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H E B. xi. 6.
to please bim: For be that cometh
that diligently seek him. DEOS HE foregoing Chapter is a very SerMi
earnest and affectionate Exhor- I. Station to the Duty of Faith. W
Ver. 22. Let us draw near with
a true beart, in full asurance of Faith. Ver. 23. Let us bold fast the profesion of our Faith without wavering. Ver. 37. For yet a little while, and be that shell coine will come, and will not tarry : Now the just skall VOL. I.
Ser M.live by Faith. That This exhortation
clearly understanding What the Nature of
ly, tho' very imperfectly; to rely Then up-SERM• on the Merits and Intercession of Christ, I. for the acceptance of those imperfect tho' sincere Endeavours'; This is indeed the Duty, and the Comfort of a Christian; but it is not what the Scripture usually calls Faith. Faith, is that firm Belief of things at present not seen; that conviction upon the Mind, of the Truth of the Promises and Threatnings of God made known in the Gospel; of the certain reality of the Rewards and Punishments of the Life to come; which inables a man, in opposition to all the Temptations of a corrupt World, to obey God in expectation of an invisible Reward hereafter. This is that Faith, which in Scripture is always represented as a moral Virtue, nay as the principal moral Virtue, and the root and spring of all other Virtues ; Because it is an Act, not of the understanding only, but also and chiefly of the Will, so to consider impartially, to approve and embrace the Doctrine of the Gospel, as to make it the great Rule of our Life and Actions. By This Faith it is, that We must be justified; and by This it is, that the Antients whose example is celebrated in this sith chapter, cbtained, as the Apostle expresses it, a
SER M. good report. The Faith of Abraham was,
that he looked for a City which hath founda-
'Tis true; This is not indeed the only Sense of the word, Faith, in Scripture; but 'tis the Principal and most important fense of it. As may appear by considering, that all the Variety of significations, in which the word is used in different places
of Scripture, may properly be reduced, for'S er M. . memory and distinctness fake, to these 1. which follow. ist, The word, Faith, in 'n some places signifies That earnest Trust and Confidence in the Power of God, to which in the Apostles Times was annexed the Gift of working Miracles. Thus Mat. xvii. 20. If ye have Faith (says our Lord to his Apostles) as a grain of mustard-feed; (if ye have That Trust in God, That particular Kind of Faith or Dependence on him, That assured Reliance on his Power without Doubt or wavering, required of you peculiarly at This time; if you have This Faith, though ever so small in comparison, answerable in any measure to your present Office and Advantages;) ye skall say to this mountain, remove hence to yonder place, and it Tall remove. This, was a Faith required of the Apostles at That particular Time, and of Them only. 2dly, In other passages, the word, Faith, signifies the duty of Veracity, Faithfulness, or Truth. Thus Matt. xxiii. 23. Ye have omitted the weightier matters of the Law; judgment, mercy, and Faith; Faith, that is, Fidelity, Truth, or Faithfulness, in the discharge of any Trust reposed in Men. Analogous to which, it is also some1 B 3