The Jews trusted in the ordinance of circumcision; some among ourselves think it sufficient Chat they have been baptized, or are communicants. If religion be the loving devotion of the soul to God, resting upon reasonable faith, then all besides is, at the most, a means which may further it. As there can be no faith which does not involve repentance as its immediate consequence, so there can be no repentance which has not been preceded by the faith of which it was born: and the difference between the two is simply in the order of thought in which you choose to contemplate them. is there no power in such an act? God in. Faith, in one sense, goes before love, because, unless we believed, we should have none to love. — How it comes to pass that faith doth all these things? It is a spring strong enough for the machine, the great machine which it has to move; but all the while he works happily because he works under the smile of God, who has forgiven him, and who loves him with an everlasting love: sure, because it is free, and certain to continue on to the end, because it was all Christ at the beginning. Paul places false doctrine on the same level with immorality, neither can be tolerated among God’s people, and both spread like leaven: Compare 1 Corinthians 5:6 with Galatians 5:9. When you have reached that condition, then you may call yourself an expert Christian.(H. And what is dead, hath ceased to be. Galatians Chapter 5: Sermon Pastor Hugh Dusza, Ali'i Baptist Church Ewa Villages. — That faith is a working grace: we have many Scriptures that prove this (2 Thessalonians 1:11). A dead body is, for the time, until it wholly decays in outward form, like a living body or a body asleep; a dead faith has an outward likeness to a living faith. When you have reached that condition, then you may call yourself an expert Christian.(H. Being our own worst enemy, the bondage of self-destructive behavior: 1 Peter 4:3; Titus 3:3. Love gives faith its life, and causes it to glow with fervency, but it does more: it gives action. Faith is the Christian's hand, and can without help receive God's given grace into the heart; but to produce the fruits of obedience, and to work the actual duties required, it must have an instrument: add love to it, and it worketh by love. One other suggestion, and then I am done with this point; which is, that if we start from faith, and if all the time we are going back to faith to verify every course of reasoning, it would seem that when we have accomplished the grand circuit, and know all things that are knowable, and have proved all things that are demonstrable — it seems to me in perfect analogy with man's mental constitution and with God's high prerogatives, that He should open to us the infinite beyond the finite; that we should rise at last beyond nature up to God; that we should ascend, at last, above these mortal shores to the immortal; that we should have power, by this principle of faith, to take possession of another world, grander, larger, more glorious than all these myriads of worlds which dot the immensity of space; and that, by and by, when we shall have illustrated all the triumphs of science, we shall be able to put the climax upon all this by the higher triumphs of a grander faith. It overcomes the fiery darts of the devil.Thou hast faith, but it hath these characters: —, (1)It is a blind faith. Leaving his kindred and country to follow God, he knew not where.[2.] 4. To eat the flesh of a cow is the most enormous wickedness of which a Hindoo can be guilty, and one for which there is no forgiveness in this world or the world to come. Every good work re-acts to feed the "love" from which it sprang. Passively. Define enthusiasm.1. 5. Love forbids unbelief.3. Faith of itself can do nothing.2. Passively. Galatians 5:1, 13–25 Live by the Spirit. The hand alone can receive an alms, but cannot cut a piece of wood without an axe or some instrument. God forbid that I should lack in sympathy with these grand movements of the human mind! — Faith works by love. If faith be weak, it will not work in the dark. (7)Try the strength of your faith.[1.] To make happiness there must be a happy to-day, and a happier to-morrow; without a happier to-morrow, no day will be perfectly happy. This will appear by three things —(1) Other graces are but particular graces, but this is a universal grace. Sanderson.] Define enthusiasm.1. As love is the life of faith, so with the increase of love, faith increaseth. Even so, there are degrees of faith and love. '"Christian enthusiasmAmerican Homiletic Review.I. Adrian Dieleman. They ask of what value is that system which, in the very terms of salvation, is found so contradictory? Therefore, by a necessary law, the forgiven soul — happy and attached — looks at lovingly — to see how it can testify its gratitude to the God of its salvation. By acquainting the soul with His most excellent perfections.2. The true answer would be, it is not faith, but utter reprobate faithlessness.(S. When the soul is to be discharged out of prison and moves to the high court of heaven, faith waits upon her all the way; but at the presence-chamber of glory, faith stays without and love only enters. No man loves a Saviour in whom he reposes no confidence.2. How may it grow and be strengthened in us? Answer — It is that which nothing else can do. It may be a volcano scattering ruin and desolation around it, or it may be the genial heat and warmth which fuses together the granite foundations of the globe, and sustains the life of every human being on its surface. (2) Other graces depend upon faith, but faith depends upon none. Faith of itself can do nothing.2. The case is precisely the same when the proposed benefit is salvation, and the prescribed conditions repentance, faith, and works.(H. Faith's mould.5. "Who" am I trusting instead of God? IV. Pastor Daniel W. Brettell. — What the work is that faith doth. It purifies the heart.4. We are not justified by faith as an operative principle, but simply as uniting us with Christ. Thus, faith is seen to be the germ, first of our repentance, then of our obedience, and then of that supreme love which we have to God when we love Him with all the heart and with all the soul and with all the strength and with all the mind. Faith's furnace.4. "We love Him because He first loved us." )Faith workethI have read that a bishop of the Episcopal Church said, "When I was about entering the ministry, I was one day in conversation with an old Christian friend, who said, 'You are to be ordained: when you are ordained, preach to sinners as you find them; tell them to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and they shall be as safe as if they were in heaven; and then tell them to work like horses. (Philip Henry. Well, now, see the return. M. Palmer, D. D.)Faith working by loveC. )Faith is that nail which fastens the soul to Christ; and love is the grace which drives the nail to the head. Where love is, obedience is. It will do that which reason cannot.[1.] It sets the things of the other world before us.3. Faith and repentance are but the two poles of one and the same truth. Faith is with Him, present with Him in spirit, though absent in the body; a penitent amid those who, around the Throne, sing "Holy, Holy, Holy." (3) Other graces are useful, but all the graces together without faith will not justify a man. Obedience must be the obedience of a man, and not of his deeds only; it must include the submission of the will and the prostration of the whole nature before God. If it do not this, it may be a passion, but it is not "love." This will appear by three things —(1) Other graces are but particular graces, but this is a universal grace. Let a geologist tell a man that there is coal on his property; if he believe him, be assured his faith will not be long inoperative.(T. It purifies the heart.4. By its enjoyment of mercy, leading the heart to a grateful acknowledgment of the source of mercy.5. In this little ladder of three steps which goes up from sin to peace, and from peace to glory — the only point that unites the two worlds: faith resting on Christ, love springing out of faith, and good works crowning love — I do desire to trace with you, for a minute, how they act and re-act one upon the other, interweaving themselves endlessly, into greater and greater unity and strength. )LinksGalatians 5:6 NIVGalatians 5:6 NLTGalatians 5:6 ESVGalatians 5:6 NASBGalatians 5:6 KJVGalatians 5:6 Bible AppsGalatians 5:6 ParallelGalatians 5:6 Biblia ParalelaGalatians 5:6 Chinese BibleGalatians 5:6 French BibleGalatians 5:6 German BibleGalatians 5:6 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)It is constant, like the waters of a spring. If I say that the three angles of a triangle are equal to two right-angles, I by no means state a truth that is intuitive, but one that is demonstrable. It is not unusual in foot races for runners to jostle one another... a. Bumping elbows, tripping over one another's feet b. Or think you not that, when God "opened the heart of Lydia, to attend unto the things spoken by Paul," He poured into her heart which He had opened, love with faith? Love reveals Christ as the One altogether lovely. — How it comes to pass that faith doth all these things? (3) Other graces are useful, but all the graces together without faith will not justify a man. Love subordinate to faith. Why are we kind at Christmas? Faith and repentance are but the two poles of one and the same truth. For where its Lord is, there is heaven. Now we are all kind in proportion as we are happy. What comes next? (4)It is a presumptuous faith; it works security; it rocks thee asleep in the devil's cradle. Beecher. It overcomes the world.5. Extremes meet; and an unspiritual Quaker is at bottom of the same way of thinking as an unspiritual Roman Catholic. Objectively considered. Spurgeon., T. Adams.The two graces are inseparable. If faith be living it works. When you shall presently go out of this building, every step down those aisles toward the door carries you just so much away from your pew: but as egress from the building is before the mind as the object to be attained, the motion toward the door, in the order of thought, precedes the motion from the pew; yet every inch that lessens the distance from the one increases just so much the distance from the other. Because we are happy. (5)There is a faith which men do swear by, but they cannot live by. (Jeremy Taylor. When faith is weak, it will look upon that to be a discouragement that is indeed an encouragement.[2.] Etymology: marking changes in meaning.3. (2) It is the work of the devil to puff up that he may pull down; but God abases that He may exalt. The ordinary means and ways by which the faith of a Brahmin, e.g., works are not love, and truth, and justice; but meats, and drinks, and washings. Freedom is conferred that in it we may have a field and range for noble enterprises. For love only craves to be remembered. Faith casts the knot, and love draws it fast. ten myriads of times, in sins of desire and of thought and of deed, you have, with your own signature, endorsed the original apostasy in the garden of Eden and underwritten it for yourself. Secondly. (3)But if you are to be a working and a loving Church you must be a believing Church, for that is the bottom of all.(C. For where its Lord is, there is heaven. You "love:" deeply, gratefully, irrepressibly, you "love." Faith which worketh by love justifies, sanctifies, elevates, strengthens, purifies Faith which worketh not by love, condemns, hardens, weakens, destroys. (5)There is a faith which men do swear by, but they cannot live by. My hearer! Love reveals Christ as the One altogether lovely. (Philip Henry. Faith makes hope, hope makes happiness, and happiness makes love. (1) By works faith is discovered, and made manifest, as life by action, and fire by flame. Let unrighteous Christians put away either their profession or their sins.4. (4)It is a presumptuous faith; it works security; it rocks thee asleep in the devil's cradle. But "no man cometh unto Me," saith our Lord, "except the Father, which hath sent Me, draw him." W. Beecher.You cannot love by mere trying. Adams. The walking, the knocking, the asking, would be the conditions of bestowment; but certainly the conditions, when fulfilled, would leave untouched the gratuitousness; and no one who walked, knocked, and asked, and obtained the purse would regard it as wages due for what had been done. Like Mary and Martha they are sisters, and abide in one house. Even so, faith it is which brings love, not love, faith; yet faith cannot come into the heart, without bringing with it the glow of love, yea, and the light wherewith we see things Divine. Faith may subdue kingdoms, may overcome worlds, but first of all it must be inspired by love. Enthusiasm subjectively considered. Extremes meet; and an unspiritual Quaker is at bottom of the same way of thinking as an unspiritual Roman Catholic. II. It overcomes the world.5. Answer — There is a two-fold love. — That faith is a working grace: we have many Scriptures that prove this (2 Thessalonians 1:11). Yet in act, faith cannot be without love. Faith Working by Love the Only Genuine Faith, That Salvation is Conditional Does not Affect its Gratuitousness, The Order of Gracious Exercises in the Renewed Heart, The Relation of Faith and Love to Spiritual Life, What Makes a Christian: Circumcision or Faith, The order of gracious exercises in the renewed heart, What makes a Christian: circumcision or faith, That salvation is conditional does not affect its gratuitousness, The relation of faith and love to spiritual life, Faith working by love the only genuine faith. Origin of the word, and its uses at that time. Concentrated earnestness; sincerity and singleness of purpose.3. It may be a torrent tearing and rending everything before it; it may be diverted into a hundred insignificant streams; or it may be a calm and mighty river, fertilizing and civilizing the world. Want of love is the cause of all want of faith. (7)Try the strength of your faith.[1.] Yes, greater as a tree is greater than its root, or as a river is greater than its spring; but the faith makes the charity. Here is the will, putting forth its determinate act of choice when it accepts the Lord Jesus Christ, and accepts His work; and, in this very act of acceptance, distinctly and consciously repudiates every other ground of trust-exclaiming, with the apostle, "I desire to be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." Just as the seed implicitly contains the whole plant which is evolved from it, so all other acts of faith, until the hour when faith shall lose itself in sight, are contained within this first conveyance of the soul over to the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith is the full and final CONVEYANCE OF THE SOUL TO THE LORD JESUS as His possession for ever. Philosophers are wont to glory in the prowess of human reason. Quarles. Our works do not make our faith to be good or saving, but only prove it to be so.3. The past pardoned; the present furnished and supplied; the future secure. I ask you, now, to notice how completely, in the simplest exercise of faith, every faculty of the human soul is brought into action. It sets the things of the other world before us.3. Christ tells us that it can move mountains. If the human reason starts from what it is obliged to accept; if, in all the after process, it is obliged to remand its conclusions to that elementary trust from which it in the first instance departed, in order to verify them — if you are obliged, for example, to believe in the principle of causality; if you are obliged to believe in the fact of your personal indentity; if you are obliged, by the necessity of your mental constitution, to believe in the reality of the external world, and to rely upon the evidence and the testimony of sense which underlies all the demonstrations of our proud physical science; if you are compelled, by the same necessity, to rely upon memory, which hangs together all the links of every chain of reasoning through which you are carried — I say, just in proportion as you reason with power to conclusions that are satisfactory, the verification of those conclusions is found in the elementary beliefs which you accept simply and alone with the trust of faith; and I interdict you, by this known fact, from undertaking to despise or contemn it. Compare faith to an artificer in metals.1. MeIvill, B. D.A nobleman might declare his intention of giving a purse of money to all who would walk to his castle, knock at his door, and ask for the treasure. )Faith working by loveJ. Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. Gurnall.Faith works by love, and therefore its strength or weakness may be discovered by the strength or weakness of the love it puts forth in the Christian's actings. (2)A working Church must be a loving Church, for faith works by love. When you have reached that condition, then you may call yourself an expert Christian.(H. So soon as faith is kindled in the heart, there is the glow of love; and both come from the same Sun of Righteousness, pouring in faith and love together into the heart, and "there is nothing hid from the heat thereof." — That faith is a working grace: we have many Scriptures that prove this (2 Thessalonians 1:11). And what is dead, hath ceased to be. )Faith is the source; charity, that is, the whole Christian life, is the stream from it. )Faith working by loveJ. Trial is the first stage in Christian development, but do not call yourself an expert Christian until the distinguishing Christian graces come to you in ways that are spontaneous, automatic, overflowing, consentaneous, symmetrical, and brood as the stream of life — until every thought and feeling has been subdued to the supreme will of God, which is love. Observe the relationship. Where love is, obedience is. But Christian faith worketh always and everywhere by love. First. 3. In reference to providential dispensations. H. Passively. T. (Psalm 31:19, 23).II. Love subordinate to faith. May 29, 1983. Vaughan, M. )Faith's evidencesJ. (2)It is abounding (1 Corinthians 15. last verse). you cannot "love" an object of fear — such as God must be to every man who does not feel that he is pardoned. Faith worketh by love. (American Homiletic Review.)Doctrine1. By so much as I hope hereafter to see in heaven the boundless glory of Jehovah, and to spread out all my intellect in the contemplation of what is sublime and beautiful in God, am I forbidden this day to utter one word of disparagement upon the proofs of man's gigantic understanding. In this little ladder of three steps which goes up from sin to peace, and from peace to glory — the only point that unites the two worlds: faith resting on Christ, love springing out of faith, and good works crowning love — I do desire to trace with you, for a minute, how they act and re-act one upon the other, interweaving themselves endlessly, into greater and greater unity and strength. 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