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"THE office of the apostles, as apostles, was in its own nature temporary, and terminated with those who first discharged its functions. The foundation of a building, once properly and securely laid, does not require to be laid over again. And here was the peculiar work and honor of tbe apostles. To them it was committed to lay the foundation of the Christian Church; (we use a Scripture figure;) and all who were raised up to their help, and all who came after them in the evangelical ministry, could only assist in rearing the superstructure upon the foundation laid by them, until the whole building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple of the Lord, to be complete, all perfect, and glorious, at the end of time."
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