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themselves to the necessities and capacities of the heai> ers v; zealously w, with fervent love to God x and the fouls of his people y; sincerely z, aiming at his glory a,
v. I Cor. iii. 2. I have fed you love, knowing that I am set for the with milk, and not with meat: for defence of the gospel, hitherto ye Were notable to bear y Col. iv. \i. Epaphras, who is it, neither yet now are ye able, one of you, a servant of Christ, saHeb, v. 12- For when for the time luteth you, always labouring ferye ought to be teachers, ye have vently for you in prayers, that ye need that one teach you again may Hand perfect, and complete in which be the first principles of the all the will of God. 2 Cor. xti. lj. oracles of God; and are become And I will very gladly spend and filch as have need of milk, and not be spent for you, though the more of strong meat. v. 13. For every abundantly I love you, the less 1 be one that useth milk, is unskilful ia loved.
the word of righteousness: for he & 1 Cor. ii. 17. For we are not
is a babe. v. 14. But strong meat as many, which corrupt the word of
belongeth to them that are of full God: but as of sincerity, but as of
age, even those who by reason of God, in the sight of God speak we
tise, have their senses exercised to in Christ. 2 Cor. iv. 2. But have
discern both good and evil. Luke renounced the hidden things of dis
xii. 42. And the Lord said, Who honesty, not walking in craftiness,
then is that faithful and wile stew- nor handling the word of God de
ard, whom his Lord (hall make ceitfully, but by manifestation of
ruler over bis household,' to give the truth, commending ourselves to
them their portion of meat in due every man's conscience in the light
season? of God.
•m Acts xviii. 25. This man was a 1 Thess. ii. 4. But as we were
instructed in. the way of the Lord: allowed of God to be put in trull
and being fervent in the spirit, he with the gospel, even so we speak,
spake and taught diligently the not as pleasing men, but God,which
things of the Lord, trieth our hearts, T. 5. For neither
* 2 Cor. v. 13. For whether we at any time used we flattering words, fce besides ourselves, it is to God: as ye know, nor a cloke of covetor whether we be sober, it is for ousness: God is witness, v. 6. Nor your cause, v. 14. For theloveof of men sought we glory, neither os Christ constraineth us, because we you, nor yet of others, when we thus judge, that if one died for all, might have been burdensome, as then, were all dead. PhiL i. 15. the apostles of Christ. John vii. Some indeed preach Christ even of 18. He that speaketh of himself, envy and strife; and some also of seeketh his owngif'ry: but he that good-will: v. 16. The one preach seeketh his glory that sent him, the Christ of contention, not sincerely, same is true, and no unrighteoussupposing to add affliction to my ness is in him. bonds; v. 17. But the other of i 1 Cor»
receive the truth with faith t, love k, meekness /, and readiness of mind m, as the word of God n ; meditate 0, and confer of it f; hide it in their hearts q, and bring forth the fruit of it in their lives r.
$±161. How do the sacraments become effectual means of salvation?
A. The sacraments become effectual means of salvation, not by any power in themselves, or any virtue derived from the piety or intention of him by whom they are administred; but only by the working of the Holy Ghost, and the blessing of Christ, by whom they are instituted/.
i Heb. iv. 2. For unto us was earnest heed to the things which we the gospel preached, as well as un- have heard, Jest at any time we to them: but the word preached sliould let them slip, did not profit them, not being mix- p Lukexxiv. 14. And they talked with faith in them that heard it. ed together of all these things which k 2 Thess. ii. 10. And with all hadhappened. Deut.vi.6. Andthese deceivableness of unrighteousness, words which I command thee this in them that perish ; because they day, (hall be in thine heart, T. 7. received not the love of the truth, And thou shalt teach them diligentthat they might be saved. Jy unto thy children, and shalt talk
/ James i. 21. Wherefore lay a- of them when thou fittest in thine part all silthiness and superfluity house, and when thou walked by of naughtiness, and receive with the way, and when thou liest down, meekness the ingrafted word, which and when thou risest up. is ableto save your fouls. q Prov. ii. i. My son, if thou
m Acts xvii. Ii. These were wilt receive my words, andhidemy more noble than those in Thessalo- commandments with thee. Psal. nica, in that they received the word cxix. Ii. Thy word have I hid i" with all readiness of mind, and mine heart, that I might not fin asearched the scriptures daily, whe- gainst thee, ther those things were so. r Luke viii. Ij. But that on the
n i Thess. ii. 13. For this cause good ground, are they, which in an also thank we God without ceasing, honest and good heart, having heard because when ye received the word the word keep it, and bring forth of God which ye heard of us, ye fruit with patience. James i- 25. received it not as the word of men, But whoso looketh into the perse" but (as it is in truth) the word of law "of liberty, and continueth thereGod, which effectually worketh also in, he being not a forgetful hearer, in you that believe. but a doer of. the work, this mao
0 Luke ix. 44. Let these sayings shall be blessed in his deed, fink down into your ears: for the .161 s 1 Pet. iii. 21. The like Son of man shall be delivered into figure whereunjo, even baptism, doth the hands of men. * Heb. ii. 1. also now save us (not the patting Therefore we ought to give the more away of the filth of the flesh, but the