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Preaching the principal - Use of encouraged.
from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thy hand. — 36: 37 Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.
Ac. 27: 31 Paul said to the centurion, and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.
Rom. 10: 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed ? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard ? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. [See 257.] 430. Preaching, the principal means of yrace.
1 Cor. 1: 17 Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 The preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness; but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God. 21 After that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Ep. 4: 11 He gave some, apostles ; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers: 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
2 Tim. 4: 1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom ; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. [See 458.] 431. Use of means encouraged by promises and predictions.
Ps. 126: 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious, seed, chall
Successfully used - Superiority of the true.
doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with hini.
Pr. 11: 18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. 30 The frụit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
Is. 66: 8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things ? shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? 01 shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
Dan. 12: 3 They that be wise, shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever.
Mk. 1: 17 Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
Lk. 1: 16 Many of the children of Israel shall he (John) turn to the Lord their God.
Jn. 17: 20 Neither pray I for these alone; but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.
Jam. 5: 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. [See 1, 258, 545.] 432. Menins, successfully used.
Ac. 14: 1 It came to pass in Iconium, that they [Paul and Barnabas] went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake that a great multitude, both of the Jews, and also of the Greeks believed.
Gal. 4: 19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again, until Christ be formed in you.
1 Cor. 4: 15 Though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers : for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
Philemon 10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds. [See 468, 545.] 433. Superiority of the true meuns of grace.
Jer. 23 28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord. 29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer thai breaketh the rock in pieces?
Lk. 16: 31 He said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
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2 Cor. 10: 4 (The weapons of our warfare are not arnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong liolds.) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Heb. 4: 12 The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. [See 47.] 434. Use of means nude effectual by divine power.
Ps. 51: 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit. 13 Then will I teach tramsgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Zec. 4: 6 He answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
2 Tim. 2: 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. [See 594-6.] 435. The means of grace have different and sonetimes destructive effects.
Is. 6: 9 He said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. 11 Then said I, LORD, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate; 12 And the LORD have removed men far away, an l there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. 28: 1:. The word of the LORD was unto them, precept upon preo pt, precept: upon precept : line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backw urd, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
Jer. 5: 14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hests, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make iiy words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall drar them.
Mk. 4: 3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sewer to sov. 4 And it came to pass as he sowed, some fell by thing way-side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it un. • And fome fell on stony ground, where it had not much arth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depude of earth:
Discouraging cases -- Meekness required.
6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up, and increased, and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
2 Cor. 2: 15 We are unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: 16 To the one we are the savor of death unto death; and to the other the savor of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
Heb. 4: 2 Unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. [Mic. 2: 7.]
Pr. 9: 7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man, getteth himself a blot. 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee — 13: 1 A wise son heareth his father's instruction : but a scorner heareth not rebuke. - 14: 7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. — 23: 9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
Mat. 7: 6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
1 Jn. 5: 16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. [See 256, 562.]
437. Meekness required. Zep. 2: 3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger.
Dat. 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Gal. 6: 1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which
Encouraged and exemplified.
are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness ; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Ep. 4: 1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Col. 3: 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
1 Tim. 6: 11 Thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
2. Tim. 2: 25 In meckness instructing those that oppose themselves.
1 Pet. 3: 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
[See 201, 482, 498–9, 737.] 4:38. Meekness encourag d.
Ps. 25: 9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. — 37: 11 The meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. -76: 8 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still, 9 When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. — 147: 6 The LORD lifted up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. — 149: 4 The Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Ec. 7: 8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Mat. 5: 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
439. Meekness eremp!i ficd.
Ac. 7: 59 They stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. [See 62, 660.]