 7,8.
Antichrist shall prevail upon such who shall perish; because they received not the love of the truth (or the truth in the love thereof) that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.—2 Thess. ii. 8—12.
Holding faith, &c. which some having put away, concerning faith have made shipwreck; of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander, whom I have delivered unto Satan, that being chastised, they may learn not to blaspheme.—1 Tim.i. 19,20.
Unto them that are defiled and unbelieving, is nothing pure, but even their mind and conscience is defiled. —Titus i. 15.
If the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward: how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation. which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord? &c— Heb. ii. 2, 3.
I sware in my wrath, they shall not (or if they shall) enter into my rest. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. And to whom sware he, that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see, that they could not enter in, because of unbelief.—Heb.iii. 11,12.
18, 19. Numb. xiv. 21—23. cvi. 24—26.
The word preached did not profit them; not being mixed with faith (or because they were not united by faith to it) in them that heard it. They to whom it was first preached (or, the gospel was first preached) entered not in, because of unbelief.—Heb. iv. 2. 6.
If we sin, &c. there remaineth no more sacrifice, &c. but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, &c. The just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them that draw back unto perdition, but of them that believe unto the saving of the soul.— Heb. x. 26—29. 38, 39.
Without faith it is impossible to please God: for he, &c.—Heb. xi. 6.
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not, who refused him that spake on earth; much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven.—Heb. xii. 25.
Let him ask in faith, &c. for he that wavereth is like, &c. Let not that man think he shall receive, &c. —James i. 5—7.
Unto you which believe, he is very precious; but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner; and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient; whereunto also they were appointed.—1 Pet. ii. 7, 8.
What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?—1 Pet. iv. 17, 18.
He that believeth not God, hath made him a liar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son; and this is the record, That God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son, &c. He that hath not the Son, hath not life.— 1 Johnv. 10—12.
The fearful and unbelieving, &c shall have their part in the lake which burnetii with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.-Rev.xxi.8. He that despised Moses' law, died without mercy, &c. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God?— Heb. x. 28,29.
THE CHARACTER OF SAINTS, GOOD MEN, AND BELIEVERS, APPEARING IN WORD AND DEED.
Sect. I. That such may be known from others by their Fruits. We should try.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts. —Ps. exxxix. 23, 24.
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again unto the Lord.—Lam. iii. 40.
Ye shall know them by their fruits: do men gather grapes of thorns? &c. —Matt. vii. 16, &c.
The tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things! for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart, bringeth forth good things: and an evil man, out of the evil treasure, bringeth forth evil things.—Matt. xii. 33—35. John iii. 6. Luke vi. 43—45.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon, &c. That which is highly esteemed among men, is abomination, &c.— Luke xvi. 13. 15.
Some have not the knowledge of God, I speak this to your shame.— 1 Cor. xv. 34.
Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith: prove your own selves: know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?—2 Cor. xiii. 5. Gal. vi. 4. Ps. iv. 4.
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.—Rom. viii. 9.
If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.—Gal. vi. 3. 7.
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear olive-berries? either a vine, figs? So can no fountain both yield salt-water and fresh. Who is a wise man, and endued with knowledge amongst you? let him shew out of a good conversation, his works with meekness and wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying, &c. this wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.—James iii. 11—14.
Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketli you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.—1 Pet. iii. 15.
Let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, &c.—Gal. vi. 4.
Sect. Ii. Of the particular Fruits of the Spirit which are indispensably necessary to real Saints.
A Good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good, &c.—Luke vi. 45.
And Enoch walked with God, &c. three hundred years, &c. and Enoch walked with God, and was not, &c. (or, walked according to God continually).—Gen. v. 22.24.
Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generations; and Noah walked with God.—Gen. vi. 9.
And the Lord said unto Noab, Come, &c. for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation, &c. And Noah did according unto all that God commanded him.—Gen. vii. 1. 5.
Abraham went into a strange place out of his own country, when God bid him.—Gen. xii. 1—4.
And Abraham said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? If thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then 1 will go to the left.—Gen. xiii. 8, 9.
And the angel of the Lord said, Abraham, &c. for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only begotten son from me.—Gen. xxii. 11, 12. xviii. 19.
The saints are grieved at the wickedness of men.—Gen. xxxiv. 7. Neh. xiii. 8. Jer. ix. 1,2. xiii. 17.
When Joseph's mistress tempted him to sin, he said, How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?—Gen. xxxix. 9.
When Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have heard say of thee, thou canst understand a dream to interpret it: Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me, God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.—Gen. xli. 15, 16. xl. 8.
The midwives feared God, and obeyed not the king's command to kill the male children.—Exod. i. 16,17.
And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, &c. Now let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and I will make of thee a great nation. And Moses besought the Lord, saying, Wherefore should the Egyptians say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, &c. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, &c. Now if thou wilt forgive their sins: and if not, I pray thee blot me out of thy book which thou hast written.—Exod. xxxii. 9—13. 32.
When Moses was told that Eldad and Medaddid prophesy in the camp, and his servant had said to him, My lord Moses forbid them; Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? Would God that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his Spirit upon them.— Numb. xi. 26—29.
God said unto Moses, I will smite them, &c. and make of thee a greater
nation, and mightier than they. And Moses said unto the Lord, Then the Egyptians shall hear it (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them), and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land; for they have heard, that thou, Lord, art among this people, &c. Now, if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee, will speak, saying, Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness, &c.—Numb. xiv. 12, &c. Deut. ix. 26—28.
When God had told Moses that he must die, Moses prays for Israel: Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, which may go out before them, &c. that the congregation of the Lord be not as sheep which have no shepherd, &c. And he appointed Joshua.—Numb, xxvii. 12—18.
He exhorts Israel at large to cleave to the Lord, when he was to die.— Deut. iv. 22, &c.
When Israel fell before Ai, &c. Joshua said, O Lord, what shall I say when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies? For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear, &c. and what wilt thou do unto thy great name?-Joshua vii. 4—6. 8, 9. Joel ii. 17.
Choose, &c. whom you will serve, &c. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.—Joshua xxiv. 15.
Eli, when he heard the ark of the Lord was taken, fell backward and died: and his daughter-in-law cried out, the glory is departed from Israel, because the ark of God was taken. Yet she was not so much concerned at the news of her husband's death, and herself being near death at the same time.—1 Sam. iv. 17—22.
David's heart smote him, because he cut off Saul's skirt.—1 Sam.xxiv. 5.