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To the Reader.
What is meant by the Ministry of the Gospel. Its
Conceruing the Prophets.
That the names of A postle, Evangelist, and Prophet,
were given to other Pastors and Teachers of the
Church besides those just mentioned.
That the Church, in its infancy, had no Bishops and
Presbyters except the Apostles and their fellow-
The Apostolic writings do not acknowledge annual Pres-
byters, with authority merely to govern the Church,
but unable to teach.
On the interpretation
a passage in St. Ambrose. 129
An Exposition of 1 Tim. v. 17. on the sense of the
words,“ labouring in the Word and Doctrine.” 135
That the Order which makes the superior Presbyters
Bishops is Divine; and that a human device which
declares all Pastors and Presbyters to be equal. 141
That our Saviour has not by any law abolished the
superior authority of some Pastors over others.
That the form of government established by the Apo-
stles did not terminate with their lives.
That the command to preach the Gospel to all nations
is still binding on the Church, although the Apostles
are removed to Heaven: and that Apostolical autho-
rity is necessary thereto.
That Apostolical authority is no less necessary for main-
taining and confirming Churches already existing,
than for planting new ones.
Confirmation of the preceding Chapter from the Eccle-
siastical History of Eusebius.
The authority of Bishops over Presbyters is proved by
the unanimous consent of the whole world. 183
That Bishops were ordained agreeably to Divine insti-
tution and Apostolical tradition.
That there is no difference between a Presbyter and a
Bishop was the opinion of Aerius, which was consi-
dered a heresy by the Fathers.
An opinion of St. Jerome's refuted.