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Faith

Faith
We may learn, that faith carries nothing to Christ of its own, but it goes empty and naked to Him, and expects to receive all things from Him, Faith says: Christ loved me, and gave Himself for me, when I did not love Him, nor give myself for Him; yea, when I was an enemy to Him, and crucified Him. Faith says: I have no righteousness, nor wisdom, nor goodness, nor any worth at all to carry to Christ; but I expect all from Him, being in myself poor, and miserable, and blind, and naked.
Unbelief is altogether looking at what we have done for Christ; but faith is altogether beholding what Christ has done for us. Unbelief would like to bring something to Christ, for which Christ might accept it; but faith brings us to Christ, destitute of all good, and full of all evil, and even then casts us with confidence and assurance on His free love and mercy. Unbelief, when it finds no good in itself, dares not go to Christ nor trust in Him; but faith can trust in Christ in the midst of all sin and evil, as well as in the midst of all graces and virtues; for else no flesh could be saved.

(Taken from the 1836 issue of the Gospel Standard—Author unknown)


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