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Walking by Faith.

Walking by Faith.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on May 15, 2013
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WALKIG BY FAITH.BY REV. ADREW FULLER.PUBLISHED BY THE AMERICA TRACT SOCIETY.Walking by Faith, is going forward in the ways of godliness, as influenced, not by sensible, but invisible objects ;objects of the reality of which we have no evidence but thetestimony of God.In this sense we find the term faith used in Hebrews11, concerning Abel, Enoch, oah, Abraham, and others.Thus Abel, by faith, offered a more excellent offering thanCain. God had said in effect, once for all, that he wouldnever speak nor be spoken to in a way of friendship byany of the, human race, but through a Mediator. This wasintimated, partly by man's being debarred from all access tothe tree of life, partly by the promise of the woman's seed,and partly by the institution of sacrifices. Cain overlookedall this, and approached God without an expiatory sacrifice,as if there had been no breach between them, and so no needof an atonement. This was an instance of daring unbelief.Abel, on the contrary, took God at his word, perceived theevil of sin, and the awful breach made by it — dared not tobring an offering without a victim for atonement — had re-spect to the promised Messiah — and thus, by faith in theunseen Lamb, offered a more excellent offering than Cain.Thus also it is said of oah, " By faith, he, being warnedof God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, preparedan ark to the saving of his house, by which he condemnedthe world," etc. o doubt the world were ready to despiseoah, while building his ark, as an enthusiastic old man,2 WALKIG BY FAITH.that put himself to a deal of trouble, and wanted to put otherpeople to as much, merely through a notion that ran in hishead, that the world should be drowned. Why, was thereany thing in the world that looked like it, or seemed to por-tend such an event ? othing at all ; all things seemed to
continue as they were from the creation. What then couldinduce oah to do as he did? othing but the testimonyof God, which he credited, and acted accordingly.So likewise it is said of Abraham, when called to go intoanother country, "By faith he obeyed, and went out, notknowing whither he went." A pretty errand, it would seemto his friends and neighbors. It is possible some of these,observing him preparing for a journey, might inquire whitherhe was going. " Going ! I am going to a land which ' theLord is to show me.' " " And have you ever seen thisland?" "o; I neither know the country, nor a step of the way to it." " A fine tale, indeed ! but seriously, whatin the world can move you to such an undertaking ?" " Irely upon the testimony of God. He hath said, ' Get theeout of thy country, and from thy kindred, unto a land that Iwill show thee.' I take him at his word, and act accord-ingly."These were cases in point for the apostle to quote. TheHebrews seemed hardly contented with an unseen high priest,an invisible religion. They had been used to priests andsacrifices that they could hear and see and handle, withtheir bodily senses. As their fathers said of Moses, there-fore, they were ready to say of Jesus, " We know not wherehe is gone. Come, let us make us a captain, and return toJudaism." "Judaism!" says the apostle, " methinks trueJudaism would condemn you. All your forefathers actedupon a principle which you seem about to abandon. Theywalked by faith, not by sight. They lived, they died inthe faith, even in the faith of that very Messiah of whomyou make so light."In this sense it is easy to see faith and sight are to beWALKIG BY FAITH. *JJtaken in our Lord's rebuke to Thomas, when he says," Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have be-lieved." It is as if he had said, "You think you haveacted very prudently ; but what must the Christian worlddo in after-ages, if they act upon your principle ? Chris-tianity, in the whole of it, will depend upon testimony — whoever receives it after your death, yea, in your lifetime,besides yourselves, must receive it upon your testimony.
Blessed are they who shall cordially so receive it; andblessed had you been, Thomas, to have set them the example,by believing the testimony of your brethren."Faith may also be considered as opposed to the discov-eries of mere reason, unassisted by revelation. We do notsuppose faith and right reason to be opposites : that be farfrom us. On the contrary, nothing is more evident than thatChristianity is entirely a rational system ; and it is its glorythat it is so. We should never have been required to givea reason for the hope that is in us, if there had been no rea-son to be given. But though nothing in revelation be contraryto right reason, yet there are many things which our reasoncould never have found out, had they not been made knownby the Supreme Intelligence. The plan of redemption byJesus Christ, in particular, contains a set of truths which theeye had never seen, nor the ear heard, nor had they enteredthe heart of man, had not God revealed them to us by hisSpirit. For all the pleasure that we enjoy, brethren, in con-templating these glorious truths, we are wholly beholden tothe testimony of God. Indeed, so far are they from beingdiscoverable by mere reason, that every blessing contains init abundantly more than men or angels could have asked, orthought. It staggers our reason to receive it, even now it istold us. At every pause we must stand and wonder, say-ing, " Is this the manner of man, O Lord Jehovah V\ot only was our reason incapable of finding out manytruths before they were revealed, but even now they are re-vealed, they contain things above our comprehension. It is4 WALKIG BY FAITH.one thing to say Scripture is contrary to right reason, andanother thing to say it may exhibit truths 'too great for ourreason to grasp. God must have told us nothing about hisown existence and infinite perfections, if he had told usnothing but what we could comprehend. In this case it be-comes us to know our littleness, and bow our understandingsto the Supreme Intelligence. It is the most rational thing inthe world so to do. If God has said any thing, we ought torest assured that so it is. In these cases we ought to trusthis eyes, so to speak, rather than our own, and be content to" walk by faith, and not by sight."

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