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will. The gift which qualifies for one office, does not bring with it qualification for another office; and the qualification received, gives no power of transferring the office to another, but quite the contrary: the office being inseparable from the qualification, which is the necessary preliminary and the gift of God. God hath set in the church first Apostles, then prophets, then pastors, and teachers, &c.: and these offices require and presuppose their several qualifications. If one member be an Apostle, it does not therefore follow that he is also a prophet, the offices being distinct and the qualifications different; and as neither should intrude without warrant into the place of the other, so neither should yield his place to the other at any other bidding than that of God, who placed him there: in the sight of God the guilt is the same, the desertion of duty the same, whether we intrude forward into the place of another, or fall by allowing another to intrude himself upon ours. Let each hold fast his own stedfastness, and endeavour to fill to the utmost that place for which God hath endowed him, and in which his providence has placed him. Our error lies in supposing that we know our own qualifications better than God does, and that we could order our own course of life better than Providence orders it. Constant watchfulness, unremitting diligence, and content in the things that we have, is the attitude in which alone we can look for more. Reason and experience both teach, that if we seek for endowment it must be by increase of that whereby we may glorify God, and that unless we glorify him to the utmost with that which he hath already given, he will not, he cannot give us more. In the present life it may therefore be said to the slothful, who neglects the gift that he hath, or repines that he hath not more, "Take it from that wicked servant, and give it to him that hath ten talents: for to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he seemeth to have."
If the apostle desert his post, or allow another to intrude into his office, he shall suffer loss, and his church shall fall to disorder, schism, and heresy. If the prophet usurp more than is due, or hold his peace when God bids him speak, he shall have chastisement from the Lord; and if he return not to his place, and resume not his duty, he shall have his mouth closed, or be given over to delusion, to believe a lie, or be cast down and utterly fall. Or if any person gifted in any way by the Holy Ghost, is thereby puffed up, or grows confident, or remits in watchfulness and diligence, the last state of that man shall be worse than the first. And let every witness of manifestations, and every subject of healing, bear in mind the admonition of our Lord to one upon whom he had manifested his saving power and healing mercy: "Go and sin no more, lest some worse thing come upon thee" (John v. 14).
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