the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25
Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
Method; the established manner of performing a thing. Nothing can be more beautiful in religion and morals than order. The neglect of it exposes us to the inroads of vice, and often brings upon us the most perplexing events. Whether we consider it in reference to ourselves, our families, or the church, it is of the greatest importance. As to the first, order should be attended to as it respects our principles, Hebrews 13:9 . James 1:8 : our tempers, Proverbs 17:14 . Ephesians 4:31; our conversation, Colossians 4:6; our business, Proverbs 22:29; our time, Psalms 90:12 . Ecclesiastes 3:1; our recreations; and our general conduct, Philippians 1:27 . 2 Peter 1:5 , &c.
2. As it regards our families, there should be order; as to the economy or management of its concerns, Matthew 12:25; as to devotion, and the time of it, Joshua 24:15; as to the instruction thereof, Ephesians 6:1 . Genesis 18:19 . 2 Timothy 1:5 .
3. In respect to the church, order should be observed as to the admission of members, 2 Corinthians 6:15; as to the administration of its ordinances, 1 Corinthians 14:33; 1 Corinthians 14:40; as to the attendance on its worship, Psalms 27:4; as to our behaviour therein, Colossians 1:10 . Matthew 5:16 . To excite us to the practice of this duty, we should consider that God is a God of order, 1 Corinthians 14:33; his works are all in the exactest order, Ephesians 1:11 . Psalms 104:25 . Ecclesiastes 3:11; heaven is a place of order, Revelation 7:1-17; Revelation 8:1-13; Revelation 9:1-21; Revelation 10:1-11; Revelation 11:1-19; Revelation 12:1-17; Revelation 13:1-18; Revelation 14:1-20; Revelation 15:1-8; Revelation 16:1-21; Revelation 17:1-9 . Jesus Christ was a most beautiful example of regularity. The advantages of order are numerous. "The observance of it, " says Dr. Blair, "serves to correct that negligence which makes us omit some duties, and that hurry and precipitancy which makes us perform others imperfectly. Our attention is thereby directed to its proper objects. We follow the straight path which Providence has pointed out to us; in the course of which all the different business of life presents itself regularly to us on every side. Ser. vol. 2: p. 23.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Order'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​cbd/​o/order.html. 1802.