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have need of, and a right to, the prayers of every christian Church and Congregation in the whole world. Paul says to the minister Timothy, “I exhort that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men : for kings, and for all that are in authority: that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.- For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour: who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” Remember this; whether kings, judges, rulers, powers, be themselves good men or not, they are nevertheless in their office shadows and likenesses of Jesus, who is their Lord and Master, and to whom they must give an account. Every earthly king ought to make us think of Christ the King of kings, and Lord of Heaven and earth.Every ruler should serve to remind us of Him, who is the everlasting “Ruler
of His people Israel.”—Every power oli earth should raise our thoughts to that JESUS, who is “the Power of God.” Every human judge should stir up our dull minds to think on Him, who we believe shall “ come to be our Judge.” If, dear friends, we would have this
King of Glory,” this everlasting Ruler, this great Power of God, this “most worthy Judge eternal,” to be our Friend in “the dreadful Day of Judgment,” let us now daily seek His pardoning grace, His cleansing blood, His quickening Spirit, and follow the blessed steps of His most holy life, and not follow after vain
persons : but be followers of those who are followers of Christ: that through Him we may with them have our portion in God's eternal and peaceful kingdom
EXHORTATION TO SERVANTS.
Titus ii. 9.
1. Such christians as have earthly masters are in need from time to time to be kindly and affectionately called to remember those duties which they know, and to perform those duties of their calling, which they are apt to be slack in. This is called “exhorting” them. Now “exhortation” is a thing which all christians have need of, as well as such christians as are servants. Therefore Paul, in his first letter to the Thessalonian christians, speaks thus to them all: “We beseech you, brethren, and erhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.” This work of “exhortation” does not belong only to the Ministers and Preachers of the Gospel. Christians ought in a spirit of love and earnestness to exhort one another: and that often : lest Satan gain an advantage over them: as Paul says in the Hebrews : “ Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one-another daily, while it is called To-day : lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Acting upon this rule himself, St. Paul, in his letter to the bishop Titus, exhorted him to give diligence to the duties of his bishopric.One of those duties was to exhort those over whom the Holy Ghost had made him overseer.
Paul also exhorted the bishop Timothy, saying, “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine; neglect not the gift that is in thee.” These letters of Paul to Timothy and Titus, may therefore be most profitably studied by all the Ministers of Christ's church, and received as a “ word of exhortation ” to them : shewing them their duties towards their flocks, and earnestly and kindly calling them to the practice thereof.--For as with the people, so with the priest, we all have need to be stirred up to remember our professions and parts and privileges.
2. I would now give a few words of " Exhortation " to such as are “Servants :”-for so I am commanded by the word of God, which saith: “Exhort Servants.” Satan is busy to try and make you disobedient to your own Masters. Because if he can make you disobey your Master, he thereby causes you to disobey God. For He has commanded you, saying, “Servants, be obedient to them that are your Masters according to the flesh.” So saitha