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Duty to be inoffensive - To sear not man.
Tit. 2:1 Speak thou the things which become sound doctrine.
1 Pet. 4: 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ; to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. [See 48, 05, 188, 279, 430, 462.]
459. Duty to be properly inoffensive.
Mat. 17: 27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up: and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money; that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
Rom. 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weal.
1 Cor. 9: 19 Though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak : I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. — 10: 32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God. 33 Even as I please all men in all thinys, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
2 Cor. 6: 3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses.
2 Tim. 2:24 The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all inen. [See 67, 135.] 460. Duty to fear not man — boldness exemplified.
Jer. 1: 7 The Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child : for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith LORD. 17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. 18 For behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and
Duty to expose and reprove sin.
against the people of the land. 19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.
Ezk. 2: 6 Thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither he afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thec, and thou dost dwell among scorpions : be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
Ac. 4: 13 When they saw the boldness of Peter and Jolin, and perceived that they were unlearned and igngrant men, they marvelled ; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. 18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all, nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. 29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings; and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word. -6: 10 They were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.
- 9: 29 He spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians : but they went about to slay him. — 18: 9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: 10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee, to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. — 19:8 He went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
Ph. 1: 20 According to my earnest expectation, and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also, Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.' [See 134, 659.]
461. Erposing sins, and reproving transgressors required and exemplified.
1 S. 13: 13 Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly : thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue. 2 S. 12: 7 Nathan said to David, Thou art the man.
1 K. 18: 17 It came to pass when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? 18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye bave forsaken the conmandnients
Duty to distinguish.
of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim. -- 21: 20 Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.
Is. 58: 1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
Ezk. 16: 2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem ho know her abominations.
Mic. 3: 8 Truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
Ac. 2: 23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain. - 7: 51 Ye stiff-necked, and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost : as your fathers did, so do ye. 52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted ? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers; 53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
1 Tim. 5: 20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
2 Tim. 4: 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.
Tit. 1:10 There are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially they of the circumcision: 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. 13 This witness is true: wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith. [See 610, 611.] 462. Duty to distinguish saints from sinners.
Jer. 15: 19 If thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them. 20 And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brazen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord.
Ezk. 44: 23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern betwcen the unclean and the clean. 24 And in controversy they
Duty to pray, watch, etc.
shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments.
Mal. 3: 18 Then shall ye reutrn and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. [See 458, 615.]
463. The duties of praying, wricing and visiting required and exemplified — negligence rgproced.
1 $. 12: 23 As for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way.
Jer. 23: 2 Thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings saith the Lord.
Joel 2: 17 Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
Mat. 25: 42 I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: 1 was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink : 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Ac. 20:31 Watch, and remember, that by the space of three
years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
Rom. 1: 9 God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers.
2 Cor. 11: 2 I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. — 12: i 4 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you ; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you ; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
Gal. 4: 19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, 20 I desire to be present with
you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt Ph. 1: 3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first
Entire devotion enjoined.
any until now ; 8 For God is my record, how greatly I long After you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
Col. 1: 9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do noi cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding ; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God: 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness : 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom ; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. — 4: 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
1 Th. 2: 6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, ever as a nurse cherisheth her children: 8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you. not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. 9 For ye remember, brethren, our labor and travail : for laboring night and day, because we woulo not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. 10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily, and justly, and unblamably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: 11 As ye know how we 'exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, 12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. [1 Th. 3: 7-10.] 464. Entire devotion to the calling required and exemplifinn.
Lk. 9: 59 He said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
Ac. 6: 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave ihe word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Hely Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this busi