Life of Faith 19: His Promises, Life, and Victory

By Richard Sibbes   Therefore he will take courage for any duty, to encounter and resist any sin; on this ground, as he should say, "Don't I have a storehouse of strength to go to? Isn't he full of grace and goodness? Aren't all his works done for us ? Don't I have so many, … Continue reading Life of Faith 19: His Promises, Life, and Victory

Life of Faith 18: Looking to Him for All

By Richard Sibbes   let's see some trials to discern whether we live this life of faith in sanctification. If it is this way with us, There will he a setting of ourselves under Christ's government in all things.  Faith will do all that Christ commands, depending upon him for strength; and the one who … Continue reading Life of Faith 18: Looking to Him for All

Life of Faith 17: Praying for Strength

By Richard Sibbes   Thus we seek every day to live our lives, as we not only live the life of faith in justification, but also of sanctification; how out of Christ’s fullness to attain and give to us grace for grace. Therefore in all our wants we go to him still.  He is not … Continue reading Life of Faith 17: Praying for Strength

Life of Faith 16: Faith, Love, Death and Life

By Richard Sibbes   Christian affections are as the wind, to carry us on in a holy life.  Thus strength, reason, and affections, these make a man work.  First, love sets us to work : "we love him," the apostle says,  "because he loved us first," (1st John 4:19).  We have his love first shed … Continue reading Life of Faith 16: Faith, Love, Death and Life

Life of Faith 15: Reasons for Growing in Holiness

By Richard Sibbes   With justification of necessity comes sanctification.  What will stop God's mercy?  His anger for sin committed; in that case, he would deny his Spirit.  With reconciliation also comes the Spirit: as in Ephesians 1:13, the apostle says, "In whom also, after you believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of … Continue reading Life of Faith 15: Reasons for Growing in Holiness

Life of Faith 14: Christ Justifies and Sanctifies Us

By Richard Sibbes   The life of faith in sanctification, springs from these grounds: Faith lays hold on Christ, as God offers him.  How is this?  See 1st Corinthians 1:30—"Because of him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption."  God gives Christ, not … Continue reading Life of Faith 14: Christ Justifies and Sanctifies Us

Life of Faith 12: Our City of Refuge

By Richard Sibbes When we have a zeal against all contrary doctrine, as St Paul shows to the Galatians, who would have joined works with faith: "Christ is become of none effect unto you; whoever of you are justified by the law, you are fallen from grace" Galatians 5:4 and in the third chapter he … Continue reading Life of Faith 12: Our City of Refuge

Life of Faith 11: The Justified Highly Value the Justifier

By Richard Sibbes Now let us see how it may be known that I live the life of faith in justification. By trying how it comes in the soul: as Romans 7:4, says the apostle, "Therefore, my brothers, you also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you would be joined … Continue reading Life of Faith 11: The Justified Highly Value the Justifier

Life of Faith 10: Repentance, Confession, and Joy

By Richard Sibbes Look back every day to the passage thereof.  See how we have passed along, see what sins have escaped you; then come at night to God, confess and be sorry for all, resolve against all, crave strength against all.  Oh it is a fearful state to sleep in sin; better sleep in … Continue reading Life of Faith 10: Repentance, Confession, and Joy