Plumer, "Vital Godliness: A Treatise
on Experimental and Practical Piety" 1864)
Saving faith is the great foster-parent of all
that belongs to scriptural piety. Faith begets . . .
a pure conscience,
a holy life,
victory over the world,
Faith gazes upon the cross
until the course of
the new nature is set on fire with heavenly love!
Saving faith . . .
unites to Christ,
lays hold of salvation,
conquers every foe,
brings every blessing into the soul,
pronounces death abolished,
always begets humility,
consents to be nothing, that God may be all and in all,
is jealous for God's honor,
brings forth forgiveness to enemies,
nourishes other graces,
ever clings to the fullness of Christ,
kindles love to an unseen Savior,
is ever laying its crown at the feet of Immanuel,
puts things in their proper place,
abases the sinner in the dust,
sets God on the throne of universal dominion,
pronounces all God's ways just and right,
counts all things as loss, for the excellency
of the knowledge of God's dear Son!
"True, saving, justifying faith carries the soul
through all difficulties, discouragements, and
natural impossibilities--to Jesus Christ!"
"Precious faith!" (2 Peter 1:1)
If you desire . . .
a useful life,
a pleasant old age,
a comfortable death,
a blissful immortality--
trust to His grace,
rely on His Son.
Rely on . . .
God alone as your Father,
Christ alone as your Redeemer,
the Holy Spirit alone as your Comforter.