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True means of grace to be taught and studied.
Rom. 2: 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.
2 Cor. 10: 12 We dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
Col. 2: 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
47. Bible, the true means of grace.
Ps. 19: 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.-119: 93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
Jn. 15: 3 Ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you-17: 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Rom. 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.-10: 17 Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Ep. 6: 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
2 Tim. 3: 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.
Jam. 1: 18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures. 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness, and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
1 Pet. 1: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. [See 428-432.]
48. Studying and teaching the Bible required and encouraged.
Dt. 11:18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine
A written revelation.
house, and upon thy gates: 21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD Sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.
Jos. 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Ps. 1: 1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Pr. 4: 13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her: for she is thy life. 20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Mat. 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye doerr, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
Jn. 5: 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: And they are they which testify of me.
Ac. 17: 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things
Rom. 15: 4 Whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
1 Th. 5: 27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
Heb. 2:1 We ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
1 Pet. 2: 2 As new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.
Rev. 1: 3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. [Ps. 19, and 119, entire.] [See 279, 458, 493.]
49. Bible a written revelation, and intelligible.
Dt. 9: 10 The LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written ac
Sin of wresting - profitable.
cording to all the words which the LORD spake with you in the mount, out of the midst of the fire.
Ps. 102: 18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.
Ps. 119: 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. 130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
2 Pet. 1: 18 This voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.
50. Sin and danger of altering or wresting the Bible.
Dt. 4: 2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command
you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
Pr. 30: 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
2 Pet. 3: 15 And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given unto him, hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Rev. 22: 18 I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. [See 284.]
51. The whole Bible profitable and important.
Dt. 29: 29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us, and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
2 Tim. 3: 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
[See 47, and 279 and 433.]
Duty and advantages of-Duties of to parents.
52. Duty and advantages of cheerfulness.
Neh. 8: 10 Neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
Pr. 14: 30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. [Ps. 119: 80.]—15: 13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. 15 He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.-17: 22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Jn. 16: 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.
1 Th. 5: 16 Rejoice evermore. [See 296, 634.]
53. Duties of children to parents.
Ex. 20: 12 Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giv
Lev. 19: 3 Ye shall fear every man his mother and his father.
Pr. 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.―6: 20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. 22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.-13: 1 A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
-23: 22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.
Mat. 15: 4 God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6 And honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
Lk. 2: 51 He [Christ] went down with them, [his parents] and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them.
Disobedient children punished-Early piety.
Ep. 6: 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honor thy father and mother, (which is the first commandment with promise,) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Col. 3: 20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well-pleasing unto the Lord. [See 10.]
54. Penalties for disobeying and abusing parents.
Ex. 21: 15 He that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death. 17 And he that curseth his father or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
Dt. 21: 18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: 21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you, and all Israel shall hear, and fear-27:16 Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother: and all the people shall say, Amen.
Pr. 20: 20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.-30: 17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. [See 494.]
55. Early piety exemplified and encouraged.
1 S. 3: 8 The LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called
2 Ch. 34: 1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign. 3 In the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father.
Pr. 8: 17 I love them that love me: and those that seek me early shall find me.- -22: 6 Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Ec. 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.
Is. 28: 9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
2 Tim. 3: 15 And that 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.