of Christ is founded upon faith as upon a rock which does not shake
beneath it. By faith the saints conquered kingdoms, performed righteous deeds,
closed the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the sharp sword,
were strengthened in infirmity (Heb. -38).
Being inspired by faith, Christians went to torture and death with joy. Faith
is a rock, but a rock that is impalpable, free of heaviness and weight, that draws one upward and not downward.
"He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture
bath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water," said the Lord (John 7:38); and the preaching
of the Apostles, a preaching in the power of the word, in the power of the
Spirit, in the power of signs and wonders, was a living testimony of the truth
of the words of the Lord. Such is the mystery of living Christian faith.