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What were the first principles inculcated by the apostle Paul in his epistle to Timothy ?
5. The end of the commandment is charity, out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.
What does he assert of the coming of Christ ? 15. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
What was that ascription of praise to God, which the contemplation of these subjects dre from the apostle ?
17. Now unto the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
ON PRAYER.-WOMEN'S ATTIRE.
What reason does the apostle assign to Timothy, for desiring that prayer and intercession might be made for all men ?
1. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men ;
2. For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.
3. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4. Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the Truth.
5. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6. Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
8. I will, therefore,. that men pray everywhere; lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
In what manner does it best become Christian females to adorn themselves ?
9. That women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10. But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
QUALIFICATIONS OF BISHOPS AND DEACONS. THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS.
What are the qualifications indispensable in a bishop?
2. A bishop must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach :
3. Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, nor covetous;
4. One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection, with all gravity;
5. (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
6. Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride, he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
7. Moreover, he must have a good report of them which are without.
What is requisite on the part of those who are appointed to the office of deacon ?
8. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not
double tongued, not given to much wine, not
greedy of filthy lucre;
9. Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
10. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
How does it become the wives of these to demean themselves ?
11. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
What were those remarkable expressions of the apostle Paul, concerning the mystery of godliness?
16. Without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
INSTRUCTIONS TO TIMOTHY IN THE DISCHARGE OF HIS DUTIES.
How did the apostle Paul encourage Timothy to the work of the ministry?
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, whereunto thou hast attained.
What instructions did he give him respecting his conduct, and the means of improving his gift?
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.
13. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine;
14. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
15. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
16. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them; for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
TREATMENT OF ELDERS.
With what respect should elders be treated? 1. Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father, and the younger men as brethren.