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A Time of Enjoyment - A Contrast to other Times. overflow with wine and oil. 25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, and the caterpiller, and the palmer-worm, my great army, which I sent among you. 26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. - 3: 18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim. [Is. 25: 6; and 35th entire, and 41: 18.] [See 446.] 445. Millennium a time of enjoyment.
Is. 25: 8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. — 35: 10 The ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall fiee away.—52:9 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem : for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. — 65: 18 Be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. 19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying." Zep. 3: 14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel ;
be glad, and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem 15 The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the King of Israel, even the LORD, is in the inidst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.
16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion. Let not thy hands be slack. 17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing 446. Millennium a contrast to previous times.
Is. 11: 6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat
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straw like the ox. 8 And the suckling child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den. — 40: 4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: 5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken il. — 41: 18 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. 19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah-tree, and the myrtle, and the oil-tree: I will set in the desert the fir-tree, and the pine, and the box-tree together: 20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.-- 55: 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtletree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. — 65: 25. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. [Ls. 35: 6, 7 Ezk. 47: 8, 9. Ac 3: 21.]
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447. Design and use of the Christian ministry.
Jer. 3: 15 I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. 15: 19 If thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth.
Ezk. 3: 17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
Mat. 5: 13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted ? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
Ac. 26: 17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 18 To
eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Rom. 10: 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard ? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent ? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! [Is. 52: 7.]
1 Cor. 1: 21 After that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
2 Cor. 1: 24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for hy faith ye stand. — 5: 20 We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Ep. 4: 11 He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. [1 Tim. 3: 1. Heb. 13:17.] [See 101.]
448. Ministers divinely appointed and qualified.
Is. 62: 6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord keep not silence.
Mal. 2: 7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
Lk. 10: 1 After these things, the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city, and place, whither he himself would come. 2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.
Ac. 20: 24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my
life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock over the which the lloly Ghost bath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. - 26: 16 Rise and stand upon thy feet: for I liave appeared upto thee for this purpose to make thee a minister and a wit
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ness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee: 17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Rom. 12: 6 Having then gifts, differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy, according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching: 8 Or le that exhorteth, on exhortation.
1 Cor. 1: 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel.
2 Cor. 5: 18 All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
Col. 4: 17 Say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
1 Tim. 1: 12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.
Tit. 1: 3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me, according to the commandment of God our Saviour. [1 Cor. 12: 7–11.] [See 480., 449. Call to preach the gospel.
1 Cor. 9: 16 Though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon nie; yea, wo is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
Gal. 1: 15 When it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.
Heb. 5: 4 No man taketh this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. 450. Ordination of ministers.
Mk. 3: 14 He ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.
Ac. 13: 2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul, for the work whereunto I have called them. 3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent tremo
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away. – 14: 23 When they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
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.
Tit. 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee. [See 401.] 451. Oriental priesthood.
Gen. 47: 22 Only the land of the priests bought he not ; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them; wherefore they sold not their lands.
Ex. 3: 1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-inlaw, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the back side of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. -152. Primitire mode of preaching.
Ac. 17: 2 Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath-days reasoned with them out of the scriptures.
1 Cor. 2: 4 My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit, and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
2 Cor. 3: 12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech. — 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 eraftiness, 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. [See 447, 458, 461.] 453. Ministerial qualifications.
1 Tim. 3: 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach ; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient; not a brawler; not covetous ; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity ; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall be take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must