WHAT does Jesus declare Himself to be?
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." John 14:6.
In what condition are all men?
"But the scripture hath concluded all under sin." Galatians 3:22. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23.
What are the wages of sin?
"The wages of sin is death." Romans 6:23.
How many are affected by Adam's transgression?
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men." Romans 5:12.
When man first transgressed, what was done to prevent him from living forever in sin?
"And now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever. . . . So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." Genesis 3:22-24.
GOD'S GIFT AND REMEDY
What is the gift of God?
"The gift of God is eternal life." Romans 6:23.
How many may receive this gift?
"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Revelation 22:17.
In whom is the gift?
"This is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son:" 1 John 5:11.
In receiving the Son, what do we have in Him?
"He that hath the Son hath life." Verse 12.
What loss do those sustain who do not accept Him?
"And he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." Same verse.
In what other way is this same truth stated?
"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:36.
After one truly receives Christ, whose life will be manifested in him?
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20.
SPIRITUAL DEATH AND REBIRTH
In what condition are all before they are quickened with Christ?
"God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ." Ephesians 2:4, 5.
What is this change from death to life called?
"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." 1 Peter 1:23.
SALVATION THROUGH FAITH
What is declared to be one purpose of Christ's death?
"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil." Hebrews 2:14.
What would make the death of Christ in vain?
"If righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." Galatians 2:21.
Why have all been reckoned under sin?
"But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe." Galatians 3:22.
How then do all become children of God?
"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." Verse 26.
With whom are the children of God joint heirs?
"If children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ." Romans 8:17.
THE PRINCE OF ORANGE MAKES A PLEDGE
When William, Prince of Orange, handed a chosen man a written pledge for a high position in his kingdom if the man would support him, the man declined it, saying, "Your Majesty's word is sufficient. I would not serve a king if I could not trust his word." "Then answered Peter and said unto Him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed Thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, . . . ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake . . . shall inherit everlasting life." Matthew 19:27-29. Jesus wrote no pledge. He pledged His word, and we may rely upon it. His word is good, and will be fulfilled. The question is, "Shall we follow Him?"
"Thou art the Way, the Truth, the Life;
Grant us that way to know,
The truth to keep, that life to win,
Whose joys eternal flow."
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