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Heb. 13. 7. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God. 17. Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account.

438. Did Christ or his apostles ordain different orders in the christian ministry, or confer any special civil or ecclesiastical authorily upon religious teachers ?

Mat. 20. 25. Jesus called them [his disciples] unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosover will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mk. 10. 42.

Mat. 23. 8. Be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters.

439. Are ministers bound to declare all the counsel of God?

Jer. 1. 17. Speak unto them all that I command thee.

Jer. 23. 28. He that hath my word, let him speak iny word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord.

Jer. 26. 2. Thus saith the Lord; Stand in the court of the Lord's house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord's house, all'the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word

Boldness and moral heroism required.

mor Ezk. 2. 7. And thou shalt speak my words unto them; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

Ezk. 3. 10. Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thy heart, and hear with thine ears. And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people; and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.

Mat. 28. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

2 Tim. 2. 15. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Tim. 4. 2. Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

440. Are christian boldness and moral heroism required, and the fear of man forbidden ?

Dt. 1. 17. Ye shall not be afraid of the face of man.

Pr. 29. 25. The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.

Is. 41. 14. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,

Jer. 1. 7. The Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be

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Boldness and moral heroism required. not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. 17. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. For behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.

Ezk. 2. 6. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briars and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

Mat. 10. 28. Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Lk. 12. 32. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Ac, 18.9. Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee, to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

I Tim. 6. 12. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold un eternal lile.

Ep. 6. 10. Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12–13.

Ph. 1. 27. Stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel; And in nothing terrified by your adversaries.

Jude 3. Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Boldness and moral heroism required.

Ezk. 2. 7. And thou shalt speak my words unto them; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

Ezk. 3. 10. Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thy heart, and hear with thine ears. And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people; and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.

Mat. 28. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

2 Tim. 2. 15. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Tim. 4. 2. Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

440. Are christian boldness and moral heroism required, and the fear of man forbidden ?

Dt. 1. 17. Ye shall not be afraid of the face of man.

Pr. 29. 25. The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.

Is. 41. 14. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,

Jer. 1. 7. The Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be

Boldness and moral heroism required.

not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. 17. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. For behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.

Ezk. 2. 6. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briars and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

Mat. 10. 28. Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Lk. 12. 32. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. .

Ac, 18.9. Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee, to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

1 Tim. 6. 12. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life.

Ep. 6. 10. Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12–13.

Ph. 1. 27. Stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel; And in : nothing terrified by your adversaries.

Jude 3. Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

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