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18. Did Christ tell his disciples of the cruel sufferings which he foresaw that he should endure?
Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished: for he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on; and they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. (18 Lk. 31 to 33.)
19. When Christ drew near to the hour of his severest sufferings, what was his conduct?
Being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (22 Lk. 44.)`
O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.-O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. (26 Mt. 39, 42.)
20. How did his disciples act when he was taken by his enemies?
They all forsook him, and fled. (14 Mr. 50.)
21. What did Pilate say, when Christ was accused? I find no fault in him. (19 Jn. 4.)
22. What awful cries did the Jews utter against Christ? Away with him, away with him, crucify him. (19 Jn. 15.) His blood be on us, and on our children. (27 Mt. 25.)
23. How did these cruel persecutions end?
And they took Jesus, and led him away: and he, bearing his cross, went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified him. (19 Jn. 16, 17, 18.)
24. How did Christ pray for his enemies while on the cross? Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. (23 Lk. 34.)
25. What was the dying prayer of Christ?
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit; and, having said thus, he gave up the ghost. (23 Lk. 46.)
26. How did the angel announce the resurrection of Christ to the women who visited his tomb?
Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified; he is not here; for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. (28 Mt. 5, 6.)
27. Did Christ show himself repeatedly to his disciples after his resurrection?
To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. (1 Ac. 3.)
28. When Christ had opened the understandings of his disciples, how did he explain the benefits of his sufferings and death?
Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name, among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (24 Lk. 46, 47.)
29. How did Christ take leave of his disciples?
And he led them out as far as to Bethany: and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen. (24 Lk. 50 to 53.)
30. What did Christ say of his own Divinity?
I and my Father are one. (10 Jn. 30.)
31. How does the Apostle John, at the commencement of his gospel, speak of the Divine Redeemer ?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (1 Jn. 1.)
32. What does St. Paul say in his Epistle to the Romans?
Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. (9 Ro. 5.)
33. What is said of Christ in the Epistle to the Colossians? Who is the image of the invisible God. (1 Col. 15.)
In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. (2 Col. 9.)
34. What is said in the Epistle to Timothy?
Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh. (I. Tim.3. 16.)
35. What is said of Christ's relation to God in the Epistle to the Hebrews?
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (1 Heb. 3.)
36. What does St. John say of Christ?
This is the true God, and eternal life. (I. Jn. 5. 20.)
37. How does God the Father address Jesus Christ? Unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. (1 Heb. 8.) (45 P. 6.)
38. What is said in the Revelations as to Christ's subduing his enemies, and his supreme dignity?
The Lamb shall overcome them; for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. (17 Rev. 14.)
39. Is Jesus Christ our Advocate?
If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (I. Jn. 2. 1, 2.)
40. Is Christ an High-Priest for us?
Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren; that he might be a merciful and faithful High-Priest, in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. (2 Heb. 17.)
41. What does Christ become to his people? The Lord our righteousness. (23 Jer. 6.)
42. What effects should the death of Christ produce in us? Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed. (I. Pet. 2.24.)
43. Is Christ able and willing to save?
He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him; seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (7 Heb. 25.)
44. Can salvation be obtained from any other than Jesus Christ?
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is `none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. (4 Ac. 12.)
V. OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Promises of the Holy Spirit, and gift of Operations, influence, teachings-Deity of-Resisting and grieving— Inspiring the Scriptures-Inviting to salvation.
(Note) In the texts marked *, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, are particularly mentioned.
1. Was the Holy Spirit promised in the Old Testament? This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel, And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my spirit upon all flesh. (2 Ac. 16, 17.) (2 Joel 28 to 32.) 2. What did John the Baptist say as to the descent of the Holy Spirit on Christ?
I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him; and I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. (1 Jn. 32, 33.)
3. Did Christ encourage his disciples to expect the Holy Spirit?
* If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? (11 Lk. 13.)
4. What promise did Christ give his disciples, when he was about to leave them?
* I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him, for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (14 Jn. 16, 17.)
5. Was this promise fulfilled on the day of Pentecost? And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (2 Ac. 4.)
6. How did St. Peter repeat the promise of the Holy Spirit to those who were "pricked in their heart?"
Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (2 Ac. 38.)
7. Does the natural man receive the things of the Spirit of God?
The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (I Cor. 2. 14.)
8. Where is our help and salvation to be obtained?
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts. (4 Zec. 6.)
Not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. (3 Tit. 5.)
9. How is the Gospel rightly received?
Our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurancehaving received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost. (I. Thes. 1. 5, 6.)