Page images

Prove that he must worship God in public. Heb. x. 25. “Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, as

the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day ap

proaching." Prove that he must pray. St. Luke xviii. 1.

“Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Prove that he must watch. St. Mark xiii. 37. (1 Pet. v. 8.)

“And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” Prove that he must study the scriptures. 2 Tim. iii. 15. “From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,

which are able to make thee wise unto salvation

through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” Prove that he must live to God. Rom. vi. 13. “ Yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from

the dead, and your members as instruments of righte

oúsness unto God." Prove that he must overcome all enemies. Rev. iii. 21. “ To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in

my throne, even as I also overcame, and am

down with my Father in His throne.” Prove that he must persevere. Rom. ii. 7. “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek

for glory, and honour, and immortality, eternal life.” What do you conclude from all this?

We must be religious wholly and at all times. How ought we to live? As the children and servants of God; fearing, loving, and

obeying Him.
What shall we gain by this sound and consistent goodness?

Consolation, joy, and blessedness here:
A glorious Immortality in a future state.


What do you understand by Christian Doctrines?

Certain Truths revealed to us in the Bible. Mention some of those which relate to God.

Such as declare His perfections, counsels, and providence. Mention some of those which relate to Man.

Such as speak of his depravity and guilt. Mention some of those which relate to Salvation.

Pardon, Justification, Sanctification. Mention a doctrine which relates to our bodies.

The Resurrection of them from the grave. What do the Scriptures teach us about a final state? That there is a Heaven for the good; a Hell for the

wicked. What was man's moral nature at his creation?

Holy and upright. What was then man's state?

One of trial : he was liable to fall. What do you mean by man's depravity?

His sinfulness or corruption, in consequence of the fall. To what does the inward moral disorder lead?

To a life of sin-of disobedience.
What law does sinful man transgress?

The law of God.
What follows from this, as to man's state before God?

He is in a state of condemnation.
What as to this state is the great Christian blessing?

What do

you understand by this word? A translation into a new state. Express this more clearly.

It is a change from a guilty state into a righteous state,

What does a guilty state render man?

Liable to the second death-final misery. What does the righteous state render man?

Entitled to eternal life-final happiness. What is man's state when he is justified?

He is righteous before God; accepted and treated as such. Express this matter as simply as you can.

A guilty creature is accounted a righteous creature:

A child of wrath is made an heir of heaven. How is man so accounted ?

By being a partaker of Christ through faith. Quote the words of St. Paul. Rom. iii. 22. Also 2 Cor. v. 21. “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of

Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe." “ He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin :

that we might be made the righteousness of God

in Him." Whence does this justification proceed? From the



of God in Christ Jesus. What do you mean by grace?

Free and undeserved favour. In opposition to what?

To our own works or deservings. Repeat St. Paul's words. Rom. iii. 24, 28. “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemp

tion which is in Christ Jesus." “ Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith

without the deeds of the law.” What does God manifest in this way of saving man ?

His holiness and justice, as well as his love and compassion. What is Sanctification ?

A transformation or change of nature. Quote St. Paul, Rom. xii. 2.

“Be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds."

Give a general notion of this change.

It is a deliverance from sin, and a recovery of holiness. How is this described in Scripture ?

As a putting off of the old man, and a putting on of the

new man.

What do you understand by the old man?

Our sinful or corrupt nature; derived from Adam. What do

you understand by the new man? Our purified or holy nature; derived from Christ. Repeat St. Paul's description of this new nature. Eph. iv. 24. “ And that ye put on the new man which after God is

created in righteousness and true holiness.” By what means or agency are we thus renewed ?

By the Holy Ghost and divine truth. How does St. Paul speak on this point. 2 Thess. ii. 13. “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation

through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the

truth.” Quote the Catechism on this point. “I believe in God the Holy Ghost, who sanctifieth me

and all the elect people of God.” How are we to obtain the grace of the Holy Spirit?

By prayer and the devout use of all our means of grace. To what part of our nature does sanctification extend?

To the whole of it. Quote St. Paul on this matter. 1 Thess. v. 23. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly: and I

pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord

Jesus Christ.” Repeat our blessed Lord's assurance respecting the Resurrec

tion. St. John v. 28, 29. “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the

which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, And shall come forth ; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have

done evil unto the resurrection of damnation.” Repeat St. Paul's declaration respecting the final Judgment.

Acts xvii. 31. “Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will

judge the world in righteousness by that man whom

He hath ordained." Prove that men will be judged by their works. 2 Cor. v. 10. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that

every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether

it be good or bad." Prove that the good will be for ever happy; the wicked for

ever miserable. “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment :

but the righteous into life eternal." St. Matt. xxv. 46. Repeat the words of St. Paul. Gal. vi. 7, 8. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For

he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption : but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”


In what manner is Religion spirit and life?

As it puts forth upon us a power, influence, energy. What is the effect of this power ?

It produces in us holy principles and affections. Mention the three great principles of christianity. 1 Cor. xiii. 13 * And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three: but

the greatest of these is charity."

« PreviousContinue »