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the truths of the Gospel, acknowledging them as the truth which causes some natural flutterings in the affections and passions of the ;

a confession of these truths in the Church, and an external walk in conformity with that confession but without a real union with Christ, to justification, sanctification, and redemption: 'But



he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the Word, and anon with joy receiveth it yet, hath he not root ;

in himself, but dureth for a while




tribulation or persecu-

Word, by and by he is offended (Matt, For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew For if, after they them again unto repentance' (Heb. vi. 4. 5)have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning (2

tion ariseth because of the xiii. 20, 21).








There is also o. faith of inirades, which Brakel describes in these words " "1\vq faith of t?iiracles is a being inwardly persuaded, by an inward working of God, that this or that work shall be wrought, in a supernatural manner, upon our word or command, in ourselves But the ability to perform miracles is not of man, but or in others. If ye have of God, by His almighty power, in answer to faith motuitain, this faith as a grain of mustard-seed, ye shall say unto nothing and Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove tho I have And shall be impossible unto you (Matt. xvii. 20). :






The could remove mountains' (i Cor. xiii. 2). perand him, same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding Stand voice. loud with a ceiving that he had faith to be healed, said upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked (Acts xiv. 9, lo).

all faith,

so that




This faith was

found especially in the days of Christ

and of the

apostles, for the confirmation of the truth of the Gospel." These three kinds of faith do in some respects resemble saving faith,

but they lack

miracles, which



its being.

was found

not justifying

nearer, unless,


Least of

also in Judas. faith.

the faith to perform Faith which removes

all is

Historical faith

reason of a slothfulness


comes a



merely and thus


echoes the words of others without accepting their truth, Temporary faith comes nearest, opens the way to Pharisaism.

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

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The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 461

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