An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews, Volume 2
General Books LLC, 2010 - 818 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 Excerpt: ...almighty power on his behalf; whereon he requires of him, that he should 'walk before him and be perfect.' Wherefore, the believing that God is, 'I am, ' the ' almighty God, ' is to believe him as our God in covenant, exercising the holy properties of his nature, wisdom, goodness, grace, and the like, in a way of giving rest and blessedness unto our souls. For all this he required Abraham to believe, as the ground of the covenant on his part, whereon he requires universal obedience from him. To suppose that the apostle intends by that faith, whereby we may come to God and find acceptance with him, nothing but an assent unto the being of God absolutely considered, which is altogether fruitless in the generality of mankind, is a vain notion, unsuited unto his design. Wherefore, Obs. III. God himself in his self-sufficiency, and his all-sufficiency, meet to act towards poor sinners in a way of bounty, is the first motive or encouragement unto, and the last object of faith.--See Isa. 1. 10; 1 Pet. i. 21. 2. The second thing which in order unto the same end of acceptance with God, we are required to believe, is, fuaSairoSorrig ytvtrai, 'that he is, ' or will be ' a rewarder of them that diligently seek him;' that is, he will act in all things towards them, suitably unto the proposal which he makes of himself unto faith, when he says, 'I am, ' and 'I am God almighty, ' or the like. Two things may be considered in this object of faith, 1. The assertion of the truth itself: --'God is a rewarder.' 2. The limitation of the exercise of that property as unto its object: --'unto them that diligently seek him.' And this limitation wholly excludes the general notion of believing rewards and punishments from God, present and future, from being here intended. For it is confined on...
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