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Apostolic Counsel.

Apostolic Counsel.

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BY JAMES SMITH


" Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called
therein abide with God " — 1 Cor. vii. 24.

BY JAMES SMITH


" Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called
therein abide with God " — 1 Cor. vii. 24.

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APOSTOLIC COUSEL.BY JAMES SMITH" Brethren, let every man, wherein he is calledtherein abide with God " — 1 Cor. vii. 24.External circumstances and human distinc-tions are of small consequence to the Christian :for the rehgf'on he professes is able to make himuseful and happy any where, and every where.Whether master or servant, sovereign or subject,the believer need not be much concerned ; for inspiritual things all are equal. All have the samespiritual privileges, all are alike the sons of God,and the brethren of the Lord Jesus ; all are ac-cepted of God, and have access to Him on athrone of grace ; every one is promised strengthequal to his day, and grace according to his sta-tion ; and all have the same glowing prospectsopened before them.Every condition has its peculiar trials andtemptations ; the v/ealthy are not exempt, norhave the poor an undue share ; the master is triedin his station, as well as the servant in his. Thepoor are often the happiest, being rich iu faith,fervent in prayer, and rejoicing in hope ; theirsituation being low is more sheltered, and theyfind the gospel of Jesus peculiarly suited to them.Present dis inctions will not last long ; death, the112 APOSTOLIC COUSEL.great leveller, will soon pass by, and lay all alikein the dust ; and then it will not much matterwhether we were masters or servants ; the only
 
point of importance will be were we holy and use-ful, and accordingly will every one " have praiseof God."The grand object to be kept in view by us all,is abiding with God as His children, walking withIlim like Enoch did ; and if we do so we shallrealize His presence, exercise faith in His word,keep up daily intercourse with Him on His throne,look not so much at present things as future, andexpect Him to ratify His word in our experience.This will bring joy in sorrow, strength in weak-ness, light in darkness, and inspire with immortalhope. It will enable us to adorn the gospel, con-vince the gainsaycrs, and glorify our heavenlyFather. More depends on the state of the mindthan on any circumstances in which we can beplaced ; therefore, let not the wealthy be high-minded, but fear ; let not the learned be proud,but humble ; let not the poor be depressed, buthopeful ; let not the illiterate despond, but loofor divine teaching. Let no one be anxious orhasty to exchange situations ; we know what areour trials in our present, but we know not whatthey may be in another. Let us all endeavour,where Providence placed us, to " abide with God."This counsel reproves many rash speculatinjf professors ; dissatisfied with their present condi-APOSTOLIC COUSEL. 113tlon, determined to rise rapidly, they run beforeprovidence, and move without the approbation of God ; and so fall " into temptation and a snare,and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, whichdrown men in destruction and perdition." It iscalculated to check the murmuring and repining;

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