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6. How does the Apostle enjoin brotherly love?
As touching brotherly love, ye have no need that I write unto you, for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. (I, Thess. 4. 9.)
Let brotherly love continue. (13 Heb. I.) 7. How did Cain wickedly express himself as to his
brother? Am I my brother's keeper: (4 Gen. 9.) 8. Are we warned against imitating Cain's awful
example? Whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God; neither he that loveth not his brother; for this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another: not as Cain, who was of that wicked one and slew his brother; and wherefore slew he him? Because his own deeds were evil,
and his brother's righteous. (I. Jn. 3. 10, 11, 12.) 9. What is the awful state of him who hates his
brother? He that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother, is in darkness. He that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth,
because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. (1. Jn, 2. 9, 11.) 10. Does love to the brethren afford a test of our
own characters? We know that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth
in death. (1. Jn. 3. 14.) 11. How must friendship be manifested?
A man that hath friends must show himself friendly, and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (18 Pr. 24.) 12. What benefits arise from friendship?
Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. (27 Pr. 17.)
13. Is real Christian kindness manifested in the
conduct as well as in the profession? If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled, notwithstanding ye give them not those things which
are needful to the body, what doth it profit? (2 Jas. 15, 16.) 14. Does true friendship continue in adversity?
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for ad yersity. (17 Pr. 17.) 15. How does the Psalmist praise brotherly love?
Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (133 P. 1.)
XXXIV. DUTIES TO KINGS, TO MAS
TERS, AND ALL THAT ARE
Commands to-Reasons of_Manner of performing.
1. Are we all commanded to be subject to the higher
powers ? Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers; for there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.-Render, therefore, to all their dues ; tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. (13 Ro. 1, 7.)
2. Is submission to Kings and Governors a duty ?
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man, for the Lord's sake, whether it be to the King as supreme, or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him, for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well.
(I. Pet. 2. 1, 3, 14.) 3. What comprehensive exhortation does St. Peter
give ? Honor all men. Love the brotherhood, Fear God. Honor the King. (1. Pet. 2. 17.) 4. Are we told to avoid those who are given to
change? My son, fear thou the Lord and the King, and meddle not with them that are given to change. (24 Pr. 21.)
5. Is obedience required of servants ?
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not with eye-service as men pleasers, but as the servants of Christ doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service as to the Lord, and not
to men. (6 Eph. 5, 6, 7. See also 3 Col. 22, 23, 24.) 6. Are Masters to be honored ?
Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed; and they that have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather do them service, because they are faithful and
beloved, partakers of the benefit. (I Tim. 6, 1, 2.) 7. Are fidelity and meekness enjoined?
Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things, not answering again, not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity, that they may adorn
the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. (2 Tit. 9, 10.) 8. Are Servants required to obey even “ froward”
Masters ? Servants be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward; for this is thankworthy if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. (I. Pet. 2, 18, 19.)
XXXV. LIFE-ITS UNCERTAIN AND
FADING NATURE. IMPROVE-
Scripture estimate of Life-The fading nature of Life, and the flight of T'ime, illustrated
from NATURE by the Wind, Clouds, Vapour, Smoke, shadows, Dust, Flood, Grass, Flowers, Leaf, Eagle, Moth;-from ARTIFICIAL OBJECTS, by the Weavers Shuttle, a Post, Swift Ships, a Foundation in the Dust, a Measure, a Hand-breadth ; - from MAN'S EMPLOYMENTS, by a Watch in the Night, A Sleep, A Tale, The Days of an Hireling, a Pilgrimage, A Sojourning, Art of Numbering. Exhortations as to our fading Lives.--Danger of Delay,-End of Time.
1. “ What is your Life ?" (4 Jas. 14.)
It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. (4 Jas. 14.) 2. How did Jacob speak of his life to Pharoah ?
The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years.
Few and evil have the days of the years of my life been. (47 Gn. 9.) 3. How does Moses contrast the eternity of God,
with man's fading life? Thou turnest man to destruction, and sayest; Return ye children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday, when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Thou carriest them away as with a flood, they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down and withereth. (90 P. 3 to 6.)