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Sect. 7. Saul called to the apostleship. And Saul yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus; and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven. Ånd he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord ? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest; it is hard for thee to kick agaiost the pricks. And he trembling, and astonished, said, Lord, What wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Rise, and stand upon thy feet; for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee; to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God; that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me". Go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when bis eyes were opened, he saw no man; but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias, and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias; and he said, Behold I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus; for behold he
$ 7. • Acts, ix. 1-6.
Acts, xxvi. 16,17,18.
prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias, coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem; and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way, for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel ; for I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake. And Ananias went bis way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost'. And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldst know his will, and see that just One, and shouldst hear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt be his witness unto all men, of what thou hast seen and heard. And now, why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord". And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales; and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and said, Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving, that this is the very Christ. And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him. But their laying await was known to Saul; and they watched the gates day and night to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to • Acts, ix. 6–17.
Acts, xxii. 14, 15, 16.
the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Baruabas took him, and brought him to the Apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus, in the name of Jesus. And he was with them, coming in and going out at Jerusalem. Sect. 8. Different denominations of the ministers of
Christ, during the apostolic age. There is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all, is rich upto all that call upon him. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed ? and how shall they believe in hiin of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good thingsb! Wherefore, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto meno. And he gave some Apostles, and some Prophets, and some Evangelists, and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ'. And God hath set in the church, first Apostles, secondarily Prophets, thirdly teachers; after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. But watch thou in all things; endure afflictions ; do the work of an Evangelist; make full proof of thy ministry'. If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good works. Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons". And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the Apostles and elders'. And as they went through the
cities, they delivered them the decrees for to' keep, that were ordained of the Apostles and elders which were at Jerusalemk. Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour; especially they who labour in the word and doctrine'. Sect. 9. Of a succession of proper persons to be set
apart for the ministry of the word, and the government of the church of Christ.
And the things thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also“. And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord on whom they believed. For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldst set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot, or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre: but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate . And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church, and said unto them, Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he bath purchased with his own blood". Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbyteryo. Lay hands suddenly on no man; neither be partaker of other men's sins; keep thyself pure'. The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed. Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by
* Acts, xvi. 4. $ 9. * 2 Tim. ii. 2.
Acts, xx, 17, 18, 28.
11 Tim. v. 17.
Acts, xiv. 23. e 1 Tim. iv. 14.
e Titus, i.5-8.
constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. They that have used the office of a deacon well, purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus". Sect. 10. What ought to be their character and
behaviour. If a man desireth the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity : For if a man know not how to rule his own house, bow shall he take care of the church of God? Not a novice, lest, being lifted up with pride, he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must have a good report of them which are without, lest be fall into reproach". But thou, o man of God, follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness; fight the good fight of faith; lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. Take heed unto thyself, and unto thy doctrine; continue in them; for in doing this, thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear theeo: giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed " Flee also youthful lusts; but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. And the servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth'.
8 1 Pet. v. 1-4. $10.- 1 Tim. iii. 1-7.
2 Cor. vi. 3.
b 1 Tim. iii. 13.
c 1 Tim. iv. 16.