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Page 257 of Autobiography / of Frank G. Allen ; and selections from his writings ; edited by Robert Graham.

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FRANK G. ALLEN. derstand the expression in the first chapter of this epistle: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is revealed a righteousness of God by faith unto faith: as it is written, But the righteous shall live by faith." Here we understand God's righteousness to be God's plan of saving or justifying men by faith; the plan to which the Jews would not submit in the tenth chapter. Hence, in the gospel, God's system of justi- fication by faith is revealed it order to faith. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. In the gospel God's plan of saving men by faith in Christ is revealed, and this is the only place in which it is revealed. Con- sequently the truth herein revealed produces faith. This results in the acceptance of God's plan of salva- tion. We have " the faith" as a system of salvation through Christ, and faith as a personal state of the mind and heart. So, also, have we righteousness as a plan of salvation which we accept from God, and right- eousness as a personal quality-a state of personal free- dom from sin. And the one leads to the other, as a revelation of " the faith " produces personal faith. This leads us to consider how we obtain that per- fect righteousness, without which we can not enjoy the blissful presence of God. Paul's teaching in regard to the personal righteous- ness of the saints, makes salvation by a mere reforma- tion of life, an impossibility. The importance of this fact can not be over-estimated. Many people seem to think that a reformation in regard to moral conduct, is all that is necessary to prepare to meet God. If they 257

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