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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
An ordinance appointed for the purpose of instructing men in the principles and knowledge of the Gospel, Ephesians 4:8; Ephesians 4:11 . Romans 10:15 . Hebrews 5:4 . That the Gospel ministry is of divine origin, and intended to be kept up in the church, will evidently appear, if we consider the promises, that in the last and best times of the New Testament dispensation there would be an instituted and regular ministry in her, Ephesians 4:8; Ephesians 4:11 . Titus 1:5 . 1 Peter 5:1-14 : 1 Timothy 1:1-20 :; also from the names of office peculiar to some members in the church, and not common to all, Ephesians 4:8; Ephesians 4:11; from the duties which are represented as reciprocally binding on ministers and people, Hebrews 13:7; Hebrews 13:17 . 1 Peter 5:2-4; from the promises of assistance which were given to the first ministers of the new dispensation, Matthew 28:20; and from the importance of a gospel Ministry, which is represented in the Scripture as a very great blessing to them who enjoy it, and the removal of it as one of the greatest calamities which can befall any people, Revelation 2:3 :
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Ministry, Gospel'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/m/ministry-gospel.html. 1802.