What a mercy it would be if our conversation were more on eternal things!
How we need the "three sieves":
Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?
And, we might add, Is it profitable?
"Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."
1. What is the new birth?
2. How is it accomplished?
3. How may a poor sinner know whether he is born again or not?
4. What blessings are connected with the new birth?
5. To whom is the praise due?
"Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."
1. What is this yoke of bondage?
2. What is it to be entangled with it?
3. What is the freedom and liberty from it?
4. How has Christ made you free?
5. In what sense may a free child of God be entangled again?
6. What are the feelings of one entangled?
7. What is it to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made free?
8. Ought not the free-born child of God to be truly concerned to maintain his liberty?
9. How is this liberty to be maintained?
10. What will bring into bondage?
"And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts."
1. What is it to be Christ's, and what is couched therein?
2. What is the flesh?
3. What are the affections and lusts of the flesh?
4. What is it to crucify them?
5. Can any man give proof that he is Christ's without this crucifixion?
"Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ."
1. What is the gospel of Christ?
2. What conversation becomes such a gospel?
3. Ought not Christians to maintain such a conversation?
4. Is not the gospel, in its various bearings, a sufficient rule of the real believer's conversation?
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."
1. What are these spiritual blessings?
2. Where are they secured?
3. Who are the "us" that are blessed with them?
4. To whom does the glory belong for them?
"To the praise of the glory of His grace."
1. What is the grace of God?
2. What is the glory of that grace?
3. What has the Lord done to the praise of the glory of His grace?
"Wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved."
1. Who is this Beloved?
2. By whom is He beloved?
3. What is it to be accepted in the Beloved?
4. Who has made us accepted in the Beloved?
"As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh."
1. What is a fair show in the flesh?
2. Wherein does that differ from a becoming Christian conversation?
3. What steps do such characters take to maintain a fair show in the flesh and escape the cross?
4. Should not real Christians withdraw from the company of such, and, in a becoming spirit, expose the wickedness of their proceedings?
"Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not; behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; He will come and save you."
1. What is it to be of a fearful heart?
2. What do such fear?
3. What is the nature of the message delivered to them?
4. What is intended by their God coming with vengeance and a recompense?
5. Is there a certainty of His coming to save them?
6. Is it not their privilege to "behold" Him?
"And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those; the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein."
1. What is that highway?
2. From whence and to where does it lead?
3. Is that way distinct from the highway? If so, what is that way?
4. Why is this way called the way of holiness?
5. Who are they that shall not pass over it?
6. For whom is it designed, and why are they called wayfaring men?
7. How is it that such men, though fools, shall not err therein?
"Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head. They shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away."
(Isaiah 51:11; Isaiah 35:10)
1. Who is the Lord, the Redeemer?
2. Who are the redeemed of the Lord?
3. What are they redeemed from?
4. What are they redeemed to?
5. How shall the redeemed come to Zion with singing?
6. What is the everlasting joy which shall be upon their heads?
7. Is there a certainty of their obtaining joy and gladness, and sorrow and mourning fleeing away?
By William Gadsby