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How are we in Christ?
ye are the branches." How is Christ in us? Rom. viii. 9, 10.
By the Holy Spirit dwelling in us.
We are “accepted in the beloved."
“ So shall we ever be with the Lord.”
Only by the influence of the Holy Ghost. Quote 1 Cor. xii. 3. “No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the
For the grace of the Holy Spirit.
It will make us acquainted with ourselves.
It will build us up in Him.
effect in our minds ? It will enlighten them. Quote 1 Cor. ii. 12. “ Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but
the spirit which is of God; that we might know the
things that are freely given to us of God.” What will it effect as to our hearts ?
It will subdue them. Quote 2 Cor. x. 5. “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that
exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedi
ence of Christ.” What will it effect as to our practice?
It will cause us to abound more and more in all goodness. Quote Eph. v. 9. “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righte
ousness and truth." Express Christian piety, in this view of it in three words.
It consists in knowing, loving, and following Christ.
VIII. THE RELIGIOUS LIFE.
Can you give any reasons why you should be truly religious?
I can give many reasons.
It is pleasing to Him.
It is true Happiness.
As to the body, the temporal life, and the soul. How is it so with regard to the body?
Because it produces temperance, chastity, health, &c. How is it so with regard to the temporal life? It produces honesty, diligence, content, prudence, good
It produces peace, hope, joy, &c.
It is deliverance from sin and misery here:
It is deliverance from punishment hereafter. What will the religious life render you, with regard to others?
It will make me useful to them in various ways.
By kind actions: friendly service:
By the light of a good example.
That I may please God, and live in His favour:
be useful to others, both as to soul and body. In what three words did you formerly comprise religion ?
In Light, Life, and Law.
Knowledge, Principle, Conduct.
To happiness, or blessedness.
future glory. Is it easy to lead a truly religious life?
By no means is it so. Why is it not easy?
Because of our corruption and weakness :
Because of our enemies and hinderances. What, in
consequence of sin and enemies, is the Christian life? A warfare, conflict, struggle. Why is this the case? Because good and evil, when vital and active principles,
must be in direct opposition to each other. Quote Gal. v. 17. “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit
against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other : so that ye cannot do the things that ye
would." Of what, therefore, in this conflict, do we always stand in
need? Of “the whole armour of God.” Where is it described?
In Eph. vi. 11-18. What do
understand by that armour? The various principles of true piety.
Why are these things called armour?
Truth; that is, uprightness and sincerity of heart. What excellence is represented by the Breast plate? Righteousness; that is, holiness as to God; justice and
integrity as to man. What in the Christian's armour answers to the soldier's greaves?
Firm and solid knowledge, by which he stands unmoved. What in it answers to the shield? Faith: a strong persuasion of Truth and of things unseen,
&c. What in it answers to the helmet?
Hope: the hope of salvation. What in it answers to the sword?
The word of God. Quote ver. 18, on prayer. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the
Spirit,” &c. What must the Christian do, that he may keep his armour
bright? Diligently use all means of grace. Mention some of them.
The Scriptures, Sabbath, Church-ordinances, prayer, &c. In what manner or spirit must he use them?
Devoutly, believingly, sincerely, earnestly, continually. To what do
you ascribe salvation?
of God. Must not man exert himself?
He cannot be too diligent and earnest. Quote Phil. ii. 12, 13. “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will
and to do of His good pleasure.”
describe the Christian life by any familiar images?
obtain.” What do these images teach you?
The need of diligence, courage, patience, and perseverance. Quote St. Paul's account of his own conduct. Phil. üï. 14. “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling
of God in Christ Jesus." What does healthy piety imply as to its growth?
Continual increase and advancement in all its parts.
More Knowledge: clearer, larger, and juster Views.
Greater Conformity to the will and law of God. Can
any limit be put to Christian attainment?
None whatever: we must always “grow in grace.”
It is displeasing to God.
It is fatal to the soul.
A hope that maketh not ashamed.
“The wicked is driven away in his own wickedness :