The office of presbyters is a permanent one.
The ultimate ground of faith and knowledge is confidence in God.
Ruling elders are declared to be the representatives of the people.
That the apostolic office is temporary, is a plain historical fact.
Our first remark on this subject is that the ministry is an office, and not merely a work.
When the great promise of the Spirit was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, it was fulfilled not in reference to the apostles only.
As the Church is the aggregate of believers, there is an intimate analogy between the experience of the individual believer, and of the Church as a whole.
All the reasons which require the subjection of a believer to the brethren of a particular church, require his subjection to all his brethren in the Lord.
The right of the people to a substantive part in the government of the Church is recognized and sanctioned by the apostles in almost every conceivable way.
The Galatians are severely censured for giving heed to false doctrines, and are called to pronounce even an apostle anathema, if he preached another gospel.