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Does it not become Christians to endure pery secution with meekness, and to be able to assiga a reason for what they conscientiously profess?
14. But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye; and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled ;
15. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.
How does Peler explain the effect of the saving baptism of Christ, by a comparison with the preservation of Noah ?
21. The like figure whereunto, even baptism, doth also now save us, (not the putting away of the filth of the fles!ı, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by tbe resurrection of Jesus Christ.
TO BE HOSPITABLE. ---TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OP God'S GIFTE.
TO GLORIPY GOD IN SUFFERING.-DANGER TO TAEM THAT OBNY
NOT TAR GOSPEL.
Recite Peler's recommendation to the exercise of charity. 8. Above all things, have fervent charity
among yourselves; for charity sball cover the multitude of sins :
9. Use hospitality one to another, without grudging
Is it not incumbent upon Christians, like good stewards, faithfully to employ to the glory of God, the gifts wilh which they are entrusted?
10. As every man hath çeceived tbe gift, even 80 minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11. If any man speak, let bim speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified, through Jesus Christ; to whom be praise and dominion, for ever and ever. Amen.
How does Peter contrast suffering in the cause of Christ with suffering for doing evil ?
14. If ye be reproached for the name of Cbrist, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified.
15. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evil-doer, or as a busybody in otber men's matters.
16. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God on this behalf.
How does the apostle, in contemplating the
sufferings of the righteous, speak of “the end of them that obey not the Gospel of God.2".
18. If the righteous scarcely be saved, wbere shall the ungodly and the singer appear?
KINORTATIOI TO TRE ELDERS.TO TRB YOUKOER, AND
GENERALLY TO ALL.
Recite the apostle Peter's exhortation to the elders of the church, to feed and take the oversight of the flock.
1. The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed :
2. Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3. Neither as being lords over God's beritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
4. And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, ge sláll receive a crown of glory that fadeth pot away.
What was Peter's counsel to the younger disciples, and generally to all ? * 5. Likewise, ye' younger, submit yourselves
unto the elder.-Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with bumility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the bumble.
How does the apostle conclude this epistle?
10. The God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect; stablish, strengthen, settle you : 11. To Him be glory and dominion for ever
SECOND EPISTLE GENERAL OF PETER,
THE PROMISES OP THE GOSPEL ARE PRECIOUS, TO OSE
GENCE IN THE EXERCISE OF CHRISTIAN VIRTU ES, AND THEREBY TO SECURE OUR INTEREST IN CHRIST.-PETER'S TESTIMONY CONCERNING CHRIST.--THE WORD OF PROPHECY, HOW TO BS
Recite the exordium of Peter's second Epistle.
1. Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained, like precious faith with us, through the righteousness of God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ :
2. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you, through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lerd:
3. According as his Divine Power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue.
Ilow does the apostle set forth the rich and important blessings, that are derived through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and oirtue ?
4. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises : that by these ye might be partakers of the Divine nature, baving escaped the corruption that is in the world tlirongh lust.
What will best prove that we are neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ?
5. Giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge ;
6. And to knowledge, temperance; and to teinperance, patience; and to patience, godli. piess ;
7. And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity :
8. For if these things be in you and abound,