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| 14: 23. And when they had or- 1 2 Cor. 2:14. Now thanks be unto dained them elders in every church, God, which always causeth us to triand had prayed with fasting, they umph in Christ, and maketh manicommended them to the Lord, on fest the savor of his knowledge by whom they believed.
us in every place! For we are unto 20: 17. And from Miletus he sent God a sweet savor of Christ, in them to Ephesus, and called the elders of that are saved, and in them that the church. 28. Take heed there- perish: to the one we are the savor fore unto yourselves, and to all the of death unto death ; and to the othflock, over which the Holy Ghost er the savor of life unto life. And hath made you overseers, to feed the who is sufficient for these things ? church of God.
For we are not as many, which cor21: 8. And we entered into the rupt the word of God: but as of sinhouse of Philip the evangelist, which cerity, but as of God, in the sight of was one of the seven ; and abode | God speak we in Christ. with him. And the same man had 5: 20. Now then, we are ambasfour daughters, virgins, which did sadors for Christ, as though God did prophesy. And as we tarried there beseech you by us, we pray you in many days, there came down from Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to Judea a certain prophet, named Aga- God. bus.
1 Cop. 14:1. Follow after chariRom. 1:1. Paul, a servant of Jesus ty, and desire spiritual gifts, but Christ, called to be an Apostle, sep- rather that ye may prophesy. For arated unto the gospel of God, (which he that speaketh in an unknown he had promised afore by his proph- tongue, speaketh not unto men, but ets in the Holy Scriptures,) concern- unto God: for no man understandeth ing his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. him; howbeit in the spirit he speak
1 Cor. 12: 4. Now there are di- eth mysteries. But he that propheversities of gifts, but the same Spir- sieth, speaketh unto men to edificait: and there are differences of ad- tion, and exhortation, and comfort. ministrations, but the same Lord. He that speaketh in an unknown And there are diversities of opera- tongue editieth himself; but he that tions, but it is the same God which prophesieth edifieth the church. I worketh all in all. But the manifes- would that ye all spake with tongues, tation of the Spirit is given to every but rather that ye prophesied: for man to profit withal. For to one is greater is he that prophesieth than given by the Spirit the word of wis- he that speaketh with tongues, exdom; to another, the word of knowl- cept he interpret, that the church edge by the same Spirit; to another, may receive edifying. faith by the same Spirit ; to another, 2 Cor. 10: 7. Do ye look on things the gifts of healing by the same after the outward appearance ? If Spirit; to another, the working of any man trust to himself that he is miracles ; to another, prophecy ; to Christ's, let him of himself think this another, discerning of spirits ; to again, that, as he is Christ's, even so another, divers kinds of tongues ; are we Christ's. For though I should to another, the interpretation of boast somewhat more of our authortongues. But all these worketh that ity, which the Lord hath given us one and the self-same Spirit, dividing for edification, and not for your deto every man severally as he will. struction, I should not be ashamed.
· 27. Now ye are the body of Eph. 3: 7. Whereof I was made Christ, and members in particular. a minister according to the gift of And God hath set some in the church, the grace of God given unto me by first, Apostles, secondarily, proph- the effectual working of his power: ets, thirdly, teachers, after that, mi- (unto me, who am less than the least racles, then gifts of healing, helps, of all saints, is this grace given,) governments, diversities of tongues. that I should preach among the Are all Apostles ? are all prophets ? Gentiles the unsearchable riches of are all teachers ? are all workers of Christ: and to make all men see miracles ? have all the gifts of heal- what is the fellowship of the mysing? do all speak with tongues? do tery, which from the beginning of all interpret?
the world hath been hid in God, who But covet earnestly the best gifts. 'created all things by Jesus Christ,
to the intent that now unto the prin- | thing as of ourselves; but our sufficipalities and powers, in heavenly ciency is of God; who also hath places, might be known by the church made us able ministers of the new the manifold wisdom of God, accord- testament; not of the letter, but of ing to the eternal purpose which he the spirit: for the letter killeth, but purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: the spirit giveth life. in whom we have boldness and ac- 1 Thess. 2: 5. For neither at any cess with confidence by the faith of time used we flattering words, as ye him. Wherefore I desire that ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; faint not at my tribulations for you, God is witness: nor of men sought which is your glory.
we glory, neither of you, nor yet of Eph. 4: 11. And he gave some others, when we might have been Apostles, and some prophets, and burdensome, as the Apostles of some evangelists, and some pastors Christ. But we were gentle among and teachers; for the perfecting of you, even as a nurse cherisheth her the saints, for the work of the minis- children: so, being affectionately detry, for the edifying of the body of sirous of you, we were willing to Christ.
have imparted unto you, not the 1 Tim. 1: 12. And I thank Christ gospel of God only, but also our own Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled souls, because ye were dear unto us. me, for that he counted me faithful, For ye remember, brethren, our laputting me into the ministry ; who bor and travail: for laboring night was before a blasphemer, and a per- and day, because we would not be secutor, and injurious: but I obtain chargeable unto any of you, we ed mercy, because I did it ignorant- preached unto you the gospel of God. ly in unbelief.
Ye are witnesses, and God also, how John 20:21. As my Father hath holily, and justly, and unblamably sent me, even so send I you.
we behaved ourselves among you Rom. 1:1. Paul, called to be an that believe: as ye know how we Apostle, separated unto the gospel exhorted, and comforted, and chargof God.
ed every one of you, as a father doth Heb. 5: 4. No man taketh this his children, that ye would walk honor to himself; but he that is worthy of God, who hath called you called of God, as was Aaron. unto his kingdom and glory.
2 Tim. 2: 2. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many
11 Tim. 3: 1. This is a true saywitnesses, the same commit thou to ing, if a man desire the office of a faithful men, who shall be able to bishop, he desireth a good work. A teach others also.
bishop then must be blameless, the
husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, II. The character they should pos- of good behavior, given to hospi
tality, apt to teach ; not given to
wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy Mat. 10:16. Behold, I send you lucre ; but patient; not a brawler; forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: not covetous; one that ruleth well be ye therefore wise as serpents, and his own house, having his children harmless as doves.
in subjection with all gravity ; (for 2 Cor. 3: 1. Do we begin again if a man know not how to rule his to commend ourselves ? or need we, own house, how shall he take care as some others, epistles of commen
of the church of God ?) not a novdation to you, or letters of commen- ice, lest being lifted up with pride dation from you? Ye are our epis- he fall into the condemnation of the tle written in our hearts, known and Devil: moreover, he must have a read of all men: forasmuch as ye are good report of them which are withmanifestly declared to be the epistle out ; lest he fall into reproach and of Christ ministered by us, written the snare of the Devil. not with ink, but with the Spirit of 4: 12. Let no man despise thy the living God: not in tables of stone, youth. But be thou an example of but in fleshly tables of the heart. the believers, in word, in conversaAnd such trust have we through tion, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in Christ to God-ward: not that we are purity. sufficient of ourselves to think any
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 kvew: for bad they known it, another, teachest thou not thyself? they wțuld 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 untó 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 please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. - 15. Study to 1 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 ine
e; 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. Mar. 10: 26. Fear them not, For though I be free from all men, therefore, for there is nothing cov- yet have I made myself servant ered that shall not be known. 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 faith 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 be 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,
serveth not for them that believe
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 dant 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 time!
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
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
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 me. 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 l: 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 thé 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