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enlighten the understanding, and to lead to the knowledge of the true God?
18. We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
19. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
20. And we know that the Son of God is come, and bath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true ; and we are in Him that is true, even in bis Son Jesus Cbrist, This is the true God, and eternal life.
THE SECOND EPISTLE OF JOHN.
CONGRATULATES AN RONOURABLE MATRON ON THE PIETY Or:
AER CHILDREN.-EXHORTS TO PERSEVERE IN CHRISTIAN LOVR
To whom was the second Epistle of John addressed?
1. Unto the elect lady and her children.
Recite the apostle's salutation; and his expressions of joy on account of the piety of her children.
3. Grace be with you, mercy and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4. I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in Truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
How does the apostle exhort the elect lady to continue steadfast in Christian love, and in obedience to God?
5. And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
6. And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.
To whom did John write his third epistte ?
1. Unto the well-beloved Gaius, whom I love in the Truth. Read the apostle's commendation of Gaius for
his piety, and for his kindness and benevolence to the ministers of the Gospel.
2. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3. For I rejoiced greatly when the brethren. came and testified of the Truth that is in thee, even as tbou walkest in the Trutb.
4. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in Truth.
5. Beloved, thou duest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethier and to strangers ;
6. Which bave borne witness of thy charity before the Church ; whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shall do well :
7. Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
What mention of Diolrephes is made in this cpistle?
9. I wrote unto the Church; but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
How is the character of Demetrius described ?
12. Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the Truth itself.
By what examples does the apostle Jude set forth the danger of rebelling against God?
5. I will therefore put you in remembrance, how that the Lord having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them tbat believed not.
6. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains, under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day.
What will be the end of those ungodly men who turn the grace of God into lasciviousness, defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities 2
11. Woe unto them ! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear; clouds they are without water, carried about of winds ; trees wbose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots.
13. Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
Are we not exhorted in this epistle to strengthen one another in the faith and hope of the Gospel, to labour to rescue others from the consequences of sin, and to abhor all impurity 2
20. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves in your most holy faitli, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto eternal life.
22. And of some have compassion, making a difference.
23. And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire ; bating even the garments spotted by the flesh.
Recite the language with which Jude concludes his epistle, commending believers to Divine protection, and ascribing glory to God.
24. Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory, with exceeding joy,
25. To the only wise 'God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.