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Faith and Works.

Faith and Works.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY JOHN C. GRANBERY, D.D.

" Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:
show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee
my faith by my works." (James ii. 18.)
BY JOHN C. GRANBERY, D.D.

" Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:
show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee
my faith by my works." (James ii. 18.)

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FAITH AND WORKS. BY JOHN C. GRANBERY, D.D." Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works." (James ii. 18.) WHAT is the great need- of the Church in our day, faith or works ? In the ministry, do the times require men of a deeper and stronger faith, or men of purer lives and more abundant labors? Should the laity be stirred up to a simpler and livelier trust in Christ, or to be doers and toil-ers ? I answer: We need a. working faith. We need more faith that we may have more works. We need to be believers in order that we may be doers. There is no antagonism between faith and works, nor even independence ; a true faith proves and perfects itself by a true activity. A true faith, I say; for there are many false kinds. Mere head faith, orthodoxy, accepting the creed, is a tree with roots, trunk, and boughs, but withered, dry, dead. Such faith, complete in its
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parts, perfect in form, but sapless, lifeless, man} 7 possess who have been taught from childhood the articles of religion, hearers only and not doers of the truth. Faith and the confession of faith, stop-(213) 214 TWELVE SERMONS. ping not at inward assent, but proceeding to open avowal and defense, which nevertheless passes not beyond language and ceremonies, is a tree clothing itself in beautiful foliage : it is not bare and rigid like a dead tree ; a brave show to the eye are its green leaves fluttering in the breeze ; but all its vital force is exhausted in putting forth this gay dress. Such is the man who says, " I have faith," who cries, " Lord, Lord," but does not the will of the Father. Christ has condemned this character in the brief comment, " Nothing but leaves." Faith which does not spend itself in talk, but stirs the
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heart, is a tree in blossom : it presents the cheerful promise, the incipient buds, of future fruit. This is the person who, hearing the word and believing, weeps, desires to be a partaker of saving grace, prays, perhaps rejoices. I have watched in the spring and early summer trees that bloomed and were covered with young fruit, exciting hope of a large, luscious crop : but they dropped singly on calm days, and showered down on windy days, and not one came to a sound and juicy ripeness. So have I watched souls whose early promise de-ceived my happy hopes. Faith which assents, con-fesses, longs, vows, and works, practical and ener-getic, is a tree living, leafed, full of sap, bending beneath a weight of golden, delicious, wholesome FAITH AND WORKS. 215 fruit, blessed of all observers. This is "they which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with pa-tience."
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