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THE LIFE OF FAITH;

 

IN THREE PARTS;

 

EMBRACING SOME OF THE SCRIPTURAL PRINCIPLES OR DOCTRINES

OF FAITH, THE POWER OR EFFECTS OF FAITH IN THE REGULATION

OF MANíS INWARD NATURE, AND THE RELATION

OF FAITH TO THE DIVINE GUIDANCE.

 

BY THOMAS C. UPHAM, D. D.

 

1852.

 

Christianity harmonizes with itself, and involves in its progress the same great principles, which characterize its incipient state. The Christian, therefore, lives as he began to live. He began in faith. He lives, day by day, in the exercise of faith. And, by the grace of God, he is ultimately made victorious, and is brought into the possession of the divine image, through the same faith.

I have endeavored, in the following pages, to illustrate this great truth. The present Work, therefore, is, to some extent, kindred in its nature with the Interior Life. And it is proper to say here, that it has been found necessary, in order to its completeness, to transfer to it, in a few instances, the statements and principles, which are there given. I have particular reference in this remark to portions of the third and twelfth chapters in Part I, and of the ninth chapter in Part II. The leading object of both Works is the promotion of practical holiness. I have no doubt, that the object will meet with favor; but have less confidence, that the manner of executing it will be approved. But, however this may be, it is a satisfaction to know, that books, as well as other things, have their overruling Providence. And he, who writes, as well as he who acts in other ways, can exercise a cheerful confidence in leaving what he has done with God, who can distinguish between the result and the intention, and can make even the weak and imperfect things of his people to praise him.

 

 

CONTENTS.

 

PART I.

 SOME OF THE PHILOSOPHICAL AND SCRIPTURAL PRINCIPLES AND DOCTRINES OF FAITH.

 

1. The doctrine of natural faith

2. On natural faith as a source or principle of natural action

3. On religious faith as compared with natural faith

4. Of the foundations or sources of faith

5. Faith the foundation of the religious life

6. On the connection of faith with feeling

7. Faith the true bond of union between God and man

8. Of faith in connection with justification

9. Of faith in connection with sanctification

10. Of appropriating faith

11. The life of faith as distinguished from a life of inward signs and manifestations

12. On the law of habit in connection with faith

13. Relation of faith to the promises

14. Of faith considered in some of its relations to reasoning

15. On the necessity of consecration in connection with faith

16. Assurance of faith

17. On the doctrine of receiving by faith

 

PART II.

 

THE POWER OR EFFECTS OF FAITH IN THE REGULATION OF MANíS INWARD NATURE.

 

1. On the relation of faith to the manifestation of God

2. Relation of faith in God to faith in the creature

3. Relation of faith to the extinction of selfishness

4. Selfishness inconsistent with the state of pure love

5. Relation of faith to the regulation of the propensive principles

6. Power of faith in enabling us to bear patiently the defects of others

7. Relation of faith to the regulation of the affections

8. Of faith in its connection with the malevolent affections

9. Relation of faith to the subjection of the will

10. On the relation of faith to the exercise of the judgment

11. Relation of faith in God to the knowledge of the will of God

12. On the relation of faith to inward crucifixion

13. Relation of faith to meekness or quietness of spirit

14. Relation of faith to the grace of silence

15. Relation of faith to energy of action

16. On the relation between quietness of spirit and energy of action

17. On the relation of faith to the discharge of civil and political duties

18. On the relation of faith to religious controversy

19. On the relation of faith to the propriety and perfection of outward manner

20. On the relation of faith in the Lord to rejoicing in the Lord

21. On the relation of faith to the freedom and enlargement of the soul

 

PART III.

 

ON THE RELATION OF FAITH TO THE DIVINE GUIDANCE, OR THE OPERATION OF THE HOLY GHOST IN THE SOUL.

 

1. ďThe kingdom of God is within you.Ē

2. On the nature of the operation of the Holy Ghost

3. Of the mental state most suitable to the constant in-dwelling of the Holy Ghost

4. Relation of faith to preparations for prayer

5. On special spiritual burdens

6. On the relation of faith to the state of continual prayer

7. The relation of the present moment to the revelation of Godís will

8. On the relation of faith to prayer for the progress of the Gospel

9. On the relation of faith to the prayer of recollection

10. Relation of faith to wandering thoughts in prayer

11. Relation of faith to a correct view of the Providences of God

12. Relation of faith to the prayer of adoration

13. Of the life of faith as compared with the life of nature

14. On the relation of faith to the state of divine union

 

RELIGIOUS MAXIMS HAVING A CONNECTION WITH THE DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE OF HOLINESS