Lectures on Faith

Outline of Lectures:

I. What It Is

II. The Object Upon Which It Rests
    1. Three Things Necessary to Exercise Faith -- First: That He Actually Exists.

    2. Second: Correct Understanding of His Attributes.
        -- The Godhead

    3. Third: Actual Knowledge that the Course of One's Life is According to His Will.

III. The Effects Which Flow From It


Detail of Lectures:


I. What It Is
    First principle of revealed religion
    Foundation of all righteousness
    Substance or evidence is assurance
    Principle of action
    Moving cause of action
    Principle of power
    First great governing principle

II. The Object Upon Which It Rests
    God is the only supreme governor and independent being
    Fullness, perfection
    Omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient
    "Father of lights"
    Principle of faith dwells independently
    He is the object in whom all rational and accountable beings centers
    Evidence is Adam was acquainted with him
    Testimony of the fathers
    Retained in the minds of men
    Not only a God, but the true and living God

    1. Three Things Necessary to Exercise Faith -- First: That He Actually Exists
        Re: His Character -- Was God before creation
        Merciful and gracious
        Changes not
        Cannot lie
        No respecter of persons
        Love -- Therefore, He is the sure foundation

    2. Second: Correct Understanding of His Attributes
        To exercise faith to eternal life, Knowledge
        Faith or power
        Justice
        Judgment
        Mercy
        Truth - Therefore, Saints can become exceedingly strong

      -- The Godhead
          Father, Son, holy spirit - same mind
          Express image
          As Son partakes of the Father; the Spirit
          So Saints partakers of the fulness; Glory; And be one in them
          Thru the love of the Father, the mediation of the Son, and the gift of the holy spirit
               they become heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ

    3. Third: Actual Knowledge that the Course of One's Life is According to His Will
        Confidence necessary for Eternal Life
        This assurance enabled saints to endure loss of all things - even their own life
        "Knowing (not merely believing) -- An actual knowledge"
        Sacrifice
        Will have testimony

III. The Effects Which Flow From It
    The whole of creation
    Salvation, "Greater works" done in eternity
    Plan of salvation
    Receiving faith, Visions, ministering of angels
    All things that pertain to life and Godliness are the effects of faith
    Sought and received by faith
    Paul counted all things filth and dross for the excellent knowledge of Jesus
    Had to suffer loss of all things
    Knew more, understood more
    Obtained by no other means
    Apostles, prophets
    Revelations
    Visions
    If, then obtain all necessary knowledge and wisdom until they shall know
        God and Jesus, whom he has sent, and whom to know is Eternal Life


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