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in the church of Christ, that he cannot make some addition of importance to our stores. We, unhappily, are hindered by pride from availing ourselves properly of such an advantage.'-Calvin.
(Chap i. 16.–Page 18.) I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.-. 'In early boyhood, infidelity had forced its way into my heart, and at the age of twelve I was wont to scoff at Christianity and its truths. And hard indeed has been the struggle through which I have passed, before attaining to that assurance of faith, with which I am now blessed. But I acknowledge it with praise to the Almighty, that the longer I live, the more does serious study, combined with the experiences of life, help me to recognise, in the Christian doctrine, an inexhaustible fountain of true knowledge, and serve to strengthen the blessed conviction that all the wisdom of this world is but folly, when compared with the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.' - Professor Tholuck.
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live by faith.—“Just by faith ; there is faith justifying us; live by faith, there is faith maintaining us; and so there is a righteousness from faith to faith. Faith is all in all, both in the beginning and progress of the Christian life. It is not from faith to works, as if faith were to put us into a justified state, and then works were to preserve and maintain us in it. But it is all along from faith to faith; as in 2 Cor. iii. 18, from glory to glory. It is increasing, continuing, persevering faith ; faith pressing forward, and getting ground of unbelief.'—Dr. John Evans, in continuation of Matthew Henry.
(Chap. iii. 3.–Page 58.) For what, if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect ? * This passage affords us abundant consolation.
are here admonished not to fear, even though iniquity may abound, that the promise of grace to the church shall be made void; but to rest assured that the divine promise shall be fulfilled, how small soever may be the remnant of believers.'-Melancthon.
(Chap. iii. 8.—Page 60.)
And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.• We say, affirms the apostle, no such thing; but are traduced as saying so by others, who shall one day receive the punishment of their calumny. It is right to know, that when the holy apostles taught that where sin abounded, grace did much more abound, some professors of the old religion, spreading falsehoods to their prejudice, reported that they said, Let us do evil that good may come.'— Theodoret.
• The apostle does not condescend to answer this sophistry, which, however, may very easily be refuted. For evil in itself can produce only evil. And if our wickedness, therefore, shall cast lustre upon God's glory, this must be accomplished not by the work of man, but by the wisdom of God, who, as a wonderful Creator, knows how to subdue our iniquity, and, in a way altogether opposed to our design, to direct it to the increase of his own glory.'--Calcin.