Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
1. We have faith, which is a Divine practical assent unto the saving truths of the gospel, and a reliance upon the promises of God.
2. Upon faith followeth righteousness; for the just have faith, and are just and justified by faith: for by "just" are here meant the justified by faith according to the tenour of the new covenant. For man being sinful and guilty cannot be justified by his own innocence, purity, inherent righteousness, and perfect obedience. For he that hath faith is just; he that continueth in faith, continueth just; and he that is finally believing is finally just.
3. As guilty man is just by faith, so being just he shall live by faith. By life in this place is meant a spiritual, happy, and eternal life; the life of glory, which is the great reward, which will certainly follow upon final faith; for it is faith which, by virtue of Christ's merit and God's promise, gives a right to life; and upon a final faith, the possession and full enjoyment of this blessed life doth certainly follow. The duty therefore which the apostle urgeth is final perseverance in faith; and the motive whereby he seeks to stir them up to performance is the certain fall possession of the great rewards for which he allegeth God's own Word and promise recorded in the prophet. And if they will hearken unto God speaking by the prophet, and take His Word and promise, there is great reason why they should persevere.
Parallel VersesKJV: Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.