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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

the gospel, I may make the gosIV. Ministry to be supported.

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 s? who planteth a vineyard, and

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 11 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.

save some.

you ?

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

u ? 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 : for 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 ain 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 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.

I HEB. 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?

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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 also 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 blessiug, 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 reapeth. 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

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is warned : also thou hast delivered | Let the deacons be the husbands of thy soul.

one wife, ruling their children and Heb. 13 : 17. They watch for their own houses well. For they, that your souls as they that must give have used the office of a deacon well, account, that they may do it with purchase to themselves a good dejoy and not with grief.

gree, and great boldness in the faith 2 Cor. 2 : 15. For we are unto which is in Christ Jesus. God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved and in them that per

IX. False Teachers. ish; to the one we are a savor of death unto death, and to the other Mar. 7: 15. Beware of false of life unto life. And who is suffi- prophets, which come to you in cient for these things ?

sheep's clothing, but inwardly, they

are ravening wolves. Ye shall know VIII. Officers of Secular Affairs. them by their fruits. Do men gather

grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles ? Acts 6: 1. And in those days, Even so every good tree bringeth when the number of the disciples was forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree multiplied, there arose a murmuring bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree of the Grecians against the Hebrews, cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither because their widows were neglected can a corrupt tree bring forth good in the daily ministration. Then the fruit. Every tree that bringeth not twelve called the multitude of the forth good fruit is hewn down, and disciples unto them, and said, It is cast into the fire. Wherefore, by not reason that we should leave the their fruits ye shall know them. word of God, and serve tables. Not every one that saith unto me, Wherefore, brethren, look ye out Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingamong you seven men of honest re- dom of heaven; but he that doeth port, full of the Holy Ghost and wis-' the will of my Father which is in dom, whom we may appoint over heaven. Many will say to me in this business. But we will give our- i that day, Lord, Lord, have we not selves continually to prayer, and to prophesied in thy name ? and in thy the ministry of the word. And the name have cast out devils ? and in saying pleased the whole multitude: thy name done many wonderful and they chose Stephen, a man full works ? And then will I profess unof faith and of the Holy Ghost, and to them, I never knew you: depart Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, from me, ye that work iniquity. and 'Timon, and Parmenas, and Ni- Acts 19:19. Then certain of the colas, a proselyte of Antioch, whom vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon they set before the Apostles: and them to call over them, which had when they had prayed, they laid evil spirits, the name of the Lord their hands on them. And the word Jesus, saying, We adjure you by of God increased; and the number Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And of the disciples multiplied in Jerusa- there were seven sons of one Sceva lem greatly ; and a great company | a Jew, and chief of the priests, of the priests were obedient to the which did so. And the evil spirit faith.

answered and said, Jesus I know, Phil. 1: 1. Paul and Timotheus, and Paul I know ; but who are ye ? the servants of Jesus Christ, to all And the man in whom the evil spirit the saints in Christ Jesus, which are was, leaped on them, and overcame at Philippi, with the bishops and them, and prevailed against them, so deacons.

that they fled out of that house na1 Tim. 3: 8. The deacons must ked and wounded. And this was. be grave, not double-tongued, not known to all the Jews and Greeks algiven to much wine, not greedy of so dwelling at Ephesus: and fear fell filthy lucre ; holding the mystery of on them all, and the name of the the faith in a pure conscience. And Lord Jesus was magnified. let these also first be proved; then 20: 29. For I know that after my let them use the office of a deacon, departure, shall grievous wolves enbeing found blameless. Even so must ter in among you not sparing the their wives be grave, not slander- flock. Also of your own selves shall ers; sober, faithful in all things.

as we.

men arise, speaking perverse things, darkness: they shall be driven on, to draw away disciples after them. and fall therein: for I will bring

2 Cor. 11: 12. But what I do, evil upon them, even the year of that I will do, that I may cut off oc- their visitation, saith the Lord. And casion from them which desire occa- I have seen folly in the prophets of sion: that wherein they glory, they Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, may be found even

For and caused my people Israel to err. such are false Apostles, deceitful I have seen also in the prophets of workers, transforming themselves Jerusalem an horrible thing: they into the Apostles of Christ. And no commit adultery, and walk in lies: marvel ; for Satan himself is trans- they strengthen also the hands of formed into an angel of light, there evil-doers, that none doth return fore it is no great thing if his minis- from his wickedness : they are all of ters also be transformed as the min-them unto me as Sodom, and the isters of righteousness; whose end inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. shall be according to their works. I Therefore thus saith the Lord of say again, let no man think me a hosts concerning the prophets; Befool: if otherwise, yet as a fool re- hold, I will feed them with wormceive me, that I may boast myself a wood, and make them drink the walittle. That which I speak, I speak ter of gall: for from the prophets it not after the Lord, but as it were

of Jerusalem is profaneness gone foolishly, in this confidence of boast- forth into all the land. Thus saith ing.

the Lord of hosts, Hearken not un

to the words of the prophets that 1 2 Tim. 4: 3. For the time will prophesy unto you: they make you come, when they will not endure vain: they speak a vision of their sound doctrine ; but after their own own heart, and not out of the mouth lusts shall they heap to themselves of the Lord. They say still unto teachers ; having itching ears; and them that despise me, The LORD they shall turn away their ears from hath said, Ye shall have peace ; the truth, and shall be turned unto and they say unto every one that fables.

walketh after the imagination of his Jer. 23 : 1. Woe be unto the pas- own heart, no evil shall come upon tors that destroy and scatter the you. For who hath stood in the sheep of my pasture ! saith the counsel of the Lord, and hath perLorn. Therefore thus saith the ceived and heard his word? Who Lord God of Israel against the hạth marked his word, and heard pastors that feed my people ; ye it ? Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord have scattered my flock, and driven is gone forth in fury, even a grievthem away, and have not visited ous whirlwind : it shall fall grievousthem: behold, I will visit upon you ly upon the head of the wicked. the evil of your doings, saith the Lord. And I will gather the rem- 11 2:8. The priests said not, Where nant of my flock out of all countries is the Lord ? and they that handle whither I have driven them, and I the law, knew me not. The pastors will bring them again to their folds;. also transgressed against me. and they shall be fruitful and in- 5: 30. A wonderful and horrible crease. And I will set up shepherds thing is committed in the land : the over them which shall 'feed them: prophets prophesy falsely, and the and they shall fear no more, nor be priests bear rule by their means ; dismayed, neither shall they be lack- and my people love to have it so. ing, saith the LORD. — 10. For the 6: 14. They have healed the hurt land is full of adulterers; for be- of the daughter of my people slightcause of swearing the land mourn- ly, saying, Peace, peace, when there eth ; the pleasant places of the wild is no peace. derness are dried up, and their Ezek. 13: 10. They have seduced course is evil, and their force is not my people, saying, Peace, and there right. For both prophet and priest was no peace. One built the wall, are profane ; yea, in my house have and lo, others daubed it with untemI found their wickedness, saith the pered mortar. Lord. Wherefore their way shall 22: 26. They have put no differbe unto them as slippery ways in the ence between the holy and the pro

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