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Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1839. Excerpt: ... VIII. FAITH. It may seem strange to some that the apostle should not have named faith first of all, instead of after several Christian graces, as we are taught in the Scriptures, that faith in Christ is the life of Christian morality, suggesting the affection of love for God and man, and moving us to a correspondent course of life; and, especially, as St. Peter, in a passage almost parallel to the one before us, exhorts his brethren to add to their faith some of these very graces here named before it. (2 Peter i. 5, 6, 7.) The explanation, however, is, that the word is not here to be understood in its more common sense. Faith, in its pure signification, is belief in testimony, as distinguished from personal knowledge. We believe that there is such a country as China though we may never have seen it; and that there once lived such a man as Julius- Cfesar, though he died nearly nineteen hundred years ago, because we have had sufficient testimony to convince us of both facts; but we know that we exist by our own consciousness, and need no further proof from others to assure us, nor could any testimony convince us to the contrary. We speak sometimes figuratively of the testimony of our senses, but strictly, what we perceive by our own senses, we know of ourselves. When faith in testimony is exercised about things in which we are personally concerned, it will, in proportion to its strength, influence our conduct accordingly. If a man is ill of some dangerous disease, and is told by a physician in whose veracity and skill he has entire faith, that a certain remedy will restore him to health, he will take that remedy. If one, whom we believe to be a person of truth and ability, offers us his friend ship and aid in difficult circumstances, and we need his kindness, we will rely and count...