power of God are guarded through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time?; <461313>1 Corinthians 13:13 ? ?now abideth faith, hope, love?; <581019>Hebrews 10:19-25 ? ?draw near...in fullness of faith...hold fast the confession of our hope...provoke unto love and good works?; <450501>Romans 5:1-5 ? ?justified by faith... rejoice in hope...love of God hath been shed abroad in our hearts?; 1Thess. 1:1, 2 ? ?work of faith and labor of love and patience of hope.? Faith is the actinic ray, hope the luminiferous ray, love the calorific ray. But faith contains the principle of the divine likeness, as the life of the parent given to the child contains the principle of likeness to the father and will insure moral and physical resemblance in due time.?
A.J. Gordon, Ministry of the Spirit, 112 ? ??The love of the Spirit? ( <451530>Romans 15:30) is the love of the Spirit of Christ and it is given us for overcoming the world. The divine life is the source of the divine love. Therefore the love of God is ?shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given unto us ( <450505>Romans 5:5). Because we are by nature so wholly without heavenly affection, God, through the indwelling Spirit, gives us his own love with which to love himself.? A. H. Strong, Christ in Creation, 286, 287, points out that in <470514>2 Corinthians 5:14 ? ?the love of Christ constraineth us? ? the love of Christ is ?not our love to Christ, for that is a very weak and uncertain thing nor even Christ?s love to us, for that is still something external to us. Each of these leaves a separation between Christ and us, and fails to act as a moving power within us. Not simply our love to Christ or simply Christ?s love to us but rather Christ?s love in us, is the love that constrains. This is the thought of the apostle.? The first fruit of this love, in its still unconscious and undeveloped state, is faith.
(f) That faith is susceptible of increase.
This is evident, whether we consider it from the human or from the divine side. As an act of man, it has an intellectual, an emotional and a voluntary element each, of which, is capable of growth. As a work of God in the soul of man, it can receive through the presentation of the truth and the quickening agency of the Holy Spirit, continually new accessions of knowledge, sensibility and active energy. Such increase of faith, therefore, we are to seek, both by resolute exercise of our own powers and above all, by direct application to the source of faith in God ( <421705>Luke 17:5).
<421705> Luke 17:5 ? ?And the apostles said unto the Lord, increase our faith.? The adult Christian has more faith than he had when a child; evidently there has been increase. <461208>1 Corinthians 12:8, 9 ? ?For to one
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