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true saying, if a man defire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good © work. 2. Abishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, * of good behaviour [Or, modeft], given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3. : * Not given to wine, h no striker (Or, not ready to quarrel and offer wrong as one in wine], . not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient,

not a brawler, not covetous; 4. One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity ; 5. (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6. Not * a novice, [Or, one newly come to the faith], left being lifted up with pride, n he fall into the condem

nation . See on i Tim. 1. IS. convince the Gain-sayers. Þ : Acts 20.' 28. Take heed 3. 51; Tit. 1.7. -Not foon antherefore unto your felves, and to

gry, not given to Wine, no striker, áll the Flock over which the holy: not given to filthy Lucre. Lev. Ghost hath made you Overseers, 5 10. 9. Do not drink Wine nor

cEph. 4. 12. For the Perfect strong Drink, thou, nor thy Soas ing of the Saints, for the Work of: with thee, 'when ye go into the the Ministry, for the Edifying of the Tabernacle of the Congregation ; Body of Christ.

leit ye. die. 2. 1. Tit. 1, 6, &c. If any be 10 ; 2 Tim. 2. 24. The Words un blameless, the Husband of one der Ver. 2. Wife. - For a Bishop must be blame it , Pet. 5.2. Feed the Flock lefs as the Steward of God; not, of God which is among you, noe Cc.

for filthy Lucre, but of a ready 1 Tim. 5. 9. A Widow-15 Mind. Ver. 8. having been the wife of one Man. kt 2 Tim. 2. 24. The Words uno

ft 2 Tim. 2.24. The Servant of der Ver. 2. the Lord must not strive; but be

Tit. I.' 6. Having gentle unto all Men, apt to teach, faithful Children, not accused of Ri. patient. Tit. 1.9. Holding fast

ot, or unruly. the faithful Word, as he hath been 6." :: Ila. 14. 12, 13. How art taught, that he may be able by thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucie Sound Doctrine hoth to exhürt and to

fer. man, or the Female Sex, should noţ look upon themselves to be less in the Favour of God, or less capable of Salvation ; for'as Woman was the unhappy Occasion of the Fall, so Woman, by the divine Appointment, was the happy Means of the Recovery of fallen Man ; for that the Redecmer of the World, who is emphatically styled the seed of the Wo. man, should be born of a Woman without the Concurrence of Man, and by this her Child-bearing, that is, by Christ thus born of her, Women fhould be saved on the lame Conditions Men'are, if they continue in Faith, and Charity, and Holiness, with Sobriety. See Dr. Wells's Pa. raphrase and Note on the Place..

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nation of the devil. 7. Moreover, he must have a good report of them which o are without; left he fall into reproach, and the p snare of the devil.' 8. Likewise must the a deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre, 9. ! Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10. And let these allo first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blamelefs. 11. - Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children, and their own houses well., 13. For they that have kused [Or, ministred] the office of a deacon well, purchase co themselves a "good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.. 14. These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee Shortly: if I tarry long, that thou mayft know how thou oughteft to behave thy self a in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the (1) Pillar and

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fer. For thou haft said in thinę port, full of the holy Ghost and Heart, I will afcend into Heaven, I Wisdom, whom we may appoint will exalt my self above the Stars of over this Business. God: I will 'sit also upon the 9. " t 1 Tim. 1. 19. Holding Mount of the Congregation. 5 Faith and a good Conscience.

7.:Acts 22. 12.-Ananias, a 11.5 :: Tit. 2. 3. See on { devout Man according to the Law, Tim. 2. 9 having a good Report of all the Jews

13. u 7 Mac 25.21. Well done, which dwelt there.

thou good and faithful Servant ; 0† 1 Cor. 5. 12. See. on Mar. 10 thou hast been faithful over a few 4. II.

things, I will make thee Ruler over : 1 Tim. 6. 9. They that many things: epter thou into the will be rich fall into Temptation, Joy of thy Lord. and a Snare. :: 2 Tim. 2. 26.

2 Tim. 2. 20. But in a That they may recover themfelves is great House there are not only Vera out of the Snare of the Devil, who fels of Gold, and of Silver, but are taken Captive by him at his alfo of Wood, and of Earth; and

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(1) Should it be granted to the Writers of the Church of Rome, that the Apostle here styles the Church, the Pillar and Ground of Truth; I do not see what Service it would do their Cause, nor how it would prove their Church to be infallible ; for then the Meaning of the Words is, The universal Church of Christ is the Pillar and Ground of Trush, confes quently they are as applicable to any other particular Church ás to their Church, unless they will insist that their Church is the universal Church, which is all one as to say, that a Part is as much as the Whole,

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16. Joh. 1.2. See on Joh. of the same Body, and partakers of 1. 14.

his Promise in Chrift by the Go. + Rom. 1.4. Declared to be the spel. ; Col. 1. 27. To whom Son of God with Power, according God would make known what is to the Spirit of Holiness, by the Reo s the Riches of the Glory of this furrection from the Dead. t 1 Pet. Mystery among the Gentiles.3. 18. -Being put to Death in :: Col. 1. 23. If ye continue The Flesh, but quickned by the in the Faith grounded and settled, Spirit.

and be not moved away from the † Mat. 28. 2. -The Angel of 10 Hope of the Gospel which ye have the Lord defcended from Heaven, heard, and which was preached to and came and rolled back the Stone

every Creature under Heaven from the Door, and sat upon it. ś + Acts 1. 9.

See on Luk. + Mar. 16. 5. Entring into the Se.

24. SI. pulchre, they saw a young Man fit. 15 G H A P. IV. ting on the right Side, clothed in a

* 2 Tim. 3. 1. + 2 Pet. long white Garment.

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3. 3. † 1 Joh. 2. 18. Jude ver. Suddenly there was with the Angel 18. See on 2 Thef. 2. 3. a Multitude of the heavenly Host 1 Pet. 1. 20. See on Mar. praising God. + Luk. 34.4. -Be-20 1. 15. hold, two Men stood by them in shi c': Rev. 16. 14. They are the ning Garments. t Joh. 20.12. [Ma- Spirits of Devils working Mira. ry] seeth two Angels in white. fit cles.ting, one at the Head, and the other : d: Dan. 11.35, 37, 38. Some at the Feet, where the Body of Je-25 of them of Understanding shall fall fus had lain. : + Eph. 3. 19. To to try them, and to purge, and to the intent that now. unto the Prin. make them white, even to the cipalities and Powers in heavenly Time of the End : because it is Places, might be known by the yet for a Time appointed. Nei Church the manifold Wisdom of 30 ther shall he regard the God of his God. + 1 Pet. ii 12. -Which Fathers,— nor regard any God: things the Angels desire to look for he shall magnifie himself above into.

all. But in his Eftate hall he ho. e. of Eph. 3. 5, 6. Which in o nour the God of Forces; and a ther Ages was not made known 35 God whom his Father knew not, unto the Sons of Men, as it is now Ihall he honour wità Gold, and revealed unto his holy Apostles and Silver, and with precious Stones, Prophets by the Spirit ; That the and pleafant things. :: Rev. 9. 20. Gentiles Thould be Fellow.heirs, and See on 1 Cor. 10. 20.

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every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received, with thanksgiving: 5. For it is fan&tified by the word of God, and prayer. 6. If thou put the brethren m in remembrance of thele things, thou halt be a good minister of Jesus Chrift, » nourished up in he words of faith, and of good doctrine, whereunto thou haft attained. 7. But o refuse profane and old wives fayles, and p exercise thy felf rather unto godliness. 8. For a bodily exercise profiteth * little [Or, for a little time] : sut * godliness is profitable unto all things, having (1) pronise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

9. This 2. 1 :: Eph. 4. 19. Who being learned, and hast been assured of, oft feeling, have given themselves knowing of whom thou hast learn. ver unto Lasciviousness.

ed them; and that from a Child 3.1.4 Gen. 1. 29. And God : thou haft known the holy Scriptures, id, Behold, I have given you ca 5 which are able to make thee wife ery Herb bearing Seed, to you unto Salvation. Shall be for Meat. Gen. 9. 3. E. 7.0:Tim. 6. 20. † Tit. I. ery moving thing that livet b shall 14. See on 1 Tim. 1. 4. · Meat for you; even · as the

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6. — He that eat fon of use have their Senses exercised h, eateth to the Lord; for he to discern both good and evil. iveth God thanks. t 1 Cor. 10. 8.9 + Col. 2.23. Which things ); -Why am I evil spoken of 15 have indeed a Shews of Wisdom in i [eating] that for which I give Will-worship and Humility, and

neglecting of the Body, not in any 4.1 t Rom. 54. 14, 20. t 1 Cor. Honour to the facisfying of the 1.25. Tit. 1. 15. See on Mat. Flesh.

1.: 1 Tim. 6.6. See on Mar. 6. m See on Rom. 15. 15.

10.30. † 2 Tim. 3. 14, 15. Continue 3. Mat. 6.33. : Tim. 6. 17. ox in the things which thoù haft

See on Mar. 10.30. (1) If we look about us, may some say, we may sometimes observe od and upright Men in a poor and afflicted Condition; how therefore are efePromises made good to them? I answer : The Promise of the Life which to come, unspeakable Joy and Happiness in the Kingdom and Presence "God when Time shall be no more, is abfolutely made to them. But to the Life that nou is, the Promise implies, that they shall be in such Condition and Circumstances as is bell for them. We, short-lighted ortals, are apt to conclude, that Riches and Prosperity must needs be

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Lord 65. itimo tv . 9. * This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all accepta tion. 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. things command and teach. 12. • Let no man despise thy youth, but o be thou an example of the believers, in word

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4 Negle&t not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the f laying on of the hands of the Presbytery. 15. Meditate upon thele things, give thy self wholly to them ; that thy profiting may appear * to all [Or, in all things). 16. * Take heed unto thy felf, and unto thy doctrine ; con

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stresses. By Pureness, by know. 1d. a 'Pfal. 36. 6.- O Lord, ledge, by Longsuffering, by Kindthou preferveft Man and Beast. + Pfal. nels, by the holy Ghost, by Love 107, 6, 10, &c. Then they cried, unfeigned, c. 1 Tim. 5.22– unto the Lord in their Trouble, s Keep thy self pure.. + Tit. 3. 7. In and he delivered them out of their all things shewing thy self a Pata distresses. Such as sit in Darkness; tern of good Works': In Do&rine and the shadow of Death, being shewing uncorruptness, gravity, bound in Afiction and Iron, de fincerity. t 1 Pet. 5.3. Neither as A&S. 14. 17. He left not himself 10 being Lords over God's Heritage, without Witness, in that he did but being Ensamples to the Flock good, and gave us Rain from Hea

14. + 2 Tim. 1.6. See on ven, and fruitful Seasons, filling our Eph. 4. 30. Heartswith Food and Gladness. Acts e See on I Tim. 1.18. 17.25. [God that made the World]

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16. $ Acts 20. 28. Take Beck 12. + Tit. 2. 15. See on 1 Cor. therefore unto your selves, and to 16. II.

all the Flock, over the which the & 2 Cor. 6. 4, 6. In all things go holy Ghost hath made you Overapproving our Selves as the Mini feers, to feed the Church of sters of God, in much Patience, in God. Afflictions, in Necessities, in Di. beit ; but Time and Obfervation often convince us, that they rob usef our Peace, and prove a Temptation too strong for us. Whether therefore Riches or Poverty, Prosperity or Adverfity are beft, is known one ly to God, who is never wanting to them who love him, and who makes all things work together for their good. If therefore Prosperity is best, they may reft fatisfied, that God, in his wife and good Providence, will in due time make them prosperous ; if Adversity and Poverty, they have the greatest Reafon to be contented and thankful, knowing that God would berter their Condition, and deliver them out of their Straits and Difficulties, were it upon the whole best for them. The Promifs chers. fore, as it respects this Life, is only conditional,

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