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Chapter XLII.—The order of ministers in the Church.

The apostles have preached the Gospel to us from178178    Or, “by the command of.” the Lord Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ [has done so] from179179    Or, “by the command of.” God. Christ therefore was sent forth by God, and the apostles by Christ. Both these appointments,180180    Literally, “both things were done.” then, were made in an orderly way, according to the will of God. Having therefore received their orders, and being fully assured by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and established181181    Or, “confirmed by.” in the word of God, with full assurance of the Holy Ghost, they went forth proclaiming that the kingdom of God was at hand. And thus preaching through countries and cities, they appointed the first-fruits [of their labours], having first proved them by the Spirit,182182    Or, “having tested them in spirit.” to be bishops and deacons of those who should afterwards believe. Nor was this any new thing, since indeed many ages before it was written concerning bishops and deacons. For thus saith the Scripture in a certain place, “I will appoint their bishops183183    Or, “overseers.” in righteousness, and their deacons184184    Or, “servants.” in faith.”185185    Isa. lx. 17, Sept.; but the text is here altered by Clement. The LXX. have “I will give thy rulers in peace, and thy overseers in righteousness.”

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