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I walk by faith, and not by fight e:
Yet knowledge does my faith refound f, Which cannot walk but in the light g,
Ev'n when experience runs a-ground h. By knowledge I discern and spy
In divine light the object showni; By faith I take and close apply
The glorious object as mine own k. My faith thus ftands on divine light,
Believing what it clearly fees 7; Yet faith is opposite to fight,
Trusting its ear, and not its eyes m. Faith lift’ning to a sweet report,
Still comes by hearing, not by fight n;
and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us.ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, &c. 2 Cor. iv. 6. For God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the faceof Jesus Christ.
€ 2 Cor. V. 7. For we walk by faith not by fight.
f John ii. 1. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. g Pfal. ix. 10. And they that know thy name will put
their trust in thee
b Psal. xxxvii. 14. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart : wait, I say, on the Lord.
i 2 Cor. iii. 18. But we all with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord,
& John i. 12. But as many as received lim, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even 10 then that believe on his name.
V Gal. i. 6. But when it pleased God-to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Heathen; immediately I conferred not with felh and blood. * Eph. i. 13. In Christ ye also trusted after that ye
Yet is not faith of saving fort,
But when it fees in divine light o.
In doubts I waste my passing years p;
The opposite of doubts and fears 9.
I walk in darkness and in light r.
While fure by faith and not by fight fi. the word of truth, the gospel of your falvation.
n Rom. x, 17. So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
o Pfal. xxxvi. 7. How excellent is thy loving.kindness, o God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. v. l. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light, p Plal. lxxvii. 3, 4.
I remembered God, and was trou. bledi I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah, Thou holdest mine eyes waking:
I am so troubled that I can. not speak. John xx. 25. But Thomas said unto the other disciples, Except I thall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. Luke xxiv. 21. We trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Ifrael.
Gal. ii.-20. I am crucified with Chrift: Nevertheless I live ; yet oot I, but Christ liveth in me ; and the life which I now live in the Aesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Mark v. 35. As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he faith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. Matth. viü. 26. And Jesus faith unto his disciples, Why are you so fearful, Oye of little faith? Chap. xii. 31. And Jesus said unto Peter, O thou of little faith, wherefore didit thou doubt?
Job xxix. 1, 2, 3. Moreover, Job continued his parable, and said, Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me : when his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness. Pfal. cxii. 4. Unto the upright there arisieth light in the darkness
SEC T. XVI.
The mystery of Faith and Works, and rewards of
Grace and Debt.
I. Of Faith and Works.
E that in word offendeth not,
Is call'd a perfect man I wotą; Yet he whose thoughts and deeds are bad, The law.perfection never had b. I ain design'd a perfect soul, Ev'n though I never kept the whole, Nor any precept c; for 'tis known, He breaks them all, that breaks but one d.
s 1 Pet. i. 8. Whom, having not feen, ye love ; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy anspeakable, and full of glory. Rom. iv. 13,
, -21. Abraham against hope, believed in hope, that he might become the fa. ther of many nations ; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he confie dered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither get the deadness of Sarah's womb. He staggered got at the promise God through unbelief ; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully per. suaded, that what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Psalm lxxxix. 36,-39. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for e. per as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah. But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed. Thou hast made void the covenant of thy fervant: thou halt profaned his crown, by casting it to the ground.
a James iii. 2. If any mao offend not in word, the fame is a perfect man, and able also to bridie the whole body.
6 James ii. 10. For whosoever fall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all,
c Rom. iv. 5, 6. To him that worketh not, but believeth
By faith I do perfection claim e,
Which no law-works adjutant hath k. on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness oi the man unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works. Job i. 1. There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job, and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. Pfalm lxxi. 16. I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. Eccl. vii. 20. For there is not a just man upon earth, that doth good, and finaeth not. d James ii. 10. See letter b.
Phil. iii. 9. I count all things but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteous. Dess, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteoufness which is of God by faith.
f Gal. ii. 16. Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jefus Chrift: even we bave believed in Jesus Chrift; that we might be justified by the faith of Chrilt, and not by the works of the law : for bg the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
& James ii. 14. What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man fay he hath faith, and have not works ? can faith fave him?
h Heb. xi. 6. Withoat faith it is impossible to please God; for he that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Rom. xxiv. 23. Whatsoever is not of faith, is fin.
i James ii. 17. Even so faith if it hath not works, is dead being alone. v. 26. For as the body without the spirit is dead, fo faith without works is dead alfo.
* Rom iii. 21, 22. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets ; even the righteousnels of God which is by faithe
Yea, gospel-works no help can lend I,
And by their presence justify'd n. Jesus Christ uoto all, and upon all them that believe ; for there is no difference. Chap. iv. 4, 5, 6. Now to him that worketh, is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessednefs of the man unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.
| Phil. iii. 4,-9. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more :--touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted lofs for Christ. Yea doubt. Jess, and I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count thens but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine owa righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. Isa. Ixiv. 6. But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnelles are as filthy rags. Hof. xiii. 9. O Israel, thon haft destroyed thyself, but in me is thine help. 11. xlv. 24, 25. Surely, fhall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and Arength : even to him thall men come, and all that are in. censed against him fhall be ashamed. In the Lord shall all the feed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
m Tit. iii. 8. This is a faithful laying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they wbich have believed in God, might be careful to maintain good works : these things are good and profitable unto men. James ii. 18. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works : Thew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. im James ii. 21, 22. Was not Abraham our father justified by works, wher, he had offered Ifaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfe&? v. 24. Yę see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.