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for I had not known lust, except the law had said, thou shalt not covet. But sin taking occa, sion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupisence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the comniandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 1 John 3. 4. Gal. 5. 19-21. Rom. 7,7-10. Il Jam. 1. 14, 15. Mat. 15. 19.
29. “ Have all the workers of iniquity no" true" knowledge of God ?"
The wicked through the pride of his counteDance will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. They know nut, neither will they understand ; they walk on in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are out of course. Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: For the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. For my people is foolish, they have not knowå me; they are sottish children & they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge, And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies : but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth ; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the Lord. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light; because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light lest his deeds should be reproved. Ps. 10. 4. and 82. 5. Hos. 4. 1. Jer. 4. 22. and 9. 3. John 3. 19, 20./) Is. 1. 3. Rom. 1. 23. John 8. 19. and 17.25. 1 John 4. 8. and 3. 6. Job 21. 14.
50. Are All commanded savingly to knozy « the only wise God and our Saviour ??
Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. Know
that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves ; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. For if these things be in you and abound, they make
shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving kindness, judginent and righteousness, in the earth : for in these things I delight, saith the Lord. Deut. 4. 39. Ps. 100. 3. 2 Pet. 1. 8. Jer. 9. 23, 24. || Job 22. 21. Hos. 13. 4. Col. 3. 10. || 1 Tim. 2. 4., i Chron. 28. 9. Ps. 46. 10. Hos. 6. 6.
$1. In what does the true' knowledge of God consist, and how is it obtained ?
God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, thatis wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. Ifany of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that give eth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him. And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord : and they shall be my people, and I will be their God : for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. But this shall be the covenant that I will
make with the house of Israel; after those days
32. Are not the teachings of the Holy Spirit indispensably necessary for the discernment of spiritual things?
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit : for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; might know the things that are freely given us, of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth ;.coinparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for, they are foolishness unto him : neither can be know them because they are spiritually discerned
I Cor. 2. 9-14. || Rom. 8. 7. Jude 19. John 3. 27. Eph. 3. 5. and 1. 16-19. (f)
33. What are the present consequences of impenitence ?
The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor. A dreadful'sound is in his ears : in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up miré and dirt. There is no PEACE, saith my God, to the wicked. Job. 15. 20, 21. Eph. 4. 18. Is. 57. 20, 21. || Tit. 1. 15. Deut. 28. 15-17. Job. 20. 23-29.
34. What are the consequences of sin in the world to come ?
When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish : and the hope of unjust men perisheth. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. Upon the. wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest. This shall be the PORTION of their cup. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever : and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Prov. 11. 7. Ps. 9. 17. and 11. 6. Prov. 1. 31. Rev. 14 11. || Mat. 10. 28. Mark 9. 45, 46. Luke 16. 23, 24.. 2 Thes. 2, 11, 12. Rom. 2. 5. Is, 33, 14,
(f) See Appendis, Note F.
35. What are we required to do, that we may be saved from sin and its awful consequences ?
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house, For with the heart man believeih unto righteou'sness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved; BUT HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT, SHALL BE DAM.
Acts 16. 31. Rom. 10. 10, 11. Mark 16. 16. || Acts 2. 37, 38. and 3. 19, and 20, 21. Jer. 3. 22, and 31. 18, 19. Mark 1, 15. Luke 13. 23-27,
36. What is repentance towards God, and how is it manifested ? (g)
Therefore also now, saith the Lord, Turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes : cease to do evil ; Learn to do well; seck judgment, relieve the oppressed; Judge the fatherless; plead for the widow. Then shall ye remember your own cvil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities, and for your abominations. For behold this self same thing, that ye sorrowed after a god. ly sort; what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indigna..
(8) See Appendix, Note G.