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90. Q. What is the quickening of the new man?

A. True joy in God through Christ,b and an earnest and a ready desire to lead a new life according to God's will; and to do all good works.i

91. Q. What are good works?

A. Only those which, springing out of a true faith,j are done according to the law of God,

viii. 13. Rend your heart and not your garments, and turn un. to the Lord your God. Joel ii. 13. Come, and let us return unto the Lord, for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. Hosea vi. 1. For godly sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation not to be repented of. 2 Cor. vii. 10. Depart from evil, and do good. Psalm xxxiv. 14. They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Gal. v. 44. Reckon yourselves to be dead unto sin. Rom vi. 11.

Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. v. I. The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Rom. xiv. 17. I dwell with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the bum. ble, and to give life to the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah Ivii. 15.

"I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live ; yet not l, but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Gal. ii. 20. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. vi. 11.

; Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Rom. xiv, 23. Heb. xi. 6.

* Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein ; I am the Lord your God. Levit. xviii. 4. Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord ? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel xv. 22. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good

and referred only to his glory ;1 and not those which are done, as seeming to us to be right and good, or which are delivered and commanded as such by men.m

92. Q. What is the law of God?
A. God spake all these words.n
I. I am the Lord thy God, which have brought

thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the
house of bondage. Thou shalt have none other

Gods before me.
II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven

works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Eph. ii. 10.

1 Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. x. 31. 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. Col. iii. 17. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. Phil. i. 11.

m Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips: but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matt. xv. 7–9. Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols: I am the Lord thy God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them. Ezek. xx. 18, 19. Isa. xxix. 13. Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. Tit. i. 14. Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (touch not; taste not; handle not: which all are to perish with the using ;) after the commandments and doctrines of men ? Col. ii, 20-22.

n Exod. xx. 1. Deut. v. 6.


image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven abore, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me,

and keep my commandments. III. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord

thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold

him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. IV. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates : for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord

blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. V. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy

days may be long upon the land which the

Lord thy God giveth thee.
VI. Thou shalt not kill.
VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
VIII. Thou shalt not steal.

IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against

thy neighbour. X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house,

thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy

neighbour's. 93. Q. How are these commandments divided?

A. Into two tables; o the former of which delivers, in four commandments, our duty towards God; and the latter, in six commandments, our duty towards our neighbour.P

94. Q. What does God require in the first commandment?

A. That as much as I value the salvation of my own soul, so earnestly ought I to shun and fly

And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. Deut. iv. 13. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. Exod. xxxiv. 28. And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the Lord spake unto you in the mount, out of the midst of the fire, in the day of the assembly; and the Lord gave them unto me. Deut. x. 4.

p Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. Matt. xxii. 37-40.

all idolatry,9 sorcery, enchantments, superstition, prayer to saints, or any other creatures,s and that I should rightly acknowledge the only and true God,t trust in him alone,u submit and subject my


9 Idolaters shali not inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cor. vi. 9, 10. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from all idolatry. 1 Cor. x. 14. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John v. 21.

Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them ; I am the Lord your God. Lev. xix. 31. When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord. Deut. xviii. 9-12.

• Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Matt. iv. 10. Worship God. Rev. xix. 10. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saitb he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book : worship God. Rev. xxii. 8, 9.

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. John xvii. 3. Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen ; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he; before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me; therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God. Isa. xliii. 10, 12.

u Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is : and Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the

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