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word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations. -96. I have seen an end of all perfection but thy commandment is exceeding broad. Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. Thy testimonies are wonderful therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. 137. Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful; my zeal hath consumed me; because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. 142. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me : yet thy commandments are my delights. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.160. Thy word is true from the beginning and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever. - 172. All thy commandments are righteousness.
DEUT. 4: 8. What nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous, as all this law, which I set before you this day.
JOHN 10: 35. The scripture cannot be broken.
MAT 22: 29. Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
ACTS 17: 2. And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise.
2 COR. 10: 4. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty, through God, to the pulling down of strong holds.
EPH. 1: 13. In whom ye also trusted after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. In whom, also, after that ye
8:58. And if any one hear my words and believe not, I judge him not; for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He, that rejecteth me and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him. The Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him at the last day. . . . I know that his commandment is life everlasting.
Ro. 10: 13. For whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed; and how shall they believe on him of whom they have not heard; and how shall they hear without a preacher?.. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
ACTS 17: 11. These were more noble than they of Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
2 TIM. 3: 16. All scripture . . . is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished for every good work.
DAN. 10: 21. I will show thee what is noted in the scripture of truth.
ISA. 8: 20.. To the law and to the testimony. If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no truth in them.
2 COR. 2:15. For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ, both
in them that are saved, and in them that perish. To the one we are a savor of death unto death; and to the other a savor of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many that corrupt the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God, speak we in Christ.
II. Perfect in its adaptation to the heart.
ROм. 1: 16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.
10: 17. Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
1 COR. 1: 18. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which be saved it is the power of God. - 20. It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
2 COR. 2: 4. Not handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. For if our gospel be hid, it is hid unto them that are lost; in whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
JOHN 17: 17. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Ps. 19: 8. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. Moreover, by them is thy servant warned, and in keeping of them there is great reward.
119: 50. Thy word hath quickened me. - 67. Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now have I kept thy word.—71. It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. -75. I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
EPH. 6: 17. Take the helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow; and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
JA. 1: 18. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth.
2 TIM. 2: 9. The word of God is not bound.
HEB. 4: 12. For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper
III. Perfect in its appeals to the sensibilities, or its sanctions.
ISA. 5: 1. Now will I sing to my well-beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. "My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: and he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a wine-press therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes." And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
LUKE 7: 31. Whereunto shall I liken the men of this generation? They are like unto children sitting in the market place and calling one to another and saying, We have piped unto you and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you and ye have not wept.
JER. 23: 29. Is not my word like a fire, saith the LORD, and like a hammer, that breaketh the rock in pieces?
1. Hope is addressed.
DEUT. 7: 12. Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers: and he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the in
crease of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. Thou shalt be blessed above all people there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.
ISA. 1: 19. If ye be willing and obedient ye shall eat the good of the land.
MAL. 3: 16. Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
If then I be a father, where is mine honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear?
MAL. 1: 6. A son honoreth his father, and a servant his master:
DEUT. 4: 2. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you; neither shall ye diminish ought from it; that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you.
JOHN 5: 39. Search the scriptures; for in them, ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me.
LUKE 16: 31. If they hear not Moses and the Prophets, neither would they be persuaded though one went unto them from the dead. 2 COR. 11: 2. For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy; for I have espoused you unto one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. - 4. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit which ye have not received, or another gospel which ye.have not accepted: ye might well bear with him.. Such are false Apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into Apostles of Christ.
GAL. 1:6. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him, that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you, than that we have preached, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you, than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
REV. 22: 18. For 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 ta 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.
V. Relation of the Old and New Testaments.
MAT. 5: 17. Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled. Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.
LUKE 16: 16. The law and the prophets were until John, since that time, the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
COL. 2:14. Blotting out the hand writing of ordinances, that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.
EPH. 2:15. Having abolished in his flesh the enmity (between Jews and Gentiles) even 'the law of commandments contained in ordinances.
LUKE 24: 44. And he said unto them. These are the words which I said unto you, while I was yet with you that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses and in the Prophets and in the Psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understandings that they might understand the scripture, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer.
ACTS 8: 35. Philip began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
2 PET. 1: 19. We have also a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed as unto à light that shineth in a dark place.... knowing this first, that no scripture is of any private interpretation.
ACTS 17: 2. Paul reasoned out of the scriptures.
18: 24. Agabus was mighty in the scriptures.
ROM. 16: 25. Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, (according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret from the foundation of the world, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith) to God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
ROM. 4: 3. What saith the scripture?
9: 17. For the scripture saith.
VI. Importance of studying it.
Ps. 119: 6. Then shall I not be ashamed when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. Wherewith shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. - 92. Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. I will never forget thy precepts; for with them thou hast quickened me. I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
COL. 3:16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.
2 TIM. 3: 15. From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures.
HEB. 2: 1. We ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we let them slip.
1 PET. 2: 2. Desire the sincere milk of the word.
risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes; and thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. [See Christian Duties.]
JOSH. 1: 7. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant comMo-manded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.
LUKE 24: 27. Beginning at ses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. -S2. And they said, did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and opened to us the scriptures?
DEUT. 6: 6. And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thy heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently to thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way; when thou liest down, and when thou
THIRD GENERAL TOPIC.
THE DIVINE LAW.
he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. - 24. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh.
Curse inflicted on the transgressor.
GEN. 2: 8. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden ; and there he put the man whom he had formed.-16. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the_garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.-2. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which
GEN. 3: 17. Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee saying, Thou shalt not eat of it; cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of