With regard to these excellent graces of the Holy Spirit, observe their order–faith and patience, not patience and faith. Patience does not produce faith, but follows it; so does everything in the Christian life. Other things are the stream, but faith is the spring; other things are the produce, but this is the root. Neither faith nor patience will be found in the future world. What will be the need of faith where we see and know? What will patience be needed for when we have nothing to endure?
But both of these graces are admirably adapted to our present condition and are of unspeakable importance in our passing through this world. What could we do without faith? It is through faith that we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God. Without faith it is impossible to please God; we are saved through faith; We live by faith, walk by faith, and overcome by faith. Hence we read of the word of faith, the fight of faith, overcoming by faith and the household of faith. May this, therefore, ever be our prayer: “Lord, increase our faith!”
What could we do without patience? Patience has two offices to perform–one is regarding waiting for the good and the other is the bearing up under evil. How necessary it is, therefore, that we should pray that patience may have its perfect work, that we may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing. Both of these graces will be constantly required while we are still here and it is through them that we inherit the promises.
– William Jay