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Procrastination sinful and foolish-Men choose their way. accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
1 Jn, 5. 3. And his commandments are not grievous.
351. Is procrastination sinful and foolish?
Job. 22. 21. Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
Ps. 95.7. To-day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. [Heb. 3. 7.]
Pr. 27. 1. Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
Pr. 29. 1. He that, being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Ec. 9. 10. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
2 Cor. 6. 2. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I suecored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Heb. 2. 1. Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense and reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?
352 Do mankind choose their own way, and decide their own future destiny ?
Pr. 1. 29. They hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: They would none of my counsel; they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple sbal}
Invitations rejected.--Irony of the Bible.
slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them,
Pr. 9. 12. If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
Pr. 11. 19. He that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
Hos. 13 9. O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help. [See 534.]
353. Will persons have any excuse at the great day for not having complied with the invitations of the gospel ?
Pr. 5. 11. And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclired mine ear to them that instructed' me.
Mat. 22. 12. Friend, how camest thou in hither, not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Rom. 1. 20. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
Rom. 3. 19. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
354. Is ironical language used in the Bible ?
Jud. 10. 13. Ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. Go and ery unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you
in the time of your tribulation. I K. 18. 27. And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god: Appointed. either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
Job 12. 1. And Job answered and said, No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
Am. 4. 4. Come to Bethel and transgress: at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years: And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free-offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord God. [Mk. 7.9.1
355. Will there be a day of judgment ?
Ps. 50. 3. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice, And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself.
Mat. 11. 24. It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom, in the day of judgment than for thee.
Mat. 25. 31. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before bim shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. [34–46.]
Ac. 17. 31. Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordained: whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
Ac. 24. 25. As he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled.
The Judge. Rom. 2. 16. In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my Gogpel.
Rom. 14. 10. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 12. So then, every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
2 Cor. 5. 10. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 11. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade mens
2 Tim. 4. 1. The Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom.
Heb. 9. 27. It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.
2 Pet. 3. 7.. The heavens and the earth; which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 10. 12.
Jude 6. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in. everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment: of the great day. 14.
Rev. 20. 12. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.. [See 543.]
356. Who will be the final Judge ?
Jn. 5. 22. The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son. That all mema
Design of the judgment-Disclosures of. should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father.
Ac. 10. 40. Him God raised up the third day. 42. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
357. What is the design of the Judgment ?
Ps. 50. 6. And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is Judge himself.
Rom. 2. 5. The day of wrath, and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.
Jude 14, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of bis saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
358. What things will be brought into judgment ?
Ec. 11. 9. Rejoice, O young man in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee in to judgment.
Ec. 12. 14. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Mat. 12. 36. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the day of judgment.
Lk. 12. 2. There is nothing covered that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore, whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness, shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets, shall be proclaimed upon the house-tops. Mat, 10.26.
1 Cor. 3. 13. Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be