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The Bible Home Instructor - Part 1


A Bible Reading For The Home Fireside, AND The Bible Made Easy

SEVENTH EDITION


"The Entrance of Thy words giveth light,"  Psalm 119:130.


A Grouping Together
Of Bible Testimony
On All Subjects Of
Sacred Interest And Importance




BY ANDREW N. DUGGER

Assisted by P. A. Nugent and Herbert Miles

Edited by Richard C. Nickels,

Reprinted in 1996, by:

Giving & Sharing, PO Box 100, Neck City, MO  64849 USA


Editor's Note

    In its various editions, The Bible Home Instructor has probably advanced the cause of the Church of God (Seventh Day) more than any other effort.  The first edition was published in 1920.  It may have been an expansion of an earlier publication, "The Bible Student's Assistant," offered as early as 1871.  Distribution of The Bible Home Instructor in the 1920s led to substantial growth in the Church of God.  Andrew N. Dugger continued to publish the book until his death in 1975.
    


With this edition, we have omitted the photographs from the seventh edition, because of their poor print quality.  However, at the end of this book, we have preserved some of the line drawings which were sprinkled throughout the book.  We have attempted to correct many of the typographical errors contained in earlier editions, which was a very time-consuming task.


The preservation of this classic book on the doctrines of the Church of God (Seventh Day) has been a project of a number of individuals.  I extend special thanks to rry Barger, Carol Billigmeier, Curtis Garner, Jeffrey Vanek, as well as my wife Shirley, and daughter Amanda.  We are grateful to them, and trust that their work has not been in vain.  May the Eternal guide you as you study His Word.

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Table of Contents

Section        Page    Section            Page

Preface    iv
A Brief History of the Bible    7
Search the Scriptures    9
Creation and the Creator    10
Walking in the Light    11
How to Learn and Know the Truth    12
Life and Death    13
Searching the Scriptures    14
The Sure Word of Prophecy    15
Prophecies Relating to Christ's Birth    16
Redemption    16
Faith    17
Repentance    19
Conversion    20
Confession    21
Sufferings of Christ    22
Salvation Only Through Christ    24
God's Willingness to Forgive    25
Forgiving One Another    26
Unbelief    27
Holy and Sanctified    28
Baptism    30
Growth in Grace    31
Our Words    32
Danger of Covetousness    33
Purity    34
Riches    35
Duties of Parents and Children    36
Child Training    37
Promises for the Children    38
Mediation and Prayer    38
Answer to Prayer    39
Importance of Prayer    41
What is Sin and Who are Sinners?    42
The Law of God    43
The Ten Commandments    44
The Two Laws Contrasted    44
Importance of Sound Doctrine    45
Sin Defined    46
The Sabbath, The Lord's Day    48
Sabbath Observance    49
The Change of the Sabbath    50
The Lord's Day    53
The Jewish Sabbath and Mosaical
   Law Abolished    54
New Testament Sabbath    55
Time of Crucifixion    57
The Master's Sign    57
The Resurrection of Christ    58
The Lord's Supper    59
The Intermediate State    61
Immortality of Man    62
Are Men Judged at Death?    63
What Will Finally Become of Wicked?    64
Will the Majority Be Saved or Lost?    65
What is the Soul, and is it Immortal?    66
The Spirit of Man    67
Man's Origin and Nature    68
The Resurrection of the Dead    69
Promises to the Fathers    70
The Saints' Inheritance    71
The Glorious City    72
New Jerusalem When and Where    73
Sobriety    75
Saving Faith    76
Nature of God's Law    77
Gossiping    78
The Bible Name for the Church    79
Cheerfulness    80
The Ministration of Death    81
Free-Will Offerings    83
Ministry Supported by Tithes    84
Judgment of the Transgressor    85
Punishment of the Wicked    87
Christ the Great Teacher    88
Reconciled to God    89
Justification    90
Danger in Rejecting Light    91
The Perpetuity of the Law    92
Marriage Institution    92
Submission    93
Trusting in Jesus    95
Temperance    96
The Kingdom of God    97
The Law of Liberty    98
The Law Magnified by Christ    99
The Nature of Man    100
The Sons of God    101
Unity of Believers    102
Was Peter the Foundation Rock?    103
Pride    104
Missionary Work    105
The Poor, and Our Duty Toward Them    107
The Parable of the Tares and Wheat    108
Christ the Way of Life    109
Israel, Present and Future    110

Table of Contents


Section        Page    Section            Page

Praise and Thanksgiving    111
The Christian's Armour    112
Evidence of Acceptance With God    114
Preaching the Gospel    115
The Two Husbands    116
The Love of God    117
Ministration of Good Angels    119
Not Hearers, But Doers    120
The Two Laws    122
The Two Olive Trees    123
Colored Man: His Origin, Religion,
   Destiny    125
Do You Love the World, or God?    126
The Five Kingdoms    127
The Four Beasts    129
The Second Coming of Christ    132
The Manner of Christ's Coming    133
We Know Not the Day Nor the Hour    133
The Signs of the Times    135
Social Signs of Christ's Coming    136
Can We Know Near the Time of
   His Coming?    137
The Spirits in Prison    139
The Chastisement of the Jewish People    139
The Gathering of the Jewish People    141
The Last Generation    144
Russia in Prophecy    146
Bible Organization and Service    147
Hell, When and Where is it?    149
Danger of Rejecting Light    151
Promises to Overcomers    151
Israel, Origin and Significance    152
Prophecy of Revelation 12th Chapter    153
Beast With Seven Heads and Ten Horns    154
Woman Riding the Beast, Rev. 17    155
The Third Angel's Message    157
The Mark of the Beast    158
The Battle of Armageddon    161
Universal and Age Lasting Peace    163
The Millennium    165
Death in the Kitchen    167
The Atomic Bomb    169
Holy Spirit, Gifts, and Manifestations    170
Church Organization and Government    172
The Passover and the Lord's Supper    173
History of the Waldenses    174
Pioneers of the Reformation    176
Drawings    179
Topical Index    180
Additional Literature    182



Preface

    This book is dedicated especially to home Bible study.  It makes the Bible teaching on all subjects plain and clear, and is arranged irrespective of the creed or discipline of any denomination.  A strict adherence to the Bible will be found portrayed throughout this volume, which is the home companion of many families of various religious professions.


 All subjects of Bible interest, both practical and prophetical, will be easily found by referring to the index next to the back cover, and instead of giving man's opinion regarding these sacred matters, about which we are all so much concerned, many of the inspired witnesses of God are allowed to testify by giving the scriptural quotations with book, chapter, and verse.  Different phases of these many subject are taken up and the text of scripture clearly setting forth just what God says about the matter is given.


 Many people have lost interest in the Bible and very seldom ever read it, because they say it is so hard to understand, but this book furnishes the key, removing this obstacle and allowing the reader to enter into the realm of Bible thought and study, bringing to thousands a blessing which they had not before dreamed was so near.
    


The arrangement of the subjects following in their order, with the scriptural quotations applying to all questions presented, has been made by a number of Bible scholars for the supreme purpose of placing in the hands of the public a book which would bring to them a spiritual blessing, give them satisfaction and contentment in Bible understanding, paving the way for them to finally enter the haven of eternal rest, the blooming Paradise of God, and with their loved ones enjoy a vast eternity where sin, sorrow, sickness, and death shall never molest and nothing shall make afraid.
About the Author

    Andrew N. Dugger (1886-1975) was the most famous Church of God, Seventh Day, leader in the twentieth century.  He was born in Bassett, Nebraska.
    Andrew N. Dugger's father, A.F. Dugger, Sr., had been an Advent Christian Minister.  When commissioned by his church to do a study refuting the Sabbath, A.F.



Dugger instead became convinced that the Sabbath should be observed.  The result was a book he later published, called The Bible Sabbath Defended.  For more than thirty-five years until his death in 1910, A.F. Dugger, Sr., was a leader in the Church of God, Seventh Day.  His son Andrew, a school teacher and farmer, was in his early 20's when his father died.


    A bright light in the sky around him seemed to Dugger to be a sign from God that he should follow his father's footsteps in the ministry.  A.N. Dugger immediately sold his large farm and equipment, and went to the University of Chicago, where he majored in theology and public speaking, mastering Greek, Hebrew, and German.
    


Dugger periodically returned to Bassett to visit his mother and Effie Carpenter (1895-1980), a student of his whom he wanted to marry.  Although he first proposed to her when she was sixteen, it wasn't until 1925 until they were married.  They shared fifty years together.
    


Soon after college graduation, Dugger was invited by the Executive Committee of the Church of God to move to Stanberry, Missouri, to become editor of The Bible Advocate, a position his father had held before being forced to retire because of ill health.  In 1914, Dugger arrived in Stanberry to begin his work in the ministry.  For eighteen years he was editor, also serving as President of the General Conference.  As field representative, he traveled widely, holding evangelistic meetings and public debates.  The famous "Porter Dugger Debate," between Dugger and W. Curtis Porter, a Church of Christ minister, was later published as a book of over 230 pages.  In 1919, Dugger wrote The Bible Home Instructor, which publicized the Seventh Day Church of God, and substantially increased its membership during the 1920s.
  


 Two of Dugger's most adamant doctrinal positions were:  a scriptural form of church organization with leaders chosen by lot rather than election, and a world headquarters in Jerusalem, Israel.  After visiting Israel for only a year in 1931-32, Dugger returned to live in Sweet Home, Oregon.  In 1936, A.N. Dugger and C.O. Dodd published A History of the True Church, which traces Sabbath-keepers from apostolic times to modern days.  Dugger greatly influenced Herbert Armstrong, who was for years affiliated with the Church of God, Seventh Day, but later formed his own church, the Radio (later Worldwide) Church of God.  
    


Dugger remained pastor at Marion, Oregon until 1953, when he and Effie settled permanently in Jerusalem, and launched the Mt. Zion Reporter.  His aggressive leadership resulted in thousands of converts around the world.  Andrew N. Dugger died in 1975 at the age of 89.  Dugger's son-in-law, Gordon Fauth, continued the Jerusalem work at Mount Zion Reporter, P.O. Box 568, Jersualem, Israel.
The Bible Home Instructor

A Brief History of the Bible
The Word Of God

    The Bible is the Book through which God has reveled His will to man, and in which mankind have set before them the ways of life and death.
  


 The Bible is as perfect as are all the productions of God, and is therefore without fault.  It contains within itself proof of its claim for divinity, that cannot be shattered by the strongest thrusts of the infidel.
    


The Bible contains sixty-six books or pamphlets bound together in one volume.  The word Bible is derived from the Greek word "ta biblia" meaning the book, or the book of books.  The word is derived from a root designating the inner bark of the linden tree on which the ancients wrote their books.  It is spoken of as "the book" being superior to all books.  But the application of the word Bible to these sixty-six books can only be traced back to the fifth century of our era, the word scriptures prior to this time was applied to these carefully preserved sacred writings.

The Bible Authors

    There are at least thirty-six different authors, who wrote in three continents and many countries, during a period of fifteen hundred years.  Among these authors were men in every vocation of life, thus touching all the experiences of men.  It was written in two languages, Hebrew and Greek with the exceptions of a few passages in the Old Testament which were written in Chaldaic  (Ezra 5: 8; 6: 12; 7: 12-26; Daniel 2: 4-7, and verse 28, and Jeremiah 10:28), the remainder of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew.

Ancient Manuscripts

    At the present time all of the ancient records of the original documents, of Old Testament now in existence are recorded on baked clay tablets deposited in museums of antiquity.  During the nineteenth and twentieth century, some striking excavations confirming Bible history have been made.  Clay tablets have been unearthed at various periods the most noteworthy of which were the excavations made in 1845 from the long buried ruins of the ancients city of Nineveh where at one time was one of the world's greatest libraries.
    


Of the ancient manuscripts of the New Testament Greek there are several now in existence, in a state of excellent preservation.  One of these was found in Alexandria Egypt as late as 1628.  It was copied from one of the first manuscripts, is dated A.D. 350, and is now in the British Museum.  This one like those discovered at various intervals of this era strikingly agrees and harmonizes with all other manuscripts now in existence, and shows how God in His infinite wisdom and in miraculous ways has watched over and preserved His revelations to mankind.

Original Writing And Translations

    The Old Testament was first written in the Hebrew language upon long scrolls of papyrus (paper), which were afterwards translated into other languages.  The Septuagint is oldest of the versions, meaning by its name the translation "by the seventy."  It was composed from the original records at Alexandria for the Alexandrian library, by a company of seventy learned Jews, about 285 B.C.  The order of this translation is according to reliable testimony given by Alexander the Great, following his visit to Jerusalem 332 B.C., at which time he had become familiar with the prophecies of Daniel 8:21, concerning himself, regarding his career and fate, which were so accurately fulfilled in his life, death and the division of his kingdom after his death.  This is mentioned by Josephus book 11, chapter 8.

The Bible in Remote Time

    Before mass printing, the Scriptures were very costly, owing to their limited circulation.  Few people had an opportunity to read them for themselves and therefore they knew but little about their contents.  Because of this, their illuminating and life saving truths were unknown and the error and dark superstition of the imaginative minds of the people, were worldwide.
    It required much effort and long tedious hours of writing to transcribe new copies of the Scriptures; but by the employment of hundreds of scribes, thousands of bulky volumes of this sacred book were finally copied and sold for a high price.

The First Burning of Bibles

    During the 6th century A.D. when the world was suffering under the plague of the Turkish and Arabian hoards led by the notorious outlaw Mohammed, Palestine was overrun, Jerusalem was captured; and as their conquests spread throughout northern Africa, Alexandria was sacked.  The great Alexandrian library fell into their hands, and the book including many Bibles, were distributed among the four thousand departments of the capitol, and served to feed the fires six months.
  


 From this time forward darkness spread its gloom over the known world.  While the light of God's word was kept from this part of the world, by the followers of the false prophet Mohammed, the other portions were likewise darkened by the influences emanating from Rome, as the Papacy grew extending her power universally, bringing the world into that long period known in history as the dark ages, which continued until the beginning of the reformation in the 13th century.  At the time when Antichrist was climbing to the summit of his impious dignity in the Southern hemisphere, the papacy was forging the chains of delusion in the Northern.
  


 The translation of the Bible into the English language in 1380 by John Wycliff was the chief event of the beginning of the Reformation.  To preform such a work at this time of the world's dark drama, required a bold heart and fearless purpose that danger could not appall.  For undertaking this work, Wycliff was attacked from many quarters. It was said that he was introducing among the multitudes a book that was reserved exclusively for the priests, and it was claimed that by doing this the gospel by him was laid open to the laity, and the gospel pearl would be cast aboard and "trodden under the foot of swine."  The people at large, regardless of station were exhorted, in the preface of his translation, to read the scripture.


    At the age of twenty, while the great reformer, Martin Luther, was attending the university of Erfurt, he found a Bible; holding it in his hands, he was thrilled with joy, and exclaimed, "Oh God, could I but have one of these books, I would ask no other treasure."  And later, while in a convent, he had free access to a Bible which was chained, so as not to be removed, and by constant and diligent study, he finally became master of the language in which it was written, and made a complete translation of the New Testament in 1332, and of the entire Bible in 1334.


    William Tyndale likewise inspired by the same motive that actuated the zeal and work of Wycliff, translated the New Testament into the English language in 1525, and later portions of the Old Testament scriptures.  The purpose of his whole life seemed to be an ardent desire to give the Bible to the common people and thus the light of divine truth began once more to shine forth, but as before, not without opposition.  These brave reformers in so dealing with the words of the living God, were trampling on the feet of Satan, and thereby courting persecution.  And, as usual, he was not without agents to do his bidding, so men endeavored to stem the rising tide of the reformation by burning the Bibles, and the reformers as well.

Burning Of Bibles Again

    The burning of Bibles were commenced in England with the destruction of Tyndale's edition of the New Testament at St. Paul's Cross, London, in 1527, followed by the burning of the second edition three years later.  Not many years after this there were wholesale burnings of the writings of Wycliff and all the early reformers.
    It seemed that the commencement of this period of hunger and thirst for the Word of God could be traced to John Wycliff, and toward him the minds of the tyrants of the time turned in awe inspiring hatred, and revenge.  Forty three years after his death by order of the Council of Constance his bones were dug up and burned.  By order of Charles V of Germany, Tyndale was strangled and burned at the stake, at Vilvord Brussels Oct. 6, 1536.  The vengeance of other rulers was also appeased at the mercy of the reformer who stood for God and His word, but with the price of blood was God's message to man as well as redemption purchased, and amid scenes of trying persecution His truth marched steadily on to triumphant victory.


    This work so nobly commenced was sanctioned by divine approval and could not be suppressed.  The word of God could no longer be bound.  that keen desire to read and know the scriptures was rooted in the minds of each individual so deeply that it could not be easily dispensed with.  The conflagration kindled, the fire of persecution was beyond the power of human strength to suppress, and men and women could see that the Bible gave them the right, which had hitherto been denied them, of reading and acquiring spiritual knowledge and strength for themselves. Schools were established, the art of printing discovered, and the commencement of a new and glorious era of the world burst forth.


    The first book printed from moveable type was a Latin Bible, printed by John Gutenberg at Metz, Germany, in 1456.  A copy of the edition of the scriptures was sold in New York City in 1911 for $50,000.00.  This was the highest price ever paid for a single book.

The Holy Bible To The World

    After the long dark night of sin had spread her black wings over the earth, and Bibles had been destroyed out of the land, the rays of morning light burst forth; the reformation began, the period of knowledge and education came with thousands of wonderful inventions the chief of which, for the dissemination of knowledge, was the steam printing-press 1811.  Bibles were printed by the thousands and great  Bible societies were organized; the greatest, perhaps, of these is the "British and Foreign Bible Society"  which has published the scriptures in nearly 500 different languages.  A total of 227,150,770 Bibles and portions of the Bible had been printed by this company alone up to 1912.  The American Bible Society since its organization in 1816 has printed over 100,000,000 Bibles, in over one hundred languages.  While these are the largest Bible societies, there are twenty-five others printing and distributing Bibles, by the millions, to the world.


    These facts bring to our minds the statement of Christ in Matt. 24: 14, "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."  God is truly preparing the people for His final judgment, and providing them with the light of His word, thus giving an opportunity for each to make a choice, according to the teaching of the word, before the end of the reign of sin and wickedness, and the coming of Christ, the Prince of Peace.

Ask for the guide book, the Bible from heaven,
For our salvation, its pages were given,
If for a truth we are seeking today,
Ask for the guide book, it teaches the way.

Search the Scriptures

    1.    From what source do we get the scriptures, and by whom are they given?
    "All scripture is given by inspiration of God," II Timothy 3:16.


    2.    Of what value are the scriptures, and for what are they profitable to us?
    "All scripture is . . . profitable, for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works,"  II Timothy 3:16, 17.


    3.    What are we admonished to do, that we may understand the Word correctly, and finally receive divine approval?
    "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth," II Timothy 2:15.


    4.    By studying and receiving a knowledge of the sacred word, what will it finally acquire for us?
    "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," II Timothy 3:15.


    5.    Why is a personal knowledge of the scriptures of vital importance to every person, and without it why might they be deceived?
    "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:  because many false prophets are gone out into the world," I John 4:1.


    "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness," II Corinthians 11:14-15.


    6.    In what way does God warn His people to be on guard?
    "Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day . . . . having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with he preparation of the gospel of peace," Ephesians 6:13-15.


    7.    We notice that when Satan was tempting Christ for forty days and nights (Luke 4:1-12), that Christ always answered him by quoting a text of scripture.  What does the Holy Spirit instruct us to do, when we are likewise tempted?
    "Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear," I Peter 3:15.  "Prove all things, hold fast that which is good," I Thessalonians 5:21.


    8.    Why did Paul declare the people of Berea to be more noble in God's sight than those living in Thessalonica?
    "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 were so," Acts 17:11.


    9.    From what source did the prophecies of the Bible come to us?
    "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost," II Peter 1:21.

Creation and the Creator

    1.    By whom and when were both the heavens and the earth made?
    "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth," Genesis 1:1.


    2.    For what purpose did God make the heavens and the earth?
    "For thus saith the Lord, that created the heavens: God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain: He formed it to be inhabited," Isaiah 45:18.


    3.    What do the Scriptures state that the heavens declare?
    "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork," Psalm 19:1.


    4.    To whom is worship and adoration at all times due?
    "O come,  let us worship and bow down:  let us kneel before the Lord our maker," Psalm 95:6.


    5.    What will become of the graven images and false gods of the heathen?
    "Thus shall ye say unto them, the gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens," Jeremiah 10:11.


    6.    How does God contrast His own power with that of false gods, and in what way does He inform us to distinguish between them?
    "Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen:  let them shew the former things what they be, that we may consider them: and know the latter end of them, or declare us things for to come.  Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods," Isaiah 41:22, 23.


    7.    Who created man, and whose likeness is he?
    "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him, male and female created He them," Genesis 1:27.


    8.    The character and power of man is just a little inferior to what great class of God's creatures?
    "What is man that Thou art mindful of him?  And the son of man that Thou visitest him?  For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour," Psalm 8:4, 5.


    9.    What home did God first give man after his creation?
    "And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed," Genesis 2:8.


    10.    What did the Lord provide for food for this man, and what did He give him to do?
    "And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food . . . .  And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it," Genesis 2:9, 15.


    11.    What great lesson may we learn through the things that are made?
    "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made:  even His eternal power and Godhead:  so that they are without excuse," Romans 1:20.


    12.    In view of the curse upon this earth by reason of disobedience and sin, what hath our Creator promised?
    "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered nor come into mind," Isaiah 65:17.

Praise God for Christ

    All praise to Thee, eternal Lord,
    Clothed in a garb of flesh and blood;
    Choosing a manger for Thy throne,
    While worlds on worlds are Thine alone!

    Once did the skies before Thee bow;
    A virgin's arms contain Thee now:
    Angels, who did Thee rejoice,
    Now listen to Thine infant voice.

    A little child, Thou art our guest,
    That weary ones in Thee may rest;
    Forlorn and lowly is Thy birth,
    That we may rise up from this earth.

    Thou comest in the darksome night
    To make us children of the light;
    To make us, in the realms divine,
    Like Thine own angels round Thee shine.

    All this for us Thy love hath done;
    By this to Thee our life is won;
    For this we tune our cheerful lays,
    And tell our thanks in songs of praise.
_ Martin Luther

Walking in the Light

    1.    Is it important for one to walk in the light of God's Word as it is revealed to them?
    " . . . Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you; for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth," John 12:35.


    NOTE: The foregoing statement telling His disciples to walk in the light while it was here with them, was made by Christ while He was here on the earth.  So today each one has the same life revealed to us through the Bible.


    2.    What statement did Christ make regarding His life?
    "Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world:  he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life," John 8:12.


    3.    Did Christ have reference to His life here on the earth?
    "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world," John 9:5.


    4.    What expression does Paul make concerning the life of Christ?
    "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life," Romans 5:10.


    5.    In what condition must one be, in order to receive the benefits of the blood of Christ?
    "But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin," I John 1:7.


    6.    What is said of the path of the just?
    "But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day," Proverbs 4:18.


    7.    For what reason are men condemned who do not come to the light?
    "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil," John 3:19.


    8.    If one is really sincere, and seeking truth, what will he do?
    "But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God," John 3:21.


    9.    In rejecting light is there danger of being made to believe error?
    "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness," II Thessalonians 2:11, 12.


    10.    What is the Bible said to be?
    "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path," Psalm 119:105.  See also Proverbs 6:23.


    11.    Since the Bible is a lamp to our feet, what important thing does it give?
    "The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple," Psalm 119:130.


    12.    Does Christ place a blessing on those who read, and obey the Revelation?
    "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein," Revelation 1:3.


    13.    After one sees, and obeys Bible light, may he then be rejected because of unbelief?
    "I will therefore put you in remembrance, though you once knew this, how that the Lord having saved the people out of the land of Egypt afterward destroyed them that believed not," Jude 5.  Also see Ezekiel 18:24.


    14.    For whom are these things written?
    "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples:  and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come," I Corinthians 10:11.
   

15.    Upon what conditions only may we be made partakers of His promises?
    "For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end," Hebrews 3:14.

    O Word of God incarnate,
        O wisdom from on high,
    O Truth unchanged, unchanging,
        O Light of our dark sky!

    It is the golden casket
        Where gems of truth are stored;
    It is the heaven-drawn picture
        Of Christ the living Word.
_ William Howe
How to Learn and Know the Truth

    1.    For what does Hosea say some will be destroyed?
    "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge," Hosea 4:6.
    2.    What words of instruction are given by Isaiah?
    "Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail," Isaiah 34:16.
    3.    Through what source did Christ say one could learn of Him?
    "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:  and they are they which testify of Me," John 5:39.
    4.    Why could they learn of Christ by searching the scriptures?
    "For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me," John 5:46.
    5.    What does Paul tell us to do?
    "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth," II Timothy 2:15.
    6.    Will all the evidence on any one subject be found in one place?
    "For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line;  here a little and there a little," Isaiah 28:10; see also verse 13.
    NOTE:  Or in other words, appeal to each of the Bible writers and find out what they all have to say about any one subject.
    7.    By whose authority were the scriptures given?
    "All scripture is give by inspiration of God," II Timothy 3:16.
    8.    For what is it profitable?
    "And is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness," II Timothy 3:16.
    9.    Why are they profitable for the foregoing?
    "That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works," II Timothy 3:17.
    10.    What knowledge will one gain from a study of the scriptures?
    "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," II Timothy 3:15.
    11.    How does Christ say one can be made free?
    "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free," John 8:32.
    12.    What is declared to be truth?
    "Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth," John 17:17.  See also Psalm 119:142.
    13.    What are God's ministers to preach?
    "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine," II Timothy 4:2.
    14.    What of those who teach otherwise?
    "But though we, or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you . . . let him be accursed," Galatians 1:8.
    15.    For what were Bereans commended?
    "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 were so," Acts 17:11.
    16.    In studying the scriptures whose guidance are we to seek?
    "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God," James 1:5.
    17.    For what purpose were these things written?
    "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope," Romans 15:4.

    O that the Lord would guide my ways
        To keep His statutes still!
    O that my God would grant me grace
        To know and do His will!

    Order my footsteps by Thy word,
        And make my heart sincere;
    Let sin have no dominion, Lord,
        But keep my conscience clear.

    Make me to walk in Thy command
        Tis a delightful road;
    Nor let my head, nor heart, nor hands
        Offend against my God.
_ Isaac Watts

Life and Death

    1.    Who is declared to be the author of life?
    "For with Thee is the fountain of life: in Thy light shall we see light," Psalm 36:9.
    2.    What does our Savior say in regard to life?
    "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst," John 6:35.
    3.    What is the source of all present life?
    "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though He needed any thing, seeing He  giveth to all life, and breath, and all things," Acts 17:24, 25.
    4.    How are believers now classed in relation to eternal life?
    "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God," Colossians 3:3.
    5.    When will this life, which is eternal, be given to those who deserve it?
    "When Christ, Who is our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory," Colossians 3:4.
    6.    What is eternal life declared to be?
    "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord," Romans 6:23.
    7.    To whom will eternal life be given?
    "To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life," Romans 2:7.
    NOTE: By the above scriptures we learn that eternal life will be given only to those seeking for it.  So the doctrine of eternal torment must be a falsehood as they too would have eternal life.
    8.    Give a few scriptures telling who will have eternal life, and when it will be given.
    "For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be
consumed within me," Job 19:25-27.
    "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed," I Corinthians 15:52.
    "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him," I Thessalonians 4:14.
    "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works," Matthew 16:27.
    9.    Is there any possibility of death for the righteous after the resurrection?
    "Neither can they die anymore:  for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection," Luke 20:36.

Searching the Scriptures

    1.    What did Christ command the people of His day concerning the Scriptures?
    "Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of Me," John 5:39.
    NOTE: When this was spoken not a word of the New Testament had been written.  It was to the Old Testament that the Jews looked as their guide to eternal life, and although they would not accept Christ, He said that these very books, which they esteemed so highly, testified of Him.  If the Old Testament points to Christ, it is worthy of our careful study.
    2.    How early have we any record that the gospel was preached?
    "And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham," Galatians 3:8.
    3.    Was it the gospel of Christ that was preached unto Abraham?
    "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day:  and he saw it, and was glad," John 8:56.
    4.    At what other time is it said the gospel was taught in the Old Testament dispensation?
    "For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them; but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it," Hebrews 4:2.
    NOTE: The persons here referred to by "them" are the Israelites when on their journey from Egypt to the promised land, as will be seen by the Scripture connection.  Paul says the gospel was preached unto us as well as unto them, putting "them" ahead, and letting "us" have the gospel afterward.
    5.    Why did Moses give up the riches of Egypt?
    "Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt," Hebrews 11:26.  People in that age, even as now, were influenced by the riches of Christ to give up the world.
    6.    Whence came the spiritual meat and drink of the Israelites while in the wilderness?
    "And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink; for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them:  and that Rock was Christ," I Corinthians 10:2-4.
    7.    What was the chief cornerstone of the faith of both apostles and prophets?
    "And are build upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone," Ephesians 2:20.
    8.    What part of the Scriptures did Philip hear a certain eunuch reading?
    "And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?"  Acts 8:30.
    9.    When asked if he understood what he was reading, what reply did the eunuch make?
    "And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me?  And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him," verse 31.
    10.    What did Philip then do?
    "Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus," verse 35.
    11.    What are the Scriptures able to do?
    "Thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus," II Timothy 3:15.
    12.    What was said of the Bereans because they searched the Scriptures daily?
    "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 were so," Acts 17:11.
    13.    By what is man to live?
    "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God," Matthew 4:4.  If man is to live by the word of God, he certainly ought to use it daily, as daily nourishment is needed to keep him alive.
    14.    How greatly has God magnified His word?
    "I will worship toward Thy holy temple, and praise Thy name for Thy loving kindness and for Thy truth; for Thou hast magnified Thy word above all Thy name," Psalm 138:2.

    Word of the everlasting God;
        Will of His glorious Son,
    Without Thee how could earth be trod,
        Or heaven itself be won?

    Lord, grant us all aright to learn
        The wisdom it imparts,
    And to its heavenly teaching turn
        With simple, childlike hearts.

The Sure Word of Prophecy

    1.    By what means is all Scripture given?
    "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness," II Timothy 3:16.
    2.    For what purpose?
    "That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works," verse 17.
    3.    To whom do things revealed belong?
    "The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever," Deuteronomy 29:29.  That is, they belong to the human family.
    4.    What is the last book of the Bible called?
    "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him," Revelation 1:1.
    5.    What is said of those who read or study this book?
    "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein," verse 3.  The book of Revelation, then, is not only designed to be understood, but a blessing is pronounced upon those who read or study it.  No one would expect to obtain a blessing by reading a book he could not understand; hence the implication is that he who studies this book understands it.
    6.    How were the Old Testament prophecies given?
    "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost," II Peter 1:21.
    7.    What is said of the interpretation of these prophecies?
    "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation," verse 20.
    8.    In giving their prophetic utterances, what did the prophets seek?
    "Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls; of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you," I Peter 1:9, 10.
    9.    By whose spirit were they actuated?
    "Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow," verse 11.
    10.    How did Peter confirm his former preaching on the coming of Christ?
    "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty," II Peter 1:16.
    11.    When did the apostle see the majesty (kingship) of Christ, and hear the approbative words of God?
    "And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount," verse 18.
    12.    What other and more certain evidence did he have of the power and coming of Christ?
    "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," verse 19.
    13.    At the time when Jerusalem was to be destroyed to what prophecy did Christ point His disciples as a guide to their actions?
    "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)," Matthew 24:15.
    14.    When were all the prophecies in the book of Daniel to be understood?
    "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, even to the time of the end:  many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased," Daniel 12:4.

Peace on Earth

    When Jesus was born in a manger
        God's angels came down to this earth,
    And told to the lowly shepherds
        The news of His wonderful birth.

    Oh, quickly they hastened to find Him
        Their Savior, Redeemer and King;
    "Peace, peace upon earth" was the message
        The angels did joyfully sing.

    They found Him at last, in the manger,
        Just as the angels had said,
    The dear little Babe with His mother,
        And only the hay for a bed.
_ E.E.W.

Prophecies Relating to Christ's Birth

    1.    How did Moses speak of Christ?
    "The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him ye shall hearken," Deuteronomy 18:15.
    2.    How may we know that the Prophet here spoken of is Christ?
    "For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren like unto me . . . Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold these days," Acts 3:22, 24.
    3.    Of whom was He to be born?
    "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign:  Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel," Isaiah 7:14.
    4.    Where was He to be born?
    "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel," Micah 5:2.
    5.    Was this prediction fulfilled?
    "Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king," Matthew 2:1.
    6.    How was His advent to be heralded?
    "The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God," Isaiah 40:3.
    7.    By whom was this fulfilled?
    "And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?"  "He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias," John 1:19, 23.

    The hope of joy, of life and immortality,
        When life at last shall close.
    From all infirmity at last made free,
        To fall asleep in sweet repose.

    Waiting the last great call,
    Restored to all we've known and loved,
    No more before the tyrant Death, to fall,
        Our hope to be of Christ approved.

    Faith sees a world of life and love,
        A promise given within the vail,
    Our hope secure with Christ above,
        Saved by His blood shall never fail.

    The grandeur of a new world to explore.
        Unending years in which to live and do;
    To see the Christ, whom all adore,
        And hear His voice, All things belong to you.
_ J.A. Nugent

Redemption

    1.    To whom does the subject of redemption pertain?
    "In whom we have redemption through His [Christ's] blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace," Ephesians 1:7.
    2.    Is this redemption present or future?
    "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption," Ephesians 4:30.
    "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your hands; for your redemption draweth nigh," Luke 21:28.
    3.    What was the condition of the Gentiles before they heard the Gospel?
    "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world," Ephesians 2:12.
    NOTE: From the scriptures cited above we learn that redemption includes our eternal salvation, and the fulfillment of all God's promises to the true believers.
    4.    What does redemption manifest?
    "That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus," Ephesians 2:7.
    5.    What is our present relation to God?
    "And if children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together," Romans 8:17.
    6.    When is the proof of our acceptance with God, made manifest to the world?
    "And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body," Romans 8:23.
    7.    Who secured these privileges for us?
    "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us," Hebrews 9:12.
    8.    What besides life is assured by redemption?
    "But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace," Psalm 37:11.  Or, the earth is redeemed to its former state of beauty.
    9.    What manifestation have we of divine love?
    "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life," John 3:16.
    10.    Who has the keeping of this life?
    "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God," Colossians 3:3.
    11.    When will we appear with Him in glory?
    "When Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory," Colossians 3:4.
    NOTE: Eternal life is God's greatest gift to man; nothing known to us can be compared to it.  The promise of life should be accepted with the deepest gratitude, as it is simply a divine favor proving God's love for the human family.

        We praise Thee for the radiance
            That from the hallowed page,
        A lamp to guide our footsteps,
            Shines on from age to age.

        The church from her dear Master
            Received the gift divine,
        And still that light she lifteth
            O'er all the earth to shine.

Faith

    1.    Why is faith necessary in relation to a Christian life?
    "But without faith it is impossible to please Him [God]," Hebrews 11:6, first part of verse.
    2.    Why can we not please God without faith?
    "For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him," Hebrews 11:6, last part of verse.
    3.    As this Christian virtue cannot be void in the life of anyone wishing to please God,  what is faith?
    "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen," Hebrews 11:1.
    4.    How can we obtain this evidence of things not seen, or how is faith acquired?
    "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God," Romans 10:17.
    5.    From what source do we derive the word of God, which through hearing and receiving will give us faith?
    "All scripture is given by inspiration of God," II Timothy 3:16.
    6.    The scriptures having come from God, to the degree that having a knowledge of them will give us faith, what should be our daily practice?
    "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth," II Timothy 2:15.
    7.    Why in making a study of the scriptures and prophecies do we not find contrary statements and contradictions thus destroying faith?
    "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost," II Peter 1:21.
    8.    How does a study of the scriptures give us evidence of things not seen, or faith?
    "Produce your cause, saith the Lord, bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.  Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.  Shew the things that are to come hereafter," Isaiah 41:21-23.
    9.    How does God expect us to have faith in Him, and know that He is God and that there is none like Him?
    "I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done," Isaiah 46:9, 10.
    10.    As God claims the right to His position, and expects us to have faith in Him on the grounds that He declared the end from the beginning and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, what evidence can we give in support of His claim?
    "I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass," Isaiah 48:3.
    11.    Why have we faith that all good things God has promised us, which we have not realized, will come to pass?
    "And ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof," Joshua 23:14.
    12.    As our faith for future conditions being realized, is based on the evidence we have of God's promised declaration in the past always being fulfilled, we will give the following evidence for future conditions.
    At one time in the history of the world, Babylon was the most magnificent city ever known.  It stood towering in grandeur sublime, sixty miles around with its hanging gardens, terrace upon terrace, and was  surrounded with mighty concrete walls 85 ft. thick and over two hundred feet high.  It was the capitol city of the world, but today there is nothing left of this once glowing city, to mark where it stood.
    13.    What did God say of this place nearly three thousand years ago?
    "Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling place for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant . . . .  Then shalt thou say, O Lord, Thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate forever," Jeremiah 51:37, 62.
    NOTE: The Bible has also spoken in striking language about the future destiny of other cities, as well as races of people, nations, world kingdoms, and even individuals.  The history of the past, as well as the light of the present, has been carried out to the very letter.  Not one promise has ever been broken; therefore we have strong and explicit faith, through our knowledge of these facts, that everything spoken therein regarding the future will likewise be verified in reality, according to His divine pleasure.

    The day of grace will soon be past,
    The world will weep and wail at last,
    When mercy's door is closed and fast,
        Forever, Oh!  Forever!
    Their anguish then will not avail,
    Nor cries for open door prevail,
    No answer to their bitter wail,
        Forever, Oh!  Forever!
    They scorned the Saviour's pleading voice,
    The love of sin was made their choice.
    Their doom is death while saints rejoice,
        To live with Christ forever.
    They come from death and everywhere
    To meet the Savior in the air,
    While sinners sink to dark despair,
        Forever, Oh!  Forever!

Repentance

    1.    To whom is repentance to be preached?
    "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations," Luke 24:47.
    2.    Who are called to repentance?
    "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance," Luke 5:32.
    3.    How is one to know he is a sinner?
    "By the law is the knowledge of sin," Romans 3:20.
    4.    Is this a universal rule?
    "We have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin," verse 9.
    5.    How are sinners convinced of sin?
    "But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors," James 2:9.
    6.    What part does the Holy Spirit act in this work?
    "For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  And when he is come, he will also reprove the world of sin," John 16:7, 8, 13, 14.
    7.    What will be the inquiry of those who are thus convicted?
    "Sirs, What must I do to be saved?" Acts 16:30.
    8.    What reply should always be returned to this inquiry?
    "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins," Acts 2:38.
    9.    How will the convicted sinner be constrained to act?
    "I will declare mine iniquity: I will be sorry for my sin," Psalm 38:18.
    10.    What result will godly sorrow work?
    "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation," II Corinthians 7:10.
    11.    What will any other kind of sorrow do?
    "The sorrow of the world worketh death," same verse.
    12.    What does true repentance involve?
    "Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die?" Ezekiel 18:31.
    13.    After repentance, how should one live?
    "What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid.  How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" Romans 6:1-1.
    14.    Whose servant is he that committeth sin?
    "He that committeth sin is of the Devil," I John 3:8.
    15.    How does God regard the truly penitent?
    "To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word," Isaiah 66:2.
    16.    What promise is made to those who confess their sins?
    "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness," I John 1:9.
    17.    By what are we cleansed from sin?
    "The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin," verse 7.
    18.    Toward whom are we to repent?
    "Repentance toward God," Acts 20:21.
    19.    Toward whom must we exercise faith?
    "And faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ," same verse.
    20.    Does repentance generally precede faith?
    "Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand:  repent ye, and believe the gospel," Mark 1:14-15.
    21.    How will one show that he has truly repented?
    "Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance," Matthew 3:8.
    22.    What does the grace of God teach?
    "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world," Titus 2:11, 12.

Conversion

    1.    What is necessary to salvation?
    "And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven," Matthew 18:3.
    2.    Is it the moral or the physical nature that is changed by conversion?
    "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be," Romans 8:6, 7.
    3.    What two steps are necessary to make this change?
    "I have taught you publickly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ," Acts 20:20, 21.
    4.    Of what is it necessary to repent?
    "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out," Acts 3:19.
    5.    What is sin?
    "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law; for sin is the transgression of the law," I John 3:4.
    6.    What does the Psalmist tell us is perfect, converting the soul?
    "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul," Psalm 19:7.  Or, turn from being a transgressor of God's law, to be an obedient servant thereof.  Conversion means a turning around.
    7.    What law does one transgress when he sins?
    "But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors . . . For He that said [margin: that law which said], Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.  Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law," James 2:9, 11.
    8.    What part does the law act in repentance?
    "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight; for by the law is the knowledge of sin," Romans 3:20.
    9.    When Paul was converted, what first brought conviction to him?
    "I had not known sin, but by the law; for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet," Romans 7:7.
    10.    What more than conviction is necessary to true repentance?
    "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the world worketh death," II Corinthians 7:10.
    11.    What does true repentance involve?
    "Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.  Cast away from you all your transgression, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit," Ezekiel 18:30, 31.
    12.    What does repentance further require?
    "Seek ye the Lord, while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:  and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him," Isaiah 55:6, 7.
    13.    How will genuine repentance be shown?
    "Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance [margin, answerable to amendment of life]," Matthew 3:8.
    14.    What besides repentance is required in conversion?
    "Repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ," Acts 20:21.
    15.    Who is Christ, that one should believe in Him?
    "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life," John 3:16.
    16.    What has Christ done for us that we should be saved through Him?
    "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures," I Corinthians 15:3.
    17.    In order for one to be cleansed from sin, what is required of him?
    "But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness," I John 1:7-9.
    18.    What should be one's relation to sin after repentance?
    "What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid.  How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?"  Romans 6:1, 2.
    19.    How does one become dead to sin?
    "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin," verse 6.
    20.    What is done with the "old man" after he dies?
    "Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life," verse 4.
    21.    When truly converted, what does every one receive?
    "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost," Acts 2:38.  Therefore every real conversion is a miracle of divine grace.
    22.    Can any one be a Christian without having the Spirit of Christ?
    "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His," Romans 8:9.
    23.    What precious relation is sustained when one has the Holy Spirit?
    "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God," Romans 8:14.
    24.    Can it be known when this relation exists?
    "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God," verse 16.
    25.    When one thus stands complete in Christ, what is he?
    "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new," II Corinthians 5:17.
    26.    Of what character are the "old things" which are to be put off?
    "But now ye also put off all these:  anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds," Colossians 3:8, 9.
    27.    What will the new man acquire?
    "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering:  forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness," Colossians 3:13-14.
    28.    Where will the affections then be found?
    "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth," verses 1, 2.
    29.    Having done all this, what will be the final result?
    "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory," verses 3, 4.

Confession

    1.    Is there a promise for those who confess their sins?
    "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness," I John 1:9.
    2.    To whom besides the Lord should one confess his sins?
    "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.  The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much," James 5:16.
    3.    If one tries to cover up a sin, and will not properly confess it, what effect will such a course have on the delinquent?
    "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh him shall have mercy," Proverbs 28:13.
    4.    Is it possible to hide a sin from God, by refusing to let it be known?
    "For there is not a word in my tongue but, lo, O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether," Psalm 139:4; Hebrews 4:13.
    5.    How did David feel before he confessed his sins?
    "When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.  For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me:  my moisture is turned into the drought of summer," Psalm 32:3, 4.
    6.    What came to him after confession?
    "I acknowledged my sin unto Thee and mine iniquity have I not hid.  I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and Thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin," verse 5.
    7.    Who is the advocate of the sinner?
    "If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous," I John 2:1.
    8.    How fully did Israel confess to Samuel when they wished him to intercede before God in their behalf?
    "And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for they servants unto the Lord Thy God, that we die not; for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king," I Samuel 12:19.
    9.    How ought one to feel as he confesses his sins?
    "Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving kindness:  according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions," Psalm 51:1.
    10.    Will there be a time when every one will confess to God?
    "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God . . . So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God," Romans 14:11, 12.
    NOTE:  The confessions here spoken of are those which will be made in the judgment when every one will have to tell the exact truth regarding himself; for a record of every word and act of his life will be there.  If any one has refused to acknowledge his sins before, affirming that he could not see them, he will then see just as the record has them marked.  He will confess his sins when it is too late to obtain forgiveness.  It is far better to acknowledge our faults now, and with the help of God put them away, while there is hope of salvation.

        When my heart is sad and lonely,
            With grief or sin oppressed:
        I come to Thee, sweet Jesus
            And Thou dost give me rest.
        I know Thou carest for me
            With love that ne'er can die,
        And Thou art now preparing
            My home from in the sky.
_ G. Hooper

Sufferings of Christ

    1.    Why did Christ come into the world?
    "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief, I Timothy 1:15.
    2.    What prompted God to give His Son to die for man?
    "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life," John 3:16.  See also I John 4:9, 10; Romans 5:8.
    3.    What did the prophet say Christ would be called to endure?
    "He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth . . . He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare His generation?  for He was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of My people was He stricken," Isaiah 53:7, 8.
    4.    Must not Christ have known beforehand of these things?
    "Then He took unto Him the twelve and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.  For He shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated and spitted on; and they shall scourge Him, and put Him to death," Luke 18:31-33.
    5.    How did the Savior feel when the sins of the world were rolling upon Him?
    "And He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.  Then saith He unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death; tarry ye here, and watch with Me," Matthew 26:37, 38.
    6.    In His distress, for what did He pray?
    "And He went a little further, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt," verse 39.
    7.    How great was the agony of His soul?
    "And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground," Luke 22:44.
    8.    After this remarkable prayer, what happened to cause Him more grief?
    "And while He yet spake, behold, a multitude and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss Him.  But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?" verses 47, 48.
    9.    To what place was He taken?
    "Then took they Him, and led Him, and brought Him into the high priest's house.  And Peter followed afar off, verse 54.
    10.    While at the high priest's house, what act of Peter's caused the Savior additional suffering?
    "Another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him; for he is a Galilean.  And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest . . . And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.  And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter," verses 59-61.
    11.    What reproachful things were done to Christ at the high priest's house?
    "And the men that held Jesus mocked Him, and smote Him.  And when they had blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face, and asked Him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote Thee?" verses 63, 64.
    12.    Where was Christ taken?
    "And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led Him into their council," verse 66.
    13.    What was their object in taking Him there, since it was not in their power judicially to sentence him?
    "Then said they all, Art Thou then the Son of God?  And He said unto them, Ye say that I am.  And they said, What need we any further witness?  for we ourselves have heard of His own mouth," verses 70, 71.
    14.    Having procured the pretext they sought, what did they next do?
    "And the whole multitude of them arose, and led Him unto Pilate, Luke 23:1.
    15.    When Pilate desired to let Christ go, how did they remonstrate?
    "And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place," verse 5.
    16.    When Pilate heard that Christ had been in Galilee, what did he do?
    "And as soon as he knew that He belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time," verse 7.
    17.    Did the chief priests and scribes follow Christ before Herod?
    "And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him," verse 10.
    18.    What indignity did Herod put upon the Savior?
    "And Herod with his men of war set Him at nought, and mocked Him, and arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him again to Pilate," verse 11.
    19.    When Christ was again brought before Pilate, what did Pilate propose to do?
    "I have found no cause of death in Him:  I will therefore chastise Him, and let Him go," verse 22.
    20.    How did Christ's accusers act?
    "And they were instant [earnest] with loud voices, requiring that He might be crucified.  And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed," verse 23.
    21.    Besides yielding to the clamors of the Jews, what cruelty did Pilate inflict upon Christ?
    "Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged Him," John 19:1.
    22.    What shameful treatment did He receive from the soldiers?
    "And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying Hail, King of the Jews!  And they spit upon Him, and took the reed, and smote Him on the head," Matthew 27:29, 30.
    23.    After bringing Him to the place of crucifixion, what did they offer Him to stupefy Him?
    "They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall; and when He had tasted thereof He would not drink," verse 34.
    24.    What prayer did He utter as they were nailing Him to the cross?
    "Then said Jesus, Father forgive them; for they know not what they do," Luke 23:34.
    25.    With what words did they taunt Him while on the cross?
    "Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; Himself He cannot save.  If He be the King of Israel let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him," Matthew 27:41, 42.
    26.    As He cried out in agony on the cross, what was again offered Him?
    "And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink," verse 48.
    27.    What closed this terrible scene?
    "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished; and He bowed His head and gave up the ghost," John 19:30.
    28.    What wonderful demonstration attested nature's sympathy with the dying Son of God?
    "And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.  And the sun was darkened, and the vail of the temple was rent in the midst," Luke 23:44, 45.
    29.    Was it necessary for Christ thus to suffer?
    "For it became Him, for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings," Hebrews 2:10.
    30.    If Christ was permitted to suffer all this for us, what does it show?
    "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not with Him also freely give us all things?" Romans 3:32.

Salvation Only Through Christ

    1.    What inducement did God have to send His Son into the world?
    "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son," John 3:16.
    2.    For what purpose was Christ sent into the world?
    "That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved," John 3:16, 17.
    3.    For what purpose does Paul say Christ came into the world?
    "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners," I Timothy 1:15.
    4.    In what condition are all men?
    "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God," Romans 3:32.
    5.    What is the wages of sin?
    "For the wages of sin is death," Romans 6:23.
    6.    How many are affected by Adam's transgression?
    "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; And so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned," Romans 5:12.
    7.    What is the gift of God?
    "The gift of God is eternal life," Romans 6:23.
    8.    Through whom does this life come?
    "Through Jesus Christ our Lord," Romans 6:23.
    9.    How many may receive this gift?
    "For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, Who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe," I Timothy 4:10.
    "But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe," Galatians 3:22.
    10.    How many does Christ say may have this salvation?
    "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.  And let him that heareth say, Come.  And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely," Revelation 22:17.
    11.    Why was He to be named Jesus?
    "Thou shalt call His name Jesus; for he shall save His people from their sins," Matthew 1:21.
    12.    Is there salvation in any other?
    "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved," Acts 4:12.
    13.    How dependent are we upon Christ for salvation?
    "I am the vine, ye are the branches: . . . for without Me ye can do nothing," John 15:5.
    14.    How completely did Christ win the victory over death?
    "I am the first and the last; I am He that liveth, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death," Revelation 1:17, 18.
    15.    How complete is the salvation obtained in Christ?
    "Wherefore, He is able to save them to the utmost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for  them," Hebrews 7:25.
    16.    What should we say for such a Savior?
    "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift," II Corinthians 9:15.

God's Willingness to Forgive

    1.    In what way has God dealt with penitent sinners?
    "He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities," Psalm 103:10.
     2.    Why has He dealt thus with men?
    "Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him; for He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust," Psalm 103:13, 14.
    3.    What is God ready to do for all who call upon Him?
    "For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee," Psalm 86:5.
    4.    When Abraham asked God to spare Sodom if He should find ten righteous persons therein, what did the Lord say?
    "And He said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there.  And He said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake," Genesis 18:32.
     5.    What prayer did Moses offer in behalf of Israel?
    "Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of Thy mercy, and as Thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now," Numbers 14:19.
    6.    What reply did the Lord immediately make?
    "And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to Thy word," Numbers 14:20.
    7.    When David confessed his great sin to God, what was done in answer to that prayer?
    "I acknowledged my sin unto Thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid.  I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and Thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin," Psalm 32:5.
    8.    Does the Lord always forgive sins when they are properly confessed to Him?
    "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,"  I John 1:9.
    9.    How full is the Lord's forgiveness, when one fulfills the conditions?
    "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon," Isaiah 55:7.
    10.    In what special manner has God shown His willingness to forgive the sinner?
    "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us," Romans 5:8.
    11.    What does this wonderful manifestation on the part of God, vouchsafe to us?
    "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Romans 8:32.
    12.    Why has such provision been made?
    "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance," II Peter 3:9.
    13.    When the prodigal son in the parable, repented and turned toward home, what did his father do?
    "And he arose, and came to his father.  But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him,"  Luke 15:20.
    14.    Upon the son's asking to be made only a hired servant what order was issued on behalf of the penitent one?
    "But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:  for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.  And they began to be merry," Luke 15:22-24.
    15.    Is God as willing to do for His children as earthly parents are for theirs?
    "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?" Luke 11:13.
    16.    How many receive forgiveness from God?
    "Every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened," Matthew 7:8.
    17.    Does the Lord forget the cries of those who call upon Him?
    "Can a woman forget her sucking child? . . . yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee," Isaiah 49:15.

Forgiving One Another

    1.    What spirit should accompany prayer?
    "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses," Mark 11:25.
    2.    Will God pardon the unforgiving?
    "But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses," Mark 11:26.
    3.    How shall we ask for pardon?
    "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors," Matthew 6:12.
    4.    How many times should we forgive?
    "Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? till seven times?  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven," Matthew 18:21, 22.
    5.    In what parable are we taught forgiveness?
    "Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.  And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.  So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done," Matthew 18:23-31.
    6.    In dealing with the erring, what feelings should actuate us?
    "Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?"  Matthew 18:33.
    7.    In forgiving, should we be satisfied with mere formalities?
    "So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses," Matthew 18:35.
    8.    How should we bestow mercy?
    "Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness," Romans 12:8.
    9.    What should we do when a great sin is confessed?
    "So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow," II Corinthians 2:7.    The forgiving spirit manifested by Joseph, who "kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them" (Genesis 45:15), notwithstanding the great wrong they had done him, furnishes an example worthy of imitation by all Christians.
    10.    In restoring the erring, what grace should we exemplify?
    "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted," Galatians 6:1.
    11.    In forgiving, whose example do we follow?
    "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye," Colossians 3:13.
    12.    Did God anciently forbid grudging?
    "Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord," Leviticus 19:18.
    13.    What says the New Testament?
 "Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the Judge standeth before the door," James 5:9.
    14.    Does one forgive who holds a grudge?
    Some, when pretending to forgive, say:  "I can forgive, but I cannot forget," Such "hold a grudge."
    15.    What duty, recognized in the Lord's prayer, is the only one to which the Master adds a comment?
    "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors," "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses," Matthew 6:12, 14, 15.

Unbelief

    1.    What warning is given in the Bible concerning unbelief?
    "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God," Hebrews 3:12.
    2.    Is it possible to please God without faith?
    "But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him," Hebrews 11:6.
    3.    Why did Christ not do many wonderful works in His own country?
    "And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief," Matthew 13:58.
    4.    Why did Christ reprove the eleven?
    "Afterward He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen Him after He was risen," Mark 16:14.
    5.    Why were the Jewish people, or branches from the tame olive tree, broken off?
    "Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith.  Be not highminded, but fear," Romans 11:20.
    6.    Concerning unbelief, what warning does God give the human family of today?
    "For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off," Romans 11:21, 22.
    7.    On what grounds will the Jewish people be grafted in again?
    "And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again," Romans 11:23.
    8.    Upon whom is the wrath of God coming?
    "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience [margin: unbelief]," Ephesians 5:6.
    9.    What did Christ say to Thomas because he did not believe the testimony of his brethren concerning His resurrection?
    "Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing," John 20:27.
    10.    Faith and belief being parallel with each other, how may one acquire them?
    "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God," Romans 10:17.
    11.    Why did many fail to enter into God's rest anciently?
    "And to whom sware He that they should not enter into His rest, but to them that believed not?  So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief," Hebrews 3:18, 19.
    12.    How are these unbelieving ones spoken of?
    "But with whom was He grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness?" Hebrews 3:17.
    13.    What lesson should we learn from their course?
    "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it," Hebrews 4:1.
    14.    What should all labor to do?
    "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief," Hebrews 4:11.
    15.    What rest is spoken of here?
    "For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all His works," Hebrews 4:4.
    16.    In the Revelation of Christ what is said of the unbelievers?
    "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death," Revelation 21:8.

        Soldiers of Christ, arise,
            And put your armor on;
        Fight, for the battle will be ours;
            We fight to win a crown.
    
        We fight not against flesh,
            We wrestle not with blood;
        But with principalities and powers,
            And for the truth of God.

        With wicked spirits, too,
            That in high places stand,
        Perverting of the Word of God,
            And say `tis by command.

Holy and Sanctified

    1.    Can we be holy on this earth?
    "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect," Matthew 5:48.
    2.    Can we be without fault?
    "Be holy and without blame before Him [God] in love," Ephesians 1:4.
    3.    Can the Church be holy and without blemish?
    "That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish," Ephesians 5:27.
    4.    Are the commandments of God holy?
    "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good," Romans 7:12.
    5.    Should we pray that men should become holy, and without blemish?
    "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," I Thessalonians 5:23.
    6.    Can we see the Lord without being sanctified?
    "Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord," Hebrews 12:14, R.V.
    7.    Is it God's will that we be sanctified?
    "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification," I Thessalonians 4:3.
    8.    Can husbands be sanctified who are
members of the church who do not love their wives?
    "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.  That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish," Ephesians 5:25, 26, 27.
    9.    How far back do holiness and sanctification date?  Has it been a privilege to live holy and sanctified before this age?
    "God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth," II Thessalonians 2:13.
    10.    Can we be holy of our own selves?
    "But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you," John 14:26, R.V.
    11.    Can men who are interested in the world, and love the things of the world, receive this gift?
    "Even the spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him," John 14:17.
    12.    Will God's children know they have this gift?
    "But ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you," John 14:17.  Is it not a fact that men who do not believe in holiness are of the world?
    13.    Will those who have this gift boast of themselves?
    "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me," John 15:26.
    14.    Whom did Christ say the Holy Spirit would glorify?
    "He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you." John 16:14.
    15.    Will the Holy Spirit help us to understand the deep things of God?
    "But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God," I Corinthians 2:10.
    16.    Were the scriptures written by men or by the Holy Spirit?
    "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost," II Peter 1:21.
    17.    If we believe the holy scriptures what protecting care will the Holy Spirit be to us?
    "In whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise," Ephesians 1:13.
    18.    Can we grieve this Spirit and miss the sealing benefits?
    "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption," Ephesians 4:30.
    19.    Is there danger in delaying to seek for this important gift?
    "And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man," Genesis 6:3.
    20.    If we fail to pray, will the Spirit remain with us?
    "Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me." Psalm 51:11.
    21.    Will those who do not pray for the Holy Spirit receive it?
    "If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?"  Luke 11:13.
    22.    How can we live without fault?
    "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance," Galatians 5:22, 23.
    23.    How can we impart it to others?
    "The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us," Romans 5:5.
    24.    Will there be any confusion and difference in thoughts and speech, if all the brethren receive this gift?
    "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment," I Corinthians 1:10.
    25.    Can those who have faith be perfect without works?
    "And by works was faith made perfect," James 2:22, last part of the verse.
    "Finally, brethren, farewell.  Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you," II Corinthians 13:11.
    NOTE: The Holy Spirit is the mighty energy of the Godhead, the life and power of God flowing out from Him to all parts of the universe, and thus making a living connection between His throne and all creation.

Baptism

    1.    What commission did Christ give His disciples?
    "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," Matthew 28:19.
    2.    Before one is baptized, what is necessary for him to do?
    "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you," Acts 2:38.
    3.    Toward whom must men repent?
    "Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ," Acts 20:21.
    4.    Why should one repent toward God?
    "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God," Romans 3:23.
    5.    What is sin declared to be?
    "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law," I John 3:4.
    6.    Of what law is sin the transgression?
    "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous," I John 5:3.
    7.    What does the law first do to the sinner who wishes conversion?
    "For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died," Romans 7:9.
    8.    Why is it necessary for one to die in the sense here represented?
    "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin," Romans 6:6.
    9.    If one dies, how is he to live again?
    "Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him," Romans 6:8.
    10.    When one is dead with Christ, what should be done with him?
    "Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life," Romans 6:4.
    11.    How is one to be buried in baptism?
    "For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection," Romans 6:5.
    12.    For what purpose is one baptized?
    "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost," Acts 2:38.
    13.    When baptized into Christ, what does one put on?
    "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ," Galatians 3:27.
    14.    After Philip had preached "Jesus" to the eunuch, what question did he ask Philip?
    "And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?" Acts 8:36.
    15.    What reply did Philip make?
    "And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest," Acts  8:37.
    16.    In administering this ordinance, where did Philip take the candidate?
    "And they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him," Acts 8:38.
    NOTE: This is a plain case of immersion.
    17.    Did Christ come up out of the water after He had been baptized?
    "And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased," Matthew 3:16, 17.
    18.    How many modes of baptism are recognized in the Bible?
    "One Lord, one faith, one baptism," Ephesians 4:5.
    19.    How many were baptized, and added to the church on the day of Pentecost?
    "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls," Acts 2:41.
    20.    How many disciples were together on that occasion to engage in the work?
    "And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)" Acts 1:15.
    NOTE: Should the query arise, how so many as three thousand could be immersed in one day, it may be met by the fact that so large a number were present to administer the ordinance.
    21.    After repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, how long should one wait before being baptized?
    "And now why tarriest thou?  arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord," Acts 22:16.
    22.    What is necessary before being baptized?
    "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned," Mark 16:16.
    23.    How many of the jailer's family were baptized?
    "And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway," Acts 16:33.
    24.    Were all the members of this family old enough to believe?
    "And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.  And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house," Acts 16: 32, 34.
    25.    Should both men and women be baptized?
    "But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women," Acts 8:12.
    26.    After being baptized, what should one do?
    "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek
those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God," Colossians 3:1.

Growth in Grace

    1.    With what striking language does the apostle Peter close his writings?
    "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," II Peter 3:18.
    2.    In what way may grace and peace be multiplied to those who believe?
    "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord," II Peter 1:2.
    Through what source may we gain this knowledge?
    "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me," John 5:39.
    4.    To whom is God willing to give grace?
    "But He giveth more grace.  Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble," James 4:6.
    5.    Since we are told to grow in grace in what way may we make this growth?
    "And beside this, giving all diligence, 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," II Peter 1:5-7.
    6.    What is said of the person who entertains these things in their life?
    "For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ," II Peter 1:8.
    7.    What is said of those who lack these things?
    "But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins," II Peter 1:9.
    8.    What words of exhortation does the apostle Peter give?
    "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give
diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall," II Peter 1:10.

    Yes, I hope by God's great mercy
        We may meet, blood washed and white,
    To dwell forever in that city
        That shall never know no night.
    Never hear the voice of weeping,
        Never know the parting hand,
    Redeemed from former sorrows
        Which beset the war cursed land.
    Those who came through tribulation
        Clothed in white robes then shall be,
    Palms within their hands shall carry,
        They shall no more sorrow see.
    No more heat shall be upon them
        Every tear be wiped away,
    Dwell forever in the glory
        Of that bright eternal day.
_Leota Neal

Our Words

    1.    What direction is the righteous given to govern speech?
    "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth," Ephesians 4:29.
    "But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation," I Peter 1:15.
    2.    What precious promise is written for those who follow these directions?
    "To him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God," Psalm 50:23.
    3.    What  is the happy condition of such?
    "Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles," Proverbs 21:23.
    4.    Does it show wisdom sometimes to say nothing?
    "Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding," Proverbs 17:28.
    5.    What influence have kind words, and their opposite over others?
    "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger," Proverbs 15:1.
    6.    Is there life-giving power in pure
speech?
    "A wholesome tongue is a tree of life," Proverbs 15:4.
    7.    How deeply does the tongue of evil wound?
    "There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword," Proverbs 12:18.
    8.    What scathing words are spoken of the hypocritical tongue, and what sentence pronounced?
    "Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.  God shall likewise destroy thee forever, He shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling-place, and root thee out of the land of the living," Psalm 52:4, 5.
    9.    Contrast the abiding future of the truthful, with the brief continuance of such as speak falsely.
    "The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment," Proverbs 12:19.
    10.    Are words a sure index of the intents of the heart?
    "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh," Matthew 12:34, last part of verse.
    11.    What is said of the man who offends not in word?
    "If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body," James 3:2.
    12.    What is said of the professed Christian whose language is unbecoming?
    "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, . . . this man's religion is vain," James 1:26.
    13.    Will our words have weight in the judgment?
    "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned," Matthew 12:37.
    14.    By these forcible scriptures, what startling truth is established?
    "Death and life are in the power of the tongue," Proverbs 18:21.
    15.    What should be the constant prayer of each heart?
    "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer," Psalm 19:14.

Danger of Covetousness

    1.    In what way has the Lord spoken of covetousness?
    "And He said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth," Luke 12:15.
    Covetous_"Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess; avaricious."_Webster.
    2.    What showed this principle to be strong in the rich man who had already more than he knew how well to take care of?
    "And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.    And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry," Luke 12:18, 19.
    3.    But what did God say to him?
    "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?" Luke 12:20.
    4.    What conclusion does the Savior draw from this parable?
    "So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God," Luke 12:21.
    5.    What does the apostle call covetousness?
    "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry," Colossians 3:5.
    6.    What does he say the things here enumerated have brought upon mankind?
    "For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience," Colossians 3:6.
    7.    What did Judas's covetousness lead him to do?
    "And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray Him (Christ) unto them.
    And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money.  And he sought how he might conveniently betray Him," Mark 14:10, 11.
    8.    How does the Lord regard the covetous man?
    "For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth," Psalm 10:3.
    9.    Then can God trust such men to bear responsibilities in His work?
    "Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens," Exodus 18:21; see also I Timothy 3:2, 3.
    10.    What is almost certain to follow the desire to be rich?
    "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition," I Timothy 6:9.
    11.    Will covetousness be one of the specially prevalent sins of the last days?
    "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers," II Timothy 3:1, 2.
    12.    What will these selfish ones be doing for themselves?
    "Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.  Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days," James 5:3.
    13.    What can one do to eradicate this evil plant from the human heart?
    "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; . . . that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate," I Timothy 6:17, 18.
    14.    What effect does it have upon one to give of his means to help the cause of God?
    "I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, It is more blessed to give than to receive," Acts 20:35; see also Proverbs 11:24, 25.
    15.    To whom does the money we have belong?
    "The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, saith the Lord of hosts," Haggai 2:8.
    16.    How does God regard the spirit of sacrifice?
    "I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God.  But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus," Philippians 4:18, 19.
    17.    Whom will Christ gather to Himself when He comes?
    "He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people. Gather My saints together unto Me; those that have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice," Psalm 50:4, 5.
    18.    Heaven gave its choicest Treasure to redeem us, I Peter 1:18, 19.  Ought we not to partake of the same spirit if we are God's children?
    "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together," Romans 8:17.

Purity

    1.    Upon whom did Christ pronounce a blessing?
    "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God," Matthew 5:8.
    2.    Did He not say the impure mind was a violation of the seventh commandment?
    "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart," Matthew 5:27, 28.
    3.    Does not Paul teach the carnal mind to be a violation of all God's commandments?
    "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be," Romans 8:7.
    4.    Concerning purity, what words of instruction were given Timothy by the apostle Paul?
    "Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partakers of other men's sins: keep thyself pure," I Timothy 5:22.
    5.    If we want to purify our lives what must we follow?
    "Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart," II Timothy 2:22.
    6.    To whom are all things pure?
    "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled," Titus 1:15.
    7.    What are God's people warned against?
    "But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking nor jesting, which are not convenient; but rather giving of thanks," Ephesians 5:3, 4.
    8.    What are mentioned as works of the flesh?
    "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies," Galatians 5:19-20.  See also verse 21.
    9.    Will those doing such things inherit the kingdom of God?
    "They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God," Galatians 5:21.
    10.    With whom are we warned not to keep company?
    "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 an one no not to eat," I Corinthians 5:11.
    11.    Why are evil associates to be avoided?
    "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners," I Corinthians 15:33.
    12.    Instead of sanctioning evil what should we do?
    "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret," Ephesians 5:11, 12.
    13.    Should we allow corrupt words to pass out of our mouth?
    "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers," Ephesians 4:29.
    14.    Will the human family be called upon to give an account of the idle words they have been using?
    "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment," Matthew 12:36.
    15.    Will they be condemned because of the use of idle words?
    "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned," Matthew 12:37.
    16.    What does the Lord call upon the wicked man to do?
    "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon," Isaiah 55:7.
    17.    With what should one's mind be engaged?
    "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you," Philippians 4:8, 9.

Riches

    1.    From what source comes the power to get wealth?
    "But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth," Deuteronomy 8:18.
    2.    How may we honor God?
    "Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase," Proverbs 3:9.
    3.    What caution is given concerning riches?
    "If riches increase, set not your heart upon them," Psalm 62:10, last clause.
    4.    Can riches be to our own hurt?
    "There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt," Ecclesiastes 5:13.
    5.    Give examples of this.
    Matthew 19:21, 22; Mark 10:21, 22.
    6.    Is it easy for the rich to enter the kingdom of God?
    "And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto His disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!" Mark 10:23.
    7.    What charge is given to the rich?
    "Charge them that are rich in the world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy," I Timothy 6:17.
    8.    What are they further instructed to do?
    "They that do good, they that be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life," I Timothy 6:18, 19.
    9.    What dangers attend the getting of riches?
    "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition," I Timothy 6:9.
    10.    What makes rich without adding sorrow?
    "The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it," Proverbs 10:22.
    11.    How are true riches obtained?
    "By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life," Proverbs 22:4.
    12.    Does happiness depend on earthly possession?
    "And He said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth," Luke 12:15.
    13.    Will silver or gold be able to deliver in the day of wrath?
    "Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord's wrath," Zephaniah 1:18, first clause.  See also Proverbs 11:4.
    14.    How did Moses esteem the reproach of Christ?
    "Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for He had respect unto the recompense of reward," Hebrews 11:26.
    15.    Mention two classes of rich men.
    "There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches," Proverbs 13:7.
    16.    Give an example of the first class.
    Luke 12:16-20.
    17.    What lesson may we learn from this parable?
    "So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God," Luke 12:21.
    18.    What fearful words are addressed to the rich oppressor?
    "Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.  Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days," James 5:2, 3.
    19.    How may the poor of this world be counted rich?
    "Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He hath promised to them that love Him?" James 2:5.
    20.    Can we estimate the worth of the eternal inheritance?
    "For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him," Isaiah 64:4.

    My gracious Lord, I own Thy right
        To every service I can pay
    And call it my supreme delight
        To hear Thy dictates, and obey.

    What is my being but for Thee,_
        Its sure support, its noblest end?
    `Tis my delight Thy face to see,
        And serve the cause of such a Friend.

    I would not sigh for worldly joy,
        Or to increase my worldly good;
    Nor future days nor powers employ
        To spread a sounding name abroad.

    `Tis to my Saviour I would live,_
        To Him who for my ransom died;
    Nor could all worldly honor give
        Such bliss as crowns me at His side.

    His work my hoary age shall bless
        When youthful vigor is no more;
        And my last hour of life confess
        His saving love, His glorious power.

Duties of Parents and Children

    1.    What duty does God require of children?
    "Honor thy father and thy mother," Exodus 20:12.
    2.    How are parents instructed to teach their children?
    "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up," Deuteronomy 6:6, 7.
    3.    How does God regard those parents who enforce obedience?
    "For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him," Genesis 18:19.
    4.    How should parents train their children?
    "Train up [margin, catechize] a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it," Proverbs 22:6; see also Ephesians 6:4.
    5.    What encouragement have parents to correct their children?  Does this result in happiness?
    "Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul," Proverbs 29:17; 22:15.
    6.    What will result if correction is withheld?
    "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame," Proverbs 29:15.
    7.    By proper correction what profit will come to the child?
    "Withhold not correction from the child; for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.  Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell," Proverbs 23:13, 14.
    8. Is there danger of delaying correction too long?
    "Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying," Proverbs 19:18.
    9.    Because a parent corrects his child, is it evidence that he does not love him?
    "He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes," Proverbs 13:24.
    10.    In correcting the child, what should the father guard against?
    "Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged," Colossians 3:21.
    11.    What consideration should the young ever show to the aged?
    "Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord," Leviticus 19:32.
    12.    Is the Lord pleased with children who obey their parents?
    "Children, obey your parents in all things; for this is well pleasing unto the Lord," Colossians 3:20.
    13.    How long does the command to honor parents bind sons and daughters?
    "Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old," Proverbs 23:22.
    14.    What is to be one of the prominent sins of the last days?
    "For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy," II Timothy 3:2.

Child Training

    1.    In what way should parents train their children?
    "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it," Proverbs 22:6.
    2.    What does Paul say about child training?
    "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord," Ephesians 6:4.
    3.    How diligently should parents teach their children the ways of God's word?
    "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up," Deuteronomy 6:6, 7; see Deuteronomy 11:19.
    4.    What life should we live before the young?
    "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity," I Timothy 4:12.
    5.    In the commandment what duty does God require of children?
    "Honor thy father and thy mother," Exodus 20:12.
    6.    What promise is made to the child that will honor his or her parents, in the Lord?
    "That thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee," Exodus 20:12.
    7.    In what way did Abraham train his children?
    "Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?  For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him," Genesis 18:18, 19.
    8.    What is to be one of the prominent sins of the last days?
    "For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy," II Timothy 3:2.
    9.    Should the child honor the old?
    "Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord," Leviticus 19:32.
    10.    What are some good fruits of proper child training?
    "Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul," Proverbs 29:17.
    11.    What will be the result if the child goes uncorrected?
    "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame," Proverbs 29:15.
    12.    Is there danger of delaying correction too long?
    "Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying," Proverbs 19:18.
    13.    How may the parent show love for the child?
    "He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes," Proverbs 13:24.
    14.    Whom does the Lord chasten?
    "For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth," Hebrews 12:6.
    15.    At what age should one remember their Creator?
    "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," Ecclesiastes 12:1.

Promises for the Children

    1.    What is the first commandment which contains a promise?
    "Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise," Ephesians 6:2.
    2.    What is the promise connected with that commandment?
    "Honor thy father and thy mother:  that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee," Exodus 20:12.
    3.    What promise is made to children if they will hearken to the Lord?
    "Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord," Psalm 34:11.
    4.    What is the fear of the Lord?
    "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments," Psalm 111:10.
    5.    How is a wise child even though poor, regarded by the Lord?
    "Better is a poor and a wise child, than and old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished," Ecclesiastes 4:13.
    6.    What tender words did the Savior speak in behalf of children?
    "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven," Matthew 19:14.
    7.    What did He do to the children to show that He loved them?
    "And He took them up in His arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them," Mark 10:16.
    8.    How may all receive the Lord's blessings now?
    "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive," Matthew 21:22.
    9.    If children do this, and as they grow older, keep all of God's commandments, what is promised?
    "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city," Revelations 22:14.

    The day is fast approaching,
        The time is drawing near,
    When the King of kings in righteousness
        And glory shall appear.
    John saw the holy city,
        Descending from the throne,
    Prepared by Christ the Savior,
        To take His loved ones home.
    Oh may we all be ready
        With our wedding garments on,
    And shout the loud hosanna,
        When Christ our Lord shall come.
_ Mrs. Lavina Leach

Meditation and Prayer

    1.    What particular temptation is common to all men?
    "But every man is tempted, when he is
drawn away of his own lust, and enticed," James 1:14.
    2.    What other foe does man have to contend with?
    "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour," I Peter 5:8.
    3.    Is there still another obstacle to man's spiritual advancement?
    "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," I John 2:15.
    4.    Can any one overcome these enemies in his own strength alone?
    "I am the vine, ye are the branches.  He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing," John 15:5.
    5.    What is required on our part if we are kept from our foes?
    "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak," Matthew 26:41.
    6.    How much should we pray?
    "Pray without ceasing," I Thessalonians 5:17.
    7.    On what occasions did David receive strength and encouragement?
    "When I remember Thee upon my bed, and meditate on Thee in the night watches," Psalm 63:6.
    8.    What did he say of the man who was truly blessed?
    "His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night," Psalm 1:2.
    9.    Will such a condition of mind be distasteful to one who really loves God?
    "My meditation of Him shall be sweet," Psalm 104:34.
    10.    How long ought one to continue this constant devotion?
    "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved," Matthew 24:13.
    11.    What is the special duty of those who live in the time when the Lord's coming is expected?
    "Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is . . . Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.  And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch," Mark 13:33-37.
    12.    As the Lord's coming draws near, what will make the duty of prayer and watchfulness more imperative?
    "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea!  for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time," Revelations 12:12.
    13.    Can we at that time have all the help we desire, to withstand our enemies?
    "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you," John 16:23.
    14.    If help does not come when it is first asked, what should one do?
    "And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though he bear long with them?  I tell you that He will avenge them speedily," Luke 18:7, 8.  "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord," Psalm 27:14.
    15.    What is promised to those who are found watching when the Lord comes?
    "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," Luke 12:37.

        Though the way is rough and thorny
            Yet Thou art ever near:
        Thine arm of power sustains me,
            Thy voice alone can cheer.
        Keep me, my Savior, keep me
            Close to Thy riven side;
        And then I'm safe and happy,
            Whatever may betide.

Answer to Prayer

    1.    Have we the assurance that we have a prayer hearing, and a prayer answering God?
    "And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him," I John 5:14, 15.
    2.    What is said of the prayer of the righteous?
    "The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is His delight," Proverbs 15:8.
    3.    What is said of the prayers of those who fight God's law?
    "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination," Proverbs 28:9.
    4.    In what way did Daniel seek to understand the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar?
    "That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; . . . " Daniel 2:18.
    5.    Did God hear, and answer the prayer of Daniel, and his fellows?
    "Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision," Daniel 2:19.
    6.    Did Daniel return thanks to God because his prayers had been answered?
    "Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven, Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God forever and forever: for wisdom and might are His," Daniel 2:19, 20.
    7.    While Christ was here upon the earth, was it not His custom to return thanks to God, when his prayers had been answered?
    "Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid.  And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me," John 11:41.
    8.    What thought does Paul express concerning prayer?
    "Pray without ceasing," I Thessalonians 5:17.
    9.    And also of giving thanks?
    "In every thing give thanks," I Thessalonians 5:18.
    10.    Is it not the will of God that we should do so?
    "For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you," I Thessalonians 5:18.
    11.    In what way did Elias pray before his prayers were answered?
    "Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months," James 5:17.
    12.    Without faith will God answer prayer?
    "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing from the Lord," James 1:6, 7.
    13.    What does Christ say regarding the prayer of faith?
    "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them," Mark 11:24.
    NOTE: It is clearly set forth in the Bible that one should ask according to the will of God if he expects God to hear and answer his petitions.  See I John 5:14, 15; James 4:3; Romans 8:26.
    14.    Why does James say some prayers remain unanswered?
    "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts," James 4:3.
    15.    When we approach God in prayer through what medium should we come?
    "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him," Colossians 3:17, also see Ephesians 5:20.
    NOTE: To those who read, and study this lesson, are these thoughts dedicated.  If you want God to hear and answer your prayers you must meet the conditions of the Bible.  You must be willing to walk in the light as it comes to you, having an honest heart, always seeking more truth, and be willing to say and do all the Lord requires of you.
    Isaiah says in chapter 1:19, "If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land."
    Other good thoughts are expressed in Isaiah 55:7; Proverbs 15:8, 9; I John 2:4-6 and I John 3:4-7.  These scriptures apply to you.  You should take heed and obey.

    Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!
    That calls me from a world of care,
    And bids me at my Father's throne,
    Make all my wants and wishes known;

    In seasons of distress and grief,
    My soul has often found relief;
    And oft escaped the tempter's snare,
    By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

    Sweet hour of prayer!  Sweet hour of prayer!
    Thy wings shall my petition bear,
    To Him whose truth and faithfulness
    Engage the waiting soul to bless;

    And since He bids me seek His face,
    Believe His word and trust his grace,
    I'll cast on Him my every care,
    And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.

Importance of Prayer

    1.    In what places would the apostle have men pray?
    "I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting," I Timothy 2:8.
    2.    What is the promise to those who ask and seek for the things they need?
    "Every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened," Matthew 7:8.
    3.    How does the Savior illustrate the willingness of Heaven to grant favors to those who ask?
    "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?" verse 11.
    4.    Why is it necessary to ask God for all these things?
    "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning," James 1:17.
    5.    In what way does God draw nigh to us?
    "Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.  Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts ye double minded," James 4:8.
    6.    How should one pray to God?
    "I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also," I Corinthians 14:15.
    7.    With what should the prayers of the suppliant be mingled?
    "Be careful for nothing:  but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God," Philippians 4:6.
    8.    Should one in public repeat certain forms to be heard by men?
    "But when ye pray, use not vain repetition, as the heathen do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking," Matthew 6:7.
    9.    What must necessarily accompany one's petition in order to please God?
    "But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him," Hebrews 11:6.
    10.    How strong must this faith be?
    "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them," Mark 11:24.
    11.    When praying for forgiveness, how should one feel toward those who have in any way injured Him?
    "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses," verse 25.
    12.    Does it make any difference whether or not this injunction is carried out?
    "But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses," verse 26.
    13.    How should one do when in affliction?
    "Is any among you afflicted?  let him pray," James 5:13.
    14.    Should one pray by himself alone?
    "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to Thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly," Matthew 6:6.
    15.    Was Jesus alone while praying?
    "And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, He was there alone," Matthew 14:23.
    16.    But if it should happen that we were thrown into the presence of those who ridicule prayer or were forbidden to pray, should we give up our customary devotion?
    "Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime," Daniel 6:10.
    17.    How many of Cornelius' family feared God and prayed to Him?
    "A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway," Acts 10:2.
    18.    Did the apostolic believers have gatherings for prayer?
    "And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying," Acts 12:12.
    19.    How often does the apostle exhort the church to pray?
    "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit," Ephesians 6:18.
    20.    How does he express himself on this point elsewhere?
    "Pray without ceasing," I Thessalonians 5:17.
    21.    In a certain parable concerning an importunate widow who besought an unjust judge to assist her against her enemies, what reason did the judge give for finally heeding her petition?
    "Though I fear not god, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me," Luke 18:4, 5.
    22.    How does the Savior apply the parable?
    "And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.  And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them?" verses 6, 7.
    23.    What does the Savior conclude in answer to His own question on this point?
    "I tell you that He will avenge them speedily," Luke 18:8, first part.
    24.    But what question does the Savior immediately ask, which shows He felt doubtful that such strong faith would exist when He is about to come?
    "Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?" verse 8, latter part.
    25.    What is the parable's purpose?
    "And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint," verse 1.
    
What is Sin and Who are Sinners?

    1.    From a Bible standpoint, who are said to be sinners?
    "Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin," John 8:34.
    2.    In what way does the apostle John speak of the same thing?
    "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law," I John 3:4.
    3.    What is the Bible definition for the word sin?
    "For sin is the transgression of the law," I John 3:4.
    4.    Of what law is John speaking?
    "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous," I John 5:3.
    NOTE: By the above scriptures we learn that sin is the transgression of God's law, which was written upon two tables of stone.
    5.    How far back in the history of the world, was sin the transgression of God's law?
    "And Cain talked with Abel his brother:  and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him," Genesis 4:8.
    6.    Are there then instances where the people committed sin by violating God's law?
    "There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware and sold on the Sabbath unto the children of Juda, and in Jerusalem.  Then I contended with the nobles of Juda and said unto them.  What evil thing is this that ye do,  and profane the Sabbath day?"  Nehemiah 13:16, 17.
    NOTE: By the above scriptures, we learn, that anciently it was sin to violate any of God's commandments.  Here we find the fourth, and sixth spoken of, as being sin to violate them.
    As God is no respecter of persons, Acts 10:34, He will hold the violators of any of the ten precepts guilty of committing sin, since the "wages of sin is death,"  Romans 6:23.
    7.    In Leviticus what is sin said to be?
    "Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the Lord concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them," Leviticus 4:2.
    NOTE: The above scripture would imply that one should not violate any of the ten precepts.
    8.    Is this in harmony with James?
    "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point is guilty of all," James 2:10.
    9.    Of what law is James speaking?
    "For He that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill, Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law," James 2:11.
    NOTE: James is talking of the ten precepts, written by God upon two tables of stone, and also, that one is guilty of sin when he violates any one of the ten.
    10.    How did Christ talk to the woman taken in adultery?
    "She said, No man Lord, and Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee:  Go, and sin no more," John 8:11.
    NOTE: The words, "Go and sin no more," would imply, that she had been committing sin, by violating the commandment which said, "Thou shalt not commit adultery," see Exodus 20:14.
    11.    By what is the knowledge of sin?
    "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight:  for by the law is the knowledge of sin," Romans 3:20.
    12.    By what did Paul gain a knowledge of sin?
    "What shall we say then?  Is the law sin?  God forbid.  Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law:  for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet," Romans 7:7.  See also Exodus 20:17.
    13    What is the strength of sin?
    "The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law," I Corinthians 15:56.
    14.    What does John say of unrighteousness?
    "All unrighteousness is sin," I John 5:17.
    15.    What are the ten commandments declared to be?
    "My tongue shall speak of Thy word; for all Thy commandments are righteousness," Psalms 119:172.
    NOTE: If all of God's commandments are righteousness, as the Psalmist declares they are, then the opposite would be unrighteousness.  Or in other words, if it is righteous not to kill, neither to take God's name in vain, then one would be unrighteous if he would do those things.  The same method will apply to each of the ten precepts, the Sabbath command included.    
    16.    By obeying God's law, in what condition will one be?
    "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple," Psalms 19:7.
    
The Law of God

    1.    To what place did the Lord descend when He wrote the ten commandment law on tables of stone?
    "And be ready against the third day:  for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon Mount Sinai," Exodus 19:11.
    2.    What extraordinary events happened the third day when God came down upon the mount?
    "And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceedingly loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled," Exodus 19:16.
    3.    What effect did the presence of God have upon Mount Sinai when He descended to give this law?
    "And Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire; and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly," Exodus 19:18.
    4.    When God had finished talking with Moses upon the mountain, what did He give Moses?
    "And He gave unto Moses, when He had made an end of communion with him upon Mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone written with the finger of God," Exodus 31:18.
    5.     What did Moses do after he received these tables of stone from the hands of God?
    "And Moses turned and went down from the mount:  and the two tables of testimony were in his hand:  the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written," Exodus 32:15.
    6.    What further is said of these two tables of stone and of the nature of the writings upon them?
    "And the tables were the work of God and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables," Exodus 32:16.
    7.    How many precepts or commandments were contained in this law which was given to man written with the finger of God?
    "And He wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments," Deuteronomy 10:4.
    8.    What was the nature of these ten commandments, contained in this law of God, and what evils did they forbid man to commit?

The Ten Commandments
1.
    "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me,"
2.
    "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:  for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments,"
3.
    "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain,"
4.
    "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work.  But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God:  in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:  For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:  wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it,"
5.
    "Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee,"
6.
    "Thou shalt not kill,"
7.
    "Thou shalt not commit adultery,"
8.
    "Thou shalt not steal,"
9.
    "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor,"
10.
    "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's," Exodus 20th chapter.

The Two Laws Contrasted

    The following facts show the manifest distinction between the moral and the ceremonial laws:

Moral Law
    1.    Was spoken by God.  Deuteronomy 4:12.
    2.    Was written by God on "tables of stone," Exodus 24:12.
    3.    Was "right," "true," and "good," Nehemiah 9:13.
    4.    Was a law, "which if a man do, he shall even live in it," Ezekiel 20:11, 13, 21.
    5.    Was a "perfect" law, Psalms 19:7.
    6.  Christ did not "come to destroy" it.  Matthew 5:17.
    7.    He came to "magnify" it and make it "honorable," Isaiah 42:21.
    8.    Every "jot" and "tittle" of this shall stand "till heaven and earth pass" away,  Matthew 5:18.
    9.    Of this, Christ says, "Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments . . . shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven," Matthew 5:19.
    10.    Was a "law of liberty," James 2:12.
    11.    Is "established" through faith in Christ, Romans 3:31.
    12.    "Is spiritual," Romans 7:14.
    13.    Is "holy," and "good," Romans 7:12.
    14.    Was "written with the finger of God," and is called the "royal law," Exodus 31:18; James 2:8.
    15.    Was proclaimed by Jehovah Himself "and He added no more," Deuteronomy 5:22.
    16.    Is the "commandments of God," which are brought to view in the third angel's message (Revelation 14:12), and which will insure to those who observe them a "right to the tree of life," Revelation 22:14.

Ceremonial Law

    1.    Was spoken by Moses, Deuteronomy 1:1-6.
    2.    Was written by Moses "in a book," Deuteronomy 31:24.
    3.    "Was not good," Ezekiel 20:25.
    4.    Was a law "whereby they should not live," Ezekiel 20:25.
    5.    "Made nothing perfect," Hebrews 7:19.
    6.    He "abolished" it, Ephesians 2:15.
    7.    He took it "out of the way" at his death.  Colossians 2:14.
    8.    Was only "added till," and passed away, when the Seed came, Galatians 3:19.
    9.    Of the other, the apostle said, "We gave no such commandment" that ye should "keep the law," Acts 15:24.
    10.    Was a "yoke of bondage," Galatians 5:1.
    11.    "Was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ," Galatians 3:24, 25.
    12.    Is "the law of a carnal commandment," Hebrews 7:16.
    13.    Is "enmity against us" and "contrary to us," Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 2:14.
    14.    Was the "handwriting of ordinances," Colossians 2:14.
    15.    "Was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator," Galatians 3:19.
    16.    Is "the law of commandments contained in ordinances," Ephesians 2:15, "a shadow of good things to come," Hebrews 10:1, and was disannulled "for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof," Hebrews 7:18.

Importance of Sound Doctrine

    1.    Does it make any difference what man believes, if he is only sincere?
    "God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth," II Thessalonians 2:13; Joshua 24:14.
    2.    How may we determine the truthfulness of any doctrine?
    "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good," I Thessalonians 5:21; Isaiah 8:20.
    3.    Upon what foundation should every religious tenet rest?
    "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone," Ephesians 2:20; I Corinthians 3:11.
    4.    What is mentioned first in the list of those things for which all Scripture is profitable?
    "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine," II Timothy 3:16.
    5.    What advice is given to Timothy while preparing for the gospel ministry?
    "Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine . . . Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them," I Timothy 4:13, 16.
    6.    What remarkable charge is given him as he begins his public work?
    "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom; preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine," II Timothy 4:1, 2.
    7.    Why is this duty so imperative?
    "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables," verses 3, 4.
    8.    How was Titus instructed to teach and in what was he to be a pattern?
    "But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine . . . in all things, shewing thyself a pattern of good works:  in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity," Titus 2:1, 7.
    9.    What is the power of sound doctrine?
    "Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers," Titus 1:9.
    10.    What danger attends false teaching?
    "Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some," II Timothy 2:18.
    11.    Who are the disciples of Jesus, and what gracious work is wrought for them?
    "If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free," John 8:31, 32.
    12.    Through what are they sanctified?
    "Sanctify them through Thy truth:  Thy word is truth," John 17:17.
    13.    Will God accept the homage of such as deliberately teach contrary to His will?
    "But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men," Matthew 15:9.
    14.    Can we close our ears to the truth, and remain innocent?
    "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination," Proverbs 28:9.
    15.    To whom will the Lord reveal His will, and lead them into the light?
    "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself," John 7:17, Psalm 25:9, John 8:12.
    16.    What will be the fate of the spiritually blind teacher, and of those whom he presumes to teach?
    "Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind.  And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch," Matthew 15:14.
    17.    To whom will the gates of the heavenly city at length be opened?
    "Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in," Isaiah 26:22; Revelation 22:14.

Sin Defined    

    1.    How do we know what sin is?
    "What shall we say then?  Is the law sin?  God forbid.  Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law," Romans 7:7.
    2.    To what law did Paul refer?
    "For I had not known lust, except the law had said, thou shall not covet," Romans 7:7.
    NOTE: Paul referred to the law that said, "Thou shalt not covet," and this commandment is the tenth one of the law of ten commandments, which were spoken by God Himself, and were written by Him on two tables of stone.
    3.    What does Paul say of the condition of this law?
    "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good," Romans 7:12.
    4.    Is this a spiritual law?
    "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin," verse 14.  
    5.    What other quality has this law in addition to being "holy, just and good?"
    "The law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul," Psalm 19:7.
    NOTE: A converted (changed) man will be careful to observe all the precepts of this law, not only in deed, but in thought.
    6.    What does the wise man tell us is the whole duty of man?
    "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God, and keep His commandments:  for this is the whole duty of man," Ecclesiastes 12:13.
    7.    Do we have this perfect law referred to elsewhere in the Bible, and is there a blessing for keeping it?
    "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein,  he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed," James 1:25.
    8.    To what law does James refer when speaking of the "law of liberty?"
    "For He that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.  Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill thou art become a transgressor of the law," James 2:11.
    NOTE: God is the one to whom James refers, because He is the one that spake these words.
    9.    May any of the ten commandments be broken and the violator be guiltless?
    "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all," James 2:10.
    10.    By what will mankind be judged in the last day?
    "So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty," verse 12.
    11.    What is one step in showing our relation to the law of ten commandments?
    Christ, in explaining the precept, "Thou shalt not kill," gives the following instructions.  "Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the alter, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the alter, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift," Matthew 5:23, 24.
    NOTE: We learn by this that God looks at the intents of our heart, and the thoughts we entertain within our minds.  In order to be found guiltless in the eyes of God we must have a pure mind, then our lives will be pleasing in the eyes of God.
    12.    What does the apostle Paul say of the one who is carnally minded?
    "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be," Romans 8:7.
    13.    What will be the final end of those who are carnally minded?
    "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace," verse 6.
    14.    What if one turns away from hearing the law?
    "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination," Proverbs 28:9.
    15.    What did Christ say in regard to obedience to the ten commandments being necessary to obtain eternal life?
    "And, behold, one came and said unto Him, Good Master what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  And He said unto him, Why callest thou Me good?  there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments," Matthew 19:16, 17.
    16.    How long was this law to remain in force?
     "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled," Matthew 5:18.
    17.    As life is conditional upon obedience to the law, what is necessary in order to enter the kingdom of God, besides fellowship with Jesus?
    "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:  but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven," Matthew 5:19.
    18.    What other message did Christ give?
    "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city," Revelation 22:14.
    19.    What is said of those who hunger and thirst after righteousness?
    "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:  for they shall be filled," Matthew 5:6.
    20.    Regarding righteousness, what is said of the law of God?
    "My tongue shall speak of Thy word:  for all Thy commandments are righteousness," Psalm 119:172.

    Some day, some day, some glad sweet day;
    I shall with joy His face behold,
    Some day shall safe at anchor lay;
    Some day shall walk the streets of gold.

The Lord's Day

    1.    What does Christ say of the Sabbath?
    "And He said unto them, the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath," Mark 2:27.
    2.    What distinguishes the seventh day of the week from the six working days?
    "And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made," Genesis 2:2.
    3.    Besides resting on the seventh day, what did God pronounce upon it?
    "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it," verse 3.
    4.    Why did God bless and sanctify this day?
    "Because that in it He rested from all His work which God created and made," verse 3.
    NOTE: The Sabbath was a part of creation, by God Himself, blessing, sanctifying and resting upon this particular day, and it stands as a memorial of the great creative work of the first week of time.  The only way to change the Sabbath day, is for the creation to be gone through again, and it is not likely that such will ever be the case.
    5.    Is it possible for anything to be added to, or for anything to be taken from what God has done?
    "I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever:  nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it: and God doeth it that men should fear before Him," Ecclesiastes 3:14.
    6.    Have we any record where the Sabbath was ever kept prior to the giving of the law on Sinai?
    "And Moses said, Eat that today; for today is a Sabbath unto the Lord; today ye shall not find it in the field.  Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none.  See, for that the Lord hath [in the past] given you the Sabbath, therefore He giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day," Exodus 16:25, 26 and 29.
    NOTE: These things happened several days prior to the giving of the law on Sinai, and it is a fact that cannot be denied.
    7.    What law did God give for its observance?
    "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work:  But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord Thy God:  in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:  wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it," Exodus 20:8-11.
    8.    What statement is made herein, which has never been made of any other day?
    "The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God," verse 10.
    9.    In what way did the Lord require the Sabbath to be kept?
    "Thus saith the Lord; take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the Sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the Sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers," Jeremiah 17:21, 22.
    10.    How does Isaiah tell us to keep the Sabbath?
    "If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My Holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and shalt honor Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words," Isaiah 58:13.
    11.    What is said of the person that keeps the Sabbath?
    "Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil," Isaiah 56:2.
    12.    What is said of the Gentiles that keep the Sabbath?
    "Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of My covenant; Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer," Isaiah 56:6, 7.
    13.    What did the Lord say the Sabbath would be between Him and His people?
    "I am the Lord your God; walk in My statues, and keep My judgments, and do them:  and hallow My Sabbaths:  and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God," Ezekiel 20:19, 20.
    14.    What was Christ's attitude toward the Sabbath?
    "And He came to Nazareth where He had been brought up:  and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read," Luke 4:16.
    15.    How was Christ connected with the Sabbath day?
    "Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath," Mark 2:28.
    16.    What work is permissible on the Sabbath?
    "And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.  And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.  And when Jesus saw her, he called her to Him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity; And He laid His hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God," Luke 13:10-13.
    17.    In Matthew, how does Christ express the same thought?
    "And behold, there was a man which had his hand withered.  And they asked Him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath days?  that they might accuse Him.  And He said unto them, What man shall there be among you that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?  How much then is a man better than a sheep?  wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days," Matthew 12:10-12.
    NOTE: Or in other words, it is right and proper to do works of charity to aid the sick and suffering, and even perform acts of mercy in relieving the suffering of animals on that day when necessity demands it.

    Some day full soon, sweet Eden's bowers;
    May burst upon my raptured sight,
    And I shall see the glory land:
    Bathed in the Lamb's eternal light.
    For He who braved the storm king's wrath;
    And stilled the waves of Galilee;
    Will safely guide my storm tossed bark,
    Across life's dark tempestuous sea.
    And though it hath been well revealed;
    Where heaven's gold paved highways be;
    I know that I shall one day dwell;
    With Him whose blood was shed for me.
_ Elder Lewis Buchtel

        I love the holy Sabbath day
            It does me good to rest
        I know I then my Lord obey
            Because that day he blest.
        And oh, the language is so plain
            That all may understand,
        Why is it people will not see
            And keep this great command?
        And Jesus taught the people once
            That they should surely pray,
        That their flight be not in winter
            Neither on the Sabbath day;
        For they must leave Jerusalem,
            And to the mountains flee
        When the cruel Roman army came
            To take them all away.

Sabbath Observance

    1.    In the beginning what was upon the face of the deep?
    "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters," Genesis 1:3.
    2.    Since darkness covered the deep, how came the light?
    "And God said, Let there be light," Genesis 1:3.
    3.    What was the result?
    "And there was light," Genesis 1:3.
    4.    After light had been brought about what great work did God perform?
    "And God saw the light, that it was good:  and God divided the light from the darkness," Genesis 1:4.
    5.    What name was given the light, and also the darkness?
    "And god called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night," Genesis 1:5.
    6.    By adding the darkness and the light together what do they make?
    "And the evening [dark] and the morning [light] were the first day," Genesis 1:5.
    7.    What words of Christ would teach that it takes both darkness and the light to make one day as set apart by God?
    "And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny Me thrice," Mark 14:30.
    8.    Have we any proof that these things happened in the dark part of the day?
    "He then having received the sop went immediately out:  and it was night," John 13:30.
    NOTE: Here we have two statements proving beyond any question of doubt that the night is included in the day, or in other words, it takes both darkness and light to make one complete day, and that this is what God had reference to when He said, "The evening and the morning were the first day,"
    9.    According to the Bible when does the evening begin?
    "But at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth of Egypt," Deuteronomy 16:6.
    10.    Upon one occasion, at what time of day were the sick brought to Christ?
    "And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto Him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils," Mark 1:32.
    NOTE: These scriptures, as well as many others teach, that the going down of the sun is the beginning of the evening, as well as the beginning of the day.
    11.    Do we find other scriptures teaching the going down of the sun to be the beginning of the evening?
    Answer.  Yes, Please read the following Scriptures: II Chronicles 18:34; Numbers 9:21; Leviticus 22:6,7; Deuteronomy 23:11; Judges 14:12-18.
    12.    Concerning the beginning of the Sabbath what does Nehemiah say?
    "And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the Sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the Sabbath:  and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the Sabbath day," Nehemiah 13:19.
    13.    Which day of the week is the Sabbath day?
    "But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God," Exodus 20:10.
    14.    When does this day commence, and at what time does it close?
    "From even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath," Leviticus 23:32, last part of verse.
    15.    For how long did God say they should keep the Sabbath?
    "Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations for a perpetual covenant," Exodus 31:16.
    16.    What does Christ say of breaking the commandments?
    "Whosoever therefore shall break one of the least of these commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven," Matthew 5:19.
    "WHOSOEVER KEEPETH THE WHOLE LAW, YET OFFENDS IN ONE POINT IS GUILTY OF ALL"

The Crime of the Dark Ages

    1.    According to the prophet, what was to be the attitude of Christ toward His Father's law?
    "The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness' sake; He will magnify the law, and make it more honorable," Isaiah 42:21.
    2.    According to Christ, would any part of the law be done away?
    "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled," Matthew 5:18.
    NOTE: Since we find the heaven and earth here yet, we are compelled to admit that the law of God is yet binding upon the human family, and according to Christ, it will be so long as the heaven and earth are here.  These words are in accordance with the prophet when he said, "He will magnify the law and make it honorable,"
    3.    In connection with the four universal empires as they are pictured to us by the prophet Daniel, what power would arise?
    "I considered the horns and behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots; and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things," Daniel 7:8.
    4.    What would be one part of the work this power would carry out?
    "I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them," verse 21.
    NOTE: This power is recognized to be the Papacy, or Rome in its Papal form.  The Papacy truly made war on the people of God to the extent of nearly sixty million suffered death in all ways possible for them to be put to death.
    5.    What other noted work would this power think to do?
    "And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time," verse 25.
    6.    What power claims to have changed the law of God?
    Answer:  The Papacy.
    7.    What part of the law of God has the Papacy thought to change?
    Answer:  The fourth, or Sabbath commandment.
    NOTE: This power has thought to change a commandment given by God Himself, and one that Christ said would last so long as the heavens and the earth were here.
    8.    By whom, and in what year do we find the first Sunday law of history?
    Answer:  By Constantine, and in the year 321 A.D.
    9.    What does the Encyclopedia Britannica say of the first Sunday law?
    "The earliest recognition of the observance of Sunday as a legal duty is a constitution of Constantine in 321 A.D., enacting that all courts of justice, inhabitants of towns, and workshops were to be at rest on Sunday (venerable day of the sun) with an exception in favor of those engaged in agricultural labor," Encyclopedia Britannica, art. Sunday.
    10.    What do other works say of the same power, and its relation to the institution of Sunday as a rest day?
    "Constantine the Great made a law for the whole empire (A.D. 321) that Sunday should be kept as a day of rest in all cities and towns; but he allowed the country people to follow their work," Encyclopedia American, art. Sabbath.
    11.    What did Constantine's law require?
    "Let all judges and town people, and the occupation of all trades rest on the venerable day of the sun; but let all those who are situated in the country, freely and at full liberty attend to the business of agriculture; because it often happens that no other day is so fit for sowing corn and planting vines; lest, the critical moment being let slip, men should lose the commodities granted by Heaven."
    12.    Does the Papacy acknowledge that it has changed the Sabbath?
    Answer:   It does.
    "Question:  How prove you that the church hath power to command feasts and holy days?"
    "Answer:  By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which protestants allow of; and therefore they fondly contradict themselves by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feast days commanded by the same church," Abridgment of Christian Doctrine, by Rev. Henry Tuberville, D.D., of Douay College, France (1649), page 58.
    "Question:  Have you any other way of proving that the church has power to institute festivals of precept?"
    "Answer:  Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her, she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no scriptural authority," A Doctrinal Catechism, by Stephen Keenan, page 174.
    The Catholic Church of its own infallible authority created Sunday a holy day to take the place of the Sabbath of the old law.  Kansas City Catholic, February 9, 1893.
    "The Catholic Church . . . by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday," Catholic Mirror, Official organ of Cardinal Gibbons, September 23, 1893.
    "Question:  Which is the Sabbath day?"
    "Answer:  Saturday is the Sabbath day,"
    "Question:  Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?"
    "Answer:  We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday," The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, by Peter Gelermann, C. SS. R., page 50, third edition, 1913, a work which received the "apostolic blessing' of Pope Pius X, January 25, 1910.
    What was done at the council of Laodicea was but one of the steps by which the change of the Sabbath was effected.  This we learn to be a fact from the standpoint of their own works as well as from other sources.
    13.    Do Catholic authorities acknowledge that there is no command in the Bible for the sanctification of Sunday?
    Answer:  They do.
    NOTE: "You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday.  The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify," _ Cardinal Gibbons, in The Faith of Our Fathers, edition 1892, page 111.
    "Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles . . . .  From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first," Catholic Press (Sydney, Australia), August 25, 1900.
    14.    Do Protestant writers acknowledge the same thing?
    Answer:  They do.
    NOTE: "Is there no express commandment for observing the first day of the week as Sabbath, instead of the seventh day? _ None whatever.  Neither Christ, nor His apostles, nor the first Christians celebrated the first day of the week instead of the seventh as the Sabbath," _ New York Weekly Tribune, May 24, 1900.
    "The Scriptures nowhere call the first day of the week the Sabbath . . . There is no Scriptural authority for so doing, nor of course any Scriptural obligation," _ The Watchman (Baptist).
    "The observance of the first instead of the seventh day rests on the testimony of the church, and the church alone," _ Hobart Church News (Episcopalian), July 2, 1894.
    15.    How did this change in observance of days come about, suddenly or gradually?
    Answer:  Gradually.
    NOTE: "The Christian church made no formal, but a gradual and almost unconscious transfer of the one to the other,"--The Voice From Sinai, by Archdeacon F.W. Farrar, page 167.
    This of itself is evidence that there was no divine command for the change of the Sabbath.
    16.    For how long a time was the seventh day Sabbath observed in the Christian church?
    Answer:  For many centuries.  In fact, its observance has never wholly ceased in the Christian church.
    NOTE: Mr. Morer, a learned clergyman of the Church of England, says:  "The primitive Christians had a great veneration for the Sabbath, and spent the day in devotion and sermons.  And it is not to be doubted that they derived this practice from the apostles themselves," _ Dialogues on the Lord's Day, page 189.
    Prof E. Brerwood, of Gresham College, London (Episcopal), says:  "The Sabbath was religiously observed in the Eastern church three hundred years and more after our Savior's passion," _ Learned Treatise of the Sabbath, page 77.
    The historian Socrates, who wrote about the middle of the fifth century, says:  "Almost all the churches throughout the world celebrate the sacred mysteries on the Sabbath of every week, yet the Christians of Alexandria and at Rome, on account of some ancient tradition, refused to do this," _ Ecclesiastical History, book 5, chapter 22.
    Sozomen, a historian of the same period, writes:  "The people of Constantinople, and of several other cities, assembled together on the Sabbath as well as on the next day; which custom is never observed from Rome," Ecclesiastical History, book 7, chapter 19.
    All this would have been inconceivable and impossible had there been a divine command given for the change of the Sabbath.  The last two quotations also show that Rome led in the apostasy and in the change of the Sabbath.
    17.    What do Catholics say of the observance of Sunday by Protestants?
    "It was the Catholic Church which, by the authority of Jesus Christ, has transferred this rest to the Sunday in remembrance of the resurrection of our Lord.  Thus the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the Catholic Church," Plain Talk About Protestantism of Today, by Mgr. Segur, page 213.
    18.    What kind of worship does the Savior call that which is not according to God's commandments?
    "But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men," Matthew 15:9.

    The seventh day this book defends,
    And to the searching mind it lends
    A helping hand, to learn the way,
    Which is to keep God's Sabbath day.
    For when the six days' work was done,
    And all was finished 'neath the sun,
    The Lord Himself was pleased to rest;
    And hence the seventh day He blest.

    The first that dawned o'er all the land,
    Just fresh from the Creator's hand,
    The Sabbath law God therefore laid,
    The Sabbath day for man was made.
    
    The seventh day the Lord hath blest,
    And said that in it we should rest,
    Can we despise His holy day,
    And from His Sabbath turn away?

    God's memorial then we'll keep,
    And thus remember His great work,
    His ten commandments we can't obey,
    Unless we keep the seventh day.
 _ J. A. Nugent

The Lord's Day

    1.    On what day was John in the spirit while on the Isle of Patmos?
    "I was in the spirit on the Lord's day," Revelation 1:10.
    2.    What day does Christ say He is Lord of?
    "Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath," Mark 2:28.
    3.    Which day is the Sabbath of the Lord?
    "But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God," Exodus 20:10.
    4.    For whom was the Sabbath or Lord's day made?
    "And He said unto them:  The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath," Mark 2:27.
    5.    In what age of the world was the Sabbath or Lord's day made?
    "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them, and on the seventh day God ended His work which he had made, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which he had made," Genesis 2:1, 2.
    6.    Did not God bless and sanctify the seventh day?
    "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it," Genesis 2:3.
    7.    Why did God bless and sanctify the seventh day?
    "Because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made," Genesis 2:3.
    8.    In the decalogue what is the seventh day called?
    "Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work:  but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God," Exodus 20:9, 10.
    9.    What does Isaiah, speaking for God through the Holy Ghost, call the seventh day Sabbath?
    "If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My Holy Day," Isaiah 58:13.
    10.    Was Christ an observer of His own day?
    "And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up:  and as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read," Luke 4:16.
    11.    On what day of the week did Christ arise from the dead?
    "In the end of [R. V. or late on] the Sabbath, as it began to dawn [or draw on] toward the first day of the week," Matthew 28:1.
    NOTE: By the above scriptures we not only learn that the Sabbath day is the Lord's day, but we also learn that it was Christ's custom to observe that day, and He also arose from the dead on the Sabbath, or Lord's day.
    12.    Did the followers of Christ keep the Sabbath or Lord's day?
    "And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment," Luke 23:56.
    13.    Did they observe it after His resurrection?
    "And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures," Acts 17:2.  See also Acts 13:14, 42, 44; 16:13; 18:1-4, 11.
    14.    Since Paul and Christ were both Sabbath day observers, should we be followers of them?
    "Be ye followers of me, [Paul] even as I also am of Christ," I Corinthians 11:1.
    15.    Was Christ's life to be the light of the world?
    "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world; he that followeth Me shall not be in darkness, but shall have the light of life," John 8:12.

        Who is on the Lord's side,
            Always true?
        There's a right and wrong side,
            Where stand you?
        Thousands on the wrong side
            Choose to stand,
        Still 'tis not the strong side,
            True and grand.
        Come and join the Lord's side:
            Ask you why? _
        Tis the only safe side
            By and by.
 _ Selected
    
The Jewish Sabbath and
Mosicial Law Abolished
    
    1.    In the beginning, what record is given of the first day of the week?
    "And God said, Let there be light:  and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good:  And God divided the light from the darkness.  And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.  And the evening and the morning were the first day," Genesis 1:3-5.
    NOTE: By reading the first five verses of Genesis 1 we learn, that God worked upon the first day of time.  It was on this day that light was brought about.
    2.    In the New testament, how many times do we find the first day of the week mentioned?
    Answer:  Eight.
    3.    Do we find it spoken of as a holy or sacred day?
    Answer:  No.
    4.    Did Christ use the words first day?
    Answer:  He did not.
    5.    How does Matthew speak of the first day?
    "In the end of [R.V. late on] the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre," Matthew 28:1.
    6.    How does Mark speak of the same first day?
    "And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.  Now when Jesus was risen, early the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven devils," Mark 16:2, 9.
    7.    What does Luke say of the same day?
    "Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them," Luke 24:1.
    8.    Concerning a visit to the sepulchre what does John say?
    "The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early,  when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre," John 20:1.
    9.    Does John tell of a first day meeting of Christ and His disciples?
    "The same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you," John 20:19.  Also Luke 24:29.
    NOTE: By this scripture we learn that Christ met with his disciples a little while, real late on the first day of the week where they were assembled for fear of the Jews.  If the reader will turn to the Bible and read Acts 1:13 and Acts 2:44 they will find it to be the custom of the disciples to live together, and beyond any question of doubt they were thus assembled when Christ appeared to them.  Another thing, if Christ meeting with them was a sign of a holy day, we would gather from John 21:1-5, that they also had a holy fishing day.
    10.    In Acts 20 what do we find regarding the first day of the week?
    "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight," Acts 20:7.
    NOTE: Here we find the second, and last first day meeting recorded in the Bible.  It, as the other, was a meeting of the disciples in their own upper room.  The context of shows it to be a night meeting, and Paul, after preaching during the night, makes his trip across to Assos the light part of this same day, which would not be an act of sacredness, but rather one of secular work.
    11.    In the eighth and last time the first day is mentioned, what is said of it?
    "Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.  Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come," I Corinthians 16:1, 2.
    NOTE: This, the last time the first day is mentioned, stands on the same ground as does the other seven places, nothing said, to lead any one to believe that it is a sacred day of any kind, or that it should be kept holy by any one at any time.  The people in this case were not commanded to meet together, but to lay by him (or himself) in store for the poor of Jerusalem.
    12.    Since Christ and the apostles did not keep the first day, then what day did they observe?
    Paul _ "And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks," Acts 18:4.
    13.    How long did he continue at this place?
    "And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them," Acts 18:11.  Seventy-eight Sabbaths.
    14.    Was it Paul's custom so to do?
    "And Paul as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures," Acts 17:2.
    15.    What was Christ's attitude toward the Sabbath?
    "And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up:  and as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read," Luke 4:16.
    16.    Is it safe to follow Christ?
    "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life," John 8:12.
    
New Testament Sabbath

    1.    In what order does the Sabbath and the first day of the week stand in the New Testament?
    "In the end of the Sabbath as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre," Matthew 28:1.
    2.    After the crucifixion, what day was kept by the women who followed Jesus?
    "And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment," Luke 23:56.
    3.    "According to the commandment" what day is the Sabbath?
    "But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work," Exodus 20:10.
    4.    Why is the seventh day the Sabbath?
    "For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it," Exodus 20:11.
    5.    How did the holy women regard the first day of the week?
    "Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them," Luke 24:1.
    NOTE: In this reading we see the women brought the spices which they had prepared with which to embalm the body of Jesus, and this was on the first day of the week.  In reading about the Sabbath day visit we find no spices were brought with which to embalm His body, and this alone should be proof that the holy women had respect for the Sabbath which God had blessed.
    6.    What was the custom of Christ in regard to the Sabbath?
    "And He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up:  and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read," Luke 4:16.
    7.    In predicting the overthrow of Jerusalem, and the necessity of fleeing from Judea prior to that time, what did he enjoin upon His disciples regarding the Sabbath?
    "But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day," Matthew 24:20.
    NOTE: The destruction of Jerusalem was accomplished by the Romans in the year 70 A.D.  Therefore, the Sabbath was binding in that age by the commandment of Christ Himself.
    8.    On what day did the Jews meet in the synagogues for worship?
    "For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day," Acts 15:21.
    9.    To whom was Paul especially commissioned to preach?
    "But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way; for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear My name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel," Acts 9:15.
    10.    On what day did he and Barnabas go into the synagogue at Antioch?
    "But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath and sat down," Acts 13:14.
    11.    After the sermon had been preached by Paul, and the Jews had left the synagogue, what did the Gentiles request of the apostles?
    "And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath," verse 42.
    12.    What was the result of this request?
    "And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God," verse 44.
    13.    On what day did the women at Philippi hold their prayer-meetings?
    "And on the Sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont [or accustomed] to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither," Acts 16:13.
    14.    What was Paul's manner regarding the Sabbath?
    "They came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:  and Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures," Acts 17:1, 2.
    15.    While at Corinth how did the apostle Paul spend the Sabbath?
    "After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth . . . and he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks [or Gentiles]," Acts 18:1-4.
    16.    How long did he continue at this work in this place?
    "And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them," verse 11.
    17.    Are we admonished to be followers of the apostle Paul as he was of Christ?
    "Be ye followers of Me, even as I also am of Christ," I Corinthians 11:1.
    18.    Will we be in darkness if we follow Christ?
    "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world; he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life," John 8:12.
    19.    On what day does Paul say God rested from His works?
    "For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all His works," Hebrews 4:4.
    20.    Does this same Sabbath rest remain for the people of God?
    "There remaineth therefore a rest [margin, keeping of a Sabbath] to the people of God," Hebrews 4:9.
    21.    Should we be followers of god?
    "Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children,"  Ephesians 5:1.
    22.    Should we cease from our works as God did from His?
    "For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His.  Let us labor therefore, to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief," Hebrews 4:10, 11.

Time of Crucifixion

    1.    When the wicked people came into the place near Jerusalem which is called Golgotha, what did they do with Jesus?
    "And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots," Matthew 27:35.
    2.    Between what hours of the day was Christ hanging on the stake, before He died?
    "Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour," Matthew 27:45.
    3.  What time of the day did Christ die?
    "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice . . . . Jesus when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost," verses 46, 50.
    4.  At what time of day was the ninth hour?
    The ninth hour was at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.  See note at end of this section.
    5.    What was the next event of importance at this time?
    "And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom;  and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent," verse 51.
    6. What happened later in the day?
    "When the even was come, there came a rich man from Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple.  He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.  Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered," verses 57, 58.
    7.    What did Joseph do with the body?
    "And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock:  and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed," verses 59, 60.
    8.    What is the Biblical law regarding crucifixions?
    "And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day," Deuteronomy 21:22, 23.
    NOTE: See the word "Day" in the concordance of your Bibles, and it will be learned that from sundown to sundown was the civil day, or the whole day of twenty-four hours, as we have it now.
    Then the day was divided into the dark part, and the light part.  The dark portion was divided into watches, viz. first, second, third and fourth.  And the day was divided into hours, viz. third, sixth, ninth and twelfth.  The third was from six o'clock in the morning until nine in the morning, or the first three hours of the light part of the day;  sixth hour was until 12 o'clock noon;  ninth hour was from twelve until 3 o'clock in the afternoon (this was the time the Bible says Christ died), and the twelfth hour was from three until 6 o'clock in the evening.

The Master's Sign

    1.    There were many people in the world when Jesus was here who did not believe Him to be the Son of God, as He claimed. What did some of these men require of Christ, that they might believe in Him?
    "Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from Thee," Matthew 12:38.
    2.    What was Christ's answer?
    "But He answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas," verse 39.
    3.    What was the sign of the prophet Jonah, which Christ said would be the only sign that would be given that He was the Messiah?
    "For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly;  so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth," verse 40.
    4.  Did Jesus fulfil this sign which He gave the world that He was the Christ?
    NOTE: If the old theory was true, which came to us from the Catholic Church, that Good Friday was the crucifixion day of Christ and Easter Sunday the resurrection day, Christ did not fulfill the only sign He gave the world that He was the Christ.  There are not three days and three nights between Friday and Sunday.  This fact can be clearly seen by a very small amount of mathematical calculation.
    The facts in the case are, however, that the crucifixion and resurrection, according to the Scriptures did not occur upon these two days.  The world, in this enlightened age, is rapidly accepting this new light.

The Resurrection of Christ

    1.  After Christ was resurrected, when were visits made to the tomb?
    "And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint Him.  And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun," Mark 16:1, 2.
    2.    Of what one thing in particular were they talking among themselves, as they went to the sepulcher?
    "And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?"   verse 3.
    3.    What did they discover when they arrived at the tomb?
    "And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great," verse 4.
    4.    Did they find the body of Jesus, or had He left the tomb some time before this?
    "He is risen; He is not here:  behold the place where they laid Him," verse 6.
    5.    As the above verse says, Christ was gone from the tomb early the first day of the week.  What does the other witness, Luke, say?
    "Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre . . . . And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.  And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus," Luke 24:1-3.
    6.    The evidence according to both Mark and Luke, is that Christ was gone when these visits were made.  What does John testify on this subject?
    "The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene . . . and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.  Then she runneth and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them.  They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid Him," John 20:1-2.
    7.    As these three gospels, Mark, Luke and John, all agree that when the visitors came to the tomb early the first day of the week, the stone at the door of the sepulcher was already rolled away.  Christ was then resurrected and gone.  What evidence have we as to the time when this stone was rolled away, and when Christ was really resurrected?
    "In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary     Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.  His countenance was like lightening, and his raiment white as snow; and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.  And the angel answered and said unto the women,  Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for He is risen, as He said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay," Matthew 28:1-6.
    8.    The earthquake occurred, the angels descended, and the stone was rolled away in the end of the Sabbath.  The events of Christ's resurrection occurred at this time.  Christ Himself tells us, in Matthew 12:40, that the only sign He would give the world that He was the Messiah, was that He would be in the earth three days and three nights. Upon what day of the week would the crucifixion and burial have taken place?
    NOTE: Three days and three nights before the end of the Sabbath (which is the day before the first day of the week, and therefore Saturday) count backwards from Saturday night three days and three nights. This takes us to Wednesday.
    9.    When did the prophet Daniel say Christ would be crucified, or cut off?
    "And He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease," Daniel 9:27.
    NOTE: While the week here has a prophetical meaning, and application with the seventy weeks, it also has a literal significance, and to this prophecy is given a two-fold meaning, as is the case with the seven heads of the beast in Revelation 17:9, 10.

Evidence From Astronomy

    The next day after the full moon was always the Passover.  It was the 14th day of the Jewish month Nisan.  "It was coincident with the Passover," Smith's Bible Dictionary,  Leviticus 23:5.
    This year, A.D. 31, it fell on Wednesday.  On this day Christ was crucified and laid in the tomb.  "It was the preparation of the passover," or "high day" festival sabbath, John 19:14, 31, which came on the 15th of Nisan, Leviticus 23:6, 7.
    Jesus was alive and the tomb empty "In the end of the Sabbath," Matthew 28:1-7.  "Late on the Sabbath," Revised version, He was in the tomb "Three days and three nights,"  Matthew 12:40.
    Count back three days and three nights from "Late on the Sabbath" and we have Wednesday evening the time of his burial.  Thus God's great time-piece, the Heavens, Genesis 1:14;  Psalm 19:1, speaking through the unerring science of Astronomy, confirms the Bible record of the time of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
    10.    Isn't it a fact according to John 19:31, that Christ was crucified the day before a Sabbath?  The text reads:
    "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day (for that sabbath day was an high day), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away," John 19:31.
    11.    Was this the weekly Sabbath, or the Passover Sabbath, which was called the high day Sabbath?
    "For that sabbath day was a high day," verse 31.
    "And it was the preparation of the passover," verse 14.
    12.    How did the Passover Sabbath originate?
    "In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord's Passover.  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord," Leviticus 23:5, 6.
    13.    How long was this feast of unleavened bread to continue?
    "Seven days ye must eat unleavened bread," verse 6 last part of verse.
    14.    What is said of the first day of this feast, which was the fifteenth day of this month?
    "In the first day [first day of the feast], ye shall have an holy convocation:  ye shall do no servile work therein," verse 7.
    NOTE: This fifteenth day of the month is kept as a Sabbath.  The day before was the passover, when the lamb without blemish was slain and offered as a sacrifice for the sins of the people, Exodus 12:3-6.  This lamb was a true type of Christ who is so often mentioned as the lamb of God.  Christ was also crucified on the passover, which was the fourteenth day of this month, the same day the lamb had for hundreds of years been slain.  The day after Christ's crucifixion, therefore, would be the passover Sabbath, or the high day Sabbath.

The Lord's Supper

    1.    Who spoke to Moses and Aaron while they were in the land of Egypt?
    "And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying," Exodus 12:1.
    2.    What was said to them at this time?
    "This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you," verse 2.
    3.    What were they commanded to tell the children of Israel?
    "Speak you unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this [the first] month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house," verse 3.
    4.    Was this lamb to be a perfect one?
    "Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats," verse 5.
    5.    How long was this lamb to be kept up?
    "And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month," verse 6.
    6.    What were they to do with this lamb?
    "And the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening," verse 6.
    7.    What were they to do with the blood of this lamb?
    "And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper doorpost of the houses, wherein they shall eat it," verse 7.
    8.    Would there be any one destroyed in the homes where the blood of this lamb was found?
    "And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are:  and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt," verse 13.
    9.    What were they to do with the flesh of this lamb?
    "And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread;  and with bitter herbs they shall eat it," verse 8.
    10.    For how long a time would this day be kept as an ordinance?
    "And this day shall be unto you for a memorial;  and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations;  ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever," verse 14.
    11.    What is this same day called in the New Testament?
    "And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour:  and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!" John 19:14.
    12.    What happened to Christ during the light part of this same day?
    "But they cried out, Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him.  Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King?  The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.  Then delivered he Him therefore unto them to be crucified.  And they took Jesus, and led Him away . . . . where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst," John 19:15-18.
    13.    What did Christ institute on this same day, but prior to His arrest?
    "And He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is My body which is given for you:  this do in remembrance of Me.  Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you," Luke 22:19, 20.  See also Matthew 26:26-29;  Mark 14:22-25.
    14.    In connection with the bread and fruit of the vine, what did He introduce?
    "He riseth from supper, and laid aside His garments;  and took a towel, and girded Himself.  After that He poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded," John 13:4, 5.
    15.    Must we follow this example?
    "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet;  ye also ought to wash one another's feet," verse 14.
    16.    What did He say He had given us?
    "For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you," verse 15.
    17.    During what part of the day did these things occur, the light or the dark part?
    "He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night," verse 30.
    18.    During what part of the twenty-four hour period does Paul say these things occurred?
    "For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: and when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat, this is My body, which is broken for you:  this do in remembrance of Me.  After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood:  this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me," I Corinthians 11:23-25.
    19.    By following these instructions what do we show?
    "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till He come," verse 26.
    NOTE: It would be impossible to celebrate Independence Day on the 25th of December.  Why?  For the simple reason that July 4th was the day on which the Declaration of Independence was passed and signed, and is the only day upon which it can be successfully celebrated.  This day, the fourth of July, points us back to the time when we, in reality, won our freedom.  The same is true with the fourteenth day of the first month (Bible time).  Upon this day a real sacrifice was made for sin;  in observing the Passover upon this day, we show the Lord's death till He comes again.
    20.    Of what will one be guilty when they partake of these emblems unworthily?
    "Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord," verse 27.
    21.    What is really necessary before partaking of these emblems?
    "But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup," verse 28.
    22.    What will one bring to himself by eating and drinking unworthily?
    "For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body," verse 29.
    NOTE: According to the Bible, the year commences with the new moon after the Vernal Equinox in the spring.  Then fourteen days later than this is the time for the Passover, which should be taken during the first part of the night of the fourteenth day.

The Intermediate State

    1.    By what figure does the Bible represent death?
    "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye     sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him," I Thessalonians 4:13, 14.
    NOTE: When one is sound asleep, he is wholly lost to consciousness;  time goes on unmeasured, and the functions of the mental organs are suspended for the time being.
    2.    Where do the dead sleep?
    "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake," Daniel 12:2.
    3.    How long will they continue to sleep in the dust of the ground?
    "So man lieth down, and riseth not:  till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep," Job 14:12.
    4.    What does Job say he will wait for?
    "If a man die, shall he live again?  All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come," verse 14.
    5.    Where will he wait for this change?
    "If I wait, the grave is mine house:  I have made my bed in the darkness," Job 17:13.
    6.    While in this condition, what does one know of those he has left behind?
    "His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not;  and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them," Job 14:21.
    7.    In what condition are the thoughts of the dead?
    "His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish," Psalm 146:4.
    8.    Do the dead know anything?
    "For the living know that they shall die:  but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward;  for the memory of them is forgotten," Ecclesiastes 9:5.
    9.    Do they have any love, hatred, or envy?
    "Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished;  neither have they any more a portion forever in any thing that is done under the sun," Ecclesiastes 9:6.
    10.    Are the dead able to praise the Lord?
    "The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence," Psalm 115:17.
    11.    Is there any remembrance of God while in the hands of the enemy death?
    "For in death there is no remembrance of Thee: in the grave who shall give Thee thanks?"  Psalm 6:5.
    12.    Did David ascend into the heavens?
    "For David is not ascended into the heavens "  Acts 2:34.
    13.    With what one thing will David be satisfied?
    "As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness:  I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness," Psalm 17:15.
    14.    If the dead will never be raised, what would be the result?
    "For if the dead rise not, then is Christ not raised:  and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain;  ye are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished," I Corinthians 15:16-18.
    15.    Is there a promise of a resurrection of the dead?
    "Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise.  Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust:  for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead," Isaiah 26:19.
    "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed," I Corinthians 15:52.
    16.    When does the resurrection of the righteous take place?
    "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first," I Thessalonians 4:16.

The leaflets in autumn may wither and fade,
    The forest be naked and bare _
The friends of our youth in the grave may be laid,
    And we may be laid with them there;

But the winter will pass, and the spring will return
    And the forest again will be green,
And the faithful who sleep in death's mouldering urn
    Will arise and in glory be seen.

Immortality of Man

    1.    What do we understand by the words immortal and immortality?
    Not dying;  deathless.
    2.    How many times is the word immortal found in the Bible?
    One time.
    3.    To whom is it applied?
    "Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.  Amen." I Timothy 1:17.
    4.    How many times does the word immortality occur?
    Five times.
    5.    How may we gain immortality?
    "To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life," Romans 2:7.
    6.    What part of man will put on immortality?
    "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality," I Corinthians 15:53.
    7.    What will be said when mortality will have put on immortality?
    "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory," I Corinthians 15:54.
    8.    At the present time, who only hath immortality?
    "Which in His times He shall shew, Who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;  Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto;  Whom no man hath seen, nor can see:  to Whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen," I Timothy 6:15, 16.
    9.    How was immortality brought to light?
    "But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel," II Timothy 1:10.
    10.    What does the word mortal mean?
    Subject to death.  Webster.
    11.    To whom is this word applied?
    "O Lord, Thou art our God;  let not man prevail against Thee," II Chronicles 14:11.
    12.    What is man declared to be?
    "Shall mortal man be more just than God?"  Job 4:17.
    13.    How does the apostle Paul speak of this same subject?
    "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof," Romans 6:12.
    "But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you," Romans 8:11.
    "For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh," II Corinthians 4:11.
    NOTE: Man, a mortal being, cannot become immortal except through a resurrection of the righteous, at the second coming of Christ.
    14.    What will take place at the first resurrection?
    "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality," I Corinthians 15:52, 53.
    15.    What can be truthfully said at the resurrection, that cannot be said now?
    "Death is swallowed up in victory," I Corinthians 15:54.
    16.    What else happens at this same time?
    "O death, where is thy sting?  O grave, where is thy victory?" verse 55.
    17.    How may this victory be won?
    "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ," verse 57.

Are Men Judged at Death?

    1.    How far back in this world's history do we find the judgment spoken of?
    "Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because He cometh to judge the earth," I Chronicles 16:33.
    2.    Is there a time to judge the righteous and the wicked?
    " I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked:  for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work," Ecclesiastes 3:17.
    3.    Has God appointed a day in which to judge the world?
    "Because He [God] hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness," Acts 17:31.
    4.    Was the judgment yet future in Paul's day, A. D. 60?
    "And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come," Acts 24:25.
    5.    Since the judgment was future in Paul's day, at what time will it be?
    "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the quick (living) and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom," II Timothy 4:1.
    NOTE: This is a plain statement, testifying to the fact, that the judgment takes place at Christ's second coming, and not at death, as is commonly taught by modern teachers.  As all know, that Christ's second coming is in the future, so all should know that the judgment is also future.  Another fact is, that, "the living know that they shall die, but the dead know not any thing," Ecclesiastes 9:5.  So it would be impossible for them to have been judged at death and come on down to this time, not knowing anything about it.
    6.    Was the revelator given a glimpse of the coming judgment?
    "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books," Revelation 20:12.
    7.    At this time, how complete will the resurrection be?
    "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell [margin, the  grave] delivered up the dead which were in them," Revelation 20:13.
    8.    After the sea and the grave give up their dead, then what takes place?
    "And they were judged every man according to their works," Revelation 20:13
    9.    How old is the doctrine of Christ's coming, and the judgment?
    "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment upon all," Jude 14, 15.
    10.    Who must appear in the judgment?
    "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ;  that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad," II Corinthians 5:10.
    11.    How does the Apostle Peter speak of the judgment?
    "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished," II Peter 2:9.
    12.    What condition will be in the world at the judgment day?
    "And the nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged," Revelation 11:18.
    13.    When will the separation of righteous and wicked take place?
    "When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory:  and before Him shall be gathered all nations:  And He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats," Matthew  25:31, 32.
    14.    In this judgment, what work will be brought up?
    "For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil," Ecclesiastes 12:14.

What Will Become of the Wicked?

    1.    How long will the punishment of the wicked last?
    "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:  but the righteous into life eternal," Matthew 25:46.
    2.    What is the punishment of the wicked declared to be?
    "For the wages of sin is death;  but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord," Romans 6:23.
    3.    In what way does James speak of the same thing?
    "Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished bringeth forth death," James 1:15.
    4.    What is said of the soul that sinneth?
    "Behold, all souls are mine;  as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die," Ezekiel 18:4.  See also verse 20.
    5.    What of the man that turneth away from righteousness?
    "When a righteousness man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them;  for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die," Ezekiel 18:26
    6.    To what are the wicked compared?
    "But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way," Matthew 13:25.
    7.    What will finally be done with the tares?
    "Let both grow together until the harvest:  and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them:  but gather the wheat into my barn," Matthew 13:30.
    8.    In what way will the wicked be destroyed?
    "For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry," Nahum 1:10.
    NOTE: Those of us who at the present, or some time in our lives have lived on the farm, know what it is to burn off the stubble field, or the bunches of weeds or trash that accumulates.  We know that after the fire has been kindled, it only takes a very short time until the stubble or trash is in ashes.
    9.    What day does the prophet Malachi say is coming?
    "For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven," Malachi 4:1.
    10.    In that day what will the proud, and also the wicked be?
    "And all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble," Malachi 4:1.
    11.    And what will become of them?
    "And the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch," Malachi 4:1.
    12.    After they have been burned, then what will they be?
    "And ye [the righteous, see verse 2] shall tread down the wicked;  for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of Hosts," Malachi 4:3.
    13.    Since the wages of sin to be death, where will the wicked receive their reward?
    "Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth:  much more the wicked and the sinner," Proverbs 11:31.
    14.    How does this harmonize with the Revelation?
    "And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city:  and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them," Revelation 20:9.
    15.    What is this death declared to be?
    "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death," Revelation 20:14.
    16.    In what way does Isaiah speak of the punishment of the wicked?
    "And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed," Isaiah 1:28.  See also 66:17.
    17.    What does the Psalmist say of the transgressors?
    "But the transgressors shall be destroyed together:  the end of the wicked shall be cut off," Psalm 37:38.  See also verses 9, 10, 20, 34.
    Our purpose in life is usefulness,
        And is not confined to us alone;
    Through our faith and love and truthfulness,
        God will grant us a heavenly home.

    We all should live in helping others
        Redeem the time, and forsaking sin,
    Thereby truly love one another,
        Through the Holy Ghost their hearts to win.

    Our words, our deeds, whether good or bad,
        Are all recorded in heaven above;
    Have your sins blotted out, thus be glad
        You're saved thru Christ's redeeming love.

    The judgment day is coming to all,
        Are you now just what you ought to be?
    If not, flee to Christ, on Him now call,
        If eternal life you wish to see.

    Are you right with God, in all you do?
        You must answer this question some day;
    These solemn words now appeal to you,
        When you meet Jesus what will you say?
_ I.S. Sherwin

Will the Majority be Saved or Lost?

    1.    Upon one occasion, what question was asked Christ?
    "Then said one unto Him, Lord, are there few that be saved?" Luke 13:23.
    2.    What answer did Christ give to this question?
    "And He said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate:  for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able," verses 23, 24.
    3.    Which road leads to the eternal city, the narrow or the broad one?
    "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life," Matthew 7:14.  
    4.    Will the majority be traveling this narrow way?
    "Few there be that find it," verse 14.
    5.    To where does the broad road lead, and will there be a great number traveling it?
    "Enter ye in at the strait gate:  for wide is the gate and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at," verse 13.
    6.    How does Christ speak of the days of Noah in connection with His coming?
    "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be," Matthew 24:37.
    7.    What conditions existed in the days of Noah?
    "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually," Genesis 6:5.
    8.    Seeing the condition as it was, what did God purpose to do?
    "And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth;  both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air;  for it repenteth Me that I have made them," Genesis 6:7.
    9.    How many people were landed safely over the flood?
    "And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood," Genesis 7:7.
    NOTE: This made a total of eight that were saved over the flood.  Although Noah was a preacher of righteousness for one hundred and twenty years, he was unable to make the people see the coming destruction, which would take them all away unless they would turn to God.  Christ likens His second coming to the days of Noah, and believing His words to be true, we cannot expect the majority to turn from their wicked ways.
    10.    How many were saved out of the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah?
    "And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here;  lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city," Genesis 19:15.
    NOTE: This time, there were only four started safely on their way to the place of safety.
    11.    After these people had left the city, and because of Lot's wife looking behind her, what did she become?
    "But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt," verse 26.
    12.    Does not Christ admonish us to remember Lot's wife?
    "Remember Lot's wife," Luke 17:32.
    13.    Since we have found that only a very few people were saved upon these two occasions, and these things were written for our admonition, what promise does Christ make to the few?
    "Fear not, little flock;  for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom," Luke 12:32.
    14.    For what reason has the promise been made to the few?
    "Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations," Deuteronomy 7:9.
    15.    What does Christ say concerning the same thing?
    "Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;  but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven," Matthew 7:21.
    16.    Will there be many pleading for admittance into the kingdom?
    "Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name?  and in Thy name have cast out demons?  and in Thy name done many wonderful works?"  verse 22.
    17.    How will they be answered?
    "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:  depart from Me, ye that work iniquity," verse 23.

    Almost I hear the shout of God,
        His bugle soon to sound;
    Almost I see the disrupt sod
        Show opened graves around.

    Almost I feel the quickening thrill,
        Which shouting saints attend;
    When that instant change of likeness will _
        Give rapture without end.

    Almost the sinner's grief I see
        O'er hopes forever past
    I hear their doom, "Depart from me."
        Their wail and woe at last.

What is the Soul, and Is it Immortal?

    1.    From what was man made in the beginning?
    "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground," Genesis 2:7.
    2.    And by what act was he made alive?
    "And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life," Genesis 2:7.
    3.    What did man become after the breath of life had been breathed into him?
    "And man became a living soul," Genesis 2:7.
    4.    According to Paul, what was the first man Adam?
    "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul," I Corinthians 15:45.
    NOTE: As Paul has said, "Adam was made a living soul," and we learn by Genesis 2nd chapter that it was the act of placing breath within him that made him, the man himself, a living soul.  Not, a living soul placed within the man, but the man was the living soul.
    5.    By what act is man a dead soul?
    "Thou hidest Thy face, they are troubled:  Thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust," Psalm 104:29.
    NOTE: By placing breath within man, he was made alive, and by removing that breath he returns to the dust from whence he came.
    6.    What part of Christ was made an offering for sin?
    "Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;  He hath put Him to grief:  When Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin," Isaiah 53:10.
    7.    Was His soul poured out unto death?
    "Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death," Isaiah 53:12.
    NOTE: By these two verses we learn that even Christ's soul was poured out unto death, that it was made an offering for sin. We are aware of the fact that the Christ Himself was the offering made for sin, and was the one who cried out, "It is finished."
    8.    Is it possible for the soul to eat?
    "And in the first day there shall be . . . an holy convocation to you;  no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man [margin soul] must eat, that only may be done of you," Exodus 12:16.  Also see Levitcus 7:18, 20, 25, 27.
    9.    Can it be possible for the soul to come in contact with anything by touching?
    "Or if a soul touch any unclean thing, whether it be a carcase of an unclean beast, or a carcase of unclean cattle, or the carcase of unclean creeping things, and if it be hidden from him; he [the soul] also shall be unclean, and guilty," Leviticus 5:2.
    10.    Is the soul subject to death?
    "Behold, all souls are mine;  as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine:  the soul that sinneth it shall die," Ezekiel 18:4.  See also verse 20.
    11.    Is it possible for man to kill souls that should not die?
    "And will ye pollute Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to My people that hear your lies?" Ezekiel 13:19.
    12.    How will man's souls be redeemed?
    "But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave:  for He shall receive me," Psalm 49:15.
    13.    According to the Bible where was Christ's soul placed?    
    "He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in hell [grave], neither His flesh did see corruption," Acts 2:31.
    14.    Since we have found the soul to be the man, is he not mortal?
    "Shall mortal man be more just than God?  Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?"  Job 4:17.
    15     In what condition are we, according to Paul?
    "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof," Romans 6:12.
    Mortal:  "Subject to death," - Webster.
    16.    At the present time who only hath immortality?  
    "Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever," I Timothy 1:17.
    "Who only hath immortality," I Timothy 6:16.  Immortal:  "Exemption from liability to die," - Webster.
    17.    How can man possess immortality?
    "To them who by patient continuance in well-doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life," Romans 2:7.
    18.    When will those who continue in welldoing be given immortality?
    "Behold, I shew you a mystery;  we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:  for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality," I Corinthians 15:51-53.

The Spirit of Man

    1.    At death what leaves man and returns to God?
    "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was:  and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it," Ecclesiastes 12:7.
    NOTE: The statement is made, "To God who gave it," and it is now our duty to find what God gave man in the beginning.  If we are successful in finding this from the standpoint of the Bible, it will be very easy to locate what this spirit is, that returns to God.
    2.  From what was man composed in the beginning?
    "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground," Genesis 2:7.
    3.  After man had been composed from the dust of the ground, what did God place within him to bring life?
    "And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;  and man became a living soul," verse 7.
    NOTE: In this verse we have located what God gave man in the beginning.  Since this is what God gave man in the beginning, and the only thing He did give him, it is very reasonable to conclude that this is what leaves man at death, and it is termed breath and spirit throughout the Bible.
    4.    Let us hear the Psalmist on this same thought.
    "Thou hidest Thy face, they are troubled:  Thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust," Psalm 104:29.
    5.    What thought does he express in another place?
    "His breath goes forth, he returneth to his earth," Psalm 146:4.
    6.    Then, what becomes of the thoughts of man?
    "In that very day his thoughts perish," same verse.
    7.    Does the beast have the same breath or spirit as man?
    "For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts;  even one thing befalleth them:  as the one dieth, so dieth the other;  yea, they have all one breath;  so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast:  for all is vanity," Ecclesiastes 3:19.
    8.    After this spirit or breath leaves man, what do they know?
    "For the living know that they shall die:  but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward;  for the memory of them is forgotten," Ecclesiastes 9:5.
    9.    What becomes of their love, hatred, and envy?
    "Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished;  neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun," Ecclesiastes 9:6.
    10.    What is said to be in the nostrils of both man and beast?
    "All in whose nostrils was the breath of [Margin, spirit of] life, of all that was in the dry land died," Genesis 7:22.
    11.    How does Job express the same thought?
    "All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God [Margin, the breath which God gave him] is in my nostrils," Job 27:3.
    12.    Without what does James say the body is dead?
    "For as the body without the spirit [Margin, breath] is dead, so faith without works is dead also," James 2:26.
    NOTE: By these readings we find breath and spirit to be used interchangeably, meaning one and the same thing, when used in connection with what God gave to man in the beginning.  They are consistently used this way in both Old and New Testaments.

Man's Origin and Nature

    1.    What shows the importance of this study?
    "What is man, that Thou are mindful of him?  and the son of man, that Thou visitest him?" Psalm 8:4.
    2.    What is the origin of man?
    "And the Lord God formed man," Genesis 2:7.
    3.    Of what was man composed?
    "Of the dust of the ground," Genesis 2:7.
    4.    What was added to make him alive?
    "And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;  and man became a living soul," Genesis 2:7.
    5.    Was man subject to death?
    "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:  for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die," verse 17.
    6.    After man had disobeyed God by eating of the forbidden fruit, what sentence was passed upon him?
    "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground;  for out of it wast thou taken:  for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return," Genesis 3:19.
    7.    What precautions did God take to prevent man from living forever in his disobedient condition?
    "And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil:  and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.  So He drove out the man;  and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life," verses 22, 23, 24.
    8.    How many were affected by this death sentence?
    "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin;  and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned," Romans 5:12.
    9.    Since the death sentence has been pronounced upon all men, are they mortal or immortal?
    "Shall mortal man be more just than God?  shall a man be more pure than his Maker?  Job 4:17.
    "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof," Romans 6:12.
    10.    At the present time, who only hath immortality?
    "Who [God] only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto;  Whom no man hath seen, nor can see:  to Whom be honor and power everlasting.  Amen," I Timothy 6:16.
    11.    How may man gain immortality?
    "To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life," Romans 2:7.

    12.    What will those gain who fail to continue in well doing?
    "For the wages of sin is death;  but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord," Romans 6:23.
    NOTE: We have learned that man is mortal at the present time and subject to immortality at the last day, if he will be obedient to the teachings of the Bible, or as Paul said, "by patient continuance in well doing."  We have also learned that those who are disobedient to the teachings of the Bible will gain the reward of the sinner, death.

        Put all the armor on,
            Like valiant soldiers stand;
        Let all your loins be girt with truth,
            Waiting our Lord's command.
        While Jesus is our Friend,
            And His rich grace supplies,
        We'll march like valiant soldiers on:
            We're sure to win the prize.
        The battle's almost o'er;
            The race is nearly run;
        Then with our glorious, conquering King
            We'll sit down on His throne.
        Then prepare for life, everlasting life!
_ Charles Wesley

Then those who have suffered, toiled for His name,
    Though hated, rejected, unknown,
No longer shall suffer the world's scorn and shame
    When Jesus returns for His own.

There's coming a wonderful, wonderful day,
    Its glory has never been known;
When free from our burdens we're going away.
    As Jesus returns for His own.

The Resurrection of the Dead

    1.    What is man's present relation to death, and why was it pronounced on him?
    "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned," Romans 5:12.
    2.    As death has come upon man, what do the scriptures tell us of a set time of remembrance?
    "O that Thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that Thou wouldest keep me secret, until Thy wrath be passed, that Thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me.  If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.  Thou shalt call and I will answer Thee,"  Job 14:13, 14, 15.
    3.    What important testimony does the witness Isaiah give of the resurrection?
    "For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity:  The earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain," Isaiah 26:21.
    4.    What promise is made of redemption from the grave?
    "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them  from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction,"  Hosea 13:14.
    5.    As death entered the world through one man, through Whom will life again come to him?
    "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." I Corinthians 15:22.
    6.    Does this imply that everybody who has died in the past will be resurrected, both wicked and righteous?
    "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," John 5:28, 29.
    7.    Will there be order in the resurrection of the dead and which class of people will be brought to life first, the righteous or wicked?
    "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming," I Corinthians 15:22, 23.
    8.    What great event do the scriptures declare will transpire in connection with the resurrection of the dead?
    "The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first," I Thessalonians 4:16.
    9.    What further evidence have we that the righteous dead will be resurrected before the wicked dead?
    "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years," Revelation 20:6.
    10.    When will the wicked dead be resurrected?
    "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished," Revelation 20:5.
    11.    Before whom will the dead stand when they are resurrected, and by what records will they be judged?
    "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works," Revelation 20:12.
    NOTE: "The books were opened, and another book was opened which is the book of life."  The books that are first opened when the dead are judged, spoken of here are evidently the Old Testament Scriptures, and the book of the New Testament.  Then besides these books we have mentioned the book of life, and in it are the names written of all who will be saved.
    12.    How extensive and complete is the resurrection and does it take in all portions of the globe?
    "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works," Revelation 20:13.
    13.    What becomes of those in the resurrection whose names are not found written in the book of life?
    "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire," Revelation 20:15.
    14.    What classes of people are especially mentioned that have their part in the lake of fire, and what becomes of them?
    "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death," Revelation 21:8.

Promises to the Fathers

    1.    To whom were the promises made?
    "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made," Galatians 3:16.
    2.    What was the promise referred to here that was given to Abraham and his seed?
    "And the Lord said unto Abram after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever," Genesis 13:14, 15.
    3.    Did God renew and repeat this promise to Abraham's son Isaac?
    "Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father," Genesis 26:3.
    4.    Was this promise of a land inheritance renewed and declared to Isaac's son Jacob?
    "I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;  And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south; and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed," Genesis 28:13, 14.
    5.    Under this promise how long were the fathers and their seed to possess the land?
    "And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession," Genesis 17:8.
    6.    What were the exact boundary lines of the promise to Abram and his seed?
    "In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates," Genesis 15:18.
    7.    According to the New Testament were these promises fulfilled and realized by Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their seed to possess the land?
    "And he said, Men, brethren and fathers, hearken; the God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, and said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.  Then came he out of the land of the Chaldeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.  And He gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that He would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child," Acts 7:2-5.
    8.    Did Abraham expect to receive the fulfillment of the promise during his natural lifetime, or did he look to the future?
    "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off," Hebrews 11:8, 9, 13.
    9.    For what reason did the apostle Paul stand in judgment before King Agrippa?
    "And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers: unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come.  For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews," Acts 26:6, 7.
    10.    What is said of the importance and nature of these promises?
    "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature," II Peter 1:4.
    11.    What does Paul say of the promises made to Abraham regarding their territorial dominion?
    "For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith,"  Romans 4:13.
    12.    To whom does the statement "to thy seed," refer which is so often mentioned in the promise to Abraham?
    "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made.  He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ," Galatians 3:16.
    13.    Do the benefits of this promised inheritance to Abraham extend only to his literal descendants, or will Gentiles of every race and nationality likewise share as heirs of this promised inheritance?
    "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise," Galatians 3:27, 28, 29.

The Saints' Inheritance

    1.    With what planet or physical body is all our present life connected?
    With this earth.
    2.    What position was man given when created?
    "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth," Genesis 1:28.
    3.    This being man's position, what did the Creator say of the earth?
    "For thus sayeth the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else," Isaiah 45:18.
    4.    Will the righteous ever be removed from the earth?
    "The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth," Proverbs 10:30.
    5.    Where shall the righteous receive their recompense?
    "For yet a little while and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.  But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace," Psalm 37:10, 11.
    6.    To whom is the earth given?
    "The heaven, even the heavens are the Lord's; but the earth hath He given to the children of men," Psalm 115:16.
    7.    What promise did Christ make to the meek?
    "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth," Matthew 5:5.
    8.    How did the Savior teach us to pray?
    "Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven," Matthew 6:10.
    9.    Are there any scriptures which state with whom the righteous will be in the future, and their office?
    "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years," Revelation 20:6.
    10.    Where will the righteous be during this reign of one thousand years as kings and priests with Christ?
    "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth," Revelation 5:9, 10.
    11.  Do we have any other scripture which represents the earth as the future home of God's people?
    "And the kingdom and dominion and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High," Daniel 7:27.
    12.    Will this earth be redeemed from its present condition?
    "Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory," Ephesians 1:14.
    13.    Do we have a definite statement in regard to the future home of God's people?
    "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.  And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.  And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely," Revelation 21:1-6.
    14.    What more is said about the scope of our inheritance?
    "He that overcometh shall inherit all things [margin] and I will be his God, and he shall be my son,"  Revelation 21:7.

        Only waiting now for Jesus
            `Mid the care and pain and strife
        Waiting for the blessed promise
            And the crown of endless life.
        Waiting, waiting, ever waiting,
            For the coming of our King;
        And our souls are filled with rapture,
            While His praises here we sing.
_ Mary E. Welch

The Glorious City

    1.    What is said of the glorious city?
    "Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God.  Selah," Psalm 87:3.
    2.    By whom was this city built?
    "For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God," Hebrews 11:10.
    3.    To what city will the righteous come?
    "But ye are come unto Mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels," Hebrews 12:22.
    4.    What promise is given the overcomers?
    "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out:and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name," Revelation 3:12.
    5.    How long will this city remain?
    "As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it forever.  Selah," Psalm 48:8.
    6.    Will the holy city be supplied with water, and in what form?
    "There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High," Psalm 46:4.
    7.    What did the apostle John say of this city?
    "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband," Revelation 21:2.
    8.    Does the glorious city come to the earth while present conditions prevail, or after the earth has been made new?
    "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband," Revelation 21:1, 2.
    9.    What proclamation from heaven is given at this time?
    "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God," Revelation 21:3.
    10.    What is the size of this city?
    "And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.  And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs.  The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal," Revelation 21:15, 16.
    11.    Of what will this city be composed?
    "And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass," verse 18.
    12.    How many foundations has the wall of this city, and what names are contained therein?
    "And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb," verse 14.
    13.    Of what are these foundations composed?
    "And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones.  The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a  chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst," verses 19, 20.
    14.    How many gates are in the walls of this city, and of what are they composed?
    "And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl," verse 21.
    15.    With what very precious metal are the streets of the new Jerusalem paved?
    "And the street of the city was pure gold' as it were transparent glass," verse 21.
    16.    What, or who will act as the temple of this wonderful city?
    "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it," verse 22.
    17.    By what will the city be lighted?
    "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof," verse 23.
    18.    Who will be allowed to walk in the light of the new Jerusalem?
    "And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it," verse 24.
    19.    Will the gates of this city be shut at all?
    "And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there," verse 25.
    20.    Will there be any death or pain in this glorious place?
    "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away," verse 4.
    21.    What is necessary in order to enter that city?
    "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son," verse 7.
    22.    By what standard will our lives be measured to determine whether or not we are fit subjects for this city?
    "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city," Revelation 22:14.

New Jerusalem Comes When, Where

    1.    When Christ comes to reign, where will His throne be located?
    "The Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever," Luke 1:32, 33.
    2.    Since David's throne was on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, then will not this be the exact location of Christ's throne?
    "The Lord shall reign over them in Mount Zion from henceforth, even forever.  And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem," Micah 4:7, 8.
    3.    Since by reason of disobedience the temporal city of Jerusalem was not suffered to continue, then should we not look for one to come?
    "For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come," Hebrews 13:14.
    4.    As old Jerusalem was called the mother city under the old covenant promises, then is not New Jerusalem the mother city under the new covenant promise?
    "But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all," Galatians 4:26.
    5.    In the promise of eternal inheritance made to Abraham, Genesis 13:14, 15, was this holy city included?
    "For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God," Hebrews 11:10.
    (Note this is a real city with foundations.)
    6.    Have we any prophetic account of this city coming down to earth?
    "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men," Revelation 21:2, 3.
    7.    Have we any description of the shape and size of this holy city?
    "And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal," Revelation 21:16.
    NOTE: By counting eight furlongs to a mile, this makes the city measure 1500 miles in circumference or 375 miles square.
    8.    Is there a wall around this city, if so how many gates to enter the city through the wall?
    "And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates," verse 12.
    9.    What is the material composition of this city, and of this wall?
    "The building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass," verse 18.
    10.    Of what are the gates composed, and the streets which enter the city?
    "And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was of pure gold, as it were transparent glass," verse 21.
    11.    What is this city to be lighted with?
    "The city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof," verse 23.
    12.    Will those who are changed to immortality, I Corinthians 15:51, I Thessalonians 4:17, and made kings and priests, Revelation 5:10, be permitted to enter this holy city?
    "And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it," verse 24.
    13.    Will any except the righteous be permitted to enter this holy city?
    "And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life," verse 27.
    "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city," Revelation 22:14.
    14.    Will wickedness be on the earth after Christ begins His reign in the holy city?
    "For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie," Revelation 22:15.  "There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out," Luke 13:28.  "The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies," Psalm 110:2.  "The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity," Matthew 13:41.  "For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet," I Corinthians 15:25.
    15.    Christ comes and concludes the Battle of Armageddon, Zechariah 14:1-4.  Will this walled city be here then?
    "And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates," Ezekiel 38:11.
    NOTE: this chapter outlines Armageddon Battle, Christ comes, verse 20.
    16.    Will this walled city be here immediately after Christ comes?
    "But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.  And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  And He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plow-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.  But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid," Micah 4:1-4.  
    NOTE:  This condition never was nor will be until Christ comes.
    17.    What proof have we that the walled city, the New Jerusalem, will be called the mountain of the Lord?
    "Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain," Zechariah 8:3.
    18.    Will Satan be on earth at the end of the thousand years?
    "And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison," Revelation 20:7.
    19.    When Satan is loosed what will he do and to whom will he go?
    "And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea," Revelation 20:8.
    NOTE: Do we not learn that the saints' dwelling place is in the holy city with Christ?
    20.    Will not the holy city still be on earth at the end of the Millennium?
    "And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them," Revelation 20:9.
    21.    Since Christ must reign till all enemies are put under His feet, I Corinthians 15:25, then will not His throne endure the flames which destroy the wicked?
    "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever," Hebrews 1:8.  "As we have heard, so we have seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God; God will establish it forever.  Selah," Psalm 48:8.

Sobriety

    1.    To what extent did the wise man test the pleasures of the world?
    "Whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy," Ecclesiastes 2:10.  "I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure," verse 1.
    2.    How much true enjoyment did such a course afford?
    "Behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun," Ecclesiastes 2:11.  "Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness," Proverbs 14:13.
    3.    To whom alone is such mirth enjoyable?
    "Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom," Proverbs 15:21.
    4.  What conclusion did the wise man reach?
    "Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness," Ecclesiastes 2:13.
    5.    Why is sobriety preferable to levity?
    "Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better," Ecclesiastes 7:3.
    "It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart," verse 2.
    6.    Of what does the wise man bid the young to be mindful, even in the pursuit of pleasure?
    "Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment," Ecclesiastes 11:9.
    7.    What injunction to sobriety does the apostle give in his epistle to Titus?
    "That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.  The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober . . . .  Young men likewise exhort to be soberminded," Titus 2:2-6.
    8.    What similar advice is given in the epistle to the Romans?
    "Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying," Romans 13:13.
    9.    What testimony does the apostle Peter bear on this point?
    "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ," I Peter 1:13.
    10.    Why is vigilance necessary?
    "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour," I Peter 5:8.
    11.    What other consideration should lead us to sobriety?
    "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer," I Peter 4:7.

Saving Faith

    1.    Give the Bible definition of faith.
    "Now faith is the substance [margin, ground or confidence] of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen," Hebrews 11:1.
    2.    What is necessary in order to render acceptable service to God?
    "But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him," Hebrews 11:6.
    3.    How may one know that God exists?
    "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork," Psalm 19:1, see also Romans 1:19, 20.
    4.    How may one have faith in Him as a being who cares for mankind?
    "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God," Romans 10:17.
    5.    Are the promises of God of any value to those who do not believe them?
    "I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not," Jude 5; see also Hebrews 3:14.
    6.    After believing in God and repenting of his sins, in whom must one believe in order to be saved?
    "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,"  John 3:16.
    7.    When one believes on the Son of God, what evidence does he have that his sins are forgiven?
    "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His son," I John 5:10.
    8.    What is the nature of this witness?
    "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God," Romans 8:16.
    9.    When one has this witness, what does it do for him?
    "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ," Romans 5:1.
    10.    Upon what conditions has God promised the forgiveness of sin?
    "But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin . . . If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness," I John 1:7, 9.
    11.    Does the Bible warrant one believing that he receives what he asks for, before he is conscious of possessing it?
    "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them," Mark 11:24.
    12.    How may one learn to develop patience in waiting on God?
    "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience," James 1:2, 3, see also I Peter 1:3-9.
    13.    When in affliction, what ought all to believe?
    "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God," Romans 8:28.
    14.    What kind of faith is that which is unaccompanied with works?
    "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also," James 2:26.
    15.    If one knows that he is constantly disobeying God, can he have real living faith?
    "Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight," I John 3:21, 22.
    16.    How much may one hope to receive, who asks with a doubtful mind?
    "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord," James 1:6, 7.
    17.    What was the cause of Peter's sinking after he had started to meet the Saviour on the stormy sea?
    "And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" Matthew 14:31.
    18.    What may one constantly have, by growing into the fullness of faith?
    "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost," Romans 15:13.

Nature of God's Law

    1.    How many lawgivers are there?
    "There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy," James 4:12.
    2.    What is said of the stability of His character?
    "For I am the Lord, I change not," Malachi 3:6.
    3.    What is the character of His works?
    "The works of His hands are verity and judgment; all His commandments are sure.  They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness," Psalm 111:7, 8.
    4.    What is the character of His law?
    "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin,"  Romans 7:14.
    5.    What is revealed in that law as necessary for the carnal man to know before he can be converted?
    "And knowest His will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law," Romans 2:18.
    6.    Then, if there is a change in one's life, from the carnal to the spiritual, does the law act any part in that work?
    "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple," Psalm 19:7.
    7.    What did our Savior say to the young man who wanted salvation?
    "And He said unto him, Why callest thou Me good?  There is none good but One, that is God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments," Matthew 19:17.
    8.    Was it the intention of Christ to abolish or change any part of God's law?
    "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled," Matthew 5:18.
    9.    What did the Savior say He came to do to the law?
    "Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil," Matthew 5:17.
    10.    When used in prophecy, what does the word fulfill mean? _ To bring to pass.
    "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet,"  Matthew 4:14.
    "Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory," I Corinthians 15:54.
    11.    But what does the word mean when associated with an obligation? _ To perform, or act in accordance with.
    "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ,"  Galatians 6:2, see also Matthew 3:15; James 2:8, 9.
    12.    What did Christ say He came into the world to do?
    "Wherefore, when He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldst not . . . Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God," Hebrews 10:5-7.
    13.    Who did the Savior say should be saved in the kingdom of heaven?
    "Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven," Matthew 7:21.
    14.    What did He say of those who should break one of God's least commandments?
    "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven,"  Matthew 5:19.
    15.    What did He say of those whose righteousness (right-doing) did not exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees?
    "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven," verse 20.
    16.    How did they transgress the command of God?
    "But He answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" Matthew 15:3.
    17.    How had they done this?
    "For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother . . . But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, . . . 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," verses 4-6.
    18.    What kind of worship did He say theirs was?
    "But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men," verse 9.
    19.    By what rule will men's actions be weighted in the judgment?
    "For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law . . . when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel," Romans 2:12-16.
    20.    How many of those who are condemned will be proved guilty by the law?
    "Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God," Romans 3:19.
    21.    By whom will the saved be blessed in the bestowal of the eternal reward?
    "Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world," Matthew 25:34.
    22.    What blessing will God give to those who have kept His commandments?
    "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city," Revelation 22:14.

Gossiping

    1.    What does the ninth commandment forbid?
    "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour," Exodus 20:16.
    NOTE: The evident object of this commandment is to guard our conversation.
    2.    What promise is given to those who fulfill its requirements?
    "To him that ordereth his conversation aright, will I show the salvation of God," Psalm 50:23.
    3.    How is such a man regarded?
    "If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body," James 3:2.
    4.    To what double use is the tongue put?
    "Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not so to be," verse 10.
    5.    Can the tongue ever be brought where it will not need watching?
    "For every king of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: but the tongue can no man tame; It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison," verses 7, 8.
    6.    What is one's duty, under these circumstances?
    "Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God," Romans 6:13.
    7.    Through whom may we find deliverance from this law of sin in our members?
    "But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  O wretched man that I am!  who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord," Romans 7:23-25.
    8.    Of what are one's words the index?
    "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh," Matthew 12:34.
    9.    What will our words have to do with our standing in the judgment?
    "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned," verse 37.
    10.    What special sin is covered by the ninth commandment?
    "Thou shalt not go up and down as a tale-bearer among thy people; neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbor: I am the Lord," Leviticus 19:16.
    11.    What are the words of a tale-bearer like?
    "The words of a tale-bearer are as wounds," Proverbs 26:22.
    12.    What is their effect?
    "He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends," Proverbs 17:9.
    13.    What would follow if each attended to his own affairs only?
    "Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no tale-bearer, the strife ceaseth," Proverbs 26:20.
    14.    What is that word like which is fitly spoken?
    "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver," Proverbs 25:11.
    15.    To whom are our words all known?
    "For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether," Psalm 139:4.
    16.    In view of the shortness of time, what should our conversation be?
    "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God," II Peter 3:11, 12.

        This Savior soon is coming
            To call us each one home.
        He'll gather us together and
            We will no more roam.

        He'll gather Israel home once more,
            To the holy promised land,
        And there He'll reign on David's throne
            With a high and holy hand.

        Yes, now we pray for Thy return,
            To call us each one home;
        Where we can be with Thee ever more
            Around the great white throne.

        And then we'll sing redemption's song,
            `Twill ever be the same,
        We'll praise Him then through endless time,
            O glory to His name!
_L. O. Van Nostrand

The Bible Name for the Church

    1.    Was there a church in existence while the children of Israel were in the wilderness?
    "This is He, that was in the church in the wilderness . . . " Acts 7:38.
    2.    After Christ was born into the world, have we the promise of a church being in existence through the coming ages?
    "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this Rock [God the Father] I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it," Matthew 16:18.
    3.    Who is the head of this church?
    "And He [Christ] is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all things He might have the pre-eminence," Colossians 1:18.
    4.    Since Christ is the head of the church, then who is the head of Christ?
    "But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ . . . and the head of Christ is God," I Corinthians 11:3.
    5.    As God is the head of Christ, and Christ built His church upon God the great head, by what name is this church called?
    "Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God," I Corinthians 10:32.
    6.    Is the Church of God in Christ Jesus?
    "For ye, brethren, became followers of the Churches of God which in Judea are in Christ Jesus," I Thessalonians 2:14.
    7.    What church did Christ purchase with His own blood?
    "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood," Acts 20:28.
    8.    What is the Church of God declared to be?
    "But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth," I Timothy 3:15.
    9.    What church was located at Corinth?
    "Unto the Church of God, which is at Corinth," I Corinthians 1:2.
    10.    What are the members of this church called to be?
    "Unto the Church of God . . . to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints," I Corinthians 1:2.
    11    By what are the lives of the saints or members of the Church of God governed?
    "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus," Revelation 14:12.
    12.    By what name does Paul say the family of God, both in heaven and earth is called?
    "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named," Ephesians 3:14, 15.
    13.    Of what church was Paul a persecutor?
    "For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God," I Corinthians 15:9.  See also Galatians 1:13.
    NOTE: At first we find the Apostle Paul was a persecutor of the Church of God, but after his conversion he became a member of the family he had, at one time tried to tear down.  Even at the time of his conversion he was on a mission of persecution, but on the way he was stricken down.  Being informed what to do he went forth from that place, no more to be a persecutor and opposer of Christ and His cause, but to become the greatest writer of the New Testament.  May those who read these lines, if they oppose the name Church of God and the cause for which it stands, see the truth as did Paul of old, immediately turn from the way of disobedience, and be submissive to the will of God.

Cheerfulness

    1.    What is said of the heavy-hearted, and the effect of cheering words upon such?
    "Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad," Proverbs 12:25.
    2.    What is the influence of cheerfulness upon the sad and despondent?
    "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones," Proverbs 17:22.
    3.    What did Job exclaim when well-meaning friends came to him in a time of sore trouble, with words of reproach?
    "I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all," Job 16:2.
    4.    What did he say would have been the case had their circumstances been reversed?
    "I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you. But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should assuage your grief," Job 16:4, 5.
    5.    Are not those who have suffered and been comforted of God, best able to comfort others?
    "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God," II Corinthians 1:3, 4.
    6.    What beautiful promise is written for the upright in heart?
    "Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart," Psalm 97:11.
    7.    What should be the language of the heart that has experienced help from God?
    "Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness," Psalm 30:11.
    8.    What should be the spirit of our service toward God?
    "Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing," Psalm 100:2.
    9.    Mention a special cause for good cheer.
    "Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee," Matthew 9:2, last part.  "Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered," Romans 4:7.
    10.    For what does Isaiah say he will greatly rejoice?
    "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels," Isaiah 61:10.
      11.    Under what adverse circumstances may the Christian be joyful in God?
    "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.  Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven," Luke 6:22, 23.
    12.    What gracious words spoken by the Savior to His disciples, reach down through the ages to us?
    "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," John 16:33.
    13.    What special cause for encouragement is given us by virtue of Christ's victory over the world?
    "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne," Revelation 3:21.
    14.    How constant should the Christian's rejoicing be?
    "Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say, Rejoice," Philippians 4:4.

The Ministration of Death

    1.    Of what does Paul speak in II Corinthians 3:7?
    "But if the ministration of death," II Corinthians 3:7.
    2.    In what was the ministration of death written?
    "Written and engraven in stones," II Corinthians 3:7.
    3.    Upon how many stones was this ministration of death written?
    NOTE: There is nothing said about the number of stones used, but there must have been a number as the word "stones" is used.
    4.    What happened to the glory of this ministration?
    "But if the ministration of death written and engraven in stones was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away," II Corinthians 3:7.
    5.    Upon how many stones were the ten commandments written?
    "And He declared unto you His covenant, which He commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and He wrote them upon two tables of stone," Deuteronomy 4:13.
    NOTE: The Bible, when speaking about the tables of stone upon which the ten precepts were written, uses the word "two" to denote the number of stones used.  But with the ministration of death, the number of stones is not mentioned.  So the ministration of death and the ten commandments are different and distinct.
    6.    In the ten commandments, is there anything said about the penalty if violated?
    Answer_The reader may turn to Exodus Chapter 20, and read the ten commandments.  Nothing will be found telling what the penalty will be if violated.
    NOTE: Since the penalty for the violation of the ten commandments is not found within that law, it cannot be the ministration of death, hence we must look elsewhere to locate the death penalty.
    7.    What titles are given the ten commandments?
    "Perfect, converting the soul," Psalm 19:7.  "Life everlasting," John 12:50.  "Holy, just and good," Romans 7:12.  "Spiritual," verse 14.
    Many titles could be given which are the opposite to death.
    8.    Where do we find the penalty for the violation of God's law?
    "Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest Thou?" John 8:5.
    9.    Of what was this woman guilty?
    "They say unto Him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery in the very act," John 8:4.
    NOTE: The woman above referred to was guilty of violating the seventh of the ten commandments.  This commandment does not say what the penalty is, but Moses said such should be put to death.
    10.  Did Moses write a law?
    "And Moses wrote this law," Deuteronomy 31:9.
    11.    In what did Moses write this law?
    "And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished," Deuteronomy 31:24.
    12.    How did Moses speak concerning the person who broke the fifth commandment?
    "For everyone that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death," Leviticus 20:9.
    13.    What if one should violate the third commandment?
    "And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death," Leviticus 24:16.
    14.    Under how many witnesses would they be put to death?
    "At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death: but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death," Deuteronomy 17:6.
    15.    What were the children of Israel to do after they passed over Jordan?
    "And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaster them with plaster," Deuteronomy 27:2.
    16.    Were any tools to be lifted upon these stones?
    "And there shalt thou build an altar unto the Lord thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up any iron tool upon them," Deuteronomy 27:5.
    NOTE: We will notice that the stones spoken of here were not hewn, but were used as they came from the earth, and nothing was said as to the number used.
    The two tables on which the ten commandments were written were hewn.  See Deuteronomy 10:1.
    17.    What was to be placed upon this altar of stones?
    "And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly," Deuteronomy 27:8.
    18.    Was the above commandment ever carried into effect?  
    "Then Joshua built an altar unto the Lord God of Israel in Mount Ebal . . . and he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel," Joshua 8:30, 32.
    NOTE: By the above scriptures we learn that Moses wrote a law in a book, and in this book of the law we find the ministration of death.  Later this same law was written upon the stones of the altar in Mount Ebal, and is the law to which Paul refers when he speaks of the ministration of death.  Another reason why this law is called the ministration of death, is because it demanded the death of the animal sacrifice as a remedy for the man who, through ignorance violated the commandments of God (the ten) see Leviticus 4th chapter, also Numbers 15:27-29.  Verse 30 says that if one sins  presumptuously, he must die.
    19.    Since the law of Moses with the death penalty is gone, when will the violators of God's law be punished?
    "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished," II Peter 2:9.

    Affliction and sorrow and death shall be o'er;
    The saints shall unite to be parted no more;
    Their loud hallelujahs fill heaven's high dome;
    They dwell with the Saviour forever at home.

    The days of our exile are passing away;
    The time is approaching when Jesus will say,
    Well done faithful servant, sit down on My throne
    And dwell in My presence forever at home.

    May we then, dear brother, midst pleasure or woe,
    For that heavenly kingdom our hearts prepare;
    And very shortly we most surely shall know
    And feel the joy of what it is to be there.
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Free Will Offerings

    1.    How does God regard the covetous man?
    "For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth," Psalm 10:3.
    2.    What kind of men does God require to occupy responsible positions in His work?
    "Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens," Exodus 18:21.
    3.    What warning does the Saviour give against covetousness?
    "And He said unto them, Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth," Luke 12:15.
    4.    How did God regard the rich man who laid up his goods for his own ease?
    "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?"  verse 20.
    5.    What does Christ say of those who do as did the man in the parable?
    "So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God," verse 21.
    6.    How much can one carry out of the world?
    "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out," I Timothy 6:7.
    7.    Who gives man power to get wealth?
    "But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth," Deuteronomy 8:18.
    8.    What is said concerning those who trust in their riches?
    "He that trusteth in his riches shall fall," Proverbs 11:28.
    9.    What charge was Timothy required to give the rich?
    "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God," I Timothy 6:17.
    10.    What ought they to do with their means?
    "That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate," verse 18.
    11.    What will they thus do for themselves?
    "Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life," verse 19.
    12.    By giving of one's substance to the Lord's work, what does he thus do?
    "Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase," Proverbs 3:9.
    13.    How does the Lord look upon the spirit of giving to the cause?
    "But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased," Hebrews 13:16.
    14.    Does the Lord keep in mind those who assist in his cause?
    "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister," Hebrews 6:10.
    15.    If a person has but little of this world's good, is he not excused from giving?
    "Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which He hath given thee," Deuteronomy 16:17.
    16.    Then can it be the amount a man gives that is so acceptable to God?
    "For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not," II Corinthians 8:12.
    17.    What does one provide for himself who gives freely to the cause of God?
    "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," Luke 12:33.
    18.    If one's treasure has been transferred to heaven by giving to God's cause, where will his heart be?
    "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also," verse 34.

Ear hath not heard, nor hath eye ever seen
    The joys of the Father's beloved.
Look up, little flock, who are built on the rock,
    For the righteous shall not be removed.

Then rejoice in the hope of the promise, dear friends,
    Every eye shall behold Him appear;
From the ocean so deep, from the grave's silent sleep,
    Come forth when His voice they shall hear.

Then oh, let us work while `tis still called today,
    In the vineyard of Jesus our Lord,
And count nothing loss for the sake of the cross,
    And the truths of Jehovah's grand word.

Ministry Supported by Tithes

    1.    In what especial way are we commanded to honor God?
        "Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thy increase," Proverbs 3:9.
    2.    What portion of one's income does the Lord term the first fruits?
    "And all the tithe [tenth] of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, it is the Lord's: it is holy unto the Lord," Leviticus 27:30.
    3.    And what is said of the tithe of the herd or flock?
    "And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord," Leviticus 27:32.
    4.    Who owns all the cattle and fowls of the earth?
    "For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.  I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are Mine," Psalm 50:10, 11.
    5.    Also the gold and silver?
    "The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, saith the Lord of hosts," Haggai 2:8.
    6.    In fact, to whom does the earth, and its fullness belong?
    "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein," Psalm 24:1.
    7.    What statement of Christ indicates that man is not owner, but only a keeper of God's goods?
    "For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods," Matthew 25:14.
    8.    Who gives man power to get wealth?
    "But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth," Deuteronomy 8:18.
    NOTE: Since we find the world, and all that is therein belongs to God, and He being the one that gives man the power to get wealth, it would look reasonable that it is man's duty to return some part to the Lord.   He has only asked for the very small amount of ten cents on the dollar, which we find is for the purpose of spreading the gospel in these last days.
    9.    For whose support, and for what work were the tithes devoted in Israel?
    "And behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation," Numbers 18:21.
    10.    In what language does Paul approve of the same method of support for the gospel ministry?
    "If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? . . . Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple?  and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?  Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel must live of the gospel," I Corinthians 9:11, 13, 14.
    11. How early in earth's history do we read of tithe paying?
    "And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the Most High God. . . .  And blessed be the Most High God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.  And he [Abram] gave him tithes of all," Genesis 14:18-20.
    12.    In what way does Paul refer to the same event?
    "For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all," Hebrews 7:1, 2.
    13.    After what order was Christ made a high priest?
    "Whither the forerunning is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek," Hebrews 6:20.
    14.    Did Christ approve of tithe paying?
    "Ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone," Matthew 23:23.
    15.    Does not Paul teach that the Gentiles should pay tithes?
    "It hath pleased them verily: and their debtors they are.  For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their [Gentiles] duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things," Romans 15:27.
    16.    Of what is one guilty who withholds the tithes and offerings.
    "Will a man rob God?  Yet ye have robbed Me.  But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee?  In tithes and offerings," Malachi 3:8.
    17.    Concerning what does the Lord ask us to prove Him?
    "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it," Malachi 3:10.

Judgment of the Transgressor

    1.    Regarding the wicked, what question does Peter ask?
    "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" I Peter 4:17.
    2.    What does Paul say is the wages of sin?
    "For the wages of sin is death," Romans 6:23; Ezekiel 18:4.  (Die._To cease to live; to expire; to decease; to perish._Webster.)
    3.    What will be the character of this death?
    "Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power," II Thessalonians 1:9; Acts 3:23; Matthew 10:28.  (Destroy._To kill; to slay; to ruin; to extirpate; to put an end to._Webster.)
    4.    What does the Savior say will befall those who do not repent?
    "I tell you Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish," Luke 13:3; I Corinthians 1:18.  (Perish._To die; to lose life; to wither and decay; to be destroyed; to come to nothing; to be blotted from existence._Webster.)
    5.    In what condition does the apostle say they shall thus perish?
    "But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption," II Peter 2:12.
    6.    To what are the wicked in their punishment compared?
    "But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away," Psalm 37:20.  (Consume _ To destroy by separating the parts of a thing by decomposition, as by fire, etc.; to bring to utter ruin; to exterminate._ Webster.)
    7.    What will be the result of this punishment?
    "As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation," Proverbs 10:25.
    8.    Will any part of them be left?
    "For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch," Malachi 4:1.
    9.    What will then be their condition?
    "For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been," Obadiah 16.
    10.    Where will the place of the wicked then be?
    "For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be," Psalm 37:10.
    11.    The earth in its present condition is and has been the place of the wicked.  Where will they receive their recompense, death, which is the wages of sin?
    "Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner," Proverbs 11:31.
    12.    How is this accomplished?
    "And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them," Revelation 20:9.
    13.    Do the wicked go directly to this punishment at death?  If not, when do they receive it?
    "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished," II Peter 2:9; Job 21:29, 30.
    14.    The earth, the sinner's place, has been cursed with sin.  To what is that reserved?
    "But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men," II Peter 3:7.
    15.    What will be the result of this fire on the earth?
    "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?"  verse 12.
    16.    What does our Savior call the earth when in this condition?
    "The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire," Matthew 13:41, 42.
    17.    After the burning of the earth, what is to come?
    "Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness," II Peter 3:13.
    18.    But where will the righteous then be found?
    "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father," Matthew 13:43.
    19.    What promise of the Savior's will at that time be verified?
    "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth," Matthew 5:5.
    20.    What universal song will be sung?
    "And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever," Revelation 5:13.

Punishment of the Wicked

    1.    Will all the dead be restored to life?
    "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive," I Corinthians 15:22.
    2.    What does Christ say about this subject?
    "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," John 5:28, 29.
    3.    Why will the wicked be restored to life?
    "When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die," Ezekiel 18:26.
    NOTE: By the above statement, we learn that it is necessary for the wicked to have a resurrection in order that they be punished for their own sins which they have committed.  The death by which the human is being overcome today is not for their sins, but was pronounced upon them because of the transgression of our foreparents in the garden of Eden.  Hence it is necessary that they come from the grave to receive their just recompense of reward, which will be death.
    4.    Has God promised to punish the wicked?
    "And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity;  and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible," Isaiah 13:11.
    "Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered," Proverbs 11:21.
    5.    How will the wicked be punished?
    "For the wages of sin is death," Romans 6:23.
    "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life," John 3:16.
    6.    What example have we of the punishment of the wicked?
    "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire," Jude 7.
    NOTE: These people who are set forth for an example "suffered the vengeance of eternal fire." Not that the fires remain burning, but the result, consumption and death remain eternally.  There are no fires now burning on the sites of these accursed cities, neither did the Lord remove these people from the earth to some place (no one knows of) called hell, to punish them. They received their punishment on the earth, and the punishment of the wicked will be on the earth as we will show later.
    7.    Were the above cities to be an example to those who live ungodly?
    "And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly," II Peter 2:6.
    8.    How does Christ express the same thought?
    "But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed," Luke 17:29, 30.
    9.    How did the smoke of these burning cities appear to Abraham?
    "And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord: and he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace," Genesis 19:27, 28.
    10.    What does the Psalmist say of the punishment of the wicked?
    "Upon the wicked He shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup," Psalm 11:6.
    11.    Will there be any place for the wicked?
    "For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be," Psalm 37:10.
    12.    When this prophecy is fulfilled, where and in what condition will the wicked be?
    "For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch . . . .  And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts," Malachi 4:1, 3.
    13.    Where will the wicked be rewarded?
    "Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner," Proverbs 11:31.

    Ask for the guide-book, the Bible from heaven,
    For our salvation its pages were given.
    If for a truth you are seeking today,
    Ask for the guidebook, it teaches the way;
    Thousands are traveling in death's downward way.
    Few walk the path that is narrow today;
    One leads to darkness, the other to light;
    One is the wrong way, the other is right.

Christ the Great Teacher

    1.    What report did the officers bring who were sent out by the chief priests and Pharisees to take Jesus?
    "The officers answered, Never man spake like this man," John 7:46.
    2.    How did Christ teach the people?
    "For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes," Matthew 7:29.
    3.    Why was Christ's teaching so impressive?
    "And they were astonished at His doctrine; for His word was with power,"   Luke 4:32.
    4.    With what was He filled?
    "And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness," Luke 4:1.
    5.    How freely was the Holy Spirit bestowed upon Him?
    "For He Whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him," John 3:34.
    6.    How had Christ's teachings by parables been foretold?
    "I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old," Psalm 78:2.
    7.    How was this fulfilled?
    "All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake He not unto them," Matthew 13:34.
    8.    What question did Christ's wonderful teaching call forth?
    "And when He was come into His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?" Matthew 13:54.
    9.    According to the prophet what would be Christ's attitude toward the law of God?
    "The Lord is well pleased for His Righteousness' sake; He will magnify the law, and make it honourable," Isaiah 42:21.
    10.    In the sermon on the mount, what did Christ say as to the lasting force of His Father's law?
    "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled," Matthew 5:17, 18.
    11.    In what special way did Christ magnify the law of His Father?
    "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire," Matthew 5:21-22.
    12.    What lesson is Christ here setting before the people?
    "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God," verse 8.
    NOTE: Here we find Christ teaching the people that the impure thoughts are a violation of His Father's law, and that one will be punished for entertaining these thoughts within his mind.  For further information on this same thought see verses 27, 28 of this chapter.
    13.    By whose authority did Christ speak?
    "For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak," John 12:49.
    "He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings: and the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father's which sent me," John 14:24.
    14.    How profitable are His Father's commandments?
    "And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak," John 12:50.
    15.    How does the Psalmist express this same thought?
    "Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward," Psalm 19:11.
    16.    In the Revelation of Christ how is this same thought carried out?
    "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city," Revelation 22:14.
    17.    What does John say of the great Teacher?
    "In Him was life; and the life was the light of men," John 1:4.
    18.    In referring to His own life, what does Christ say?
    "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life," John 8:12.
    19.    To what life did He refer?
    "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world," John 9:5.

    There's but one book, one hope, one creed;
    There's but one way to meet the need;
    There's but one thought to give to men,
    And that is Christ, our diadem.
        
    The Christ of hope, of peace, of love;
    And make it like to heaven above;
    To give mankind the power divine,
    Who said to us, "The world is thine."

    Go fill it full of mercy, love,
    And make it like to heaven above.
    That all may know there's but one way
    To live in Christ, with God to stay.
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Reconciled to God

    1.    What is enmity to God?
    "The carnal mind is enmity against God," Romans 8:7, first part.
    2.    Why is the carnal mind considered an enmity?
    "For it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be," last part of same verse.
    3.    Can one please God while he is carnally minded?
    "So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God," verse 8.
    4.    What will those receive who remain in that state?
    "For to be carnally minded is death, verse 6.
    5.    How may this condition be changed?
    "We pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God," II Corinthians 5:20.
    6.    How was this reconciliation brought about in the case of the wicked Ninevites, when Jonah prophesied their destruction?
    The King of Nineveh said, "Let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands." "And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that He had said that He would do unto them; and He did it not," Jonah 3:8, 10.
    7.    Are repentance, confession, and a new life, essential to reconciliation in the gospel age also?
    "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out," Acts 3:19.
    "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness," I John 1:9.
    8.    Is this work effected independently of the sinner's action?
    "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life," John 3:16.
    "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life," Romans 5:10.
    9.    How is the carnal mind destroyed?
    "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin," Romans 6:6.
    10.    When the work on the part of the sinner has been thoroughly done, how complete will be the change in him?
    "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new," II Corinthians 5:17.
    11.    How may we know whether or not one has experienced this change?
    "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them," Matthew 7:20.
    12.    If one has a spiritual mind, what fruit will he bear?
    "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance," Galatians 5:22, 23.
    13.    What is the first result of justification?
    "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ," Romans 5:1.
    14.    How complete is the justification of that person who becomes reconciled to God?
    "But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin," I John 1:7.
    15.    When thus reconciled to God, how will the individual stand?
    "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit," Romans 8:1.



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