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have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

2 Tim. 2: 2 The things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach. patient ; 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose.

Tit. 1: 6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot, or unruly. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God: not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrire both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. [Mat. 13; 52 1 Cor. 4: 2.] 454. Significant names of ministers. 2 Cor. 5: 20 Ambassadors for Christ. — Tit. 1: 7 Bishops.

1 Tim. 5: 17 Elders. — Ep. 4: 11 Evangelists. — 2 Cor. 1: 24 Helpers. — 1 Cor. 3: 9 Laborers together with God.

- Lk. 1: 2 Ministers of the Word. — 2 Cor. 11: 15 Ministers of righteousness. - Mal. 2: 7 Messengers of the Lord. — Ac. 20:28 Overseers. Ep. 4: 11 Pastors and teachers. - 1 Tim. 5: 17 Rulers. - Mat. 5: 13 Salt of the earth. Jam. 1: 1 Servants of God. - 2 Cor. 4: 5 Servants for Jesus' sake. Jer. 23: 4 Shepherds. — Tit. 1: 7 Stewards of God. - Is. 62: 6 Watchmen. — Ac. 26: 16 and Rev. 11:3 Witnesses. 455. Ministerial authority and rights.

Ac. 20: 17 And called the elders of the church. 28 Take | heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock over the

which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, [bishops] to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

2 Cor. 10: 8 Though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for

your destruction, I should not be ashamed. — 13: 10 I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me ty edification, and not to destruction.

1 Tim. 5: 17 Let the elders that rule well, be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine. 2 Tim. 4: 1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the

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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 longsuffering and doctrine.

Tit. 2: 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Heb. 13: 7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

456. Limits of ministerial authority.

Mat. 20: 25 Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you : but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister: 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man

came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mk. 10: 42. — 23: 8 Be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, eren Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your father which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters : for one is your Master, even Christ.

1 Pet. 5: 3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.


457. The cultivation of knowledyje, piety and wisdom required and exempli. fied.

Ezk. 2: 8 Son of man, hear what I say unto thee. Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.

Mat. 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Ac. 6: 4 We will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. — 20: 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God

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which he hath purchased with his own blood. 29 For I know bis, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

Rom. 2: 21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal dost thou steal ?

1 Cor. 9: 25 Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly ; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection : lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast-away.

1 Th. 2: 10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily, and justly, and unblamably we behaved ourselves among you that believe.

1 Tim. 4: 12 Let no man despise thy youth ; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. — 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called : 21 Which some professing, have erred concerning the faith.

2 Tim. 1: 13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 2: 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 22 Flee also youthful lusts : but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

2 Tim. 4: 5 Watch thou in all things, endure afllictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy minisiry

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7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

Tit. 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works : in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity. 8 Sound speech that cannot be condemned ; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. [See 369, 463.]

458. Preaching fuithfullg as ambassadors for Christrequired and exemplified.

Dt. 33:10 They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law.

Neh. 8: 8 They read in the book, in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

Ec. 12: 9 Because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge: yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

Jer. 1: 17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.- 23: 28 I he 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, — 26: 2 Thus sailli the LORD; Stand in the court of the Lord's house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord's house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word.

Ezk. 2: 7 Thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. — 3: 10 He said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears. 11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.

Mat. 28: 19 Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.

Ac. 5: 42 Daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. — 20: 18 When they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons. 20 And how I kept back nothing that

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was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house. 26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men, 27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

1 Cor. 4: 1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover, it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful. — 9: 16 Though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, wo is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel!

2 Cor. 2: 17 We are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. — 4: 1 Seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty ; not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but, by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

Gal. 1: 10 Do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

1 Th. 2: 3 Our exhortation was not of deccit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile; 4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 5. For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness.

2 Tim. 2: 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. — 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 hy ministry.

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