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hearts, glory not, and lie not against measure that ye meet withal, it shall the truth. This wisdom descendeth be measured unto you again. not from above, but is earthly, sen- 1 Cor. 5: 11. Do not keep comsual, devilish. For where envying pany, if any one that is called a and strife is, there is confusion, and brother be ...covetous ... no not to every evil work.
Col. 3: 5. Mortify your members ... covetousness, which is idol
atry. § 10. PROPERTY.
Eph. 5: 5. No covetous man hath
any inheritance in the kingdom of Mat. 5. 42. Give to him that Christ and of God. asketh of thee, and from him that LUKE 12 : 13. And one of the would borrow of thee turn not thou company said unto him, Master, away.
speak to my brother that he divide 22: 21. Render unto Cæsar the the inheritance with me. And he things that are Cæsar's, and unto said unto him, Man, who made me a God the things that are God's. judge or a divider over you? And
LUKE 3: 11. He that hath two he said unto them, Take heed and coats, let him impart to him that beware of covetousness ; for a man's hath none; and he that hath meat, life consisteth not in the abundance let him do likewise.
of the things which he possesseth. 6: 31. As ye would that men (Parable of the rich miser. 12: 16.) should do to you, do ye also to them, [See Christian Duties.] likewise.
Acts 2 : 44. All that believed them which do good to you, what were together, and had all things thank have ye? for sinners also do common, and sold their possessions even the same. Do good and lend... and goods, and parted them to all hoping for nothing again, and your men, as every man had need. reward shall be great, and ye shall 1 Tim. 5: 8. If any provide not be called the children of the High- for his own, specially for those of est. — 38. Give and it shall be his own house, he hath denied the given unto you... for with the same faith and is worse than an infidel.
3. If we do good to
FOURTH GENERAL TOPIC.
MAN AND HIS CHARACTER.
1: 27. So God created man in his
own image, in the image of God HIS ORIGINAL CHARACTER. created he him; male and female
created he them. And God blessed § 1. HIS BODY.
them, and God said unto them, Be
fruitful, and multiply, and replenish Gen. 2: 7. And the LORD God the earth, and subdue it: and have formed man of the dust of the ground, dominion over the fish of the sea, and breathed into his nostrils the and over the fowl of the air, and breath of life; and man became a over every living thing that moveth living sonl.
upon the earth. And God said, Be
CH. 1.] ORIGINAL PROBATIONARY MORAL CHARACTER. 93 hold I have given you every herb died and was buried; and in hell he bearing seed, which is upon the face lifted up his eyes, being in torments. of all the earth, and every tree, in 23: 43. To-day shalt thou be with the which is the fruit of a tree yield- me in Paradise. ing seed; to you it shall be for meat. 2 Cor. 5: 6. While we are at
home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. We are confident I say,
and willing rather to be absent from § 2. HIS SOUL.
the body, and to be present with the
Acts 7: 59. They stoned Ste
phen, calling upon God and saying, Gen. 1: 26. And God said, Let Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. us make man in our image, after our
[See Future State.] likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over
II. Immortal. the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and 2 Tim. 1: 10. Our Savior Jesus over every creeping thing that creep- | Christ ... hath brought life and imeth upon the earth.
mortality to light through the gospel. 25: 8. Abraham gave up the 1 Cor. 15: 53. This corruptighost, and was gathered unto his ble must put on incorruption, and people.
this mortal, immortality. Ps. 31: 5. Into thy hand I com- Rom. 2: 7. God will render to mend my spirit.
them who ... seek for glory, honor, Isa. 81: 3. The Egyptians are and immortality, eternal life. men, and not God; and their horses Mat. 25: 46. The righteous shall flesh and not spirit.
go into life eternal. Ps. 19: 7. The law of the LORD MARK 3: 29. He that shall blasis perfeet, converting the soul.
pheme against the Holy Ghost, hath 106: 15. God granted their re- never forgiveness; but is in danger quest; but sent leanness into their of eternal damnation. soul.
John 10: 27. My sheep hear my 16: 10. Thou wilt not leave my voice, and ... I give unto them etersoul in hell.
nal life. And they shall never perish. Mar. 10: 28. Fear not them
[See Future State.] which kill the body: but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
§ 3. ORIGINAL PROBATIONARY MORAL JAMES 5: 20. He that converteth a sinner from the error of his ways, shall save a soul from death; and Gen. 1: 31. And God saw every hide a multitude of sins.
thing that he had made, and behold LUKE 12: 20. This night thy soul it was very good. shall be required of thee.
2: 15. God took the man and put Mar. 16: 26. What is a man him into the garden of Eden, to dress profited if he shall gain the whole it and to keep it. And the Lord world, and lose his own soul? God commanded the man saying,
Rev. 6: 9. I saw under the altar, Of every tree of the garden thou the souls of them that were slain for mayest freely eat; but of the tree of the word of God.
the knowledge of good and evil, thou 20: 4. I saw the souls of them shalt not eat of it; for in the day that were beheaded for the witness thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely of Jesus.
die. Mat. 22: 32. I am the God of Eccl. 7: 29. God made man Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and upright. the God of Jacob. God is not the Gen. 1: 27. So God created man God of the dead, but of the living: in his own image ; in the image of
LUKE 16: 22. The beggar died, God created he them. and was carried by angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also
thou art cursed above all cattle, and
above every beast of the field ; upon THE APOSTACY.
thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt Temptation.
thou eat all the days of thy life: and I Gen. 3: 1. Now the serpent was
will put enmity between thee and the more subtle than any beast of the
woman, and between thy seed and field which the LORD God had made. her seed; it shall bruise thy head, And he said unto the woman, Yea, the woman he said, I will greatly
and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the multiply thy sorrow and thy concepwoman said unto the serpent, We tion; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth may eat of the fruit of the trees of
children ; and thy desire shall be to the garden: but of the fruit of the thy husband, and he shall rule over tree which is in the midst of the gar
thee. And unto Adam he said, Beden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat
cause thou hast hearkened unto the of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest the tree, of which I commanded thee,
voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: for God doth know that in the day in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the
cursed is the ground for thy sake ; ye eat thereof, then your eyes shail be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
days of thy life; thorns also and
thistles shall it bring forth to thee; knowing good and evil.
and thou shalt eat the herb of the Transgression.
field; in the sweat of thy face And when the woman saw that the shalt thou eat bread, till thou retree was good for food, and that it was turn unto the ground; for out of it pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be
wast thou taken: for dust thou art, desired to make one wise, she took and unto dust shalt thou return. of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and
Execution. gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of
22. And the Lord God said, Bethem both were opened, and they hold, the man is become as one of us, knew that they were naked ; and they to know good and evil: and now, lest sewed fig-leaves together, and made he put forth his hand, and take also themselves aprons. And they heard of the tree of life, and eat, and live the voice of the Lord God walking him forth from the garden of Eden to
forever: therefore the Lord God sent in the garden in the cool of the day: till the ground from whence he was and Adam and his wife hid them
taken. selves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. Detection,
CHAPTER III. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked: and I hid my
§ 1. DISOBEDIENCE UNIVERSAL. self. And He said, Who told thee Rom. 5: 12. By one
man sin that thou wast naked? Hast thou entered into the world and death by eaten of the tree, whereof I com- sin, and so death passed upon all manded thee that thou shouldst not
men, for that all have sinned. - 19. eat? And the man said, The woman, By one man's disobedience
many whom thou gavest to be with me, were made sinners. she gave me of the tree, and I did
Deut. 9: 4. Speak not thou in eat. And the Lord God said unto thine heart, after that the Lord thy the woman, What is this that thou God hath cast them out from before hast done? And the woman said, thee, saying, For my righteousness The serpent beguiled me, and I did the Lord hath brought me in to eat.
possess this land: but for the wickSentence.
edness of these nations, the LORD And the LORD God said unto the doth drive them out from before serpent, Because thou hast done this, I thee. Not for thy righteousness, or
MORAL CHARACTER AFTER THE
for the uprightness of thine heart, ished us less than our iniquities dost thou go to possess their land: deserve, and hast given us such debut for the wickedness of these na- liverance as this: should we again tions the Lord thy God doth drive break thy commandments, and join them out from before thee, and that in affinity with the people of these he may perform the word which the abominations? wouldest not thou be LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abra- angry with us till thou hadst conham, Isaac, and Jacob. Understand, sumed us, so that there should be no therefore, that the LORD thy God remnant nor escaping? O Lord God giveth thee not this good land to of Israel, thou art righteous: for we possess it for thy righteousness; for remain yet escaped, as it is this day: thou art a stiff-necked people. Re- behold, we are before thee in our member, and forget not, how thou trespasses: for we cannot stand beprovokedst the LORD thy God to fore thee because of this. wrath in the wilderness: from the NEH. 1: 6. Both I and my father's day that thou didst depart out of the house have sinned. We have dealt land of Egypt, until ye came unto very corruptly against thee, and have this place, ye have been rebellious not kept the commandments, nor the against the LORD. Also in Horeb ye statutes, nor the judgments, which provoked the Lord to wrath, so that thou commandedst thy servant Moses. the LORD was angry with you to have destroyed you.
1 John 8: 43. Why do ye not un32: 28. For they are a nation derstand my speech? even because ye void of counsel, neither is there any cannot hear my word. Ye are of understanding in them. O that they your father, the devil, and the lusts were wise, that they understood this, of your father ye will do: he was a that they would consider their latter murderer from the beginning, and end!
abode not in the truth ; because there EZRA 9: 6. O my God, I am is no truth in him. When he speakashamed and blush lift up my face eth a lie, he speaketh of his own: to thee, my God: for our iniquities for he is a liar, and the father of it. are increased over our head, and our And because I tell you the truth, ye trespass is grown up unto the heav- believe me not. Which of you conSince the days of our fathers vinceth me of sin? And if I say
the have we been in a great trespass unto truth, why do ye not believe me? this day; and for our iniquities have He that is of God, heareth God's we, our kings, and our priests been words; ye therefore hear them not, delivered into the hand of the kings because ye are not of God. of the land, to the sword, to captiv- 2 Peter 2: 10. Presumptuous are ity, and to spoil, and to confusion they, self-willed: they are not afraid of face, as it is this day. — 10. And to speak evil of dignities - 13. Spots now, 0 our God, what shall we say they are and blemishes, sporting after this? for we have forsaken thy themselves with their own deceivings commandments, which thou hast while they feast with you ; having commanded by thy servants the eyes full of adultery and that cannot prophets, saying, The land, unto cease from sin. An heart they have which ye go to possess it, is an un- exercised with covetous practices ; clean land with the filthiness of the cursed children which have forsaken people of the lands, with their abom- the right way and are gone astray. inations, which have filled it from 1 John 1: 8. If we say that we one end to another with their un- have no sin we deceive ourselves, cleanness. Now therefore give not
and the truth is not in us. - 10. If we your daughters unto their sons, say that we have not sinned, we make neither take their daughters unto him a liar, and his word is not in us. your sons, nor seek their peace or Eccl. 7: 20. For there is not a their wealth forever: that ye may be just man upon earth, that doth good, strong, and eat the good of the land, and sinneth not. and leave it for an inheritance to 2 Chron. 7: 36.
There is no your children forever. And after all man that sinneth not. that is come upon us for our evil JAMES 4: 17. He that knoweth deeds, and for our great trespass, to do good, and doth it not, to him seeing that thou our God hast pun- 1 it is sin.
Job 9: 20. If I
say I am perfect; - There is no fear of God before it shall also prove me perverse. their eyes.” (Ps. 36: 1.)
Now we Gen. 6: 5. And God saw that know that what things soever the the wickedness of man was great in law saith, it saith to them that are the earth, and that every imagina- under the law; that every mouth tion of the thoughts of his heart may be stopped, and the whole world wus only evil continually. – 11. may become guilty before God. - 23. The earth also was corrupt before | For all have sinned, and come short God, and the earth was filled with of the glory of God. violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was cor- 1 2 Tim. 3: 13. But evil men and rupt; for all Aesh had corrupted his seducers shall wax worse and worse, way upon the earth.
deceiving and being deceived. Ps. 14: 2. The LORD looked Jer. 32: 30. For the children of from heaven upon the children of Israel and the children of Judah have men, to see if there were any that only done evil before me from their did understand, that did seek after youth: for the children of Israel God: They are all gone aside, they have only provoked me to anger, are altogether become filthy ; there with the work of their hands, saith is none that doeth good: no, not one. the Lord.
Rom. 1: 26. For this cause God Isa. 59: 3. For your hands are gave them up unto vile affections. defiled with blood, and your fingers 28. And even as they did not like to with iniquity; your lips have spoken retain God in their knowledge, God lies, your tongue hath muttered pergave thein over to a reprobate mind, verseness. None calleth for justice, to do those things which are not con- nor any pleadeth for truth ; they trust convenient, being filled with all un- in vanity, and speak lies; they conrighteousness, fornication, wicked-ceive mischief, and bring forth ininess, covetousness, maliciousness; quity, they hatch cockatrice's eggs, full of envy, murder, debate, de- and weave the spider's web: he that ceit, malignity; whisperers, back- eateth of their eggs dieth, and that biters, haters of God, despiteful; which is crushed breaketh out into a proud, boasters, inventors of evil viper, their webs shall not become things, disobedient to parents, with garments, neither shall they cover out understanding, covenant-break- themselves with their works: their ers, without natural affection, impla- works are works of iniquity, and the cable, unmerciful. Who knowing act of violence is in their hands. the judgments of God, that they who Their feet run to evil, and they make commit such things are worthy of haste to shed innocent blood: their death; not only do the same, but thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; have pleasure in those that do them. wasting and destruction are in their
3: 9. What then? are we better paths. The way of peace they know than they? No, in no wise: for we not; and there is no judgment have before proved both Jews and in their goings : they have made Gentiles, that they are all under sin ; them crooked paths : whosoever as it is written, “There is none goeth therein shall not know peace. righteous, no, not one: there is none Therefore is judgment far from us, that understandeth, there is none that neither doth justice overtake us: we seeketh after God, they are all gone wait for light, but behold obscurity; out of the way, they are together for brightness, but we walk in darkbecome unprofitable: there is none We grope for the wall like that doeth good, no, not one.” (Ps. the blind, and we grope as if we had 14: 1 – 3.) “ Their throat is an open no eyes: we stumble at noon-day as sepulchre ;” (5: 9.) 5. With their in the night ; we are in desolate tongues they have used deceit; the places as dead men. We roar all poison of asps
is under their lips : ' like bears, and mourn sore like doves: (140: 3.) “Whose mouth is full of we look for judgment, but there is cursing and bitterness.". (10 : 7.) none; for salvation, but it is far off - Their feet are swift to shed blood, from us. For our transgressions are destruction and misery are in their multiplied before thee, and our sins ways : and the way of peace have testify against us: for our transgresthey not known.” (Isa. 59 : 7.) sions are with us; and as for our