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85th Q.-Did our Saviour enjoin his disciples to use this form of words whenever they prayed vocally?
A. We do not read that he did, but he enjoined them to pray after such a manner : hence it may be inferred they were to adopt the spirit of that prayer in their addresses to the throne of Grace, and avoid unnecessary and superfluous expressions; as appears from what we meet with in other parts of the Scripture on the subject of prayer.
Luke xviii. 10. Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13. And the publican standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14. I tell you, This man went down to his house justified rather than the other.
Acts iv. 23. And being let go, they [Peter and John] went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. 24. And when they heard that, they lift up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God which hast made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 25. Who, by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 26. The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. 27. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast
anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 28. For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. 29. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30. By stretching forth thine hand to heal: and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 31. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
Eph. iii. 14. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15. Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18. May be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19. And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end, Amen.
See also Acts, i. 24, 25.
86th Q. What are the qualifications of a gospel minister?
A. He must have experienced the regenerating power of the Spirit of Christ, by
which only a true knowledge of the things of God and of his kingdom is revealed.
Rom. viii. 5. For they that are after the flesh, do mind the things of the flesh: but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 8. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
1 Cor. ii. 7. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world unto our glory. 8. Which none of the princes of this world knew. 10. But God hath
revealed them unto us by his Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 13. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
87th Q.-Is the above experience sufficient of itself to qualify for the work of the ministry?
A.-No, for though a man cannot be qualified without it, yet it is further requisite that he receive an immediate call from God to preach the gospel, being "inwardly moved by the Holy Spirit" to take upon himself the office; and in the performance of the various duties of the ministry committed to him, he must act under the same divine influence.
Luke xxiv. 44. And he [Jesus] said unto them [his disciples], These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms concerning me. 45. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures, 46. And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47. And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name, among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48. And ye are witnesses of these things. 49. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
Acts i. 4. And [Jesus] being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit, not many days hence. 8. Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and untó the uttermost part of the earth.
Matt. xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: 20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Acts ii. 1. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they [the disciples] were all with one accord in one place. 2. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3. And there appeared 'unto them cloven, tongues, like as of fire, and it sat upon I each of them: 4. And they were all filled with the
Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Gal. i. 11. But I certify you, brethren, that the. gospel which was preached of me, is not after man. 12. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ."
1 Tim. i. 9. Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient. 10. And if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, 11. According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 12. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.
Rom. xii. 4. As we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5. So we being many are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6. Having then gifts, differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith: 7. Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching.
2 Cor. iii. 5. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves: but our sufficiency is of God. 6. Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament, not of the letter, but of the spirit, for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
2 Cor. iv. 1. Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy we faint not; 2. But having renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceit fully, but by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
1 Peter iv. 10. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one toanother, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth;