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and not among the many, if we would attain

eternal life. 247 Q. Why does our Lord speak of finding “ the

strait gate,” but only of going in at “ the

wide one." A. Because the former must be diligently

sought before it can be found; whereas men naturally direct their steps to the latter with

out the trouble of seeking it. 248 Q. Who are the false prophets of whom Jesus

warns his disciples to beware? A. Those corrupt teachers who direct their

hearers to a broad way, or to any other than that which Christ has here marked out as

the way to eternal life. · 249 Q. Why are they said to “ come in sheep's

clothing?" A. Because they make a fair profession of

attachment to Christ as their shepherd, and

of brotherly love to his people. 250 Q. But to what does Jesus compare them?

A. To “ ravening wolves?". 251 Q. Wherein do they resemble wolves ?

A. Because, as they preach in order to feed

themselves, and not the church; so, the tendency of their doctrine is to scatter the flock

of Christ, and to beguile and destroy souls. 252 Q. How are these false teachers to be known?

A. “By their fruits;" i. e, by their own spirit

and conduct, as well as by the effect which

their doctrine produces on their disciples. 253 Q. And may true prophets be known by the

same test?

A. Yes:--Our Lord compares them to good

trees, which bring forth good fruit, and can

not bring forth that which is evil.” 254 Q. Is it possible for those who preach corrupt

doctrine, thereby to convert sinners from
“ darkness to light, and from the power of

Satan unto God?”
A. No:-It is as impossible for them so to

produce such fruits of their ministry, as for
men to “ gather grapes of thorns, or figs of

thistles.” 255 Q. What must become of those false teachers,

who, instead of saving souls from death, de

ceive the hearts of the simple? A. Like corrupt trees, which are “ cut down

and cast into the fire,” they will be cut off from among the living, and condemned to “ lie down with everlasting burnings.”


T H AT is meant by calling Christ,

VV “ Lord, Lord ???
A. Making a profession of being in his faith

and service. 257 R. Will every professor of Christ's religion

be admitted into the kingdom of heaven? A. No:-For Jesus hath said, “ Not every

one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall

enter into the kingdom of heaven.” 258 Q. Who then will be saved

A. Those only who do the will of God. 259 Q. Is it not to be feared that multitudes who

expect to be saved because they have been baptized, and have called Christ their Lord, will be terribly disappointed in the day of

judgment? A. Yes:—They certainly will. For Jesus tells

us, that “ many will say to him in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name have cast out devils, and in thy name have done many wonderful works;" but he will say to them, “ I never knew you, depart from me, ye that

work iniquity." 260 Q. What is here meant by prophesying in the

name of Christ? A. Preaching the Gospel; or explaining the

Scriptures, so as to speak unto men to edifi

cation. 261 Q. And is there, then, any danger of a

man's being a cast-away, even after he has preached the Gospel to others and edified the

church? A. Yes :-St. Paul declares this would have

been his case, “ unless he had kept his body under, and brought it into subjection;" that is, unless, by watchfulness, prayer, and selfdenial, he had been careful to “ crucify the

flesh, with the affections and lusts." 262 Q. And is it possible for a man to " cast out

devils, and to do many wonderful works” in the name of Jesus, and yet perish ever

lastingly? A. Yes :- Judas was among the Apostles to

whom Jesus gave power against unclean spi

rits, to cast them out; yet he admitted the

devil into his own heart, and died in his sins. 263 Q. Does St. Paul speak decidedly, likewise,

on this subject? A. Yes:--He says that a man may “ have

faith so as to be able to remove mountains, and yet be nothing” in the sight of God, be-

cause he is destitute of Love. 264 Q. But in what sense will Jesus Christ say to

the false teachers and professors of his reli-

gion, “ I never knew you?" . A. The expression means, “ I never approved

of you; I never knew you in the same sense in which I know and approve of them who.

are my sincere and upright people.” 265 Q. Does David use the same term according

to the same signification ? A. Yes: In Psalm 1- verse 6-he says, “ The Lord knoweth (that is, he approveth) the way of the righteous, but the way of the

ungodly shall perish.” 266 Q. Whither must the wicked go, when Jesus

shall say unto them, “ Depart from me?" A. They must go away “into everlasting fire

prepared for the Devil and his Angels." 267 Q. To whom doth Jesus compare the person

or who heareth his sayings and doeth them?" A. To“ a wise man, who built his house upon

a rock." . 268 Q. What advantage had this “ wise man who

built his house upon a rock?" A. “When the rains descended, and the floods

came, and the winds blew, and beat upon

his house, it fell not." 269 Q. And what advantage have they who obey

the Gospel of Jesus Christ? A. They shall not be hurt by all the tempta

tions and troubles which they may meet with in this world, and they have, moreover, a good foundation against the time to come, so that they shall not be ashamed before Christ at

his coming. 270 Q. But to whom doth Jesus compare the

person " who heareth his sayings but doeth

them not ?" A. TO “ a foolish man, who built his house

upon the sand." 271 Q. What became of this foolish man's house,

when “ the rains descended, and the floods

camę, and the winds blew, and beat upon it?"

A. “ It fell, and great was the fall of it.” 272 Q. What may we learn from this?

A. That they, who have nothing more than

the profession of religion, will fallaway in the time of temptation, and that in the day of judgment all their hopes will terminate in

shame and disappointment. 273 Q. What effect should these concluding

words of our Lord's Sermon have upon our

minds? A. They should lead us seriously to examine

whether we are deceiving ourselves by merely calling Christ“ Lord, Lord,” and “ hearing his sayings;" or whether we are “ mak

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