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VIII. What is the Seventh Commandment, as delivered in the Law, and fulfilled in the Gospel ?
To follow after perfect purity.
IX. What are the duties more especially contained under this Seventh Commandment?
1. Not to commit adultery, or any act akin to it, as
fornication, self-pollution, &c. 1 Thess. iv. 2. 5. Eph. v. 3—7. Col. iii. 5, 6. 1 Cor. vi. 9.-18.
Rev. xxi. 8. Rom. i. passim. 2. To abstain from all thoughts, desires, words, ges
tures, sights, books, &c., that tend towards adultery, and are in their kind adulterous. Matt. v.
28. Eph. v. 4. Rom. vi. 12—23. 3. To abstain from all intemperance and excess in
eating and drinking, as in kind allied to adultery, and tending towards it. Rom. xii. 13. 1 Pet.
iv. 3. 4. To cut off my hand, or pull out my eye, rather
than allow it to offend, by breaking this Command
ment. Matt. v. 27-30. Comp. ch. III. viii. 2, 5. To keep my body chaste for the Lord, and as
being the temple of the Holy Ghost. 1 Cor. vi.
13. ibid. 19. iii. 16. 6. To keep my heart pure, in hope of the promised
blessing, “ to see God.” Matt. v. 8. 2 Cor. vii. 1. X. What is the Eighth Commandment, as delivered in the Law, and fulfilled in the Gospel ?
To be perfectly honest, just (dikalos), and bountiful.
XI. What are the duties more especially contained under this Eighth Commandment ?
1. Not to steal, or defraud another, Eph. iv. 28.
Mark x. 19. 1 Cor. vi. 10.
2. To abstain from all acts and practices that are
akin to stealing—as all kinds of dishonest dealing, running into debt, &c. Lev. xix. 13. 35, 36.
xxv. 14. 2 Cor. iv. 2. 3. To abstain from all habits and inclinations that
tend to stealing, or other dishonesty—as idleness, waste of time, unprofitableness in my calling,
undue dependence upon others, &c. Matt. xxv. 9. 4. To learn and labour to maintain myself creditably
in that station of life in which God has placed me. .. 1 Thess. iv. 11. 2 Thess. iii. 8–13. 5. “ To be ready to distribute, willing to commu
nicate.” Levit. xix. 9, 10. 1 Tim. vi. 18, 19. Eph. iv. 28. Gal. vi. 10. Matt. xxv. 31–46.Duty, motive, measure, and reward of Almsgiving. 1 John iii. 15—18. Heb. xiii. 16.
2 Cor. viii. 12. ix. passim. See ch. IX. xviii. 1. XII. What is the Ninth Commandment, as delivered in the Law, and fulfilled in the Gospel ?
To keep my tongue with all diligence. Matt. xii. 36.
XIII. What are the duties more especially contained under this Ninth Commandment ?
1. Not to witness, or speak evil of another, falsely.
tends to false witness—as slander, backbiting, &c.
31. Ps. ci. 5. 3. To abstain from all falsehood. Levit. xix. 11.
Eph. iv. 25. Col. iii. 9. 1 Pet. xiii. 10. Rev.
xxi. 8. 4. To speak the truth boldly at whatever risk. . 5. To speak charitably of all men. 1 Cor. xiï. 6, 7. 6. To govern my tongue. James i. 26. iii. passim, XIV. What is the Tenth Commandment, as delivered in the Law, and fulfilled in the Gospel ?
To be content with my portion in this life, looking forward to a better and more perfect state in the life to come.
XV. What are the duties more especially contained under this Tenth Commandment ?
1, Not to covet (łT Ovuzīv) what is another's. Luke
xii. 15. 1 Cor. vi. 10. Eph. v. 5. Col. iii. 5. 2. To be content with what God shall give me.
Heb. xiii. 5. 1 Tim. vi. 6—10. 3. To be thankful to God for all his gifts. Col. iii. 15. 4. To " seek those things which are above.” Col. iii.
—“Coveting earnestly the best,” i. e. spiritual,
“gifts.” 1 Cor. xii. 31. Matt. vi. 20. XVI. What is the response to be repeated after every Commandment in the Communion Service; and how is it to be understood, as explained in the preceding rubric?
MEANS OF GRACE-PRAYER.
1. The object in Confirmation being two-fold, and your part, i.e. that of confirming your Baptismal vow, being now explained, what is the part that remains to be considered?
II. What need have you to be confirmed by God, if you yourself are sincerely resolved to perform what you undertake?
See 2 Cor. Üï. 5. Rom. vii. 18. John vi. 44. xv. 5. Jer. x. 23. Phil. ii. 13. 1 Cor. xv. 10. James i. 17. Prov. iii. 5.
Comp. “By God's help, so I will.”
III. What reasons have you to hope and trust that God will “most surely keep and perform” his part in Confirmation ; and that, not only in the rite itself, but ever after, according as you continue to perform your part truly and faithfully, He also will continue to confirm you more and more?
1. His promises, general and particular, to that effect. General Promises. See, especially, 1 Cor. i. 8, 9.
x. 13. 1 Thess. V. 24. Phil. i. 6. Matt. xiii.
Is. xxiv. 3. Ps. v. 13. Rom. viii. 28.
Eph. vi. 10–18.
the Flesh. Gal. v. 16. 2 Pet. ï. 9, 10. On Believing. Heb. xi. 6. Acts xvi. 31. ] John i.
23, 24. Eph. i. 13, 14. Heb, x. 23. On Obeying. Matt. xxv. 31. 34, 35,
2. His ordinances to that end. IV. What assurance have you that “God's help” will be all-sufficient for your need?
See 2 Cor. xii. 9. Phil. iv. 13. V. Besides the especial ordinance of Confirmation (already considered), what are the ordinances which God has appointed to be the continual and constant means of confirming, i.e. of conveying strength and grace to his people ?
1. Prayer-public and private. 2. Holy Communion. 3. Reading the written word of God. 4. Hearing the preaching of God's ministers. VI. Show that these several ordinances have been appointed by God as means for conveying his grace, and, therefore, are generally necessary to be used by all who desire to receive the same. And first, show this of PRAYER. · See Matt. vii. 7, 8. xxi. 22. John xiv. 13. xvi. 23. Mark xi. 24. Luke xi. 1-13. xviii. 1–8. 1 John v. 14, 15. James i. 15.
VII. What is required of all who desire to use Prayer as a means of grace ?
1. Repentance. See the Daily Absolution.
1 Tim. i. 8. John ix. 31. (Obedience.) VIII. What further rules have been given and prescribed by God to teach us how and when to pray? How-1. Without ostentation. Matt. vi. 5.
2. In spirit and truth. John iv. 24.
xvi. 23. Eph. v. 20. When-1. In heart, at all times. Eph. vi. 18. 1 Thess.
v. 17. 2. By mouth, daily. See Lord's Prayer.
Twice a day, i. e. morning and evening. See Prayer-Book.—Three times a day, i. e. morning, noon, and evening. See Ps. lv. 17.