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Faith of Thomas.

Faith of Thomas.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D,


John xx. 29.

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me,
thou hast believed : blessed are they that have not seen, and
yet have believed.
BY HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D,


John xx. 29.

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me,
thou hast believed : blessed are they that have not seen, and
yet have believed.

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FAITH OF THOMAS.BY HERY KOLLOCK, D. D,John xx. 29.Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me,thou hast believed : blessed are they that have not seen, andyet have believed.You recollect, my brethren, the occasion onwhich these words were uttered : Jesus had risenfrom the tomb ; he had appeared to all the apos-tles except Thomas ; their united testimony to thisgreat truth could not convince him ; he had insistedon the testimony of his own senses, exclaiming, " Ex-cept I shall see in his hands the print of the nails,and put my hand into the print of the nails, and thrustmy hand into his side, I will not believe." Jesusmight justly have left him in his unbelief, but hecondescends to satisfy his desires. Thomas, con-vinced by his own senses, was confounded at hisformer unbelief, and adored Jesus as his Lord andMISCELLAEOUS. 185his God. The Redeemer then addressed him in thewords of the text : '• Because thou hast seen me,thou hast believed : blessed are they that have notseen, and yet have believed."Faith, resting upon the word of promise, upon adivine testimony, is more noble, spiritual, and ingen-uous; displays more candour and humility, andbrings more glory to God, than that which is theresult of sensible manifestation.
 
In illustrating these words, let us,I. Examine the nature of that faith which is herecommended by our Saviour; and,II. Show that those who possess it are blessed.I. What is the nature and what are the propertiesof that faith, to which a peculiar blessing is here pro-mised by the Saviour?Faith, in its most general sense, is the strong per-suasion of any truth, the firm assent of the mind toit. This persuasion may be founded on the evidenceof our senses : thus Thomas believed that Jesus wasrisen, because he saw, felt, and heard him ; thus Ibelieve there is a sun, because I behold it, and amwarmed by its beams. Sometimes this persuasionis founded on the deductions of reason : thus, be-cause I discover in the universe so many effects, toproduce which there must have been an intelligentFirst Cause, I believe there is a God. Thus ourSaviour says to the Jews, (John x. 37.) " U I do notthe works of my Father, believe me not ; but if Ido, though ye believe not me, believe the works ;"where he calls upon them to rely not merely uponhis testimony concerning himself, but to considerrationally the quality of his works, and to groundtheir assent to his claims not merely upon authoritv.but upon principles of reason.vol. in. 2418b" SERMO LXXXVI1.But though the word faith is thus used, both incommon language and in the scriptures, to signifythat persuasion which is founded on the evidence of 
 
the senses or the deductions of reason, yet, in itsmore strict and proper sense, it denotes that assentof the mind which is founded on testimony. It is inthis manner we believe, although we do 'not see.Thus I am told that there is such a city as Rome,such a river as the ile; and though I have neverseen them, I am persuaded of their existence, be-cause it is confirmed to me by witnesses who hadopportunities of knowing, and who had no interestin deceiving me. Their testimony fully supplies theplace of the evidence of the senses or the deductionsof reason. If the testimony be that of man, thereresults from it human faith ; if the testimony be thatof God, there results from it divine faith ; if it be of God through Jesus Christ and his apostles, thereresults Christian faith. Thus, in their general na-ture, that human faith, whereby we are regulated inour worldly pursuits, in our studies, and our senti-ments ; and that divine faith, whereby the life of theChristian is directed, agree ; although they differ intheir objects. They both consist in crediting factspast or to come, facts authentically attested, factswhich we believe without having seen them, andwhich we cannot refuse to believe, without rejectingor invalidating the authority of the witnesses and thecertainty of their testimony. It is true the scripturessometimes use the word faith in a more vague sense,but this is its natural and proper signification : anassent of the mind to all revealed truths, which webelieve without having seen them, on the testimonyof God. Thus it is exhibited by the apostle whenhe declares, (John iii* 33.) « He that hath receivedMISCELLAEOUS. 187liis testimony, hath set to his seal that God is true ;"while " he that believeth not God, hath made him aJiar, because he hath not believed the record which

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