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Heaven, which is the place of perfect happiness.

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Q. Is the eating of this Tree of Life reserved for Man at any future period ?

A. In the book of the Revelation it is said, To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.-Rev. ii. 7.

Q. What is the literal sense of this promise?

A. St. John says, Who is he that overcometh the world but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? He that hath the Son, hath life.These things bave I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.-1 John v. 5, 12, 13.

Q. Is it any where promised that Christ should lead man back to Paradise, whence he was expelled at the Fall ?

A. Jesus said unto him (thé malefactor) Verily, I say unto thee, to day shalt thou be with me in Paradise.—Luke xxiii. 43.

Q. What became of Adam and Eve after the Fall?

A. The Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 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. v. 23, 24.


Q. Who was the first Man born into the world!
A, Cain. -v. I.

Q. What was his occupation?
A. Cain was a tiller of the ground.v. 2.
Q. Who was next born to Adam and Eve.
A. Abel. v. 2.
Q. What was his employment?
A. Abel was a keeper of sheep.-v.2.

Q. Why was Cain wroth, and envious of his brother Abel ?

A. Because The Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: but unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect.-v. 4, 5.

Q. Why did not the Lord respect Cain and his offering?

A. St. John says, Because his own works were evil; and his brother's righteous.--1 John iii. 12.

Q. Have we any further reason given us in the New Testament why the sacrifice of Abel was -more acceptable to God than that of Cain?

A. St. Paul says, By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain; whereby he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts. Heb. xi. 4.

Q. With what sin did Cain complete his envy and hatred ?

A. Cain rose up against Abel his brother and lew him.--v.8.

Q. What was the punishment of Cain, for committing the crime of murder?

A. God said, Now thou art cursed from the earth ; when thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.v.11.12.

Q. Had Adam any other Son?
A. Seth. v. 25.

CHAPTER VI. Q. Did the punishment of Cain prevent the

succeeding ages and generations of the world from committing sin ?

A. God saw that the wickedness of man' was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

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Q. How did the Almighty resolve to punish the sins of the world?

A. The Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air.-v.7.

Q. Were there any to be excepted from this destruction?

A. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Q. Who were the chief persons among the posterity of Seth ?

A. Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah. chap. v. 24, 25, 29.

Q. Was there any thing very remarkable in Enoch?

A. Enoch walked with God; and he was not; for God took him.-chap. v. 24.

Q. Is this mentioned in the New Testament?

A. St. Paul says, Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God translated him; for before his translation he bad this testimony, that he pleased God.-Heb. xi. 5.

Q. Had the world any warning of God's approaching wrath, and the judgment threatened to sinners in all future ages ?

A. St. Jude says, Enoch prophesied, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of His 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.Jude iv. 15.

Q. Amidst the corruptions of the world were there any righteous persons left?

4. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.-1.8, 9.

Q. Who were his descendants ?
Å. Shem, Ham, and Japhet.--v. 10.
Q. How is the earth described at this period ?

A The earth was corrupt before God, and was filled with violence ; for all flesh had corrupted bis way upon the earth.-v. 11, 12.

Q. Do we find the general corruption of the earth, and the particular righteousness of Noah alluded to in the New Testament?

A. St. Peter says, God spared not the old world, but saved Noah, the eighth person ; a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.—1 Peter ii. 5.

Q. How did God publish His intention to destroy the world ?

A. He said to Noah, The end of all Flesh is come before me; and I will destroy them with the earth. Behold I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh wherein is the breath of life, from under Heaven: and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

Q. What means did God prepare to save him?

A. He ordered him to build an Ark under His own directions.

Q. Who were to be saved in the Ark?

A. Noah, his wife, with his three sons, and their wives; in all eight souls.

Q. What was to be saved beside ?

A. Two of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort, male and female.

Q. How old was Noah when the flood came?

A. Six hundred years old.-1.6.
Q. How did the flood happen?

A. The Almighty broke up all the fountains of the great Deep, and opened the windows of Heaven, and it rained continually forty days and forty nights.-v. 11, 12.

Q. Was the Earth entirely covered with the waters?

A. The mountains, and all high bills were covered, so that the waters prevailed fifteen cubits above the highest.

Q. Was every thing destroyed ?

A. Every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and "cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven.

Q. How long did the waters prevail upon the earth?

A. One hundred and fifty days.

Q. Have we authority in the New Testament for this awful judgment of God upon a sinful. world?

A. Our blessed Saviour tells us that these thoughtless sinners did eat, and drink, married wives, and were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark; and the flood came and destroyed them all.—Luke xvii. 27.

Q. Is there any solemn Rite or Ceremony, in the Christian Church, which directs our minds to the flood ?

A. The Rite of Baptism.

Q. Where do you find this allusion in Baptism to the flood ?

A. St. Peter says, The like figure whereunto,. eyen Baptism, doth also now save us, (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. -1 Pet. ii. 21.

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