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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 which we have preached unto you, 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! For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man: for I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
EPH. 6: 17. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
4: 1. I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.
JAMES 1: 19. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness, and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the word, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
2 TIM. 2: 8. Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead, according to my gospel: wherein I suffer trouble as an evil doer even unto bonds: but the word of God is not bound.
T3: 16. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
COL. 3: 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts: knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
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2 PET. 1: 16. For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye-witnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory,
This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
SECOND GENERAL TOPIC.
TERMS OF ACCEPTANCE, OR CONDITIONS WITH WHICH THE SINNER MUST COMPLY.
§ 1. THE DUTY
MAT. 3: 1. In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.-7. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers! who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees; therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
4: 17. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
9:13. I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
LUKE 13: 3. Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
MARK 6 12. They went out and preached that men should repent.
LUKE 15: 10. There is joy in the presence of the angels of God, over one sinner that repenteth.
ACTS 2: 37. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the Apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins,
ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
3: 19: Repent ye therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. -26. Unto you first God, having raised up his son Jesus, sent him to bless you in turning away, every one of you from his iniquities.
14: 15. We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you, that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein : who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways: nevertheless, he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
the heavenly vision: but showed first unto them of Dainascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
EZEK. 33: 11. Say unto them, As I live, saith the LORD God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; if the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live. Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the LORD is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal. When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby. Yet ye say, The way of the LORD is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.
tribulation, and all these things come upon thee, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shall be obedient to his voice, he will not forsake thee.
ISA. 55: 7. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
EZEK. 18: 21. If the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. They shall not be mentioned unto him. In his righteousness that he hath done shall he live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the LORD God: and not that he should return from his ways and live?-30. Repent and turn from all your transgressions: so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
33: 11. As I live, saith the LORD God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways, for why will ye die, O house of Israel!
HOSEA 6: 1. Let us return unto the LORD; for he hath torn, and he will heal us: he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
14: 1. O Israel, return unto the LORD for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Take with you words and say unto him, 'Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously.
JOEL 2: 12. Therefore also now, saith the LORD, Turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting and with weeping and with mourning and rend your heart and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.
ZECH. 1: 3. Thus saith the LORD of Hosts, Turn ye unto me, and I will turn unto you.
ISA. 1: 16. Wash you, make you clean. Put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes. Cease to do evil; learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed,
§ 2. ACCEPTANCE PROMISED TO THE judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now and let us reason together, saith the LORD. Though DEUT. 4: 30. When thou art in your sins be as scarlet, they shall be
2 KINGS 17: 18. The LORD testified against Israel and Judah, by the prophets and seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways; but they would not hear.-18. The LORD was angry, and removed them out of his sight.
7: 10. The pride of Israel doth testify to his face; and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.-13. Woe unto them; ... destruction unto them. -16. They return but not to the Most High.
§ 3. GOD'S DISPLEASURE AT IMPEN- Tyre and Sidon at the ment, than for you.
Ps. 7: 12. If the wicked turn not, God will whet his sword. He hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death.
JER. 15: 7. I will destroy my people, since they return not from their ways.
18: 11. Thus saith the LORD, behold I frame evil against you return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.
23: 14. The false prophets, strengthen the hands of the evil doers, that no man doth return from his wickedness... Therefore thus saith the LORD of Hosts concerning the prophets, Behold I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall.
EZEK. 3: 19. If thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness,...he shall die in his iniquity.
DAN. 9: 13. All this evil is come upon us, yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities. Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil and brought it
Ho. 14: 1. O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thy iniquity.
MAT. 11. 20. Then began Jesus to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not; saying, Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida; for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for day of judg
18: 1. At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily, I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me.
T21: 31. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the publicans and harlots believed him; and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterwards, that ye might believe him.
REV. 2: 21. I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
ROM. 2: 4. After thy hardness, and impenitent heart, treasurest up wrath against the day of wrath, and revelation of the righteous judgment of God: who will render to every one according to his works.
JAS. 5: 19. Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him, let him know, that he
which converteth the sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
commandment holy, and just, and
MAT. 11: 28. Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
ROM. 3: 19. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
T2 SAM. 24: 10. And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly. For when David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD came unto the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying, Go and say unto David, Thus saith
ROM. 7: 7. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, "Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sinthe LORD, I offer thee three things: was dead. For I was alive without choose thee one of them, that I may the law once: but when the com- do it unto thee. So Gad came to mandment came, sin revived, and David, and told him, and said unto I died. And the commandment, him, Shall seven years of famine which was ordained to life, I found come unto thee in thy land? or to be unto death. For sin, taking wilt thou flee three months before occasion by the commandment, de- thine enemies, while they pursue ceived me, and by it slew me. thee? or that there be three day's Wherefore the law is holy, and the pestilence in thy land? now advise,
§ 4. REPENTANCE DESCRIBED. I. Implies Consciousness of Guilt.
Ps. 38: 4. Mine iniquities are as a heavy burden.
JOB 42: 6. Now mine eye seeth thee, wherefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.
Ps. 51: 3. I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ev before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight... Behold I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.