By Richard Sibbes
Now we have come to the main thing intended, how we live by the faith of the Son of God. We will not approach the depths of such a profound mystery; only I will endeavor to give you some heads, where faith principally exercises her powers and functions.
- The life of faith is exercised in our effectual calling.
- In the state of justification, through which comes reconciliation.
- In a vigorous life, arising on the comfort of our justification, our being credited right with God.
- In our sanctification; in those supplies faith finds out to make up the imperfection thereof, faith works to make itself and us more perfected.
- The life of faith in glorification.
We live by faith in all the several passages of this life, as we will see when we come to them. Thus we live continually by the faith of the Son of God, and so we must live until we come to heaven.
We live the life of faith in our effectual calling. The Spirit works it, the Spirit is God’s hand. This makes our eyes to be bent upwards to see a better life, to see a calling, to a holy and righteous living in all things, to see what a rich means is provided to reconcile God and man, to satisfy justice, and so to draw us in a new way and course of life, to rely on God, and look to him in all our actions.
Then the grace of union is given. God’s Spirit works our hearts by this faith, to have first union and then communion with God. Thus the soul being seasoned, and seeing the excellency and necessity of another life, touches Christ, and begins to live the life of faith in effectual calling; for at first we are dead and unlovely creatures, estranged from grace and gracious actions, until, in this state, Christ is discovered by the Spirit, and faith to unite us to him.
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