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sadors for Christ, as though God, &c. When he ascended up on high, he -2 Cor. v. 11. 14. 18-20.

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 corrapted 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 onr 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 because 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. ii. 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

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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. iii. 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 mouth's 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 l'im. 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. 1.

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 strivs in 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. iv.1l. 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, I, 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 John i. 3.

number 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, UNDER in breaking of bread, and in prayers, NOTIONS THEREOF, &c. And all that believed were to

gether, &c. 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 I. 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 bimself 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 gaEph. 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. church, &c. when ye come together therefore into one place, &c. despise Secondly. The Dignity, Privileges

and Blessings belonging to the ye the church of God? &c. Wherefore, 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, 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. ij. 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 yon; The churches of Asia.-1 Cor. xvi. 1. 19. and will be your God, and ye 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 my 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 iv. 16.

of the Most High: God is in the


midst of her, she shall not be moved: satisfy her poor with bread, &c.God shall help her, &c. The Lord Ps. cxxxii. 13–17. xlviii. 14. of hosts is with us: the God of The Lord shall reign for ever, even Jacob, &c.-Ps. xlvi. 4,5.7. xlviii. 1.8. thy God, o Zion, unto all genera

Out of Zion, the perfection of tions.-Ps. cxlvi. 10. beauty, God hath shined.-Ps. 1. 2. Praise thy God, o Zion, for he

The hill of God is as the hill of hath, &c. blessed thy children within Bashan, an high hill ; why leap ye, thee. He, &c. filleth thee with the ye high hills ? This is the hill which finest of the wheat, &c. He sheweth God desireth to dwell in, yea, the his word unto Jacob; his statutes Lord will dwell in it for ever.-Ps. and his judgments unto Israel : he Lxviii. 15, 16. lxix. 35, 36. lxxiv. 2. hath not dealt so with any nation,

Deliver not the soul of thy turtle- &c.—Ps. cxlvii. 12–14. 19, 20. dove unto the multitude of the wicked. The mountain of the Lord's house -Ps. lxxiv. 19.

shall be established in the top of the In Judah is God known, his name mountains, and shall be exalted above is great in Israel ; in Salem also is the hills, &c. out of Zion shall go his tabernacle, and his dwelling place forth the law.—Isa. ii. 2-4. Micah in Sion.-Ps. lxxyi. 1, 2.

iv. 1-7. Ps. xlviii. 8, 9. He delivered his strength into cap

The Lord will create upon every tivity, and his glory into the enemies' dwelling place of Mount Zion, and hand: he gave his people over also upon her assemblies, cloud and smoke unto the sword, and was wrath with by day, and the shining of a flaming his inheritance.-Ps. Ixxviii. 61, 62. fire by night; for upon all the glory

How amiable are thy tabernacles, shall be a defence.- Isa. iv. 5, 6. O Lord of hosts ! &c. Blessed are The Lord of hosts, which dwelleth they that dwell in thy house, they in Mount Zion.—Isa. viii. 18. will still be praising thee, &c. they The wolf also shall dwell with the go from strength to strength, every lamb, &c. they shall not hurt nor one of them in Zion appeareth before destroy in all my holy mountain.God.-Ps. lxxxiv. 1. 4. 7.

Isa. xi. 6-9. The Lord loveth the gates of Zion Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant more than all the dwellings of Jacob: of Zion, for great is the Holy One of glorious things are spoken of thee, Israel in the midst of thee.-Isa. xii. 6. O city of God, &c. and of Zion it The Lord hath founded Zion, and shall be said, This and that man was the poor of his people shall trust in born in her, and the Highest himself it.—Isa. xiv. 32. shall establish her.. - Ps. lxxxvii. The moon shall be confounded, &c. 2, 3. 5.

when the Lord of hosts shall reign in Those that be planted in the house Mount Zion.—Isa. xxiv. 23. of the Lord shall flourish, &c. they In this mountain shall the Lord of shall still bring forth fruit.-Ps. xcii. hosts make unto all people a feast of 13, 14.

fat things, a feast of wines on the Holiness becometh thine house, lees, &c. and he will destroy in this O Lord, for ever.-Ps. xciii. 5. mountain the face of the covering

The Lord is great in Zion, and he cast over all people, &c.-Isa. xxv. 6,7. is high above all people.—Ps. xcix. 2. A vineyard of red wine, I the Lord xlviii. 1, &c.

do keep it; I will water it every The Lord hath chosen Zion, he moment, lest any hurt it: I will keep hath desired it for his habitation, it night and day.—Isa. xxvii. 2, 3. This is my rest for ever, here will I As when an hungry man dreameth, dwell, for I have desired it: I will and behold he eateth; but he awaketh abundantly bless her provision, I will and his soul is empty, &c. so shall

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