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SER. III.
ON WORKS, GRACE, AND FAITH.

cause they sought it not by faith, but, as it were, by the works of the law: for they stumbled at that stumbling stone; as it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling stone, and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." Rom. ix. 30—33.

"Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Rom. iv. 4, 5.

"If by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work." Rom. xi. 6.

"Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." Gal. V. 4.

"Abraham believed God,

and it was counted unto him for righteousness. — Now, it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." Rom. iv. 23, 25; v. 1, 2.

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."[1] Eph. ii. 8—10.

  1. This declaration of the Spirit through the Apostle is truly a compendium of Christian doctrine.