but imitate the example of those who by faith and patience have obtain'd the inheritance that was promis'd to them.
for it is necessary you should persevere, that after having perform'd what God has commanded, you may receive what he has promised.
Remember those who have the rule over you, who have preach'd to you the word of God: imitate their faith; consider their conduct, and the exit they made.
are not all those spirits dispatch'd as ministers to take care of those who shall belong to the christian church.
he hath leadeth into captivity, shall be led into captivity: he that killeth with the sword, shall perish by the sword. here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
" I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?" God is not a benefactor to the dead, but to the living.
his lord answered and said unto him, thou vile slothful wretch, you knew that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not scatter'd:
but by the good ground is meant such persons as have received the doctrine with simplicity and sincerity, abide by it, and practise it with perseverance.
at length the beggar died: and was conveyed by the angels to Abraham's bower. the rich man died too, and was buried.
now that the dead are raised, may be inferr'd from Moses's relation concerning the bush, where he stiles the Lord, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
and the father of the circumcised, that is of those who are not barely circumcised, but who imitate that faith which our father Abraham had, being yet uncircumcised.
but if we hope for what is yet to come, our patience does necessarily intervene.
in business be not slothful, but of an active mind, making the best use of every incident.
never forgetting the effects of your faith, your charitable offices, and the constancy of your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ; of which God is our witness.
so that you are the subject of our glorying in the churches of God, for the constancy of your faith, under all the persecutions and afflictions you endure from men,
On this head we have many things to say, not easily to be comprehended, because of your prejudices.
'Twas by faith that he who was named Abraham, showed his obedience in travelling to a foreign country, which he was afterwards to inherit; and began his journey without knowing where he was going.
who through faith subdued kingdoms, practis'd justice, obtained what was promised, stopped the mouths of lions,
Wherefore, since we are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every incumbrance, and the sin which does so easily embarrass us, and let us pursue with constancy the course that is proposed to us:
that the bringing your faith to the test, produces constancy.
let the prophets, my brethren, who were commission'd by the Lord, be your examples; suffer persecution with constancy like them.
the holy religious women of former times were thus adorned, and were submissive to their husbands.
Wherefore be the more diligent, my brethren, to secure your vocation and election by your virtuous actions, for by so doing, you will never relapse:
here is the patience of the saints, who keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.