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and he went out not knowing whither he Avent. By faith he so-
journed in the land of pi-omise, as in a strange country, dwelling
in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the
same promise : for he looked for a city which hath foundations,
whose builder and maker is God. Through faith also Sarah her-
self received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child
when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had
promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good
as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the
sand which is by the sea-shore innumerable.

These all died in faith, not having received the promises," but
having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and em-
braced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims
on the earth. For they tliat say such things declare ]ihiinly that
they seek a country. And truly, if they liad been mindful of that
Country from whence they came out, they might have had oppor-
tunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country,
that is, au heavenly : wherefoie God is not ashamed to be called
their God ; fur he hath prepared for them a city.



IMPOKTAXCE OF FAITH.



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By faitli Abraham, Avheii he was tried, offered up Isaac : and
he that liad received tlie promises offered up his only begotten
son, of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called :
accounting that God was able to raise him up,' even from the dead ;
from whence also he received him in a figure. By fiiith Isaac
blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By fiith Ja-
cob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph ; and
worshipped, leaning upon the to]) of his staff. By faith Joseph,
when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of
Israel ; and gave commandment concerning his bones. By faith
Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents,
because they saw he was a proper child ; and they were not afraid
of the king's commandment. B}' faith Moses, when he was come
to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter ;
choosing rather to sutler affliction with the people of God, than to
enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season ; esteeming the reproach of
Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt : for he had re-
spect unto the recompense of the reward. By faith he forsook
Egypt, not fearing the wM-ath of the king : for he endured, as see-
ing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the passover,
and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the first-born
should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red sea
as by dry land : which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed
about seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with
them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

And what shall I more say ? for the time would fail me to
tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae, of
Ua\'id also, and Samuel, and of the prophets : who through faith
subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stop-
ped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the
edge of the sword, out of weakness were madestrong, waxed vaHant
in fight, turned to fiiglit the armies of the aliens. Women received
their dead raised to life ao-ain : and others were tortured, not ac-
cepting deliverance ; that they might obtain a better resurrection ;
and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, more-
over of bonds and imprisonment : they were stoned, they were sawn
asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword : they wandered
about in sheep-skins, and goat-skins ; being destitute, afflicted, tor-
mented ; (of whom the world was not worthy :) they wandered in
deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And these all, having obtained a good i-eport through faith, received
not the promise : God having provided some better thing for us,
that they without us should not be made perfect.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth
to all men liberally, and upbraideth not ; and it shall be given
him. But let him ask in faith, UOtl)iug luaucring. For he that



Jiimes, i. 5-7.



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1 Peter, i. 5.



1 Peter,
ii. 6-8.



1 John,
iii. 23.



1 John,
V. 4, 5.



waveretli is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the
Lord.

Who are kept by the power of God tljVOngl] faitl) nnto sal-
vation, ready to be revealed in the last time.

It is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief
corner-stone, elect, precious : and [)c tl)iU bclicuctl) on l]im sl)aU
not be COnfounbcb. Unto you therefuie iul)icl) bcUcoc, he is
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, even to them
which stumble at the word, being disobedient.

And Ibis is his commandment ; ®|]at IDC sl)Oulb bcl'CUC
on ll)C name of l)is Son Jesus Qlljrist, and love one another, as
he gave us commandment.

Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world : and this
is the victory that overoniieth the world, cncn OHV faitl}. Who is
he that overcometh the world, but he ll)al bcUciietl) lljat 5esus

is tl)c Son of ©ob ?



XXIII.



lalnatinn liij jFaitlj.



And they [the children of Israel] journeyed from mount Hor Numbers,
by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom : and the ^''
soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. And
the people spake against God, and against Moses, "Wherefore have
ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness ? for there
is no bread, neither is there any water ; and our soul loatheth this
light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people,
and they bit the people ; and much people of Israel died.

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, "We have sin-
ned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee ; pray
unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses
prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, ^lake thee
a fiery serpent^ and set it upon a pole : and it shall come to pass,
that every one that is bitten, m\)cn \)C lookctl) upou it, shall live.
And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it
came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, m\)cn I]e b^-

!)el5 tl)c acrpcnt of brass, i)t liue5.

It shall come to pass, that I will pour out my Spirit upon jjoei,ii.'28-32.
all flesh ; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your
old. men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions : ,
and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days j
will I pour out my Spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens
and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun
shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the
great and the terrible day of the Lord come. And it shall come to
pass, that tDJiosocucr s!)aU call on t\)c name of tl)c Corb sljall
be bcliocrcb : for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be de-
liverance, as the Lord hath said.

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and Hab. n. 1-4.
will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall an-
swer when I am i-eproved.

And the Lord answered me, and said. Write the vision, and
make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For
the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall
speak, and not lie : though it tarry, wait for it ; because it will
surely come, it will not tarry, liehold, his soul which is lifted
up, is not upright in him : but ll)C jUGt sl)all livC bn l)is faitl).



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.liihn,
iii. 14-16, 18.



John, iii. 3C.



Jolin, V. 24.



Luke,
vii. 30-50.



As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must
the Son of man be lifted up : that whosoever bcUcuctl) ill l)im
should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that wdiosoever bcUcuctl)

in Ijim sl)OUlb not pcrisl), but have everlasting life

. . He that believeth on him is not COnbcmncb : but he that
believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed
in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.

^c tl]at l)clict)ctl} on tl)c Son Ijatl) cocrinsting life : and

he that believeth not the Son, shall not see life ; but the wrath of
God abideth on him.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, {^c tl)iU Ijcarctji mn tDOrb,
axxb bclicuctl) on I)im tl)iU sent me, Ijatl) cucrlasting 'life, and

shall not come into condemnation ; but is passed from death unto
life.

And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with
him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to
meat. And behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner,
when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house,
brought an alabaster-box of ointment, and stood at his feet behind
him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe
them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed
them with the ointment.

Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him, saw it, he
spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would
have known who, and what manner of woman this is that touchetli
him : for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering, said unto him,
Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master,
say on. There was a certain creditor, which had two debtors : the
one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they
had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me there-
fore, which of them will love him most ? Simon answered and
said, I suppose that he to whom he forgave most. And he said
unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman,
and said unto Simon, Seest thou this Avoman ? I entered into thine
house, thou gavest me no Avater for my feet : but she hath washed
my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
Thou gavest me no kiss : but this woman, since the time I came
in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet. Mine head with oil thou didst
not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
Wherefore, I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are for-
given ; for she loved much : but to whom little is forgiven, the
same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
Arnl they that sat at meat with him, began to say within them-
selves, Wlu) is fliis (hat forgivffli sins also? And he said to thi^
woman, tiljn faitl) l)iUl) Siiucb tl)CC; go in peace.



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And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life : he that
Cometh to me, shall never hunger; and he that belicuctl) Oil lltc

ehall ncoer tijirst Verily, vciily, 1 say unto

you. He that believeth on me |)atl) COCrlrtStiug life. I am that
bread of life. Yom* fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and
are dead. This is the bread \vhich cometli down from heaven,
that a man may eat thereof, ailb llOt bic. I am the living- bread
which came down from heaven : if ann man cat of tl)is brcab,
l)C sl)all liuc forcticr : and the bread that I will give is my flesh,
which 1 will give fur the life of the world.

The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying. How can
this man give us his flesh to eat ? Then Jesus said unto them.
Verily, veiily, I say unto you. Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of
man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth
my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life ; and I will
raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and
my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh
my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father
hath sent me, and I live by the Father : so he that eateth me, even
he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from
heaven : not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead : []C tljat

eatctl) of tijis brcab sl)aU line foreucr.

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and
cried, saying. If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his
belly shall flow rivers of living water. (])ut this spake he of the
Spirit, vo\)id) tl]cij tl)at bcUcnc on l)im sl)oulii rcccioc : for the
Holy Ghost was not je given ; because that Jesus was not yet
glorified.)

Now Bethany w^as nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs
off" : and many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort
them concerning their brother.

Then Martlia. as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming,
went and met him : but Mary sat still in the house. Then said
Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou liadst been here, my brother had
not died. But I know tliat even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of
God, God vfiW give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother
shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise
again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, T
am the resurrection, and the life : |)C tijai bclicuctl) in mc, tl)OUgl)
l)c mere iicah, ml sl)aU Ijc liuc : anb iol)osociicr liuctl), mh
bclicucti) in mc, sljall ncucr bic. Believest thou this ! She
saith unto him. Yea, Lord : I believe that thou art the Christ, the
Sou of God, which should come into the world.

And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho,
a certain blind man sat by the way-side begging ; and hearing the



John, vi.
35, 47-58.



John,
vii. 37-39.



John,
xi. 18-27.



Luke,
xviii. 35-43.



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Luke, xxiii.
33, 3y-43.



Mark,
xvi. 16.



John,
XX. 30, 31.



Acts, ii. 21.



Acts,
li. 37, 38.



Acts,
Hi. 11-16,
Iv. 10-li



multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And tliey told hira
that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus,
thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went be-
fore rebuked Ijiin, that he should hold his peace : but he cried so
much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

And Jesus stood and commanded him to be brought unto
him : and when he was come near, he asked him, saying, What
wilt thou that I shall do unto thee ? And he said. Lord, that I
may receive my sigiit. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy
sight: tl)p faiti) l)atl) snocb tllCC. And immediately he received
his sight, and followed him, glorifying God : and all the people,
when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

And when they were come to the place which is called Cal-
vary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors ; one on the

right hand, and the other on the left And one

of the malefactors which were hanged, railed on him, saying, If
thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering, re-
buked him, saying. Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the
same condemnation ? And Ave indeed justly ; for we receive the
due reward of our deeds : but this man hath done nothing amiss.
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest
into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto

thee, (To-ban 5l)aU tljoit be ujitl) mc in parabisc.

He that bclicuctl) and is baptized, shall be saved ; but he that
believeth not, shall be damned.

Many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disci-
ples, which are not written in this book. But these are written,
that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God ; and

that bclicoing rtc migl)! [)avc life tl)rongl) l)is name.

It shall cnnie to pass, that U)i)OSOeucr sljajl call on tl)e
name of ll)C £orb shall be saved.

When they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and
said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Meir and brethren,

what shall we do ? Then Peter said unto them, pfpcnt, nilb be

bapti^^b eueni one of jiou in tl)c name of Jesns (Ciirist, for
tl)C remission of sins and yeshall i-eceive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

As the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all
the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solo-
mon's, greatly wondering. And when Peter saw it, he answered
unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this ? or why
look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own ])ower or holiness
we had made this man to walk ? The God of Abraham, and of
Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorilied his Son
Jesus ; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the j)resence of
Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the
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you ; and killed the prince of life, whom God hath raised from tlu?
dead, whereof we are witnesses. QVnI» l)is lliimc tl)rougl) faitll
in l}is niTtnc ball) mabc tl)is man strong, whom ye "see and

know : vea, tlu; t'aith which is bv liiiii hath iiiveii liini tliis perfect

soundness in the presence of you all Be it

known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the
name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God
raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before
you whole.

(ri)is is tl)c Gtonc u)l)icl) ujas set at nougljt of ijouv builb-
crs,iyl)iii) is become tl)e Ijeab of t!)e corner.' XeiUjer is tl)eir
saluation in ann otl)er : for tl)ere is none otl)er name nnber
Ijeauen giuen among men raljereb^ u)e must be saueb.

To him o-ive all the prophets witness, that through his name
VDljOSOeuer beiienetl) in l)im ^^hall receive remission of sins.

While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all
them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision wliich
believed, were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that
on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then
answered Peter, Can any man forbid watei-, that these should not
be bajjtized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we ?
And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the
Lord.



Be it known unto you, men and brethren, that through this
man is preached unto you the foigiveness of sins; and hy him all
tijat belieue are justified from all things, from which ye could not
be justified by the law of Moses.

When they were come, and had gathered the church together,
they rehearsed all that (xod had done with them, and how he had
opened tl)C boor of faitl) unto the Gentiles.

When there had been much disputing, Peter rose up and said
unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago,
God made choice among us, that the Gentiles, by my mouth,
should hear the word of the gospel, anb belicue. And God,
wljich knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy
Ghost, even as he did unto us: and put no difference between us
and tliem, purifying their hearts bn filitl)- Now therefore why
tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which
neitlier our fathers nor we were able to bear ? But we believe, that
through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be saved, even
as they.

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto
God : and the pi'isoners heard them. And suddenly there was a
great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken :
and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands



Acts,
X. 43-48.



Acts,
xiii. 38, 39.



.^cts, xiv. 27.



Acts,
XV. 7-11.



Acta,
xvi. '-'5-34.



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Romans*,
i. It), 17.



Roin.ins,
iii. 'J]-'J5.



Romans,
iii. 25, 2(5.



Rom. iv. 3.
Rom. iv. 4, 5,

Rom. Ix. 33.



Romans,
iv. 13-17.



were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of liis
sleep, and seeing the prison-doors open, he drew out his sword, and
would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had heen
fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no
harm : for we are all here. Then he called for a light, ancl sprang
in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas ; and
brought them out, and said, Sii's, what must I do to be saved ?
And'they said, Dclieuc OU tl)e £ori> JfcsUS Q*l)rist, and thou
shalt be saved, and thy house.

And they spake unto liim the word of the Lord, and to all
that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the
night, and washed their stripes ; and was baptized, he and all his,
straightway. And when he had brought tliem into his house, he
set meat before them, and rejoiced, bcliciiiuig iu (Sob with all his
house.

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ : for it is the power
of God unto salvation tO CUv*Vjl OUC tljat bcUcnctl) ; to the Jew
first, and also to the Greek, tor tliciviu is the riiihteousness of
God revealed from filill) to frtitl) : as it is written, The just shall
live by faith.

Now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested,
being witnessed by the law and the prophets ; even the righteous-
ness of (Jod, whieli is bn fiiitl) of Icsns QTljiist unto all a\\b

upon oil ti)cm tl)iU bdicnc : for there is no ditference : fur all
have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified
freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus :
whom God hath set forth to be a jM-opitiation, tljvongl) fititl) ill
l)is bloob.

To declare his rio-hteousness for the remission of sins that are
past, through the forbearance of God ; to declare, I say, at this
time his righteousness : that he might be just, and the justifier of

him toljicl) bclicwctl) iu 3csus.

What saith the soipture ? Abraham bcUcucil ©ob, and it
was counted unto him for righteousness.

Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace
but of debt. J3ut to him tl)at ruorkcti) UOt but bdicuctl) en him
that justitieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteuusncss.

As it is written. Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling-stone, and
rock of ofi'ence : and whosoever bclicucti) OU l)im shall not be
ashamed.

The promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not
to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the
righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs,
faitii is made void, and the promise made of none effect: because
the law wiiikcth wrath : fir where no law is, there is no transgres-
sion. (Tijcrcforc it is of faiti), that it might be by grace; to the



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end the promise might be sure to all the seed ; not to tliat only
which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abra-
ham ; who is the father of us all, (as it is written, I have made
thee a ffither of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even
God.

Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to cucro onc Rom. x. 4-11.

tl)iU bcUcuctI).

For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law,
That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But
the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not
in thine heart. Who shall ascend into heaven ? (that is, to bring
Christ down from above :) or, Who shall descend into the deep ?
(that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what sailh
it ? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart :
that is, tl)C IDOrb of fa itl), which we preach: that if thou slialt
confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, aixb sljrtlt bclicoc iu tljilie
Ijeart that God hath raised him from the dead, tliou shalt be
saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness ; and
with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the

scripture saith, iX)l)osoeucr bcUcDcil) ou l)im shall not be
asljameii.

After that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew
not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save
them tl)at bclicuc.

Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is
Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon tl)is foilubiUion, gold,
silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble ; eveiy man's work shall
be made manifest : for the day shall declare it, because it shall be
revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work, of what
sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon,
he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he
shall sulTer loss : but 1)C l)imsclf sl)all be saueb ; yet so as by
fire.

That no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is
evident: for, (|i;i)e justsljiUl liuc bjl faitl).

Ye are all the children of God bn fait!) ill QTIjlist 3csus.
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ, have put on



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