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Limits of union - Church root and branches.

given more abundant honor to that part which lacked: 25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the meinbers should have the same care one for another. 26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Gal. 5: 15 If ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye

be not consumed one of another. 1 Jn. 3: 14 He that loveth not his brother, abideth in death. 15 Whosoever hateth his brother, is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. — 4: 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar. For he that loveth not his brother, whom he hath seen, how can he love God, whom he hath not seen?

Jude 18 They told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

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115. Church unity and fillowship not to be extended to unbelievers.

Lk. 12: 51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division.

2 Cor. 6: 14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers : for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial ? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel ? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols ? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you; 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Rev. 18: 4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. [See 112, 122, 177.]

116. Christian churches, branches of the Abrahamic church.

Rom. 11:16 If the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olivetree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive-tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but

Abrahamic Covenant.

the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high-minded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be gratled in: for God is able to graff them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive-tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive-tree; how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive-tree?

Gal. 3: 7 Know ye therefore, that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. [Rom. 4: 11—25. AC 7: 38. Ep. 2: 12.]

CHURCH ABRAHAMIC. 117. God's covenant with the Abrahamic church.

Mic. 7: 20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers Crom the days of old.

Gal. 3: 9 They which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth or addeth thereto. 16 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. 17 And this I say, That the covenant that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

118. God's covenant with the Abrahamic church involves true religion.

Ex. 19: 5 If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people.

Circumcision- Covenant Blessings for Children.

Lev. 26: 41 If then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity : 42 Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.

1 K. 8: 23 He said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with tliy servants that walk before thee with all their heart.

Ps. 78: 10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law.

Rom. 2: 28 He is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Gal. 3: 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 29° And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

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119. Circumcision, the seal of the Abrahamic Covenant.

Gen. 17: 10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you, and thy seed after thee; every manchild among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. 12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man-child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger which is not of thy seed. 13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

Rom. 4: 11 He received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised, that righteousness might be imputed unto them also.

120. Did 'he Abrahamic covenant include blessings for the posterity of bliners ?

Gen. 17:7 I will establish my covenant ketween me and thee, and thy seed after thee, in their generations, for an everlasting covenant ; to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son

Good and Bad.

indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will estab lish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, ånd with his seed after him. — 26: 24 The LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed, for my sei vant Abraham's sake.

Dt. 30: 19 Choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.

2 K. 13: 23 The LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of bis covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.

Ps. 103: 17 The mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

Is. 59: 21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My Spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.

Ac. 2: 39 The promise is unto you and to your children. Gen. 26: 24. [See 496.] 121. The covenant between God and the Abrahamic church permanent.

Rom. 15: 8 Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.

Gal. 3: 17 This I say, That the covenant that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 29 If ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

COMPANIONS. 122. Good companions to be chosen bad to be avoided.

Ex. 34: 12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a onare in the midst of thee.

Ps. 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. - 26: 4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. 5 I have hated

Good and Bad.

the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked. — 101:7 He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. 119: 115 Depart from me, ye evil-doers : for I will keep the commandments of my God. — 139: 19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me, therefore, ye bloody men.

Pr. 1: 10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause : 12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit : 13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: 15 My son walk not thou in the way with them ; refrain thy foot from their path: 16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood : 18 And they lay wait for their own blood ; they lurk privily for their own lives.

- 4: 14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. — 7: 24 Hearken unto me now therefore, () ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth. 25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. 26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. 27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. — 12: 11 He that followeth vain persons is void of understanding. — 13: 20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. — 14: 7 Go from the presence of a foolish man when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. — 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go : 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul. - 21: 1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them: 2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief. 21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change. — 28: 7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father. 19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.—29: 3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.

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