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fane, between the unclean and the not, that a little leaven leaveneth clean.
the whole lump ? Purge out there. 18.4. 28: 7. The priest and the fore, the old leaven, that ye may be prophet have erred through wine, a new lump, as ye are unleavened. and through strong drink, they are For even Christ our passover is saout of the way.
crificed for us: therefore let us keep Ezek. 13: 19. Will ye pollute me the feast, not with old leaven, neiamong my people for handfuls of ther with the leaven of malice and barley, and pieces of bread ? wickedness; but with the unleaven,
Mic. 3:11. The priests teach for ed bread of sincerity and truth. I hire, and the prophets divine for wrote unto you in an epistle, not to money... Therefore shall Zion for company with fornicators. Yet not your sake be plowed as a field.
altogether with the fornicators of T1.1:10. There are many unruly this world, or with the covetous, or and vain talkers and deceivers, spe- extortioners, or with idolaters: for cially they of the circumcision, whose then must ye needs go out of the mouths must be stopped; who sub- world. But now I have written unto vert whole houses, teaching things you not to keep company, if any which they ought not, for ħlthy lu- man that is called a brother be a cre's sake.
fornicator, or covetous, or an idolaMal. 2: 7. The priests' lips ter, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an should keep knowledge ; and they extortioner: with such a one no not should seek the law at his mouth; to eat. For what have I to do to for he is the messenger of the Lord judge them also that are without ?' of hosts. But ye are departed out of do not ye judge them that are withthe way. Ye have caused many to in ? but them that are without God stumble at the law: ye have corrupt- judgeth. Therefore put away from ed the covenant of Levi, saith the among yourselves that wicked perLord of hosts.
2 Cor. 2: 5. But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me,
but in part : that I may not over§ 6. DISCIPLINE, OR GOVERNMENT charge you all. Sufficient to such a
man is this punishment, which was
inflicted of many. So that contrariI. Authority, where vested, and of wise, ye ought rather to forgive him, what Nature.
and comfort him, lest perhaps such a
one should be swallowed up with 2 Cor. 10: 8. Our authority the overmuch sorrow. Wherefore I beLORD hath given us for edification, seech you that ye
would confirm your and not for destruction.
love toward him; for to this end also 1 Cor. 5: 1. It is reported com- did I write, that I might know the monly that there is fornication among proof of you, whether ye be obedient you, and such fornication as is not in all things. To whom ye forgive so much as named among the Gen- any thing, 1 forgive also: for if I fortiles, that one should have his fa- gave any thing, to whom I forgave ther's wife. And ye are puffed up, it, for your sakes forgave I it in the and have not rather mourned, that person of Christ: lest Satan should he that hath done this deed might get an advantage of us; for we are be taken away from among you. For not ignorant of his devices, I'verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already as 1 2 THESS, 3:6. Withdraw yourthough I were present, concerning selves from every brother that walkhim that hath so done this deed, in eth disorderly, and not after the trathe name of our Lord Jesus Christ, dition which he received of us, - 11. when ye are gathered together, and For we hear that there are some my Spirit, with the power of our which walk among you disorderly, Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver such a working not at all, busy-bodies. one unto Satan for the destruction of Now them that are such, we comthe flesh, that the spirit may be sa- mand and exhort by our Lord Jesus ved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Christ, that with quietness they work Your glorying is not good. Know ye and eat their own bread,
OF THE CHURCH.
And if any man obey not our word | also and Barnabas continued in Anby this epistle, note that man, and tioch, teaching and preaching the have no company with him, that he word of the Lord, with may be ashamed ; yet count him not also. as an enemy, but admonish him as a 1 Cor. 14:33. God is not the aubrother.
thor of confusion, but of peace, as Acts 15 : 1. And certain men in all churches of the saints. which came
down from Judea, Let your women keep silence in taught the brethren, Except ye be the churches: for it is not permitted circumcised, after the manner of Mo- unto them to speak: but they are ses, ye cannot be saved. — 6. And commanded to be under obedience, the Apostles and elders came togeth- as also saith the law. - 40. Let all er to consider of this matter. things be done decently and in or22. Then pleased it the Apostles der. and elders, with the whole church, GAL. 6: 2. Bear ye one another's to send chosen men of their own burdens, and so fulfil the law of company to Antioch, with Paul and Christ. For if a man think himself Barnabas ; namely, Judas surnamed to be something, when he is nothing, Barsabas, and Silas, chief men he deceiveth himself. among the brethren: and they wrote Tı. 3: 10. A man that is a hereletters by them after this manner. tic, after the first and second admo
6. The Apostles, and elders, and nition reject: knowing that he that brethren send greeting , unto the is such, is subverted and sinneth, bebrethren which are of he Gentiles, ing condemned of himself. in Antioch, and Syria, and Cilicia. Forasmuch as we have heard, that Includes the adjustment of business. certain, which went out from us, have troubled you with words, sub- Mat. 5: 40. If any man will sue verting your souls, saying, Ye must thee at the law, and take away thy be circumcised, and keep the law ; coat, let him have thy cloak also. to whom we gave no such command- Rom. 12: 17. Recompense to no ment: it seemed good unto us, being man evil for evil. Avenge not assembled with one accord, to send yourselves ; but rather give place chosen men unto you, with our be- unto wrath. loved Barnabas and Paul, men that 1 Cor. 6:1. Dare any of you, havhave hazarded their lives for the ing a matter against another, go to name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We law before the unjust, and not behave sent therefore Judas and Silas, fore the saints ? Do ye not know who shall also tell you the same that the saints shall judge the world? things by mouth. For it seemed good and if the world shall be judged by to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay you, are ye unworthy to judge the upon you no greater burden than smallest matters? Know ye not that these necessary things; that ye we shall judge angels , how much abstain from meats offered to idols, more, things that pertain to this life? and from blood, and from things If then ye have judgments of things strangled, and from fornication ; pertaining to this life, set them to from which if ye keep yourselves, judge who are least esteemed in the ye shall do well. Fare ye well.” church. I speak to your shame! Is
So when they were dismissed, it so, that there is not a wise man they came to Antioch: and when among you! no not one that shall be they had gathered the multitude to- able to judge between his brethren! gether, they delivered the epistle. But brother goeth to law with brothWhich when they had read, they re- er, and that before the unbelievers ! joiced for the consolation. And Ju- Now therefore, there is utterly a das and Silas, being prophets also fault among you, because ye go to themselves, exhorted the brethren law one with another. Why do ye with many words, and confirmed not rather take wrong? why do ye them. And after they had tarried not rather suffer yourselves to be there a space, they were let go in defrauded ? Nay, ye do wrong, and peace from the brethren unto the defraụd, and that your brethren! Apostles. Notwithstanding, it pleased Silas to abide there still. ^ Paul
LUKE 6:39. Can the blind lead II. Rule or Process of Discipline.
the blind ? shall they not both fall Mar. 18 : 15. Moreover, if thy into the ditch ? brother shall trespass against thee,
Rom. 2 : 1. Therefore thou art go and tell him his fault between inexcusable, 0 man, whosoever thou thee and him alone : if he shall hear art (that judgest, for wherein thou thee, thou hast gained thy brother. judgest another thou condemnest But if he will not hear thee, then also thyself : for thou that judgest take with thee one or two more, that dost the same things. in the mouth of two or three wit
GAI.. 6: 1. Brethren, if a man be nesses every word may be estab- overtaken in a fault; ye that are lished. And if he shall neglect to spiritual restore such an one in the hear them, tell it unto the church : spirit of meekness; considering thybut if he neglect to hear the church, self lest thou also be tempted. let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican. Verily, I say
III. Discipline does not extend to
Conscience or Faith. unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven: 2 Cor. 1: 24. Not that we have and whatsoever ye shall loose on dominion over your faith, but are earth shall be loosed in heaven.
helpers of your joy; for by faith John 8: 3. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a wo- 1 Peter 5: 3. Neither as being man taken in adultery; and when Lords over God's heritage ; but bethey had set her in the midst, they ing ensamples to the flock. say unto him, Master, this woman Rom, 14 : 1. Him that is weak in was taken in adultery, in the very the faith receive ye, but not to doubt
Now Moses in the law com- ful disputations. For olie believeth manded us, that such should be that he may eat all things; another, stoned : but what sayest thou? This who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not they said, tempting him, that they him that eateth despise him that might have to accuse him. But Je
eateth pot; and let not him which sus stooped down, and with his fin- eateth not judge him that eateth : ger wrote on the ground, as though for God hath received him. Who he heard them not. So when they art thou that judgest another man's continued asking him, he lifted up servant ? to his own master he himself, and said unto them, He standeth or falleth : yea, he shall be that is without sin among you, let holden up: for God is able to make him first cast a stone at her. And him stand. One man esteemeth one again he stooped down and wrote on day above another : another esthe ground. And they which heard it, teemeth every day alike. Let every being convicted by their own con- man be fully persuaded in his own science, went out one by one, begin- mind. He that regardeth the day, ning at the eldest, even unto the last:
regardeth it unto the Lord : and he and Jesus was left alone, and the that regardeth not the day, to the woman standing in the midst
Lord he doth not regard it. For 1 Mar. 7: 1. Judge not that ye be
none of us liveth to himself, and no
man dieth to himself. For whether not judged : for with what judg
we live, we live unto the Lord; and ment ye judge ye shall be judged, and with what measure ye mete, it
whether we die, we die unto the shall be measured to you again.
Lord : whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
For to And why beholdest thou the mote
this end Christ hoth died, and rose, that is in thy brother's eye, but con
and revived, that he might be Lord siderest not the beam that is in thine
both of the dead and living. But own eye? Or how wilt thou say to
why dost thou judge thy brother ? thy brother, Let me pull out the
or why dost thou set at naught thy mote, out of thine eye; and behold
brother ? for we shall all stand bea beam is in thine own eye. Thou
fore the judgment seat of Christ. hypocrite ! First cast out the beam
For it is written, out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote
As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow out of thy brother's eye.
And every tongue shall confess to God.
So then every one of us shall give seventy times seven. Therefore is account of himself to God. Let us the kingdom of heaven likened unto not therefore judge one another any a certain king which would take more : but judge this rather, that no account of his servants. And when man put a stumbling-block, or an he had begun to reckon, one was occasio to fall in his brother's way. brought unto him which owed him - 17. For the kingdom of God is thousand talents. But fornot meat and drink, but righteous- asmuch as he had not to pay, his ness, and peace, and joy in the Holy lord commanded him to be sold, Ghost. For he that in these things and his wife and children, and all serveth Christ is acceptable to God, that he had, and payment to be and approved of men. Let us there- made. The servant therefore fell fore follow after the things which down, and worshipped him, saying, make for peace, and things where- Lord, have patience with me, and I with one may edify another. will pay thee all. Then the lord of
15 : 7. Wherefore receive ye one that servant was moved with comanother, as Christ also received us, passion, and loosed him, and forto the glory of God.
gave him the debt. But the same JAMES 4 : 11. If :hou judge the servant went out, and found one of law, thou art not a doer of the law, his fellow-servants, which owed him but a judge. There is one lawgiver a hundred pence : and he laid hands who is able to save and to destroy. on him, and took him by the throat, Who art thou that judgest another? saying, Pay me that thou owest.
MARK 9:38. Master, we saw one And his fellow-servant fell down at casting out devils in thy name, and his feet, and besought him saying, he followeth not us; and we forbade Have patience with me, and I will him, because he followeth not us. pay thee all. And he would not : But Jesus said, Forbid him not... but went and cast him into prison, for he that is not against us is on till he should pay the debt. So when our part. . . Whosoever shall offend his fellow-servants saw what was one of these little ones, that believe done, they were very sorry, and in me, it were better for him that came and told unto their lord all a mill-stone were hanged about his that was done. Then his lord, afneck, and he were cast into the ter that he had called him, said un
to him, O thou wicked servant ! I Rom. 16 : 17. Now I beseech you, forgave thee all that debt, because brethren, mark them which cause thou desiredst me : shouldest not divisions and offences, contrary to thou also have had compassion on the doctrine which ye have learn- thy fellow servant, even as I had ed; and avoid them. For they that pity on thee ? And his lord was are such serve not our Lord Jesus wroth, and delivered him to the torChrist, but their own belly ; and by mentors, till he should pay all that good words and fair speeches de- was due unto him. So likewise ceive the hearts of the simple. For shall my heavenly Father do also your obedience is come abroad unto unto you, if ye, from your hearts, all men. I am glad therefore on forgive not every one his brother your behalf : but yet I would have their trespasses. you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. And Luke 17: 3. If thy brother tresthe God of peace shall bruise Satan pass against thee, rebuke him; and under your feet shortly. The grace | if he repent, forgive him. And if of our Lord Jesus Christ be with he trespass against thee seven times
in a day, and seven times in a day
turn again to thee, saying, I repent; IV. Restoration of an Offender. thou shalt forgive him.
2 Cor. 2: 6. Sufficient to such a Mar. 18:21. Then came Peter to man is this punishment, which was him, and said, Lord, how oft shall inflicted of many. So that contrarimy brother sin against me, and I wise, ye ought rather to forgive him forgive him ? till seven times ? Je- and comfort him, lest such an one sus saith unto him, I say not unto should be swallowed up with overthee, until seven times ; but until much sorrow. Wherefore I beseech
you that ye woud confirm your forgiving one another, if any man love toward him.
have a quarrel against any, even as Col. 3:12. Put on therefore as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. the elect of God, holy and beloved, And above all these things put on bowels of mercies, kindness, meek- charity, which is the bond of perness, humbleness of mind, long suf- fectness. fering ; forbearing one another, and
THIRD GENERAL TOPIC.
PRINCIPLES AND FEELINGS TO BE
eth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
21: 4. An high look and a proud
heart ... is sin. CHERISHED.
28 : 25. He that is of a proud
heart stirreth up strife. § 1. HUMILITY.
29 : 23. A man's pride shall bring Ps. 9: 12. [God] forgetteth not the him low; but honor upholdeth the cry of the humble.
humble in spirit. 10 : 17. Lord thou hast heard the Isa. 57 : 15. Thus saith the High desire of the humble ; thou wilt pre- and Lofty One that inhabiteth Eterpare their heart; thou wilt cause nity; whose name is holy; I dwell thine ear to hear.
in the high and holy place; with 10:2. The wicked, in his pride, him also that is of a contrite and doth persecute the poor. — 4. The humble spirit, and to revive the wicked, through the pride of his coun- spirit of the humble, to revive the tenance, will not seek after God. heart of the contrite ones.
Prov. 16: 19. Better it is, to be of 2 : 11. The lofty looks of man an humble spirit with the lowly, shall be humbled, and the haughtithan to divide the spoil with the ness of man shall be bowed down. proud.
66 : 2. To this man will I look, 8: 13. The fear of the Lord is to even to him that is poor, and of a hate evil; pride, and arrogance, and contrite spirit, and that trembleth at the evil way, and the froward mouth my word. do I hate.
2 Chron. 33: 12. When he [Ma11: 2. When pride cometh, then nasseh] was in affliction, he becometh shame ; but with the lowly sought the Lord his God, and humis wisdom.
bled himself greatly before the God 13 : 10. Only by pride cometh of his fathers. contention.
Isa. 23 : 9. The Lord of hosts 15: 25. The Lord will destroy hath purposed it, to stain the pride the house of the proud ; but he will of all glory, and to bring into conestablish the border of the widow. tempt all the honorable of the earth.
16: 5. Every one that is proud in Jer. 13:17. If ye will not hear it, heart, is an abomination to the Lord; my soul shall weep in secret places though hand join in hand he shall for your pride. not be unpunished. — 18. Pride go- 50 · 82. The most proud shall