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The Efficacy of Faith on the Ministration of the Word

The Efficacy of Faith on the Ministration of the Word

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BY REV.WILLIAM BEVERIDGE, D.D.

1 THESS. ii. 13.

" For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when
ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received
it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God,
which effectually worketh also in you that believe."
BY REV.WILLIAM BEVERIDGE, D.D.

1 THESS. ii. 13.

" For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when
ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received
it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God,
which effectually worketh also in you that believe."

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THE EFFICACY OF FAITH O THE MIISTRATIO OF THE WORD. BY REV.WILLIAM BEVERIDGE, D.D. 1 THESS. ii. 13. " For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe." " I you that believe ;" there lies the emphasis, and the foundation of all that I design at present to build upon these words. St. Paul having been at Thessa- lonica, and preached the word of God to the inhabitants of that city, many of them hearkened to what he said, not as spoken by a philosopher, but by an apostle sent from God ; and therefore received it, not as " the word of men," which may or may not be true, but as it really was, the infallible "word of God" himself. For this the apostle here tells them " he thanked God without ceasing," ascribing it wholly to his power and goodness; and puts them withal in mind of two things: first, of the great force and efficacy which the word they so received had upon them : " the word of God," saith he, " which effectually worketh in you." It had, it seems, its whole effect, its end, its perfect work, upon them, insomuch that, as he saith in the following words, " they were now able to suffer as much for the sake of III.] THE EFFICACY OF FAITH, &C. 49 Christ, as the Churches in Judea did." And then, secondly, he acquaints them also how the word of God came to have so much power upon them, even because they believed it; "which effectually worketh," saith he, " in you that believe : " in you, and none else, and
 
in you only as believing it, without which they could not have been wrought upon, nor would have received any benefit at all by it. According- to that also of the Apostle to the Hebrews, where, speaking of the Gos pel preached to the Jews under the law, he saith, " The word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it V But the apostle in my text speaks only in the present tense, og tpfpyiirai, " which effectually worketh," not which wrought only when ye heard it, but doth so now, EP vfuv role TriaTEvovair, " in you believing," or " that do be lieve." As if he had said, Seeing you still believe the word you heard, it still continues to " work effect ually" in you. I have been the more particular in explaining the words to you, that you may better see into the ground of what I would observe from them, which is, that the efficacy of God s holy word upon our minds depends upon our believing it ; that whatsoever we hear can make no impressions at all upon us unless we believe it, nor any longer than we do believe it. But so long as we continue to believe what is preached to us out of God s word, so long it will work effectually in us, towards the bringing us out of darkness into light, from the power of Satan unto God. The understanding of this will be of great use to show both where the fault lies, that so many in our age are no better for having the word of God so often preached to them, and also how we may be always the better for it : for which purpose, therefore, we shall, first, consider what we are to understand by the word of God ; and then, what by believing it. By the word of God, we are to understand the * 1 Heb. iv. 2.
 
50 THE EFFICACY OF FAITH O THE [SERM. whole system of divine revelations as they are now contained in the books of the Old and ew Testa ment ; " for all Scripture being given by inspiration of God 2 ," it is all, one part as well as another, equally the word of God : so that we have the word of God himself, that whatsoever is there commanded, or for bidden, it is his will that we should, or should not, do it; that whatsoever is there threatened against impenitent sinners, or promised to the penitent, he himself will see it fulfilled ; that whatsoever is there recorded to be said or done, was accordingly said or done, just as it is there recorded ; that whatsoever is there foretold, shall certainly come to pass ; and that whatsoever is there affirmed, is infallibly true, as being affirmed by him who cannot lie. And by our be lieving all this, we are to understand our being fully persuaded of the truth and certainty of it, in a manner suitable to the ground that we have for it, even the word of God himself; which being the firmest ground we can have for any thing in the world, we ought to be persuaded in the highest manner that can be of every thing that is there written. This being premised in general, it will be easy to demonstrate the truth of this proposition, That the word of God, howsoever it is preached or made known, effectually worketh in them that believe it. For we find, by constant experience, that a firm belief, or full persuasion, of any thing, even in this world, hath that power over our minds, that it carrieth all our affections after it. If we really believe a thing to be good for us, we cannot but love it, and desire it, and labour after it, and be glad when we have got it. If we really believe a thing to be evil or hurtful to us, we cannot but hate it, and abhor it, and shun it, and be

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