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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 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- ihat 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 1 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. Till 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. Medi
te 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 1 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, that 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 snare of the devil, who soldier of Jesus Christ.
are taken captive by him at bis 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 miniştry;
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 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- T Titus 1:5. For this cause left not deny himself. 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 luere; 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 also an elder, 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
chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall , der the gospel of Christ. Do ye not receive a crown of glory that fadeth know that they which minister about not away.
Likewise, ye younger, holy things live of the things of the submit yourselves unto the elder. temple, and they which wait at the Yea, all of you be subject one to altar are partakers with the altar ? another, and be clothed with hu- Even so hath the Lord ordained, that mility :
they which preach the gospel should For God resisteth the proud,
live of the gospel. But I have used And giveth grace to the humble. none of these things: neither have I Acts 11 : 22. Then tidings of written these things, that it should these things came unto the ears of the be so done unto me: for it were betchurch which was in Jerusalem, and ter for me to die, than that any man they sent forth Barnabas, that he should make my glorying void. For should go as far as Antioch. Who, though I preach the gospel, I have when he came, and had seen the nothing to glory of : for necessity is grace of God, was glad, and exhort- | laid upon me ; yea, woe is unto me, ed them all, that with purpose of if I preach not the gospel ! For if heart they should cleave unto the I do this thing willingly, I have a Lord. For he was a good man, reward ; but if against my will, a and full of the Holy Ghost, and of dispensation of the gospel is comfaith : and much people was added mitted unto me. What is my reward unto the Lord.
then ? Verily, that, when I preach IV. Ministry to be supported.
the gospel, I may make the gos
pel of Christ without charge, that I 1 Cor.9: 1. Am I not an Apostle ? abuse not my power in the gospel. am I not free ? have I not seen Jesus For though I be free from all men, Christ our Lord ? are not ye my work yet have I made myself servant unto in the Lord ? If I be not an Apostle all, that I might gain the more. And unto others, yet doubtless I am to unto the Jews I became as a Jew, you: for the seal of mine Apostle- that I might gain the Jews; to them ship are ye in the Lord. Mine an- that are under the law, as under the swer to them that do examine me is law, that I might gain them that are this. Have we not power to eat and under the law; to them that are withto drink ? have we not power to lead out law, as without law, (being not about a sister, a wife, as well as oth- without law to God, but under the er Apostles, and as the brethren of law to Christ,) that I might gain the Lord, and Cephas ? Or I only them that are without law : to the and Barnabas, have not we power weak became I as weak, that I might to forbear working? Who goeth a gain the weak : I am made all things warfare any time at his own char- to all men, that I might by all means ges? who planteth a vineyard, and såve some.
And this I do for the eateth not of the fruit thereof ? or gospel's sake, that I may be partaker who feedeth a flock, and eateth not thereof with you. of the milk of the flock ? Say I these things as a man? or saith not the 1 2 Cor. 11:7. Have I committed law the same also ? For it is written an offence in abasing myself that ye in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not might be exalted, because I have muzzle the mouth of the ox that preached to you the gospel of God treadeth out the corn. Doth God freely? I robbed other churches, take care for oxen ? or saith he it taking wages of them, to do you altogether for our sakes ? For our service. And when I was present sakes, no doubt, this is written : that with you, and wanted, I was chargehe that ploweth should plow in hope; able to no man : for that which was and that he that thrasheth in hope lacking to me the brethren which should be partaker of his hope. If came from Macedonia supplied: and we have sown unto you spiritual in all things I have kept myself from things, is it a great thing if we shall being burdensome unto you, and so reap your carnal things ? If others will I keep myself. As the truth of be partakers of this power over you, Christ is in me, no man shall stop are not we rather ? Nevertheless me of this boasting in the regions of we have not used this power : but Achaia. Wherefore ? because I love suffer all things, lest we should hin- you not? God knoweth.
12: 13. For what is it wherein ye nigh unto you. But I say unto you, were inferior to other churches, ex- That it shall be more tolerable in cept it be that I myself was not bur- that day for Sodom than for that densome to you ? forgive me this city. Woe unto thee, Chorazin ! wrong.
woe unto thee, Bethsaida ! for if Behold, the third time I am ready the mighty works had been done in to come to you'; and I will not be Tyre and Sidon, which have been burdensome to you
I seek not done in you, they had a great while yours, but you. For the children ago repented, sitting in sackcloth ought not to lay up for the parents, and ashes. But it shall be more tolbut the parents for the children. erable for Tyre and Sidon at the And I will very gladly spend and be judgment, than for you. And thou, spent for you ; though the more Capernaum ! which art exalted to abundantly I love you, the less I be heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. loved. But be it so.
He that heareth you, heareth me; I did not burden you : neverthe- and he that despiseth you, despiseth less, being crafty, I caught you with me; and he that despiseth me, deguile. Did I make a gain of you spiseth him that sent me. by any of them whom I sent unto John 13: 20. Verily, verily, I
say I desired Titus, and with unto you, He that receiveth whomhim I sent a brother. Did Titus make soever I send, receiveth me; and a gain of you? walked we not in i he that receiveth me, receiveth him the same spirit ? walked we not in that sent me. the same steps ?
1 Thess. 5:12. And we beseech Mat. 10: 9. Provide neither gold, you, brethren, to know them which nor silver, nor brass, in your purses; labor among you, and are over you nor scrip for your journey ; neither in the Lord, and admonish you, and two coats, neither shoes, nor yet to esteem them very highly in love staves; for the workman is worthy for their work's sake. of his meat.
Phil. 2 : 29. Receive him thereLUKE 22 : 35. When I sent you fore in the Lord with all gladness!; without purse and scrip and shoes and hold such in reputation. Belacked ye any thing ? And they said, cause for the work of Christ he was Nothing.
nigh unto death, not regarding his GAL. 6: 6. Let him that is taught life, to supply your lack of service in the word communicate to him that toward me. teacheth, in all good things.
THEB. 13 :7. Remember them V. Duties toward the Ministry. which have the rule over you, who
have spoken unto you the word of Mar. 10: 40. He that receiveth God : whose faith follow, consideryou, receiveth me; and he that re- ing the end of their conversation : ceiveth me, receiveth him that sent Jesus Christ the same yesterday, me. He that receiveth a prophet, in and to-day, and forever.
Be not the name of a prophet, shall receive carried about with divers and strange a prophet's reward; and he that re- doctrines : for it is a good thing that ceiveth a righteous man, in the name
the heart be established with grace ; of a righteous man, shall receive a not with meats, which have not righteous man's reward. And who-profited them that have been occusoever shall give to drink unto one pied therein. Obey them that have of these little ones a cup of cold the rule over you, and submit yourwater only, in the name of a disci- selves : for they watch for your ple, verily, I say unto you, he shall souls, as they that must give acin no wise lose his reward.
count, that they may do it with joy, LUKE 10: 10. But into whatsoever and not with grief : for that is uncity ye enter, and they receive you profitable for you. Pray for us : not, go your ways out into the streets for we trust we have a good conof the same, and say, Even the very science, in all things willing to live dust of your city which cleaveth on honestly. But I beseech you the us, we do wipe off against you : | rather to do this, that I may be renotwithstanding, be ye sure of this, stored to you the sooner. that the kingdom of God is come Mal. 3:8. Will a man rob God?
174 MINISTERS THEIR REWARD AND RESPONSIBILITIES. (P. II. Yet ye have robbed me.
Jer. 33 : 20. If ye can break my say,
Wherein have we robbed thee? covenant of the day and my coveIn tithes and offerings... Bring ye nant of the night....then may
my all the tithes into the store-house... covenant be broken....with the Leand prove me now herewith saith vites, the priests, my ministers. the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open Dan. 12 : 3. They that be wise the windows of heaven and pour shall shine as the brightness of the you out a blessius, that there shall firmament, and they that turn many not be room enough to receive it. to righteousness, as the stars for
ever and ever. VI. "The Minister's Reward. Mat. 5:19. Whosoever shall do
and teach these commandments, the LUKE 22 : 29, I appoint unto you same shall be called great in the a kingdom.
kingdom of heaven. John 4: 35. Say not ye, There LUKE 12 : 42. Who then is that are yet four months, and then com- faithful and wise steward, whom eth harvest ? behold, I say unto you, his Lord shall make ruler over his Lift up your eyes, and look on the household, to give them their porfields ; for they are white already tion of meat in due season? Blessed to harvest. And he that reapeth is that servant, whom his Lord receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit when he cometh shall find so doing. unto life eternal : that both he that Isa, 52 : 7. How beautiful upon soweth, and he that reapeth may the mountains are the feet of him rejoice together. And herein is that that bringeth good tidings; that saying true, One soweth, and anoth- publisheth peace; that bringeth er rea peth. I sent you to reap that good tidings of good ; that publishwhereon ye bestowed no labor : eth salvation; that saith unto Zion, other men labored, and ye are en- Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen tered into their labors.
shall lift up their voice; with the 1 Cor. 3 :7. So then, neither is voice together shall they sing. he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth ; but God that giv
VII. Ministerial Responsibilities. eth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are EZEK. 3: 17. Son of man, I have one ; and every man shall receive made thee a watchman unto the his own reward, according to his house of Israel : therefore hear the own labor. For we are laborers to- word at my mouth, and give them gether with God; ye are God's hus- warning from me. When I say unto bandry ; ye are God's building. Ac- the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; cording to the grace of God which and thou givest him not warning, is given unto me, as a wise master- nor speakest to warn the wicked builder, I have laid the foundation, from his wicked way, to save his and another buildeth thereon. But life; the same wicked man shall let every man take_heed how he die in his iniquity ; but his blood buildeth thereupon. For other foun- will I require at thine hand. Yet if dation can no man lay than that is thou warn the wicked, and he turn laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now not from his wickedness, nor from if any man build upon this founda- his wicked way, he shall die in his tion, gold, silver, precious stones, iniquity; but thou hast delivered wood, hay, stubble ; every man's thy soul. Again, when a righteous work shall be made manifest : for man doth turn from his righteousthe day shall declare it, because it ness and commit iniquity, and I lay shall be revealed by fire ; and the a stumbling-block before him, he fire shall try every man's work, of shall die : because thou hast not what sort it is. If any man's work given him warning, he shall die in abide which he hath built thereupon, his sin, snd his righteousness which he shall receive a reward. If any he hath done shall not be rememman's work shall be burned, he bered; but his blood will I require shall suffer loss : but he himself at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou shall be saved ; yet so as by fire. warn the righteous man, that the
Phil. 1 : 21. For me to live is righteous sin not, and he doth not Christ; but to die is gain.
sin, he shall surely live, because he