Substance and Evidence

In Night of Weeping and Morning of Joy, Horatius Bonar, 19th Century Scottish pastor and hymn writer, wrote of faith and those who live by faith.

“Their faith is to them ‘the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ It is a sort of substitute for sight and possession. It so brings them into contact with the unseen world that they feel as if they were already conversant with, and living among, the things unseen. It makes the future, the distant, the impalpable, appear as the present, the near, the real. It removes all intervening time; it annihilates all interposing space; it transplants the soul at once into the world above. That which we know is to be hereafter is felt as if already in being.”

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Of the grace-gift of faith, Scripture says:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the convictions of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

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You can read “The Family Life,” the chapter from which the above quote is taken, here.

You can purchase Night of Weeping and Morning of Joy at Monergism Books or WTS Books.

 

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