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Gal. i. 15. It pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb,

Ver. 16. And called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen.

Eph. iii. 7. I was made a minister of the gospel according to the gift of the grace of God, given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Col. i. 23, 25.

Gal. i. 11, 12. Neither was I taught the gospel but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Eph. iv. 11. He gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

Ver. 12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. 1 Cor. xii. 28.

Heb. xiii. 7. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God. Phil. ii. 12.

Rev. i. 11. What thou seest write in a book, and send it to the seven churches. See the Spirit's influences upon the apostles.


CXVI. Power committed to the apostles. Matt. xviii. 18. Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven. Ch. xvi. 19. John xx. 23. Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted, and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained.

1 Cor. ix. 18. I abuse not my power in the gospel.

2 Cor. i. 24. Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy.

x. 8. Our authority the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for destruction.

1 Pet. v. 3. Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

CXVII. Excommunication. Matt. xviii. 15. If thy brother trespass against thee, go tell him his fault between thee and him alone: If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother;

Ver. 16. If he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or twe


Ver. 17. And if he neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church, but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

Rom. xvi. 17. Mark them which cause divisions, contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them.

1 Cor. v. I. It is reported that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.

Ver. 3. I have judged concerning him that hath done this deed. Ver. 4. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ver. 5. To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

Ver. 11. I have written to you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother, be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a

railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such an one, no not to eat. 1 Cor. v. 13. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

2 Cor. ii. 6. Sufficient to such a man is the punishment inflicted of many. Jude ver. 22.

2 Thess. iii. 6. Withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly.

Ver. 14. If any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him that he may be ashamed.

2 John ver. 10. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine (of Christ) receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. See Lev. x. 10. Put a difference between the holy and profane, and Deut. xvii. 12. Ezek. xxii. 26.—xliv. 23.

For persons unjustly excommunicated and hated, see suffering for religion; and supports of ministers, and others, under sufferings for religion.

CXVIII. None may intrude into the ministerial office. Numb. xviii. 7. The Lord said, I have given your priests office unto you, as a service of gift.

Ver. 32. Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin and die.

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Deut. x. 8. The Lord separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to stand before the Lord, and to minister unto him, and to bless in his name. Ch. xxi. 5.

Jer. xxiii. 21. I have not sent these prophets yet they ran.
Ver. 30. I am against the prophets, saith the Lord.
xix. 31. I sent him not, he caused you to trust in a lie.

John x. 1. He that cometh not in by the door, is a thief and a robber.

Rom. x. 15. How shall they preach except they be sent.
Phil. i. 15. Some preach Christ even of envy.

Heb. v. 4. No man taketh this honour to himself, but he that is called of God as was Aaron. See the punishment of intrusion into the priest's office upon Korah and his company. Numb. xvi. ver. 1 to 36. Upon king Saul. I Sam. xiii. ver. 13 to 16. Upon Uzziah. 2 Chron. xxvi. 16 to 22.

CXIX. Teaching truth, the duty of ministers. Exod. xviii. 20. Thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work they must do.

xxiv. 12. The Lord said unto Moses, I will give thee a law and commandments which I have written that thou mayest teach them. Lev. x. 10. Take heed that ye put a difference between the holy and unholy, and between the clean and the unclean. Ezek. xliv. 23. Ver. 11. And teach the children of Isreal the statutes which the Lord hath spoken unto them. Deut. iv. 14.-v. 31.—vi. 1.—xxxi. 19, Deut. xxxiii. 10. The children of Levi shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy Law. 2 Kings xvii. 28. 2 Chron. xxx. 22.xvii. 9. Ezra vii. 10.

1 Sam. xii. 23. Samuel said, I will teach you the good and the right way.

Neh. viii. 8. The Levites read in the book of the law of God dis


stinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. See ver. 5, 6.

Isa. viii. 20. To the law and to the testimony, &c.

xxviii. 10. Precept must be upon precept, line upon line, here a little and there a little.

1. 4. The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned that I should know how to speak a word to him that is weary.

Isa. li. 16. I have put my words in thy mouth, and have concealed thee in the hollow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion thou art my people. Jer. i. 9.

Iviii. 1. Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Ezek. xvi. 2. Cause Jerusalem to know her abominations.

xx. 4. Cause them to know the abominations of their fathers. Jer. iii. 15. I will give your pastors according to mine own heart that shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

xiii. 28. The prophet that hath a dream let him tell a dream, and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully, what is the chaff to the wheat, saith the Lord?

Ver. 29. Is not my word like as a fire, saith the Lord, and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Ch. xx. 9.

Ezek. ii. 7. Then thou shalt speak my words unto them whether they will hear or whether they will forbear.

iii. 17. I have made thee a watch-man unto the house of Israel, therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning.

Ezek. iii. 18. When I say unto the wicked, thou shalt surely die, and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, he shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at thy hand.

Ver. 19. If thou warn the wicked and he turn not from his wickedness, he shall die in his iniquity, but thou hast delivered thy soul. Hab. ii. 1.

xvi. 2. Cause Jerusalem to know her abominations.

Hos. viii. 1. Set the trumpet to thy mouth.

Mic. iii. 8. 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.

Mal. ii. 7. The priest's lips should preserve knowledge, and the people should ask the law at his mouth, for he is the messenger of

the Lord of hosts.

xiii. 52. Every scribe instructed into the kingdom of heaven is like an housholder that bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

Matt. xxviii. 19. Go ye, and teach all nations.

Ver. 20, Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and lo. I am with you always even unto the end of the world.

John xxi. 15. Lo Jesus said to Peter, feed my lambs, feed my sheep..

Acts v. 42. Daily in the temple and in every house the apostles ceased not to teach and to preach Jesus Christ.

vi. 4. The apostles said, we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

xvi. 21. When they had preached the gospel and taught many, they returned again,

Ver. 22. Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith.

xvi. 40. Paul and Silas comforted the brethren and departed. xviii. 6. Paul said, I am free from the blood of all men.

xx. 17. Paul called the elders of the church of Ephesus.

Ver. 18. And said, ye know after what manner I have been with you at all seasons.

Ver. 19. Serving the Lord with all humility.

Ver. 20. I kept back nothing that was profitable, unto you.
Ver. 24. I have testified the gospel of the grace of God.

Acts xx. 26. I take you to record that I am pure from the blood of all men. Ch. xviii. 6. Ezek. iii. 17.

Ver. 27. I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

Ver. 28. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers (or bishops) to feed the church of God.

Ver. 31. Watch, and remember that I ceased not to warn every man night and day with tears.

xxviii. 31. Paul continued preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things that concern the Lord Jesus with all confidence.

Rom. xii. 7. Let us wait on ministering, on teaching, on exhortation. xv. 16. Ministering the gospel of the grace of God.

xvi. 12. Tryphena, and Tryphosa, and Persis, laboured much in the Lord.

1 Cor. iii. 9. We are labourers together with God.

Ver. 10. According to the grace of God given unto me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation.

Ver. 11. Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. See to ver. 15.

1 Cor. iv. 1. Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Ver. 2. Morcover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. Ver. 4. 1 Pet. iv. 10.

Ver. 14. As my beloved sons I warn you.

ix. 16. Though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of, for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel.

xiv. 3. He that prophesieth (i. e. preacheth) speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

xv. 10. I laboured more abundantly than they all, yet not I but the grace of God which was with me.

xvi 10. Timotheus worketh the work of the Lord as I also do. 2 Cor. vi. 10. We then as workers together with God beseech you, that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

ii. 17. We are not as many which corrupt the word of God, but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. 2 Cor. iv. 2. We have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, not handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every mans's conscience in the sight of God.

v. 19. God hath committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Ver. 20. Now then 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.

Eph. vi. 21. Tychicus a beloved brother, and faithful minister in the Lord. Col. iv. 7.

Phil. ii. 16. Holding forth the word of life, &c.

Col. i. 28. Christ whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom, that he may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

iv. 17. Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

1 Thess. ii. 3. Our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of unrighteousness, nor in guile.

Ver. 9. Labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto you, we preached the gospel of God.

Ver. 11. Ye know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you (as a father doth his children.)

iv. 1. We beseech and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and please God, so ye would abound more and more.

2 Thess. iii 12. We command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ that with quietness they work and eat their own blood.

1 Tim. i. 3. Charge some that they teach none other doctrine. Ver. 4. Neither give heed to fables, and endless genealogies, which minister questions rather than godly edifying, which is in faith. Ch. vi. 4, 5. 2 Tim. ii. 14, 16. Ch. iv. 4. Tit. i. 14.-iii. 9.

ii. 7. I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. 2 Tim. i. 11.

iv. 6. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine.

Ver. 11. These things command and teach.

Ver. 16. Take heed unto thyself and to thy doctrine. Ver. 13. v. 17. Labour in the word and doctrine.

Ver. 20. Them that sin, rebuke before all, that others may fear. Ver. 21. Observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

Ver. 22. Lay hands suddenly on no man. Ch. iii. 2 to 10. Tit. i. 6 to 10.

vi. 2. These things teach and exhort.

Ver. 3. If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness,

Ver. 4. He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions, &c.

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