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Isa. 52: 11. Be ye clean that bear before the world unto our glory;. the vessels of the LORD.

which none of the princes of this Rom. 2 : 21. Thou that teachest world kuew: for bad they known it, another, teachest thou not thyself? they would not have 'crucified the

2 Cor. 6:3. Giving no offence, Lord of glory. that the ministry be not blamed, in 4: 9. For I think that God hath all things approving ourselves as the set forth us the Apostles last, as it ministers of God.

were appointed to death: for we 1 Cor. 9 : 27. But I keep under are made a spectacle unto the world, my body, and bring it into subjec- and to angels, and to men. We tion ; lest that by any means, when are fools for Christ's sake, but ye I have preached to others, I myself are wise in Christ; we are weak, should be a castaway.

but ye are strong; ye are honorable, 1 Tim. 6: 11. Thou, O man of but we are despised. Even unto God, follow after righteousness, god- this present hour we both hunger, liness, faith, love, patience, meek- and thirst, and are naked, and are buf

14. Keep this coinmand- feted, and have no certain dwellingment without spot, unrebukable. place, and labor, working with our

2 Tim. 2: 1. Thou, therefore, my own hands: being reviled, we bless; son, be strong in the grace that is in being persecuted, we suffer it; being Christ Jesus .. , endure hardness as defamed, we entreat: we are made a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No as the filth of the world, and are man that warreth, entangleth him- the off-scouring of all things unto self with the affairs of this life, that this day. he may piease him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. — 15. Study to 9: 16. For though I preach the show thyself approved unto God; a gospel, I have nothing to glory of: workman that needeth not to be for necessity is laid npon me; yea, ashamed: rightly dividing the word woe is unto me, if I preach not the of truth.

gospel! For if I do this thing will

ingly, I have a reward ; but if III. Duties of the Ministry. against my will, a dispensation of

the gospel is committed unto me. Mat. 10: 26. Fear them not, For though I be free from all men, therefore, for there is nothing coy


have I made myself servant ered that shall be krown. unto all, that I might gain the more. What I tell you in darkness, that And unto the Jews I became as a speak ye in the light; and what ye Jew, that I might gain the Jews; hear in the ear, that preach ye upon to them that are under the law, as the housetops.

under the law, that I might gain 1 Cor. 2: 1. And I, brethren, them that are under the law; to when I came to you, came not with them that are without law, as withexcellency of speech, or of wisdom, out law, (being not without law to declaring unto yon the testimony of God, but under the law to Christ,) God. For I determined not to kuow that I might gain them that are any thing among you, save Jesus without law: to the weak became I Christ, and him crucified. And I

as weak, that I might gain the was with you in weakness, and in weak: I am made all things to all fear, and in much trembling. And men, that I might by all means save my speech and my preaching was some. And this I do for the gospel's not with enticing words of man's sake, that I may be partaker thereof wisdom, but in demonstration of the with you. Spirit, and of power: that your fait 2 Cor. 4: 1. Therefore, seeing should not stand in the wisdom of we have this ministry, as we have men, but in the power of God. received mercy, we faint not; but Howbeit, we speak wisdom among have renounced the hidden things them that are perfect; yet not the of dishonesty ; not walking in crafwisdom of this world, nor of the tiness, nor handling the word of princes of this world, that come to God deceitfully; but, by manifestanaught: but we speak the wisdorn tion of the truth, commending ourof God in a mystery, even the hid- selves to every man's conscience in den wisdom, which God ordained the sight of God. - 5. For






saith the LORD.


preach not ourselves, but Christ | and I will sing with the understandJesus the Lord; and ourselves your ing also. Else, when thou shalt servants for Jesus' sake. For God, bless with the spirit, how shall he who commanded the light to shine that occupieth the room of the unout of darkness, hath shined in our learned say Amen at thy giving of hearts, to give the light of the thanks, seeing he understandeth not knowledge of the glory of God, in what thou sayest. For thou verily the face of Jesus Christ. But we givest thanks well, but the other is have this treasure in earthen ves- not edified. I thank my God, I sels, that the excellency of the power speak with tongues more than ye may be of God, and not of us. We all: yet in the church I had rather are troubled on every side, yet not speak five words with my underdistressed; we are perplexed, but standing, that by my voice I might not in despair ; persecuted, but not. teach others also, than ten thousand forsaken ; cast down, but not de- words in unknown

tongue. stroyed; always bearing about in Brethren, be not children in underthe body the dying of the Lord standing: howbeit, in malice be ye Jesus, that the life also of Jesus children, but in understanding be might be made manifest in our

In the law it is written, body. For we which live are always

With men of other tongues and other lips will I delivered unto death for Jesus' sake,

speak unto this people ; that the life also of Jesus might be And yet for all that will they not hear me, made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but Wherefore togues are for a sign, life in you.

We having the same not to them that believe, but to them spirit of faith, according as it is that believe not: but prophesying written,

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not, but for them which believe. If I believed, and therefore have I spoken;

therefore the whole church be come also believe, and therefore together into one place, and all speak; knowing, that he, which speak with tongues, and there come raised up the Lord Jesus, shall raise in those that are unlearned, or unup us also by Jesus, and shall pre- believers, will they not say that ye sent us with you. For all things are mad? But if all prophesy, and are for your sakes, that the abun- | there come in one that believeth dapt grace might, through the not, or one unlearned, he is conthanksgiving of many, redound to vinced of all, he is judged of all: the glory of God.

and thus are the secrets of his heart 1 Cor. 14: 6. Now, brethren, if made manifest; and so falling down I come unto you speaking with on his face, he will worship God, tongues, what shall I profit you, and report that God is in you of a except I shall speak to you either truth. by revelation, or by knowledge, or 2 Cor. 6: 1. We then as workby prophesying, or by doctrine? And ers together with him, beseech you even things without life giving also that ye receive not the grace of sound, whether pipe or harp, ex- God in vain : (for he saith, cept they give a distinction in the

I have heard thee in a time accepted, sounds, how shall it be known what

And in the day of salvation have I succored thee : is piped or harped? for if the trum- Behold now is the accepted timo!

Behold, now is the day of salvation !) pet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? giving no offence in any thing, that So likewise ye, except ye utter by the ministry be not blamed: but in the tongue words easy to be under- all things approving ourselves as stood, how shall it be known what the ministers of God, in much pais spoken? for ye shall speak into tience, in afflictions, in necessities, the air. – 12. Even so ye, forasmuch in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonas ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, ments, in tumults, in labors, in seek that ye may excel to the edify- watchings, in fastings; by pureness, ing of the church. – 15. What is it by knowledge, by long-suffering, by then? I will pray with the spirit, kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by and I will pray with the understand- love unfeigned, by the word of ing also: I will sing with the spirit, | truth, by the power of God, by the

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armor of righteousness on the right which is blessed for evermore, knowhand and on the left, by honor and eth that I lie not. In Damascus the dishonor, by evil report and good governor under Aretas the king report; as deceivers, and yet true ; kept the city of the Damascenes as unknown, and yet well known ; with a garrison, desirous to appreas dying, and behold, we live; as hend me: and through a window in chastened, and not killed; as sor- a basket was I let down by the wall, rowful, yet always rejoicing; as and escaped his hands. poor, yet making many rich; as 12: 7. And lest I should be exhaving nothing, and yet possessing alted above measure through the all things. O ye Corinthians, our abundance of the revelations, there mouth is open unto you, our heart was given to me a thorn in the flesh, is enlarged. Ye are not straitened the messenger of Satan to buffet in us, but ye are straitened in your me, lest I should be exalted above own bowels.

Now for a recom- measure. For this thing I besought pense in the same (I speak as unto the Lord thrice, that it might depart my children,) be ye also enlarged.

And he said unto me,

My grace is sufficient for thee: for 17: 2. Receive us ; we have my strength is made perfect in weakwronged no man, we have corrupted ness. Most gladly therefore will I no man, we have defrauded no man. rather glory in my infirmities, that I speak not this to condemn you; the power of Christ may rest upon for I have said before, that ye are Therefore I take pleasure in in our hearts to die and live with infirmities, in reproaches, in necesyou. Great is my boldness of speech sities, in persecutions, in distresses toward you, great is my glorying for Christ's sake: for when I am of you: I am filled with comfort, I weak, then am I strong. I am beam exceeding joyful in all our trib- come a fool in glorying, ye have ulation.

compelled me: for I ought to have 11: 21. Howbeit, whereinsoever been commended of you: for in any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I nothing am I behind the very chiefam bold also ; are they Hebrews? est Apostles, though I be nothing. so am I: are they Israelites? so am Truly the signs of an Apostle were I: are they the seed of Abraham? wrought among you in all patience,

am I: are they ministers of in signs, and wonders, and mighty Christ? (I speak as a fool,) I am deeds. more ; in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons Phil. 1: 12. But I would ye more frequent, in deaths oft ; of should understand, brethren, that the Jews five times received I forty the things which happened unto me stripes save one: thrice was I beaten have fallen out rather unto the furwith rods, once was I stoned, thrice therance of the gospel ; so that my I suffered shipwreck, a night and a bonds in Christ are manifest in all day I have been in the deep; in the palace, and in all other places, journeyings often, in perils of wa- and many of the brethren in the ters, in perils of robbers, in perils Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, by mine own countrymen, in perils are much more bold to speak the by the heathen, in perils in the city, word without fear. Some indeed in perils in the wilderness, in perils preach Christ even of envy and in the sea, in perils among false strife ; and some also of good will, brethren; in weariness and painful. The one preach Christ of contenness, in watchings often, in hunger tion, not sincerely, supposing to add and thirst, in fastings often, in cold affliction to my bonds. But the and nakedness. Besides these things other of love, knowing that I am that are without, that which cometh set for the defence of the gospel. upon me daily, the care of all the What then? 'notwithstanding, every churches. Who is weak, and I am way, whether in pretence or in not weak? who is offended, and I truth, Christ is preached; and I burn not? If I must needs glory, I therein do rejoice, yea, and will will glory of the things which con- rejoice, For I know that this shall cern mine infirmities. The God and turn to my salvation through your Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ' prayer, and the supply of the Spirit

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of Jesus Christ, according to my them mightest war a good warfare, earnest expectation and my hope, holding faith and a good conscience ; that in nothing I shall be ashamed, which some having put away, but that with all boldness, as always, concerning faith have made shipso now also, Christ shall be magni- wreck: of whom is Hymeneus and fied in my body, whether it be by Alexander ; whom I have delivered life, or by death. For to me to live unto Satan, that they may learn not is Christ, and to die is gain. But if to blaspheme. I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor; yet what I shall choose 1 Jer. 3: 15. I will give you I 'wot not. For I am in a strait pastors according to mine own heart, betwixt two, having a desire to de- that shall feed you with knowledge part, and to be with Christ; which and understanding. is far better: nevertheless, to abide Mat. 28: 19. Go ye and teach in the flesh is more needful for you. all nations ... teaching them to obAnd having this confidence, I know serve all things whatsoever I have that I shall abide and continue with commanded you. you all for your furtherance and joy 1 Tim. 4: 6. If thou put the of faith ; that your rejoicing may be brethren in remembrance of these more abundant in Jesus Christ for things, thou shalt be a good minister me, by my coming to you again. of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the

2: 19. But I trust in the Lord words of faith and of good doctrine, Jesus to send Timotheus shortly whereunto thou hast attained. But unto you, that I also may be of refuse profane and old wives' fables, good comfort, when I know your and exercise thyself rather unto state. For I have no man like- godliness. For bodily exercise profminded, who will naturally care for iteth little: but godliness is profitayour state. For all seek their own, ble unto all things, having promise not the things which are Jesus of the life that now is, and of that Christ's. But ye know the proof of which is to come. This is a faithful him, that as a son with the father, saying, and worthy of all acceptahe hath served with me in the tion. For therefore we both labor gospel.

and suffer reproach, because

trust in the living God, who is the Col. 1: 23. Whereof I Paul Savior of all men, especially of those am made a minister; who now re- that believe. These things comjoice in my sufferings for you, and mand and teach. — 13. Tilĩ I come fill up that which is behind of the give attendance to reading, to afflictions of Chrst in my flesh for exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect his body's sake, which is the church: not the gift that is in thee, which whereof I am made a minister, ac- was given thee by prophecy, with cording to the dispensation of God, the laying on of the hands of the which is given to me for you, to presbytery. Meditate upon these fulfil the word of God: even the things; give thyself wholly to them; mystery which hath been hid from that thy profiting may appear to all. ages, and from generations; but Take heed unto thyself, and unto now is made manifest to his saints, thy doctrine ; continue in them; for to whom God would make known in doing this thou shalt both save what is the riches of the glory of thyself, and them that hear thee. this mystery among the Gentiles, 5: 17. Let the elders, that rule which is Christ in you, the hope of well, be counted worthy of double glory: whom we preach, warning honor, especially they who labor in every man, and teaching every man the word and doctrine. For the in all wisdom ; that we may present Scripture saith, Thou shalt not every man perfect in Christ Jesus: muzzle the ox that treadeth out the whereunto I also labor, striving corn ; and, The laborer is worthy of according to his working, which his reward. Against an elder reworketh in me mightily.

ceive not an accusation, but before 1 Tim. 1: 18. This charge I two or three witnesses. Them that commit unto thee, son Timothy, sin rebuke before all, that others according to the prophecies which also may fear. I charge thee before went before on thee, that thou by God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and


the elect angels, thật thou observe | every good work. Flee also youththese things without preferring one ful lusts: but follow righteousness, before another, doing nothing by faith, charity, peace, with them that partiality. Lay hands suddenly on call on the Lord out of a pure heart. no man, neither be partaker of other But foolish and unlearned questions men's sins: keep thyself pure. avoid, knowing that they do gender

strifes. And the servant of the Lord 1 2 Tim. 2: 1. Thou therefore, must not strive; but be gentle unto my son, be strong in the grace that all men, apt to teach, patient; in is in Christ Jesus. And the things, meekness instructing those that opthat thou hast heard of me among pose themselves; if God peradvenmany witnesses, the same commit ture will give them repentance to thou to faithful men, who shall be the acknowledging of the truth; and able to teach others also. Thou that they may recover themselves therefore endure hardness, as a good out of the share of the devil, who soldier of Jesus Christ. No man are taken captive by him at his will. that warreth entangleth himself with 4: 5. But watch thou in all things, the affairs of this life; that he may endure afflictions, do the work of please him who hath chosen him to an Evangelist, make full proof of be a soldier. And if a man also thy ministry. For I am now ready strive for masteries, yet is he not to be offered, and the time of my crowned, except he strive lawfully. departure is at hand: I have fought The husbandman that laboreth must a good fight, I have finished my be first partaker of the fruits. Con- course, I have kept the faith : hencesider what I say; and the Lord give forth there is laid up for me a thee understanding in all things. crown of righteousness, which the 11. It is a faithful saying; for if we Lord, the righteous Judge, shall be dead with him, we shall also live give me at that day : and not to me with him: if we suffer, we shall also only, but unto all them also that reign with him: if we deny him, love his appearing. he also will deny us: if we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he can- | Titus 1 : 5. For this cause left not deny bimself. Of these things | I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest put them in remembrance, charging set in order the things that are them before the Lord that they strive wanting, and ordain Elders in every not about words, to no profit, but city, as I had appointed thee; if any to the subverting of the hearers. be blameless, the husband of one Study to show thyself approved unto wife, having faithful children, not God, a workman that needeth not accused of riot, or unruly. For a to be ashamed, rightly dividing the bishop must be blameless, as the word of truth. But shun profane steward of God; not self-willed, and vain babblings: for they will not soon angry, not given to wine, increase more ungodliness. no striker, not given to filthy lucre; And their word will eat as doth a but a lover of hospitality, a lover of canker: of whom is Hymeneus and good men, sober, just, holy, temPhiletus, who concerning the truth perate, holding fast the faithful have erred, saying, That the resur- word as he hath been taught, that rection is past already; and over- he may be able by sound doctrine throw the faith of some. Neverthe- both to exhort and to convince the less the foundation of God standeth gainsayers. sure, having this seal, The Lord 1 Peter 5:1. The elders which knoweth them that are his; and, are among you I exhort, who am Let every one that nameth the name

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and a witness of the of Christ depart from iniquity. But sufferings of Christ, and also a parin a great house there are not only taker of the glory that shall be revessels of gold and of silver, but vealed : feed the flock of God which also of wood and of earth; and is among you, taking the oversight some to honor, and some to dishon- thereof, not by constraint, but wil

If a man therefore purge him- lingly ; not for filthy lucre, but of a self from these, he shall be a vessel ready mind : neither as being lords unto honor, sanctified, and meet for over God's heritage, but being enthe master's use, and prepared unto I samples to the flock : and when the



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