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NATURE AND NECESSITY OF TRUE FAITH

                            WHAT is faith declared to be?

                                "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1.

How necessary is faith?

"Without faith it is impossible to please Him." Verse 6.

Does mere assent to divine truth sufficient?

"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." James 2:19.

What is required besides a belief in the existence of God?

"For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6, last part.

What is necessary in order that the preaching of the gospel rn'ay be profitable?

"For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it." Hebrews 4:2.

What is the character of any act or service not performed in faith?

"Whatsoever is not of faith is sin." Romans 14:23.

SOURCE, CENTER, AND BASIS OF FAITH

From whom does faith come?

"God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." Romans 12:3.

Why did God raise Christ from the dead?

"Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God." 1 Peter 1:21.

What is Christ's relation to this faith?

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith." Hebrews 12:2. 79

What is the basis of faith?

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17. *,

By what principle is genuine faith actuated?

"In Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love." Galatians 5:6.

Of what is faith a fruit?

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith." Verse 22.

FRUITS OF FAITH

What relation does faith bear to knowledge?

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God." Hebrews 11:3.

What in the early church showed living faith?

"Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love." 1 Thessalonians 1:3.

How does Abraham's experience show that obedience and faith are inseparable?

"By faith Abraham, when he was, called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went." Hebrews 11:8.

With what, therefore, is the faith of Jesus joined?

"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Revelation 14:12. '

In what other statement is the same truth emphasized?

"But wilt thou know, 0 vain man, that faith without works is dead?" James 2:20.

How is faith brought to perfection?

"Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?" Verse 22.

OTHER OBSERVATIONS

What is the result of faith's being put to the test?

"The trying of your faith worketh patience." James 1:3.

What relationship to God is established by faith?

"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:26. - 15

How do the children of God walk?

"For we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7

Upon what condition may one expect answers to prayer?

"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." James 1:6.

To what parts of the ancient armor is faith compared?

"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." Ephesians 6:16. "Putting on the breastplate of faith and love." 1 Thessalonians 5:8.

What chapter in the Bible is devoted to faith?

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews. In verses 33-38 are summarized the victories of the heroes of faith.

What gives victory in our conflicts with the world?

"This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." 1 John 5:4.

What is the ultimate purpose of faith?

"Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:9.

WHAT MOODY SAID

Moody said that God put the offer of salvation in so simple a way that the whole world could grasp it. Everyone can believe. A cripple might not be able to visit the sick, but he can believe. A man who cannot see is unable to do many things, but he can believe. A deaf man cannot hear, but he can believe. Even a dying man can believe. Salvation has been placed within the reach of all, the young and old, the foolish and the brilliant, the rich and the poor, the high and the low. All may have it if they truly believe.

'Tis by the faith of joys to come

We walk through deserts dark as night;

Till we arrive at heaven, our home,

Truth is our guide, and faith our light.

-ISAAC WATTS.