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CHAP. IV. 1 In what account the ministers ought to be had : 7 we have nothing
which we have not received : 9 the apostles spectacles to the world, angels, and men : 13 the filth and off'scouring of the world : 15 yet our fathers in Christ, 16 whom we ought to follow.
LET a man so account of us, as of the a ministers of Christ, and "stewards of the mysteries of God.
1 dispensers, Rh. 2 secrets. Co. Ma. Cr. Bi. Gen. have you know, that the head of every man is Christ. 2 COR. x. 7 : If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's. Gal. iii. 29 : If ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed.
CHAP. IV. a Mat. xxiv. 45 : Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his houshold, to give them meat in due season ? 1 Cor. iii. 5 : Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? do. ix. 17 : For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward : but if against my will, a dispensation of the Gospel is committed :unto me. 2 Cor. vi. 4: In all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions. Col. i. 25: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God, which is given to me for you to fulfil the word of God.
MAT. xxv. 21 : His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things. LUKE, xii. 42: The Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his houshold, to give them their portion of meat in 'due season ? do. xvi. 1: There was a certain rich man, which had a steward ; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. 1 Cor. vii. 25 : I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. 2 Cor. i. 12 : Our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world.
do. ii. 17 : We are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. do. iv. 5: We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord ; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. Eph. iii. 2: If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: Col. i. 7: Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ,
2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment :3 yea, I judge not mine own self.
4 For I know nothing by myself,4 "yet am I not hereby justified : but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts : and then shall every man have s praise of God.
3 Gr. day. chap. iii. 19. A. V. 'I am not guilty in conscience of any thing. Rh. 1 Tim. i. 12 : I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry. Tit. i. 7: A Bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God. 1 Pet. iv. 10: As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. .
c Pro. xxi. 2: Every way of a man is right in his own eyes : but the LORD pondereth the hearts. 1 John, iii. 20, 21 : If our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
d See on Acts, xiii. 39.
e Mat. vii. 1 : Judge not, that ye be not judged. Rom. ii. 1, 16: Thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest. In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my Gospel. do. xiv. 4, 10, 13: Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden for God is able to make him stand. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother ? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Let us not therefore judge one another any more : but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. Rev. xx. 12 : The dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
$1 Cor. iii. 13. 8 2 Cor. v. 10: For we must all appear before the judgment
6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself5 and to Apollos for your sakes; i that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be "puffed up for one against another.
7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive ? now if thou didst 'receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? 8 Now ye are full, now ye are
rich, ye have reigned as kings without us : and I would'to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. .
9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death : for we are made a spectacle 8 unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
10 We are Pfools for Christ's sake, but ye are s figuratively applied unto myself. Bi. Gr. distinguisheth thee. Rh. us the last apostles. A.V. Gr. theatre. A. V. seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. See on Rom. ii. 29.
b 1 Cor. i. 12. See on 1 Cor. iii. 4.
· Pro. ii. 6: The Lord giveth wisdom; out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. John, iii. 27 : A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Rom. xii. 6: Having then gifts differing according to the grace given unto us. James, i. 17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights. 1 Pet. iv. 10: As every man hath received the gift, even so minister.
m See on Rev. ii. 17.
• Heb. x. 33 : Ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions.
p 1 Cor. i. 18 : For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness ; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. do. ii. 14: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God : for they are foolishness unto him ; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. do. iii. 18. See on Acts, xxvi. 24.
wise in Christ; we are 4 weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.
11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are Snaked, and are 'buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace ;
12 And labour, "working with our own hands : being reviled, we bless ; being persecuted, we suffer it :
13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth! of the earth, and are the Woffscouring of all things unto this day.
9 reluse. Rh.
42 Cor. xiii. 9. See on 1 Cor. ii. 3.
* Acts, xx. 7, 11 : Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. When he-had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. 2 Cor. iv. 8: We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair. do. xi. 23—27 : Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes
Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Phi. iv. 12 : I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound : every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
s Job, xxii. 6: Thou hast-stripped the naked of their clothing. Rom. viii. 35: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword ?
t Acts, xxiii. 2. See on John, xviii. 22.
ul Tim. iv. 10: For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. See on Acts, xviii. 3.
See on MAT. v. 44. w Lam. iii. 45 : Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.
14 I write not these things to shame you, but *as my beloved sons I warn you.
15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors Y in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers : for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel. 16 Wherefore I beseech
2 followers of me. 17 For this cause have I sent unto
a Timotheus, who is my bbeloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I d teach every where e in every church.
18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you..
19 But I will 6 come to you shortly, bif the x 1 Thes. ii. il : You know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you as a father doth his children.
y Acts, xviii. 11 : He continued there [at Corinth] a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. Rom. xv. 20:Yea, so have I strived to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation. 1 Cor. iii. 6: i have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. Gal. iv. 19: My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you. Phile. 10: I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds. James, i. 18: Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth.
z See on 1 Cor. xi. 1.
b1 Tim. i. 2 : Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith. 2 Tim. i. 2: To Timothy, my dearly beloved son. Tit. i. 4: To Titus, mine own son after the common faith. c1 Cor. xi. 2: Now I praise you, brethren, that
ye remember me in all things.
d 1 Cor. vii, 17: As God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
e 1 Cor. xiv. 33. See on 1 Cor. vii. 17. f 1 Cor. v. 2.
8 Acts, xix. 21 : Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem. 1 Cor. xvi. 5 : Now I will come unto you when I shall pass