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CHAPTER V. 1-5, pp. 101-192.

Part I. Of the duties of rulers in the Christian church, page 103. CHAPTER I.

The appellation given to rulers in the Christian church,“elders,” 103. § 1. The

origin and meaning of the appellation, 103. $ 2. Qualifications of Christian

elders, 109. $ 3. Of the manner in which elders were invested with office, 110.

CHAPTER II. Of the duties of Christian elders, 110. § 1. Of the figurative

terms in which these duties are described, 110. $2. Of the duties themselves,

112. (1.) Instruction, 112. (2.) Superintendence, 119. CHAPTER III. Of

the manner in which these duties are to be performed, 123. § 1. Not by con-

straint but willingly, 124. § 2. Not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind, 126.

§ 3. Not as lords of God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock, 130.

CHAPTER IV. Of the motives to these duties, 133. § 1. Motives suggested

by the Apostle's reference to himself, 134. (1.) He was also an elder, 134.

(2.) He was a witness of the sufferings of Christ, 136. (3.) He was a partaker

of the glory to be revealed, 139. § 2. Motives from considerations referring

to the church, 141. (1.) It is the flock of God, 141. (2.) It is God's heri-

tage, 142. § 3. Motives from considerations referring to the office bearers

themselves, 144. (1.) The reward of the faithful elder, 144. (2.) The doom of

the unfai

stian elder, 147. PART II. Of the duties of the members

of the Christian church to their office-bearers, 149. § 1. Preliminary re-

quisites to the discharge of the duty of subjection to elders, 157. (1.) Con-

viction of the Divine authority of church order, 157. (2.) Personal respect

for those invested with office, 158. § 2. Subjection to the elders as teachers,

159. § 3. Submission to the elders as Superintendents, 162. (1.) Submis-

sion to the eldership as a body, 162. (2.) Submission to the elders as indi-

viduals, 165. Part III. Of the duty which all in a Christian church owe to

each other: "Mutual subjection," 170. CHAPTER I. Of the mutual subjec-

tion which all in a Christian church owe to each other, 172. § 1. What this

does not imply, 172. § 2. What it does imply, 173. CHAPTER II. Of the

means of performing this duty, "the being clothed with humility.” § 1. Hu-

mility explained. $ 2. The tendency of humility to secure mutual subjection,

181. CHAPTER III. Of the motive urging Christians to cultivate humility,

182. Notes, 190.

CHAPTER V. 6, 7, pp. 193-234.

Part I. First view of affliction, page 197. $ 1. Affliction is subjection to the

mighty hand of God, 197. $ 2. Our duty in affliction is to humble ourselves
under the mighty hand of God, 201. (1.) As creatures under the hand of their
Creator, 203. (2.) As subjects under the hand of their Sovereign, rebel sub-




CHAPTER V. 8.11, pp. 235-291.

Part I. The Christian's great enemy, page 238. CHAPTER I. Who is he? The

Devil, 238. CHAPTER II. What is he? 240. § 1. He is an adversary, their

adversary, 240. § 2. He is a subtle adversary, 242. $3. He is an active ad-

versary, 244. § 4. He is a cruel adversary, 246. $ 5. He is a powerful ad-

versary, 247.

PART II. The Christian's duty in reference to his great

enemy, 251.

CHAPTER 1. What the Christian must do to his great

enemy, 251. $ 1. He must resist his attacks on himself, 251. § 2. He must

resist his attacks on the Christian cause, 254. CHAPTER II. What the

Christian is to do that he may resist his great enemy, 256. § 1. He must be

sober, 257. § 2. He must be vigilant, 259. $ 3. He must be stedfast in the

faith, 260. Part III. The Christian's encouragement to perform his duty in

reference to his great enemy, 263. CHAPTER I. The encouraging fact ; all

the brotherhood have sustained and surmounted this struggle, 263. CHAP-

TER II. The faithful promise, 267. $1. The encouragement contained in

the promise itself, 269. (1.) They shall be made perfect, 270. (2.) They

shall be established, 271. (3.) They shall be strengthened, 272. (4.) They

shall be settled, 273. (5.) He who does all this for them is God, 275. § 2. The

encouragement contained in the adjuncts of the promise, 277. (1.) The God

who has promised this is “the God of all grace," 278. (2.) The God of all

grace has called the Christian in Christ Jesus, 280. (3.) The God of all grace

has called Christians to his eternal glory, 283. (4.) The afflictions are mode-

rate in degree, short in duration, and form a part of the Divine plan for their

ultimate salvation, 286. Part IV. Conclusion, 288.



7. But the end of all things is at hand, page 11; be ye therefore sober, 2;
8. and watch unto prayer, 6; and abo all things have fervent charity

among yourselves, 20; for charity shall cover the multitude of sins, 27;
9, 10. use hospitality one to another without grudging, 38; as every one hath

received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, 47; as good
11. stewards of the manifold grace of God, 55; if any man speak, let him

speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the
ability that God giveth, 49; that God in all things may be glorified

through Jesus Christ, 56; to whom be praise and dominion for ever and
12. ever, Amen, 57; beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial

which is to try you as if some strange thing happened unto you, 62;
12. but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings, 67; that

when his glory is revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy, 71;
14. if ye be reproached for the name of Christ, 74; happy are ye, 75; for

the spirit of God and of glory resteth upon you, 76; on their part he is
evil spoken of you, but on your part he is glorified, 76; but let none of





you suffer as a murderer or as a thief, or as an evil doer, 79; or as a
busy body in other men's matters, 80; yet if any man suffer as a Chris-
tian, 84; let him not be ashamed, 85; but let him glorify God on this
behalf, 86; for the time is come that judgment must begin at the house
of God, 89; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them who
obey not the gospel of God ? 94; and if the righteous scarcely be saved,
91; where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear, 94 ; wherefore let them
that suffer according to the will of God, 91; commit the keeping of their
souls to him, 91 ; in well doing, 95; as unto a faithful Creator, 92, 93.






The elders which are among you, 103; I exhort who am also an elder,

135; and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, 137; and also a partaker

of the glory that shall be revealed, 140 ; feed the flock of God

which is among you, 142; taking the oversight thereof, 119; not by

constraint, but willingly, 124; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind,

126 ; neither as being lords, 130; over God's heritage, 143; but being

ensamples to the fock, 131; and when the chief shepherd shall appear,

ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away, 144; likewise,

150; ye younger, 149; submit yourselves unto the elder, 159, 162; yea,

all of you be subject one to another, 170; and be clothed with humility,

177; for God resisteth the proud, 183; and giveth grace to the humble,

185; humble yourselves, 201; therefore, under the mighty hand of God,

197; that he may exalt you in due time, 209; casting all your care upon

him, 218; for he careth for you, 225; be sober, 257; be vigilant, 259;
because your adversary, 240; the devil, 238; as a roaring lion, 246, 247;

walketh about, 244; seeking whom he may devour, 247; whom resist,

251 ; stedfast in the faith, 260; knowing that the same affictions are

accomplished in your brethren that are in the world, 263; but the God

of all grace, 278; who hath called us, 280; to his eternal glory, 283; by

Christ Jesus, 282; after that ye have suffered a while, 286; make you

perfect, 270; stablish, 271; strengthen, 272; settle you, 273; to him be

glory and dominion for ever and ever, Amen, 288; by Silvanus, 302 ;
a faithful brother unto you, 303; as I suppose, 304; I have written
briefly, 300; exhorting, 300; and testifying, 298; that this is the true

grace of God, 295; wherein ye stand 297; the church that is at Baby-

lon, 305; saluteth you, and so doth Marcus, my son, 307; greet ye one

another with a kiss of charity, 308 ; peace be with you all that are in

Christ Jesus, 311; Amen, 313.


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