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From going to and fro in the earth. “ Then Job arose; and father now no Jehovah’s band divides one portion still: If it gives credit to the divine nar
Shall we embrace his good, and not his rative, it is a faith of credence. If
He then asked him if he had notic
it relies on what Christ and the
ed hfe ¿eirvdht J ob," that th ere ‘is*
ThusfoFTIie patient man“his" 1 ips ~re-
apostles have said, it is a faith of
none like him in the eaVth, a per Prone to the dust he bowed his rev’rend
fect and upright man, one that fears
From sin, and firm, in every shock re reliance. If it trusts Christ for his
promised blessings, it is a trusting
God and eschews evil. Satan, true And worshiping, with humble accent
to his character in reply upbraided
Thus Job, by meekly and pa faith. If it is without works it is
Job, he was then and still is, “ The
tiently bearing looses and sufferings, a dead faith; but if it is connected
I came, and naked shall return to earth.
accursed of the brethren.” He rep The Lord resumes; resuming not un as from God, vanquished Satan, with works, it is a living faith. So
resented Job as heartless and mer
who accused him no more, and it is just the same kind after all the i
cenary, worshiping God because it Giving, resuming, he is still the Lord. proved a true man. But I must hobgoblins of the day. There may
paid. “ Doth Job serve God for Still be the glories of his name adored pass over much of his exceedingly be a weak faith or a strong, faith ;
Í ~ - nought,” inquired hel “ Hast thou Thus for the blameless man his ills aua- interesting history. After suffering but no forty-nine ’ kinds of faith.
rf not made a hedge about him and Nor one complaint the ways of God ar long and greatly, he was feilored WhctTA mn^dfes,
about all that he hath on every
to health, honor and opulence. come another man—so when faith
I side ? Thou hast blessed the work
In so doing Job vindicated both Again he was the father of ten dies it does not become another faith.
Answer to second question. How
of his hands, and his substance is God and himself; he was no hire children; seven sons and three
increased in the land. But put ling. When his property and even beautiful daughters, equaled by do we possess it, or how does faith
I f01 111 llijr hand aud touch »ll--tW.-m5-rMHron
were—taken from none intheland. After this lived come ? Faith comes by hearing.
him, he worshiped God, adored Job a hundred and forty years and Rom. 10:17. As faith is the accepta
and blessed, jnstead of cursing, as saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, to tion of facts as true through testi
mony—we can at once see the pro
the fourth generation.
Satan had said he would.
After a few-reflections, growing priety in the Savior sending forth
... Wlien the sonsof fjtorHrgampre-
sented themselves before the Lord, out of this narative, in another his disciples to tell to the nations™
the glad story of his resurrection.
Satan again appeared among them, paper, Job will be dismissed.
It was in order to rivet that glori
and as before, the Lord inquired if
ous fact upon the hearts of the
he had observed his servant Job,
1. What is faith f_ _ _
_ _ children of men. The word was the
who was still unrivaled in the earth,
vehicle in which the heart stiring
2. How do we possess it ?
perfect and upright, and that he
facts of the gospel were herald fortfi“
3. What does it do for us ?
still, contrary to the prediction of
Answer to first question. Faith from the lips and pens of the disci
Satan, held fast to his integrity
F Oodnof haviflg"placed around Job, though so deeply afflicted without isthe result nf testimony._ It is the ples, and was the very means of
and his possessions; thus leaving cause. Satan undoubtedly having acceptation of facts as true, through implántingón the hearts of sinners -
Job’s all, excepting his person, to his former slander shown to be false, the instrumentality of testimony. these glorious facts. The five senses
the mercy of the adversary, who boldly continues to accuse: “All Faith is belief in unseen things. It are five paths along which external
always improves bis opportunities, that a man hath will he give for his is that principal that testimony evidences áre conveyed to the mind.
and death and destruction followed. life : touch his person, his bones, his rivets upon the mind. When testi Close the senses against evidence
The bithday of Job’s oldest son flesh and he will curse thee to thy mony is presented to the mind and the mind will remain faithless
brought his brothers and sisters to face.” God then gave him permis- (through the mediums of the senses) forever. No human mind ever re
miud) exercises upon it ceived afact that did not come
his house and all were feasting and sionToafflicETns persSn, buVhls life-*«1
drinking wine together, and there must be spared, to take this, Satan —and rejects it— that mind is a through the senses. As evidence is
came a messenger unto Job and in had no power. But full of malig faithless mind. The testimony fail the connecting link between fact
formed him that as the oxen nity he would go as far as he could; ed to establish the fact or supposed and faith— and as the mind only
were plowing, of which he had 500 so he smote Job with sore boils, fact, in the mind as true—but if partakes of facts through the senses,
yoke,and the asses were grazing, the from the sole of his foot io his the mind accepts the testimony as how important to pause the testi
Sabeans fell upon them and drove crown, and poor Job meekly sat true— that is a believing mind, be mony to fall upon the senses. As
them all away, and slew all the down in the ashes, and scraped his cause the fact, or supposed fact, is light is essential in fixing seen
servants with the sword, and he putrid limbs with a piece of broken riveted upon it as true. Facts that things upon the mind, so testimony
produce faith, are unseen things. is essential in fixiflg unseen things
alone was left to tell the story. Ere pottery!
Sympathy is now loudly called Hence faith is the substance of upon the mind. As light is to sight,
this messenger had ceased speaking,
another had arrived and said, “ The for. O, that his wife had shown her things hoped for, the evidence of so testimony is to faith. No light,
fire of God is fallen from heaven self worthy of him by bestowing things not seen. Heb. 11:1. Faith no sight—no testimony, no faith.
‘ and burned up the sheep, (7,000) the sympathy a wife is capable of ’ and belief are used interchangeably, Some peeple without investigation
and the servants, and consumed Instead thereof she taunted him! which you will see by consulting pray for faith. Closing the Bible
them ; and I only am left to tell I am thankful that the Bible tells the followingscriptures. Rom. 4:3-9. and praying for faith is like closing
the eyes and asking for light.
thee.” Another said, “The Chaldrons of a difierent class of women, or Heb..11: G; Matt. 8 l JD-13._
Now let us try the above state
Some times we hear folks talk of
alas for the reputation of my sex!
fell upon the camels (3,000) and
’Twas then the frail oompanion of his different kinds of faith—such as ments by the words of the Supreme.
carried them away, and slew the
historic faith, saving faith, faith of “ Neither pray I for these alone, but
servants, and I alone escaped to tell Wounded his soul, with words of wild credence, faith of reliance, trusting for them also which shall bglieve on
faith, dead faith and living faith. Me through their word.” Jno. 17:20.
thee.” While he was yet speaking
“ What I still a saint ? go on and cring
If we accept the historic accounts For whom did the Savior pray
another said, “Thy sons and daugh
concerning Christ and his miracles here ? For them that shall believe.
ters were feasting in their oldest Praise him once more, and feel the mor
as true, we have historic faith. It How ? Through the words of the
tal blow I”
brother’s house and a great wind “ Dost thou,” he said, and cast a fender is divine faith, because it came by Apostles. Hence the xvord is the
from the wilderness smote the fouf
divine testimony. It is evangelical connecting link between the Savior
corners of the bouse and it fell upon While zeal delivered its severe rebuke, faith because it is belief in what and faith on the Savior. The Savior
"E'ven thou, thus rashly speak? In
the evangelists said. If it leads to here is the cause, the word the
them and all are dead ; I only es
such a style
perfect obedience it is saving faith. means, and faith the effect. Again,
Let a blind pagan ess her gods revile I
caped to tell thee.”