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OBSERVATIONS ON THE FAITH AND CONDUCT OF
GAL. iii. 6.
Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore, that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
THE high character, which the inspired Servants of
God give of Abraham, justly intitles him to our esteem. He is called, the "friend of God,"*" the father of all them that believe:"† his faith and obedience are set as patterns for our imitation; and we are taught to estimate the value of our faith by its conformity to his. Propriety, therefore, as well as duty, require us to examine the nature and effects of that faith and obedience which were so eminent in him, that we may judge whether we are possessed of them. To this inquiry we are led by the text, which presents four things to our consideration.
I. The meaning of the phrase, "Abraham believed God."
II. What is meant by his belief being "accounted to him for righteousness."
III. What is meant by the expression, "They which are of faith."
IV. What we are to understand by "the children of Abraham."