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2. The elder women as mothers, the younger as sisters, with all purity.
17. Let the elders that rule well, be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
ON CONTENTMENT.-THE LOVE OF MONEY.-DUTIES OF THE
What is the Christian's maxim concerning gain ?
6. Godliness with contentment is great gain.
7. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8. And baving food and raiment, let us be therewith content.
What was Paul's admonition' to Timothy, respecting the pursuit of riches?
9. They that will be rich, fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10. For the love of money is the root of all evil; which, while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11. But thou, O man of God! flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12. Fight the good fight of faith ; lay hold on eternal life; whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
What was his counsel to the rich ?
17, Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.
18. That they do good ; that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
19. Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come; that they may lay hold on eternal life,
SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE
APOSTLE TO TIMOTHY.
EXHORTATION TO CONSTANCY.
Read Paul's encouragement to Timothy, not to be ashamed of the testimony of Christ.
7. God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
8. Be not thou, therefore, ashamed of the testimony of the Lord, nor of me his prisoner ; but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel, according to the power of God ;
9. Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling ; not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus, before the world . began ;
10. But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.
What instruction did he give him concerning his doctrine ?
13. Hold fast the form of sound words which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus.
EXHORTATION TO PERSEVERANCE-TO PURITY AND MEEKNESS.
How did Paul encourage Timothy to constancy, and devotedness to his calling as minister of the Gospel ?
3. Thou, therefore, endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life ; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
15. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needetb not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth.
What caution did he give him respecting the purity, prudence, and meekness, necessary to be: observed in his own conduct ?
22. Flee youthful lusts; but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
24. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the Truth.
TRE APOSTASY OF TRE LATTER DAYS. TRE BENEFIT OF TAE
Paul reminds Timothy that enemies to the Truth would be found in the latter days. How does he describe them; and what is his counsel respecting such ?
1. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3. Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of ibose that are good,
4. Traitors, beady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than loyers of God :
5. Haying the form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. From such turn away.
How did Paul set forth to him the benefit