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A SERMON

PREACHED AT CLIFTON CHURCH,

IN AID OF THE

ENDOWMENT OF THE NEW CHAPEL OF EASE,

AT DURDHAM DOWN,

BY THE

Rev. JOHN ARMSTRONG, B. A.

CURATE OF CLIFTON:

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR J. G. F. & J. RIVINGTON;

STRONG, BRISTOL; AND PARKER, OXFORD.

1839.

BO SERMON.

1 CORINTHIANS ix. 14.

« Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the

gospel should live of the gospel.”

If we peruse the Old Testament ever so superficially, this fact must strike us in God's dealings with the Jews, we must see what pains and care He took to secure for His people spiritual pastors and spiritual instruction; to secure them this not for one generation only, but as a blessing which should descend from age to age, from generation to generation. In order that the knowledge of Him, the only true God, might be preserved among that nation whom He made the guardians and keepers of His word, till the fulness of times should come, when the world would be fit to receive its Prince and Saviour, we find Him setting apart for the priesthood a distinct and peculiar tribe, making these His special and authorised ministers; and, in giving them the highest office man can hold, forbidding

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