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Fighting the Christian Warfare.
Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise, blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
[See 62, 201, 203, 204, 437, 498-9, 660.]
738. Watchfulness, and fighting the good fight of faith, required, exemplified, and encouraged.
Mat. 26: 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Mk. 13: 33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. 34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work; and commanded the porter to watch. 35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch.
Lk. 12: 37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily, I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
1 Cor. 10: 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall. -16: 13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
Ep. 5: 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 6: 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord. and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armo of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of th devil.
1 Th. 5: 6 Let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watcl and be sober.
1 Tim. 6: 12 Fight the good fight of faith.
2 Tim. 2: 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good sol dier of Jesus Christ.-4: 5 Watch thou in all things, endur afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
1 Peter 4: 7 The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. [See 18, 477, 724.]
World ignorant; and opposed to God-its dangers.
739. The world, ignorant of God.
Jn. 17: 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee.
1 Cor. 1: 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
740. The world opposed to God and to his people.
Ps. 82: 2 Lo, thine enemies make a tumult; and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. 3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. 4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. 5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee.
Mat. 10: 22 Ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Jn. 17: 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.— 18: 36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
Ep. 2: 1 You hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.
Jam. 4: 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
1 Jn. 2: 16 All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
[See 68, 86, 467, 511, 690.]
741. The world corrupting and dangerous — cautions.
Mat. 13: 22 He also that received seed among the thorns
Its idols forbidden.
is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
Lk. 21: 34 Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Gal. 1: 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.
Ph. 3: 18 (Many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
2 Tim. 4: 10 Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world. [See 122, 625.]
742. Worldly idolatry forbidden — the contrary required.
Jer. 45: 5 Seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for behold, I will bring evil pon all flesh, saith the LORD.
Mat. 6: 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
Mk. 8: 36 What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Lk. 6: 24 Wo unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. 25 Wo unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. 12: 19 I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and
World overcome-God, to be worshipped in public.
be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms: provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Jn. 6: 27 Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
Rom. 12:2 Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
Col. 3: 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Jam. 1: 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
1 Jn. 2: 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. [See 626.]
743. World, overcome by grace.
Gal. 6: 14 God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
1 Jn. 5: 4 Whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. [See 59.]
WORSHIP OF GOD.
744. God the only proper object of religious worship.
Ex. 20: 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Ps. 96: 4 For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. 8 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering,
and come into his courts. 9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
Mat. 4: 10 Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. [See 80, 280, 295.]
745. Public worship of God required, encouraged, and exemplified.
Ps. 40: 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, 8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. 9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. 10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy loving-kindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
Mat. 18: 20 Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Ac. 11: 25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people.. 13: 14 When they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath-day, and sat down. 15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. 16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand, said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.
Heb. 10: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. [Neh. 8: 1-7, Ac. 13: 42-45.]
746. Public worship with religious instruction exemplified.
Neh. 8: 8 They read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
Mk. 2:1 Again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. 2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
Lk. 4: 43 He said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also, for therefore am I sent. 44 And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.