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I. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
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1. Who inspired the Scriptures?
The prophecy came not of old time by the will of man but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (II. Pet. 1. 21.)
2. For what uses is the whole word of God given?
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (II. Tim. 3. 16.)
3. How should we esteem the authority of the Bible? Not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God. (I. Thes. 2. 13)
4. Were the Scriptures written for our good?
Whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures, might have hope, (15 Ro. 4.)
5. Does Christ command us to search the Bible?
Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of me. (5 Jn. 39.) 6. What was the character of the Bereans?
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so; therefore many of them believed. (17 Ac. 11, 12.)
7. Is divine help necessary in searching the Scriptures?
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures. (24 Lk. 45.)
8. What is a suitable prayer when reading the Bible?
Open thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.-Give me understanding and I shall keep thy law, yea I shall observe it with my whole heart. (119 P. 18 and 34).
9. With what dispositions should we receive the word of God?
As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. (1 Pet. 2. 2.)
Receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your souls. (I. Jas. 21.)
10. How should the word of Christ dwell in us?
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom. (3 Col. 16.)
11. What is our spiritual support?
It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (4 Mt. 4. also 8 Deu, 3.)
12. Does the word of God search the heart and conscience?
The word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper 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. (4 Heb. 12.) 13. What are the blessed influences of God's holy word?
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass. (32 Deu. 2.)
14. Is the word of God fruitful and successful?
As the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud; that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (55 Is, 10, 11.)
15. How does Christ describe the state of the believer in his word?
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (5 Jn. 24.)
16. Does the word of God in the heart preserve from sin?
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (119 P. 11.)
17. Do Christ and his word alone teach the knowledge of eternal life?
Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. (6 Jn. 68.)
18. Will every part of the divine word be fulfilled?
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. (5 Mt. 18.)
19."Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?"
By taking heed thereto, according to thy word. (119 P.9.) 20. Does the word of God strengthen young Christians?
I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. (I. Jn. 2. 14.)
21. How did Job value the words of God?
I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. (23 Joh. 12.)
22. How did the Psalmist esteem the Scriptures?
The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. (119 P. 72.)
23. How does the Psalmist describe the excellencies of the word of God?
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether; more to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honey-comb. Moreover, by them is thy servant warned; and in keeping of them there is great reward. (19 P. 7 to 11.)
24. In what is the good man's constant delight?
His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (1 P. 2.)
25. Are the words of God pure?
The words of the Lord are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (12 P. 6.)
26. Is keeping the commands of God a test of our real characters?
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected. (I. Jn. 2. 4, 5.)
27. How does Christ teach us to judge whether we are his true disciples?
If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (8 Jn. 31, 32.)