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word is settled in heaven. Thy , believed, ye were sealed with the faithfulness is unto all generations. Holy Spirit of Promise. - 96. I have seen an end of all perfection : but thy commandment is 11 2 'Tim.1:10. Christ hath brought exceeding broad. Therefore I love life and immortality to light through thy commandments above gold ; | the gospel. yea, above fine gold. Therefore I John 12: 46. I am come a light esteem all thy precepts concerning into the world, that whosoever beall things to be right; and I hate lieveth in me should not abide in every false way. Thy testimonies darkness. are wonderful : therefore doth my 2 Tim. 3: 15. The holy scripsoul keep them. The entrance of tures are able to make you wise thy words giveth light; it giveth unto salvation, through faith that is understanding unto the simple.- in Christ Jesus. 137. Righteous art thou, O Lord, John 6: 45. It is written in the and upright are thy judgments. Thy prophets, "and they shall be all testimonies that thou hast com- taught of God.” Every man, theremanded are righteous and very fore, that hath heard, and hath faithful; my zeal hath consumed learned of the Father cometh unto me; because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. Thy word is 8: 58. And if any one hear my very pure: therefore thy servant words and believe not, I judge him loveth it. — 142. Thy righteousness not; for I came not to judge the is an everlasting righteousness, and world, but to save the world. He, thy law is the truth. Trouble and that rejecteth me and receiveth not anguish have taken hold on me : my words, hath one that judgeth yet thy commandments are my de- him. The Word that I have spoken, lights. The righteousness of thy the same shall judge him at the last testimonies is everlasting : give me day... I know that his commandunderstanding, and I shall live.- ment is life everlasting. 160. Thy word is true from the be- Ro, 10: 13. For whosoever shall ginning: and every one of thy righ-call on the name of the Lord shall teous judgments endureth forever. be saved. How then shall they call
- 172. All thy commandments are on him in whom they have not berighteousness.
lieved ; and how shall they believe Deut. 4:8. What nation is there on him of whom they have not so great, that hath statutes and heard; and how shall they hear judgments so righteous, as all this without a preacher ? .. So then law, which I set before you this faith cometh by hearing, and hearday.
ing by the word of God. John 10:35. The scripture can
Acts 17:11. These were more not be broken.
noble than the of Thessalonica, in Mar 22: 29. Ye do err, not know that they received the word with all ing the scriptures, nor the power of readiness of mind, and searched the God.
scriptures daily, whether those Acts 17: 2. And Paul, as his things were so. manner was, went in unto them, 2 Tim. 3:16. All scripture ... is and three sabbath days reasoned profitable for doctrine, for reproof, with them out of the scriptures, for correction, for instruction in opening and alleging, that Christ righteousness; that the man of God must needs have suffered, and that may be perfect, thoroughly furnishthis Jesus, whom I preach unto you, ed for every good work, is Christ.
Dan. 10; 21. I will show thee 2 Cor. 10: 4. For the weapons of what is noted in the scripture of our warfare are not carnal but truth. mighty, through God, to the pulling ISA. 8: 20.. To the law and to the down of strong holds.
testimony. If they speak not acEph. 1: 13. In whom ye also cording to this word, it is because trusted after that ye heard the word there is no truth in them. of truth, the gospel of your salva- 2 Cor. 2: 15. For we are unto tion. In whom, also, after that ye God a sweet savor of Christ, both
in them that are saved, and in them, than any two edged sword, piercing that perish. To the one we are a to the dividing asunder of savor of death unto death; and to soul and spirit, and of the joints the other a savor of life unto life. and marrow; and is a discerner of And who is sufficient for these the thoughts and intents of the things ? For we are not as many heart. that corrupt the word of God; but Ja. 1: 18. Of his own will beas of sincerity, but as of God, in gat he us with the word of truth. the sight of God, speak we in Christ. 2 Tim. 2: 9. The word of God is
not bound. II. Perfect in its adaptation to the heart.
III. Perfect in its appeals to the Rom. 1:16. For I am not asham
sensibilities, or its sanctions. ed of the gospel of Christ ; for it is the power of God 'unto salvation to Isa. 5:1. Now will I sing to my every one that believeth.
well-beloved a song of my beloved 10: 17. Faith cometh by hearing, touching his vineyard. My welland hearing by the word of God. beloved hath a vineyard in a very
1. Cor. 1:18. For the preaching fruitful hill: and he fenced it, and of the cross is to them that perish gathered out the stones thereof, and foolishness; but unto us which be planted it with the choicest vine, saved it is the power of God. – 20. and built a tower in the midst of it, It pleased God by the foolishness of and also made a wine-press therein: preaching to save them that believe. and he looked that it should bring
2 Cor. 2: 4. Not handling the forth grapes, and it brought forth word of God deceitfully, but by wild grapes.” And now, O inhabmanifestation of the truth, com- itants of Jerusalem, and men of mending ourselves to every man's Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt conscience in the sight of God. For me and my vineyard. What could if our gospel be hid, it is hid unto have been done more to my vinethem that are lost; in whom the yard, that I have not done in it? God of this world hath blinded the wherefore, when I looked that it minds of them that believe not, lest should bring forth grapes, brought the light of the glorious gospel of it forth wild grapes? Christ, who is the image of God, LUKE 7: 31. Whereunto shall I should shine unto them.
liken the men of this generation ? John 17: 17. Sanctify them They are like unto children sitting through thy truth: thy word is truth. in the market place and calling one
Ps. 19: 8. The fear of the Lord is to another and saying, We have clean, enduring forever. The judg- piped unto you and ye have not ments of the Lord are true and danced; we have mourned unto righteous altogether. Moreover, you and ye have not wept. by them is thy servant warned, and Jer. 23: 29. Is not my word like in keeping of them there is great a fire, saith the Lord, and like a reward.
hammer, that breaketh the rock in 119: 50. Thy word hath quick- pieces? ened me.
- 67. Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now have I kept thy word. — 71. It is good for 1. Hope is addressed. me that I have been afflicted ; that I might learn thy statutes. The Deut. 7: 12. Wherefore it shall law of thy mouth is better unto me come to pass, if ye hearken to these than thousands of gold and silver. judgments, and keep, and do them, — 75. I know, O Lord, that thy that the Lord thy God shall keep judgments are right, and that thou unto thee the covenant and the in faithfulness hast afflicted me. mercy which he sware unto thy
Eph. 6: 17. Take the helmet of fathers: and he will love thee, and salvation, and sword of the Spirit, bless thee, and multiply thee: he which is the word of God.
will also bless the fruit of thy womb, HEB. 4: 12. For the word of God and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, is quick and powerful, and sharper and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of If then I be a father, where is mine thy sheep, 'in the land which he honor ? and if I be a master, where sware unto thy fathers to give thee. is my fear? Thou shalt be blessed above all Rom. 5:8. God commendeth his people: there shall not be male or love towards us in that while we female barren among you, or among were yet sinners, Christ died for us. your cattle. . And the LORD will -6. When we were yet without take away from thee all sickness, strength, in due time Christ died and will put none of the evil dis- for the ungodly. eases of Egypt, which thou know- 1 Cop. 6:19. Ye are not your est, upon thee; but will lay them
for ye are bought with a upon all them that hate thee.
price; therefore glorify God in Isa. 1: 19. If ye be willing and your body and spirit, which are obedient ye
shall eat the good of the God's. land.
[See Inducements to obey God. MAL. 3:16. Then they that fear- Love of God. Goodness of God.] ed the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, IV. The only authority in religion. and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for Deut. 4: 2. Ye shall not add them that feared the LORD, and that unto the word which I command thought upon his name. And they you; neither shall ye diminish shall be mine, saith the LORD of ought from it; that ye may keep the hosts, in that day when I make up commandments of the LORD your my jewels; and I will spare them, as God, which I command you. a man spareth his own son that serv- John 5: 39. Search the scripeth him. Then shall ye return, and tures; for in them, ye think ye discern between the righteous and have eternal life, and they are they the wicked, between him that serv- which testify of me. eth God and him that serveth him LUKE 16: 31. If they hear not not.
Moses and the Prophets, neither [See Future State.— Blessedness would they be persuaded though of the Righteous.]
one went unto them from the dead.
2 Cor. 11: 2. For I am jealous 2. Fears, Apprehensions. over you with a godly jealousy; for
I have espoused you unto one husDeut. 28: 58. If thou wilt not | band, that I may present you as a observe to do all the words of this chaste virgin to Christ. · 4. For law, that are written in this book, .. if he that cometh preacheth another the LORD will make thy plagues Jesus whom we have not preached, wonderful, and the plagues of thy or if ye receive another spirit which seed, and of long continuance. - ye have not received, or another 63. As the Lord rejoiced over you gospel which ye,have not accepted: to do you good, and to multiply ye might well bear with him. you, so the Lord will rejoice over Such are false Apostles, deceitful you to destroy you, and to bring you workers, transforming themselves to nought.
into Apostles of Christ. [See Penalty of Divine Law, and GAL. 1:6. I marvel that ye are Future State, the Disobedient.] so soon removed from him, that
called you into the grace of Christ, 3. Sense of Obligation. unto another gospel: which is not
another ; but there be some that Isa. 1: 2. Hear, O Heavens, and trouble you, and would pervert the give ear, 0 earth: for the LORD gospel of Christ. But though we, bath spoken, I have nourished and or an angel from heaven, preach brought up children, and they have any other gospel unto you, than rebelled against me. The ox know- that we have preached, let him be eth his owner, and the ass his mas- accursed. As we said before, so ter's crib: but Israel doth not know, say I now again, if any man preach my people doth not consider. any other gospel unto you, than that
Mal. 1:6. A son honoreth his ye have received, let him be acfather, and a servant his master: cursed.
Rev. 22:18. For 1 testify unto 2 Pet. 1: 19. We have also a every man that heareth the words
more sure word of prophecy, whereof the prophecy of this book. If unto ye do well that ye take heed as any man shall add unto these things unto a light that shineth in a dark God shall add unto him the plagues place .... knowing this first, that that are written in this book; and no scripture is of any private interif any man shall take away from pretation. the words of the book of this proph- Acts 17: 2. Paul reasoned out of ecy, God shall take away his part the scriptures. out of the book of life, and out of 18: 24. Agabus was mighty in the holy city, and from the things the scriptures. which are written in this book.
Rom. 16: 25. Now to him that is
of power to establish you according V. Relation of the Old and New to my gospel, and the preaching of Testaments.
Jesus Christ, (according to the rev
elation of the mystery which was Mat. 5:17. Think not that I am kept secret from the foundation of come to destroy the law or the the world, but now is made maniprophets; I am not come to destroy, fest, and by the scriptures of the but to fulfil. For verily I say unto prophets, according to the comyou, Till heaven and earth pass, mandment of the everlasting God, one jot, or one tittle shall in no wise made known to all nations for the pass from the law till all be fulfilled. obedience of faith) to God only Whosoever, therefore, shall break wise, be glory through Jesus Christ one of these least commandments, forever. Amen. and shall teach 'men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.
VI. Importance of studying it. LUKE 16: 16. The law and the prophets were until John, since that Ps. 119: 6. Then shall I not be time, the kingdom of God is preach- ashamed when I have respect unto ed, and every man presseth into it. all thy commandments. I will And it is easier for heaven and praise thee with uprightness of earth to pass, than one tittle of the heart, when I shall have learned law to fail.
thy righteous judgments. I will Col. 2: 14. Blotting out the hand keep thy statutes: O forsake me not writing of ordinances, that was utterly. Wherewith shall a young against us, which was contrary to man cleanse his way ? by taking us, and took it out of the way, nail- heed thereto according to thy word. ing it to his cross.
With my whole heart have I sought Eph. 2: 15. Having abolished in thee: O let me not wander from his flesh the enmity (between Jews thy commandments. Thy word and Gentiles) even 'the law of com- have I hid in mine heart, that I mandments contained in ordinances. might not sin against thee. Blessed
LUKE 24: 44. And he said unto art thou, O LORD: teach me thy them. These are the words which I statutes. With my lips have I desaid unto you, while I was yet with clared all the judgments of thy you that all things must be ful- mouth. I have rejoiced in the way filled, which were written in the of thy testimonies, as much as in all law of Moses and in the Prophets riches. I will meditate in thy preand in the Psalms, concerning me. cepts, and have respect unto thy Then opened he their understand ways. I will delight myself in thy ings that they might understand the statutes: I will not forget thy word. scripture, and said unto them, Thus - 92. Unless thy law had been my it is written, and thus it behoved delights, I should then have perishChrist to suffer.
ed in mine affliction. I will never Acts 8: 35. Philip began at the forget thy precepts ; for with them same scripture, and preached unto thou hast quickened me. him Jesus.
thine, save me; for I have sought Rom. 4: 3. What saith the scrip- thy precepts. The wicked have ture?
waited for me to destroy me: but 9: 17. For the scripture saith. I will consider thy testimonies.
Col. 3:16. Let the word of Christ | risest up. And thou shalt bind them dwell in you richly in all wisdom. for a sign upon thine hand, and they
2 Tim. 3: 15. From a child thou shall be as frontlets between thine hast known the holy scriptures. eyes ;
and thou shalt write them HEB. 2: 1. We ought to give the upon the posts of thy house, and on more earnest heed to the things thy gates. [See Christian Duties.] which we have heard, lest at any Josh. 7. Only be thou strong time we let them slip.
and very courageous, that thou may1 Pet. 2: 2. Desire the sincere est observe to do according to all the milk of the word.
law, which Moses my servant comLUKE 24: 27. Beginning at Mo- manded thee: turn not from it to the ses and all the prophets, he ex- right hand or to the left, that thou pounded unto them in all the scrip- mayest prosper whithersoever thou tures the things concerning himself. goest. This book of the law shall
- 52. And they said, did not our not depart out of thy mouth ; but heart burn within us, while he thou shalt meditate therein day and talked with us by the way, and night, that thou mayest observe to opened to us the scriptures ?
do according to all that is written Deut. 6: 6. And these words therein: for then thou shalt make which I command thee this day, shall thy way prosperous, and then thou be in thy heart: and thou shalt shalt have good success.
Have not teach them diligently to thy chil- I commanded thee ? Be strong and dren, and shalt talk of them when of a good courage ; be not afraid, thou sittest in thine house, and when neither be thou dismayed: for the thou walkest by the way; when LORD thy God is with thee witherthou liest down, and when thou' soever thou goest.
THIRD GENERAL TOPIC.
THE DIVINE LAW.
he had made. And God blessed the
seventh day, and sanctified it: beORIGINAL LAW.
cause that in it he had rested from
all his work which God created Gen. 2: 8. And the LORD God and made. — 24. Therefore shall a planted a garden eastward in Eden; man leave his father and his mother, and there he put the man whom he and shall cleave unto his wife ; and had formed.-16. And the Lord God they shall be one flesh. commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou may- Curse inflicted on the transgressor. est freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Gen. 3: 17. Because thou hast thou shalt not eat of it: for in the hearkened unto the voice of thy day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt wife, and hast eaten of the tree of surely die. — 2. And on the seventh which I commanded thee saying, day God ended his work which he Thou shalt not eat of it; cursed is had made ; and he rested on the the ground for thy sake ; in sorrow seventh day from all his work which / shalt thou eat of it all the days of