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Matthew Henry’s Westminster Shorter Catechism Commentary on Question 1

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Is man a reasonable creature? Yes: for there is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth him understanding,
Job 32:8
. Has he greater capacities than the brutes? Yes: God teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven,
Job 35:11
Is man his own maker? No: it is God that hath made us, and not we ourselves,
Ps. 100:3
. Is he then his own master? No: there is a Lord over us,
Ps. 12:4
. Is he his own carver? No: should it be according to thy mind,
Job 34:33
. Is he his own end? No: for none of us lives to himself, or dies to himself,
Rom. 14:7
Is it your business in the world to serve the flesh? No: for we are not debtors to the flesh, that we should live after the flesh,
Rom. 8:12
. Is it to pursue the world? No: for we are not of the world,
John 17:16
Is your happiness bound up in the creature? No: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit,
Eccles. 1:14
. Will the riches of the world make you happy? No: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth,
Luke 12:15
. Will the praise and applause of men make you happy? No: for it is vain glory,
Gal. 5:26
. Will sport and pleasure make you happy? No: for the wise man said of laughter, It is mad, and of mirth, What doth it?
Eccles. 2:2
. Can the gain of the world make you happy? No, for what is a man profited, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Matt. 16:26
Is God then your chief end? Yes, for of him, and through him, and to him are all things,
Rom. 11:36
. Were you made for him? Yes: this people have I formed for myself,
Isa. 43:21
. Were you redeemed for him? Yes: ye are not your own, for ye are bought with a price,
1 Cor. 6:19–20
Is it your chief business to glorify God? Yes: we must glorify God in our body and in our spirit, which are God’s,
1 Cor. 6:20
. Must this be ultimately designed in all our actions? Yes: do all to the glory of God,
1 Cor. 10:31
. Is God glorified by our praises? Yes: he that offers praise, glorifies me,
Ps. 50:23
. And is he glorified by our works? Yes: herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit,
John 15:8
Is God your chief good? Yes: for happy is the people whose God is the Lord,
Ps. 144:15
. Does all good come from him? Yes: for with him is the fountain of life,
Ps. 36:9
. And is all good enjoyed in him? Yes: the Lord is the portion of my inheritance, and of my cup,
Ps. 16:5
Is it your chief happiness then to have God’s favour? Yes: for in his favour is life,
Ps. 30:5
. Is that the most desirable good? Yes: for his loving kindness is better than life,
Ps. 63:3
. Do you desire it above any good? Yes: Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us,
Ps. 4:6–7
. And should you give all diligence to make it sure? Yes: herein we labour, that whether present or absent, we may be accepted of the Lord,
2 Cor. 5:9
Is communion with God in grace here the best pleasure? Yes: it is good for me to draw near to God,
Ps. 73:28
. Is the vision and fruition of God in glory hereafter the best portion? Yes: for in his presence there is fulness of joy,
Ps. 16:11
. Will you therefore set your heart upon this chief good? Yes: Lord, whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee; when my flesh and my heart fail, God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever,
Ps. 73:25–26
Do we need a rule to direct us to our chief end? Yes: for we all like sheep have gone astray,
Isa. 53:6
. Could we not find it out of ourselves? No: for man is born like the wild ass’s colt,
Job 11:12
Is divine revelation necessary to religion? Yes: for faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,
Rom. 10:17
. Is not the light of nature suffcient without it? No: for the world by wisdom knew not God,
1 Cor. 1:21
. Has God therefore given us a revelation? Yes: he hath showed thee, O man, what is good,
Mic. 6:3
. Was there revelation from the beginning? Yes: at sundry times, and in divers manners, God spake unto the fathers,
Heb. 1:1
Are the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament the word of God, and a divine revelation? Yes: for all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,
2 Tim. 3:16
. Were they indited by the blessed Spirit? Yes: for holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost,
2 Pet. 1:21
. Were they confirmed by miracles? Yes; God also bearing them witness both with signs and wonders,
Heb. 2:4
. Do they recommend themselves? Yes; for the word of God is quick and powerful,
Heb. 4:12
. Is not the Bible then a cheat put upon the world? No: for these are not the words of him that hath a devil,
John 10:21
Was the book of the Scripture written for our use? Yes: whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our learning,
Rom. 15:4
. And is it of great use? Yes: for it is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
2 Tim. 3:16
Are the Scriptures the great support of our religion? Yes: for we are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Eph. 2:20
. Are they the standing rule of our faith and practice? Yes: we first have recourse to the law and to the testimony.
Isa. 8:20
. Are they the only rule? Yes : for other foundation can no man lay,
1 Cor. 3:11
. Are they our guide? Yes: for the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light,
Prov. 6:23
. Do they show us the way to heaven and happiness? Yes: for in them we thing we have eternal life, and they are they which testify of Christ,
John 5:39
Are the Scriptures our oracle which we must consult? Yes: What is written in the law, how readest thou?
Luke 10:26
. Are they our touchstone which we must try by? Yes: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them,
Isa. 8:20
. Are they the weapons of our spiritual warfare? Yes: Get thee hence, Satan, for it is written,
Matt. 6:10
Eph. 6:17
Is the written word a sufficient rule? Yes: for the law of the Lord is perfect,
Ps. 19:7
. Is it plain? Yes: for the word is nigh thee,
Rom. 10:8
. Is the church’s authority the rule of our faith? No: for our faith should not stand in the wisdom of men,
1 Cor. 2:5
. May we depend upon unwritten traditions? No: for we must refuse profane and old wives’ fables,
1 Tim. 4:7
Will the written word be the rule of our judgment hereafter? Yes: for we must be judged by the law of liberty,
James 2:12
. Ought we therefore to be ruled by it now? Yes: as many as walk according to this rule, peace shall be on them,
Gal. 6:16
. And to be comforted by it? Yes: for through patience and comfort of the Scriptures we have hope,
Rom. 15:4
Are the Scriptures to be translated into vulgar tongues? Yes: for we should hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God,
Acts 2:11
. And must we study them? Yes: Search the Scriptures,
John 5:39
. And labour to understand them? Yes: Understandest thou what thou readest?
Acts 8:30
. And must we rest satisfied with this revelation of God’s will? Yes: for if we believe not Moses and the prophets, neither would we be persuaded though one rose from the dead,
Luke 16:31
. Is it a great affront to God to neglect his word? Yes: I have written unto them the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing,
Hos. 8:12
Is it necessary that we have a faith concerning God? Yes: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him,
Heb. 11:6
. Can we have that faith without being taught? No: for how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
Rom. 10:14
. And have they not heard? Yes: verily their sound went into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world,
Rom. 10:18
Is not the knowledge of God a great privilege? Yes: for this is life eternal, to know thee the only true God,
John 17:3
. Is it not the best knowledge? Yes: for the knowledge of the holy is understanding,
Prov. 9:10
. Does the Scripture teach us that knowledge? Yes: for if we receive those words, and hide those commandments with us, then shall we understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God,
Prov. 2:1
Prov. 2:5
Do not the works of creation prove that there is a God? Yes: for we understand by the things that are made his eternal power and godhead,
Rom. 1:20
. And do not the works of providence prove it? Yes: for verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth,
Ps. 58:11
But do not the Scriptures tell us best what God is? Yes: for no man hath seen God at any time, the only-begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him,
John 1:18
Are we all concerned to get the knowledge of God? Yes: we should all know him, from the least even to the greatest,
Heb. 8:11
. Must children get that knowledge? Yes: I write unto you, little children, because you have known the Father,
1 John 2:13
. And must we all grow in that knowledge? Yes: we must follow on to know the Lord,
Hos. 6:3
Are we to believe what the Scripture reveals concerning God? Yes: for these things are written that we may believe,
John 20:31
. And must we believe all that the Scripture reveals? Yes: Believing all things which are written in the law and the prophets,
Acts 24:14
. Must we believe that which is not revealed? No : for the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God,
1 Cor. 2:11
Does God require duty of man? Yes: forunto man He said, Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil, that is understanding,
Job 28:28
. Is it enough to believe the truth revealed, if we do not the duty that is required? No: for faith without works is dead,
James 2:26
. Is it enough to do the duty required, though we do not believe the truth revealed? No: for he that believeth not God, hath made him a liar,
1 John 5:10
Does the Scripture teach us what duty God requires? Yes: He has showed thee what the Lord thy God requires of thee,
Mic. 6:8
. And must we do the duty that the Scripture teaches? Yes: we must observe to do according to all that is written therein, and not turn from it to the right hand, or to the left,
Josh. 1:7
. Must this obedience always accompany faith? Yes: for they which have believed in God must be careful to maintain good works,
Titus 3:8
Is God a Spirit? Yes: for Christ himself has said, God is a Spirit,
John 4:24
. Is he a pure Spirit? Yes: for God is light, and with him is no darkness at all,
1 John 1:5
. Has he a body as we have? No: Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as a man seeth?
Job 10:4
. Can he be seen with bodily eyes? No. For he is one whom no man hath seen, or can see,
1 Tim. 6:16
. Are not the angels spirits? Yes: He maketh his angels spirits,
Ps. 104:4
. Are not the souls of men spirits? Yes: for he formeth the spirit of man within him,
Zech. 12:1
. But is God a Spirit like unto them? No: for he is the Father of spirits,
Heb. 12:9
Is God infinite? Yes: for we cannot by searching find out God,
Job 11:7
. Is he contained in any place? No: for the heaven of heavens cannot contain him,
1 Kings 8:27
. Is he everywhere present? Yes: for whither can we go from his Spirit, or flee from his presence?
Ps. 139:7
. Can any hide himself in secret places that God shall not see him? No: for do not I fill heaven and earth, saith the Lord,
Jer. 23:24
Is God eternal? Yes: from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God,
Ps. 90:2
. Had he beginning of days? No: for he is the Ancient of days,
Dan. 7:9
. Shall there be any end of his life? No: for he is the same, and his years have no end,
Ps. 102:27
. Is there with him any succession of time? No : for his days are not as the days of man,
Job 10:5
. Can he die? No: he is the only potentate, that hath immortality,
1 Tim. 6:16
Is God unchangeable? Yes: for he is the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, nor shadow of turning,
James 1:17
. Is there any decay of his perfections? No : for he fainteth not, neither is weary,
Isa. 40:28
. Is there any alteration in his counsels? No: for he is not a man that he should repent,
1 Sam. 15:29
. Is it well for us that he is unchangeable? Yes: I am the Lord, I change not, therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed,
Mal. 3:6
Is God infinite in his being? Yes: for he has said, I AM THAT I AM,
Ex. 3:14
. Is he self-existent? Yes: for the Father hath life in himself
John 5:26
. Is he the best of beings? Yes: for who is a God like unto him?
Ex. 15:11
. Is he the first of causes? Yes: for he is the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him,
1 Cor. 8:6
. Is he the highest of powers? Yes: for he Kingof kings, and Lord of lords,
1 Tim. 6:15
Is he a God of perfect knowledge? Yes: for his understanding is infinite,
Ps. 147:5
. Can any thing be hid from him? No: for all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do,
Heb. 4:13
. Does he know things to come? Yes: for he declareth the end from the beginning,
Isa. 46:10
. Does he know our hearts? Yes: for he understandeth our thoughts afar off;
Ps. 139:2
. Does he know all our actions? Yes: for his eyes are upon the ways of man,
Job 34:21
Is God infinitely wise? Yes: for wisdom and might are his,
Dan. 2:20
. Are all his works wisely done? Yes: in wisdom he hath made them all,
Ps. 104:24
. And particularly the work of redemption? Yes: for it is the wisdom of God in a mystery,
1 Cor. 2:7
. Can the wisdom of God’s counsels be fathomed? No : 0 the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
Rom. 11:33
Is. he a God of power? Yes: God hath spoken once, twice have I heard this, that power belongeth unto God,
Ps. 62:11
. Is he Almighty? Yes: he is the Lord God Almighty, Rev. xv. 3. Is his power irresistible? Yes: for none can stay his hand,
Dan. 4:35
. Is his sovereignty incontestable? Yes: for he giveth not account of any of his matters,
Job 33:13
. Is any thing too hard for him? No: for with God all things are possible,
Matt. 19:26
Is he a God of perfect holiness? Yes: for holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts,
Isa. 6:3
. Is there iniquity with God? No: he is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity,
Heb. 1:13
. Is this his glory? Yes: for he is glorious in holiness,
Ex. 15:11
. And must we give him the glory of it? Yes: give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness,
Ps. 30:4
. And must we study herein to resemble him? Yes: Be ye holy, for I am holy,
1 Pet. 1:16
Are there many gods? No: for though there be that are called gods, yet there is but one God,
1 Cor. 8:5–6
. Can there be any but one? No: for he has said, I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Isa. 46:9
. Are you sure there is but one? Yes: for the Lord our God is one Lord and there is none other but he,
Mark 12:29
Mark 12:32
Is the God whom we serve that one God? Yes: for Jehovah he is God, Jehovah he is God,
1 Kings 18:39
. Is he infinitely above all pretenders? Yes: for he is a great King above all gods,
Ps. 95:3
. Is he God alone? Yes: 0 Lord of hosts, God of Israel, thou art the God, even thou alone,
Isa. 37:16
. Are all other gods false gods? Yes. for all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens,
Ps. 96:5
Is our God the true God? Yes: the Lord he is the true God,
Jer. 10:10
. Is he the only true God? Yes: this is life eternal, to know the only true God
John 17:3
. Is he the living God? Yes: the living God, and an everlasting King,
Jer. 10:10
. Is he the Sovereign Lord? Yes: for he is God over all, blessed for evermore,
Rom. 9:5
. Is this one God enough? Yes: for he is God All-Sufficient,
Gen. 17:1
Is the Lord Jehovah the maker of all things? Yes: he is the everlasting God, even the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
Isa. 40:28
. Is he your Maker? Yes: he is the Lord our Maker,
Ps. 95:6
. Is he the owner of all things? Yes: for he is the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth,
Gen. 14:19
. Is he your rightful owner? Yes: we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand,
Ps. 95:7
. Is he the ruler of all things? Yes: for his kingdom ruleth over all,
Ps. 103:19
. Is he your ruler? Yes: 0 Lord, truly I am thy servant, I am thy servant,
Ps. 116:16
. Is he the benefactor of all the creatures? Yes : for he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things,
Acts 17:25
. Is he your benefactor? Yes: for he daily loadeth us with his benefits,
Ps. 68:19
. Shall he therefore be yours by your own consent? Yes: 0 God, thou art my God,
Ps. 63:1
Are there three gods? No: for the Lord is one, and his name one,
Zech. 14:9
. Is there more than one person in the Godhead? Yes: for God said, Let us make man,
Gen. 1:26
. Are there distinct persons in the Godhead? Yes: for he who is the brightness of his Father’s glory, is the express image of his person,
Heb. 1:3
. Are there three persons in the Godhead? Yes: for there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost,
1 John 5:7
Is the Father God? Yes: for there is one God and Father of all,
Eph. 4:6
. Is Jesus Christ the Word? Yes his name is called the Word of God,
Rev. 19:13
. Is the Word God? Yes: for in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,
John 1:1
. Is the Holy Ghost a divine person? Yes: for the Spirit searcheth all things,
1 Cor. 2:10
Is it the personal property of the Father to beget the Son? Yes: Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee,
Ps. 2:7
. Is it the personal property of the Son to be begotten of the Father? Yes: for he is the only-begotten of the Father,
John 1
. 14. Is it the personal property of the Holy Ghost to proceed from the Father and the Son? Yes: for Christ says, I will send you the Comforter, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father,
John 15:26
Are these three one God? Yes: for it is said expressly, these three are one,
1 John 5:7
. Are they the same in substance, and equal in power and glory? Yes: for Christ says, I and my Father are one,
John 10:30
. Can this doctrine be measured by reason? No: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it to us,
Matt. 16:17
. But ought we to believe it? Yes: for we are baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,
Matt. 28:19
. and we are blessed with the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost,
2 Cor. 13:14
. And ought we to improve it? Yes: that we all may be one, as the Father is in Christ, and he in the Father, that we also may be one in them,
John 17:21
Does God dispose of all things that come to pass? Yes : My times are in thy hand,
Ps. 31:15
. Does he do it according to his own will: Yes: for he hath done whatsoever he pleased,
Ps. 115:3
. Can any control his will? No: for he doth according to his will in the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth,
Dan. 4:35
. Has he determined before what he will do? Yes: for known unto God are all his works, from the beginning of the world,
Acts 15:18
Is there a counsel then in all the will of God? Yes: for he worketh all things after the counsel of his own will,
Eph. 1:11
. Is it an eternal counsel? Yes: for it was ordained before the world,
1 Cor. 2:7
. Is it free? Yes: Even so Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight,
Matt. 11:26
. Is it unchangeable? Yes: the counsel of the Lord standeth for ever,
Ps. 33:11
. Is it for his own glory? Yes: that we should be to the praise of his glory,
Eph. 1:12
Can we search out God’s counsels? No: for his judgments are a great deep,
Ps. 36:6
. Ought we not therefore to acquiesce in them? Yes: Here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him,
2 Sam. 15:26
. May we question God’s proceedings? No: for his thoughts are above our thoughts,
Isa. 55:9
Shall all God’s decrees be executed? Yes: for the Lord of hosts hath sworn, surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass,
Isa. 14:24
. Can any of them be defeated? No: for the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?
Isa. 14:27
. Did God execute his decree in the work of creation? Yes: he hath created all things, and for his pleasure they are and were created,
Rev. 4:11
. And does he execute his decrees in the works of providence? Yes: for out of the mouth of the Most High both evil and good proceed,
Lam. 3:38
Did God begin to work in the creation of the world? Yes: Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundations of the earth,
Heb. 1:10
. Is he still working? Yes: for Christ says, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work,
John 5:17
. Are all his works copied out of his counsels? Yes: for they are what his hand and his counsel determine before to be done,
Acts 4:28
Are God’s works many? Yes: 0 Lord, how manifold are thy works!
Ps. 104:24
. Are they great? Yes: his work is honourable and glorious,
Ps. 111:8
. Are they perfect in their kind? Yes: God is the Rock, his work is perfect,
Deut. 32:4
. Can they be amended? No: whatsoever God doth, nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it,
Eccles. 3:14
. Ought they to be studied? Yes: They are sought out of all them that have pleasure therein,
Ps. 111:2
. Is it a great sin to neglect them? Yes:
Can all God’s works be thoroughly discovered? No: for no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end,
Eccles. 3:11
. Can his designs in them be accounted for? No: for his way is in the sea, and his path in the great waters,
Ps. 77:19
. But is he glorified in them? Yes: all his works do praise him,
Ps. 145:10
Did God create the world? Yes: in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,
Gen. 1:1
. Did he create everything in the world? Yes: for without him was not any thing made that was made,
John 1:3
John 12:7–9
. Did he create the world by his word? Yes: for through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God,
Heb. 11:3
. Did all things come into being by that word? Yes: for by the word of God the heavens were of old,
2 Pet. 3:5
. And are they thereby preserved in being? Yes: by the same word they are kept in store, ver. 7. Did God find any difficulty in making the world? No: for he spake and it was done; he said, Let there be light, and there was light,
Ps. 33:9
Gen. 1:3
.Did he need assistance in it? No: for he stretcheth forth the heavens alone, and spreadeth abroad the earth by himself,
Isa. 44:24
Did he make all out of nothing? Yes: for the things which are seen were not made of the things which do appear,
Heb. 11:13
. Did he bring light out of darkness? Yes: for God commanded the light to shine out of darkness,
2 Cor. 4:6
. And order out of confusion? Yes: for the earth was without form and void,
Gen. 1:2
. Did he make all in six days? Yes: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth,
Ex. 20:11
. Did God make all well? Yes: God saw every thing that he had made, and behold it was very good,
Gen. 1:31
. Did he make all firm? Yes: he hath made a decree which shall not pass,
Ps. 148:6
. And all for himself? Yes: the Lord has made all things for himself,
Prov. 16:4
Did God make all things by Jesus Christ? Yes: for by him also he made the worlds,
Heb. 1:2
. and created all things by Jesus Christ,
Eph. 3:9
Col. 1:16
John 1:3
. Did God manifest his own perfections in the work of creation? Yes: for the heavens declare the glory of God,
Ps. 19:1
. Must we give him the glory of this work? Yes: we must worship him that made the heaven and the earth,
Rev. 14:7
. Must we give him thanks for his creatures? Yes: every creature of God is good, and to be received with thanksgiving,
1 Tim. 4:4
. May we be encouraged by the work of creation to trust in God? Yes: My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth,
Ps. 121:2
Did God create the angels? Yes: He maketh his angels spirits,
Heb. 1:7
. Are they attendants upon him? Yes: thousand thousands minister unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stand before him,
Dan. 7:10
. Are they employed for the good of the saints? Yes: they are sent forth to minister for them which shall be heirs of salvation,
Heb. 1:14
. Have true believers communion with them in faith, hope, and love? Yes: for we are come to an innumerable company of angels,
Heb. 12:22
Did all the angels continue in their integrity? No: there were angels that left their first state,
Jude 6
. Is it probable that they who fell, fell by pride? Yes: for they that are lifted up with pride, fall into the condemnation of the devil, l Tim. 3:6. Were they punished for their sin? Yes: God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell,
2 Pet. 2:4
Is man God’s creature? Yes: for we are also his offspring,
Acts 17:28
. Were our first parents the work of his hands? Yes: male and female created he them, and called their name Adam,
Gen. 5:2
. Was man made with a consultation? Yes: for God said, Let us make man,
Gen. 1:26
. Do all the children of men descend from Adam and Eve? Yes: for God has made of one blood all nations of men,
Acts 17:26
Was man’s body at first made out of the earth? Yes: God made man of the dust of the ground,
Gen. 2:7
. And are our bodies of the earth earthy? Yes: for I also am formed out of the clay,
Job 33:6
. But are they not curiously wrought? Yes: for I am fearfully and wonderfully made,
Ps. 139:14
. Is God the former of our bodies? Yes Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and fenced me with bones and sinews,
Job 10:11
. Is he the author of our senses? Yes: the hearing ear, and seeing eye, the Lord has made even both of them,
Prov. 20:12
Is God the Father of our spirits? Yes : for he breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life,
Gen. 2:7
. Has God given each of us a soul? Yes: The Lord liveth that made us this soul,
Jer. 38:16
. Is it a rational soul? Yes for the spirit of a man is the candle of the Lord,
Prov. 20:27
. Is it immortal? Yes : for the spirit of a man goes upward,
Eccles. 3:21
. Does it die with the body? No : for when the dust returns to the earth as itwas, the Spirit returns to God who gave it,
Eccles. 12:7
. Is God then the Sovereign of the heart? Yes: for he has said, Behold, all souls are mine,
Ezek. 18:4
. Must we therefore commit our souls to him? Yes into thine hand I commit my spirit,
Ps. 31:5
Was man made after God’s image? Yes: God created man in his own image,
Gen. 1:27
. Did that image consist in knowledge? Yes: for we are renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created us,
Col. 3:10
. Did it consist inrighteousness and true holiness? Yes: for the new man after God is created in righteousness and true holiness,
Eph. 4:24
. Was there in man at first a perfect purity and freedom from sin? Yes: Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created,
Ezek. 28:15
Ezek. 16:13
. Was there in him a perfect rectitude and disposition to good? Yes: for God made man upright,
Eccles. 7:29
. Are there some remains of God’s image still upon man? Yes: for men are made after the similitude of God,
James 3:9
. Was man made with a dominion over the creatures? Yes: for thou hast put all things under his feet,
Ps. 8:6
. Have we not reason to admire God’s favour to man? Yes: Lord, what is man, that thou art mindful of him?
Ps. 144:3
When God had made the world, did he leave it to itself? No: for he upholdeth all things by the word of his power,
Heb. 1:3
. Does he see to the whole creation? Yes: for the eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Prov. 15:3
. Does he condescend to take notice of his creatures? Yes: he humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth,
Ps. 113:6
. Is any thing at a distance from him? No: for he is not far from every one of us,
Acts 17:27
. Does he look on as one unconcerned? No: for his eyes behold, and his eyelids try, the children of men,
Ps. 11:4
Does God look after the world of angels? Yes: for he maketh peace in his high places,
Job 25:2
. Does he look after this lower world? Yes: for the eyes of all wait upon him,
Ps. 145:15
. Does he take care of the fowls? Yes: our heavenly Father feedeth them,
Matt. 6:26
. What! even the sparrows? Yes: not one of them shall fall to the ground without our Father,
Matt. 10:29
. What! and the ravens? Yes: he feeds the young ravens which cry,
Ps. 147:9
. Is he the Protector and Benefactor of all the creatures? Yes: Thou preservest them all,
Neh. 9:6
. Is he man’s Protector and Benefactor? Yes: for in him we live, and move, and have our being,
Acts 17:28
. Do we depend upon God for the support of our life? Yes: for he holdeth our soul in life,
Ps. 66:9
. And for the comforts of life? Yes: for he giveth us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness,
Acts 14:17
. And do we depend upon him for the safety of our life? Yes: he keepeth all our bones,
Ps. 34:20
. And for the continuance of life? Yes: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days,
Deut. 30:20
Does God govern all things? Yes: his kingdom ruleth over all,
Ps. 103:19
. Does he govern the holy angels? Yes: for they do his commandments,
Ps. 103:20
. Does he govern the heavenly bodies? Yes the stars in their courses fought against Sisera,
Judg. 5:20
. Does he govern the power of the air? Yes stormy winds fulfil his word,
Ps. 148:8
. Does he order what weather it shall be? Yes for he saith to the snow, Be thou upon the earth,
Job 37:6
And does he govern the inferior creatures? Yes: he spake, and locusts came,
Ps. 105:34
. Can he command them? Yes: I have commanded the ravens to feed thee,
1 Kings 17:4
. Can he control them? Yes: he shut the lions’ mouths,
Dan. 6:22
. Has he a sovereign dominion over the whole creation? Yes; for the Lord of hosts is his name,
Isa. 47:4
Does God govern the children of men? Yes; the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men,
Dan. 4:32
. Does he govern kings? Yes: for the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord,
Prov. 21:1
. And does he govern kingdoms? Yes; for he is the Governor among the nations,
Ps. 22:28
. And families too? Yes; for except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it,
Ps. 127:1
. Does be govern great men? Yes: for God is the judge, he puts down one, and sets up another,
Ps. 75:6–7
. And mean men too? Yes: for every man’s judgment proceedeth from the Lord,
Prov. 29:26
. Can man make his own fortune? No: for the way of man is not in himself, neither is it in man that walketh, to direct his steps, Jer. 1:23. When man purposes, does God dispose? Yes: a man’s heart deviseth his way, but the Lord directeth his steps,
Prov. 16:9
. Do all comforts and crosses come from God’s hand? Yes: for he has said, I make peace, and create evil; I the Lord do all these things,
Isa. 45:7
. Does God’s providence extend itself to the smallest things? Yes: the very hairs of your head are all numbered,
Matt. 10:30
Is God’s government holy? Yes: he is holy in all his works,
Ps. 145:17
. Is it wise? Yes : he is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working,
Isa. 28:29
. Is it powerful? Yes : for when he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble,
Job 39:29
. Is it rightful? Yes: God is greater than man,
Job 33:12
. Is it just? Yes: for shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
Gen. 18:25
. Does God sometimes reward and punish in this life? Yes: the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth, much more the wicked and the sinner,
Prov. 11:31
. But does he always? No: for all things come alike to all,
Eccles. 9:1–2
Does God govern the world for the good of his Church? Yes: for Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have called thee by thy name,
Isa. 45:4
. Is the government of the world committed to the Lord Jesus? Yes : for he is head over all things unto the church,
Eph. 1:22
. And is all ordered for God’s glory? Yes : for the Lord alone shall be exalted,
Isa. 2:11
. Is it a comfort to good men that God governs the world? Yes: The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice,
Ps. 97:1
. Is it a terror to the wicked? Yes: The Lord reigns, let the people tremble,
Ps. 99:1
. Ought we to give him the praise of it? Yes: Hallelujah, the Lord God omnipotent reigns,
Rev. 19:6
Did God make man happy as well as holy? Yes: for he put him into the garden of Eden,
Gen. 2:15
. Did he provide comfortably for him? Yes: for he said, I will make him a help meet for him,
Gen. 2:18
. Did he admit him into communion with himself? Yes: for he then blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it,
Gen. 2:3
. Was God well pleased in him? Yes: for his delights were with the sons of men,
Prov. 8:31
Did God give him a law? Yes: The Lord God commanded the man,
Gen. 2:16
. Did he give him a command of trial? Yes: Of the tree of knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat of it,
Gen. 2:17
. Did he assure him of happiness, if he obeyed? Yes: for of every tree in the garden (even the tree of life,) thou mayest freely eat,
Gen. 2:16
. Did he threaten death upon his disobedience? Yes: for in the day thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die,
Gen. 2:17
Was this God’s covenant with Adam? Yes: for we read of those who, like Adam, transgressed the covenant,
Hos. 6:7
(margin). Was, Do this and live, one branch of that covenant? Yes: for the man that doeth them, shall live, in them,
Gal. 3:12
. Was, Fail and die the other branch of the covenant? Yes: the soul that sinneth, it shall die,
Ezek. 18:4
. Was this the covenant of innocency? Yes: for the law was ot of faith,
Gal. 3:12
. Was there a mediator of this covenant? No: for it is the better covenant that is established in the hands of a Mediator,
Heb. 8:6
Is man now in the state wherein he was created? No: for God made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions,
Eccles. 7:29
. Can we now say we are perfectly holy? No: If I say I am perfect, that shall prove me perverse,
Job 9:20
. Can we say we are perfectly happy? No: for man is born to trouble,
Job 5:7
. Are we as we were then? No: man was planted a noble vine, but is turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine,
Jer. 2:21
. Did man continue long in his state of innocence? No: For man being in honour abideth not, Ps. 49:42.
Did God leave man to the freedom of his own will? Yes : For if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it,
Prov. 9:12
. Did God draw Adam to sin? No : for God tempteth no man,
James 1:13
. Is he any way the Author of’ sin? No: far be it from God that he should do wickedness,
Job 34:10
. Did he do what was fit to be done to prevent it? Yes: What could have been done more to my vineyard?
Isa. 5:4
. Was he obliged to do more? No: for may he not do what he will with his own?
Matt. 20:15
. Does all the blame of man’s sin lie upon himself then? Yes : 0 Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself,
Hos. 13:9
Did man fall by sinning against God? Yes: Thou hast fallen by thine iniquity,
Hos. 14:1
. Was that the beginning of sin in this world? Yes: for by one man sin entered into the world,
Rom. 5:12
Is there a moral difference of good and evil? Yes: for we must cease to do evil, and learn to do well,
Isa. 1:16–17
. Is it all alike then what we do? No: for God shall bring every work into judgment, whether it be good, or whether it be evil,
Eccles. 12:14
. Is there such thing as sin in thought? Yes: for the thought of foolishness is sin,
Prov. 24:9
. May sin be committed in word too? Yes: for in the multitude of words there wanteth not sin,
Prov. 10:19
Does sin suppose a law? Yes: for where there is no law, there is no transgression,
Rom. 4:15
Rom. 4:13
. Is sin the breach of a law? Yes: for sin is the transgression of the law,
1 John 3:4
. Is it God’s law only that can make a thing to be sin? Yes: For against thee, thee only, have I sinned,
Ps. 51:4
. Is every breach of God’s law sin? Yes: for all unrighteousness is sin, 1 John5:17. Are we to judge of sin by the law? Yes: for by the law is the knowledge of sin,
Rom. 3:20
. Could we discover sin without some law? No: For I had not known sin but by the law.
Rom. 7:7
. Is the transgression of the law of nature sin? Yes: for they that have not the written law, show the work of the law written in their hearts,
Rom. 2:14–15
. But does the written law discover the root of sin? Yes: I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet,
Rom. 7:7
Is ignorance of God sin? Yes: He shall take vengeance on them that know not God,.
2 Thess. 1:8
. Is disaffection to God’s government sin? Yes: My people would not hearken to my voice, and Israel would none of me,
Ps. 81:11
. Is all disobedience to God’s law sin? Yes: For the wrath of God comes upon the children of disobedience,
Col. 3:6
. Is it a sin to omit the good which God has commanded? Yes: for to him that knows to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin,
James 4:17
. Is it a sin to do it negligently? Yes: for if thou doest not well, sin lies at the door,
Gen. 4:7
. Is it a sin to do the evil which God has forbidden? Yes: for he has said, O do not this abominable thing which I hate,
Jer. 44:4
. Is the inclination to evil sin? Yes: for St. Paul speaks of the sin that dwells in us,
Rom. 7:17
Is sin the worst of evils? Yes: it is an evil thing, and a bitter, to forsake the Lord,
Jer. 2:19
. Is the sinfulness of it the worst thing in it? Yes: for sin by the commandment becomes exceeding sinful,
Rom. 7:13
. Is sin worse than affliction? Yes: for Moses by faith chose rather to suffer affliction than to enjoy the pleasures of sin,
Heb. 11:25
. Is it displeasing to God? Yes: God is angry with the wicked every day,
Ps. 7:11
. Is it destructive to ourselves? Yes: be sure your sin will find you out,
Num. 32:23
Ought we not therefore to take heed of sin? Yes: Stand in awe, and sin not,
Ps. 4:4
. And of all appearances of it? Yes: abstain from all appearances of evil,
1 Thess. 5:22
. And all approaches towards it? Yes: Touch not the unclean thing,
2 Cor. 6:17
. And must we hate it? Yes: Ye that love the Lord, hate evil,
Ps. 97:10
. Must little children take heed of sin? My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not,
1 John 2:1
. Is it folly to make light of sin? Yes: fools make a mock at sin
Prov. 14:9
. Will our observing the law of God be the best preservative against sin? Yes: Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee,
Ps. 119:11
. Will an eye to God be the best argument against sin? Yes: How shall I do this great wickedness, and sin against God,
Gen. 39:9
Did our first parents eat the forbidden fruit? Yes: Thou hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it,
Gen. 3:17
. Was their doing so disobedience? Yes: for it was by one man’s disobedience that many were made sinners,
Rom. 5:19
. Did the woman eat forbidden fruit first? Yes: the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
1 Tim. 2:14
. Did the serpent tempt her to it? Yes: the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty,
2 Cor. 11:3
. Was that serpent the devil? Yes: The old serpent is the devil and Satan?
Rev. 20:2
. Did he aim to make man as miserable as himself? Yes: he was a murderer from the beginning,
John 8:44
Did the tempter teach them to question the command? Yes: he said to the woman, Hath God said ye shall not eat?
Gen. 3:1
. Did he promise them safety in sin? Yes: he said, Ye shall not surely die,
Gen. 3:4
. Did he promise them advantage by the sin? Yes: In the day ye eat thereof your eyes shall be opened, ver. 5. Did he feed them with high thoughts of themselves? Yes: Ye shall be as gods, ver. 5. Did he suggest to them hard thoughts of God? Yes: for he said, God doth know this, ver. 5. Did Eve do well to parley with him? No: for we should cease to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge,
Prov. 19:27
Did the devil prevail in the temptation? Yes: for she took of the fruit, and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her, and he did eat,
Gen. 3:6
. Was there in this sin the lust of the flesh? Yes: for she saw that the tree was good for food. Was there in it the lust of the eye? Yes: for she saw that it was pleasant to the eyes. And the pride of life? Yes: for she saw it was a tree to be desired to make one wise. Was unbelief of the word of God at the bottom of it? Yes: It is the evil heart of unbelief that departs from the living God,
Heb. 3:12
. Was there in it an opposition to the divine law? Yes: for sin took occasion by the commandment,
Rom. 7:8
. Was disobedience in a small matter a great provocation? Yes: for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is iniquity and idolatry,
1 Sam. 15:23
. If Adam fell thus, have we any reason to be secure? No: Wherefore let him that thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall,
1 Cor. 10:12
Are we concerned in our first parents’ disobedience? Yes: for by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation,
Rom. 5:18
. Were we in their loins when they ate the forbidden fruit? Yes : for Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living,
Gen. 3:20
. Was Adam a common father? Yes: for he was to be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth,
Gen. 1:28
. Was he a public person? Yes: for he was the figure of him that was to come,
Rom. 5:14
. Was the covenant made with him, and his posterity? Yes: for God always established his covenant with men, and with their seed after them,
Gen. 9:9
Was Adam’s sin our ruin then? Yes: for through the offence of one many are dead,
Rom. 5:15
. Was the honour of human nature thereby stained? Yes: for Adam begat a son in his own likeness,
Gen. 5:8
. Was the power of the human nature thereby weakened? Yes: for when we were without strength, Christ died for us,
Rom. 5:6
. Was the purity of it thereby corrupted? Yes: for in us, that is, in our flesh, there dwells no good thing,
Rom. 6:18
. Was Adam himself degenerated? Yes: for God said to him, Dust thou art,
Gen. 3:19
. And are we in like manner degenerated? Yes: for we have all borne the image of the earthy,
1 Cor. 15:49
Is this degeneracy universal? Yes: for all flesh hath corrupted his way,
Gen. 6:12
. Did our Lord Jesus descend from Adam by ordinary generation? No: for he is the Lord from heaven
1 Cor. 15:47
. Did he then sin in Adam? No: for he is undefiled, separate from sinners,
Heb. 7:26
. Did all the rest of mankind sin in Adam? Yes: for how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
Job 25:4
. Are the ways of the Lord herein equal? Yes: but our ways are unequal,
Ezek. 18:29
Is mankind in a state of sin? Yes: for both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin,
Rom. 3:9
. Is a state of sin a sad state? Yes : for they that are in the flesh cannot please God,
Rom. 8:8
. Did the fall bring us into a state of sin? Yes: for by it many were made sinners,
Rom. 5:19
. Does the world continue in that state? Yes : for the whole world lies in wickedness,
1 John 5:19
. And are you by nature in that state? Yes: if I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me,
Job 9:20
Is mankind in a state of misery? Yes: the misery of man is great upon him,
Eccles. 8:6
. Is sin the cause of all that misery? Yes: for death entered by sin, and so death passed upon all men,
Rom. 5:12
. Is misery the consequence of sin? Yes: for evil pursues sinners,
Prov. 13:21
. Do all the creatures share in the sad effects of sin? Yes: cursed is the ground for thy sake,
Gen. 3:17
. And could all this mischief come from that one sin? Yes: for how great a matter does a little fire kindle,
James 3:5–6
Did the fall bring mankind into a state of apostasy from God? Yes: for they are all gone aside,
Ps. 14:3
. Is that a sinful state? Yes: for it is great whoredom, to depart from the Lord,
Hos. 1:2
. And is it a miserable state? Yes: Woe unto them, for they have fled from me,
Hos. 7:13
Did the fall bring mankind into a state of slavery to Satan? Yes: for they are taken captive by him at his will,
2 Tim. 2:26
.. Is that a sinful state? Yes: for the prince of the power of the air works in the children of disobedience,
Eph. 2:2
. Is it a miserable state? Yes: for the god of this world hath blinded their minds,
2 Cor. 4:4
. Is it like the condition of the prodigal son? Yes: for he went into a far country, wasted his substance, began to be in want, and was sent into the fields to feed swine,
Luke 15:13–15
Are we all born under guilt? Yes: for all the world is guilty before God,
Rom. 3:19
. Does the whole race of mankind stand attainted at God’s bar? Yes: for the Scripture hath concluded all under sin,
Gal. 3:22
. Is this according to God’s rule of judgment? Yes: for he visiteth the iniquity of the fathers upon the children,
Ex. 20:5
. Is not God unrighteous who thus takes vengeance? No: God forbid, for then how shall God judge the world,
Rom. 3:6
Are we all born in sin? Yes: Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me,
Ps. 51:5
. Are we of a sinful brood? Yes: for we are a seed of evil-doers,
Isa. 1:4
. May we be truly called sinners by nature? Yes: Thou wast called a transgressor from the womb,
Isa. 48:8
Is there in every one of us by nature the want of original righteousness? Yes: there is none righteous, no, not one,
Rom. 3:10
. Is there in us an aversion to that which is good? Yes: for the carnal mind is enmity against God,
Rom. 8:7
. Is there in us a moral impotency to that which is good? Yes: for the carnal mind is not in subjection to the law of God, neither indeed can be,
Rom. 8:7
. Can we of ourselves do any thing that is good? No: for we are not sufficient of ourselves to think any thing of ourselves,
2 Cor. 3:5
Is there in us a proneness to that which is evil? Yes: my people are bent to backsliding from me,
Hos. 11:7
. Are there the snares of sin in our bodies? Yes: for there is a law in the members warring against the law of the mind,
Rom. 7:23
. And are there the seeds of sin in our souls? Yes: For when I would do good, evil is present with me,
Rom. 7:21
. And is the stain of sin upon both? Yes: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,
Rom. 3:23
Did we all bring sin into the world with us? Yes: for man is born like the wild ass’s colt,
Job 11:12
. Is it in little children? Yes: for foolishness is in the heart of a child,
Prov. 22:15
. As reason improves, does sin grow up with it? Yes: for when the blade is sprung up, then appear the tares also,
Matt. 13:26
. Is it not a wonder of mercy then that we are any of us alive? Yes: it is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed,
Lam. 3:22
Is the whole nature of man corrupted by the fall? Yes: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart is faint,
Isa. 1:5
. Is the understanding corrupted? Yes: the understanding is darkened, being alienated from the life of God,
Eph. 4:18
. Is that unapt to admit the rays of divine light? Yes: for they are spiritually discerned,
1 Cor. 2:14
. Is the will corrupted? Yes: the neck is an iron sinew,
Isa. 48:4
. And is that unapt to submit to the rule of the divine law? Yes: For what is the Almighty (say they) that we should serve him?
Job 21:15
. Are the thoughts corrupted? Yes: for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth,
Gen. 8:21
. Is the fancy full of vanity? Yes: vain thoughts lodge within us,
Jer. 4:15
. Are the affections corrupted? Yes: It is a carnal mind,
Rom. 8:7
. Is conscience itself corrupted? Yes: even the mind and conscience is defiled,
Titus 1:15
. Is the whole soul corrupted? Yes : the heart is deceitful above all things,
Jer. 17:9
Is this corruption of the mind sin? Yes: for it is enmity against God,
Rom. 8:7
. Have we it from our original? Yes: for that which is born of the flesh is flesh,
John 3:6
. Do we derive it through our parents? Yes: for who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
Job 14:4
. Does it render us odious to God’s holiness? Yes: for the foolish shall not stand in his sight,
Ps. 5:5
. Does it render us obnoxious to his justice? Yes: for death reigns over them that have not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression,
Rom. 5:14
Does this original corruption produce actual transgression? Yes: for a corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit,
Matt. 7:18
. Does it produce it betimes? Yes: for the wicked are estranged from the womb, they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies,
Ps. 58:3
. Does it produce it naturally? Yes: as a fountain casteth out her waters,
Jer. 6:7
. Does all sin begin in the heart? Yes: for when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin,
James 1:15
. Is it not necessary therefore we should have a new nature? Yes: Marvel not that I said unto you, Ye must be born again,
John 3:7
. Can we get to heaven without it? No: for flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God,
1 Cor. 15:50
When our first parents had eaten the forbidden fruit, did they become as gods? No: they were like the beasts that perish,
Ps. 49:12
. Did the devil make his words good then? No: for he is a liar and the father of it,
John 8:44
. Did not he put a cheat upon them? Yes: the woman said, the serpent beguiled me,
Gen. 3:13
. Did shame come in with sin? Yes: for they knew that they were naked,
Gen. 3:7
. Did fear come in with sin? Yes: for they hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden,
Gen. 3:8
. Was not that their misery? Yes: for fear hath torment,
1 John 4:18
Did they lose communion with God? Yes: for he drove out the man,
Gen. 3:24
. Is fallen man unworthy of communion with God? Yes : for what communion has light with darkness?
2 Cor. 2:14
. Is he unfit for communion with God? Yes: for can two walk together except they be agreed?
Amos 3:3
. Could fallen man ever get to heaven by virtue of the covenant of innocency? No: for cherubims and a flaming sword were set to keep that way to the tree of life,
Gen. 3:24
Is fallen man under God’s wrath? Yes: for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven, against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,
Rom. 1:18
. Are we all so by nature? Yes: we are by nature children of wrath, even as others,
Eph. 2:2
. Are we so by reason of sin? Yes: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience,
Eph. 5:6
. Is there a distance between God and man by reason of sin? Yes: your iniquities have separated between you and your God,
Isa. 49:2
. Is there a quarrel between God and man by reason of sin? Yes: My soul loathed them, and their soul also it abhorred me,
Zech. 11:8
. Is it not said to lie under God’s wrath? Yes: for who knows the power of his anger?
Ps. 90:11
Is fallen man under God’s curse? Yes: for cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them,
Gal. 3:10
. Is this curse in force against all wicked people? Yes: the curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked,
Prov. 3:33
. Has sin brought a curse upon the world? Yes: Cursed is the ground for thy sake,
Gen. 3:17
Is mankind by the fall become liable to the miseries of this life? Yes: in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life,
Gen. 3:17
. Are we all by nature liable to these miseries? Yes: for man is born to trouble,
Job 5:7
. Is all the hurtfulness of the creatures the effect of sin? Yes: Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth,
Gen. 3:18
. Is the toil of business the effect of sin? Yes: In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, ver. 19. Is pain and sickness the effect of sin? Yes: There is not any rest in my bones, because of my sin,
Ps. 38:3
. Are all our crosses the effect of sin? Yes: our sins have withholden good things from us,
Jer. 5:25
. Should we not therefore bear them patiently? Yes: Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sin?
Lam. 3:39
Is all mankind by the fall become liable to death itself? Yes: for so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned,
Rom. 5:12
. Was a sentence of death immediately passed upon fallen man? Yes: Dust thou art, and to dust shalt thou return,
Gen. 3:19
. Do we all deserve death? Yes: the wages of sin is death,
Rom. 6:23
. Is it the natural consequence of sin? Yes: for sin, when it is finished, brings forth death,
James 1:15
. Can any avoid it? No: What man is he that liveth and shall not see death?
Ps. 89:48
. Is it determined? Yes: it is appointed to men once to die,
Heb. 9:27
. Do you expect it? Yes: I know that thou wilt bring me to death,
Job 30:23
. Is sin the sting of death? Yes: the sting of death is sin,
1 Cor. 15:56
. Is the amazing fear of death the effect of sin? Yes: there are those who through fear of death are all their life-time subject to bondage,
Heb. 2:15
. Is the body’s rotting in the grave the effect of sin? Yes: as drought and heat consume the snow-waters, so doth the grave those which have sinned,
Job 24:19
Is mankind by the fall become liable to the pains of hell for ever? Yes: for he that wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead,
Prov. 21:16
. Ps. 9:17. Can God make a soul forever miserable? Yes: for after he hath killed he hath power to cast into hell,
Luke 12:5
. Is there a state of punishment in the other life? Yes: for we are warned to flee from the wrath to come,
Matt. 3:7
. Is it the desert of sin? Yes: for when God renders to every man according to his works, he will render indignation with wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil,
Rom. 2:8–9
. Will it be the portion of impenitent sinners? Yes: Ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell,
Matt. 23:33
Is hell the wrath of an everlasting God? Yes: for the breath of the Lord. like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it,
Isa. 30:33
. Is it the anguish of an immortal soul? Yes: for their worm dieth not,
Mark 9:44
. Is any way of relief open to them? No: Betwixt us and you there is a gulf fixed,
Luke 16:26
. Is their punishment therefore everlasting? Yes: These shall go away into everlasting punishment,
Matt. 25:46
. Should we not every one of us dread it? Yes: for it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God,
Heb. 10:31
Isa. 33:14
Might not God justly have left all mankind to perish in their fallen state? Yes: for in his sight shall no man living be justified,
Ps. 143:2
. Would God have been a loser by it, if they had been left to perish? No: for, can a man be profitable to God?
Job 22:2
. But did he leave them to perish? No: for the kindness and love of God our Saviour towards man appears,
Titus 3:4
. Was the case of fallen angels helpless and desperate? Yes: for God spared not them,
2 Pet. 2:4
. But is the case of fallen man so? No: for he is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish,
2 Pet. 3:9
. Is God’s patience a token for good? Yes: the long suffering of our Lord is salvation,
2 Pet. 3:15
. Does it appear that God has a good will to man’s salvation? Yes: As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that he turn and live,
Ezek. 33:11
. Is this an encouragement to us all to hope in his mercy? Yes: for if the Lord had been pleased to kill us, he would not have showed us such things as these,
Judg. 13:23
Could man help himself out of his state of sin and misery? No: for while we were without strength, Christ died for the ungodly,
Rom. 5:6
. Could any creature help us? No: for none of them can by any means redeem his brother,
Ps. 49:7
. Could God himself only help us? Yes: 0 Israel thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thy help,
Hos. 13:9
. Did God contrive a way for man’s recovery? Yes: he hath devised means that his banished may not be expelled from him,
2 Sam. 14:14
. Was it the contrivance of infinite wisdom? Yes: it is the wisdom of God in a mystery, ordained before the world for our glory,
1 Cor. 2:7
. Has he provided a way for our recovery? Yes: I have found a ransom,
Job 33:24
Did God particularly design the salvation of a remnant of mankind? Yes there is a remnant according to the election of grace,
Rom. 11:5
. Are there some whom God has chosen? Yes: God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit,
2 Thess. 2:13
. Is there a certain number of such? Yes: for their names are in the book of life,
Phil. 4:3
Rev. 13:8
. Were they chosen from eternity? Yes: he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world,
Eph. 1:4
. Were they chosen for the sake of any thing in themselves? No: ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,
John 15:16
. But of his mere good pleasure? Yes: he hath predestinated us according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph. 1:5
. Were they chosen to salvation, as the end? Yes: God had appointed us to obtain salvation,
1 Thess. 5:9
. And to sanctification as the means? Yes: he has chosen us that we should be holy,
Eph. 1:4
. Was it for the glory of God? Yes: that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy,
Rom. 9:23
Shall the election obtain? Yes: the purpose of God according to election shall stand,
Rom. 9:11
. Does our salvation begin there? Yes: we love him, because he first loved us, 1
John 4:19
. Are others passed by? Yes: when the election hath obtained, the rest are blinded,
Rom. 11:7
. Does God know certainly whom he has chosen? Yes: the Lord knows them that are his,
2 Tim. 2:19
. Do we know it? No: for secret things belong not to us,
Deut. 29:29
Can we know our own election otherwise than by our being sanctified? No: we must make our calling, and so make our election, sure,
2 Pet. 1:10
Were the elect given to Christ? Yes: thine they were, and thou gavest them me,
John 17:6
. Did he undertake their salvation? Yes: for this is the Father’s will, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing,
John 6:39
. Was it promised him that he should effect it? Yes: he shall see his seed, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand,
Isa. 53:10
. And was he himself assured of it? Yes: all that the Father giveth me, shall come to me,
John 6:37
. And does it always prove so? Yes: as many as were ordained to eternal life believed,
Acts 13:48
. And shall any of them miscarry? No: for it is said of seducers, they shall deceive, if it were possible, the very elect,
Matt. 24:24
Has God entered into a new covenant, pursuant hereto? Yes: for we are not under the law, but under grace,
Rom. 6:14
. Does he insist upon the terms of the first covenant? No: he hath not dealt with us after our sins,
Ps. 103:10
. Is he willing to deal with us upon new terms? Yes: I will make a new covenant with them,
Jer. 31:31
. Is he willing to be ours in covenant? Yes: I will be to them a God,
Heb. 8:10
. Will he accept us as his? Yes: they shall be to me a people. And will he be at peace with us? Yes: God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,
2 Cor. 5:19
Is this wrought out by a Redeemer? Yes: for there is not salvation in any other,
Acts 4:12
. Was that Redeemer of God’s own providing? Yes: God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
John 3:16
. Is the new covenant made with us in Christ? Yes for he is the Mediator of the better covenant,
Heb. 8:6
. Is it a covenant much for our advantage? Yes: for it is well ordered in all things and sure,
2 Sam. 23:5
. Is perfect obedience the condition of it? No: for if by grace, then it is no more of works,
Rom. 11:6
. Is faith the condition of it? Yes: for, by grace ye are saved through faith,
Eph. 2:8
. Is sincerity accepted as our gospel perfection? Yes: walk before me, and be thou perfect,
Gen. 17:1
. Is that which is required in the covenant promised in the covenant? Yes: I will cause you to walk in my statutes,
Ezek. 36:27
. Does every transgression in the covenant cast us out of the covenant? No: I will visit their transgression with a rod, but my lovingkindness will I not utterly take away,
Ps. 89:32–33
Will this covenant deliver us out of a state of sin and misery? Yes: Whosoever believes in Christ shall not perish
John 3:16
. Will it bring us into a state of salvation? Yes: He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life,
John 3:36
. And can we desire any more? No: It is all my salvation, and all my desire,
2 Sam. 23:5
Was there intimation given to Adam of this way of salvation by a Redeemer? Yes: for it was said to him, That the seed of the woman should break the serpent’s head,
Gen. 3:15
. Was it made known to the Old Testament saints? Yes: for of this salvation have the prophets inquired, and searched diligently,
1 Pet. 1:10
. But is it brought to a clearer light in the New Testament? Yes: Go preach the gospel to every creature; he that believes shall be saved, and he that believes not shall be damned,
Mark 16:15–16
. Is this good news to fallen man? Yes: Glory be to God in the highest, on earth peace, good-will towards men,
Luke 11:14
. Does this covenant exclude any that do not exclude themselves? No: Whosoever will, let him come, and take of the water of life freely,
Rev. 22:17
Did mankind need a Redeemer? Yes: for by our iniquities we had sold ourselves,
Isa. 1:1
. Did the elect themselves need a Redeemer? Yes: for we ourselves also were sometimes disobedient,
Titus 3:3
. Would there have been a Redeemer if Adam had not sinned? No: for they that be whole need not a physician,
Matt. 9:12
. Could an angel have been our Redeemer? No: for his angels he charged with folly,
Job 4:18
Is Jesus Christ the Redeemer? Yes: there is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus,
1 Tim. 2:5
. Is he the only Redeemer? Yes: for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved,
Acts 4:12
. Is he a universal Redeemer? Yes: he gave himself a ransom for all,
1 Tim. 2:6
. Did he die to purchase a general offer? Yes: the Son of Man was lifted up, that whosoever believes in him should not perish,
John 3:14–15
. Is all the world the better for Christ’s mediation? Yes: for by him all things consist
Col. 1:17
. Is it long of Christ then that so many perish? No: I would have gathered you, and you would not,
Matt. 23:37
Is Christ in a special manner the Redeemer of God’s elect? Yes: I lay down my life for the sheep,
John 10:15
. Was their salvation particularly designed in Christ’s undertaking? Yes: Thou has given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him,
John 17:2
. Was their sanctification particularly designed? Yes: For their sakes I sanctify myself; that they also might be sanctified,
John 17:19
. Is all mankind redeemed from among devils? Yes: for none must say as they did, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God,
Matt. 8:2
Matt. 8:9
. But are the elect redeemed from among men? Yes: these were redeemed from among men,
Rev. 14:4
Is the Redeemer LORD? Yes: every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
Phil. 2:11
. Is he Jesus a Saviour? Yes: Thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins,
Matt. 1:21
. Is he Christ anointed? Yes: for God, even thy God, hath anointed thee,
Heb. 1:9
. Is he Emmanuel? Yes: They shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is, God with us, Matt. 1:28.
Is he the Son of God? Yes: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God,
Matt. 16:16
. Is he the Eternal Son of God? Yes: for he is before all things,
Col. 1:17
. Is he God? Yes: unto the Son he says, Thy throne, 0 God, is for ever and ever,
Heb. 1:8
. Is he true God? Yes: His Son Jesus Christ is the true God, and eternal life,
1 John 5:20
. Is he the most high God? Yes: for Christ is over all, God, blessed for ever,
Rom. 9:5
. Is he equal with the Father? Yes: for he thought it not robbery to be equal with God,
Phil. 2:6
. Is he one with the Father? Yes: I and my Father are one,
John 10:30
. Is he to be worshipped as God? Yes: for all men should honour the Son even as they honour the Father,
John 5:28
. Is he worshipped by the angels? Yes: Let all the angels of God worship him,
Heb. 1:6
. And is there good reason for it? Yes : for he is the brightness of his Father’s glory,
Heb. 1:3
. Was he begotten of his Father before all worlds? Yes: Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee,
Ps. 2:7
. Is he the only-begotten Son of God? Yes: We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father,
John 1:14
Did the Son of God become man? Yes: the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us,
John 1:14
. Did he come into this world? Yes: he came forth from the Father, and came into the world,
John 16:28
. Did he come in the fittest time? Yes: when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son,
Gal. 4:4
. Did he come with a full commission? Yes: for the Father sanctified him, and sent him into the world,
John 10:36
. Did he come to save us? Yes: the son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost,
Luke 19:10
. Did he come to conquer Satan? Yes: for this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil,
1 John 3:8
Did the Redeemer take our nature upon him? Yes: he was found in fashion as a man,
Phil. 2:8
. Had he a being before his incarnation? Yes: before Abraham was, I am,
John 8:58
. Had he a being before the world? Yes: for the same was in the beginning with God,
John 1:2
. Is not his incarnation a great mystery? Yes: without controversy great is the mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh,
1 Tim. 3:16
. Is it necessary that we believe it? Yes: for he that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God,
1 John 4:3
. Was Jesus Christ God even when he was upon earth? Yes: I am in the Father, and the Father in me,
John 14:11
. Is he man now he is in heaven? Yes for he that descended is the same also that ascended,
Eph. 4:10
Is the Redeemer both God and man? Yes: for to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and he shall be called the mighty God, the everlasting Father,
Isa. 9:6
. Is he both the Son of God, and the Son of man? Yes: he was the Son of Adam, he was the Son of God,
Luke 3:38
. Does he continue to be so? Yes: for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day and for ever,
Heb. 13:8
. Was he man that he might suffer? Yes: for without shedding of blood is no remission,
Heb. 9:22
. Was he God that he might satisfy? Yes: for God has purchased the church with his own blood,
Acts 20:28
. Is he God and man in two distinct natures? Yes: for he is both the root and offspring of David,
Rev. 22:16
Matt. 22:45
. Is he so in one person? Yes: for to us there is but one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him,
1 Cor. 8:6
. Is he so for ever? Yes: he is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first and the last,
Rev. 22:13
Is this Jesus the true Messiah promised to the fathers? Yes: we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world,
John 4:42
. Were the Scriptures fulfilled in him? Yes: to him give all the prophets witness,
Acts 10:43
. Did his miracles prove his doctrine? Yes: The works that I do bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me,
John 5:36
. Did the Father himself bear witness of him? Yes: by a voice from heaven saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him,
Matt. 17:5
. May we venture our souls upon this foundation? Yes: for this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son,
1 John 5:11
Did Christ the Son of God become man? Yes: forasmuch as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same,
Heb. 2:14
. Was it requisite he should become man? Yes: for in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren,
Heb. 2:17
. Has the Son of man the fulness of the Godhead? Yes: for in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,
Col. 2:9
. Has the Son of God the tenderness of a man? Yes: for he was touched with the feeling of our infirmities,
Heb. 4:15
Did Christ take unto himself a true body? Yes: A body hast thou prepared me,
Heb. 10:5
. Was it a body like unto ours? Yes: for he was in the likeness of sinful flesh,
Rom. 8:3
. Did he take to himself a human soul? Yes: for he said, My soul is exceeding sorrowful,
Matt. 26:38
Was he conceived by ordinary generation? No: for he said, Ye are beneath, I am from above,
John 8:23
. Was he conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost? Yes: the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee,
Luke 1:35
. Was he born of the Virgin Mary? Yes: the Scripture was fulfilled, Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son,
Matt. 1:23
. Was his conception and birth supernatural? Yes: that which was conceived in the Virgin Mary was of the Holy Ghost,
Matt. 1:20
. Yet was he really and truly man? Yes: for he is not ashamed to call us brethren,
Heb. 2:11
Was Christ the seed of the woman? Yes: for he was made of a woman,
Gal. 4:4
. Was the Scripture therein fulfilled? Yes: for the seed of the woman must break the serpent’s head,
Gen. 3:15
. Was he the Son of Abraham? Yes: for he took on him the seed of Abraham,
Heb. 2:16
. Was the Scripture therein fulfilled? Yes: for it was said to Abraham, In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed,
Gen. 12:2
. Was he the Son of David? Yes: Hosanna to the Son of David,
Matt. 21:9
. Was the Scripture therein fulfilled? Yes: He hath raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spake by the mouth of all his holy prophets,
Luke 1:69–70
Was Christ born in Bethlehem? Yes: To you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour,
Luke 2:11
. Was he born among the Jews? Yes: of them as concerning the flesh, Christ came,
Rom. 9:5
. And was it the honour of that nation? Yes: he was the glory of his people Israel,
Luke 2:32
. Did he come when the Messiah was expected? Yes: they then looked for redemption in Jerusalem,
Luke 2:38
. Did he come when the sceptre was departed from Judah? Yes: for then there went out a decree that all the world should be taxed,
Luke 2:1
. Did the angels attend him at his birth? Yes: there was a multitude of the heavenly host praising God,
Luke 2:13
Was the Redeemer born in sin as we are? No: he was without sin,
Heb. 4:15
. Was he perfectly pure and holy? Yes: That holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God,
Luke 1:35
. Was he pure aud holy in his whole life? Yes: he did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth,
1 Pet. 2:22
. Was it requisite he should be so? Yes: such a High Priest became us, that was holy, harmless, and undefiled,
Heb. 7:26
. Could he have satisfied for our sin, if he had had any sin of his own? No: for he must through the eternal Spirit offer himself without spot,
Heb. 9:14
Was he subject to the sinless infirmities of our natures? Yes: he was in all points tempted like as we are,
Heb. 4:15
. Was he hungry? Yes: when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterwards an hungered,
Matt. 4:2
. Was he weary? Yes: Being weary with his journey, he sat on the well,
John 4:6
. Did he sleep? Yes: when the ship was covered with waves he was asleep,
Matt. 8:24
. Did he pass through the ages of human life? Yes: for Jesus increased in wisdom and stature,
Luke 2:52
Was the Redeemer willing to be incarnate for us? Yes: for when he cometh into the world, he saith, Lo, I come to do thy will, 0 God,
Heb. 10:5
Heb. 10:7
. Is it well for us that he was so? Yes: for by this will we are sanctified,
Heb. 10:10
. Was Christ’s incarnation great condescension in him? Yes: for hereby he was made a little lower than the angels,
Heb. 2:9
. Was it a great honour to our nature? Yes: What is man that thou art thus mindful of him?
Heb. 2:6–8
. Is it good news to mankind? Yes: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,
1 Tim. 1:15
Is Christ a complete Redeemer? Yes: for it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell,
Col. 1:19
. Is he completely qualified for the undertaking? Yes: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him,
John 3:34
. Is he authorized for it? Yes: for all things are delivered to him of the Father,
Matt. 11:27
. Has he a full commission? Yes: for the Father judgeth no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son,
John 5:22
. And has he an ability equal to his authority? Yes: for as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself, ver. 26.
Is there all that in Christ which fallen man stands in need of? Yes: for Christ is all, and in all,
Col. 3:11
. Is he light? Yes: I am the light of the world,
John 8:12
. Is he life? Yes: in him was life, and the life was the light of men,
John 1:4
. Is he our peace? Yes: he is our peace,
Eph. 2:14
. Is he our head? Yes: he is the head of the body, the church,
Col. 1:18
. Is he the door? Yes: I am the door of the sheep,
John 10:7
. Is he the way? Yes: I am the way, the truth, and the life,
John 14:6
. Can we come to God as a Father, otherwise than by Jesus Christ as Mediator? No: for no man cometh to the Father but by me,
John 14:6
. Is he our food? Yes: I am that bread of life,
John 6:48
. Is he our friend? Yes: This is my beloved, and this is my friend, Cant. 5:16.
Is Jesus Christ a Redeemer in office? Yes: for God hath exalted him with his own right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour,
Acts 5:31
. Is he duly put in office? Yes: for him hath God the Father sealed,
John 6:27
. Does he duly execute his office? Yes: for he was faithful to him that appointed him,
Heb. 3:2
. Is he a Prophet? Yes: This is of a truth that Prophet that should come into the world,
John 6:14
. Is he a Priest? Yes: he is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession,
Heb. 3:1
. Is he a King? Yes: he is King of kings, and Lord of lords,
Rev. 19:16
Did Christ execute these offices in his state of humiliation? Yes: I have glorified thee on the earth,
John 17:4
. Does he execute them in his state of exaltation? Yes: for in heaven itself he now appears in the presence of God for us,
Heb. 9:24
. Is he then an all-sufficient Saviour? Yes: he is able to save to the uttermost all those that come to God by him,
Heb. 7:25
. And is he as willing to save as he is able? Yes: Whosoever comes unto me I will in no wise cast out,
John 6:37
Does Christ execute the office of a Prophet? Yes: We know that thou art a Teacher come from God,
John 3:2
. Does God speak to us by him? Yes: he hath in these last days spoken to us by his Son,
Heb. 1:2
. Were there prophets under the Old Testament? Yes: God sent his servants the prophets,
Jer. 25:4
. But was Christ above them all? Yes: for he is the Lord God of the holy prophets,
Rev. 22:6
Col. 1:11
. And were they his agents? Yes: it was the Spirit of Christ in them that testified,
1 Pet. 1:11
Was Moses the great type of Christ as a prophet? Yes: Aprophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren like unto me,
Acts 3:22
. But was Christ greater than Moses? Yes: for Moses was faithful as a servant, but Christ as a Son,
Heb. 3:5–6
. And is the doctrine of Christ better than that of Moses? Yes: for the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ,
John 1:17
. Was Christ completely qualified to be a Prophet? Yes: for in him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Col. 2:3
. Was ever any other so well qualified? No: for no man knows the Father, but the Son,
Matt. 11:27
Has Christ, as a Prophet, revealed God’s will to us? Yes: for he said, my doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me,
John 7:16
, [[John.12.49-John.12.50]]. Has he revealed God’s will concerning our duty? Yes: for he did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfil,
Matt. 5:17
. And concerning our happiness? Yes: for he was anointed to preach the acceptable year of the Lord,
Luke 4:18
Did Christ execute this office when he was on earth? Yes: for he taught them as one having authority,
Matt. 7:29
. Did he introduce his doctrine with Thus saith the Lord, like the Old Testament prophets? No: but Verily, Verily, I say unto you,
John 3:3
. Did he confirm his doctrine by miracles? Yes: believe me (said he) for the very works’ sake,
John 14:11
. Were his miracles many? Yes: many signs did Jesus in the presence of his disciples,
John 20:30
. Were they profitable? Yes: He went about doing good,
Acts 10:38
. Did Christ teach by the example of his life? Yes: that we might follow his steps,
1 Pet. 2:21
Does he still execute this office? Yes: for he said, I have declared thy name unto them, and will declare it.
John 17:26
. Does he reveal God’s will to us by his word? Yes: for these things are written that we may believe.
John 20:31
. And by his Spirit? Yes: the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost: he shall teach you all things,
John 14:26
. Does Jesus Christ teach his people? Yes: All thy children shall be taught of the Lord,
Isa. 54:13
. And does he teach effectually? Yes: for the Son of man is come, and hath given us an understanding,
1 John 5:20
. And does he teach compassionately? Yes: for he can have compassion on the ignorant,
Heb. 5:2
Must we learn of this Teacher? Yes: learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart,
Matt. 11:29
. Are we to receive his doctrine? Yes: let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
Col. 3:16
. And must we abide in it? Yes: if ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed,
John 8:31
Did fallen man need a Priest? Yes for every high priest is ordained for man in things pertaining to God,
Heb. 5:1
. Did Christ execute the office of a Priest? Yes: We have a great High Priest, Jesus the Son of God,
Heb. 4:14
. Was he appointed to this office? Yes: for Christ glorified not himself to be made a High Priest,
Heb. 5:5
. Was he confirmed in this office? Yes: for the Lord swore, and will not repent, thou art a Priest for ever,
Heb. 7:21
Did Christ as a Priest, make atonement for sin? Yes: he is a merciful and faithful High Priest, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people,
Heb. 2:17
. Did he do this by the sacrifice of himself? Yes: He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself,
Heb. 9:26
. Was be himself the Priest? Yes: for through the eternal Spirit he offered himself,
Heb. 9:14
. Was he himself the sacrifice? Yes: he made his soul an offering for sin,
Isa. 53:10
. Was he himself the altar? Yes: for we have an altar,
Heb. 13:10
. Would not the legal sacrifices serve? No: for it was not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sin,
Heb. 10:4
. Did God declare them insufficient? Yes: Sacrifice and offering thou wouldst not, ver. 5. Was this sacrifice necessary then? Yes: what the law could not do, in that it was weak, that Christ did,
Rom. 8:3
Did Christ as a sacrifice, bear our sins? Yes: his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,
1 Pet. 2:24
. Did he bear them by the Father’s appointment? Yes: the Lord laid on him the iniquities of us all,
Isa. 53:6
. Did he suffer for them? Yes: he was wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities, ver. 5. And not for any sin of his own? No: Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself,
Dan. 9:26
. Did he suffer to satisfy for sin? Yes: he was once offered to bear the sins of many,
Heb. 9:28
. And was the satisfaction accepted? Yes: he gave himself for us a sacrifice to God of a sweet smelling savour,
Eph. 5:2
Did Christ offer himself voluntarily? Yes: No man taketh my life from me, but I lay it down of myself,
John 10:18
. Was it his own act and deed to make his soul an offering? Yes: for he said, Father into thy hands I commend my spirit,
Luke 23:46
. Did this sacrifice need to be repeated? No: for by one offering he perfected for ever them that are sanctified,
Heb. 10:14
. Did Christ do this for the purchase of our pardon? Yes: for when he did it, he said, Father forgive them,
Luke 23:34
. Was it designed to save us from ruin? Yes: he gave his life a ransom for many,
Matt. 20:28
. And to reconcile us to God? Yes: for he made peace through the blood of his cross,
Col. 1:20
. Is this our plea for peace and pardon? Yes: Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died,
Rom. 8:34
. Is Christ then the great propitiation? Yes: he is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world,
1 John 2:2
. And have we hereby access to God? Yes: he suffered the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God,
1 Pet. 3:18
. And had the Old Testament saints the benefit of this sacrifice? Yes: for he was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world,
Rev. 13:8
Does Christ, as a Priest, make intercession? Yes: for he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors,
Isa. 53:12
. Is he always doing this? Yes: he ever lives, making intercession,
Heb. 7:25
. Does he do this as an Advocate? Yes: if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous,
1 John 2:1
. And as a High Priest? Yes: Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord,
Ex. 28:12
. Does he make intercession in the virtue of his satisfaction? Yes: for by his own blood he entered into the holy place,
Heb. 9:12
Is Christ a Priest after the order of Aaron? No: but after the order of Melchisedec,
Ps. 110:4
. Is he a royal Priest? Yes: for he is a Priest upon his throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both,
Zech. 6:13
. Is he a Priest that needs a successor? No: for this man, because he continueth forever, hath an unchangeable priesthood,
Heb. 7:24
. Is he a priest that needs a sacrifice for himself? No: for the law makes men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath makes the Son, who is consecrated for evermore,
Heb. 7:28
. Have all believers an interest in Christ’s priesthood? Yes: for we have a High Priest over the house of God,
Heb. 10:21
. Is this an encouragement in our approaches to God? Yes: let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace,
Heb. 4:16
. And is this it we must depend upon for our acceptance with God? Yes: for spiritual sacrifices are acceptable to God only through Jesus Christ,
1 Pet. 2:5
Is Christ put into the office of a King? Yes: I have set my King upon my holy hill of Sion,
Ps. 2:6
. Does he execute that office? Yes: he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever,
Luke 1:33
. Is he King as Mediator? Yes: he hath authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man,
John 5:27
. Is his kingdom a spiritual kingdom? Yes: my kingdom is not of this world,
John 18:36
Is Christ universal monarch? Yes: for all power is given to him both in heaven and on earth,
Matt. 28:18
. Has he a right to rule all? Yes: he is Lord of all,
Acts 10:36
. Does he rule all? Yes: he is the governor among the nations,
Ps. 22:28
. Does he rule all for the good of his church? Yes: he is head over all things to the church,
Eph. 1:22
. Is he in a special manner the church’s King? Yes: 0 daughter of Sion, thy King comes,
Zech. 9:9
Does Christ, as a King, subdue his people to himself? Yes: Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power,
Ps. 110:3
. Does he do it by the word of his grace? Yes: he draws with the cords of a man, and with the bands of love,
Hos. 11:4
. Does he do it effectually? Yes: he makes ready a people prepared for the Lord,
Luke 1:17
. Does he conquer the opposition of the carnal mind? Yes: for the weapons of our warfare are mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds,
2 Cor. 10:4
. Does he set up his throne in the soul? Yes: bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,
2 Cor. 10:5
. And does he rule there? Yes: for he writes his law in their hearts,
Heb. 8:10
Does Christ, as a King, reign in his church? Yes: The Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King,
Isa. 33:22
. Does he enact laws? Yes: he gave commandments to his apostles,
Acts 1:2
. Does he commission officers? Yes: By me kings reign,
Prov. 8:15
. Does he give judgment? Yes: we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
2 Cor. 5:10
. Is homage and allegiance due to him? Yes: for at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,
Phil. 2:10
. Does he rule in righteousness? Yes; the sceptre of his kingdom is a right sceptre,
Ps. 45:6
Does Christ, as a King, protect his subjects? Yes: for he shall be as a hiding place from the wind,
Isa. 32:2
. And does he secure the peace of his kingdom? Yes: for this man shall be the peace,
Mic. 5:5
. Has he authority to pardon sin? Yes: the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sin,
Matt. 9:6
. Has he authority to reward services? Yes: I will give thee a crown of life,
Rev. 2:10
Does Christ, as King, restrain his enemies? Yes: on this Rock will I build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,
Matt. 16:18
. Will he conquer them at last? Yes: for he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet,
1 Cor. 15:25
. Will he conquer death itself? Yes: the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death,
1 Cor. 15:26
. Does he count those his enemies that will not have him to reign over them? Yes: Those mine enemies which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me,
Luke 19:27
Is Christ a merciful King? Yes: he is meek, and having salvation,
Zech. 9:9
. Is he the poor man’s King? Yes: he shall deliver the needy when he cries,
Ps. 72:12
. Has he a large kingdom? Yes: he shall have dominion from sea to sea,
Ps. 72:8
. Have we reason to hope it shall be larger than now it is? Yes: for the kingdoms of the world are become the kingdoms of the Lord and of his Christ,
Rev. 11:15
. Shall it be a lasting kingdom? Yes: his throne shall be as the days of heaven,
Ps. 89:29
. And when the mystery of God shall be finished, shall the kingdom of the Redeemer be resigned to the creator? Yes: then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the father,
1 Cor. 15:24
Ought we to rejoice in Christ’s dominion? Yes: Let the children of Sion be joyful in their King,
Ps. 149:2
. Must we accept him for our King? Yes: Take my yoke upon you,
Matt. 11:29
. Must we pay tribute to him? Yes: Send ye the Lamb to the ruler of the land,
Isa. 16:1
. Must we obey him? Yes: for he is the Author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him,
Heb. 5:9
Is Jesus Christ exalted? Yes: because he humbled himself, therefore God also hath highly exalted him,
Phil. 2:9
. Was his humiliation the way to exaltation? Yes: he suffered these things, and so entered into his glory,
Luke 24:26
. Was his exaltation the reward of his humiliation? Yes: I have glorified thee on the earth, and now O Father, glorify thou me,
John 17:5
. Had he it in his eye in his sufferings? Yes: for the joy that was set before him, he endured the cross,
Heb. 12:2
Was his resurrection the first step of his exaltation? Yes: he was buried, and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
1 Cor. 15:4
. Did he continue always in the hands of death? No: for it was impossible he should be holden of them,
Acts 2:24
. Did he rise to life? Yes: he both rose and revived,
Rom. 14:9
. Did the same body rise? Yes: Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself,
Luke 24:39
. Is he the same Jesus still? Yes: I am he that liveth, and was dead,
Rev. 1:18
. Did he lie in the grave all the Jewish sabbath? Yes: for he rose in the end of the sabbath,
Matt. 28:1
. Did he rise the same day of the week? Yes: as it began to dawn towards the first day of the week,
Matt. 28:1
. Have we sufficient proof of his resurrection? Yes: he showed himself alive, by many infallible proofs,
Acts 1:3
. Did he rise to die no more? Yes: Death hath no more dominion over him,
Rom. 6:9
Did Christ rise by his own power? Yes: Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up,
John 2:19
John 10:18
. Was that a divine power? Yes: for he was crucified through weakness, but he lived by the power of God,
2 Cor. 13:4
. Was it the great proof of his being the Son of God? Yes: he was declared to be the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead,
Rom. 1:4
. Was it the will of the Father he should rise? Yes: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came, and rolled back the stone,
Matt. 28:2
. Did the Father raise him? Yes: God raised him from the dead,
Acts 13:30
. Was this an evidence of the acceptance of his satisfaction? Yes: for he was raised again for our justification,
Rom. 4:25
. And we may plead it? Yes: it is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again,
Rom. 8:34
Did Christ rise as a public person? Yes: for since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead,
1 Cor. 15:21
. Are true believers raised with him to a spiritual life? Yes: be hath quickened us together with Christ,
Eph. 2:5
. And shall they be shortly raised to eternal life? Yes: Christ the first-fruits, afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming,
1 Cor. 15:23
. Is the resurrection of Christ one of the great foundations of Christianity? Yes: if Christ be not risen, our faith is vain, ver. 14.
Did Christ stay on earth forty days after his resurrection? Yes: he was seen of them forty days,
Acts 1:3
. Did he then ascend up into heaven? Yes: while he blessed them he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven,
Luke 24:51
. Did he ascend in a cloud? Yes: a cloud received him out of their sight,
Acts 1:9
. Was he welcome in heaven? Yes: when the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, he came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him,
Dan. 7:13
Was it for our advantage that he ascended up into heaven? Yes: It is expedient for you that I go away,
John 16:7
. Did he ascend as a conqueror? Yes: when he ascended on high, he led captivity captive,
Eph. 4:8
. Did he ascend as our forerunner? Yes: as the forerunner he is for us entered,
Heb. 6:20
. Is he gone to prepare a place for us? Yes: I go to prepare a place for you,
John 14:2
. Did he enter as our High Priest, within the veil? Yes: by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place,
Heb. 9:12
Did he sit at the right hand of God? Yes: he is seated on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
Heb. 8:1
. Has he authority to sit there? Yes: the Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
Ps. 110:1
. Is he there now? Yes: he is even at the right hand of God,
Rom. 8:34
. Has he been seen there? Yes: Stephen said, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God,
Acts 7:56
. Will he continue there? Yes: the heavens must receive him till the restitution of all things,
Acts 3:21
. Has he the highest honour there? Yes: God hath given him a name above every name,
Phil. 2:9
. Has he the sovereign power there? Yes: for angels, authorities, and powers are made subject to him,
1 Pet. 3:22
. Is he Lord of all there? Yes: Thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands,
Heb. 2:7
. Ought we therefore to have our hearts in heaven? Yes: Seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God,
Col. 3:1
Will Christ come again? Yes: If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again,
John 14:3
. Are you sure he will come again? Yes: for he said, Surely I come quickly,
Rev. 22:20
. Will he come in glory? Yes: he shall come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,
Matt. 24:30
. Will his angels attend him? Yes: he shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him,
Matt. 25:31
. Will he come publicly? Yes: Behold he comes in the clouds, and every eye shall see him,
Rev. 1:7
Will Christ come to judge the world? Yes: God hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom he hath ordained,
Acts 17:31
. Will he come to the terror of all his enemies? Yes: they also which pierced him shall wail because of him,
Rev. 1:7
. Will he come to the comfort of all his faithful followers? Yes: to them that look for him, he will appear the second time unto salvation,
Heb. 9:28
. Will this be at the last day? Yes: I will raise him up at the last day,
John 6:39
. Ought we to wait for that day? Yes: looking for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearance of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, Titus. 2:18.
Is redemption purchased by Christ? Yes: he obtained eternal redemption for us,
Heb. 9:12
. Is he then the Author of it? Yes: he became the Author of salvation,
Heb. 5:9
. Is it redemption by price? Yes: Ye are bought with a price,
1 Cor. 6:20
. Is it a redemption by power? Yes: for he hath led captivity captive,
Ps. 68:18
. Is this redemption offered to all? Yes: he hath proclaimed liberty to the captives,
Isa. 61:1
. May all that will take the benefit of it? Yes: Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters,
Isa. 55:1
. Have all the world therefore some benefit by it? Yes: Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,
Mark 16:15
. But have all the world a like benefit by it? No: Thou wilt manifest thyself to us, and not unto the world,
John 14:22
Is it enough for us that there is a redemption purchased? No: for there are those who deny the Lord who bought them,
2 Pet. 2:1
. Is it enough to hear of it? No: for to some it is a savour of death unto death,
2 Cor. 2:16
. Is it enough to have a name among the redeemed? No: Thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead,
Rev. 3:1
. Is it necessary therefore that we be partakers of the redemption? Yes: that we may say, Who loved me, and gave himself for me,
Gal. 2:20
. Do all partake of it? No: Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter,
Acts 8:21
. Do all believers partake of it? Yes: We are made partakers of Christ,
Heb. 2:14
. Do they receive the Redeemer? Yes: We have received Christ Jesus the Lord,
Col. 2:6
. Do any receive this of themselves? No: A man can receive nothing except it be given him from above,
John 3:27
Must the redemption be applied to us? Yes: It is Christ in you the hope of glory,
Col. 1:27
. Is it the Spirit’s work to apply it? Yes: for it is the Spirit that quickens,
John 6:68
. Is he sent for that purpose? Yes: He shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you,
John 16:15
. Is he sent in Christ’s name? Yes: He is the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name,
John 14:26
. Have we as much need of the Spirit to apply the redemption to us, as of the Son to purchase it for us? Yes: for when Christ had purchased it, it was expedient for us he should go away, that he might send the Comforter,
John 16:7
Is the Spirit given to the church in general? Yes: Another Comforter shall abide with you for ever,
John 14:16
. Is he promised to particular persons? Yes: Turn ye at my reproof; behold, I will pour out my Spirit unto you,
Prov. 1:28
. Are we to pray for the Spirit then? Yes: our heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him,
Luke 11:13
. Do all believers receive of the Spirit? Yes: God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts,
Gal. 4:6
. Is he their teacher? Yes: he shall teach them all things. Is he their remembrancer? Yes: he shall bring all things to their remembrance,
John 14:26
. Is he the earnest? Yes: he hath given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts,
2 Cor. 1:22
. Does he begin the good work of grace in the heart? Yes: for when he is come, he shall convince,
John 16:8
. And does he perfect it? Yes: for he hath wrought us for the selfsame thing,
2 Cor. 5:5
Does the Spirit act freely in applying the redemption? Yes: The wind bloweth where it listeth, so is every one that is born of the Spirit,
John 3:8
. Does he act mysteriously? Yes: Thou knowest not what is the way of the Spirit, Eccl. 11:15. Does he act effectually? Yes: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me,
John 6:37
Is faith necessary to our interest in the redemption? Yes: for without faith it is impossible to please God,
Heb. 11:6
. Is it the great thing necessary? Yes: only believe, all things are possible to him that can believe,
Mark 5:36
Mark 9:23
. Can we have a saving interest in the redemption without faith? No: he that believeth not, is condemned already,
John 3:18
. Is it that which is required on our part? Yes: by grace ye are saved through faith. And is it of ourselves? No: not of ourselves, it is the gift of God,
Eph. 2:8
. Is it given for Christ’s sake? Yes: Unto you it is given on the behalf of Christ to believe on him,
Phil. 1:29
Does the Spirit work faith in us? Yes: it is the faith of the operation of God,
Col. 2:12
. Is it a divine work then? Yes: this is the work of God, that ye believe,
John 6:29
. Is it a work of divine power? Yes: we believe according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ,
Eph. 1:19–20
. Is it wrought in all the saints? Yes: for they have all obtained a like precious faith,
2 Pet. 1:1
. Shall it be wrought in all the chosen? Yes: for it is the faith of God’s elect,
Titus 1:1
Are all true believers united to Christ? Yes: He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit,
1 Cor. 6:17
. Are they interested in his death? Yes: We are crucified with Christ,
Gal. 2:20
. And in his burial? Yes: We are buried with him in baptism,
Rom. 6:4
. And in his resurrection? Yes: He has quickened us together with Christ,
Eph. 2:5
. And in his ascension? Yes: He has made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Eph. 2:6
Is there a real union between Christ and believers? Yes: for both he that sanctifieth, and they who are sanctified are all of one,
Heb. 2:11
. Is he the head? Yes: he is the Head of the body, the church,
Col. 1:18
. Are they his members? Yes: Who are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones,
Eph. 5:30
. Is he the Root? Yes: for of his fulness have all we received,
John 1:16
. Are they the branches? Yes: I am the vine, ye are the branches,
John 15:5
. Is he the Foundation? Yes: Behold I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone,
Isa. 28:16
. Are they built upon him? Yes: Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house,
1 Pet. 2:5
Is there a relative union between Christ and believers? Yes: I ascend to my Father and your Father,
John 20:17
. Are they his children? Yes: here am I, and the children which thou hast given me,
Heb. 2:13
. Are they his brethren? Yes: he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Heb. 2:11–12
. Are they his spouse? Yes: I have espoused you to one husband,
2 Cor. 11:2
. Are they his subjects? Yes: they are translated into the kingdom of his dear Son,
Col. 1:13
. Are they his soldiers? Yes: good soldiers of Jesus Christ,
2 Tim. 2:3
. Are they his servants? Yes: Ye call me Master and Lord,
John 13:13
. Are they his scholars? Yes: they sit at Jesus’ feet and hear his word,
Luke 10:39
. Are they his sheep? Yes: for he is the great Shepherd of the sheep,
Heb. 13:20
Is it by faith that we are united to Christ? Yes: for Christ dwells in the heart by faith,
Eph. 3:17
. Is that owing to the Spirit? Yes: we are a habitation of God through the Spirit,
Eph. 2:22
. Does communion result from this union? Yes: for truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ,
1 John 1:3
. And is that owing to the Spirit? Yes: we have an access by one Spirit unto the Father,
Eph. 2:18
. Can we be united to Christ without the indwelling of the Spirit? No: for if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his,
Rom. 8:9
. Have all that are united to Christ an interest in the benefits of redemption? Yes: for of him are we in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,
1 Cor. 1:30
Are we united to Christ in our effectual calling? Yes: for we are called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
1 Cor. 1:9
. Will the common call unite us to Christ? No: for many are called, but few are chosen,
Matt. 22:14
. Is it the effectual call then that does it? Yes: for whom he called, them he justified,
Rom. 8:30
Does the gospel call us from sin to God? Yes: it turns from the power of Satan unto God,
Acts 26:18
. Does it call us from self to Christ? Yes: If any man will be my disciple, let him deny himself and follow me,
Matt. 16:24
. Does it call us from darkness to light? Yes: he hath called us out of darkness into his marvellous light,
1 Pet. 2:9
. And from uncleanness to holiness? Yes: God hath not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness,
1 Thess. 4:7
. And from this world to the other? Yes: If ye be risen with Christ, seek those things that are above,
Col. 3:1
. Is this call effectual when we come at the call? Yes: Follow me, and he arose and followed him,
Matt. 9:9
. Is it our great concern to make this sure? Yes: make your calling and your election sure,
2 Pet. 1:10
Is the common call given to the world? Yes: he sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden,
Matt. 22:3
. Can ministers make that call effectual? No: for who hath believed our report,
Isa. 53:1
. Is it the work of God to make it effectual? Yes: for it is God that giveth the increase,
1 Cor. 3:7
. Does he do it in a way suitable to our nature? Yes: I drew them with cords of a man,
Hos. 11:4
. Is it necessary to our salvation that the call should be effectual? Yes: who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling,
2 Tim. 1:9
Are all who are effectually called convinced of sin? Yes: I was alive without the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived,
Rom. 7:9
. Is it the Spirit’s work to convince? Yes: when he is come he will convince the world of sin,
John 16:8
. Is the word the ordinary means of conviction? Yes: for by the law is the knowledge of sin,
Rom. 3:20
. Is it necessary we should be convinced of sin? Yes: for they that are whole need not a physician,
Matt. 9:12
. Must we be convinced of the fact of sin? Yes: These things thou hast done,
Ps. 50:21
. And of the fault of sin? Yes: Know therefore, and see, that it is an evil thing,
Jer. 2:19
. And of the folly of sin? Yes: Herein thou hast done foolishly,
2 Chron. 16:9
. And of the filth of sin? Yes: For how canst thou say, I am not polluted?
Jer. 2:23
. And of the fruit of sin? Yes: Your sins have separated between you and your God,
Isa. 59:1–2
. And of the fountain of sin? Yes: They shall know every man the plague of his own heart,
1 Kings 8:38
Does the Spirit, when he has convinced us of sin and misery, leave us so? No: for he has torn, and he will heal us,
Hos. 6:1
. When he has showed us our wound, does he show us our remedy? Yes: O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself, but in me is thy help,
Hos. 13:9
. Does he enlighten our minds? Yes: the Spirit of wisdom and revelation is given, that the eyes of our understanding may be enlightened,
Eph. 1:17–18
. Does he enlighten them with the knowledge of Christ? Yes: he gives the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,
2 Cor. 4:6
. Does he discover to the soul Christ’s ability to save? Yes: I have laid help upon one that is mighty,
Ps. 89:19
. And his willingness to save? Yes: I will, be thou clean,
Matt. 8:3
. Should we be most ambitious of the knowledge of Christ? Yes: counting all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord,
Phil. 3:8
. Does the Spirit direct convinced sinners to Christ? Yes: Turn ye to the B hold, ye prisoners of hope,
Zech. 9:12
Is it enough to have the mind enlightened? No: for we are called into a professed subjection to the gospel of Christ,
2 Cor. 9:13
. Must the will therefore be renewed? Yes: for it is God that worketh in us both to will and to do of his own good pleasure,
Phil. 2:13
. Is it the work of the Spirit to incline the will to do that which is good? Yes: Incline my heart unto thy testimonies,
Ps. 119:36
. And is that the renewing of the will? Yes: A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you,
Ezek. 36:26
. Does that make the will pliable? Yes: I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh,
Ezek. 11:19
. Does it bring it into subjection to the will of God? Yes: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
Acts 9:6
. And is that a cheerful subjection? Yes: because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost,
Rom. 5:5
Is Christ offered to us in the gospel? Yes: Behold, I stand at the door and knock,
Rev. 3:20
. Is he freely offered? Yes: Come buy, without money, and without price,
Isa. 55:1
. Are we concerned to embrace that offer? Yes: Come eat of my bread, and drink of the wine that I have mingled,
Prov. 9:5
. Are we by nature averse to it? Yes: Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life,
John 5:40
. Do sinners perish then through their own wilfulness? Yes: I have called, and ye have refused,
Prov. 1:24
. Does the Spirit in effectual calling overcome this aversion? Yes: With loving kindness have I drawn thee,
Jer. 31:3
. Does he persuade us to embrace this offer? Yes: For every man that hath heard, and learned of the Father, cometh unto me,
John 6:45
. Does he enable us? Yes: For you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins,
Eph. 2:1
Can we turn to God by any power of our own? No: for we are not sufficient of ourselves,
2 Cor. 3:5
. Is it the grace of God that turns us to him? Yes: Turn thou me, and I shall be turned,
Jer. 31:18
. Is it free grace? Yes: He went on frowardly in the way of his heart, I have seen his ways and will heal him,
Isa. 57:17–18
. Does it turn us by a work upon the will? Yes: The Lord opened the heart of Lydia,
Acts 16:14
. Is it special grace? Yes: It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy,
Rom. 9:16
. Shall this grace be given to all the elect? Yes: All that the Father hath given me shall come unto me,
John 6:37
. Shall it be effectual? Yes: His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain,
1 Cor. 15:10
. May we. in faith pray for this grace? Yes: I will for this be inquired of by the house of Israel,
Ezek. 36:37
. Can any turn to God without this special grace? No: for no man can come to me, except the Father, which hath sent me, draw him,
John 6:44
. Must that grace therefore have all the glory? Yes: we must show forth the praises of him that hath called us,
1 Pet. 2:9
Are they dignified and preferred? Yes: Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
1 Pet. 2:9
. Are they brought near? Yes: Ye who sometimes were afar off, are made nigh,
Eph. 2:13
. Are they enriched? Yes: God hath called the poor in this world rich in faith,
James 2:5
. Are they taken into the communion of saints? Yes: for we are come to the church of the first-born which are written in heaven,
Heb. 12:23
. And into communion with the holy angels? Yes: for we are come to an innumerable company of angels,
Heb. 12:29
. Are they entitled to tile best possessions? Yes: all things are yours, whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come, all are yours,
1 Cor. 3:22
. Are they happy in the best blessings? Yes: The God and Father of our Lord Jesus hath blessed us with spiritual blessings in heavenly things,
Eph. 1:3
. Are they happy both for soul and body? Yes: He hath given us all things that pertain to life and godliness,
2 Pet. 1:3
Are they justified? Yes: whom he called, them he justified, Rom. viii. 110. Is that an unspeakable benefit? Yes: blessed is the man whose iniquity is forgiven,
Ps. 32:1
. Are they adopted? Yes: for he hath predestinated us to the adoption of children,
Eph. 1:5
. And is that an unspeakable benefit? Yes: for if children, then heirs,
Rom. 8:17
. Are they sanctified? Yes: they are sanctified in Christ Jesus,
1 Cor. 1:2
. And is that an unspeakable benefit? Yes: for we are partakers of his holiness,
Heb. 12:10
Do they partake of other benefits? Yes: The Lord will give grace and glory and no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly,
Ps. 84:11
Are all these benefits given to them that are effectually called? Yes: for the promise of the remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, is to as many as the Lord our God shall call,
Acts 2:39
. And shall every thing turn to their advantage? Yes: all things work together for good to them that are the called,
Rom. 8:28
. Will you therefore make it sure that you are effectually called, by coming at the call? Yes: behold, we come unto thee, for thou art the Lord our God,
Jer. 3:22
Are all that are justified discharged from the sentence of the law? Yes: for there is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus,
Rom. 8:1
. Have they their sins pardoned? Yes: we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
Eph. 1:7
. Does God forgive them? Yes: I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions,,
Isa. 43:25
When God forgives sin does he forgive all? Yes: having forgiven all your trespasses,
Col. 2:13
. Does he forgive even great sins? Yes: though your sins have been as scarlet, they shall be white as snow,
Isa. 1:18
. Does he forgive many sins? Yes: he will abundantly pardon,
Isa. 55:7
. Does he forgive freely? Yes: I will be merciful to their unrighteousness. Does he forgive fully? Yes: their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more,
Heb. 8:12
. Is he forward to forgive? Yes: I said I will confess and thou forgavest,
Ps. 32:5
. Does he forgive and forget? Yes: thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea,
Mic. 7:19
Is forgiveness of sins offered to all upon gospel terms? Yes: for repentance and remission of sins is preached to all nations,
Luke 24:47
. Is it secured to all the chosen remnant? Yes: for Christ is exalted to be a Prince, and a Saviour, to give repentance and remission of sins,
Acts 5:31
. Have all believers their sins pardoned? Yes: through him all that believe are justified,
Acts 13:39
. Are they accepted in God’s sight? Yes: he hath made us accepted in the Beloved,
Eph. 1:6
. Are they accepted as righteous? Yes: for we are made the righteousness of God in him,
2 Cor. 5:21
Is the righteousness of Christ imputed to us for our justification? Yes: for he is made of God unto us righteousness,
1 Cor. 1:30
. Did Christ die that it might be imputed? Yes: He shall justify many, for he shall bear their iniquities,
Isa. 53:11
. Do we owe our justification then to the death of Christ? Yes: the blood of Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin,
1 John 1:7
. And does that lay the foundation of our salvation? Yes: being justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath,
Rom. 5:9
. Were we justified from eternity? No: for in due time Christ died for the ungodly,
Rom. 5:9
. If Christ had died, and not risen again, could he have justified us? No: for he was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification,
Rom. 4:25
. Is that then our plea for peace and pardon? Yes: for who then is he that shall condemn?
Rom. 8:34
. May we then depend upon Christ for righteousness? Yes: In the Lord I have righteousness and strength,
Isa. 45:24
. Is it become an act of justice in God to pardon sin upon the account of Christ’s righteousness? Yes: for he is just, and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus,
Rom. 3:26
1 John 1:9
Are we to receive the righteousness of Christ? Yes: We have now received the atonement,
Rom. 5:11
. Do we receive it by faith? Yes: through his name; whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins,
Acts 10:43
. And by faith only? Yes: for being justified by faith we have peace with God,
Rom. 5:1
. Did Christ’s death satisfy the law? Yes: for Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law,
Gal. 3:13
. Is that then our only righteousness in the law court? Yes: for we are reconciled to God by the death of his Son,
Rom. 5:10
. Do we by true faith come up to the terms of the gospel? Yes: Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved,
Acts 16:31
. Is that then our righteousness in the gospel court? Yes: for to him that believeth, his faith is counted for righteousness,
Rom. 4:5
. Is it therefore our life? Yes: for the just shall live by his faith,
Hab. 2:4
. Is it so as it applies Christ’s righteousness? Yes: This is the name whereby he shall be called, the Lord our righteousness,
Jer. 23:6
Is justifying faith a working faith Yes: for by works is faith made perfect,
James 2:22
. And will that faith justify us which does not produce good works? No: for by works a man is justified, and not by faith only,
James 2:24
. Is faith then dead without good works? Yes: for as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also,
James 2:26
. And are good works dead without faith? Yes: for without faith it is impossible to please God,
Heb. 11:6
. Must they both act together then? Yes: for that which avails is faith, which works by love,
Gal. 5:6
. Do we then make void the law through faith? No: God forbid, yea, we establish the law,
Rom. 3:31
. Is our faith our own? No: it is not of ourselves, it is the gift of God,
Eph. 2:8
. Are our good works our own? No: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us,
Isa. 26:12
. Is any room left for boasting then? No: it is excluded by the law of faith,
Rom. 3:27
. Must God therefore have all the glory? Yes: for by the grace of God I am what I am,
1 Cor. 15:10
Are all believers God’s children? Yes: ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus,
Gal. 3:26
. Are they so by nature? No: We are by nature children of wrath,
Eph. 2:3
. Are they so by adoption? Yes: we receive the adoption of sons,
Gal. 4:5
. Do they deserve to be made God’s children? No: how shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land?
Jer. 3:19
. Are they altogether unworthy of such a favour? Yes: I am no more worthy to be called thy son,
Luke 15:19
. Is it bestowed upon them notwithstanding their unworthiness? Yes: I will be a Father to you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty,
2 Cor. 6:18
Is adoption an act of God’s free grace? Yes: behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God,
1 John 3:1
. Are we by it received into the number of God’s children? Yes: there shall they he called the children of the living God,
Rom. 9:26
, Are we received into that number upon our believing? Yes: As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name,
John 1:12
Have we leave to call God, Father? Yes: Ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father,
Rom. 8:15
. Does he encourage us to do so? Yes: Thou shalt call me, My Father, and shalt not turn away from me,
Jer. 3:19
. May we call him so, though we have been prodigals? Yes: I will go to my Father, and will say unto him, Father,
Luke 15:18
. May we look upon all good Christians as our brethren? Yes: For all ye are brethren,
Matt. 23:8
. And do they all make one family? Yes: Of whom the whole family both in heaven and earth is named,
Eph. 3:15
Have all God’s adopted children a right to the privileges of children? Yes: they are brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God,
Rom. 8:21
. Does their Father pity them? Yes: like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him,
Ps. 103:13
. Does he spare them? Yes: as a man spares his own son that serves him,
Mal. 3:17
. Does he take care of them? Yes: Children, have ye any meat,
John 21:15
. Does he provide for them? Yes: for they that seek the Lord shall want no good thing,
Ps. 34:10
. Does he correct them in love? Yes: for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not?
Heb. 12:7
. Does he hear their prayers? Yes: your Father in heaven will give good things to them that ask him,
Matt. 7:11
. Will he give them the inheritance of sons? Yes: It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom,
Luke 12:32
. Will he bring them all safe to it? Yes: he will gather together the children of God that were scattered abroad,
John 11:52
. Will Christ present them all to the Father? Yes: Behold, I and the children which thou hast given me,
Heb. 2:13
Must all God’s children reverence him? Yes: If I be a Father, where is my honour?
Mal. 1:6
. Must they obey him? Yes: as obedient children,
1 Pet. 1:14
. Must they imitate him? Yes: be ye followers of God, as dear children,
Eph. 5:1
. Must they submit to him Yes: Father, thy will be done,
Matt. 26:42
Are all that are justified sanctified? Yes: for Jesus Christ is made both righteousness and sanctification,
1 Cor. 1:30
. Is it necessary they should be so? Yes: for without holiness no man shall see the Lord,
Heb. 12:14
. Did Christ die that they might be sanctified? Yes: for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified,
John 17:19
. And was this the intention of their election? Yes: he hath chosen you to salvation through sanctification,
2 Thess. 2:13
Must we be cleansed from sin? Yes: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you,
Ezek. 36:25
. Must we be consecrated to God? Yes: for we are the temple of God,
1 Cor. 3:16
. Must the law be written in the heart? Yes: I will put my law in their heart,
Heb. 8:10
. Must the understanding be enlightened? Yes: anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see,
Rev. 3:18
. Must the heart be softened? Yes: I will take away the stony heart, and give a heart of flesh,
Ezek. 11:19
. Must the will be bowed? Yes: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
Acts 9:6
. Must the affections be made spiritual? Yes: Set your affections on things above,
Col. 3:2
. Must the body also be an instrument of holiness? Yes: Present your bodies a living sacrifice,
Rom. 12:1
Must we be renewed after the image of God? Yes: Put on the new man, which is renewed after the image of him that created him,
Col. 3:10
. And after the pattern of Christ? Yes: for Christ must be formed in us,
Gal. 4:19
. Is sin mortified in all that are sanctified? Yes: they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh,
Gal. 5:24
. Is grace planted in them? Yes: there is a well of water springing up to eternal life,
John 4:14
. Is this work perfect at first? No: it is first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear,
Mark 4:28
Do all that are sanctified die unto sin? Yes: Reckon ye yourselves dead unto sin,
Rom. 6:11
. Do they live unto righteousness? Yes: being dead to sin, we live unto righteousness,
1 Pet. 2:24
. Are they enabled to do so? Yes: for it is through the Spirit that we mortify the deeds of the body,
Rom. 8:13
. And is the course of their conversation accordingly? Yes: they walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit,
Rom. 8:1
. Is it our duty to submit to the Spirit as a sanctifier? Yes: Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the works of the flesh,
Gal. 5:16
. And is the grace of God promised us for this purpose? Yes: Sin shall not have dominion over you,
Rom. 6:14
May they have an assurance of God’s love? Yes: Ye know that ye have eternal life,
1 John 5:13
. Is the Spirit the author of that assurance? Yes: the Spirit itself bears witness with our spirits, that we are the children of God,
Rom. 8:16
. Is it wrought by evidences? Yes: hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments,
1 John 2:3
. Do all believers attain this assurance? No: some walk in darkness, and have no light,
Isa. 50:10
. But should they labour after it? Yes: Show the same diligence unto the full assurance of hope unto the end,
Heb. 6:11
. And is it an unspeakable comfort? Yes: for the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Ghost,
Rom. 5:5
. And is it just cause for triumph? Yes: I know whom I have believed,
2 Tim. 1:12
Is peace of conscience a precious privilege? Yes: for if our hearts condemn us not, then have we confidence towards God,
1 John 3:21
. Is it the fruit of grace? Yes: for the work of righteousness shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever,
Isa. 32:17
. Has Christ left it as a legacy to his disciples? Yes: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you,
John 14:27
. Can those who are unjustified have this peace? No: There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked,
Isa. 57:21
. Should those that are justified labour after it? Yes: Return to thy rest, O my soul,
Ps. 116:7
. Should this peace govern us? Yes: Let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
Col. 3:15
. And will it preserve us? Yes: The peace of God shall keep your hearts and minds,
Phil. 4:7
. And will it be our comfort in the day of evil? Yes: our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience,
2 Cor. 1:12
. Is it therefore our interest to secure it? Yes; Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence,
Acts 24:16
May those who are justified have joy in the Holy ghost? Yes: for believing we rejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory,
1 Pet. 1:8
. Have they cause for joy? Yes; for gladness is sown for the upright in heart,
Ps. 97:11
. Is it their duty to rejoice? Yes; Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice,
Phil. 4:4
. Is it their interest to rejoice? Yes: for the joy of the Lord is their strength,
Neh. 8:10
. May they rejoice in all conditions? Yes; for we glory in tribulations also,
Rom. 5:3
. And is this a superlative joy? Yes: it is gladness in the heart more than in the time that their corn and wine increased,
Ps. 4:7
Is grace growing? Yes: He that hath clean hands shall be Ber and Ber,
Job 17:9
. Is it so in its nature? Yes: for it is as the shining light, which shines more and more unto the perfect day,
Prov. 4:18
. Is it our duty to grow in grace? Yes: Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
2 Pet. 3:18
. And may we rest in what we have attained? No: but press forward towards the mark,
Phil. 3:14
. Is it promised to all believers that they shall grow? Yes: for to him that hath shall be given,
Matt. 25:29
. Will the grace of God make them grow? Yes: I will be as the dew unto Israel, he shall grow as the lily,
Hos. 14:5
Shall true believers persevere to the end? Yes: for he that hath begun a good work will perform it,
Phil. 1:6
. Will hypocrites persevere? No: these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away,
Luke 8:13
. Does it appear by their apostasy that they never were sincere? Yes: they went out from us because they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us,
1 John 2:19
. But shall any that are justified finally fall away? No: for whom he justified, them he glorified,
Rom. 8:30
. Is every fall a falling away? No: for though he falls he shall not be utterly cast down,
Ps. 37:24
. May the appearances of grace be lost? Yes: from him shall be taken away even that which he seemed to have,
Luke 8:18
. But can true grace be finally lost? No: it is that good part which shall never be taken away,
Luke 10:24
. Will God recall his gifts? No: the gifts and callings of God are without repentance,
Rom. 11:26
. Will he secure them? Yes: we are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation,
1 Pet. 1:5
1 Pet. 1:7
. Is the perseverance of the saints secured by the divine power? Yes: No man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hands,
John 10:29
. And by the divine providence? Yes: for he will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able,
1 Cor. 10:13
. And by the divine grace? Yes: I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me,
Jer. 32:40
. And by the intercession of Christ? Yes: I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not,
Luke 22:32
. And by the indwelling of the Spirit? Yes: The anointing which you have received, abideth in you,
1 John 2:27
. And by the stability of the promise? Yes: my covenant will I not break,
Ps. 89:34
. May they be secure then? No: Be not high-minded, but fear,
Rom. 11:20
. But may they be encouraged? Yes: he will preserve me to his heavenly kingdom,
2 Tim. 4:18
Is death loss to a good Christian? No: for to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain,
Phil. 1:21
. Should it therefore be a terror? No: for the righteous hath hope in his death,
Prov. 14:32
. Does God take special care of the death of his people? Yes: for precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints,
Ps. 116:15
. Is death in the covenant? Yes: All is yours, whether life or death,
1 Cor. 3:22
. Can it separate them from the love of God? No: neither death nor life can do that,
Rom. 8:38
Are believers perfect in holiness in this life? No: I have not yet attained, neither am already perfect,
Phil. 3:12
. Are their souls made perfect at death? Yes: the spirits of just men are made perfect,
Heb. 12:23
. Are they delivered from sin? Yes: he that is dead is freed from sin,
Rom. 6:7
. Are they made perfect in knowledge? Yes: Then shall I know, even as also I am known,
1 Cor. 13:12
. And perfect in holiness? Yes: for they are come to the perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ,
Eph. 4:13
. Might they pass into glory without being made perfect in holiness? No: for corruption cannot inherit incorruption,
1 Cor. 15:50
. Being made perfect in holiness, are they confirmed in it? Yes: He that is holy, let him be holy still,
Rev. 22:11
Do the souls of believers at death sleep with their bodies? No: for when we are absent from the body, we are present with the Lord,
2 Cor. 5:8
. Do they go to Christ? Yes: Having a desire to depart and to be with Christ,
Phil. 1:23
. And will he receive them? Yes: Lord Jesus, receive my spirit,
Acts 7:59
. Shall they be where he is? Yes: That where I am there ye may be also,
John 14:3
. Will they be with him in heaven? Yes: We have a house not. made with hands, eternal in the heavens,
2 Cor. 5:1
. Do they pass into this glory at death? Yes: That when ye fail ye may be received into everlasting habitations,
Luke 16:9
. Do they immediately pass into it? Yes: This day shall thou be with me in paradise,
Luke 23:43
. Are they guarded by angels thither? Yes: he was carried by angels into Abraham’s bosom,
Luke 16:22
. Are they happy then in their death? Yes: Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord,
Rev. 14:13
. Happier than in life? Yes: The day of their death is better than the day of their birth,
Eccles. 7:1
. And is their end peace? Yes: Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace,
Ps. 37:37
Is death gain to the wicked man? No: for when a wicked man dies, his expectation shall perish,
Prov. 11:7
. Is it therefore a terror to the wicked? Yes: this night thy soul shall be required of thee,
Luke 12:20
. Do the souls of the wicked, at death go into torment? Yes: the rich man died, and was buried, and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torment,
Luke 16:22–23
. Do they go away under the guilt of their sins? Yes: If ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins,
John 8:24
. Is it a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God? Yes: for our God is a consuming fire,
Heb. 12:29
. Are the souls of believers distinguished from them? Yes: But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave,
Ps. 49:15
Are the bodies of believers well provided for at death? Yes: for the Lord is for the body,
1 Cor. 6:13
. May they be cheerfully committed to the grave? Yes; My flesh also shall rest in hope,
Ps. 16:9
. Do they still remain united to Christ? Yes: for they sleep in Jesus,
1 Thess. 4:14
. Do they rest in their graves? Yes: for there the weary be at rest,
Job 3:17
. Is the grave a good Christian’s bed? Yes: He shall enter into peace, they shall rest in their beds,
Isa. 57:2
. May the saints triumph over the grave then? Yes: O grave where is thy victory?
1 Cor. 15:55
. And need they to fear no evil in it? No: for the sucking child shall play upon the hole of the asp,
Isa. 11:8
. Are all who are regenerate delivered from the second death? Yes: Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection, on such the second death shall have no power,
Rev. 20:6
Shall the dead bodies of believers be raised? Yes: For the dead shall be raised,
1 Cor. 15:52
, Is it possible that the same body should return to life again? Yes: Why should it seem a thing incredible with you that God should raise the dead?
Acts 26:8
. Is it certain that they shall be raised? Yes: for if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen,
1 Cor. 15:13
. Has Christ undertaken for the resurrection of believers? Yes: I am the resurrection and the life,
John 11:15
. Are they in error who deny it? Yes: Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God,
Matt. 22:29
Shall the believer’s body be raised up in glory? Yes: it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory,
1 Cor. 15:43
. Shall it be the glory of Christ’s glorified body? Yes: he shall change our vile bodies, that they may be fashioned like unto his glorious body,
Phil. 3:21
. Shall they be raised by virtue of their union with Christ? Yes: Together with my dead body shall they arise,
Isa. 26:19
. Shall they be raised to such a life as we now live? No: for in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage,
Matt. 22:30
. Shall they be raised to an immortal life? Yes: for this mortal must put off immortality,
1 Cor. 15:53
. Shall they that are found alive be changed? Yes: Behold, I show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1 Cor. 15:51
Shall all the saints at that day be brought to Jesus Christ? Yes: at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ there shall be a gathering together unto him,
2 Thess. 2:1
. Shall they be separated from the wicked? Yes: as the Shepherd divideth the sheep from the goats,
Matt. 25:32
. Shall all the saints be then together? Yes: for he shall gather his elect from the four winds,
Matt. 24:31
. And none but saints? Yes: for he shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend,
Matt. 13:41
. And saints made perfect? Yes: for then that which is perfect is come,
1 Cor. 13:10
. Shall they attend upon Christ at his coming? Yes: Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints,
Jude 14
. Shall they be assessors with him in his judgment Yes: for the saints shall judge the world,
1 Cor. 6:2
Shall they be openly acknowledged in the day of judgment? Yes: Him will I confess before my Father which is in heaven,
Matt. 10:32
. Will God own them as his own? Yes: They shall be mine, saith the Lord, in that day when I make up my jewels,
Mal. 3:17
. And will that be their honour? Yes: If any man serve me, him will my Father honour,
John 12:26
. Shall they be openly acquitted? Yes: for their sins shall be blotted out when the times of refreshing come,
Acts 3:19
Shall the wicked be condemned then? Yes: he shall say to them on his left hand, Depart from me. Shall they be sent away with a blessing? No: Depart ye cursed. Shall they go into a place of ease? No: into fire. Into ordinary fire? No: into fire prepared. Shall it be for a short time? No: but into everlasting fire. Shall they have good company? No: but the devil and his angels,
Matt. 25:41
. Will the salvation of the saints aggravate their condemnation? Yes: for they shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,
Luke 13:28
Shall the saints at the day of judgment be put in possession of eternal life? Yes: the righteous into life eternal,
Matt. 25:4
Matt. 25:6
. Shall they be blessed? Yes: Come, ye blessed of my Father,
Matt. 25:34
. Shall they be perfectly blessed? Yes: for in thy presence is fulness of joy,
Ps. 16:11
. Shall there be any sin in heaven? No: for they are as the angels of God in heaven,
Matt. 22:30
. Shall there be any sorrow there? No: for God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes,
Rev. 21:4
. Shall there be any dying there? No: there shall be no more death,
Rev. 21:4
Is heaven a place of rest? Yes: there remaineth a rest for the people of God,
Heb. 4:9
. Is it light? Yes: it is the inheritance of the saints in light,
Col. 1:12
. Is it honour? Yes: it is a crown of glory that fades not away,
1 Pet. 5:4
. Is it wealth? Yes: it is an inheritance incorruptible,
1 Pet. 1:4
. Is it joy? Yes: Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord,
Matt. 25:21
Shall we in heaven see God? Yes: when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is,
1 John 3:2
. Shall we see him clearly? Yes: now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face,
1 Cor. 13:12
. Shall we enjoy him? Yes: God himself shall be with them, and be their God,
Rev. 21
Is this happiness purchased? Yes: it is the purchased possession,
Eph. 1:14
. Is it promised? Yes: it is eternal life which God, that cannot lie, promised,
Titus 1:2
. Is it sure to all good Christians? Yes: even the poor in the world, if rich in faith, are heirs of the kingdom,
James 2:5
. Should we not be solicitous that it may be sure with us? Yes: What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
Luke 18:18
. Should we not then have it much in our eye? Yes: for we look not at the things that are seen, but the things that are not seen,
2 Cor. 4:18
. And should we not be comforted and encouraged with the prospect of it? Yes: for the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed,
Rom. 8:18
Does God require duty of men? Yes: Now, O Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee,
Deut. 10:12
. Of every man? Yes: he that hath ears to hear, let him hear,
Matt. 13:9
. Has he authority to require duty? Yes: If I be a master, where is my fear,
Mal. 1:6
. Is it fit he should rule us? Yes: for we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture,
Ps. 100:3
. Is it fit we should obey him? Yes: for the borrower is servant to the lender, and the fool is servant to the wise in heart,
Prov. 22:7
Prov. 11:29
. Ought we therefore to inquire what our duty is? Yes: teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes,
Ps. 119:33
Has God made known his will concerning our duty? Yes: He showeth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel,
Ps. 147:19
. Are we to obey it? Yes: Thou shall obey the voice of the Lord thy God, and do his commandments,
Deut. 27:10
. Is that obedience the condition of our acceptance? Yes: Obey my voice, and I will he your God,
Jer. 7:23
. Is obedience to God reasonable? Yes: it is our reasonable service,
Rom. 12:1
. Is it easy? Yes: for his commandments are not grievous,
1 John 5:3
. And will it he acceptable? Yes: for to obey is better than sacrifice,
1 Sam. 15:22
Must our obedience to God be sincere? Yes: Fear the Lord, and servehim in sincerity, and in truth,
Josh. 24:14
. Must it be universal? Yes: Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments,
Ps. 119:6
. Must it be with delight? Yes: I delight in the law of God after the inward man,
Rom. 7:22
. Must it be constant? Yes: Be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long,
Prov. 23:17
. Must God’s commands take place of men’s? Yes: We ought to obey God rather than men,
Acts 5:29
Acts 4:19
Was the moral law revealed to man in innocency? Yes: for God created man in his own image,
Gen. 1:27
. Is it written in the heart of man? Yes: They show the work of the law written in their heart,
Rom. 2:15
. Is there then a law of nature? Yes: Doth not even nature itself teach you?
1 Cor. 11:14
. Is that a law of God? Yes: for he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
Job 33:16
. Does natural conscience enforce that law? Yes: for the Gentiles which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law,
Rom. 2:14
. Did the Gentiles sin by the breach of that law? Yes: what they know naturally, in these things they corrupt themselves,
Jude 10
. And will they be punished for the breach of it? Yes: they that have sinned without law, shall perish without law,
Rom. 2:12
Does the law of God bind the inward man? Yes: for the law is spiritual,
Rom. 7:14
. Does it forbid heart sins? Yes: Wash thy heart from wickedness,
Jer. 4:14
. Does it require heart service? Yes: My son, give me thy heart,
Prov. 23:26
. Does the law show us our way? Yes: it is a light to our feet,
Ps. 119:105
. Does it discover sin to us? Yes: by the law is the knowledge of sin,
Rom. 3:20
. Does it warn us concerning sin and duty? Yes: by them is thy servant warned,
Ps. 19:11
. Does it show us the need of Christ? Yes: the law was our schoolmaster, to bring us to Christ,
Gal. 3:24
. And does Christ do that for as which the law could not? Yes: Christ is the end of the law for righteousness,
Rom. 10:4
Ought we to love the law of God? Yes: I love thy commandments above gold,
Ps. 119:127
. And to consult it upon all occasions? Yes: Thy testimonies are my delight, and my counsellors, ver. 24. And to confirm it? Yes: We must walk in the law of the Lord, ver. 1.
Was the moral law in force before the ten commandments were given? Yes: for Abraham commanded his children to keep the way of the Lord,
Gen. 18:19
. Was it at last summed up in these commandments? Yes: for the law was given by Moses,
John 1:17
. Was the law of the ten commandments given first to Israel? Yes: He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts to the children of Israel,
Ps. 103:7
. But are they binding to us now? Yes: for Christ came not to destroy the law but to fulfil,
Matt. 5:17
Did God himself give these commandments? Yes: from his right hand went a fiery law for them,
Deut. 33:2
. Did God himself speak to them? Yes: Thou camest down upon Mount Sinai, and speakest with them from heaven,
Neh. 9:18
. Did he use the ministry of angels therein? Yes: they received the law by the disposition of angels,
Acts 7:58
. Did God himself write them? Yes: he gave unto Moses two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God,
Ex. 31:18
Was the law given with much terror? Yes: for it was given upon a mount that burned with fire, and with blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
Heb. 12:18
. Was the sight terrible to Moses himself? Yes: for he said, I exceedingly fear and quake,
Heb. 12:21
. Did it strike an awe upon the people? Yes: for they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient,
Ex. 24:7
. And should not we be awed by the consideration of it? Yes: knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men,
2 Cor. 5:11
. Did the ten commandments include the whole moral law? Yes: If thou wilt enter into life, keep these commandments,
Matt. 19:17
Is all the law summed up in a word? Yes: all the law is fulfilled in one word,
Gal. 5:14
. Is that a short and sweet word? Yes: for it is love; love is the fulfilling of the law,
Rom. 13:10
Is it our duty to love God? Yes: Take good heed to yourselves that ye love the Lord your God,
Josh. 23:11
. Must we love him with a sincere love? Yes: Grace be with them that love him in sincerity,
Eph. 6:24
. And with a B love? Yes; my soul thirsteth for God, for the living God,
Ps. 42:2
. And with a superlative love? Yes: There is none upon earth that I desire besides thee,
Ps. 73:25
. And is all this included in the first and great commandment? Yes: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind; this is the first and great commandment,
Matt. 22:37–38
. And is this the sum of our duty to God? Yes; for if any man love God, the same is known of him,
1 Cor. 8:3
. Must those who love God be careful to please him? Yes: Ye that love the Lord, hate evil,
Ps. 97:10
Is there good reason why we should thus love God? Yes: Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God,
Deut. 11:1
. For is he most lovely in himself? Yes: God is love,
1 John 4:8
. And most loving to us? Yes: we love him because he first loved us, 1
John 4:19
. Will he return our love? Yes: all things shall work together for good to them that love God,
Rom. 8:28
. And in the other world? Yes: for eye hath not seen what God hath prepared for them that love him,
1 Cor. 2:9
. Will you then love God above all? Yes: I will love thee, O Lord, my strength,
Ps. 18:1
. And pray to God to give you grace to love him? Yes: the Lord direct our hearts into his love,
2 Thess. 3:5
Is it our duty to love our neighbour too? Yes: He that loveth God, must love his brother also,
1 John 4:21
. Can we pretend to love God, if we do not love our neighbour? No: he that loveth not his brother, whom he hath seen, how can he love God, whom he hath not seen?
1 John 4:20
. Is this the fulfilling of the law? Yes: all is comprehended in this saying, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,
Rom. 13:9
. James 2:8.
Gal. 5:14
. Is it the second great commandment? Yes: the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,
Matt. 22:39
. Is it an old commandment? Yes: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, I am the Lord,
Lev. 19:18
. Is it a new commandment? Yes: A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another,
John 13:34
Must we have a respect for all men? Yes: Honour all men,
1 Pet. 2:17
. Especially for all good men? Yes: we must honour them that fear the Lord,
Ps. 15:4
. Must we esteem one another? Yes: Let each esteem other better than themselves,
Phil. 2:3
. Must we sympathize with one another? Yes: Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep,
Rom. 12:15
. Must we please one another? Yes: for even Christ pleased not himself,
Rom. 15:2–3
. Must we help one another? Yes: Bear ye one another’s burdens,
Gal. 6:2
. Must we do good to one another? Yes: as we have opportunity we must do good to all men,
Gal. 6:10
. Must we pray for one another? Yes: Pray one for another that ye may be healed
James 5:16
. Must we love even our enemies? Yes: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
Matt. 5:44
Must you hurt nobody in word or deed? No: A citizen of Sion doeth not evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour,
Ps. 15:3
. Must you be true and just in all your dealings? Yes: that which is altogether just shall thou follow,
Deut. 16:20
. Must you bear no malice or hatred in your heart? No: for whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer,
1 John 3:15
Are we to love our neighbour as ourselves? Yes: for we are members one of another,
Eph. 4:25
. As truly as we love ourselves? Yes: Let love be without dissimulation,
Rom. 12:9
. And as fruitfully? Yes: Not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many,
1 Cor. 10:33
. And as constantly as we love ourselves? Yes: Let brotherly love continue,
Heb. 13:1
. Ought we therefore to do as we would be done by? Yes: Whatsoever ye would that men should do to yon, do you even so to them,
Matt. 7:12
. Should we in our places promote Christian love? Yes: for every one that loveth is born of God,
1 John 4:7
. And will this be our comfort? Yes: Live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be with you,
2 Cor. 13:11
Did God himself speak the ten commandments? Yes: God spake all these words, saying,
Ex. 20:1
. Was it fit they should be introduced with a solemn preface? Yes: Hear, O heavens, and give ear, 0 earth, for the Lord hath spoken,
Isa. 1:2
. Did he therein assert his own authority? Yes: I am the Lord thy God. Did he remind them of the great things he had lately done for them Yes: I am the Lord thy God, from the land of Egypt,
Hos. 12:9
Was the condition of Israel in Egypt very miserable? Yes: for the Egyptians made them to serve with rigour,
Ex. 1:13
. Did God bring them out of Egypt? Yes: He brought Israel from among them, for his mercy endureth for ever,
Ps. 136:11
. Did he do it miraculously? Yes: With a B hand, and a stretched-out arm, for his mercy endureth for ever, ver. 12. Did this oblige them to keep his commandments? Yes: When I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I said, Obey my voice,
Jer. 7:22–23
. But does this concern us? Yes: for unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them,
Heb. 4:2
. For is God the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes: of the Gentiles also,
Rom. 3:29
Is he our Redeemer? Yes: Thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer,
Isa. 63:16
. Has he redeemed us from outward troubles? Yes: Behold, the Lord hath kept me alive,
Josh. 14:10
. And are we therefore bound to keep his commandments? Yes: Truly, I am thy servant, thou hast loosed my bonds,
Ps. 116:16
. And are we very ungrateful if we do not? Yes: Now thou hast given us such deliverance as this, should we again break thy commandments?
Ezra 9:13–14
Has God brought us out of a spiritual Egypt? Yes: for Christ proclaims liberty to the captives,
Isa. 61:1
. Are we delivered from the bonds of sin? Yes: He shall redeem Israel from all their iniquities,
Ps. 130:8
. And is our deliverance by Christ greater than theirs out of Egypt? Yes: for if the Son make you free, then you shall be free indeed,
John 8:36
. And are we therefore bound to keep all his commandments? Yes: for we are delivered out of the hands of our enemies, that we might serve him,
Luke 1:74–75
. And was this the design of our redemption? Yes: He gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity,
Titus 2:14
. Is there then all the reason in the world why we should be religious? Yes: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord,
Isa. 1:18
Is it an essential duty of religion to worship God? Yes: for those have no hope that are without God in the world
Eph. 2:12
. Are we concerned to be right in the object of our worship? Yes: We must know what we worship,
John 4:22
. Does the first commandment direct us in this? Yes: for the first of all the commandments is this, Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord,
Mark 12:29
Does that which forbids us to have any other gods, require us to have the true God? Yes: Put away the strange gods, and serve the Lord only,
1 Sam. 7:3–4
. Is it our duty to acknowledge God? Yes: The Lord he is God, the Lord he is God,
1 Kings 18:39
. And must we acknowledge him to be the only true God? Yes: Thou art the God, even thou alone,
2 Kings 19:15
Is it our duty to acquaint ourselves with him? Yes: Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace,
Job 22:21
. Must we grow in that acquaintance? Yes: increasing in the knowledge of God,
Col. 1:10
. And may we attain to it? Yes: then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord,
Hos. 6:3
Must we accept of God for our God? Yes: Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God,
Deut. 26:17–18
. And must we join ourselves to him? Yes: Come, and let us join ourselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant,
Jer. 50:5
. And consent to be his? Yes: O Lord, truly I am thy servant, I am thy servant,
Ps. 116:16
. Must we take God the Father to be our chief good and highest end? Yes: O God, thou art my God,
Ps. 63:1
. And God the Son to be our Prince and Saviour? Yes: My Lord and my God,
John 20:28
. And God the Holy Ghost to be our sanctifier, teacher, guide, and comforter? Yes: for they that are led by the Spirit of God, are the sons of God,
Rom. 8:14
. Must we renounce all others? Yes: For by thee only will we make mention of thy name,
Isa. 26:13
. Must we do this deliberately? Yes: Choose ye this day whom ye will serve,
Josh. 24:15
. Must we do it solemnly? Yes: One shall say, I am the Lord’s and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord,
Isa. 44:5
. Must we do it resolutely? Yes: Nay, but we will serve the Lord,
Josh. 24:21
. May we be at liberty to change our Master? No: but with purpose of heart must cleave to the Lord,
Acts 11:23
Must we remember God? Yes: Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth,
Eccles. 12:1
. And think of him with delight? Yes: My meditation of him shall be sweet,
Ps. 104:34
. Must we adore and admire him? Yes: Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods?
Ex. 15:11
. Must we fear him above all? Yes: Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread,
Isa. 8:13
. And reverence him? Yes: he is to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.
Ps. 89:7
. Must we submit to his word? Yes: Speak, Lord, for thy servant hears,
1 Sam. 3:9
. And submit to his will? Yes: It is the Lord, let him do what seemeth him good, ver. 18.
Must we love God above all? Yes: O love the Lord all ye his saints,
Ps. 31:23
. Must our desire be towards him? Yes: So panteth my soul after thee O God,
Ps. 43:1
. Must our delight be in him? Yes: Delight thyself always in the Lord,
Ps. 37:4
. Must our dependence be upon him? Yes: In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust,
Ps. 31:1
Must we live a life of communion with God? Yes: Mine eyes are ever towards the Lord,
Ps. 25:15
. And a life of complacency in him? Yes: Rejoice in the Lord always,
Phil. 4:4
. And a life of conformity to him? Yes: Be ye holy, for I am holy,
1 Pet. 1:16
. And a life of confidence in him? Yes: Commit thy way unto the Lord,
Ps. 37:5
. And a life of regard to him? Yes: In all thy ways acknowledge him,
Prov. 3:6
. Must our hearts go out towards him? Yes: Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul,
Ps. 25:1
. And must we have him always in our eye? Yes; I have set the Lord always before me,
Ps. 16:8
. And must we walk with him in the whole course of our conversation? Yes: as Enoch walked with God,
Gen. 5:24
. And is this inward worship the life of religion? Yes: it is better than all burnt-offerings and sacrifices,
Mark 12:33
Is it a great sin to deny the being of God? Yes: The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God,
Ps. 14:1
. Or to deny his omniscience? Yes: they say, The Lord shall not see,
Ps. 94:7
. Or to deny his justice? Yes: He hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it,
Ps. 10:13
. Or his holiness? Yes: Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such a one as thyself,
Ps. 1:21
. Or his goodness? Yes: I knew thee to be a hard man,
Matt. 25:24
. Or his faithfulness? Yes: Where is the promise of his coming?
2 Pet. 3:4
. Is it a sin to question God’s providence? Yes: is the Lord among us? Or is he not?
Ex. 17:7
. Or to question his power? Yes: Can God furnish a table in the wilderness,
Ps. 78:19
. And is there such a thing as practical atheism? Yes: They profess that they know God, but in works they deny him,
Titus 1:16
Is it a great sin to be ignorant of God? Yes: Some have not the knowledge of God; I speak it to your shame,
1 Cor. 15:34
. Is it a damning sin? Yes: He shall take vengeance on them that know not God,
2 Thess. 1:8
. Is it the cause of all other sins? Yes: There is neither truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God, in the land,
Hos. 4:1
. Is it a great sin to forget God? Yes: Thou hast forgotten the God that formed thee,
Deut. 32:18
. And to cast off the fear of him? Yes: There is no fear of God before his eyes,
Ps. 36:1
. And to live without prayer? Yes: Thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob,
Isa. 43:22
And not to glorify him? Yes: The God in whose hand thy breath is, hast thou not glorified,
Dan. 5:23
Is all distrust of God a sin? Yes: the evil heart of unbelief departs from the living God,
Heb. 3:12
. And tempting God? Yes: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God,
Matt. 4:7
. And all the coldness of our love to him? Yes: But their heart is far from me,
Matt. 15:8
. Does this commandment forbid all ungodliness? Yes: for the wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness,
Rom. 1:18
. And all idolatry? Yes: Little children, keep yourselves from idols,
1 John 5:21
Had the Gentiles other gods besides the true God? Yes: they had gods many, and lords manly,
1 Cor. 8:5
. And were those gods devils? Yes: they sacrificed to devils and not to God, l Cor. 10:20. May we have communion with them? No: I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils,
1 Cor. 10:20
. Have those fellowship with them who consult with witches? Yes: Is it because there is not a God in Israel. that thou goest to inquire of Beelzebub the god of Ekron,
2 Kings 1:3
. Did the Gentiles multiply their gods? Yes: According to the number of thy cities are thy gods,
Jer. 2:28
. Were they gods of their own making? Yes: And they that make them are like unto them,
Ps. 115:8
. Was not that a great affront to the living God? Yes: They changed the truth of God into a lie,
Rom. 1:25
Is there not such a thing as spiritual idolatry? Yes: These men have set their idols in their hearts,
Ezek. 14:4
. Is it idolatry to make a god of our appetites? Yes: Whose god is their belly,
Phil. 3:19
. Or a god of our money? Yes: for covetousness is idolatry,
Col. 3:5
. May we give that respect to any creature which is due to God alone? No: for his glory he will not give to another,
Isa. 42:8
. Is it therefore a sin to love them more than God? Yes: He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me,
Matt. 10:37
. And to trust in them? Yes: Cursed is the man that trusteth in man,
Jer. 17:5
. Is this spiritual adultery? Yes: She went after her lovers, and forgot me, saith the Lord,
Hos. 2:13
Are we always in God’s sight? Yes: Thou knowest my down-sitting, and my up-rising,
Ps. 139:2
. Are all our actions in his sight? Yes: All my ways are before thee,
Ps. 119:168
. Does he take notice of them? Yes: he pondereth all our goings,
Prov. 5:21
Does this commandment forbid the making of images for a religious use? Yes: Cursed be the man that maketh any graven image,
Deut. 27:15
. Does it forbid the making an image of what is in heaven above? Yes: Lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, shouldst be driven to worship them,
Deut. 4:19
. Or on earth, beneath? Yes: As they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox,
Ps. 106:20
. Or in the waters under the earth? Yes: As they made the likeness of creeping things,
Rom. 1:23
Does it forbid us to bow down to them? Yes: Shall I bow down to the stock of a tree?
Isa. 44:19
. Or to worship them? Yes: Thou shall worship no other God,
Ex. 34:14
. Or to show any respect to them? I will take away the names of Baalim out of their mouth,
Hos. 2:17
. Was it requisite this commandment should be thus enlarged? Yes: Precept must be upon precept, and line upon line,
Isa. 28:10
. And that it should be backed with many reasons? Yes: for they are mad upon their idols,
Jer. 50:38
Are we to receive such ordinances as God has appointed? Yes: The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey,
Josh. 24:24
. Should we labour to understand them? Yes: What mean ye by this service?
Ex. 12:26
. And are we to observe them? Yes: Observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you,
Matt. 28:20
. And to observe them duly? Yes: as the duty of every day requires,
Ezra 3:4
Are we to keep God’s ordinances? Yes: That good thing which was committed to thee, keep,
2 Tim. 1:14
. Are we to keep them carefully? Yes: Keep them as the apple of thine eye,
Prov. 7:2
. Must we keep them pure without corruption? Yes: Add thou not to his words,
Prov. 30:6
. And entire, without diminution? Yes: We must walk in all the ordinances of the Lord,
Luke 1:6
. May we neither add nor diminish? No: Thou shalt neither add thereto nor diminish from it,
Deut. 12:32
Is it a sin to worship God in any way not appointed in his word? Yes: In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men
Matt. 15:9
. May we ourselves invent ordinances of worship? No: They went a whoring with their own inventions,
Ps. 106:39
. Is it not enough if what we invent is not forbidden? No: They offered a strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not,
Lev. 10:1
. Is it a sin to despise any of God’s ordinances? Yes: Ye said also Behold what a weariness is it!
Mal. 1:13
. Or to be careless in our attendance upon them? Yes: Cursed be the deceiver that hath in his flock a male, and vows and sacrifices to the Lord a corrupt thing,
Mal. 1:14
. Are they spiritual idolaters who make images of’ God in their fancy? Yes: they are vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart is darkened,
Rom. 1:21
Has God a property in us? Yes: for we are the people of his pasture,
Ps. 95:7
. Ought we therefore to worship him? Yes: He is thy Lord, and worship thou him,
Ps. 45:11
. And not to worship other gods? Yes: for hath a nation changed their gods?
Jer. 2:11
Will those who love God keep his commandments? Yes: If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love,
John 15:10
. Will he show mercy to such? Yes: for he hath said, I love them that love me,
Prov. 8:17
. Will he show mercy to thousands of such? Yes: for the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting,
Ps. 103:17
Is God’s name all that whereby he makes himself known? Yes: He proclaimed the name of the Lord,
Ex. 34:5
. Ought we to make use of his name? Yes: By thee only will we make mention of thy name,
Isa. 26:13
. And to take heed of abusing it? Yes: Neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God, I am the Lord,
Lev. 18:21
Must we be holy in worshipping God? Yes: Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
Ps. 96:9
. Must we be holy in prayer and praise? Yes: lifting up holy hands,
1 Tim. 2:8
. Must our thoughts be fixed? Yes: 0 God, my heart is fixed,
Ps. 108:1
. Must pious and devout affections be working in us? Yes: we must be fervent in spirit serving the Lord,
Rom. 12:11
. Must we be very humble in our approaches to God? Yes: as the publican that stood afar off, and would not so much as lift up his eyes to heaven,
Luke 18:13
Must we give glory to God in his word? Yes: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name,
Ps. 138:2
. Must we hear it with reverence? Yes: We are all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God,
Acts 10:33
. Must we give glory to God in swearing when we are called to it? Yes: Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and shalt swear by his name,
Deut. 6:13
. Must we be cautions in swearing? Yes: we must fear an oath,
Eccles. 9:2
. Must we be conscientious in swearing? Yes: Thou shalt swear in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness,
Jer. 4:2
. Must we give glory to God in vowing? Yes: Vow and pay unto the Lord your God,
Ps. 76:11
Must we glorify God in his great works? Yes: we must magnify his works which men behold,
Job 36:24
. And must we glorify him by our good works? Yes: Let everyone that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity,
2 Tim. 2:19
Is it a sin against this commandment to jest with the word of God? Yes: Be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made B,
Isa. 28:22
. Or to use it as a charm? Yes: as those exorcists which said, We adjure you by Jesus, whom Paul preacheth,
Acts 19:13
. Is it a sin to put a slight upon sacred things? Yes: Ye have profaned my name, in that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible,
Mal. 1:12
Do the breakers of the third commandment commonly escape punishment from men? Yes: for men hear the voice of swearing, and utter it not,
Lev. 5:1
. And do they fancy they shall escape God’s judgments? Yes: the wicked contemn God, and yet say in their heart, he will not require it,
Ps. 10:13
. But shall they escape God’s judgments? No: Be not deceived, God is not mocked,
Gal. 6:7
Shall those who profane God’s holy name escape his righteous judgments? No: The Lord will make their plagues wonderful,
Deut. 28:59
. Shall hypocrites escape them? No: Woe unto you scribes and pharisees, hypocrites,
Matt. 23:13
. Shall scoffers escape them? No: for they shall be broken, and snared, and taken,
Isa. 28:13
. Shall covenant breakers escape them? No: Seeing he despised the oath, by breaking the covenant, he shall not escape,
Ezek. 17:18
Shall swearers go unpunished? No: for he that sweareth shall be cut off:
Zech. 5:3
. Shall they who use God’s name vainly go unpunished? No: for every idle word that men speak they must give account,
Matt. 12:36
. And shall their words be witnesses against them? Yes: God shall cause their own tongues to fall upon them,
Ps. 44:8
Does the fourth commandment concern the time of worship? Yes: for there is a time to every purpose,
Eccles. 3:1
. Must our worship be confined to that time? No: for we must pray always,
Eph. 6:18
. But is that appointed for the certain time? Yes: Blow up the trumpet in the time appointed,
Ps. 81:3
. Is it the will of God we should take special notice of this command? Yes: for he has said, Remember it. Are we apt to forget it? Yes: they have hid their eyes from my sabbaths,
Ezek. 22:26
Must we keep holy the sabbath day? Yes: Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it,
Deut. 5:12
. Is a sabbath a day of rest? Yes: It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you,
Lev. 16:31
. Must we labour the six days, and do all our work? Yes: For in the sweat of thy face shall thou eat bread,
Gen. 3:19
. But is not work for God part of our work? Yes: for we must work the works of God,
John 6:28
. Must we not then do that on the six days? Yes: Every day will I bless thee,
Ps. 145:2
. But must we especially do it on sabbath days? Yes: for it is the Holy of the Lord,
Isa. 58:13
. Must we therefore rest from other work on that day? Yes: that we may attend upon the Lord without distraction,
1 Cor. 7:35
Must children keep holy the sabbath day? Yes: Thou, and thy son, and thy daughter. And servants? Yes: That thy man-servant and maid-servant may rest as well as thou,
Deut. 5:14
. And is there good reason for the sanctification of the sabbath? Yes: Ye shall keep my sabbaths, I am the Lord your God,
Lev. 19:3
Must holy time be kept holy? Yes: for every thing is beautiful in its season,
Eccles. 3:11
. Can man make time holy? No: for I am the Lord which sanctify you,
Lev. 20:8
Has God appointed a sabbath? Yes. It is as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee,
Deut. 5:12
. Had he authority to do so? Yes: For the day is thine, the night also is thine,
Ps. 74:16
. Did he appoint it for us? Yes: for the sabbath was made for man,
Mark 2:27
. Did he appoint one day in seven? Yes: For a seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God. One whole day? Yes: for in the evening and the morning were the first day,
Gen. 1:5
Must we keep it? Yes: Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep,
Ex. 31:13
. Must we keep it as a treasure? Yes: we must call the sabbath honourable,
Isa. 58:13
. And keep it as a talent? Yes: For thou madest known unto them thy holy sabbaths,
Neh. 9:14
. Must we keep it with care? Yes: we must lay hold on it, to keep the sabbath from polluting it,
Isa. 56:2
. Must we keep it holy to God? Yes: for he that regardeth the day, regardeth it to the Lord,
Rom. 14:6
Was the sabbath appointed from the beginning of the world? Yes: God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it when the heavens and the earth were finished,
Gen. 2:1–3
. Was it in remembrance of the work of creation? Yes: because that in it he rested from all his work,
Gen. 2:3
. Was it observed before the giving of the law upon mount Sinai? Yes: for before that it was said, Tomorrow is the rest of the holy sabbath to the Lord,
Ex. 16:23
. Was that appointed to be kept on the seventh day of the week? Yes: For he spake of the seventh day on this wise,
Heb. 4:4
Was the law of the sabbath given more particularly to Israel? Yes: I gave them my sabbath to be a sign between me and them,
Ezek. 20:12
. Was it religiously observed among them? Yes: for their enemies did mock at their sabbaths,
Lam. 1:7
. Did they sanctify the sabbath in solemn assemblies? Yes: Moses of old time is read in the synagogues every sabbath day,
Acts 15:21
. Was the blessing confined to the seventh day? No: For the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it,
Ex. 20:11
Was the sabbath to continue in gospel times? Yes: For there remaineth the keeping of a sabbath to the people of God,
Heb. 4:9
marg. Did Christ intend it should continue? Yes: for he said, Pray that your flight be not on the sabbath day,
Matt. 24:20
. Did he in order to that expound the fourth commandment? Yes: for he allowed that it is lawful to do well upon the sabbath day,
Matt. 12:12
. Is there the same need of sabbaths now that ever there was? Yes: for I gave them my sabbaths that they might know that I am the Lord,
Ezek. 20:12
Is the sabbath changed now to the first day of the week? Yes: for on the first day of the week the disciples came together to break bread,
Acts 20:7
. Was it because on that day of the week our Lord Jesus rose from the dead? Yes: for he rose as it began to dawn towards the first day of the week,
Matt. 28:1
. And because on that day the Spirit was poured out? Yes: for that was when the day of Pentecost was fully come,
Acts 2:1
. Was it fit there should be an alteration? Yes: For it shall no more be said, The Lord liveth that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but the Lord liveth that brought them up from the land of the north,
Jer. 16:14–15
Did the apostles observe the first day of the week? Yes: On the first day of the week let everyone lay by,
1 Cor. 16:2
. Did the primitive church call it the Lord’s day? Yes: I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day,
Rev. 1:10
. In a thing of this nature ought we to acquiesce? Yes: For if any man will be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God,
1 Cor. 11:16
Must we rest on the sabbath day? Yes: six days may work be done, but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest,
Ex. 31:15
. Must we rest from worldly employments? Yes: ye shall hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein,
Jer. 17:24
. And from recreations? Yes: not finding thine own pleasure,
Isa. 58:13
. Is this to signify our being dead to this world? Yes: for he that is entered into his rest has ceased from his own works,
Heb. 4:10
. And to awaken us to think of’ leaving it? Yes: for here we have no continuing city,
Heb. 13:14
. Must this rest be dedicated to God? Yes: it is a holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord,
Ex. 35:2
Must we spend time on that day in the public exercises of God’s worship? Yes: for it is a holy convocation,
Lev. 23:3
. Must we do so every sabbath, as we have opportunity? Yes: From one sabbath to another shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord,
Isa. 66:23
. And must we not absent ourselves from public worship? No: Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together,
Heb. 10:25
. Must we spend time on that day in the private exercises of religion? Yes: It is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings,
Lev. 23:3
. Did the disciples of Christ thus spend the first Lord’s day? Yes: for on the first day of the week the disciples were assembled,
John 20:19
Must we prepare for the sabbath day beforehand? Yes: It was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on,
Luke 23:54
. Must the sabbath be a day of holy joy? Yes: We will rejoice and be glad in it,
Ps. 118:24
. Must it be a day of praise? Yes: the psalm for the sabbath day begins, It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord,
Ps. 92:1
. Must we be spiritual in the duties of the day? Yes: I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day,
Rev. 1:10
. And must we take pleasure in them? Yes: Call the Sabbath a delight,
Isa. 58:13
Are works of mercy and charity proper for a sabbath day? Yes: Ought not this woman to be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day,
Luke 13:16
. And may works of necessity be done on that day? Yes: Do not you on the sabbath lead your ox, or your ass, to watering,
Luke 13:15
Do we profane the sabbath if we neglect the sabbath work? Yes: I came seeking fruit, but found none,
Luke 13:7
. Or if we perform carelessly? Yes: Ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick,
Mal. 1:13
. Or if we be weary of it? Yes: They say, When will the sabbath be gone?
Amos 8:5
. Or if we idle away sabbath time? Yes: Why stead ye here all the day idle?
Matt. 20:6
. And much more if we do that which is in itself sinful? Yes: They have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths,
Ezek. 23:38
Do we profane the sabbath by violating the sabbath rest? Yes: What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?
Neh. 13:17
. May we not buy and sell on that day? No: Make not my Father’s house a house of merchandise,
John 2:16
. May we not work harvest-work on that day? No: In earing-time, and in harvest, thou shall rest,
Ex. 34:21
. May we not however think and speak at our pleasure on that day? No: Not doing thine own ways, nor speaking thine own words,
Isa. 58:13
Was he punished that gathered sticks on the sabbath? Yes: they stoned him with stones that he died,
Num. 15:36
. Are nations sometimes punished for sabbath profanation? Yes: If ye will not hallow the sabbath day, I will kindle a fire in the gates of Jerusalem
Jer. 17:27
. Is the contempt of the sabbath a contempt of God? Yes: This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day,
John 9:16
Has God allowed us six days of the week? Yes: Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work. Has he reserved but one day in seven for himself? Yes: for he hath not made us to serve with an offering, nor wearied us with incense,
Isa. 43:23
. Does he claim a special property in the seventh day? Yes: it is the sabbath of the Lord thy God. Has our Lord Jesus a property in it? Yes: for the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath,
Mark 2:28
. Ought we not therefore to devote it to his service? Yes: For will a man rob God?
Mal. 3:8
Did God the Creator set us an example of sabbath rest? Yes: for the seventh day he rested and was refreshed,
Ex. 31:17
. Did God the Redeemer set us an example of sabbath work? Yes: for as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day,
Luke 4:16
. And has he given us encouragement in the work of the Christian sabbath Yes: for when they were assembled on the first day of the week, Jesus stood in the midst,
John 20:19
Has God blessed the sabbath day, and so put an honour upon it? Yes: The Lord blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it. Is it not an ill thing then for us to put a slight upon it? Yes: As they do that despise the holy things, and profane the sabbath,
Ezek. 22:8
. Has God appointed it to be a day of blessings to us? Yes: There will I come to thee, and will bless thee,
Ex. 20:24
. Are not they enemies to themselves then that neglect it? Yes: they forsake their own mercies,
Jonah 2:8
Do the six last commandments concern our duty to our neighbour Yes: for this is his commandment, That we love one another,
1 John 3:23
. And must we mind that as well as our duty to God? Yes: providing for honest things, not only. in the sight of the Lord, but in the sight of men,
2 Cor. 8:21
. And are we concerned to be very careful in second-table duties? Yes: that the name of God, and his doctrine, be not blasphemed,
1 Tim. 6:1
. Will our devotions be acceptable without this? No: When ye make many prayers I will not hear, for your hands are full of blood,
Isa. 1:15
Is religion toward God a branch of universal righteousness? Yes: Render to God the things that are God’s,
Matt. 22:21
. And his righteousness toward men a branch of true religion? Yes for pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
James 1:27
. Does the law of God require both? Yes: To do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God,
Mic. 6:8
. And does the grace of the gospel teach both? Yes: To live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world,
Titus 2:12
. Must every godly man then be an honest man? Yes: for we must live in all godliness and honesty,
1 Tim. 2:2
. And must he be a charitable man? Yes: He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous,
Ps. 112:4
. And will the trial be by this at the great day? Yes: for I was hungry, and ye gave me meat,
Matt. 25:35
Does the fifth commandment concern our duty to our relations? Yes: For all ye are brethren,
Matt. 23:8
. And must we be careful to do this duty? Yes: that they who will not be won by the word, may be won by the conversation,
1 Pet. 3:1
Is it the duty of children to reverence their parents? Yes: Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father,
Lev. 19:3
. And must they give honour to them? Yes: If I be a father, where is my honour?
Mal. 1:6
. And may they upon no account despise them? No: Despise not thy mother when she is old,
Prov. 23:22
. Ought they to carry themselves respectfully towards them? Yes: King Solomon rose up to meet his mother, and bowed himself to her,
1 Kings 2:19
. And to speak honourably of them? Yes: Her children rose up, and called her blessed,
Prov. 31:28
Is it the duty of children to obey their parents? Yes: Children, obey your parents in the Lord,
Eph. 6:1
. And to receive their instructions? Yes: Hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother,
Prov. 1:8
. And to submit to their correction? Yes: The fathers of our flesh corrected us, and we gave them reverence,
Heb. 12:9
. Should children labour to rejoice the hearts of their parents? Yes: My son, if thy heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice,
Prov. 23:15
. And to requite them? Yes: let them show piety at home, and requite their parents,
1 Tim. 5:4
. And to have their consent in disposing of themselves? Yes: Jacob obeyed his father, and his mother, and went to Padan-aram, for a wife,
Gen. 28:7
. Is Christ an example of this subjection? Yes: for he went with his parents to Nazareth, and was subject to them,
Luke 2:51
Is it the duty of children to be respectful to the aged? Yes: Thou shall rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man,
Lev. 19:32
. And must they be observant of their teachers? Yes: for they will mourn at the last, who obey not the voice of their teachers, and incline not their ear to them that instruct them,
Prov. 5:11
Prov. 5:13
. And must they order themselves lowly and reverently to all their betters? Yes: ye younger, submit yourselves to the elder,
1 Pet. 5:5
Is it the duty of parents to be tender of their children? Yes; for can a woman forget her sucking child?
Isa. 49:15
. And mild toward them? Yes; for a father pities his children,
Ps. 103:13
. And to bear with them? Yes: as a man spares his son that serves him,
Mal. 3:17
. And yet must they correct them when it is necessary? Yes; for he that spares his rod hates his son; but he that loves him, chastens him betimes,
Prov. 13:24
Is it the duty of parents to pray for their children? Yes: Job offered for his sons burnt-offerings, according to the number of them all,
Job 1:5
. And to bless God for them? Yes: They are the children which God hath graciously given thy servant,
Gen. 33:5
. Are they to bless them in the name of the lord? Yes: By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau,
Heb. 11:20
. And are they to provide for them what is convenient? Yes: If any provide not for his own, especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel,
1 Tim. 5:8
Is it the duty of parents to bring up their children in the fear of God? Yes: Bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,
Eph. 6:4
. And to teach them the things of God? Yes: Thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
Deut. 6:7
. And to oblige them to their duty? Yes: I know Abraham, that he will command his children to keep the way of the Lord,
Gen. 18:19
. And ought they to set them a good example? Yes: I will walk within my house with a perfect heart,
Ps. 101:2
. And must they patiently part with their children when God calls for them? Yes: Thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son,
Gen. 22:16
Is it the duty of servants to honour their masters and mistresses? Yes: Let as many servants as are under the yoke, count their own masters worthy of all honour,
1 Tim. 6:1
. Is it their duty to obey them? Yes: Servants be obedient to them that are your masters,
Eph. 6:5
. And to be just and true to them? Yes: not purloining, but showing all good fidelity,
Titus 2:10
. Ought they to be diligent in the duty of their place? Yes: What, though they suffer unjustly? Yes: Servants be subject not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward,
1 Pet. 2:18
. And must they have an eye to God in all: Yes: As to the Lord, and not to men,
Col. 3:23
Is it the duty of masters to be just to their servants? Yes: Masters give to your servants that which is just and equal,
Col. 4:1
. And to be gentle towards them? Yes: forbearing threatening,
Eph. 6:9
. Should all masters of families worship God with their families? Yes: As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,
Josh. 24:15
. And should they restrain sin in their families? Yes: Thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacle,
Job 22:28
Is it the duty of wives to be respectful to their husbands? Yes: Let the wife see that she reverence her husband,
Eph. 5:33
. And to love them? Yes: they must love their husbands, and love their children,
Titus 2:4
. Must they be submissive to their husbands? Yes: Wives submit yourselves to your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord,
Col. 3:18
. Must they be faithful and obedient to them? Yes: they must be chaste keepers at home, obedient to their own husbands,
Titus 2:5
. Must they receive instruction from them? Yes: If they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home,
1 Cor. 14:35
. Must they be helpers to them in religion? Yes: that they may be won by the conversation of the wives,
1 Pet. 3:1
Is it the duty of husbands to love their wives? Yes: Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them
Col. 3:19
. Must they love them dearly? Yes: Let every one love his wife even as himself,
Eph. 5:33
. And delight in them? Yes: rejoice with the wife of thy youth,
Prov. 5:18–19
. And be tender of them? Yes: Giving honour to the wife, as unto the weaker vessel,
1 Pet. 3:7
Is it the duty of husbands and wives to be pleasing one to another? Yes: He that is married careth how to please his wife, and she that is married how to please her husband,
1 Cor. 7:33–34
. Is it their duty to live in the fear of God, and to pray together? Yes: as heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered,
1 Pet. 3:7
. Should they promote the eternal salvation one of another? Yes: What knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? Or how knowest thou O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?
1 Cor. 7:16
Is it the duty of subjects to reverence their magistrates? Yes: Fear God, honour the king,
1 Pet. 2:17
. And to obey them in the Lord? Yes: we must be subject to principalities and powers, and obey magistrates,
Titus 3:1
. And to be loyal to them? Yes: for the powers that be are ordained of God,
Rom. 13:1
. Is it our duty to pray for magistrates? Yes: for kings, and for all that are in authority,
1 Tim. 2:2
. And to pay them tribute? Yes: tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom,
Rom. 13:7
. Must we be peaceable under their government? Yes: that we under them may lead a quiet and peaceable life,
1 Tim. 2:2
. And all this conscientiously? Yes: Ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience’ sake,
Rom. 13:5
. Ought magistrates to be as parents to their subjects? Yes: Kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and queens thy nursing mothers,
Isa. 49:23
Is it the duty of people to love and respect their ministers? Yes: Know them which labour among you, and esteem them very highly in love, for their work’s sake,
1 Thess. 5:12–13
. Ought they to submit to their instructions? Yes: Obey your guides, and submit yourselves, for they watch for your souls,
Heb. 13:7
. And to provide for their comfortable subsistence? Yes: Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teacheth,
Gal. 6:6
. And ought ministers to be as spiritual fathers to their people? Yes: We exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,
1 Thess. 2:11
Is it the duty of equals to be kind one to another? Yes: Be kindly affectioned one to another, with brotherly love,
Rom. 12:10
. And to be respectful one to another? Yes: in honour preferring one another,
Rom. 12:10
. And to be submissive one to another? Yes: Yea, all of ye, be subject one to another,
1 Pet. 5:5
Is it a sin for children to despise their parents? Yes: Cursed be he that sets light by his father or mother,
Deut. 27:16
. Or to disobey them? Yes: the eye that mocks at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it,
Prov. 30:17
. Is it a sin for children prodigally to spend their parents’ substance? Yes: He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame,
Prov. 29:16
. Or to grieve their parents? Yes: A foolish son is the heaviness of his mother,
Prov. 10:1
Is it a sin for inferiors to be rude and undutiful to their superiors? Yes: for a child to behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable,
Isa. 3:5
. Is it a sin for superiors to be harsh and unkind to their inferiors? Yes: Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, lest they be discouraged,
Col. 3:21
Is it a sin to be vexatious to our relations? Yes: Her adversary provoked her to make her to fret,
1 Sam. 1:6
. And to be quarrelsome with our relations? Yes: Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen, for we be brethren,
Gen. 13:8
. And to be suspicious of our relations? Yes: for charity thinketh no evil,
1 Cor. 13:4–5
Is there a gracious promise made to those that honour their parents? Yes: it is the first commandment with promise,
Eph. 6:2
. Is long life promised? Yes: That thy days may be long in the land. Is outward prosperity promised? Yes: That it may be well with thee,
Eph. 6:3
. Are temporal blessings promised to good people? Yes: Godliness hath the promise of the life that now is,
1 Tim. 4:8
. And are they promised particularly to pious and dutiful children? Yes: My son, forget not my law, but let thine heart keep my commandments; for length of days, and long life, and peace shall they add to thee,
Prov. 3:1–2
Do all good children prosper in this world? No: for all things come alike to all,
Eccles. 9:2
. But are they most likely to prosper? Yes: for by humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honour and life,
Prov. 22:4
. Shall they prosper as far as is for God’s glory? Yes: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me, Ps. 1:15. And as far as is for their own good? Yes: for we read of those whom God sent into captivity for their good,
Jer. 24:5
. But shall good children live for ever in, the heavenly Canaan? Yes: there their inheritance shall be for ever,
Ps. 37:18
. And are disobedient children often punished in this life? Yes: as Absalom that was hanged in an oak,
2 Sam. 18:9
Does the sixth commandment concern our own and our neighbour’s life? Yes: for the life is more than meat,
Matt. 6:25
. Has God a tender regard to the life of men? Yes: for he giveth to all life and breath,
Acts 17:25
. Has he by this law made a hedge about life? Yes: that men might not be like the fishes of the sea, Habak. 1:14.
Did there need be this law? Yes: for men live in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another,
Titus 3:3
. Is it a part of the law of nature? Yes: for the barbarous people said of a murderer, that vengeance suffers him not to live,
Acts 28:4
Are we to take care of our own lives? Yes: No man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it,
Eph. 5:29
. Must we endeavour the preservation of them? Yes: Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life,
Job 2:4
. Are we to be careful of our diet? Yes: Hast thou found honey, eat so much as is sufficient for thee,
Prov. 25:16
. Are we to use physic when we need it? Yes: Take a lump of figs and lay it upon the boil,
Isa. 38:21
. And are we to be cheerful? Yes: for a merry heart doeth good like a medicine,
Prov. 17:22
Are we to be compassionate even to the brute creatures? Yes: A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast,
Prov. 12:10
. Are we to be careful of the lives of others as well as of our own? Yes: It was Cain that said, Am I my brother’s keeper?
Gen. 4:9
. Are we to do what we can in our places for the relief of those who are exposed to violence? Yes: We must deliver them that are ready to be slain,
Prov. 24:11–12
. Must we succour the distressed, like the good Samaritan? Yes: Go thou and do likewise, Luke 10:87.
Are we to support the lives of those who are in straits? Yes: The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me,
Job 29:13
. Are we to be meek towards those that provoke us? Yes: showing all meekness toward all men,
Titus 3:2
. And are we to be merciful toward those who need us? Yes: Put on, as the elect of God, bowels of mercy,
Col. 3:12
May we dispose of our own lives at our pleasure? No: For surely your blood of your lives will I require,
Gen. 9:5
. Is it a sin in any case to kill ourselves? Yes: Do thyself no harm,
Acts 16:28
. Is it an exceeding sinful sin? Yes: it was the sin of Saul and Judas, Sam. 31:4.
Matt. 27:5
. Is it a sin needlessly to expose our own lives? Yes: Thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God,
Matt. 4:7
. But must we not expose our lives to keep a good conscience? Yes: Neither count I my life dear unto me, so that I might finish my course with joy,
Acts 20:24
Is drunkenness a sin against our own lives? Yes: Take heed lest your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and so that day come upon you unawares,
Luke 21:34
. Is uncleanness so? Yes: He that commits fornication sins against his own body,
1 Cor. 6:18
. Is immoderate care and grief a sin against our own lives? Yes: for the sorrow of the world worketh death,
2 Cor. 7:10
Is it lawful for the magistrate to take away the life of a malefactor? Yes: for he bears not the sword in vain,
Rom. 13:4
. May soldiers kill in a lawful war? Yes: Cursed is he that keepeth back his sword from blood,
Jer. 48:10
. But is wilful murder a great sin? Yes: The voice of thy brother’s blood cries
Gen. 4:10
Is it an iniquity to be punished by the judge? Yes: Whoso sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed,
Gen. 9:6
. And ought the murderer to be put to death? Yes: A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him,
Prov. 28:17
Is murder a great affront to God? Yes: for in the image of God made he man,
Gen. 9:6
. Does it make men like the devil? Yes: for he was a murderer from the beginning,
John 8:44
. Is it of dangerous consequence to the murderer? Yes: for no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him,
1 John 3:15
. Ought we therefore to pray that God would keep us from it? Yes: Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God of my salvation,
Ps. 51:14
Is malice heart-murder? Yes: lie that hateth his brother is a murderer,
1 John 3:15
. Is rash anger a breach of this commandment? Yes: But I say unto you, Whosoever is angry with his brother without cause, shall be in danger of the judgment,
Matt. 5:22
. Is giving foul language a breach of this commandment? Yes: Whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, or Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire,
Matt. 5:22
. Is revenge a breach of this commandment? Yes: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves,
Rom. 12:19
Is it our duty to keep our bodies pure from all fleshly lusts? Yes: we must possess our vessel in sanctification and honour, and not in the lust of concupiscence,
1 Thess. 4:4
. Are we to present our bodies to God? Yes: Present your bodies unto God a living sacrifice,
Rom. 12:1
. Are we to glorify him with them? Yes: Glorify God with your bodies,
1 Cor. 6:20
. Are we to use them for him? Yes: For your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you,
1 Cor. 6:19
. And to employ them in his service? Yes: Yield your members as instruments of righteousness unto God,
Rom. 6:13
. May they then be used in the service of our lusts? No: for if any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy,
1 Cor. 3:17
Ought we to preserve our chastity in heart? Yes: that we may be holy both in body and spirit,
1 Cor. 7:34
. And must we keep out all unclean thoughts and desires? Yes: we must flee youthful lusts,
2 Tim. 2:22
. And is that the way to prevent the acts of uncleanness? Yes: for when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin,
James 1:15
Ought we to preserve our chastity in speech? Yes: Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt,
Col. 4:6
. Is it the character of good people to be modest? Yes: I will turn to the people a pure language,
Zeph. 3:9
Ought we to preserve our chastity in behaviour? Yes: we must have a chaste conversation coupled with fear,
1 Pet. 3:2
. And in our clothing? Yes: Women must adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety,
1 Tim. 2:9
. Must we abstain from all appearances of uncleanness? Yes: hating even the garment spotted with the flesh,
Jude 23
. And from all approaches to it? Yes: Come not nigh the door of her house,
Prov. 5:8
Must we resolve against wanton looks? Yes: I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then, should I think upon a maid?
Job 31:1
. Must we always keep our bodies in soberness and chastity? Yes: we must cleanse ourselves from all filthiness both of flesh and spirit,
2 Cor. 7:1
. And must we crucify all the lusts of the flesh? Yes: They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh,
Gal. 5:24
. Must the body be subdued? Yes: I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection,
1 Cor. 9:27
. And must its sinful desires be denied? Yes: If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee,
Matt. 5:29
Is adultery a very great sin? Yes: How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
Gen. 29:9
. Is it an iniquity to be punished by the judge? Yes: The adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death,
Lev. 20:10
. Is fornication a very great sin? Yes: Fornication, and all uncleanness, let it not be once named among you,
Eph. 5:3
. Will these sins certainly shut men out of heaven, if they be not repented of and forsaken? Yes: for fornicators and adulterers shall not inherit the kingdom of God,
1 Cor. 6:10
Are unclean thoughts sins? Yes: for whosoever looketh on a woman, to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart,
Matt. 5:28
. Are unclean reflections sins? Yes: for some multiply their whoredoms by calling to remembrance the days of their youth,
Ezek. 23:19
. Are unclean desires sins? Yes: inordinate affection, and evil concupiscence, are to be mortified in us,
Col. 3:5
. And must all fleshly lusts be shunned? Yes: Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts,
1 Pet. 2:11
Are unclean words sin? Yes: for there must be neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting,
Eph. 5:4
. Must we therefore take heed of speaking any filthy words? Yes: let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,
Eph. 4:29
. May we take delight in hearing filthy talk? No: for evil communications corrupt good manners,
1 Cor. 15:33
Are all unchaste actions forbidden in this commandment? Yes: not only adultery and fornication, but uncleanness and lasciviousness (
Gal. 5:19
), chambering and wantonness,
Rom. 13:13
. Are the occasions of uncleanness here forbidden? Yes: Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
Eph. 5:11
Is all uncleanness provoking to God? Yes: For I the Lord am holy,
Lev. 20:26
. Is it against our bodies? Yes: for the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord,
1 Cor. 6:13
. Is it a wrong to our souls? Yes: for fleshly lusts war against the soul,
1 Pet. 2:11
. Is it wounding to conscience? Yes: I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets,
Eccles. 7:26
Are idleness and gluttony occasions of uncleanness, and forbidden in this commandment? Yes: for this was the iniquity of Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness,
Ezek. 16:49
. And is drunkenness also a sin of dangerous consequence? Yes: for drunkards shall not inherit the kingdom of God,
1 Cor. 6:10
Does the eighth commandment concern our own and our neighbour’s wealth and outward estate? Yes: for the earth God has given to the children of men,
Ps. 115:16
. Is it necessary there should be such a command? Yes: for every brother will utterly supplant,
Jer. 9:4
Is robbing God the worst theft? Yes: Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me,
Mal. 3:8–9
. And is justice to God the highest justice? Yes: Render to God the things that are God’s,
Matt. 22:21
Is religion a friend to outward prosperity? Yes: in wisdom’s left hand are riches and honour,
Prov. 3:16
. Does it teach us to be diligent in our callings? Yes: Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks,
Prov. 27:23
. And to keep close to them? Yes: Study to be quiet, and to do your own business,
1 Thess. 4:11
. And is that the way to thrive? Yes: for the hand of the diligent maketh rich,
Prov. 10:4
. Does religion teach us to be prudent in our affairs? Yes: the good man will guide his affairs with discretion,
Ps. 112:5
. And is that the way to thrive? Yes: for through wisdom is a house builded,
Prov. 24:3
Must we serve God with our worldly estate? Yes: Honour the Lord with thy substance,
Prov. 3:9
. And is that the way to thrive? Yes: So shall thy barn be filled with plenty, ver. 10. Must we cheerfully use our estates? Yes: For I know no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life,
Eccles. 3:12
. And must we cheerfully serve God with them? Yes: we must serve the Lord our God with joyfulness and gladness of heart in the abundance of all things,
Deut. 28:47
Must we be just to all we deal with? Yes: Render therefore to all their due,
Rom. 13:7
. And must we give everybody their own? Yes: Owe no man any thing but to love one another,
Rom. 13:8
. Must we be true to every trust reposed in us? Yes: as the workmen who dealt faithfully,
2 Kings 12:15
. And is honesty the best policy? Yes: for a little that a righteous man hath, is better than the riches of many wicked,
Ps. 37:16
. And shall we have the comfort of it in this world? Yes: he that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly, that despiseth the gain of oppression and shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, shall dwell on high, his place of defence shall be in the munitions of rocks, bread shall be given him, and his waters shall he sure,
Isa. 33:15–16
. If therefore we have done any wrong, must we make restitution? Yes: Zaccheus stood and said, If I have wronged any man, I restore him fourfold,
Luke 19:8
Must we concern ourselves for the welfare of others? Yes: Look not every one on his own things, but everyone also on the things of others,
Phil. 2:4
. And must we do all we can to promote the welfare of others? Yes; If thy brother’s ox or ass go astray, thou shalt bring them back,
Deut. 22:1
Must we relieve the poor according to our ability? Yes; If thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen into decay with thee, then thou shalt relieve him,
Lev. 25:35
. Must we be forward to relieve the poor? Yes: We must be ready to distribute, willing to communicate,
1 Tim. 6:18
. Is that the way to thrive in this world? Yes; for he that hath pity on the poor, lendeth to the Lord, and that which he hath given will he pay him again,
Prov. 19:17
. And shall it be repayed in the other world? Yes: Thou shalt be recompenses in the resurrection of the just,
Luke 14:14
. And must we make this use of what we have in the world? Yes: we must labour that we may have to give to him that needeth,
Eph. 4:28
May we do what we will with our own estates? No: for we are but stewards of the manifold grace of God,
1 Pet. 4:10
. Is it a sin then to waste our estates in prodigality? Yes: for the drunkard and glutton shall come to poverty,
Prov. 23:31
. Is luxury the way to beggary? Yes: he that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man,
Prov. 21:17
. Is slothfulness a robbing of ourselves? Yes: for he that is slothful in his work, is brother to him that is a great waster,
Prov. 18:9
. And is that the way to poverty? Yes: for drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags,
Prov. 23:21
Is keeping idle company the way to poverty? Yes: for he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough,
Prov. 28:19
. Is fraud and injustice the way to poverty? Yes: for wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished,
Prov. 13:11
. Can any expect to prosper in a way of unjust gain? No: for he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool,
Jer. 17:11
. Do men rob themselves and their families by foolishness in their affairs? Yes: for every wise woman buildeth her house, but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands,
Prov. 14:1
. And by rash suretyship? Yes: for he that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it,
Prov. 11:15
Is it a sin to rob ourselves of the comfort of that which God has given us? Yes: if a man hath not power to eat of it, it is vanity, and an evil disease,
Eccles. 6:2
. And is it a sin to deny it to our relations? Yes: if any provide not for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel,
1 Tim. 5:8
Is it a great sin to steal from anybody? Yes: for everyone that stealeth shall be cut off,
Zech. 5:3
. Is it a great sin for children to steal from their parents? Yes: whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith it is no transgression, the same is the companion of a destroyer,
Prov. 28:24
. And for the rich to oppress the poor? Yes: Rob not the poor, because he is poor,
Prov. 22:22
. Will you therefore keep your hands from picking and stealing? Yes: because of the fear of God,
Neh. 5:15
. Must those who have used themselves to it break it off? Yes: Let him that stole steal no more,
Eph. 4:28
. Must poor people especially watch and pray against this temptation? Yes: Lest I be poor, and steal,
Prov. 30:9
Is it a sin to cheat anybody in a bargain? Yes: Let no man go beyond or defraud his brother in any matter,
1 Thess. 4:6
. Is it a sin to use false weights and measures? Yes: A false balance is abomination to the Lord,
Prov. 11:1
. Is it a sin to give assistance or countenance to any fraud? Yes: Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul,
Prov. 29:24
Is it a sin to deny relief to the poor? Yes: Whoso hath this world’s goods, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up the bowels of his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in that man?
1 John 3:17
. Is it a sin to deny the payment of a just debt? Yes: for the wicked borroweth, and payeth not again,
Ps. 37:21
. Or withhold wages that is due? Yes: the hire of the labourers kept back by fraud crieth,
James 5:4
. And is the love of money the cause of all these sins? Yes: the love of money is the root of all evil,
1 Tim. 6:10
Does this commandment concern our own and our neighbouur’s good name? Yes: for a good name is better than precious ointment,
Eccles. 7:1
. Is there need of this commandment? Yes: for every neighbour will walk with slanders,
Jer. 9:4
Is it our duty to govern our tongues? Yes: I said, I will take heed to my ways that I sin not with my tongue,
Ps. 39:1
. Is he a good Christian that does not? No: for if any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, that man’s religion is vain,
James 1:26
. Must we therefore pray to God to keep us from tongue-sins? Yes: Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth,
Ps. 141:3
Is it our duty to speak truth? Yes: Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour,
Zech. 8:16
. Is there good reason for it? Yes: for we are members one of another,
Eph. 4:25
. And is this the character of a good man? Yes: that he speaketh the truth in his heart,
Ps. 15:2
. Are all truths to be spoken at all times: No: for there is a time to keep silence, and a time to speak,
Eccles. 3:7
. But may an untruth be spoken at any time? No: for God’s people are children that will not lie,
Isa. 63:8
Is it our duty, especially in witness-bearing, to speak truth? Yes: for a faithful witness will not lie,
Prov. 14:5
. And the whole truth? Yes: Samuel told Eli every whit, and hid nothing from him,
1 Sam. 3:18
. And nothing but the truth? Yes: for a lying tongue is but for a moment,
Prov. 12:19
Is it our duty to strive to have a good name with God? Yes: for not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth,
2 Cor. 10:16
. And should we endeavour to have a good name with good people? Yes: Let those that fear thee turn unto me,
Ps. 119:79
. And if possible a good name with all people? Yes: Demetrius hath a good report of all men,
3 John 12
. Must we abound in those things that are of good report? Yes: if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on those things,
Phil. 4:8
In order to our getting a good name must we live by faith? Yes: for by it the elders obtained a good report,
Heb. 11:2
. Must we walk wisely? Yes: for a man’s wisdom makes his face to shine,
Eccles. 8:1
. Must we do justly? Yes: Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles,
1 Pet. 2:12
. And be humble? Yes: for before honour is humility,
Prov. 18:12
. And must we abound in good works? Yes: Let your light so shine before men,
Matt. 5:16
. But can good people expect to have everyone’s good word? No: Woe unto you when all men speak well of you,
Luke 6:26
. May we hazard a good conscience to preserve our reputation? No: for our praise is not of men, but of God,
Rom. 2:29
Ought we to be very tender of the good names of others? Yes: we must honour all men,
1 Pet. 2:17
. Must we give them the praise of that in them which is good? Yes: We also bear record,
3 John 12
. But may we flatter them? No: he that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail,
Job 17:5
. Must we charitably conceal their faults? Yes: for charity covers a multitude of sins,
1 Pet. 4:8
. Must we discourage slandering and censoriousness? Yes: we must with an angry countenance drive away a backbiting tongue,
Prov. 25:23
Is lying a great sin? Yes: Lie not one to another, seeing ye have put off the old man,
Col. 3:9
. Is it a sin that God hates? Yes: lying lips are abomination to the Lord,
Prov. 12:22
. And is it a sin that all good men hate? Yes: I hate and abhor lying,
Ps. 119:163
. Does it make men like the devil? Yes: for he is a liar, and the father of it,
John 8:44
. And will it bring them to hell? Yes: for all liars shall have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone,
Rev. 21:8
Is it lawful to tell a lie to make sport? No: for as a madman who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, so is he that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
Prov. 26:18–19
. Is it lawful to tell a lie to excuse a fault? No: for Gehazi for doing so had a leprosy entailed on him and his seed for ever,
2 Kings 5:27
. May we tell a lie with intention to do good? No: We must not do evil, that good may come,
Rom. 3:8
. Will what is got by lying do us any good? No: The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is vanity, tossed to and fro of them that seek death,
Prov. 21:6
. Should we therefore pray against this sin? Yes: Remove from me the way of lying,
Ps. 119:29
Is it a sin to belie ourselves? Yes: As there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches,
Prov. 13:7
. May we be careless of our own good name? No: If I should say I know him not, I should be a liar like unto you,
John 8:55
Is it a sin to belie our neighbour? Yes: They laid to my charge things that I know not,
Ps. 35:11
. Is it folly? Yes: He that uttereth slander is a fool,
Prov. 10:18
. Is it a sin to speak evil of any? Yes: Put them in mind to speak evil of no man,
Titus 3:1–2
. And to be censorious of our brethren? Yes: Judge not, that ye be not judged,
Matt. 7:1
. Is it a great offence to God to do this? Yes: He that speaks evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaks evil of the law, and judgeth the law,
James 4:11
. Does it make us like the devil? Yes: for he is the accuser of the brethren,
Rev. 12:10
Is it a sin to raise a false report? Yes: Thou shalt not raise a false report,
Ex. 23:1
. And a sin to spread it? Yes: Thou shalt not go up and down as a tale-bearer,
Lev. 19:16
. May we proclaim our brothers’ faults? No: for charity rejoiceth not in iniquity,
1 Cor. 13:6
. Is it a sin to speak ill of magistrates? Yes: Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people,
Acts 23:5
. Is it a sin to be abusive to the poor? Yes: for he that mocketh the poor, reproacheth his Maker,
Prov. 17:5
. May we speak ill of those who speak ill of us? No: We must not render railing for railing,
1 Pet. 3:9
Does this commandment lay a restraint upon the heart? Yes: for the law is spiritual,
Rom. 7:14
. Does the heart need this restraint? Yes: for the inward part is very wickedness,
Ps. 5:9
. Does the light of nature discover this? No: I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet,
Rom. 7:7
Are we forbidden to covet another man’s house? Yes: As they that covet houses and take them away,
Mic. 2:2
. Or another man’s wife? Yes: for her husband is to her a covering of the eyes,
Gen. 20:16
. Or another man’s goods? Yes: I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel,
Acts 20:33
Has God the disposal of our outward condition? Yes: My times are in thy hand,
Ps. 31:15
. And does he order all events concerning us? Yes: he performeth the thing that is appointed for us,
Job 23:14
. Ought we therefore to be content with our condition? Yes: Be content with such things as you have,
Heb. 13:5
. Ought we to be content in every condition? Yes: I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content,
Phil. 4:11
. Must we be content with a little? Yes: Having food and raiment, let us be therewith content,
1 Tim. 6:8
Can we expect that our condition should be in every thing brought to our mind? No: for all is vanity,
Eccles. 1:14
. Is it therefore our wisdom to bring our mind to our condition? Yes: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound,
Phil. 4:12
. Is anything got by this? Yes: Godliness with contentment is great gain,
1 Tim. 6:6
. And is this the way to be easy? Yes: In your patience possess ye your souls,
Luke 21:19