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30. How are we required to love God?
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (22 Mt. 37.)
31. Are we commanded to obey God always ?
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway. (11 Deu. 1.)
32. Should we esteem his works?
Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold. (36 Job 24.)
33. Should we seek to promote the glory of God in every thing?
Whether, therefore, ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (I Cor. 10.31.)
IV. OF JESUS CHRIST.
Promises and Prophecies of Christ-His Birth-Youth
Ministry and Miracles-Sufferings - Death - Resurrection-Ascension Truly Divine - Our Advocate-High Priest-Our Righteousness-Willing to save and sanctify -The only Saviour.
1. What promise of a Saviour was made to our first parents after their fall ?
I will put enmity between thee* and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (3 Gn. 15.)
2. What promise was made to Abraham, and then to Isaac, and then to Jacob ?
In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed. (12 Gn. 3.) (26 Gn. 4.) (28 Gn. 14.)
* “ The Serpent."
3. What prophecy of Christ did Jacob give when he was dying?
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. (49 Gn. 10.)
4. How did Moses prophesy 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. (18 Deu. 15.) (3 Ac. 22.) (1Jn. 15.) (7 Ac. 37.)
5. What were the Jewish sacrifices appointed for ?
A shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things. (10 Heb. I.) Without shedding of blood is no remission. (9 Heb. 22.) 6. Did these sacrifices point to Christ? It is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (10 Héb. 4, 10, 14.)
Behold the Lamb’of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (1 Jn. 29.)
7. What did Isaiah prophesy of the birth of Christ?
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel, (7 Is. 14.) which being interpreted is, God with us. (1 Mt. 23.)
Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end. (9 Isa. 6,7.)
8. How did Christ appear?
When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. (4 Gal. 4.)
9. What is related of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ?
And she brought forth her first-born Son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger. (2 Lk. 7.)
10. How did the heavenly host express their praises at the birth of Christ?
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men. (2 Lk. 14.) · 11. By what name was the Saviour called ?
JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (1 Mt. 21.)
Messias, which is called Christ.* (4 Jn. 25.) 12. What is related of the “Holy Child Jesus?” The child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon him. (2 Lk. 40.)
13. When Christ entered on his ministry, what miracles did he perform?
The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear; the dead are raised, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. (11 Mt. 5.)
14. How was Christ received by the Jews ?
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. (53 Is. 3.)
15. Did Christ endure very severe sufferings ? I
gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. (50 Is. 6.)
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (53 İs. 4, 5.)
16. What was the conduct of Christ?
Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not. (1 Pet. 2. 22, 23.)
17. How was he treated by his enemies ?
He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. (53 Is. 7.)
* Messias and Christ both mean, The Anointed.
18. Did Christ tell his disciples of the cruel sufferings which he foresaw that he should endure?
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: and the third day he shall rise again. (18 Lk.31 to 33.)
19. When Christ drew near to the hour of his severest sufferings, what was his conduct?
Being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (22 Lk. 44.)
O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.-0 my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. (26 Mt. 39, 42.)
20. How did his disciples act when he was taken by his enemies?
They all forsook him, and Aled. (14 Mr. 50.) 21. What did Pilate say, when Christ was accused ? I find no fault in him. (19 Jn. 4.) 22. What awful cries did the Jews utter against Christ? Away with him, away with him, crucify him. (19 Jn. 15.) His blood be on us, and on our children. (27 Mt. 25.) 23. How did these cruel persecutions end?
And they took Jesus, and led him away: and he, bearing his cross, went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified him. (19 Jn. 16, 17, 18.)
24. How did Christ pray for his enemies while on the cross ? Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. (23 Lk. 34.)
25. What was the dying prayer of Christ ?
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit; and, having said thus, he gave up the ghost. (23 Lk. 46.)
26. How did the angel announce the resurrection of Christ to the women who visited his tomb ?
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. (28 Mt.5, 6.)
27. Did Christ show himself repeatedly to his disciples after his resurrection ?
To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. (1 Ac. 3.)
28. When Christ had opened the understandings of his disciples, how did he explain the benefits of his sufferings and death?
Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name, among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (24 Lk. 46, 47.)
29. How did Christ take leave of his disciples ?
And he led them out as far as to Bethany: and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen. (24 Lk. 50 to 53.)
30. What did Christ suy of his own Divinity ? I and my Father are one. (10 Jn. 30.)
31. How does the Apostle John, at the commencement of his gospel, speak of the Divine Redeemer ?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (1 Jn. 1.)
32. What does St. Paul say in his Epistle to the Romans ?
Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. (9 Ro. 5.)