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Justification by Faith.

Justification by Faith.

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BY ROBERT PHILIP



Until this subject is understood, it is impos-
sible for any one, however serious or devotional,
to enjoy the vritness, or to abound in the fruit, of
the Holy Spirit. Now, it is either not clearly
understood, or not fully believed, in every case of
fear which is not relieved by it.
BY ROBERT PHILIP



Until this subject is understood, it is impos-
sible for any one, however serious or devotional,
to enjoy the vritness, or to abound in the fruit, of
the Holy Spirit. Now, it is either not clearly
understood, or not fully believed, in every case of
fear which is not relieved by it.

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JUSTIFICATIO BY FAITH. BY ROBERT PHILIPUntil this subject is understood, it is impos- sible for any one, however serious or devotional, to enjoy the vritness, or to abound in the fruit, of the Holy Spirit. ow, it is either not clearly understood, or not fully believed, in every case of fear which is not relieved by it. The fear of perishing is utterly incompatible with an intel- ligent behef of the scriptural fact, that " he who believeth" on Christ ^^ is justified ;^' unless, in- deed, the person who is in fear, is also conscious that he has not faith in the Saviour. In that case, the doctrine of justification by faith can- not, of course, remove his fears ; but must, if he understand it, increase, instead of lessen them. Those, however, who are persuaded that they JUSTIFICATIO BY FAITH. 73 have faith in the Saviour, and some love to him, but who are still afraid that they are not justi- fied by his righteousness, are certainly labouring under some mistake ; for his righteousness is " upon all them that believe," It is, therefore, "upon" themselves, as a robe of salvation, if they are believers ; and they are believers who rely upon and love Jesus Christ for his holy sal- vation. Those v/ho do so, because they are per- suaded of the truth of his divinity and atonement, cannot be unbelievers, whatever they may sus- pect or think. This state of mind is utterly unlike unbelief. It is the very reverse of it in fact. It is faith, if it be any thing; for faith is
 
the cordial belief of *' the truth" concerning the person and work of Christ. Indeed, if it were not, then it would follow that faith is the belief of conjectures; for unless conjectures, there is nothing but *« the truth" to beheve; and surely guesses, however plausible, should never be pre- ferred to the word of God, nor even connected with it. Besides, there is no need for any, see- ing God has graciously and inseparably con- nected with the belief of «' the truth as it is in Jesus," the promise of justification and eternal H 74 JUSTIFICATIO BY FAITH. life. All things necessary for life and godliness are promised to all who embrace the divine tes- timony with an honest heart. Whoever, there- fore, does so, has no need to perplex himself with conjectures about his own adoption, re- demption, or election. He has been elected, redeemed, and adopted, if he has ** believed through grace," and for holy purposes, "the glorious Gospel of the blessed God." All who ** hold the truth" (except, indeed, those who *' hold it in unrighteousness") have no occasion at all to doubt whether the Saviour died for them. He both loved them, and gave himself for them, who receive the truth in the love of it. These are <* true sayings" of the true God ; and, therefore, the only thing wanted in order to enjoy the comfort of them, is to be enabled to believe them for ourselves. This, indeed, the Holy Spirit will not enable us to do, if we are either indulging sin, or neglecting duty, or seeking a sanction for inconsistencies ; but where this is not the case, the Spirit will not refuse nor delay
 
to increase our faith, if we try to grow in know- ledge, that we may grow in grace. For reluc-- tance to " lead into all truth" is no part of his JUSTIFICATIO BY FAITH. 75 character. He is a " free Spirit," and therefore, although he teach gradually, he will teach cer- tainly, and *'to profit." When there is, however, perplexity on the subject of Justification by Faith, the best thing that can be done is, to examine the subject as if we had never heard of it before. And we ought to feel no reluctance to do so. Let us examine it now, ** How can man be justified with GodP^* — This solemn question was put by Bildad to Job ; and although Job's answer was not explicit at the moment, his opinion on the subject may be in- ferred from the fact, that he had said before, " If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me." Paul, however, has given a direct and full answer to this momentous question, by stating explicitly how he himself, and his fellow converts, sought to be justified. — *' We have be- lieved in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law,'' (Gal. ii. 16.) In this way, whatever it moan, Paul and his associates sought for jus- tification before God. And whatever justifica- tion is, they found it by this means. Accord- 76 JUSTIFICATIO BY FAITH.

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