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through faith in his blood, to declare, bis righteous. dess for the remission of sins that are paşt: that he migbt be just and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Therefore, "continues he, being justified by faith, we have peace, wilh God, through our Lord Jesus Christo': To the Corinthians, he..writesonge “ Brethen I declare unto you, the Gospel, which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand ; by which also ye are saved, unless ye have believed in vaip.” For" ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, God haib reçouciled us to himself, by Jesus Christ, and halh committed unto ys the word of reconciliation : to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unlo bimself, not imputing their tresspasses unto them: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”. To the Galatians...“. Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we hare believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by faith, and not by the works of the Law. Before fuith came, ne were kept under the Law. \Vherefore the Law was our schoolmaater to bring us unto Christ : but after that faith is come, we are no more under a schoolniaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” To tbe Ephesians.... Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath made us accepted in the Beloved : in whom we have redemption through his blood, ihe forgiveness of sins. Bygrace are ye saved, through faith and that not of yourselves ; it is ibe gilt of God, : not of works lest any man should boast. Finally, my brethren, put on the whole arunour of God.... above all, taking iheshield of fuith, where with yeshall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." The the Philip.. pians...." Stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel. We rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in
the Aesh...Yea, I count all things but loss, that I may win Christ, and be found in tim, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the Law, but
that which is through the faith of Christ, the righte. Pousness which is of God by faith? To the Cološ. siány... It pleased the Father, that in him [the Son] should all fulness. dwell, and (havinig made peace through the blood of his éross) by him to reconcilè all things unto himself.: 'Andiyou, that were sometimes alienated, and enemies in your mind by Wicked works, hath he reconciled in the body of his fresh through death, to present you holy and unblameable in his sight; if ye continue grounded and settled in the faith. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him : rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanks. giving." To the Thessalonians...." Let us, who are of the day be sober, putting on the breast-plate of faith : for God hath not appointed us unto wrath ; but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, - who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we * should live together with him. We are bound to ihank God always for you, brethren, because that your faith groweth exceedingly." . Now “the Lord shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all that believe. Wherefore we pray that our God would fulfil in you ihe work of faith with power ; that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in him."" To Timothy.... " This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all accep. tation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. Howbeit, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. For God our Saviour will haye all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth : For there is one God, and one Mediator be
tween God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all. Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of Angels, preached unto the gen, tiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. God hath saved us that is to say, hath put us in pose, session of the same present salvation, which the sinful woman experienced, who, while she prostrated herself at the feet of Jesus, in faith and prayer, received from him these consolatory sentences; Thy sins are forgiven thee ; Thy faith hath saved thee go in peace,]: God hath saved us, not according to our works, but according to his own grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus.... who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel." To Titusa..." Paul an Apostle. of Jesus Christ, to Titus mine own son after ihe common faith : grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour, who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from alt iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar peo ple, zealous of good works. We ourselves were sometimes disobedient, but after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour towards man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us....that being justified by his grace we should be made heirs of eternal life." To Philemon he writes...." Grace be 10' you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God, hearing of thy faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus Christ. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”. Thus a persecuted Saviour be: came the “ Alpha and the Omega" of this great Apostle. spor Building i s to
In his epistle to the Hebrews, he uses the same, language. It begins and concludes with Him, who is “the Beginning and the End" of all things. God, saith he,“ bath in these last days spoken unto us by
his Son, by whom also he made the worlds. Who being the brightness of his Father's glory, and the express 'image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when He had by Himself parged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high. Ji became Him, for whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to. make the Captain of their Salvation perfect through sufferings. Forasmuch then, as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself took part of the same: that through death, He might de. stroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil; and deliver them, who through fear of death, were all their life-time subject to bondage. Though He were a Son, yet "learned He obedience by the things which He suffered ; and being made perfect He became the author of eternal salvation. This man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable, priesthood. Wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that conie unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them. Having therefore an High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near in full assurance of faith. Now fuith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen: for by it the elders obtained a good report who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valient in fight, lurned to flight the armies of the aliens. Wherefore, seeing we are còmpassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us run with patience the 'race that is sel bes fore us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Now the God of peace....make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ: to whom be glory for ever and ever.”
The same Saviour, whom St. Paul was so anxi. ous to declare in his epistles, he as constantly preached in his sermons. He was no sooner converted, but, straightway, says St. Luke," he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.!!! Take an abridgement of the first of his sermons, which is left upon record, and which was preached at Antioch in Pisidia. After asserting the fulfilment of that glorious promise, which had been anciently given respecting the birth of our omnipotent Sa. viour, he cries out ; " Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent." For the inhabitants and tulers of Jerusalem, “ because they knew him not,” nor understood the sense of those prophecies, which are read every saba bath-day, have given them their sad completion, by condemning ihe Lord of life and glory. “'Though they found no cause of death in Him, yet desired they Pilate, that He should be slain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they laid him in a sepulchre." But God, after three days, raised him triumphantly from the grave : 6 and He was seen many days" of his wondering disciples, whom He continued to visit and instruct even after his resurrection, that they might become 6 his witnesses to the people. And 1,0w, We declare unto you, that God hath fulfilled the promise which was made unto the fathers, in that He hath raised up Jesus from the dead. “Be it known unto you, therefore, men and brethren, that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins : and by Him, all that believe, are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the Law of Moses. Beware, therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the Prophets. Behold, ye despisers, and wonder and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which you shall in nowise believe, though a man declare it unto you."