Thematic Bible




Thematic Bible








yet you did not despise me for the trial which attended my person, nor treated me with scorn; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.













Let men consider us, as the ministers of Christ, who dispense the divine mysteries. now it is required in a steward, that he be found faithful.


saying, "hurt not the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads."





If then there be a servant, appointed by his master to take care of his family, who faithfully and prudently distributes their allowance according to the establishment: happy is the servant, who shall be found so employed, at his master's return. I tell you, he shall make him steward of all his estate. read more.
but if he be dishonest, and says to himself, my Lord delays coming, and shall pretend to assault his fellow-servants, and spend his time with sots: the master of that servant will come in a day when he least expects it, and at an hour he is not aware of; and shall turn him out of the family, and give him the reward due to such behaviour: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.




Let your loins be girt, and your lamps burning: imitate those servants who stand waiting for their master's return from the wedding, to let him in as soon as he comes to the door. happy those servants, whom the master at his arrival shall find thus watching: I assure you, he shall gird himself, and make them sit at table, and will come to serve them. read more.
happy are the servants he finds in such a state, whether it be at the second or at the third watch of the night, when he comes. if the master of a house knew at what hour the thief would come, no doubt he would be on his guard, and not suffer him to break into his house. be ye therefore likewise prepar'd; for the son of man will come, when you least expect him. then Peter said to him, Lord, do you apply this similitude to us, or to all in general? Jesus answered, if there be a faithful prudent steward, appointed by his master to give his domesticks their stated allowance; happy is such a servant, whom his master at his return shall find so employ'd. I assure you, he will intrust him with the management of his whole estate. but if the servant should say within himself, my master delays his return; and fall a beating his fellow-servants, indulging himself in eating and drinking to excess. his master will return on a day he does not expect him, and a an hour he is ignorant of; he will separate him from the rest, and give him a treatment answerable to his infidelity. but the servant, who knows his master's will, and prepares not himself, nor executes his orders, shall receive many stripes. whereas he that does not know it, and does things worthy of chastisement, shall receive fewer stripes. for to whom much is given, of him shall much be required, and the more a man has been trusted, the greater will be the demand.

Who of you having a servant, that plows, or feeds your cattle, will immediately upon his coming from field, say to him, come and sit at table? won't he rather say, get ready my supper, dress yourself, and wait upon me, till I have done eating and drinking; after that, take your meal? will he think himself oblig'd to that servant for doing what he was order'd? I believe not.

and the truth shall make you free. they answered him, we are Abraham's offspring, and were never slaves to any man: why then do you say, "ye shall be made free?" Jesus answered them, I declare unto you, whosoever committeth sin, is a slave to sin. read more.
a slave has no right to be in the house for life: but the son is settled there.

by no means. know ye not, that to whom ye subject your selves vassals at command, his vassals you are whom you thus obey; the vassals either of sin to destruction, or of obedience to justification? but God be thanked, that you, who were the vassals of sin, have sincerely obeyed in the manner the gospel prescribed. being then set free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. read more.
(I allude to civil affairs, because of your unacquaintedness with spiritual matters:) as then you made your natural faculties subservient to impurity, and all manner of vice; make them now subservient to virtue and holiness. for when ye were the vassals of sin, ye were not in the service of virtue. what benefit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? since they terminated all in death. but now being set free from sin, and actually in the service of God, the present advantage you reap is holiness, and the future everlasting life.

were you called being a slave? be not perplex'd about it; but if you can obtain your freedom, don't refuse it. for the slave that turns christian, is the Lord's freedman: likewise, the freeman that becomes a convert is Christ's servant. have you been redeemed from slavery? then, don't turn slaves.




Let men consider us, as the ministers of Christ, who dispense the divine mysteries. now it is required in a steward, that he be found faithful.