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on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, faith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand,
Mal, 2. 7, 8, 9: For the priests' lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the meslenger of the Lord of hosts. : But ye are 'departed out of the way: ye have caused many to stumble at the law : ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of hofts. Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
Matthew 1o. 16. eir Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves ;l be ye therefore wise as ferpents, and härmless as doves.
Acts 20.18, 19, 20, 21." I We know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manncr I have been with you át ali feasons, - Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears and temprations, which befell'me by the lying in wait of the Jews: . And how I kept back nothing that was profitable" unto you, but' have thewed you, and have taught you 'publickly, and from house to 'house;
Testifying, both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto my seif, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministery which I
have receiv'd of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
V. 26------31. I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men..
For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.in
Take heed therefore unto your selves, and unto all the flock over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own bloud.
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. ::
Also of your own selves shall men arife, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
Therefore watch ; and remember, that by the space of three years, I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears..
I Cor. 4. I, 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...
1 Cor. 9. 22. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak : I am'made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. .
1 Cor. 10. 33. Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
2 Cor. 2. 17. :. For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the fight of God speak we in Chrift.
2 Cor. 4. 5: We preach not our selves, but Christ Jesus the Lord ; and our selves your servants for Jesus sake.
2 Cor. s. II. Knowing therefore the terrour, of the Lord, we persuade men ; but we are made manifest unto God, and I trust also are made manifeft in your consciences.
2 Cor. 5. 20. Now then we are ambassadours for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us : we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
2 Cor. 6. [------10. We then as workers together with him, beseech you also, that ye receive not the grace of God in vain :
(For he faith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I fuccour'd thee : behold, now. is the accepted time ; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministery be not blamed :
But in all things approving our selves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in affli&ions, in necessities, in distresses.
In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in faftings,
By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the holy Ghost, by love unfeigned.
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known as dying,
Pbil. 2. 17.
and behold, we live ;'as chastened, and not killed ;
As sorrowful, yet alway rejoycing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet * poffefling all things.
2 Cor. 12. IS: And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you, though the more abundantly I love you, the lefs I be loved.
Galatians I, IO. For do I now perswade men, or God? or do I feek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Philippians 1. 8. For God is my record, how greatly I long after h you all, in the bowels of Jesus Chrift.
Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith,.I joy, and rejoyce with you all.
Colossians 1. 28, 29. We preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus :
Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which workech in me mightily.
Colos. 4. 17. And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministery which thou haft received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
I Thessalonians 2. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile :
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the Gospel, even so we speak not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts,
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness.
Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensom, as the apostles of Christ,
But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God onely, but also our own fouls, because ye were dear unto us.
i Thel. 2, 10, 11, 12. Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily, and justly, and unblameably, we behaved our selves among you
ng you that believe:
I Thel. 3. 8.
1 Timothy 3. I------9.
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach ;
Not given to wine, no ftriker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brauler, not covetous;
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity ;
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he: take care of the church of God?)