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ye shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil. — V. 4, 5.

She took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.-v. 6.

Q. Who was the Serpent ?
A. In the Revelations,

we learn that The Ser: pent was called the Devil and Satan,-(Rev. xii.9.) which deceiveth the whole world.

Q. Have we any further proof of this in the New Testament?

A. St. Paul tells us that the Serpent beguiled Eve through, bis subtlety.--2 Cor. xi. 3.

Q. What punishment was threatened to Man if he ate of the forbidden tree?

A. God commanded, saying, In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.—ch. ii. 17.

Q. Why should so severe a punishment be threatened to this act?

A. Because to disobey God was the highest offence which man could commit.

Q. What is disobedience to God called in the Scripture ?

A. Sin.
Q. What is the punishment of all sin whatever?

A. St. Paul says, The wages of Sin is Death.-Rom. vi. 23.

Q. How did - Sin appear to operate upon the consciences of Adam and Eve?

A. Adam and his wife bid themselves from the presence of the Lord God.--. 8.

Q. What sentence did God immediately pass upon the Serpent for beguiling or deceiving Man?

A. God said unto the Serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field ; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. -v. 14.

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Q. What sentence did God pass upon the Devil for this offence?

A. I will put enmity between thee and the Woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. v. 15.

Q. How does this prophecy, which is the earliest promise given of Christ, apply to Him?

A. St. Paul says, When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a Woman.--Gal. iv. 4.

Q. What is signified by His being made of a Woman?

A. Isaiah says that, “a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a {Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." -Isai. vii. 14.

Q. How is this proved in the New Testament? A. The Angel said unto her, (Mary) The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee : therefore also that Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.-Luke. i. 35.

Q. What is meant by the seed of the Serpent?

A. St. John says, he that committeth sin is of the Devil ; for the Devil sinneth from the beginning.-1 John iii. 8. Jesus said, ye are of your Father the Devil, and the lusts of your Father ye will do: he was a murderer from the beginning.

-John viii. 44. Jesus said, the tares are the Children of the Wicked One: the enemy that sowed them is the Devil.-John xiii. 38, 39

Q. What is intended by the seed of the Woman bruising the head of the Serpent?

A. St. Paul says, that He (Jesus Christ) took part of flesh and blood, that through death He might destroy him that had the power of Death, that is, the Devil.Heb. ji. 14.

Q. What is meant by Satan's having the power of death?

A. Jesus said, He was a murderer from the beginning.—John viii. 44. St. Peter says, Your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.—1 Pet. v. 8. The Devil tempts men to sin; and St. James says, Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James i. 15. St. Paul says, The sting of death is sin.1 Cor. xv. 56.

Q. What is the nature of the destruction prepared for the Devil ?

A. Our Saviour says, that Everlasting fire is prepared for the Devil and his angels.—Matt. XXV. 41.

Q. Is it any where said that our Saviour should abolish death?

A. St. Paul says that Christ abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.--2 Tim. i. 10.

Q. Can you further show how the power of death was destroyed by Christ?

A. St. Paul says, Once in the end of the World Christ appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. -Heb. ix. 26.

Q. Does it appear that He died for all men; and not for a particular portion of mankind only?

A. St. John says, He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.-1 John ii. 2.

Q. What is further meant by Christ's bruising the head of the Serpent?

A. St. John says, For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the Devil.-1 John iii. 8. Jesus said, Now shall the Prince of this world be cast out. -John xii. 31. The great Dragon was cast out, that old Serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.- Rev. xii. 9.

Q. What is meant by Satan's bruising the heel of the Woman's seed?

A. St. Paul says, He (Christ) Himself also hath suffered, being tempted. —Heb. ii. 18. Jesus said, This is your hour, and the power of darkness.Luke xxii. 53. Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain : whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that He should be holden of it.-Acts ïi. 23. 24.

Q. How was Eve punished ?

A. Unto the Woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.

Q. Is the subjection which is due from the Woman to her husband alluded to in the sentence which God pronounced upon her?

A. Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he sball rule over thee.V. 16.

Q. Is this doctrine of subjection and due obedi. ence established in the New Testament?

A. St. Peter says, Ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands.—1 Pet. iii. 1. St. Paul says, Let Women learn in silence, with all subjection.1 Tim. ii. 11.

Q. Are any further instructions given in the New Testament to guard women against assuming authority over the mind of Man?

A. St. Paul says, I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man ; but to be in silence.-1 Tim. ii. 12.

Q. Does this appear to be a part of the punishment of the Woman?

A. St. Paul says, Adam was not deceived, but the Woman, being deceived, was in the transgression.-I Tim. ii. 14.

Q. Was any other part of the Creation cursed for Man's transgression ?

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A. God said, Cursed is the ground for thy sake : thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee. v. 17, 18.

Q. How was this curse to affect Man?

Å. In sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.--v. 17, 18.

Q. What was to become of Adam when the sentence of death should be executed upon

him? A. God said, In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.-V. 19.

Q. Is this change of the body described in the New Testament?

A. St. Paul tells us, It is sown in corruption,-it is sown in dishonour,-it is sown in weakness.1 Cor. xv. 42, 43.

Q. Will it always continue in this state of dishonour and corruption ?

A. St. Paul says, At the last trump, the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed: for this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.1 Cor. xv. 52, 53.

Q. Why is this change necessary?

A. St. Paul says, That flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. -1 Cor. xv. 50.

Q. Wherefore did the Almighty expel' Adam from Paradise ?

A: The Lord God said, Now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.

Q. What is probably intended by living for ever?

A. Living for ever on this earth, which was now cursed for Man's sake, and not changing it for

-v. 22.

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