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The same Subject Continued.
THE AUTHORITY OF CHRIST'S MINISTERS.
1 Cor. iv. 1, 2.
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
UPON reading this epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthi
ans, it will be evident that it was written to correct several errors in doctrine and discipline, which, after his departure, had risen in that church. It appears that the doctrine of the resurrection was disbelieved by some, doubted by others, and generally misunderstood that disputes and divisions had sprung up among them concerning the eating of flesh which had been first offered to idols, and then exposed to sale in the shambles-the propriety of women's teaching in the public congregations-the administration of the holy communion, and the conduct of their love-feasts-the variety and pre-eminency of spiritual gifts in the exercise of the christian ministry; and concerning the superior excellency of some of the preachers of the gospel above others, which they estimated by their personal appearance, by their spiritual attainments, either real or assumed, by the popular arts of preaching, and by the number of their converts and adherents.
The ill conduct of those teachers who were left by St. Paul at Corinth, or came there after his departurę, seems