to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and
became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." Heb. 11:7.
10. How many were saved in the ark?
"The long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a
preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water." 1 Peter
NOTE.-Doubtless many who were lost in the flood held, in a nominal way, to faith in
God; but the test as to the genuineness of this came with Noah's special message; and the
difference between their faith and his was made plain when they rejected the saving truth
for that time, - the warning message concerning the coming flood.
11. What special message was given to Jonah for Nineveh?
"So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. . . .
And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet
forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown." Jonah 3:3,4.
12. What saved the people from the predicted overthrow?
"So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on
sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. . . . And God saw their
works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that He
had said that He would do unto them; and He did it not." Verses 5-10. See Jer.
NOTE.-So likewise would God have spared the antediluvian world had they received Noah's
message, and turned from their evil ways.
13. What was the special mission of John the Baptist?
"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to
bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him might believe." John 1:6,7.
14. What answer did he return when asked concerning his mission?
"He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way
of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias." Verse 23.
15. What did Christ say of those who rejected John's message?
"But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against
themselves, being not baptized of him." Luke 7:30.
16. What did those do who were baptized of John?
"And all the people that heard Him, and the publicans, justified God, being
baptized with, the baptism of John." Verse 29.
NOTE.-That is, they honored God by this act, which showed their faith in His truth for
17. Did God's chosen people receive Christ when He came?
"He came unto His own, and His own received Him not." John 1:11.
18. What reason did they give for not receiving Him?
"We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence
He is." John 9:29.
NOTE.-That was the trouble; they had no faith in anything new. They knew that
God spoke by Moses: it required little faith to believe that. They felt perfectly safe in
accepting him, for everything had demonstrated that he was sent of God. All could see
that. But here was One whom, although He had come in fulfillment of the prophecies of
Moses and the prophets as their long-looked-for Messiah, they felt there was a risk in
accepting, because they did not understand the prophecies relating to Him, and time had
not worked out to their satisfaction the truthfulness of His claims. It required too much faith,
as against their desire to walk by sight, to accept Christ. It also called for
a change of views in some things, and a reformation in life. So they rejected Him. They
believed in the flood, faith in which had saved Noah; they believed in Elijah also, and
professed faith in all the prophets; but when it came to this special truth for their
time, they refused to accept it. Thus it has been in all ages, and thus we may expect it
to continue to be to the end.
19. How did Christ say those who rejected Him reasoned?
"Ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous,
and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with
them in the blood of the prophets." Matt. 23:29,30.
NOTE.-While they condemned the action of their fathers in slaying the prophets whom God
had sent with messages of reproof and warning applicable to those times, they soon filled
up the measure of the iniquity of their fathers by putting to death the Son of God. This
showed that they would have done as did their fathers had they lived in their day. Thus we
see that present truths are testing truths.
20. What was the result of the Jews' not accepting Christ?
"And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, If thou
hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace!
but now they are hid from thine eyes." Luke 19:41,42. "Behold, your house
is left unto you desolate." Matt. 23:38.
21. Is there to be a special message for the last days?
"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man
cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made
ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?" Matt. 24:44,45.
NOTE.-In the last days a message will go forth which will be "meat in due
season" to the people. This must be the warning concerning the Lord's soon coming,
and the preparation necessary to meet Him. Because, such a message was not always
preached, is no evidence that it is not now to be proclaimed. In his farewell address to
the Pilgrim Fathers on their departure from Holland for America, John Robinson said:
"The Lord knoweth whether I shall ever see your faces more; but whether the Lord bath
appointed that or not, I charge you before God and His blessed angels to follow me no
farther than I have followed Christ. If God should reveal anything to you by any other
instrument or His, be as ready to receive it as you ever were to receive any truth by my
ministry; for I am very confident that the Lord hath more truth and light yet to break
forth out of His Holy Word. For my part, I cannot sufficiently bewail the condition of the
Reformed churches, who are come to a period in religion, and will go no farther than the
instruments of their reformation. The Lutherans cannot be drawn to go any farther than
what Luther saw; and the Calvinists, you see, stick fast where they were left by that
great man of God, who yet saw not all things. This is a misery much to be lamented; for
though they were burning and shining lights in their time, yet they penetrated not into
the whole counsel of God, but were they now living, would be as willing to embrace further
light as that which they first received."
22. What does Christ say of that servant who, when He comes, is found giving
"meat in due season"?