Lessons on the Ordinances of God
Q: To whom are the ordinances of God made effectual?
A: To all of God’s elect they are effectual to salvation and to them only.
When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. – Acts 13:48;
But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. – John 10:26
Q: What is the first lesson from the ordinances of worship?
A: That great preparation is due to all the ordinances before we engage in them.
If you would direct your heart right and spread out your hand to Him, If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and do not let wickedness dwell in your tents; Then, indeed, you could lift up your face without moral defect, And you would be steadfast and not fear. – Job 11:13-15
Q: What is the second lesson from the divine ordinances?
A: That great reverence is due to all the ordinances when we are actually engaged in the use of them.
For who in the skies is comparable to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty is like the Lord, A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all those who are around Him? – Psalm 89:6, 7
Q: What is the third lesson from the divine ordinances?
A: That people without the ordinances are in a sad and deplorable condition.
remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. – Ephesians 2:12