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CHRISTIANS CONSOLED UNDER ALL TRIALS AND
ROMANS VIII. 28.-“We know that all things work
together for good, to them that love God." 366
ON PROFITABLY PREACHING AND HEARING
36. 197. 231. 266. 321. 348.
for necessities, read necessitous. 21. for we, read ye.
1. for examine, read examine ourselves. 11. for though, read through. 22. for make, read maketh. 6. for undistinguished, read undisguised.
Iona of novelty, their severai lavourers admirers. Some contended for a simplicity of manner suited to the plain doctrines and precepts of the Gospel; some, for an extensive range through all the mysteries of godliness : others sought an alliance between the humble unadorned articles of faith, and the blandishments of Gentile wisdom : others declared warmly against such adulterations; each professing his particular attachment to the teacher who most amused his fancy, or conformed with
his opinion. Therefore, one said, “I am the follower of Paul;” another, “I am the disciple of Apollos;" a third, declared himself the hearer of Cephas; while others, with more just and more scriptural views, looking up to the great Author and Finisher of their faith, professed that they were “of Christ.” Wherefore Saint Paul asks, “What are the several teachers, that
you should glory in ranging yourselves under their names or opinions?” They are merely ministers of a religion derived from God, not from human wisdom; instruments of salvation, not standing in rivalry with each other, but uniting in the same holy work, and for the same great purpose, according to their different faculties and endowments, to be esteemed for their work's sake, but of themselves ineffectual. To God's grace alone is their success to be ascribed. This it is which maketh the Word take root and prosper. “I have planted,” says he, and “ Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then, neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”
The Apostle then ascribes all the success that attended his ministry to the “grace of God” given him “as a wise master-builder,” declaring that he had only “ laid the foundation;" and cautioning his successors in the Christian ministry “how they build thereon:" "for” says he, in the text, “other foundation can