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2 Tim. 3: 1. In the last days per- | vice, because they are faithful and ilous times shall come; for men shall beloved, partakers of the benefit. be lovers of their own selves... These things teach and exhort. disobedient to parents ... without natural affection.
1 If any man teach otherwise, and
consent not to wholesome words, III. Master and Servant. even the words of our Lord Jesus
Christ, and to the doctrine which is Mar. 10: 24. The disciple is not ccording to godliness; he is proud, above his master; nor the servant knowing nothing, but doting about above his Lord. (Luke 6: 40.) questions and strifes of words,
John 13: 13. Ye call me Master whereof cometh envy, strife, railand Lord; and ye say well, for so I ings, evil surmisings, perverse dispu
If I then, your Lord and tings of men of corrupt minds, and Master, have washed your feet, ye destitute of the truth, supposing that also ought to wash one another's' gain is godliness; from such withfeet. For I have given you an ex- draw thyself. ample, that ye should do as I have TITUS 2:9. Exhort servants to be done unto you.
obedient unto their own masters, Eph. 6:5. Servants, be obedient and to please them well in all things, to them that are your masters ac- not answering again, not purloincording to the flesh, with fear and ing, but showing all good fidelity; trembling, in singleness of your that they may adorn the doctrine of heart, as unto Christ; not with eye- God our Savior in all things. service, as men-pleasers; but as the Philem. 8. . Wherefore, though servants of Christ, doing the will of I might be much bold in Christ to God, from the heart: with good will enjoin thee that which is convenient, doing service, as to the Lord, and yet for love's sake I rather beseech not to men: knowing that whatso- thee, being such a one as Paul the ever good thing any man doeth, the aged, and now also a prisoner of same shall he receive of the Lord, | Jesus Christ: I beseech thee for my whether he be bond or free. And, son Onesimus, whom I have begotye masters, do the same things unto ten in my bonds: which in time past them, forbearing threatening:know- was to thee unprofitable, but now ing that your Master also is in profitable to thee and to me: whom heaven: neither is there respect of I have sent again: thou therefore persons with him.
receive him, that is, mine own bowCOL. 3: 22. Servants, obey in all els. Whom I would have retained things your masters according to the with me, that in thy stead he might flesh; not with eye-service, as men- have ministered unto me in the pleasers; but in singleness of heart, bonds of the gospel: but without thy fearing God: and whatsoever ye do, mind would I do nothing; that thy do it heartily, as to the Lord, and benefit should not be as it were of not unto men: knowing that of the necessity, but willingly. For perLord ye shall receive the reward of haps he therefore departed for a the inheritance: for ye serve the season, that thou shouldest receive Lord Christ. But he that doeth him forever; not now as a servant, wrong, shall receive for the wrong but above a servant, a brother bewhich he hath done: and there loved, especially to me, but how is no respect of persons.
much more unto thee, both in the 4: 1. Masters, give unto your ser- / flesh, and in the Lord ? If thou vants that which is just and equal: count me therefore a partner, receive knowing that ye also have a Master him as myself. in heaven.
Heb. 13: 3. Remember them that 1 Tim.6: 1. Let as many servants are in bonds as bound with them; as are under the yoke count their and them that suffer adversity, as own masters worthy of all honor, being yourselves also in the body. that the name of God and his doc- 1 PETER 2: 18. Servants, be subtrine be not blasphemed. And they ject to your masters with all fear; that have believing masters, let them not only to the good and gentle, but not despise them, because they are also to the froward. For this is brethren; but rather do them ser- thankworthy, if a man for conscience
toward God endure grief, suffering | king, as supreme; or unto governors, wrongfully.
as unto them that are sent by him Luke 17:7. Which of you, hav- for the punishment of evil-doers, ing a servant plowing or feeding and for the praise of them that do cattle, will say to him by and by, well: (for so is the will of God, that when he is come from the field, Go with well-doing ye may put to siand sit down to meat? And will lence the ignorance of foolish men;) not rather say unto him, Make as free, and not using your liberty ready wherewith I may sup, and for a cloak of maliciousness, but as afterward thou shalt eat and drink. the servants of God. Honor all men.
Love the brotherhood. Fear God.
2 PETER 2:9. The Lord knoweth
how to reserve the unjust to the day § 3. CIVIL RELATIONS.
of judgment to be punished: but
chiefly them that despise govern1. Subject to Rulers.
ment, and are not afraid to speak
evil of diguities. Rom. 13:1. Let every soul be sub-Mat. 22: 21. Render unto Cæsar ject unto the higher powers. For the things that are Cæsar's. there is no power but of God: the · Ezra 7: 26. Whosoever will not powers that be are ordained of God. do the law of God and of the king; Whosoever therefore resisteth the let judgment be executed speedily power, resisteth the ordinance of upon him; whether it be unto death, God: and they that resist shall re- or to banishment, or to confiscation ceive to themselves damnation. For of goods, or to imprisonment. rulers are not
to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou Duty, when the demands of Rulers conthen not be afraid of the power? do trovert the Will or Law of God. that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: for he is Esth. 3: 2. All the king's serthe minister of God to thee for good. | vants, that were in the king's gate, But if thou do that which is evil, be bowed and reverenced Haman, for afraid; for he beareth not the sword the king had so commanded; but in vain: for he is the minister of Mordecai bowed not, nor did him God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Where- Dan. 3:18. Be it known unto thee, fore ye must needs be subject, not O king, that we will not serve thy only for wrath, but also for con- gods, nor worship thy golden imscience' sake. For, for this cause age, which thou hast set up. pay ye tribute also: for they are 6:10. When Daniel knew that the God's ministers, attending continu- writing was signed, he went into his ally upon this very thing. Render house, and his windows being open therefore to all their dues: tribute in his chamber toward Jerusalem, to whom tribute is due; custom to he kneeled down and prayed, and whom custom; fear to whom fear; gave thanks before his God, as he honor to whom honor.
did aforetiine. Titus 3: 1. Put them in mind to Acts 4: 19. Peter and John anbe subject to principalities and pow. swered and said unto them, Whether ers, to obey magistrates, to be ready it be right in the sight of God to to every good work, to speak evil hearken unto men more than unto of no man, to be no brawlers, but God, judge ye. gentle, showing all meekness unto 5: 29. We ought to obey God all men.
For we ourselves also rather than men. were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and Is. Duty of Rulers. pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. Deut. 1: 16. Judge righteously
between every man and his brother, T 1 Pet. 2: 13. Submit yourselves and the stranger that is with yqu. to every ordinance of man for the 25:1. They shall justify the rightLord's sake: whether it be to the eous and condemn the wicked.
lors away spoiled, and maketh the Prov. 20:28. The king's throne judges fools. He looseth the bond is upholden by mercy.
of kings, and girdeth their loins 29: 14. The king that faithfully with a girdle. — 21. He poureth conjudgeth the poor, his throne shall be tempt upon princes. established forever.
34: 19. He accepteth not the perIsa. 1: 17. Relieve the oppressed; son of princes, nor regardeth the judge the fatherless.
rich more than the poor. — 24. He 2 Sam. 23: 3. He that ruleth over shall break in pieces mighty men men must be just, ruling in the fear without number, and set others in of God.
their stead. Isa. 10:1. Woe unto them that de- Ps. 75: 7. God is the judge, he cree uprighteous decrees; and that putteth down one and setteth up anwrite grievousness which they have other. prescribed, to turn aside the needy 76: 12. He shall cut off the spirit from judgment, and to take away of princes, he shall be terrible to the the right from the poor of my peo- kings of the earth. ple; that widows may be their prey,
82: 1. God standeth in the congreand that they may rob the father- gation of the righteous; he judgeth less: and what will ye do in the day | among the gods. of visitation ?
Isa. 40: 23. He bringeth the Deut. 1:17. Ye shall not respect princes to nothing, he maketh the persons in judgment; ye shall not be judges of the earth as vanity. afraid of the face of man.
Acts 13: 20. After that he gave unto
to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose
nations before him, — 5. I girded III. Consequences of perverting Judg- thee, though thou hast not known ment.
JER. 21: 4. Thus saith the LORD, Ps. 12: 8. The wicked walk on I will turn back the weapons of war every side, when the vilest men are in your hands. – 7. I will deliver exalted.
Zedekiah, king of Judah, and all Prov. 28: 15. As a roaring lion this people into the hand of Nebuand a raging bear, so is a wicked chadnezzar. ruler over a poor people. — 16. The 27:6. I have given all these lands prince that wanteth understanding, into the hand of Nebuchadnezis a great oppressor.
zar, king of Babylon, my ser29: 2. When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Ps. 107:40. He poureth contempt Eccl.3:12. If a ruler hearken to upon princes, and causeth them to lies, all his servants are wicked. wander in the wilderness, where
10: 16. Woe unto thee, O land, there is no way. when thy king is a child.
4: 13. Better is a poor and wise child than an old and foolish king, that will no more be admonished.
Amos 6:12. Ye have turned judg
clared to be the epistle of Christ § 4. CONSECRATION TO CHRIST AND
ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living
God. 1. Supreme Devotion.
II. Property devoted to Christ. Mat. 6: 33. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. LUKE 19: 12. A certain nobleman
7:13. Enter ye in at the strait went into a far country to receive gate: for wide is the gate, and broad for himself a kingdom, and to return. is the way, that leadeth to destruc- | And he called his ten servants, and tion, and many there be which go in delivered them ten pounds, and said thereat: because, strait is the gate, unto them, Occupy till I come. But and narrow is the way, which leads his citizens hated him, and sent a eth unto life, and few there be that message after him, saying, We will find it.
not have this man to reign over us. 13: 44. Again: The kingdom of And it came to pass, that when he heaven is like unto treasure hid in was returned, having received the a field: the which when a man hath kingdom, then he commanded these found, he hideth, and for joy thereof servants to be called unto him, to goeth and selleth all that he hath, whom he bad given the money, that and buyeth that field.
he might know how much every man Again: 'The kingdom of heaven is bad gained by trading. Then came like unto a merchantman seeking the first, saying, Lord, thy pound goodly pearls, who, when he had hath gained ten pounds. And he found one pearl of great price, went said unto him, Well, thou good serand sold all that he had, and bought vant: because thou hast been faithit.
ful in a very little, have thou author5: 13. Ye are the salt of the earth: ity over ten cities. And the second but if the salt have lost his savor, came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath wherewith shall it be salted? it is gained five pounds. And he said thenceforth good for nothing, but to likewise to him, Be thou also over be cast out and to be trodden under five cities. foot of men. Ye are the light of the 18: 18. And a certain ruler asked world. A city that is set on a hill him, saying, Good Master, what cannot be hid. Neither do men shall I do to inherit eternal life? light a candle, and put it under a And Jesus said unto him, Why callbushel, but on a candlestick: and it est thou me good? none is good, save giveth light unto all that are in the one, that is God. Thou knowest house. Let your light so shine be- the commandments, Do not commit fore men, that they may see your adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, good works, and glorify your Father Do not bear false witness, Honor which is in heaven.
thy father and thy mother. And he 1 Cor. 9: 24. Know ye not, that said, All these bave I kept from my they which run in a race, run all, youth up. Now when Jesus heard but one receiveth the prize ? So these things, he said unto him, Yet run, that ye may obtain. And every lackest thou one thing: sell all that man that striveth for the mastery is thou hast, and distribute unto the temperate in all things. Now they poor, and thou shalt have treasure do it to obtain a corruptible crown; in heaven: and come, follow me. but we an incorruptible. I there- And when he heard this, he was fore so run, not as uncertainly; so very sorrowful: for he was very rich. fight I, not as one that beateth the And when Jesus saw that he was air: but I keep under my body, and very sorrowful, he said, How hardly bring it into subjection: Iest that by shall they that have riches enter inany means when I have preached to to the kingdom of God! For it is others, I myself should be a cast- easier for a camel to go through a away.
needle's eye, than for a rich man to 2 Cor. 3: 2. Ye are our epistle enter into the kingdom of God. And written in our hearts, known and they that heard it, said, Who then read of all men ...manifestly de- can be saved? And he said, The
things which are impossible with Acts 5: 41. And they departed men, are possible with God.
from the presence of the council,
rejoicing that they were counted T 1 Tim. 6: 6. But godliness with worthy to suffer shame for his name: contentment is great gain. For we and daily, in the temple, and in brought nothing into this world, and every house, they ceased not it is certain we can carry nothing teach and preach Jesus Christ. out. And having food and raiment, 20: 17. And from Miletus he sent let us be therewith content. But
to Ephesus, and called the elders of they that will be rich fall into temp- the church. And when they were tation, and a snare, and into many come to him, he said unto them, Ye foolish and hurtful lusts, which know, from the first day that I came drown men in destruction and per-into Asia, after what manner I have dition. For the love of money is been with you at all seasons, serving the root of all evil: which while the Lord with all humility of mind, some coveted after, they have erred and with many tears and temptafrom the faith, and pierced them- tions, which befel me by the lying selves through with many sorrows.
in wait of the Jews, and how I kept James 1: 9. Let the brother of back nothing that was profitable unlow degree rejoice in that he is ex- to you, but have showed you, and alted: but the rich, in that he is have taught you publicly, and from made low: because as the flower of house to house, testifying both to the grass he shall pass away. For the Jews, and also to the Greeks, the sun is no sooner risen with a
repentance toward God, and faith burning heat, but it withereth the toward our Lord Jesus Christ. And grass, and the flower thereof falleth, now behold, I go bound in the spirit and the grace of the fashion of it unto Jerusalem, not knowing the perisheth: so also shall the rich man things that shall befal me there: fade away in his ways.
save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth 5: 1. Go to now ye rich men, in every city, saying, That bonds weep and howl for your miseries and afflictions abide me. But that shall come upon you.
Your none of these things move me, neiriches are corrupted, and your ther count I my life dear unto mygarments are moth eaten. Your self, so that I might finish my course gold and silver is cankered: and the with joy, and the ministry which I rust of them shall be a witness have received of the Lord Jesus, to against you, and shall eat your flesh testify the gospel of the grace of as it were fire. Ye have heaped God. And now, behold, I know that treasure together for the last days. ye all, among whom I have gone Behold the hire of the laborers, who preaching the kingdom of God, shall have reaped down your fields, which see my face no more. Wherefore I is, of you kept back by fraud crieth, take you to record this day, that I and the cries of them which have am pure from the blood of all men, reaped are entered into the ears of for I have not shunned to declare the Lord of Sabaoth. Ye have lived
unto you all the counsel of God. in pleasure on the earth, and been Take heed therefore unto yourselves, wanton ; ye have nourished your and to all the flock over the which hearts as in a day of slaughter. the Holy Ghost hath made you over
seers, to feed the church of God, III. Personal Effort. which he hath purchased with his
own blood. For I know this, that John 1:40. One of the two which after my departing shall grievons heard John speak and followed him, wolves enter in among you, not was Andrew ... he first findeth his sparing the flock. Also of your own own brother Simon, and saith unto selves shall men arise, speaking perhim, We have found the Messias. ... verse things to draw away disciples And he brought him to Jesus. ...Je- after them. sus findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Philipfindetb | 'Therefore watch; and rememNathanael and saith unto him, We ber, that by the space of three years have found him of whom Moses, in I ceased not to warn every one night the law, and the prophets did write, and day with tears.