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will. The gift which qualifies for one office, does not bring with it qualification for another office; and the qualification received, gives no power of transferring the office to another, but quite the contrary: the office being inseparable from the qualification, which is the necessary preliminary and the gift of God. God hath set in the church first Apostles, then prophets, then pastors, and teachers, &c.: and these offices require and presuppose their several qualifications. If one member be an Apostle, it does not therefore follow that he is also a prophet, the offices being distinct and the qualifications different; and as neither should intrude without warrant into the place of the other, so neither should yield his place to the other at any other bidding than that of God, who placed him there : in the sight of God the guilt is the same, the desertion of duty the same, whether we intrude forward into the place of another, or fall by allowing another to intrude himself upon ours.
Let each hold fast his own stedfastness, and endeavour to fill to the utmost that place for which God hath endowed him, and in which his providence has placed him. Our error lies in supposing that we know our own qualifications better than God does, and that we could order our own course of life better than Providence orders it. Constant watchfulness, unremitting diligence, and content in the things that we have, is the attitude in which alone we can look for more. Reason and experience both teach, that if we seek for endowment it must be by increase of that whereby we may glorify God, and that unless we glorify him to the utmost with that which he hath already given, he will not, he cannot give us
In the present life it may therefore be said to the slothful, who neglects the gift that he hath, or repines that he hath not more, " Take it from that wicked servant, and give it to him that hath ten talents : for to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance ; but from him that hath not shall be taken
away even that which he seemeth to have." If the apostle desert his post, or allow another to intrude into his office, he shall suffer loss, and his church shall fall to disorder, schism, and heresy. If the prophet usurp more than is due, or hold his peace when God bids him speak, he shall have chastisement from the Lord ; and if he return not to his place, and resume not his duty, he shall have his mouth closed, or be given over to delusion, to believe a lie, or be cast down and utterly fall. Or if any person gifted in any way by the Holy Ghost, is thereby puffed up, or grows confident, or remits in watchfulness and diligence, the last state of that man shall be worse than the first. And let every witness of manifestations, and every subject of healing, bear in mind the admonition of our Lord to one upon whom he had manifested his saving power and healing mercy:
“Go and sin no more, lest some worse thing come upon thee” (John v. 14).
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Chap. IV. 1 After these things I saw, and, behold, a door opened in the heaven; and th sitting was like in sight to a jasper and sardine stone; and a rainbow circlewise of the thr voices : and seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of creature had the face as a man; and the fourth living creature like to a flying eagle.—8 A the living creatures give glory and honour and thanks to Him sitting on the throne, to I Thou hast created the all things; and through Thy will they are and were created. Preface to the Seals, affecting Christendom, or the Earth. Chap. V. 1 And I saw upon the right hand of Him sitting on the throne a CHAP. V] book, written within and without, sealed with seven seals.--2 And I saw 2 And I : a strong angel, proclaiming with a great voice, Who is worthy to open
the angel cam book, and to loose the seals of it ?-3 And no one was able, in the heaven, might give neither on the earth, neither under the earth, to open the book, neither to look on it.--4 And I wept much, that no one worthy was found to open censer, an and to read the book, nor to look on it.-5 And one of the elders saith
lightnings to me, Weep not; behold, the Lion, he being of the tribe of Judah, the
that they 1 Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven
it was cast seals of it.-—6 And I saw, and, behold, in midst of the throne and of angel soul the four living creatures, and in midst of the elders, a Lamb stood, as blood :slain, having seven horns and seven eyes : these are the seven spirits of ships was God, those sent forth into all the earth.–7 And he came and received the and it fell pok out of the right hand of Him sitting on the throne.—8 And when called Wo received the book,
the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders because th down before the Lamb; having each harps, and golden vials full of third of th rs, which are the prayers of the saints.-9 And they sing a new
third of it, saying, Worthy art thou to receive the book, and to
the seals voice, Wo or thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God in thy blood, angels, the ery tribe and longue and people and nation,-10 And hast made fallen to th
God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth.- abyss; an
I saw, and heard a voice of many angels circlewise of the throne, air by the Lamb, clothéd in white robes, and palms in their hands,—10 And crying with a great voice, saying, The salvation to our God, the Yea, saith One sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb.--11 And all the angels bours; and stood in circle of the throne, and of the elders, and of the four I saw, and living creatures, and fell down before the throne upon their faces, one sitting and worshipped God,–12 Saying, Amen : the blessing, and the glory, a golden g and the wisdom, and the thanks, and the honour, and the power,
And anoth and the strength, to our God, to the ages of the ages. Amen.- a great voi 13 And one of the elders answered, saying to me, These clothed in thy sickle, white robes, who are they, and whence come they ?-14 And I said
reap; for t to him, Sir, thou knowest: and he said to me, These are those one sitting coming out of the tribulation the great, and have washed their robes, earth, and t and have made white their robes in the blood of the Lamb.--15 came forth Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day having a shi
from the a and night in his temple; and He sitting upon the throne shall
called with tabernacle over them.—16 They shall hunger no more, nor thirst any more, nor shall the sun smite upon them, nor any heat ;
saying, Se 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed clusters of them, and shall lead them to living fountains of ters: and God
19 And shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.
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