Faith in the Lord Jesus…

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1

Faith in the Lord Jesus. This grace justly claims precedence in all the gifts of the Spirit. It is essential to the being of a child of God, and it is the foundation on which all his other graces are laid. Without faith, we cannot know God, or have admission into His family—without faith, we cannot possess any other spiritual attainment. With good reason, therefore, faith occupies the foremost position. It is the captain under whom all other graces range. Hence such glorious things are testified of faith in the Word. It is the adopting grace. “We are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” It is the justifying grace. “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God.” It is the sanctifying grace. “Purifying their hearts by faith.” It is the conquering grace. “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” It is the wonder-working grace. Saints “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 valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” Time would indeed fail to tell of all its wondrous exploits. Ask the company above how they prevailed, and endured, and overcame, and at last entered heaven. You will have one reply—”By faith in the blood of the Lamb.”
The faith of God’s elect, which is the Spirit’s work, has the Lord Jesus Christ for its object. It is the going forth of the soul laden with sin unto Christ, and embracing Him with adoring rapture. It is the whole inner man closing with Christ—clasping and clinging unto Him. It is the eye which sees Him—the ear which hears Him—the hand which holds Him fast—the feet which follow hard after Him—the appetite which feeds on His broken body—the thirst which drinks of the stream from His side—the heart which loves Him—the head which knows Him—the memory which retains Him—the affections which are entwined around Him—the trust which trusts in Him—the hope which hopes in Him. Indeed, faith is the entire man loving Jesus, looking only unto Him, swallowed up in Him, making Him the All in All. How precious is this gift of faith! Lord! grant “that the life which we live in the flesh, may be by the faith of the Son of God!” Lord, increase our faith! May it “grow exceedingly,” until the work of faith be ended, and we see You face to face. Let each exclaim, O my soul, “be you faithful unto death, and He will give you a crown of life.”

By Henry Law, 1884

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