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they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If ice are wanting in Christian virtues, is id, not a proof that we are blind to the Truth, and that we have need to use all diligence to secure our interest in Christ?
9. He that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from bis old sins.
10. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure ; for if ye do these things ye shall never fall.
11. For so an entrance shall be ministered nato you abundantly, into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Was not the apostle Peter qualified to assert from the highest authority, that Jesus was the Son of God?
16. We have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; but were eye witnesses of bis majesty.
17. For He received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to Hiin from the excellent glory : This is
my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18. And this yoice which came from heaven
we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount.
Do not the Scriptures bear a clear testimony to Christ, and direct us to the influence of his Spirit in the heart 2--How are they to be regarded, and what is their authority ?
19. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take beed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.
20. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation.
21. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man : but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
TO BEWARE OF FALSE TEACHERS THE AWFUL CONSEQUENCE
OP TURNING AWAY FROM THE TRUTH.
Did he not foretell of false teachers under the Gospel, even as there were false prophets of old ; and what will be the end of such ?
1. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you ; who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruetion.
May not the righteous hope for deliverance out of temptation ?
9. The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations ; and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.
What warning does the apostle gite, against turning again to the corruptions of the world!
20. If after they have escaped the pollotions of the world, throngh the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome; the latter end is worse with them than the beginning :
21. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
DESIGN OF PETER's EPISTLES.-END OF THE WORLD.
How does the apostle Peter describe the main design of his two epistles ? : 1. This second epistle, beloved, I now write
you ; in both wbich I stir up your pure“ minds by way of remembrance :
2. That ye may be mindful of the words
which were spoken before by the holy propbets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour.
Read the apostle's prediction and reflections concerning the end of the world.
10. The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be, in all holy conversation and godliness :
12. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God; wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat.
13. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new eartb, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot and blameless.
Recite his concluding admonition.
17. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing that ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.
18. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; to whom be glory both now and for ever. Amen. .
FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF JOHN.
John's WITNESS CONCERNING CHRIST.-THF. FELLOWSHIP 01 THE GOSPEL ONLY TO BE KNOWN BY WALKING IN THE LIGAT.
Recite the introduction to this general epistle, in which the writer, as an eye and ear witness of the Truth, invites others - to embrace the Gospel.
1. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the word of life ; 3. That which we have
and heard, declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Recite that brief exposition which the apostle