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those things which Christ hath not might by all means save somewrought by me, to make the Gentiles I Cor. ix. 4. 7. 14–16. 19—23. obedient, &c. I beseech you bre I speak as to wise men ; judge ye thren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's what I say: the cup of blessing, &c. sake, and for the love of the Spirit, Even as I please all men in all things, that ye strive together with me in not seeking mine own profit, but the your prayers to God for me, that I profit of many, that they may be saved. may be delivered from them which -1 Cor. x. 15, 16. 33. do not believe in Judea.Rom. xv. In the church I had rather speak 18. 30.
five words with my understanding, When I came to you, I came not that by my voice I might teach others with excellency of speech, or of wis- also, than ten thousand words in an dom, declaring unto you the testi- unknown tongue.- Cor. xiv. 19. mony of God: for I determined not to The gospel which I preached unto know anything among you, save Jesus you, &c. which I received, how that Christ, and him crucified, &c. and my Christ died for our sins, according to speech and my preaching was not the scriptures, &c. By the grace of with enticing (or persuasive) words God, I am what I am, &c. I laboured, of man's wisdom, but in demonstra- &c. yet not I, but the grace of God tion of the Spirit, &c. which things which was with me.-1 Cor. xv. 1-4. 10. also we speak, not in the words which You also helping together by prayer man's wisdom teacheth, but which for us, &c. not for that we have dothe Holy Ghost teacheth: comparing minion over your faith, but are helpspiritual things with spiritual. ers of your joy.—2 Cor. i. 11. 24. 1 Cor. ii. 1-4. 13. xv. 1-4.
If I make you sorry, who is he And I, brethren, could not speak then that maketh me glad, but the unto you as unto spiritual, &c. I have same which is made sorry by me? &c. fed you with milk, and not with meat: Out of much affliction and anguish of for hitherto ye were not able to bear heart, I wrote unto you with many it, &c. I have planted, Apollos wa- tears: not that you should be grieved, tered, but God gave the increase: so but that, &c. we are not as many then, neither is he that planteth any which corrupt the word of God; but thing, &c.-1 Cor. iii. 1, 2. 6, 7. as of sincerity, but as of God, in the
Account of us as, &c. stewards of sight of God speak we in Christ.“ the mysteries of God: moreover, it is 2 Cor. ii. 2. 4. 17. iv. 1, 2. required in stewards, that a man be Not that we are sufficient of ourfound faithful, &c. Even to this pre- selves, to think any thing as of oursent hour we hunger, &c. and labour, selves; but our sufficiency is of God: working with our own hands.- 1 Cor. who also hath made us able ministers, iv. 1, 2. 11-13.
&c.—2 Cor. ii. 5, 6. Eph. iii. 7. Have we not power to eat and to Commending ourselves to every drink? &c. Who goeth a warfare at man's conscience in the sight of God, any time at his own charges ? &c. &c. we preach not ourselves, but even so the Lord hath ordained, that Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves they which preach the gospel should your servants for Jesus' sake, &c. live of the gospel, &c. but I have used We having the same spirit of faith, none of these things, &c. woe is unto &c. believe, and therefore speak.me if I preach not the gospel, &c. 2 Cor. iv. 2. 5. 13. though I be free from all men, yet Knowing therefore the terror of the have I made myself servant unto all, Lord, we persuade men, &c. the love that I might gain the more: and unto of Christ constraineth us, &c. God the Jews, I became as a Jew, &c. I am hath given to us the ministry of remade all things unto all men, that I conciliation, &c. We are ambas
sadors for Christ, as though God, &c. When he ascended up on high, he -2 Cor. v. 11. 14. 13-20.
led captivity captive, and gave gifts Giving no offence in any thing, unto men, &c. and he gave some that the ministry be not blamed; but apostles, and some prophets, and in all things approving ourselves as some evangelists, and some pastors the ministers of God, in much pati- and teachers; for the perfecting of ence, in necessities, in distresses, &c. the saints, for the work of the minisby pureness, by knowledge, &c. try, &c.-Eph. iv. 8. 11-13. 2 Cor. vi. 3—10.
Praying, &c. for me, that utterance We have wronged no man, we have may be given unto me, that I may corrupted no man, we have defrauded open my mouth boldly.—Eph. vi. 18, no man, &c. though I made you sorry 19. 2 Thess. iii. 1, 2. Col. iv. 3, 4. with a letter, I do not repent, &c. I God is my record, how greatly I do rejoice; not that you were made long after you all in the bowels of sorry, but that ye sorrowed to re Jesus, &c. some indeed preach Christ pentance, &c. that ye might receive even of envy, &c. what then? notwithdamage by us in nothing. --2 Cor. vii. standing, every way, whether in pre2. 8-10.
tence or in truth, Christ is preached, The weapons of our warfare are not and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will carnal, but mighty through God, &c. rejoice. -- Phil. i. 8.15--18. Luke -2 Cor. x. 4, 5.
ix. 50. Paul (being forced to it for the If I be offered
upon the sacrifice gospels's sake) justifies and com- and service of your faith, I joy, &c. mends himself.--2 Cor. xi. xii. I have no man likeminded; all seek
I will not be burdensome to you : their own, not the things which are for I seek not yours, but you; for the Jesus Christ's.-Phil. ii. 17. 19—21. children, &c. and I will very gladly
Not becaus I desire a gift, but I spend, and be spent for you; though, desire fruit that may abound to your &c. we do all things, dearly beloved, account.-Phil. iv. 17. for your edifying: for I fear, &c. lest Christ, whom we preach, warning when I come again, my God will every man, and teaching every man, humble me among you, and that I shall in all wisdom, that we may present bewail many which have sinned, and every man perfect in Christ Jesus ; have not repented.—2 Cor. xii. 14. 17. whereunto I also labour, striving ac19–21.
cording to his working, which workWe can do nothing against the eth in me mightily.—Col. i, 27–29. truth, but for the truth, &c. I should I would that ye knew what great use sharpness, according to the power conflict I have for you, and for them which the Lord hath given me to your at Laodicea, &c. that there hearts edification, &c.--2 Cor. xiii. 8-10. might be comforted.-Col. ii. 1, 2.
Do I seek to please men? for if I Our exhortation was not of deceit, yet pleased men, I should not be the &c. but as we were allowed of God, servant of Christ, &c.—Gal. i. 10, &c. &c. even so we speak: not as pleas
Paul blamed Peter for dissembling, ing men, but God, who trieth our openly.-Gal. i. 11-14,
hearts : for neither at any time used Paul had a holy jealousy of the Ga- we flattering words, as ye know, nor latians : and after he had written a cloke of covetousness, God is witlargely to them about their turning ness; nor of men sought we glory, back to the law, he saith, Ye observe &c. but we were gentle among you, days, and months, and years: I am even as a nurse cherisheth her chilafraid of you, lest I have bestowed dren; so being affectionately desirlabour upon you in vain.-Gal. iii. ous of you, we were willing to have iv. 10, 11.
imparted unto you, &c. labouring
night and day, because we would not affairs of this life; that he may please be chargeable unto any of you, we him who hath chosen him to be a preached unto you the gospel of God: soldier, &c. I endure all things for ye are witnesses, and God also, how the elect's sake, &c. Study to shew holily, and justly, and unblameably we thyself approved unto God, a workbehaved ourselves, &c. What is our man that needeth not to be ashamed ; hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? rightly dividing the word of truth, are not even ye in the presence of our &c. foolish and unlearned questions Lord Jesus Christ at his coming - avoid, knowing that they do engender 1 Thess. ii. 3–12. 19.
strifes : and the servant of the Lord I could no longer forbear: I sent must not strive, but be gentle unto to know your faith, lest by some all men, apt to teach, patient (or means the tempter, &c, for now we forbearing), in meekness, instructing live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. those that oppose themselves, if God 1 Thess. j. 5.7—10.
peradventure will give them repentBrethren, pray for us.- 1 Thess.v. 25. ance, &c.--2 Tim. ii. 2—4.10.15, 16. Webehaved not ourselves disorderly 23—25. among you : neither did we eat any Preach the word : be instant in man's bread for nought: but wrought season, out of season : reprove, rewith labour and travail night and day, buke, exhort, with all long-suffering, that we might not be chargeable to and doctrine, &c. But watch thou in any of you : not because we have not all things; endure afflictions, do the power, but to make ourselves an en- work of an evangelist, make full proof sample unto you to follow us, &c.— of (or fulfil) thy ministry. - 2 Tim. 2 Thess. iii. 7-10. Acts xviii. 1, &c. iv. 2. 5.
Refuse profane and old wives' fa There are many unruly and vain bles, and exercise thyself rather unto talkers and deceivers, especially they godliness. These things command of the circumcision, whose mouths and teach, &c. Be thou an example must be stopped, &c. Wherefore reof the believers in word, in conversa- buke them sharply, that they may be tion, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in sound in the faith; not giving heed purity. Till I come, give attendance to to Jewish fables, and commandments reading, to exhortation, to doctrine ; of men, that turn from the truth.neglect not the gift that is in thee, &c. Titus i. 10, 11. 13, 14. meditate upon these things; give thy Speak thou the things which become self wholly to them, that thy profiting sound doctrine; in all things shewing may appear to all (or in all things); thyself a pattern of good works: in take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine, shewing uncorruptness, gradoctrine, &c.—1 Tim. iv. 7. 11-16. vity, sincerity, sound speech, that
Rebuke not an elder, but intreat cannot be condemned; that he that him as a father, and the younger men is of the contrary part may be as brethren. - 1 Tim. v. i.
ashamed, having no evil thing to say Stir up the gift of God which is in of you.—Titus ii. 1. 7, 8. thee, &c. hold fast the form of sound Avoid foolish questions, and genewords which thou hast heard of me, alogies, and contentions, and strivin faith and love, &c.—2 Tim. i. 6. 13. ings about the law, for they are un
The things that thou hast heard of profitable and vain.-Titus iii. 9. me among many witnesses, the same If any man speak, let him speak as commit thou to faithful men, who shall the oracles of God, &c. that God in all be able to teach others also; thou things may be glorified.—1 Pet. iy.11. therefore endure hardness as a good I will not be negligent to put you soldier of Jesus Christ : no man that always in remembrance of these Warreth entangleth himself with the things, though ye know them, and be
established in the present truth; yea, 1, Paul, &c. rejoice in my sufferings, I think it meet, as long as I am in &c. for his body's sake, which is the this tabernacle, to stir you up, by church.-Col. i. 24. putting you in remembrance; knowing that shortly I must put off my
III. Particular visible Churches, who tabernacle, &c. Moreover, I will en
are joined together as one Body, and deavour that you may be able, after
usually meet together in one Place, my decease, to have these things for the Participation of the same always in remembrance: for we have
Ordinances, and exercising Duties not followed cunningly devised fa
as a Church, and one to another, bles, when we made known unto you
as Members thereof. the power and coming of our Lord Can two walk together, except they Jesus Christ.--2 Pet. i. 12—16. be agreed ?-Amos iii. 3.
That which we have seen and They all continued with one accord heard, declare we unto you, &c.- in prayer and supplication, &c. The 1 Jobn i. 3.
nuinber of the names together were I rejoiced greatly that I found of about an hundred and twenty.—Acts thy children walking in truth. i. 13-15. 2 John 4. 3 John 3, 4.
And the same day there were added
unto them about three thousand souls; CHAP. XXV.
and they continued stedfastly in the
apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, UNDÉR in breaking of bread, and in prayers, THE SEVERAL NOTIONS THEREOF, &c. And all that believed were to
And they continuing THE SAME IN GENERAL ; AND ALSO
daily with one accord in the temple, &c.-Acts ii. 41, 42, 44. 46.
Then had the churches rest throughFirst. The several Acceptations of the out all Judea, and Galilee, and SamaChurch mentioned in Scripture.
ria.-Acts ix. 31.
Then tidings of these things came 1. General, or Universal.
unto the ears of the church which Upon this rock I will build my was in Jerusalem, and they sent forth church, and the gates of hell shall not Barnabas, &c. At Antioch they asprevail against it.--Matt. xvi. 18. sembled themselves a whole year with
Christ is the head of the church: (or in) the church, and taught much and he is the Saviour of the body, &c. people.-Acts xi. 22. 26. Christ also loved the church, and gave
And when they had ordained them himself for it, &c. that he might pre- elders in every church, &c. they went sent it to himself a glorious church. to Antioch, &c. when they had ga-Eph. v. 23. 25. 27.
thered the church together, &c.To the general assembly and church Acts xiv. 23. 27. of the firstborn, which are written in Paul and Barnabas came to Jeruheaven.--Heb. xii. 23.
salem: they were received of the
church, and of the apostles and elders, II. Universal, Visible.
&c. then pleased it the apostles, and The Lord added to the church daily elders, with the whole church, to such as should be saved.—Acts ii. 47. send, &c. being assembled with one
That now, &c. might be known by accord, they gathered the multitude the church the manifold wisdom of together, they delivered the epistle, God, &c. unto him be glory in the &c. Paul went through Syria, &c. church by Christ Jesus, throughout confirming the churches. - Acts xv. all ages, &c.—Eph. iii. 10. 21. 2-4. 22. 25. 30. 41. xxi. 17, 18.
When he had landed at Cæsarea, To the church of the Thessalonians and gone up and saluted the church, which is in God. - 1 Thess. i. 1. &c.-Acts xviii. 22.
The churches of God, which in Paul sent to Ephesus, and called the Judea, are in Christ Jesus.—1 Thess. elders of the church.-Acts xx. 17. ii. 14.
Gaius mine host, and of the whole So that we ourselves glory in you, church, saluteth you; greet thechurch in the churches of God.-2 Thess. i. 4. in the house of Aquila. Rom. xvi. The church at Babylon, &c. sa3. 5. 23. Philem. 2.
luteth you.—1 Pet. v. 13. Unto the church of God which is at Borne witness of thy charity before Corinth.-1 Cor. i. 2. 2 Cor. i. 1. the church, &c. I wrote unto the
As I teach every where, in every church, but Diotrephes receiveth us church.-1 Cor. iv. 17.
not, and, &c. casteth them out of the In the name of our Lord Jesus church, &c.—3 John 6.9, 10. Christ, when ye are gathered toge The seven churches of Asia, &c. ther, and my spirit, &c.—1 Cor. v. 4. Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, &c.When ye come together in the Rev. i. 4. 11. ii. 7.11. 17.
& therefore into one place, &c. despise Secondly, The Dignity, Privileges ye the church of God ? &c. Where
and Blessings belonging to the fore, my brethren, when ye come to
Church of Jesus Christ in general
as such. gether to eat, tarry one for another. -1 Cor. xi. 18. 20—33.
It is said of Joseph, that though he If therefore the whole church be should be persecuted, &c. yet his come together in one place, &c. let bow should remain in its strength. him keep silence in the church, &c. Gen. xlix. 23,
24. as in all churches of the saints. Let The angel of the Lord appeared your women keep silence in the out of the midst of the bush, and churches, &c. It is a shame for a though the bush burned, yet it was woman to speak in the church.- not consumed.—Exod. iii. 2. I Cor. xiv. 23. 28. 33–35.
I will set my tabernacle among As I have given orders to the you: and my soul shall not abhor churches of Galatia, even so do ye. you; and I will walk among you, The churches of Asia.-1 Cor. xvi. 1. 19. and will be your God, and
shall be The churches of Macedonia, &c. my people. Levit. xxvi. 11, 12. throughout all the churches, &c. and Ezek. xxxvii. 26–28. chosen of the churches, &c. brethren, There is no enchantment against the messengers of the churches, and Jacob, nor divination against Israel. the glory of Christ, shew ye to them, -Numb. xxiii. 23. and before the churches the proof, The cloud filled the house of the &c. — 2 Cor. viii. 1. 18, 19. 23, 24. Lord, so that the priests could not Rom. xvi. 16.
stand to minister because of the Paul, &c. unto the churches of Ga- cloud, for the glory of the Lord had latia, &c. unknown by face unto the filled the house. - 1 Kings viii. 10, churches of Judea.--Gal. i. 1, 2. 22. 11. ix. 3. Exod. xl. 34.
Ye Philippians, &c. no church Why do the heathen rage ? &c. the communicated with me, as concerning Lord shall have them in derision, &c. giving and receiving, but ye only.- yet have I set iny king upon my holy Phil. iv. 15.
hill, &c.—Ps. ii. 1. 4. 6. When this epistle is read amongst There is a river, the streams you, cause that it be read also in the whereof shall make glad the city of church of the Laodiceans.-Col. God, the holy place of the tabernacle iy. 16.
of the Most High: God is in the