Faith is the substance of things hoped for. Faith and hope go together; and the same things that we hope for are also the object of our faith. It is a solid expectation that God will perform all that he has promised to us in Christ; and this expectation is so strong that it gives the soul energy. This expectation feeds the soul, by the first-fruits and foretastes of them: so that believers in the exercise of faith are filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Christ dwells in the soul by faith, and the soul is filled with the fullness of God, as far as his present measure will admit; he experiences a substantial reality in the objects of faith — conviction.