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A. That the present moment will always af
ford us sufficient employment for our present portion of grace and wisdom; and that by anticipating future wants and trials, we should bring upon ourselves a burden heavier than we could bear.
SECTION VI. 220 Q. TN what sense are we to understand that
Il commandment, “ Judge not?"
either by thought or word, without certain
love. 221 Q. By what consideration would our Lord re
strain us from unjustly, wantonly, or uncharitably passing judgment on our fellow
creatures ? A. By the consideration that, if we exercise
severity in our judgment of them, God will be severe in his judgment of us; for, “ they shall have judgment without mercy, who
have shewed no mercy.” 222 Q. What is meant by beholding and offering
to“ pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye,” but not considering “the beam in thine
own?" A. Being forward to discover and correct the
least fault in a fellow-creature, while we are
blind to much greater sins in ourselves. , 223 Q. What name does our Lord apply to those
sinners who are of this proud and censorious
disposition? A. The name of hypocrite; because it is mere hypocrisy to pretend zeal for the amendment of others, while we have none
for our own. 224 Q. And what caution does Jesus give to such
faults, that they may be better qualified 10
correct the faults of others. In 225 Q. What do you understand by“ giving that
which is holy unto the dogs, and casting
pearls before swine?” A. Persisting to administer religious counsel
and instruction to those who discover a snarling, persecuting spirit, or who continue
grovelling in wilful and habitual sin. 226 Q. Does Jesus Christ exhort us not to do so? A. Yes.
i 227 Q. Why?'
A. Because by such imprudence we should
only provoke the anger and excite the con• tempt of those who bear the character which.
he describes. 228 Q. But does our Lord forbid us, under all
circumstances, to reprove persécutors and i sinners ?
A. No:-On the contrary, we are command'' ed "not to suffer sin upon our neighbour,
but in any wise to rebuke him;" so long as there is any ground for hope that he may hear us with advantage.
SECTION VII. : 229 Q.T HAT encouragement does Jesus
VV. Christ give us to pray to God?
given us. 230 Q. But does he not likewise exhort us to seek
and to knock, as well as to ask? What do - you understand by those words?
A. That we must add our diligent endeavours to our prayers, and persevere importunately
in both. 231 Q. When it is said that “ every one that ask
eth receiveth," must not this be understood · with some limitation? A. Yes: It is taken for granted, that he asks
aright, and for that which is agreeable to
God's will. 232 Q. May we be assured that we are asking ac
cording to the will of God, when we pray for the pardon of our sins, and the sanctifi
cation of our souls? A. We may :-Because the Scripture says,
that God is “ not willing that any should i perish," and that this is his will, even our
sanctification." 233 Q. Does our Lord enforce the exhortation to
prayer by yet further encouragement than the
promise that what we ask shall be given us? A. Yes:-By the declaration, that our hea
venly Father is more ready to give good things to them that ask him, than any earthly parent can be to give bread to his hungry child,
234 Q. Why does Jesus Christ speak of earthly
parents as “ being evil?" A. Because all mankind are naturally evil
or selfish; being born in sin, and shapen in
iniquity. 235 Q. Are we to expect that God will deal thus
graciously with us, by giving us the good things which we ask of him, unless we follow the example of his goodness in our spirit and conduct towards our fellow-creatures?
A. No:-And for this reason Jesus Christ im
mediately adds to what he has been saying .. on the subject of prayer, “ Therefore all
things whatsoever ye would that men should
do to you, do ye even so to them.” 236 Q. What does our Lord affirm respecting
A. That it " is the law and the prophets." 237 Q. What do you understand by this declar
ation: A. That it is the great and ultimate design of
that revelation which God hath made of himself in the Sacred Scriptures, to bring mankind to that state of perfect love—that image of God, in which Adam was first crea ated.
SECTION VIII. 238 Q. T H AT does our Lord mean by " the
V strait gate,” and “ the narrow way," by which he exhorts his disciples to enter in? A. He means that faith and holiness of heart
and life which he has been describing in the
foregoing part of his Sermon. 239 Q. Whither will this gate and way lead
A. To life; even to 'eternal life.
that find it."
gate," and " the broad way?"
will of man.
A. To destruction of soul and body in hell. 243 Q. And by what mark is this way plainly
distinguished from the other? . A. By the circumstance of there being“ many
who go in thereat." 244 Q. Does our Lord assign the reason why many
go in at “ the wide gate which leadeth to
leadeth unto life.”
persons walking who say, “ We must not be
particular, we must do as other people do?" A. In the way which will lead them and the
multitude they follow to destruction.
we refuse to be singular?