"God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth." 2 Thess. 2:13.
And what is necessary besides believing it? "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience." 1 Peter 1:2.
What effect does obedience to the truth have? "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit." 1 Peter 1:22.
How must worship be rendered to God, that it may be acceptable? "God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." John 4:24.
How should the truth ever be cherished? "Buy the truth, and sell it not." Prov.
Is there in the Bible what may be called "present truth? "Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth." 2 Peter 1:12.
What was the special message to be proclaimed in Noah's day? "And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood." Gen. 6:13, 14.
Did Noah build the ark? and why? "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." Heb. 11:7.
How many were saved in the ark? "The long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water." 1 Peter 3:20.
What special message was given to Jonah for the people of Nineveh? "So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord... And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown." Jonah 3:3, 4.
What saved the people from the predicted overthrow? "So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them." "And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that He had said He would do unto them; and He did it not." Jonah 3:5, 10.
What was the special mission of John the Baptist? "There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him might believe." John 1:6, 7.
What answer did he return to those who asked him about his mission? "He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias." John 1:23.
John's baptism was something new and startling to his generation. What did those do for themselves who rejected his doctrine? "But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him." Luke 7:30.
And what did those do who were baptized of John? "And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John." Luke 7:29.
Did the reputed people of God receive Christ when He came? "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not." John 1:11.
What reason did they give for not doing so? "We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence He is." John 9:29.
What did the people say when Christ referred to how their fathers slew the prophets? "If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets." Matt. 23:30.
What was the result of the Jews' not accepting Christ? "And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes." Luke 19:41, 42.
Is there to be a special message and work for the last generation? "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his house- hold, to give them meat in due season?" Matt. 24:44, 45.
What is pronounced upon those who are found doing such work? "Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when He cometh shall find so doing." Matt. 24:46.
What will be the burden of that proclamation? "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Rev. 14:12.
How earnestly is this work to be prosecuted? "And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in; that my house may be filled." Luke 14:23.
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