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1 Tim. ii. 2. The things which thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
Ver. 15. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Ver. 25. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves. iv. 2. Preach the word, be instant in season, and out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. Tit. i. 13. Ver. 5. Watch in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Tit. i. 9. By sound doctrine convince gainsayers.
ii. 1. Speak the things that become sound doctrine.
Ver. 7. In doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity.
Ver. 15. Those things speak and exhort and rebuke with all authority.
Heb. x. 11. Every priest standeth daily ministering.
xiii. 17. Ministers watch for souls, as they that must give an ac
1 Pet. v. 1. Feed the flock of God, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint but willingly, not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind. iv. 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.
2 Pet. i. 12. I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of those things, though ye knew them, and be established in the present truth.
Ver. 13. I think it my duty to stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance. Ch. iii. 1.
Ver. 15. I will endeavour, that after my decease, ye may have these things always in remembrance. Phil. iii. 1.
1 John i. 3. That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you. Jude ver. 3. It was needful that I should write to you, and exhort you. CXX. The good effects of preaching. Matt. xii. 41. The man of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonas. Jonah iii. 2, 5.
Acts ii. 41. At Peter's sermon there were added to the church about three thousand souls.
xxi. 19. Paul declared what things God had wrought by his ministers among the Gentiles.
Ver. 20. And the brethren glorified God.
1 Cor. i. 21. It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
iii. 5. Who is Paul, or who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man.
CXXI. A good ministry promised. 1 Sam. ii. 35. I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart, and in my mind.
Isa. xxx. 20. Though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers.
Ver. 21. And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee saying, this is the way, walk ye in it.
Jer. iii. 15. I will give you pastors according to mine own heart that shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
xxiii. 4. I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord. Isa. Ixii. 6.
CXXII. Faithful ministry. Promises to them and prayers for them. Deut. xxxiii. 8. Let thy Urim and thy Thummimbe with thy holyones. Ver. 11. Of Levi, bless, Lord, his substance and accept the work of his hands, smite through the loins of them that rise up against him. Ps. cxv. 12. The Lord hath been mindful of us, he will bless the house of Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron. Ps. cxxxv. 19, cxxxii. 13. The Lord hath chosen Zion.
Ver. 16. I will clothe her priests with salvation, &c.
Isa. xlix. 4. I said I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain, yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.
Jer. xv. 19. Thus saith the Lord, 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.
xxxi. 14. I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.
Jer. xxxiii. 20. If you can break my covenant of the day, and of the night,
Ver. 21. Then may also my covenant be broken with the Levites, the priests, my ministers.
Ezek. xliv. 15. The priests that kept my charge when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come unto me and minis
ter unto me.
Dan. xii. 3. They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever. Prov. xi. 30. James v. 20.
Matt. v. 19. Whosoever shall do and teach these commandments, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Luke xii. 42. Who then is that faithful and wise steward whom his Lord shall make ruler over his houshold, to give them their portion of meat in due season.
Ver. 43. Blessed is that servant whom his Lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
xxii. 29. Jesus said, I appoint unto you a kingdom. Matt. xix. 28. John iv. 36. He that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal. See 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8. Rev. ii. 10.
CXXIII. Holy and unblameable in life and conversation. Lev. xxi. 16. The priests shall be holy unto their God. Ezek. xliv. 24. Lam. iv. 7. Her Nazarites were purer than snow, &c. Isa. lii. 11. Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord. Matt. v. 13. Ye are the salt of the earth. Ch. xiv. The light of the world.
Ver. 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. x. 16. Be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Acts xx. 28. Take heed unto yourselves.
Rom. ii. 21. Thou that teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?
1 Cor. ix. 27. Paul said, I keep under my body and bring it into subjection, lest by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be cast away. Matt. vii. 22.
2 Cor. vi. 3. Giving none offence, that the ministry be not blamed. Ver. 4. In all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, &c.
Ver. 6. By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned.
Ver. 7. By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand, and on the left.
viii. 20. Avoiding this, that no man should blame us.
xi. 12. I cut off occasion from them that seek occasion.
Phil. iii. 17. Ye have us for an example.
iv. 9. These things which thou hast heard and seen in me do, &c. 1 Thess. ii. 10. Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holy and justly, and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you.
2 Thess. iii. 7. We behaved not ourselves disorderly among you. Ver. 9. We make ourselves an ensample to you to follow us.
1 Tim. iii. 1. If a man desire the office of a bishop he desireth a good work.
Ver. 2. A bishop must be blameless, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality.
Ver. 3. Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
Ver. 4. One that ruleth well his own house.
Ver. 6. Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Ver. 7. He must have a good report of them that are without, lest he fall into reproach. Tit. i. 7, 8, 9. A bishop must be blameless as the steward of God, not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; holding fast the faithful word, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convince gainsayers.
Ver. 8. Likewise must the deacons be grave, &c. See to ver. 14. 1 Tim. iv. 12. Let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Tit. ii. 15.
Ver. 13. Give attendance to reading, &c.
Ver. 14. Neglect not the gift that is in thee.
Ver. 15. Meditate on these things, give thyself wholly to them. Ver. 16. Take heed unto thyself and to thy doctrine, continue in them, for in doing this, thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
v. 22. Keep thyself pure.
vi. 11. Thou O man of God, follow after righteousness, godliness. faith, love, patience, meekness.
Ver. 12. Fight the good fight of faith.
Ver. 14. Keep this commandment without spot unrebukeable. Ver. 20. Keep that which is committed to thy trust. 2 Tim. i. 14. 2 Tim. i. 13. Hold fast the form of sound words in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus,
2 Tim. ii. 22. Flee youthful lusts, but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Ver. 24. The servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient.
Ver. 25. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves. 2 Tim. iii. 10. Thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, patience.
Ver. 14. Continue in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of.
Tit. ii. 7. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works. 1 Pet. v. 3. Being ensamples to the flock. See instances. Acts vi. 3. The seven deacons. Ch. xvi. 2. Timotheus. Ch. xxii. 12. Ananias. Heb. xi. 2. The elders. 3 John ver. 12. Demetrius.
CXXIV. Their humility, self-denial and condescension for the good of mankind in their office. Rom. i. 11. I long for you that I may impart some spiritual gift unto you.
xi. 13. I magnify mine office.
1 Cor. ix. 12. We suffer all things lest we should hinder the gospel.
Ver. 19. I made myself servant of all that I might gain the more. Ver. 22. I am made all things to all men that I might by all means
Ver. 23. This I do for the gospel's sake.
x. 33. I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they might be saved.
2 Cor. i. 24. We are helpers of your joy. Acts xvi. 40.
ii. 4. The love I have for you all.
v. 20. We pray you be ye reconciled to God.
vi. 1. We beseech you, that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. Ver. 13. I speak as to my children.
vii. 4. Great is my glorying in you, I am comforted. Acts xi. 23. Ver. 13. We were comforted in your comfort.
xi. 2. I am jealous over you wit!! a godly jealousy.
Ver. 3. I fear lest your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. See ver. 23 to 29.
Ver. 11. Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth. 2 Cor. xii. 15. I will very gladly spend and be spent for you, though the more I love you the less I be loved.
Ver. 19. We do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. Ver. 29. Who is weak and I am not weak? who is offended and I burn not?
Gal. iv. 11. I am afraid lest I have bestowed labour on you in vain. Ver. 19. My little children of whom I travel in birth till Christ be formed in you.
Phil. i. 8. God is my record how greatly I long after you in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
ii. 17. If I am offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy and rejoice with you all.
Ver. 20. Timotheus will naturally care for your state.
iv. 1. Dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
Col. i. 24. I rejoice in my sufferings for you, I fill up that which
behind of the affliction of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church.
Col. ii. 1. I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them of Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh :
Ver. 2. That their hearts might be knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, &c.
ii. 5. Though I be absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
iv. 8. I sent Timotheus to comfort your hearts. 1 Cor. iv, 7. 1 Thess. iii. 2.
1 Thess. ii. 7. We were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children.
Ver. 8. Being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted to you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
Ver. 9. Labouring night and day we preached the gospel unto you.. Ver. 11. We exhorted and comforted and cherished every one of you as a father doth his children.
Ver. 19. For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ?
iii. 7. Brethren, we were comforted over you in all our afflictions and distress by your faith.
Ver. 8. For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
Ver. 9. What thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God? Ver. 10, 11.
2 Tim. ii. 10. I endure all things for the elects sake, that they may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
3 John ver. 4. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth. 2 John ver. 4.
CXXV. They seek not applause from men, they flatter not men in their vices and prejudices. A Thess. i. 4. We speak not as pleasing men, but God which trieth our heaats.
Ver. 5. Neither used we flattering words.
Ver. 6. Neither of men sought we glory.
Gal. i. 10. flyet pleased men I should not be the servant of Christ. CXXVI. They seek not riches of men, are not covetous. 2 Cor. xii. 14. Paul said I seek not yours but you.
1 Tim. iii. 3. A bishop must not be greedy of filthy lucre. Ver. 8. Tit. i. 7.
1 Pet. v. 2. Feed the flock of God, taking the oversight, not for filchy lucre's sake. See Luke ix. 62. 2 Tim. ii. 4. See instances, Samuel. 1 Sam. xii. 1, 2, 3. Paul. 1 Cor. ix. 14. 2 Cor. vii. 2.-ix. 11-xii. 13, 17, 18. 1 Thess. ii. 5. Phil. iv. 11, 12.
CXXVII. Their duty and encouragement to speak boldly the truths of religion without fear. Isa. 1. 4. The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary.
Jer. i. 7. The Lord said to me, say not I am a child, for thou shalt