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30. How will those, who have been ashamed of Christ and his gospel, appear at the day of judgment?
Whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. (9 Lk. 26.)
31. What denunciation has God given against those who add to, or take away from, the Scriptures?
I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book; If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (22 Rev. 18, 19.)
II. THE YOUNG-YOUNG OR WEAK BELIEVERS-EARLY PIETY.
God to be remembered and loved by the young-the love of Christ to the young and to weak believers—the young are sinners-invited to seek God, and yield themselves to him -early piety-scriptural examples of early piety-the piety of the young intimately connected with the extension of the Redeemer's kingdom.
1. Does God require the young to remember him? Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth. (12 Ec. 1.)
2. How does God encourage you to love him in youth?
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. (8 Pr. 17.)
3. How was the youth of Christ distinguished?
Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (2 Lk. 52.)
4. What prophecy foretold the love of Christ to the young? He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom. (40 Is. 11.) 5. How was this prophecy fulfilled?
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. (10 Mr. 13 to 16.)
6. What was the test of love to himself which Christ gave to Peter?
Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. (21 Jn. 15.)
7. How did Christ encourage his disciples to regard the young?
Whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. (18 Mt. 5.)
8. How did Christ rejoice over those who humbly received his word?
I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. (11 Mt. 25, 26.)
9. How did Christ regard his young and weak disciples? Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. (18 Mt. 10.)
A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench. (42 Is. 3.-12 Mt. 20.)
10. How does Christ esteem acts of kindness done to his young or weak disciples?
Whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward. (10 Mt. 42.)
11. Did Christ commend the praises of children?
And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosannah* to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, and said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? (21 Mt. 15, 16.) (See also 8 P. 2.)
12. Is Christ willing to receive the young?
How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings; and ye would not! (23 Mt.37.)
13. Are the hearts of the young evil?
The imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth. (8 Gn. 21.)
14. Do children love folly?
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child. (22 Pr. 15.) 15. Are the young vain?
Childhood and youth are vanity. (11 Ec. 10.)
16. How is the character of a child discovered? Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. (20 Pr. 11.)
17. Are any of us by nature better than others?
And were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (2 Eph. 3.)
18. Are early impressions often fading?
Your goodness is as a morning cloud; and as the early dew it goeth away. (6 Hos. 4.)
19. What is a suitable prayer for a young sinner? Remember not the sins of my youth. (25 P.7.)
* This word means "Save, I beseech thee."
20. May the young pray for God's mercy?
O satisfy us early with thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. (90 P. 14.)
21. Are the young earnestly and immediately invited to seek God as their guide?
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My Father, thou art the guide of my youth? (3 Jer. 4.)
22. What does God require of every youth?
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. (23 Pr. 26.)
23. How did the Psalmist review his early piety when he became an old man?
Thou art my hope, O Lord God; thou art my trust from my youth.-O God, thou hast taught me from my youth. (71 P. 5. 17.)
24. Has God given any promise to the children of the 'poor?
He shall judge the poor of the people: he shall save the children of the needy. (72 P. 4.)
25. Are early afflictions and restraints beneficial?
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. (3 Lam. 27.)
26. Is a pious education of vast importance to the young? A child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. (29 Pr. 15.)
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. (22 Pr. 6.)
27. What was the Psalmist anxious to teach the young? Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. (34 P.11.)
28. Should the young praise God, and rejoice in his goodness?
Both young men and maidens, old men and children, let them praise the name of the Lord. (148 P. 12, 13.)
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. (103 P.5.)
29. How did the Psalmist express his prayers and wishes for the young?
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner-stones, polished after the similitude of a palace. (144 P. 12.)
30. Will God bring the young into judgment?
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. (11 Ec. 9.)
31. Was Samuel an instance of early piety?
And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli -And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child—And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him. (I Sam. 3. 1,8, and 19.)
32. What was Josiah's conduct in youth?
Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign-And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord-In the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father. (II Ch. 34. 1, 2, & 3.) 33. What did Obadiah say of his early days?
I thy servant fear the Lord from my youth. (IK. 18. 12.) 34. What does the historian say of Obadiah's excellent character?
Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly. (IK. 18.3.)
35. How does the Apostle Paul describe the youthful character of Timothy?
From a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (II Tim. 3. 15.)
36. Will the knowledge of God be continued from age to age?
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. (145 P. 4.)