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schools, an imporate, or commanded act of faith, he is indeed welcome to do so for us; if he only maintain that it is not possible, but the believing soul, while in the exercise of faith, muft fincerely love...the truth, as it is in Christ, when known and acknowledged, rejoicing that these things are true, and delighting itself in that truth: far otherwise than the devils and wicked men, who, what they know to be true, they could wish to be false.
XVIII Hence arisés a fourth act of faith, a bunger, Hence a and thirst after Chrift. For the believing foul know, hunger
and thirst ing acknowledging and loving the truths of fal
after vation cannot but wish, that all thofe things, which Christ. are true in Christ, may also be true to him, and that he may be fanctified and blessed in and by those truths : And he seriously defires, that, having been alienated from the life of God, thro' sin, he may be again sealed unto the glory of God; by free justifica, tion, and in that by fanctification. This is that hungen and thirst-after righteousness, mentioned Mat 5! 6. And praywhat reafon can be given, why he, who believes and feels himself a most miserable creature, and is fully persuaded, that he can be delivered from his misery by nothing either in heaven, or on earth; who fees, at the same time, the fulness of that falvation, which is in Christ; and is assured he. can. never obtain salvation, unless he be united to Chrift; who, from his very soul, loves that truth that treats of the fulness of salvation which is in Christ alone, and in communion with him; how is it poslible, I fay, that such a person should not seriously and ardently desire to have Christ dwelling in him, seek, and pant after this, and indeed with such longings, as nothing short of the possession of the thing desired can fatisfy: as hunger and thirst are only allayed by meat and drink.
XIX. This hunger and thirst are followed by a This folreceiving of Christ the Lord for justification, fanćti- lowed by
a receive fication and fo for compleat salvation: which is the
ing of fifth, Christ.
ôn, as reunion with him, cannot but lay hold
musi with a re- Chritt for falvation, does, at the same time, recline, ang
fifth, and indeed, the formal and principal act of faith. Thus the heavenly father freely offers his fon to the sick and weary foul, and Christ the Lord offers himself with all his benefits, and the fulness of salvation which is in him, saying, bebold me, behold me, Ifa. 65. 1. And the soul now conscious of its own misery, and with joy and kope observing the fulness of salvation, that is in Christ, and earnestly desiring
, by receiving appropriate or make it his own. And by this act, at length Christ becomes the peculiar property of the believing foul. Thus it lays claim to whatsoever is Chrift's, which is offered, at the fame time, with Christ, and above all
, the rightcoufnels of Christ, which is the foundation of falvation And in this manner, by apprehending Christ, he is united to him, and being united to him, he is judged to have done and suffered, what Chrift, as his furety, did and suffered in his room and stead. And thus it is easy to understand, how we are justified by faith on Christ.
du boulait Of which XX. The fcripture more than once represents the Scrip- this act of faith in express terms. Remarkable is ture often the paffage John 1. 12, as many as received speaks,
which is equivalent to them that believe on his
let bim take faf bold of my strength, or my tower; so as not to let it go. For pinn, take faji bold of, and
go, are opposed Prov. 4. 13. Joined in
XXI. But because the foul, thus apprehendinga on Chrift? ©" stay itself upon him, therefore this act of faith is exob
plained by this metaphor also, as FJ: 71. 6, by sheets inanos 757 have I been bolden up (itayed). Isa. 48.
her fides o
stay themselves upon the God of Israel, pretending to,
Which we think, is very significantly ex3 787 ex• pressed by the Hebrew word j'PNTwhich properly, plained lignifies, të tbrow one's self, in order to be carried, on the truth and power of another; as an infant chrows itself to be carried on the arms of its nurse. For, it is. derived froth yox, which properly signifies to carry: hence 191n, a carrier, a nursing father, Numb, 11.12. ibe fucking child: and 197 signifies to be carried, Tja. 60. 4, thy daughters shall be nursed (carried), at the fide. Instead of which it is said, Isa. 66. 12, 753 really st" pung, carries believers as nursings, in his bosom, isa: 40.-11; for Mofes also uses that fimilitude, the Lord thy God bare thee, as a man doth bare his fon, Deut. 1. 31, underneath are the everlasting arms, Deut. 33. 27: 17:287 therefore in virtue of its lignificacion denotes to give up aneself to be carried by Christ, and to to calt himself into his bolom and arms, By which fimilituđe the activity of the believing foul co wards Christ is most elegantly expressed.
XXIII. Moreover, when the believer so receives By faith Christ and leans upon him, he not only considers the foul him as a Saviour, but also as a Lórd. For he receives gives ita whole Christ, and receiveth him just as he is : but Chrifl as he is no lels Lord than a Saviour. Yća, he cannot be Lord. a Saviour, unless he be likewise a Lord. In this doth our falvation confift, that we neither belong to the devil, nor are our own, nor the own, nor the property of
any creature, but of Christ the Lord. 'Faith therefore
keceives Christ the Lord, Col. 2. 6.' Nor does Christ offer himself as a husband to the soul upon any other condition, but this, that he acknowledge him as his Lord, PJ: 45. 10, il. And when the foul 'cafts himself upon Jefus, he, at the same time, renounces his own will, and surrenders hinself up to the will of Jesus, to be carried whitherfoever he pleaseth. Whence there is alfo in faith a humble surrender and giving up onelelf, whe eby the believer, as in duty bound, yields himself, and all that is his, to Christ, who is freely given him. I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine. Cant. 6. 3; 2 Cor. 8. 5, gave their own felves to the Lord. Almost in the fame form as Åmafai, with his companions, gave themselves up to David, i Chron. 12. 18, thine are wa, David, and on thy fide, thou son of Jese. And this our surrender to Christ, which we account the seventh act of faith, is the continuaf fountain and spring of all true obedience, which is therefore called the obedience of faith,
Rom. I. 5. Hence the XXIV. After the believing soul'has thus received fyllogism Christ, and given himself up to him, he may, and
ought, thence to conclude, that Christ with all his conclufion saving benefits are his, and that he shall certainly be is, Chtift blefied by him, according to this infallible syllogism, is mine.
or reasoning, of faith: “ Christ offers himself as a For full and compleat saviour to all, who are weary, “ hungry, thirsty, to all who receive him, and are " ready to give themselves up to him: but I am
weary, hungry &c. : Therefore Christ has offer: " ed himself to me, is now become mine, and I “his, nor shall any thing ever separate me from his “ love." This is the eighth, and the reflex act of faith, arising from consciousness or reflexion, Gal. 2.
20. 2 Tim. 1. 12. Rom. 8. 38. Whence XXV. Hence, in fine, the soul, now conscious of arises its union with Christ by faith, obtains trust or cona happy: fidence, tranquillity, joy, peace, and bold defiance ty of foul, to all enemies and dangers whatever, a glorying in
the Lord, a glorying in adversity; while the fout leans, (stays itself) with delight cn its beloved; with ftretched out arms throwing itself, or with its elbow sweetly leaning, upon him (11 fignifies according to the Talmudists the arm-fit) being assured of mutual communion and mutual love, while it fings, I am my beloveds, and his desire is towards me, Song. 7. 10; it piously exults and delights itself in its Lord, is enebriated with his love, rejoices with joy unspeakable and full of glory, i Pet. 1. 8, and savingly melts at the glowing flames of reciprocal love; in one word; rejoices in the bope of the glory of God, Rom. 5. 2.
XXVI. We shall now briefly compendize, as it Summary were, in one view, what we have so largely explained. of what Faith comprehends the knowledge of the mystery of has been
faid. God, and of Christ in the light of grace, the truth of which mystery the believer acknowledges with full affent of mind, on the authority of the testimony of God. And not only fo, but he is also in love with that truth, exults therein and glorifies God, he likewise ardentiy desires communion with Chrift; that the things which are true in Christ, may be also true to him for salvation: wherefore, when Christ is offered to him by the word and spirit, he receives him with the greatest complacency of foul, leans and rests upon him, and gives and surrenders himself to him, which done, he glories that Christ is now his own, and, most sweetly delights in him, reposing himself under the shadow of the tree of life, and satiating himfelf with it's most delicious fruits. This is the faith of God's ele, Tit. I. 1, an invaluable gift, the bond of our union with Christ, the scale of paradise, the key of the ark of the covenant, with which its treasures are unlocked, the never ceas. ing fountain of a holy, quiet and blessed life.
XXVII. If any imagines that he speaks more of the exactly, when he distinguishes these acts of faith, fo foregoing as to think some of them preceed or go before faith acts af
faith, some VOL. II.