138 NO SCRIPTURE FOR PAPAL SUCCESSION. considering that God, who directed the pens of the apostles, and who intended that their writings should continue for the perpetual instruction of Christians, foresaw how requisite such a precept would be to secure that duty? for if but one such precept appeared, it would do the business, and void [terminate] all contestation about it. 4. They who so carefully exhort to honour and obey the temporal sovereignty, how come they so wholly to waive urging the no less needful obligations to obey the spiritual monarch? while they are so mindful of the emperor, why are they so neglectful of the pope? in- somuch that divers popes, afterward, to ground and urge obedience to them, are fain to borrow those precepts which command obedience to princes, accommodating them by analogy and inference to them- selves.' 5. ParticularlySt Peter, one would think, who so earnestly enjoins to obey "thekingas supreme,"and to "honour him," 1 Pet. ii. 13-17, should not have been unmindful of bis successors, or quite have for- borne to warn Christians of the respect due to them. Surely the popes afterward do not follow him in this reservedness; for in their decretal epistles they urge nothing so much as obedience to the apostolical see. 6. One might have expected something of that nature from St Paul himself, who wrote so largely to the Romans, and so often from Rome, that at least some word, or some intimation, should have dropped from him concerning these huge rights and privileges of this see, and of the regard due to it; particularly then when he pro- fessedly enumerates the offices instituted by God for standing use and perpetual duration, "for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; till we all come in the unityof the faith," &c.,2 Eph. iv. 11-13; 1 Cor. xii. 28. He commends them [the Romans] for their faith, which " was spoken of through the whole world," Rom. i. 8; yet "giving them no advantage above others," as St Chrysostom observes on these words, " For obedience to the faith among all nations, among whom also are ye."3 " This," says St Chrysostom, "he says to cast down their conceit, to humble their haughtiness of mind, and to teach them to deem others equal in dignity with themselves."' When he writes to that church, which was some time after St Peter had settled the popedom, he only styles them KTnroi á ',o,, ' P. Nic. I., Ep. x.; P. Leo IX., Ep. i.; P. Greg. VII., Ep. i. 22. 3 Quarum laudum et glorias degenerem fuisse, maximum crimen est. Ci. Rom. ad Cypr., Ep. xxxi. " To degenerate from which praise and glory is an exceedinggreat crime." only vaioY minor; Medal T V Wih ,. 4 TaU4a vralfil xrdarPW4 h4Ó 0, OV%aa, XEY41, 01',0,11ACC 475 pp h x Mdr- X air,ì; ' 2V cr1. ¢A),vç lO0P' "".