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only sure standard? and do 1 exercise gratitude for this heavenly guide?

R. 3. I will love, and rejoice in, the adorable, amiable, perfect, and glorious character of God, natural and moral, as clearly revealed in the Sacred Oracles, and will endeavour to conform to it in all things conformable by me.

Q. Do I possess the moral likeness of God? and do I exhibit it in my daily deportment?

R. 4. I will consider the doctrine of the Trinity in the Godhead, as a doctrine most clearly revealed in the Bible, though highly mysterious in respect to the manner, in which the three Divine Persons subsist in the Divine essence, and as most important, because laying a glorious foundation for the grand economy of man's salvation as published in the gospel; and I will receive the doctrine with profound reverence, deep humility, firm faith, and exercise due homage and gratitude to the different Persons, for the part they severally take in the plan of redemption.

Q. Do I receive the doctrine of the Trinity with reverence, humility, faith, and gratitude? and is my communion with God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost?

R. 5. I will view the doctrine of divine purposes as clearly taught by reason and revelation, and as demanding the full assent and consent of every intelligent and moral creature in the universe, because most holy in nature and design. and as a subject of holy admiration, support, and thanksgiving.

Q. Do I believe, and rejoice in, the supreme and universal dominion of God, whose counsel stands forever?

R. 6. I will contemplate upon the works of creation with wonder and delight, and endeavour to see the character of God illustriously unfolded in them, and holiness and happiness promoted by them, and

feel that the Author of them is worthy of the supreme love and homage of all intelligent creatures.

Q. Am I pleased with the design, which God had in view in His works of creation? and do I render unto Him, the great Author of all things, that homage and love which are justly His due?

R. 7. I will meditate upon the providence of God as general and particular, extending as well to the minutest as to the greatest events which take place; and I will rejoice that it is so comprehensive, so wise, so benevolent, and so righteous, and affords a ground for the highest consolation of all holy creatures, and that, while it extends to revolving worlds, I am not overlooked in the great system of things.

Q. Do I rejoice in the providence of God? Do ł acknowledge his hand in all events? Do I feel that my own heart is ever open to His view?

R. 8. I will view the existence of angels, holy and apostate, as a reality, and love the holy angels, the noblest and brightest of creatures, for their holiness, exercise gratitude for their benevolent exertions in guiding, protecting, and ministering to them, who shall be heirs of salvation, respect them for their dignity and worth, and imitate their holy example; and I will detest the character and conduct of unholy angels or devils, fear their evil devices, resist their wicked temptations, and avoid an imitation of their unhallowed example.

Q. Do Lresemble the holy or the apostate angels? and am I preparing for the endless society of the former, or the latter?

R. 9. I will regard man as noble and exalted in his nature, holy in his primitive state as coming from the hands of his Maker, capable of most desir able attainments in knowledge, holiness and happiness, lord of this lower creation, responsible in all his feelings and conduct, and destined to an endless state of glory and felicity, or of shame and

wretchedness, according to the moral character, which he shall form while in probation.

Q. Does the thought often rise in my mind, that I am a rational and responsible creature of God, and that my eternal happiness or misery is suspended on my probationary conduct?

R. 10. I will consider the moral law, which God has given to man for the rule of his conduct, as immutable and spriritual, and as extending in its requisitions to all the thoughts, affections, words, and actions, and as holy, just, and good in its precept and penalty, and, therefore, as worthy of universal, perpetual, and personal obedience, and that every transgression of it is sin, and exposes to endless misery.

Q. Is not my understanding convinced, that the law of God is holy?" and does not my conscience condemn me as a transgressor? Do I then fall under the sentence of that law, whose penalty is eternal death?

R. 11. I will reflect much upon the apostacy, depravity, and ruin of mankind, and deplore their awful condition and wretchedness by sin.

Q. Is my heart awake to the prevalence of sin, suffering, and death among mankind? and is it my frequent prayer, Lord! have mercy on me, and all men, for we are


R. 12. I will contemplate much upon the scheme of salvation by Christ, and rejoice and give thanks, that by Him a complete atonement for sin has been made, so that now a way is opened for the free and consistent exercise of mercy to man, in the method which God has seen fit to adopt.

Q. Do I cordially approve the character and mediatorial work of Christ? and have 1 a good hope of pardon and salvation through His death?

R. 13. I will meditate much upon the declaration of Christ, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God," and strive to have just views of the nature, necessity, and evidences of

the new birth, and if, upon examination, I find myself to be a subject of the special influences of the Holy Spirit, I will ascribe all the glory to Him, who has made me to differ.

Q. Have I been born of the Spirit? Am I a new creature in Christ Jesus? Are the evidences of my good estate clear and increasing?

R. 14. I will consider true holy love as most excellent and amiable in its nature and effects, and as constituting the true glory of Jehovah, the true glory of angels, and the true glory of man; and I will endeavour to exercise this love at all timesthe love of benevolence towards all beings, susceptible of happiness and misery, and the love of complacency towards all holy beings.

Q. Do I possess this holy love, which is the sum of all moral virtue and excellence? and does it control and sanctify my whole nature?

R. 15. I will consider repentance as man's immediate duty, and will endeavour to exercise at all times, that godly sorrow for sin, which is unto sal


Q. Do I possess true evangelical repentance? and do I bring forth fruits, meet for repentance?

R. 16. I will endeavour to understand the nature of true gospel faith, and to believe all the Divine testimony concerning Christ and the way of salvation by Him, and to place implicit confidence in Him as the Redeemer of sinners, and to demonstráte my faith by my works.

Q. Am I a believer or an infidel? Is my faith speculative or practical? practical? Have I seen the excellence of the gospel? and do I entrust my soul to Christ as an almighty Saviour?

R. 17. I will adore the grace of God in the justification of the believer, whereby the sinner is absolved from his sins, accounted righteous, and treated as though he had never sinned, and I will consider the doctrine of justification by faith as a

Q. 4. Is the Millennium the time, in which Christ, with those of the first resurrection, will reign on the earth?

A. It is. By this is not to be understood, that Christ will personally appear in human nature, and reign on the earth; for this would be to divest Himself of His celestial glory, and become like man in his unglorified state, as man in this condition of existence could not behold Him in His heavenly effulgence, nor have intercourse with Him. His

his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound, Isa. 2. 4. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Isa. 11. 6-9. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox: and the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Eph. 4. 5, 13, 15. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him, in all things, which is the head, even Christ. Isa. 25. 6. And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. Isa. 55. 12. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Zech. 8. 12. For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. Isa. 33. 24. And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick; the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity. Isa. 30. 23. Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal, and bread of the increase of the earth, and It shall be fat and plenteous; in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures. See reference (a).

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