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Faith

“And now I have told you before it come to pass,

 

 that when it is come to pass, ye might believe.”

 

JOHN 14:29.

 

 

Jesus refers to what He had said concerning His death and resurrec­tion, His sufferings and glory. As nothing befell Him by chance, so noth­ing took Him by surprise. All was laid out in His view, and He saw the end from the beginning, and foretold it all before any of it had come to pass. For what purpose? “That when it is come to pass,” says He, “ye might believe.”

 

Hence we see the importance of faith. This is what He always required in those He healed. “Only believe,” said He to the ruler of the synagogue. He said to His disciples, with regard to the death of Lazarus, “I am glad, for your sakes, that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe.” If a man wishes a tree to grow, he waters not the branches, but the root. Holy tempers and good works are the fruits of religion: faith is the root; and as this is enlivened, every thing in the divine life prospers. Unbelief makes God a liar, renders the Scripture a nonentity, and leaves the soul open to every sin. But he that believ­eth shall be saved. Yea, he hath everlasting life. By faith we stand walk, live. We are justified. We are sanctified by faith. Faith puri­fies the heart, and overcomes the world. Unless we believe, we shall not be established. We are filled with all joy and peace in believing. We read of the joy of faith, the prayer of faith, the work of faith, the obedience of faith, the fight of faith every thing is ascribed to faith in the word of God.

 

Rev. Wm. Jay

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