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steps. Who did no sin, neither was : in all the earth; a perfect and upguile found in his mouth; who, right man, one that feareth God and when he was reviled, reviled not escheweth evil? Then Saran anagain; when he suffered, he ihreat-'swered the Lord, and said, Doch ened not; but committed himself to Job fear God for nought? Hast not him that judgeth righteously; who thou made a hedge about him, and his own self bare our sins in bis own | about his house, and about all that body on the tree, that we, being he liath on every side? Thou hast dead to sins, should live unto right- blessed the work of his hand, and eonsness: by whose stripes ye were his substance is increased in the healed. For ye were as sheep go- Tamil; but put forth now thy hand, ing astray: but are now returned and touch all that he hath, and he unto the Shepherd and Bishop of will curse thee to thy face. And the
Lord said unto Saian, All that he
hath is in thy power, only on himT4: 12. Beloved, think it not self put not forth thy hand. strange, concerning the fiery trial 2: 3. Still he holdeth fast his inwhich is to try you, as though some tegrity, though thou movest me strange thing happened unto you: against him, to destroy him without but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are par
And Satan answered the takers of Christ's sufferings; that, Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, when his glory shall be revealed, ye all that a man hath will he give for may be glad also with exceeding his life; but put forth now thy band joy. If ye be reproached for the and touch his bone and his flesh, and name of Christ, happy are ye; for he will curse thee to thy face. And the Spirit of glory and of God rest the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, eth upon you: on their part he is he is in thy hand, only save his life. evil spoken of, but on your part he Ps. 119: 67. Before I was afflictis glorified. But let none of you ed, I went astray ; but now have I suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, kept thy word. — 71. It is good for or as an evil-doer, or as a busy-body me that I have been afflicted; that I in other men's matters. Yet if any i might know thy statutes. — 75. I man suffer as a Christian, let him know, O Lord, ihat thy judgments not be ashamed; but let him glorify are right, and that thou in faithfulGod on this behalf.
ness hast afflicted me. Luke 16: 19. There was a certain Isa. 48: 10. Behold, I have refined rich man, which was clothed in pur- thee, but not with silver; I have chople and tine linen, and fared sump sen thee in the furnace of afflicton. tuously every day: and there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores....
The beggar died, and was § 7. CONSCIENCE, OR MORAL SENSE. carried by angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died, Acts 23: 1. Men and brethren, and was buried. - 25. Son, remem I have lived in all good conscience ber that thou in thy lifetime receiv- before God until this day. edst thy good things; likewise Laz 24: 14. But this I confess unto arus evil things; but now he is com- thee, that after the way which they forted, and thou art tormented. call heresy, so worship I the God of
Job 21:7. Wherefore do the wick- my fathers, believing all things which ed live, become old, yea are mighty are written in the law and in the in power?... Their houses are safe prophets : and have hope toward from fear, neither is the rod of God God, which they themselves also upon them. ...They spend their days allow, that there shall be a resurrecin wealth, and in a moment go down tion of the dead, both of the just to the grave. Therefore they say and unjust. And herein do I exerunto God, depart froin us; we de- cise myself, to have always a consire not the knowledge of thy science void of offence toward God, ways.
and toward men. 1:8. And the Lord said unto Sa 1 Cor. 8: 7. Howbeit, there is tan, Hast thou considered my ser not in every man that knowledge: vant Job; that there is none like him for some with conscience of the idol
unto this hour, eat it as a thing conscience in all things willing to offered unto an idol: and their con live honestly. science, being weak, is defiled. But TITUS 1: 15. Unto them that are meat commenleth us not to God: defiled and yubelieving, there is for neither if we eat, are we the nothing pure but even their mind better ; neither if we eat not, are and conscience are defiled. we the worse. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling-block to them that are weak. For if any man see § 8. MILLENNIOM — OR UNIVERSAL thee, which hast knowledge, sit at TRIUMPH OF CHRIST ON EARTH. meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak Jer. 31: 33. After those days, be emboldened to eat those things saith the Lord, I will put my law in which are offered to idols; and their inward parts, and write it in through thy knowledge shall the their hearts; and will be their God, weak brother perish, for whom Christ and they shall be my people. And died ? But when ye sin so against they shall teach no more every man the brethren, and wound their weak his neighbor, and every man his conscience, ye sin against Christ. brother, saying, Know the Lord;
10: 27. If any of them that be- for they shall all know me, from the lieve not bid you to a feast, and least of them unto the greatest of ye be disposed to go; whatsoever them, saith the Lord; for I will foris set before you, eat, asking no give their iniquity, and I will requestion for conscience sake. But member their sin no more. if any man say unto you, This is Dan. 2: 34. Thou sawest, till that offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat a stone was cut out without hands, not for his sake that showed it, and which smote the image upon his for conscience sake :
feet, which were of iron and clay,
and brake them in pieces, .... and For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness
the stone that smote the image bethereof:
came a great mountain, and filled conscience, I say, not thine own, but the whole earth. — 44. In the days of the other,
of these kings shall the God of Rom. 9: 1. My conscience also heaven set up a kingdom, which bearing me witness in the Holy shall never be destroyed ; and the Ghost.
kingdom shall not be left to other 13: 5. Ye must needs be subject, people, but it shall break in pieces not only for wrath, but also for con and consume all these kingdoms, science sake.
and it shall stand forever. 1 Cor. 1: 12. Our rejoicing is Hosea 3: 23. I will have mercy this, the testimony of our upon her that had not obtained merscience ; that in simplicity and god-cy, and I will say to them which ly sincerity, not with fleshly wis were not my people, Thou art my dom, but by the grace of God, we people, and they shall have had our conversation in the art my God. world.
Micah 4: 1. But in the last days
it shall come to pass, that the moun14: 2. By manifestation of the tain of the house of the LORD shall truth, commending ourselves to every be established in the top of the man's conscience in the sight of mountains, and it shall be exalted God.
above the hills. 1 Tim. 1: 19. War a good war HAB. 2: 14. The earth shall be fare ; holding faith and a good con filled with the knowledge of the science.
glory of the LORD, as the waters 3: 9. Holding the mystery of cover the sea. faith, in a pure conscience.
Mat. 18: 33. The kingdom of 2 Tim. 1: 3. I serve God from my heaven is like unto leaven, which a forefathers with a pure conscience. woman took and hid in three meas
Heb. 10: 22. Having our hearts ures of meal, till the whole was sprinkled from an evil conscience. leavened.
13: 18. We trust we have a good ISA. 35: 1 10. 43: 1-7. 45:
22 — 25. 49: 6— 18, 22 — 25. 60: body, and bring it into subjection ; 1-5, 8-12, 18 - 22. 62: 10 lest that by any means, when I have 12. 65: 17 - 25. 66: 5-12. preached to others, I myself should
be a castaway;
Luke 16: 22. And it came to
pass, that the beggar died, and was $ 9. PROBATION AFTER DEATH. carried by the angels into Abraham's
bosom: ihe rich man also died, and 2 Cor. 5: 10. We must all ap was buried ; aud in hell he lified up pear before the judgment seat of his eyes, being in torments, and Christ, that every one may receive seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazthe things done in his body, accord arus in his bosom. And he cried ing to that he hath done, whether it and said, Father Abraham, bave be good or bad.
inercy on me, and send Lazarus, Mat. 25 : 5. While the bride- that he may dip the tip of his finger groom tarried, they all slumbered in water, and cool my tongue; for and slept. And at midnight there I am tormented in this flame. But was a cry made, Behold, the bride- Abraham said, Son, remember that groom cometh ; go ye out to meet thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy him. Then all those virgins arose, good things, and likewise Lazarus and trimmed their lamps. And the evil things: but now he is comfortfoolish said unto the wise, Give us ed, and thou art tormented. And of your oil; for our lamps are gone ' besides all this, between us and you
But the wise answered, say- , there is a great gulf fixed: so that ing, Not
so; lest there be not they which would pass from hence enough for us and you: but go ye to you cannot; neither can they rather to them that sell, and buy for pass to us that would come from yourselves. And while they went thence. io buy, the bridegrooin came; and! Rev. 22: 11. He that unjust, they that were ready went in with let him be unjust still; and he that him to the marriage: and the door is filthy, let him be filthy still; and was shut. Afterward came also the be that is righteous, let him he other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, righteous still; and he that is boly, open to us. But he answered and let him be holy still. And behold, I said, Verily I say to you, I know come quickly, and my reward is you not.
Watch therefore; for ye with me, to give every man accordknow neither the day nor the hour ing as his work shall be. I am wherein the Son of man cometh. Alpha and Omega, the beginning
Eccl. 11: 3. If the tree fall and the end, the first and the last. toward the south or toward the Blessed are they, that do his comnorth, in the place where the tree mandments, that they may have falleth there it shall be.
right to the tree of life, and may enter 9: 10. Whatsoever thy hand in, through the gates, into the city. findeth to do, do it with thy might; For without, are dogs and sorcerers for there is no work, nor device, and whoremongers and murderers nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the and idolaters, avd whosoever loveth grave, whither thou goest.
and inaketh a lie. * 1 Cor. 9: 27. I keep under my (See the last Topic.)
It is observable that the silence of the Bible on this topic is the most decisive evidence against the supposition of a future probation. The book wbich brings “ life and immortality to light,” makes no mention of it, no provision for it; but constructs its whole system of operations upon the ground, that here is the only hope of recove ering man to holiness. Were there no revelation, we might hope for some future arrangement in our favor; but the silence of God's word precludes any such gratuitous assumption.
The compiler will be grateful to any individual who will furnish a collation, throwing a different light upon this subject.
FOURTH GENERAL TOPIC.
THE FINAL ISSUE.
quiet. His breasts are full of milk, CHAPTER 1.
and his bones moistened with marrow. Another dieth in the bitter
ness of his soul, and never eateth DISSOLUTION OF THE BODY.
with pleasure. They shall lie down
alike in the dust, and the worms § 1. THE PORTION OF ALL — GOOD shall cover them.
24: 24. The mighty are exalted
for a little while; but are gone and Heb. 9: 27. It is appointed unto brought low; they are taken out of men, once to die.
the way as all others, and cut off as 1 Cor. 15: 22. In Adam all die. the tops of the ears of corn.
GEN. 2: 27. In the day thou eat 30: 23. I know that thou wilt est thereof, ihou shalt surely die. bring me to death, and to the house
Ps. 49: 6. They that trust in their appointed for all living. wealth, and boast theinselves in the Eccl. 8:8. There is no man that multitude of their riches, none of hath power over the spirit to retain them can by any means redeem his the spirit; neither hath he power in brother, or give to God a ransom the day of death: and there is no for him... that he should still live discharge in that war; neither shall forever, and not see corruption. For wickedness deliver those that are be seeth that wise men die; likewise given to it. the fool and the brutish person per JOB 34: 14. If he gather unto ish, and leave their wealth to others. him his spirit and his breath, all
Man being in honor abideth not: flesh shall perish together, and man he is like the beasts that perish. shall turn again to dust.
JOB 4: 21. Men dwell in houses of Ps. 82: 6. I have said, Ye are clay: their foundation is in the dust; gods, and all of you are children of they are crushed before the moth. the most High: but ye shall die like They are destroyed from morning men. to evening; they perish forever with 89: 43. What man is he that live out any regarding it.
eth, and shall not see death? Shall 7:9. He that goeth down to the he deliver his soul from the hand of grave shall come up no more; ... nei- the grave? ther shall his place know him any 90: 3. Thou turnest man to de
struction. — 5. In the morning they 9: 22. God destroyeth the perfect are like grass that groweth up. In and the wicked.
the morning it flourisheth and grow14: 2. Man cometh forth as a eth ur, in the evening it is cut down flower, and is cut down. – 10. Man and withereth. dieth and wasteth away; yea, man
Eccl. 12: 7. The dust shall regiveth up the ghost, and where is turn to the earth as it was, and the he?
spirit shall return unto God that 17: 14. I have said to corruption, gave it. Thou art my father; and to the worm, Thou art my mother and my 1. Our life in God's hand. sister.
21: 23. One dieth in his full I SAM. 2: 6. The LORD killeth, strength, being wholly at ease and land he maketh alive; he bringeth
SEPARATE EXISTENCE OF
down to the grave, and be bringeth Lord doth come. But know this, up.
that if the good man of the house Deut. S2: 39. See now, that I, had known in what watch the thief even I, am He, and there is no God would come, he would have watched, with me.
I kill and I make alive; I and would not have suffered his wound and I heal: weither is there house to be broken up. Therefore, any that can deliver out of my be ye also realy : for in such an hand.
hour as ye think not the Son of man
man Ps. 68: 20. Unto God the LORD, cometh. belong the issues from deaih.
DAN. 5: 23. Jo whose barid thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways. Acts 17: 28. In him we live, and
CHAPTER II. move, and have our being.
Job 14: 5. Man's days are determined; the number of his months are with thee; thou hast appointed
SOUL. his bounds that he cannot pass.
Mat. 6: 27. Which of you, by MAT. 10: 28. Fear not them taking thought, can add one cubit which kill the body, but are not able unto his stature?
to kill the soul: but rather fear him
which is able to destroy both soul II. Death near and uncertain.
and body in hell.
LUKE 16: 22. The beggar died, 1 Sam. 20: 3. There is but a step and was carried by angels into Abrabetween me and death.
ham’s bosom. The rich man also 1 Chron. 29: 15. We are stran died, and was buried. And in hell gers before thee and sojourners, as he lifted up his eyes, being in tor were all our fathers; our days on the ments, and seeth Abraham afar off, earth are as a shadow, and there is and Lazarus in his bosom. none abiding:
Mat. 22: 32. I am the God of Job 8: 9. We are but of yester- Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and day.
the God of Jacob. God is not the 7: 6. My days are swister than a God of the dead, but of the living. weaver's shutile.
17: 3. Behold there appeared un9: 25. Our days are swifter than to them Moses and Elias, talking a post, they fly away.
with him. Ps. 39: 4. Lord make me to know LUKE 9: 81. They appeared in mine end, and the measure of my glory and spoke of his decease, which days, what it is; that I may know he should accomplish in Jerusalem. how fraill am. Behold, thou hast 23: 42. And he said unto Jesus, made my days as a hand breadth, Lord, remember me when thou and mine age is as nothing before comest into thy kingdom. And Jethee: verily every man, at his best sus said unto him, Verily I say unstate, is but vanity.
to thee, to-day shalt thou be with me 103: 15. Man's days are as grass; in paradise. as a flower of the field, so he four 2 Cor. 5: 1. For we know that isheth ; ... he appeareth for a little if our earthly house of this tabernatime and then vanisheth away. cle be dissolved, we have a building
102: 11. My days are like a of God, a house not made with shadow that declineth; and I am hands, eternal in the heavens. – 6. withered like grass.
Therefore we are always confident, 144: 4. Man is like to vanity. knowing that while we are at home His days are as a shadow that pass- in the body, we are absent from the
Lord ; (for we walk by faith, and not JAMES 4: 14. For what is your by sight.) We are confident, I say, life? It is even a vapor, which ap- and willing rather to be absent from peareth for a little time, and then the body, and to be present with the vanisheth away.
Lord. Mat. 24: 42. Watch, therefore, Phil. 1: 21. For me to live is for ye know not what hour your Christ, but to die is gain. But if I