SPIRITUAL HUSBANDRY.BY SAMUEL COXI planted, Apollos watered ; but God gave the increase."I Corinthians iii. 6.The most common form in which one hears thesewords quoted is, I think, this : " A Paul may plant, andan Apollos water ; but only God can give the increase."Years ago they were often quoted in this form to provethat learning and eloquence are of little value, or evenof no value, in the ministry of the Word ; that, thougha preacher were learned as Paul and eloquent asApollos, he would preach to no effect without theDivine blessing : and that as these gifts were of no availapart from the blessing of God, therefore — O strange" therefore " ! — they were of no use at all. The text isstill occasionally quoted, I believe, in order to " humblethe pride " of ministers — an intention for which, when itis sincere, ministers cannot be too grateful — in order toremind them that, however erudite they may be, andwhatever their natural gifts, neither their gifts nor theirerudition will of themselves enable them to commandsuccess in the great work to which they have been378 SPIRITUAL HUSBANDRY.called. But as a rule, I suppose, these words are nowused as a humble and sincere confession of the factthat, whatever our capacities and whatever our culturemay be, we can none of us, cleric or lay, do anythingto purpose in the service of God without his presence,cooperation, and benediction.