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To read the scriptures publickly; for the proof of which,

1. That the priest and Levites in the Jewish church were trusted with the publick reading of the word, is proved k.

2. That the ministers of the gospel have as ample a charge and commission to dispense the word, as well as other ordinances, as the priests and Levites had under the law, proved, Isa. Ixvi. 21. Mat. xxiii. 34. where our Saviour entitleth the officers of the New Testament, whom he will send forth, by the same names of the teachers of the Old'.

Which propositions prove, that therefore (the duty being of a moral nature) it followeth by just consequence, that the publick reading of the scriptures belongeth to the pastor's office.

To feed the flock, by preaching of the word, according to which he is to teach, convince, reprove, exhort, and

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understanding, upon the first day of k Deut. xxxi. 9. And Moses wrote the seventh month. Ver. 3. And he this law, and delivered it unto the read therein-- Ver. 13. And on the priests the sons of Levi, which bare second day were gathered together the ark of the covenant of the Lord,

the chief of the fathers of all the peoand unto all the elders of Israel. ple, the priests and the Levites, unto Ver. 10. And Moses commanded Ezra the scribe, even to understand them, saying, At the end of every

the words of the law. seven years is the solemnity of | Isa. lxvi. 21. And I will also take of the year of release, in the feast of them for priests, and for Levites, saith tabernacles.

Ver. 11. When all the Lord. Mat. xxiii. 34. Wherefore, Israel is come to appear before the behold, I send unto you prophets, and Lord thy God in the place which wise men, and scribes; and some of he shall choose, thou shalt read them ye shallkill and crucify, and some this law before all Israel in their of then shall ye scourge in your synahearing. Neh. vüi. 1. And all gogues, and persecute them from city the people gathered themselves to to city. gether as one man, into the street mi Tim. ii. 2. A bishop then that was before the water-gate, and

must be blameless, the husband of they spake unto Ezra the scribe to one wife, vigilant, sober, of good bebring the book of the law of haviour, given to hospitality, apt to Moses, which the Lord had com teach. 2 Tim. ii. 16. All scripture manded to Israel. Ver. 2. And Ezra is given by inspiration of God, and is the priest brought the law before the profitable for doctrine, for reproof, congregation, both of men and wo for correction, for instruction in righ

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be Take, eat; this is my body, which is able, by sound doctrine, both to ex. broken for you': this do in rememhort and to convince the gainsayers. brance of me. Ver. 25. After the n Heb. v. 12. For when for the

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need that one teach you again which ing, This cup is the new testament
be the first principles of the oracles in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye
of God, and are become such as have drink it, in remembrance of me.
need of milk, and not of strong Compared with 1 Cor. x. 26. The cup,
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Christ, and stewards of the mysteries is it not the communion of the body
of God. Ver. 2. Moreover, it is re of Christ?
quired in stewards that a man be Numb. vi. 23. Speak unto Aaron,
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shall bless the children of Is. fore, and teach all nations, baptizing rael, saying unto them, Ver. 24. The them in the name of the Father, and Lord bless thee, and keep thee. Ver. of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost : 25. The Lord make his face to shine Ver. 20. Teaching them to observe

upon theem Ver. 26. The Lord lift
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manded you : and, lo, I am with you thee peace. Compared with Rev. i. 4.
alway, even unto the end of the John to the seven churches which are

Amen. Mark xvi. 15. And in Asia : Grace be unto you, and peace,
he said unto them, Go ye into all from hin which is, and which was,
the world, and preach the gospel to and which is to come; and front the
every creature.
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seven Spirits which are before his
believeth and is baptized shall be throne: Ver. 5. And from Jesus Christ,
saved; but he that believeth not who is the faithful witness, and the
shall be damned. 1 Cor. xi. 23. For

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Isa. Ixvi. 21. where, under the names of Priests and Lesi rites to be continued under the gospel, are meant evan

gelical pastors, who therefore are by office to bless the people".

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for priests, and for Levites, saith the Wherefore, brethren, look ye out Lord.

among you seven men of honest re. * Deut. 1. 8. At that time the port, full of the Holy Ghost and Lord separated the tribe of Levi, to wisdom, whom we may appoint over bear the ark of the covenant of the this business. Ver. 4. But we will Lord, to stand before the Lord to give ourselves continually to prayer, minister unto him, and to bless in his and to the ministry of the word. name, unto this day. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. 1 Cor. xvi. 1. Now concerning the The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, collection for the saints, as I have and the love of God, and the com

given order to the churches of Ga. munion of the Holy Ghost, be with latia, even so do ye. Ver. 2. Upon you all. Amen. Eph. i. 2. Grace the first day of the week, let every be to you, and peace, from God our one of you lay by him in store, as Father, and from the Lord Jesus God hath prospered him, that there Christ.

be no gatherings when I conie. $ Acts xi. 30. Which also they Ver. 3. And when I come, whomso. did, and sent it to the elders by the ever ye shall approve by your letters, hands of Barnabas and Saul. Acts them will I send to bring your liiv. 34. Neither was there any among berality unto Jerusalem. Ver. 4. them that lacked: for as many as

And if it be meet that I go also, they were possessors of lands or houses shall go withi me. Gal. ii. 9. And sold them, and brought the prices of when James, Cephas, and John, who the things that were sold, Ver. 35. seemed to be pillars, perceived the And laid them down at the apostles' grace that was given unto me, they

and distribution was made un gave to me and Barnabas the right to

every man, according as he had hands of fellowship; that we should need. Ver. 36. And Joses, who by go unto the heathen, and they unto the apostles was surnamed Barnabas,

the circumcision. Ver. 10. Only they (which is, being interpreted, The

would that we should remember the son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the same which I also was forthe country

of Cyprus, Ver. 37. Ha: ward to do. ving land, sold it, and brought the

tl Tini, v. 17. Let the elders money, and laid it at the apostles'

that rule well be counted worthy feet. Acts vi. 2. Then the twelve of double honour, especially they called the multitude of the disciples

who labour in the word and doc. anto them, and said, It is not reason

trine. Acts xx. 17. And from Mi. that we should leave the word of letus he sent to Ephesus, and called God, and serye tables. Ver. 3. the elders of the church. Ver. 28.

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mercy, with cheerfulness.. ! Cor. trine both to exhor|| word of God: whose faith follow, xii. l. Now concerning spiritual the gainsayers.

are diversities of gifts, but the sunce bath received the the same Lord. Ver. 6. And there God. Ver. 11. are diversities of operations, but it 25 let him speak a all. Ver. 7. But the manifestation of the ability w

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Teacher or Doctor, THE "HE scripture doth hold out the name and title of teach thet doth more ex er, as well as of the pastor".

ing sound doctrine Who is also a minister of the word, as well as the pastor, and hath power of administration of the sacraments.

may be called a to The Lord having given different gists, and divers exercises according to these gifts, in the ministry of the word";

, he be exercised by, one and the same minister*; yet, where he whole work of th several ministers in the same congregation, they may be de

A signed to several employments, according to the different and universities; Take heed therefore unto yourselves, w Rom. xii. 6. Having then gift, and to all the flock over the which differing according to the grace

that the Holy Ghost hath made you over is given to us, whether prophecy

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us prophesy according to the prou own blood. 1 Thess. v. 12. And we stry, let us wait on our ministering; beseech you, brethren, to know or he that teacheth, on teaching ; them which labour among you, and Ver. 8. Or he that exhorteth, on are over you in the Lord, and admonish you. Heb. xiii. 7. Remember them which have the rule over considering the end of their conver gifts, brethren, sation. Ver. 17. Obey then that

you ignorant. Ver. 4. Now there have the rule over you, and submit yourselves : for they watch for your · Spirit. Ver. 5.' And there are souls, as they that must give account: differences of administrations, but that they may do it with joy, and not with grief; for that is unprofitable for you.

the same God, which worketh all in ki Cor. xii. 28. And God hath set some in the church ; first, of the Spirit is given to every nian apostles; secondarily, prophets to profit withal. thirdly, teachers; after that mia racles; then gifts of healings, helps, prophesieth, speaketh unto men to governments, diversities of tongues. edification, and exhortation, and Eph. iv. 11. And he gave some comfort. 2 Tim. iv. 2. Preach apostles, and some prophets, and the word, be instant in season, Oui some evangelists, and some pastors of season; reprove, rebuke, ex: and teachers.

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gifts in which each of them doth most excely. And he that doth more excel in exposition of scriptures, in teaching sound doctrine, and in convincing gainsayers, than he cloth in application, and is accordingly employed therein, may be called a teacher, or doctor, (the places alleged by the notation of the word do prove the proposition.) Nevertheless, where is but one minister in a particular

congregation, he is to perform, so far as he is able, the a whole work of the ministry?,

A teacher, or doctor, is of most excellent use in schools and universities; as of old in the schools of the prophets, and at Jerusalem, where Gamaliel and others taught as doctors.

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doctrine. Tit, i. 9. Holding fast the 1 Tim. vi, 2. And they that have faithful word, as he hath been taught, believing masters, let them not de. that he may be able by sound doc spise them, because they are brethren: trine both to exhort and to convince but rather do them service, because the gainsayers.

they are faithful and beloved, pary See li letter immediately fire

takers of the benefit. These things ceding.) 1 Pet. iv. 10. As every man

teach and exhort, hath received the gift, even so mini a 2 Chron. xix. 8. Moreover in ster the same one to another, as good Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the stewards of the manifold grace of Levites, and of the priests, and of the God. Ver. 11. If any man speak,

chief of the fathers of Israel, for the let him speak as the oracles of God; judgment of the Lord, and for conif

any man minister, let him do it as troversies, when they returned to leof the ability which God giveth: rusalem. Ver. 9. And he charged that God in all things may be glori- them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fied through Jesus Christ; to whom fear of the Lord, faithfully, and with be praise and dominion for ever and a perfect heart. Ver. 10. And what Amen.

cause soever shall come to you of 2 Tim. iv. 2. Preach the word, your brethren that dwell in their be instant in season, out of season ; cities, between blood and blood, bem reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all tween law and commandnient, and long-suffering and doctrine. Tit. i. 9. statutes and judgments, ye shall even Holding fast the faithful word, as he warn them, that they trespass not hath been taught, that he may be against the Lord, and so wrath come able by sound doctrine both to ex upon you, and upon your brethren : hort and to convince the gainsayers. this do, and ye shall not trespass.

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