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The Principles of Faith.

The Principles of Faith.

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BY GEORGE WATSON, D.D.

" These all died in faith, not having received the promises, "but
having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and
embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pil-
grims on the earth." — Heb. 11: 13.
BY GEORGE WATSON, D.D.

" These all died in faith, not having received the promises, "but
having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and
embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pil-
grims on the earth." — Heb. 11: 13.

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THE PRINCIPLES OF FAITH. BY GEORGE WATSON, D.D." These all died in faith, not having received the promises, "but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pil-grims on the earth." — Heb. 11: 13. THE' expression " these " refers to the patriarchs and the believers in the early ages, when they had no chnrch and no Bible and no Sunday schools and no hymn books and no creeds, when they simply had God and salvation, although He does enumerate a great many of these old disciples that were believers in the Jewish Church. These all died in faith. They died, but the faith didn't die. They died, but the faith went straight on through the grave and up into Paradise. These all died according to faith, the margin reads. They died in har-mony with their faith ; they died in agreement with their faith. That is, they believed God, were justified and sanctified, and providentially guided and providen-tially delivered and wonderfully helped by believing God and His promises. They lived according to faith ;
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217 218 LOVE ABOUNDING. they died according to faith. They simply took up the faith measurement and the faith life all the way through. These all died in faith, not having received the prom-ises. That should be, not having received the fulfill-ment of the promises, because they did receive the promises. They had the promises, but they didn't live long enough to see the fulfillment of the promises. And when it says here that they died not having received the promises, it simply means, not having received the fulfillment, or the end, or the termination, of the promises. The promises that are here spoken of were the prom-ises that refer to the coming of Jesus and the descent of the Holy Ghost and the revivals of religion and the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit and the resurrection of the dead and the general judgment and rewards and pun-ishments and a new heaven and a new earth and a glorious everlasting life beyond this world. These promises covered all the territory that the promises
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cover now; and these men died, these women died, before Christ was born, before the Holy Ghost was poured out in full measure, before the Christian Church was formed, and the}^ did not receive the fulfillment of the promises. But the next line says they saw them afar off. They saw down the vista of time the days in which we are living. They saw the great things connected with the THE PRINCIPLES OF FAITH. 219 life of Jesus and the Christian Church. They saw them by faith, and they believed just as really as we who enjoy them to-day. There are three things in this verse that are mentioned descriptive of the kind of faith that these people had. There are three elements to true, saving faith. The first is, they were persuaded of them ; the second is, they embraced them ; the third is, they confessed. Persua-sion, embracement, and confession : these are the three things mentioned in this verse as descriptive of the faith of the patriarchs and of true faith now. I ask your
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