Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;
nay, I trust in the Lord, that I myself too shall visit you very soon.
and now I am persuaded you will none of you see my face any more: whilst I have been among you, I have proclaim'd the kingdom of the Messias:
but as for thee, I have pray'd that you faith may not fail. do you in return establish thy brethren.
So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon son of Jonas, do you love me more than these do? yes, Lord, said he, you know that I love you. Jesus reply'd, feed my lambs.
who upon his arrival there, was glad to see such effects of the divine grace, and exhorted them all to remain firmly attach'd to the christian profession:
encouraging the disciples, exhorting them to persevere in the faith, representing that it is thro' much tribulation that we must enter into the kingdom of God.
for I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, in order to establish you:
for I will not offer to mention any thing, but what Christ has wrought by me, to make the Gentiles christians, both in profession and practice:
2 Corinthians 1:24
not that I would arbitrarily prescribe what you should believe, but rather encourage you to go on: for 'tis by faith you have stood.
It is he then that made some, apostles: some, prophets: some, evangelists: and others, pastors, and teachers:
who has given us access by faith to that degree of favour, we are in, by which we triumph in the hopes of divine glory.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope through the power of the holy spirit.
1 Peter 1:8
whom though you have not seen, you love: and though he is not now the object of your view, yet you believe in him, and triumph with such a laudable transport, as cannot be express'd: