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5 Q. Can those who trust in themselves that
they are righteous be admitted into this state of grace on earth? A. No:-It is the privilege of those only who
are poor in spirit; for “ God resisteth the
proud and giveth grace to the humble.” 6 Q. Can any one gain admittance into the king
dom of glory in heaven, who is not a member
of the kingdom of grace, on earth? A. No:-For“ without holiness no man shall
see the Lord.” .7 Q. Concerning whom does' our Lord speak
when he says, “ Blessed are they that mourn)" A. Concerning those who are grieved on ac
count of sin in themselves and others. 8 Q. Do you remember any instances of such
blessed mourners mentioned in Scripture? A. The publican who“ smote upon his breast,
saying, God be merciful to me, a sinner;” the Apostle Peter, who " wept bitterly" when he had denied Jesus Christ; and David, who complained to God of the wicked, saying, “ Rivers of water run down mine eyes be
cause men keep not thy law.” 9 Q. Wherefore are they that mourn to be ac
counted " blessed?" A. Because “they shall be comforted." 10 Q. In what manner?
A. By the inward consolations of the Holy Ghost in this life, and by that fulness of joy which is at God's right hand in the world to
come. 11 Q. Who are “ the meek?"
A. They who preserve their tempers and affec· tions calm and well regulated, under provo
cations, temptations, or afflictions. 12 Q. Wherefore are they to be accounted
A. Because “ they shall inherit the earth.” 13 Q. What do you understand by this promise?".
A. That they shall enjoy such a portion of
earthly things as God knoweth to be necessary and good for them here, and that they shall hereafter inherit those new heavens and that new earth wherein dwelleth righte
ousness. 14 Q. Who are “ they which do hunger and
thirst after righteousness?" A. They, who feel the same earnest desire for
holiness of heart and life which they feel for meat and drink when they are hungry and
thirsty. 15 Q. Wherefore are they to be accounted
A. Because “ they shall be filled." 16 Q. What do you understand by this promise?
A. That God will sanctify them wholly in
body, soul, and spirit, and thus satisfy their
desires. 19 Q. Who are “ the merciful?".
A. They, who are tender-hearted, and love all men as themselves; or do unto others as they
would have others do to them. 18 Q. Wherefore are they to be accounted
« blessed?" A. Because “ they shall obtain mercy" from
God, who will forgive them their trespasses as they forgive others, and repay them abundantly for all their work and labour which
proceedeth from love. 19 Q. Who are " the pure in heart?”. A. They, in whom there is no guile, and whose
hearts are cleansed from every unholy design,
temper, and affection. 20 Q. Wherefore are they to be accounted
A. Because " they shall see God.” 21 Q. What do you understand by this promise?
A. That God will manifest himself to them
as he does not unto the world; that they shall see his wisdom, power, and love, ordering all things for their good on earth; and that they shall at length behold his glory in
heaven. 22 Q. Who are “ the peace-makers?"
A. They, who strive to promote love and
good-will among men, and to persuade sin
ners to be reconciled to God. 23 Q. Wherefore are they to be accounted
“ blessed?" A. Because “ they shall be called the chil
dren of God.” 24 Q. Why shall they be honoured with such
a glorious title? A. Because they have been born again in the
likeness of him who is the God of peace. 25 Q. Who are “ they which are persecuted for
righteousness' sake?" A. They, who are hated, reproached, and illtreated, because they do the will of God, hold the faith, and follow the example of Jesus
Christ. 26 Q. Must every faithful follower of Christ ex
pect hatred and persecution from the world? A. Yes:- For Jesus hath said to his disciples,
“ Ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.” And both St. John and St. Paul confirm this declaration, saying, “ Marvel not if the world hate you." " All that will live
godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 27 Q. But must not those persons be very unhap
py who are exposed to the malice, ridicule,
contempt, and ill-usage of the world? A. No:-Jesus Christ, whosc judgment is true,
declares that they are “ blessed;" and tells
them to “ rejoice and be exceeding glad.” 28 Q. But in what can they find cause for joy
under such circumstances? A. First, In the confident expectation of a
great reward in heaven; for they who suffer with Jesus Christ shall also reign and be glorified with him. Secondly, In the reflection that the same reproach and persecution has been endured by the holy prophets, and all others who have gone before them in the
way of righteousness, 29 Q. Does it become us always to rejoice when
men speak evil of us? A. No:-Only when they speak evil of us
"falsely for Christ's sake.” infiniriigirevetual Lino
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trefaction in flesh or fertilizes the barren land
the increase of righteousness in the earth. 32 Q. Whom does our Lord compare to “salt
which has lost its savour?" A. They, who, like the Jewish nation, after
having been enlightened by the word of God,
have relapsed into ignorance and sin. 33 Q. Is the case of such represented as awfully
dangerous? A. Yes:--For Jesus enquires concerning the
salt which has lost its savour, " Wherewith shall it be salted?" thus intimating, that when they who are favoured with the light of revelation depart from the faith and service of God, they render the most powerful means of grace ineffectual for their
salvation. 34 Q. What must be the end of such as thus
finally fall away? A. They must be exposed to shame and ever
lasting contempt, like salt which has lost all its useful properties, and is “ fit for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot:"