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Obedience the Evidence of Faith.

Obedience the Evidence of Faith.

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BY REV. J. SARGEAUNT, M.A.



Romans vi. 1, 2.

What shall we say then f ShaU we continue in sin that
gxace may abound? God forbid. How shall we that
are dead to sin live any longer therein.
BY REV. J. SARGEAUNT, M.A.



Romans vi. 1, 2.

What shall we say then f ShaU we continue in sin that
gxace may abound? God forbid. How shall we that
are dead to sin live any longer therein.

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OBEDIECE THE EVIDECE OF FAITH.BY REV. J. SARGEAUT, M.A.Romans vi. 1, 2.What shall we say then f ShaU we continue in sin thatgxace may abound? God forbid. How shall we thatare dead to sin live any longer therein f The writings of St. Paul are confessedly themost difficult of all holy scripture. " In them,"says another apostle, " are some things hard tobe understood, which they that are unlearnedand unstable wrest, as they do also the otherscriptures, unto their own destruction."*Observe here, according to St. Peter, it isthe unlearned and unstable who run into error,and falsely interpret his brother apostle.Those who are grounded and settled in their&ith, and careful in their conduct, are in nosuch danger. And why ? Even because theydo not plunge beyond their depth into a wideand pathless sea ; they are content to remain* 2 Pet. iii. 16.44 OBEDIECE THEon the land, where they can walk in safetyby that light, which is in them. The impor-tant and interesting truths of the gospel, suchas justification by faith in Jesus Christ, andthe absolute necessity of obedience, for allwho would enter into the joy of their Lord,*are plain and easy to be seen ; of them none
 
may remain ignorant; but the doctrines of election and reprobation are mysteries beyondthe capacity of man, in which I cannot think a sober Christian need be versed. St. Paul treat-ed of them, but when he treated of them he waswriting to the Jews, and by thus bringing for-ward arguments with which they were wellacquainted, he hoped to win them to receive andobey the gospel. It is possible thei^ abstruseand hidden doctrines may have noTeferecioe atatt to us, or if they have, only at second iiandand by comparison. But, however that maybe, we may safely leaive them as questions toohard ^ for us. Let us wait patiently for thecoming of that day, when we shall see allthings in their true light; and if ever wewould rejoii^e in that day, let us continue faith-ful i and. huikible; not unstable J not anxious^prying and over curious, but full of trust andconfidence in our God and Saviour, and in thepow€r^ of the Holy Ghost.H is my fervent prayer for you, my* Bom. iii. 38. Matt xxv. 21.EVTOECE OF FAITH.45brethren, that the remarks which I make thisday on the passage of St. Paul, which is mytext, may, by the favour of God, administerto your comfort and edification, confirmingyou in a true and lively iaith. St. Paul, in
 
the chapters which precede my text, has beenshowing that there is none righteous,* TheGentiles, who were taughtbythe lightof naturethe existence of a God, led from the creationto the Creator, had become idolaters. " Theychanged the glory of the incorruptible Godinto an image made like to corruptiljle man,and birds, and four-footed beasts, and creepingthings ; wherefore God also gave them up touncleanness."f The Jews, on tlie other liand,had a law revealed to them, by which theyknew God's will and approved the things thatwere more excellent, being instructed out of the law ; but they did not obey the law, sothat their conduct was a proof that righteous-ness came not by the law of works, " Butnow," continues the apostle, " the righteous-nessof God without the law is manifested, beingwitnessed by the law and the prophets ; eventhe righteousness of God, which is by faith of Jesus Christ, unto all and upon all them thatbelieve, for there is no difference." JSt. Paul, it would appear, seemed awarethat this doctrine of justification by faith* Rom. iii, 10. + Rom. i. 23, 24. X Rom. iii. 21, 22.46 OBEDIECE THEoaly, or being accounted righteous before Godfor the merits of our Lord and Saviour JesusChrist by faith, and not for our own worksor deservings,* would lead the unwary astray.Some men of warm imaginations and weak  judgments, by exclusively considering justifi-cation by faith only, have so inflamed theirminds with a love of it, as to supersede and

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