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stumble and fall and none shall help you: but whosoever will be great
among you, let him be your minisEzek. 16:49. Behold, this was the ter: and whosoever will be chief iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, among you, let him be your servant: fulness of bread, and abundance of even as the Son of man came not to idleness.
be ministered unto, but to minister, Obad. 8. The pride of thy heart and to give his life a ransom for hath deceived thee.
many. Esth. 3:5. And when Haman saw 23: 8. But be not ye called Rabbi: that Mordecai bowed not, nor did for one is your Master, even Christ; him reverence, then was Haman full and all ye are brethren. And call of wrath. And he thought scorn to no man your father upon the earth: lay hands on Mordecai alone; for for one is your Father which is in they had showed him the people of heaven. Neither be ye called masMordecai: wherefore Haman sought ters: for one is your Master, even to destroy all the Jews that were Christ. But he that is greatest throughout the whole kingdom of among you, shall be your servant. Ahasuerus, even the people of Mor- And whosoever shall exalt himdecai.
self shall be abased; and he that 5: 12. Haman said moreover, shall humble himself shall be exYea, Esther the queen did let no alted. man come in with the king unto the LUKE 9: 48. Whosoever shall rebanquet that she had prepared but ceive this little child in my name, myself; and to-morrow am I invited receiveth me; and whosoever shall unto her also with the king. Yet receive me receiveth him that sent all this availeth me nothing, so long me: for he that is least among you as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at all, the same shall be great. the king's gate.
| 14:7. And he put forth a parable 1 Mat. 6:1. Take heed that ye do to those which were bidden, when not your alms before men, to be seen he marked how they chose out the of them: otherwise ye have no re- chief rooms; saying unto them, ward of your Father which is in When thou art bidden of any man to heaven. Therefore when thou do- a wedding, sit not down in the highest thine alms, do not sound a trum- est room, lest a more honorable man pet before thee, as the hypocrites do, than thou be bidden of him; and he in the synagogues, and in the streets, that bade thee and him come and that they may have glory of men. say to thee, Give this man place; Verily, I say unto you, 'They have and thou begin with share to také their reward. But when thou doest the lowest room. – 10. But when alms, let not thy left hand know thou art bidden, go and sit down in what thy right hand doeth; that the lowest room; that when he that thine alıns may be in secret: and thy bade thee cometh, he may say unto Father, which seeth in secret, hirn- thee, Friend, go up higher: then self shall reward thee openly: shalt thou have worship in the pres
20: 20. Then came to him the ence of them that sit at meat with mother of Zebedee's children, with thee. For whosoever exalteth himher sons, worshipping him, and de- self shall be abased, and he that siring a certain thing of him. And humbleth himself shall be exalted. he said unto her, What wilt thou? Then said he also to him that bade She saith unto him, Grant that these him, When thou makest a dinner or my two sons may sit, the one on thy a supper, call not thy friends, nor right hand, and the other on the left, thy brethren, neither thy kinsinen, in thy kingdom. - 24. And when nor thy rich neighbors; lest they also the ten heard it, they were moved bid thee again, and a recompense be with indignation against the two made thee. But when thou makest brethren. But Jesus called them a feast, call the poor, the maimed, unto him, and said, Ye know that the lame, the blind: and thou shalt the princes of the Gentiles exercise be blessed; for they cannot recomdominion over them, and they that pense thee: for thou shalt be recomare great exercise authority upon pensed at the resurrection of the them. But it shall not be so among just. And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these washed your feet; ye ought also to things, he said unto him, Blessed is wash one another's feet. For I he that shall eat bread in the king- have given you an example, that ye dom of God.
should do as I have done to you. 22: 24. And there was also a strife Verily, verily, I say unto you, The among them, which of them should
servant is not greater than his lord; be accounted the greatest. And he neither be that is sent greater than said unto them, The kings of the he that sent him. If ye know these Gentiles exercise lordship over them; things, happy are ye if ye do them. and they that exercise authority up- Acts 12: 21. Upon a set day, on them are called benefactors. But Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat ye shall not be so; but he that is upon his throne, and made an oragreatest among you, let him be as tion unto them.
And the people the younger; and he that is chief, as gave a shout, and said, it is the he that doth serve. For whether is voice of a god, and not of a man. greater, he that sitteth at meat, or And, immediately, the angel of the he that serveth? is not he that sit- Lord smote him, because he gave teth at meat? but I am among you not God the glory; and he was eaten as he that serveth. Ye are they of worms, and gave up the ghost. which have continued with me in Mat. 5: 3. Blessed are the poor my temptations; and I appoint unto in spirit. — 5. Blessed are the meek. you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat
1 Rom. 12: 3. For I say, through and drink at my table in my king- the grace given unto me, to every dom, and sit on thrones, judging the man that is among you, not to think twelve tribes of Israel.
of himself more highly than he
ought to think; but to think soberly, T John 13: 3. Jesus knowing that according as God hath dealt to every the Father had given all things into man the measure of faith. For as his hands, and that he was come we have many members in one from God, and went to God; he body, and all members have not the riseth from supper, and laid aside same office: so we, being many, are his garments; and took a towel, and one body in Christ, and every one girded himself. After that, he pour members one of another; having eth water into a basin, and began then gifts, differing according to the to wash the disciples' feet, and to grace that is given to us; whether wipe them with the towel where- prophecy, let us prophesy according with he was girded. Then cometh to the proportion of faith: or minishe to Simon Peter: and Peter saith try, let us wait on our ministering: unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my or he that teacheth, on teaching: or feet? Jesus answered and said un- he that exhorteth, on exhortation : to him, What I do thou knowest not he that giveth, let him do it with now; but thou shalt know hereafter. simplicity: he that ruleth, with diliPeter saith unto him, Thou shalt gence: he that showeth mercy, with never wash my feet.
cheerfulness. swered him, If I wash thee not, thou 1 Cor. 4: 6. That ye might learn hast no part with me. Simon Peter (in us not to think of men above that saith unto him, Lord, not my feet which is written, that no one of you only, but also iny hands and my be puffed up for one against another. head. Jesus saith to him, He that For who maketh thee to differ from is washed needeth not save to wash another? and what hast thou that his feet, but is clean every whit: and thou didst not receive? Now if thou ye are clean, but not all. For he didst receive it, why dost thou glory, knew who should betray him: there- as if thou hadst not received it? fore, said he, Ye are not all clean. Phil. 2: 3. Let nothing be done So after he had washed their feet, throngh strife or vain glory: but in and had taken his garments, and lowliness of mind, let each esteem was set down again, he said unto others better than themselves. - 5. them, Know ye what I have done to Let this mind be in you, which was you? Yecall me Master, and Lord: also in Christ Jesus, who, being in and ye say well; for so I am. If I the form of God, thought it not robthen, your Lord and Master, have 'bery to be equal with God, but made
himself of no reputation, and took Luke 16: 9. Make to yourselves upon him the form of a servant, and friends of the mammon of unrightwas made in the likeness of men; eousness; that when ye fail, they and being found in fashion as a receive
into everlasting man, he humbled himself, and be- habitations. He that is faithful in came obedient unto death, even the that which is least, is faithful also death of the cross.
in much; and he that is unjust in
the least, is unjust also in much. If | JAMES 2: 1. My brethren, have therefore, ye have not been faithful not the faith of our Lord Jesus in the unrighteous mammon, who Christ, the Lord of glory, with re- will commit to your trust the true spect of persons. For if there come riches ? And if ye have not been unto your assembly, a man with a faithful in that which is another gold ring, in goodly apparel, and man's, who shall give you that there come in also a poor man in which is your own? No servant vile raiment, and ye
respect can serve two masters: for either him that weareth the gay clothing, he will hate the one, and love the and say unto hin, Sit thou here in a other; or else he will hold to the good place; and say to the poor, one, and despise the other. Ye cạnStand thou there, or sit here under not serve God and mammon. my footstool, are ye not then partial Isa. 58: 10. And if thou draw out in yourselves, and are become judg- thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy es of evil thoughts? Hearken, my the afflicted soul; then shall thy light beloved brethren, hath not God rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be chosen the poor of this world rich in as the noon-day: and the Lord shall faith, and heirs of the kingdom guide thee continually, and satisfy which he hath promised to them thy soul in drought, and make fat that love him? but ye have despised thy bones: and thou shalt be like a
Do not rich men oppress watered garden, and like a spring of you, and draw you before the judg- water, whose waters fail not. And ment-seats? Do not they blaspheme they that shall be of thee shall build that worthy name by the which ye the old waste places: thou shalt raise are called? If ye fulfil the royal up the foundations of many generalaw according to the scripture, Thou tions; and thou shalt be called, The shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, repairer of the breach, The restorer ye do well; but if ye have respect to of paths to dwell in. persons, ye commit sin, and are Rom. 15: 25. But now I go unto convinced of the law as transgres- Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.
For whosoever shall keep the For it hath pleased them of Macewhole law, and yet offend in one donia and Achaia to make a certain point, he is guilty of all. For he contribution for the poor saints which that said, Do not commit adultery, are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased said also, Do not kill. Now, if them verily; and their debtors they thou commit no adultery, yet if thou are. For if the Gentiles have been kill, thou art become a transgressor made partakers of their spiritual of the law. So speak ye, and so do, things, their duty is also to minister as they that shall be judged by the unto them in carnal things. When law of liberty. For he shall have therefore I have performed this, and judgment without mercy that hath have sealed to them this fruit, I will showed no mercy; and mercy re- come by you into Spain. And I am joiceth against judgment,
sure that when I come unto you, I 4:6. God resisteth the proud, but shall come in the fullness of the blessgiv grace to the humble. — 10. ing the gospel of Christ. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift you up. 1 Cor. 16.1. Now concerning the
collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Ga
latia, even so do ye. Upon the first § 2. BENEVOLENCE.
day of the week let every one of you
lay by him in store, as God hath Mat. 5: 7. Blessed are the mer- prospered him, that there be no ciful: for they shall obtain mercy. gatherings when I come. And when
I come, whomsoever ye shall ap- | the Lord, but also in the sight of prove by your letters, them will I
men. — 24. Wherefore show ye to send to bring your liberality unto them, and before the churches, the Jerusalem. And if it be meet that proof of your love, and of our boastI go also, they shall go with me. ing on your behalf.
2 Cor. 3: 1. Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God T 9:1. For as touching the minisbestowed on the churches of Mace- tering to the saints, it is superfludonia ; how that in a great trial of ous for me to write to you : for I affliction, the abundance of their joy, know the forwardness of your mind, and their deep poverty, abounded for which I boast of you to them of unto the riches of their liberality : Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a for to their power, (I bear record,) year ago; and your zeal hath proyea, and beyond their power, they voked very many. Yet have I sent were willing of themselves; pray- the brethren, lest our boasting of you ing us with much entreaty, that we should be in vain in this behalf; would receive the gift, and take up- that, as I said, ye may be ready: on us the fellowship of the minister- lest haply if they of Macedonia come ing to the saints. And this they did, with me, and find you unprepared, not as we hoped, but first gave their we (that we say not, ye) should be own selves to the Lord, and unto us ashamed in this same confident boastby the will of God: insomuch that ing. Therefore I thought it neceswe desired Titus, that as he had be- sary to exhort the brethren, that they gun, so he would also finish in you, would go before unto you, and make the same grace also. Therefore, as up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye abound in every thing, in faith, ye had notice before, that the same and utterance, and knowledge, and might be ready, as a matter of bounin all diligence, and in your love to ty, and not as of covetousness. But us, see that ye abound in this grace this I say, He whic
soweth sparalso : I speak not by commandment, ingly, shall reap also sparingly; and but by occasion of the forwardness he which soweth bountifully, shall of others, and to prove the sincerity reap also bountifully. Every man of your love. For ye know the according as he purposeth in his grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that heart, so let him give; not grudgthough he was rich, yet for your ingly, or of necessity: sakes he became poor, that ye through
For God loveth a cheerful giver. his poverty might be rich: and herein I give my advice. For this is ex- And God is able to make all grace pedient for you, who have begun abound toward you ; that ye, always before, not only to do, but also to be having all sufficiency in all things, forward a year ago. Now therefore may abound to every good work: as perform the doing of it; that as there it is written, was a readiness to will, so there may
He hath dispersed abroad; be a performance also out of that He hath given to the poor :. which have. For if there be first His righteousness remaineth forever.
ye a willing mind, it is accepted ac- Now, he that ministereth 'seed to cording to that a man hath, and not the sower, both minister bread for according to that he hath not. For your food, and multiply your seed I mean not that other men be eased, sown, and increase the fruits of your and you burdened : but by an equal- righteousness; being enriched in ity, that now at this time your abun- every thing to all bountifulness, which dance may be a supply for their causeth through us thanksgiving to want, that their abundance also may God. For the administration of this be a supply for your want : that service not only supplieth the want there may be equality : as it is writ- of the saints, but is abundant also ten, He that had gathered much had by many thanksgivings unto God; nothing over; and he that had gath- while by the experiment of this minered little had no lack. — 20. Avoid istration they glorify God for your ing this, that no man should blame professed subjection to the gospel of us in this abundance which is ad- Christ, and for your liberal distribuministered by us : providing for hon- tion unto them, and unto all men ; est things, not only in the sight of and by their prayer
long after you, for the exceed-, communicate, forget not: for with ing grace of God in you. Thanks be such a sacrifice God is well pleasunto God for his unspeakable gift. ed.
Gal. 2: 10. Only they would that James 4: 17. Therefore, to him we remember the poor; the same that knoweth to do good and doth which I also was forward to do. it not, to him it is sin.
Deut. 14: 28. At the end of three 1 Phil. 2: 4. Look not every man years thou shalt bring forth all the on his own things ; but every man tithe of thine increase the same year, also on the things of others.
and shalt lay it up within thy gates ; 1 Tim. 6: 17. Charge them that and the Levite, (because he hath no are rich in this world, that they be part nor inheritance with thee,) and not high-minded, nor trust in uncer- the stranger, and the fatherless, and tain riches, but in the living God, the widow, which are within thy who giveth us richly all things to gates, shall come, and shall eat and enjoy; that they do good, that they be satisfied ; that the Lord thy God be rich in good works, ready to dis- may bless thee in all the work of tribute, willing to communicate, lay- thine hand which thou doest. ing up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, | 1 Pet. 4: 9. Use hospitality one that they may lay hold on eternal toward another, without grudging. life.
As every man hath received the gift, Phil. 4: 10. But I rejoiced in the so minister the same one to another, Lord greatly, that now at the last as good stewards of the manifold your care of me hath flourished grace of God. again ; wherein ye were also care- LUKE 12: 13. And one of the ful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not company said unto him, Master, that I speak in respect of want: for I speak to my brother, that he divide have learned, in whatsoever state I the inheritance with me. And he am,
therewith to be content. I know said unto him, Man, who made me a both how to be abased, and I know judge, or a divider over you? And how to abound: everywhere and in he said unto them, Take heed, and all things I am instructed both to be beware of covetousness: for a man's full and to be hungry, both to abound life consisteth not in the abundance and to suffer need: I can do all of the things which he possesseth. things through Christ which strength- Ps. 10: 3. 'The wicked blesseth eneth me. Notwithstanding, ye have the covetous, whom the Lord abhorwell done that ye did communicate reth. with my affliction. Now ye Philip- Isa. 57 : 17. For the iniquity of pians, know also, that in the begin- his covetousness was I wroth, and ning of the gospel, when I departed smote him. from Macedonia, no church commu- JER. 6: 12. Their houses shall be nicated with me as concerning giv- turned unto others, with their fields. ing and receiving, but ye only: for For from the least of them unto the even in Thessalonica ye sent once greatest, every one is given to covand again unto my necessity. Not etousness. because I desire a gift: but I desire Prov. 28: 8. He that by usury and fruit that may abound to your ac- unjust gain increaseth his substance, count. But I have all, and abound: he shall gather it for him who will I am full, having received of Epaph- pity the poor. roditus the things which were sent Mi. 2 : 1. Woe unto them ... they from you, an odor of a sweet smell, covet fields, and take them by vioa sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing lence. to God. But my God shall supply HAB. 2: 9. Woe to him that covall your need according to his riches eteth an evil covetousness to his in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto house, that he may set his nest on God and our Father be glory for- high. ever and ever! Amen.
Mar. 7: 22. From within, out of Hee. 13 : 2. Be not forgetful to the heart, proceed thefts, covetousentertain strangers, for thereby some
These defile the man. have entertained angels unawares. Eccl. 5: 10. He that loveth sil
13 : 16. To do good, and to ver shall not be satisfied with silver ;