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Fellowship. king request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel.
1 Th. 4. 9. As touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
Heb. 13. 1. Let brotherly love continue.
2 Pet. 1. 5. Add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity.
1 Jn. 3. 18. My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
1 Jn. 4. 11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
110. Ought we to withhold Christian fellowship from the bad ?
Mat. 10. 11. Into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy: and there abide till ye go thence.
And when ye come into a house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it be not worthy, let your peace return
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
1 Cor. 5. 9. I wrote unto you in an epistle,.not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters: for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner: with such a one no not to eat.
1 Cor. 10. 20. I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
Ep. 5. 11. Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Unity. 2 Th. 3. 6. Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 14. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
2 Tim. 3. 2. Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having the form of Godliness, but denying the power thereof : from such turn away, 1 Tim. 6. 3–5.
2 Jn. 10. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. (See 102 and 459.]
111. Has the christian church any unity with the Abrahamic church ?
Rom. 11. 16. If the root be holy so are the branches, And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not thyself against the branches: but if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high minded but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 23. And they also, if they abide not in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be
the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?
Gal. 3. 7. They which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 9. So then they which be of faith, are blessed with faithful Abraham. Rom. 4. 11–25. Ac. 7. 38. Ep. 2. 12.
112. Did God make a covenant with the Abrahamic church? Gen. 17. 7. And I will establish
covenant between me and thee, and thy seed after thee, in their generations, for an everlasting covenant; to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
Ps. 103. 17. The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; To such as keep his covenant.
Mic. 7. 20. Thou will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.
Gal. 3. 9. So then they which be of faith, are bless ed with faithful Abraham. 14. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ: that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Brethren I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 17. And this I say, that the covenant that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 29. And if ye be Christ's then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
113. Did the terms of God's covenant with the Abrahamic church involve true religion ? Ex. 19. 5. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice
indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people.
Levi. 26. 41. If then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant.
1 K. 8. 23. There is no God like thee in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart.
Ps. 78. 10. They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law.
Gal. 3. 9. So then they that be of faith, are blessed with faithful Abraham. 29. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
114. Did God appoint any seal to his covenant with the Abrahamic church ? Gen. 17. 10. Every man-child
among you shall be circumcised -and it shall be a token of the covenant between me and you. 13. And my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
Rom. 4. 11. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed to them also.
115. Did the Abrahamic covenant include blessings for the poestrity of believing parents ?
Gen. 17. 7. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and thy seed after thee, in their
generations, for an everlasting covenant; to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 19. Thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
Gen. 26. 24. And will bless thee [Isaac] and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.
Dt. 30. 19. Choose life, that both thou and thy seed
2 K. 13. 23. And the Lord was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham.
Is. 59. 21. This is my covenant with them saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy nouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and forever.
Ac. 2. 39. For the promise is unto you, and to your children. Gen. 26. 24. [See 469.]
116. Was the seal of the Abrahamic covenant to be applied to children as well as to parents ?
Gen. 17. 10. Every man-child among you shall be circumcised. 12. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man.child in your generations.
117. Was the covenant between God and the Abrahamic church abolished with the Jewish ritual?
Rom. 15. 8. Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers. Gal. 3. 29. If ye be Christ's, then are ye
Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
118. Did circumcision have a spiritual signification !
Dt. 30. 6. And the Lord thy God will circumcise thy heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart.
Rom. 2. 28. For he is not a Jew which is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew which is one inwardly: and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.