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The Everlasting Covenant

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    The Hearing of Faith

    Theirs had been a thorough conversion, for they had received the Spirit, and had suffered persecution for Christ’s sake. So the Apostle asks, “Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” (Verse 2.) They had heard the words of the law, and had received them in faith, and thus the righteousness of the law had been wrought in them by the Spirit. “This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.” 1John 6:29. The Apostle was not depreciating the law, but only rebuking their changed relation to it. When they heard it in faith, they received the Spirit, and it was well with them; but when they began to trust in the flesh to perform the righteousness of the law, they ceased to obey the truth.EVCO 295.1

    Again the Apostle asks, “He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” 2Galatians 3:5. It is a question admitting but the obvious answer that it was through the hearing of faith, “even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” (Verse 6.) They, like Abraham, had been justified—made righteous—by faith, not by works.EVCO 295.2

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