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Tim. ii. 2. For kings, and for all that are in authority, &c. Ver. 3. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God.
CXI. Honour and respect to be shewn to their persons in words and
Exod. xxii. 28. Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ru ler of thy people. Acts xxiii. 5.
1 Sam. xxvi. 9. David said, destroy not Saul, the Lord's anointed. Ver. 11. Ch. xiv. 6, 7, 8.
Prov. xx. 2. The fear of a king, is as the roaring of a lion.
xxiv. 21. Fear thou the Lord and the king, and meddle not with them that are given to change.
Eccl. x. 20. Curse not the king, no not in thy thought.
1 Pet. ii. 17. Fear God, honour the king.
2 Pet. ii. 9. The Lord knoweth how to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished.
Ver. 10. But chiefly them that despise government, and are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
Jude ver. 8. These filthy dreamers despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Ver. 11. See Prov. xxv. 6, 7, 15. Eccl. viii. 4.
See the respectful behaviour of Nathan to David. 1 Kings i. 23, 24. Of Daniel to Darius. Dan. vi. 21. And of Paul to Agrippa. Acts xxvi. 1, 2, 3, Miriam and Aaron their disrespectful language to Moses. Numb. xii. 1, 2. Their punishment. Ver. 9, 10, 11.
CXII. Obedience to magistrates. Eccl. viii. 2. Keep the kings commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. See. Ezek. xvii.
12 to 20.
Ver. 5. He who keepeth the commandments, shall feel no evil thing.
Matt. xvii. 26. Jesus said, then are the children free.
Ver. 27. Notwithstanding lest we offend, give that piece of mor ney for me and thee.
xxii. 21. Render unto Cesar the things which are Cesar's. Rom. xiii. 1. Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. Ver. 5. Be subject not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. Ver. 7. Render to all their dues, tribute to whom tribute is due, &c. Tit. iii. 1. Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates.
1 Pet. ii. 13. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether it be to the king as supreme, or unto governors that are sent by him, for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well. See Deut. xvii. 11. Matt. xxiii, 2, 3. Prov. xxv. 15. Eccl. x. 4.
CXIII. Rebellion against, magistrates in lawful authority, the sin and punishment thereof.
Deut xvii. 12. The man that will not hearken unto the priest, or unto the jndge shall die.
Jos. i. 18. Whosoever will not hearken unto thy words, he shall be put to death.
Judges ii. 17. They would not hearken to their judges.
Ezra vii. 26. Whosoever will not do the law of God and of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death or to banishment, or to confiscations of goods, or to imprisonment. Ch. x. 6, 7, 8.
Rom. xiii. 2. Whosoever resisteth, resisteth the ordinance of God, and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
See the rebellion of Korah and his company. Numb. xvi. 1. &c. Of the Jews. Ezek. xvii. 12 to 20. See also Prov. xvi. 14, 15.-xix. 12.-xx. 2.
CXIV. Disobedience to magistrates a duty, when they abuse their power, by commanding things contrary to God's law. Instances. Exod. i. 15 to 20. The midwives in Egypt. 1 Sam. xiv. 45. Saul's army. Ch. xxii. 17. Saul's footmen. 2 Chron. xi. 16. Those which refused to worship Jeroboam's calves. Esther iii. 1, 2, 3.-v. 9. Mordecai.
Dan. iii. 15 to 18. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
Acts iv. 18, 19, 20. v. 27, 28, 29. The apostles.
Instances. 2 Sam. xxii. 18. 2 Kings xvii. 7, 8, 19. 1 Kings xii. 28.
MINISTERS OF CHRIST.
CXV. Ministers of Christ, their duties. The commission given to the apostles.
Matt. v. 1. Jesus's disciples came unto him.
Ver. 18. He said, ye are the salt of the earth, the light of the world. Ver. 14.
ix. 38. Pray the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth labourers. x. 5. These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them saying, Ver. 7. Go preach,
Ver. 8. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils.
Ver. 14. Whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
Ver. 15. Verily I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for the Jand of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city. Ver. 40.
xxviii. 18. Jesus said, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Ver. 19. Go ye therefore teach all nations, baptizing them, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
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. Amen.
Mark iii. 14. Jesus ordained twelve apostles, that they should be with him.
Ver. 15. And that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sickness, and to cast out devils. Ch. vi. 8. See Luke vi. 13.-ix. 1, 6.—x. 1, 16.-xxi. 15.
John xiii. 20. He that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me, xvii. 18. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. Ver. 6, 7, 8, 14, 26.
xx. 21. As my Father hath sent me, so send I you.
Acts i. 24. For filling Judas's place, the apostles prayed and said, thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whither of these two thou hast chosen, that he may take part of this ministry, &c. Ver. 25.
ix. 15. The Lord said of Paul, he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel. Ver. 17.
xiii. 2. The Holy Ghost said, separate me Barnabas and Saul, for the work whereunto I have called them.
xxii. 21. Paul said, Jesus said unto me, I will send thee far hence, unto the Gentiles.
xxvi. 16. Jesus said to Paul, I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness, both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee.
Ver. 17. Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom I now send thee.
Ver. 18. To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness unto light, and from the power of Satan unto God.
Rom. i. 1. Paul called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.
x. 14, 15. How shall they hear without a preacher, and how shall they preach except they be sent.
xv. 15. I have written the more boldly unto you, putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,
Ver. 16. That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, &c. 2 Tim. i. 11-ii. 7.
1 Cor. i. 17. Paul said, Christ sent me to preach the gospel. Ver. 27. iv. 1. Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Ver. 2. Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful.
ix. 17. A dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
1 Cor. xi. 23. Paul said, I have received of the Lord that which I delivered unto you.
xv. 3. I delivered unto you, that which I received, how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures.
2 Cor. iii. 5. Our sufficiency is of God. 1 Tim. i. 12.
Ver. 6. Who hath made us able ministers of the New Testament. iv. 7. We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excel
lency of the power may be of God and not of us. Ver. 1.
v. 18. God hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. Ver. 20. We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did be seech you by us, we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye. reconciled to God.
xii. 1. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
Gal. i. 1. Paul an apostle (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father.) 1 Tim. i. 1.
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 Spit it'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 thce, thou hast gained thy brother;
Ver. 16. If he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two
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.
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.
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