William Gadsby's Fragments (Complete)

The Rule Of Obedience

If the gospel is no rule of obedience (as numbers declare), I am at a loss to know what the apostle means when he says, “The mystery which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets; according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known unto all nations for the obedience of faith.” (Rom 16:25) It is by faith “we wait for the hope of righteousness.” (Gal 5:5) We are “saved by grace, through faith.” (Eph 2:8) The word does not profit, if not “mixed with faith.” (Heb 4:2) “Faith is the substance of things hoped for.” (Heb 11:1) “The righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.” (Rom 1:17) God purifies our hearts by faith. (Acts 15:9) Saints are comforted together, by their mutual faith. (Rom 1:12) We are made “strong in faith,” in order to give glory to God. (Rom 4:20) “We have access by faith.” (Rom 5:2) “We walk by faith.” (2 Cor 5:7) We stand by faith. (Rom 11:20) We live by faith. (Gal 3:2) Faith works by love. (Gal 5:6) Our victory over the world is by faith. (1 Jn 5:4) Without faith it is impossible to please God; and, as “the law is not of faith” (Gal 3:12), then the blessed gospel of God our Saviour must be the law of faith