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The Authority of Christ's Ministers.
1 Cor. iv. 1. 2. Let a man so account of us, as of the minis-
ters of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.-
Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found
The Duty of Christ's Ministers.
The Duty of the People towards the Ministers of Christ. 38-51
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace
be unto you.
you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and
said unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whosesoever
sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoev-
MATT. xxviii. 19, 20. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you.; and lo, Lam with you
MARK X. 13, 14, 15, 16. They brought young children to
him, that he should touch them; and his disciples rebuked
those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was
much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children
to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the
kingdom of God. Verily, verily I say unto you, whosoever
shall not receive the kingdom of God, as a little child, he
shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms,
Observations on the History of the Sabbath.
Gen. ii. 2, 3. And on the seventh day God ended his work,
which he had made: And he rested on the seventh day from
all his work which he had made. And God blessed the sev-
enth day, and sanctified it; because that in it he had rested
EPHES. vi. 3, 4, 5, 6. Endeavoring to keep the unity of the
Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one
Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling :
One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of
For David speaketh concerning him, I
foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my
right hand, that I should not be moved.
heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad:
flesh shall rest in hope. Because thou wilt not leave my
soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thy holy One to see cor-
Observations on the Creation of Adam. .
GEN. ii. 7. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the
ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and
The same Subject Continued.
Observations on the History of Cain and Abel.
GEN. iv. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. And in process of time it came to pass,
that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering un-
to the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of
his flock, and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect
unto Abel, and to his offering; but unto Cain and to his of-
fering, he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and
his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why
art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen ? If
thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou do-
est not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be
his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Observations on the Wickedness and Destruction of the
GEN. vi. 3. My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for
that he also is flesh: Yet his days shall be an hundred and
The Fatal Effects of obstinate Unbelief and Impenitency.
LUKE xi. 24, 25, 26. When the unclean spirit is gone out of
a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and
finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence
I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and
garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other
spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and
dwell there: And the last state of that man is worse than
MATT. XXV. 29. To every one that hath shall be given, and
he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not, shall
MATT. XXV. 31, $2. When the Son of man shall come in his
glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit up-
on the throne of his glory. And before him shall be gather-
ed all nations; and he shall separate them, one from another,
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