Excerpt from The Doctrine of Justification: And the Harmony of the Apostles Paul and James Considered, in Particular Reference to the Treatise of Bishop O'brien Imagined to be Obvious that there is. But is it, then, (let me ask, ) inconsistent to suppose that, in the case of the woman with the issue of blood, her faith had saved her, and at the same time that she touched the border of the Saviour's gar ment, and that immediately she was healed? Is it inconsistent to suppose that by faith the Israelites passed through the sea, as by dry land, and yet, that they crossed it on their feet Was it portly, again, by faith, and partly by works, that David overcame Goliath, because, although he tells him that he came against him in the name of the Lord, he employed, notwithstanding, the instrumentality of a sling and a stone, and a cer tain acquired dexterity in using them, for aecom plishing his overthrow We allege, perhaps, nothing of this kind; we admit that it was her faith, and her faith only, which healed the woman with the issue of blood; and their faith, and their faith only, which carried the Israelites through the Red Sea, as on dry ground; and the name of the Lord, and this only, in which David went against Goliath, though in all these instances a certain wor concurred and was instrumental in producing the result; and where, then, is the inconsistency in affirming at once that we are justified by faith, and by faith only; and affirming at the same time, (in the easiest and most natural sense of the expressions, ) that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only To be justi fied, indeed, by the deeds of the law, and to be.
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