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TEXT. watching thereunto, with all perseverance, and supplication, for
all saints : 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may
open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the
gospel : 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds : that therein I may
speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
PARAPHRASE. spirit, attending and watching hereunto, with all
perseverance, and supplication, for all the saints; 19 And for me, in particular, that I may, with freedom
and plainness of speech, preach the word, to the manifesting and laying open that part of the gospel, that concerns the calling of the gentiles, which has
hitherto, as a mystery, lain concealed, and not been 20 at all understood. But I, as an ambassador, am
sent to make known to the world, and am now in prison, upon that very account: but let your prayers be, that, in the discharge of this my commission, I may speak plainly and boldly, as an ambassador from God ought to speak.
CHAP. VI. 21–24.
TEXT. 21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus,
a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things.
PARAPHRASE. 21 Tychicus, a beloved brother, and faithful minister
of the Lord, in the work of the gospel, shall acquaint
TEXT. 22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your
hearts. 23 Peace be to the brethren, and love, with faith, from God the
Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
PARAPHRASE. you how matters stand with me, and how I do, and
give you a particular account how all things stand 22 here. I have sent him, on purpose, to you, that
you might know the state of our affairs, and that he 23 might comfort your hearts. Peace be to the bre
thren, and love, with faith, from God the Father, 24 and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those
that love our Lord Jesus Christ with sincerity
24 * 'Ev åplopola, " in sincerity," so our translation; the greek word signifies, “jn incorruption.” St. Paul closes all his epistles, with this benedic
grace be with you ;” but this here is so peculiar a way of expressing himself, that it may give us some reason to inquire what thoughts suggested it. It has been remarked, more than once, that the main business of this
epistle is that, which fills his mind, and guides his pen, in his whole discourse. In this to the ephesians he sets forth the gospel, as a dispensation so much, in every thing, superiour to the law; that it was to debase, corrupt, and destroy the gospel, to join circumcision and the observance of the law, as necessary to it. Having writ this epistle to this end, he here in the close, having the same thought still upon his mind, pronounces favour on all those that love the Lord Jesus Christ in incorruption, i. e. without the mixing, or joining any with him, in the work of our salvation, that may render the gospel useless and ineffectual. For thus he says, Gal. v. 2, “ If ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you no
thing." This I sabmit to the consideration of the judicious reader.
I N D E X
N. B. Where an asterisk, &c. are added to the Numbers, they refer
to Notes at the Bottom of the Pages.
p. 126, t.
Bondage, what it signifies, (2 Cor.
out of due time, the apostle
was abolished by Christ, 462, plained,
323, By, sometimes signifies, in the time
453, * : 473, * CALLING upon Christ, the mean-
212, *. Clear in this matter, whatit signi-
Covenant of grace and works, how
what that phrase means,470, $.
to be presented to God, 398, *. meaning of that phrase, 455, I.
Deeds of the law, what are meant Fulfilled in us, in what sense to
EAT and drink unworthily, (1 GATHER together in one all
Cor. xi.) what it signifies, 158,*. things, what is to be understood
339, t. Gentiles, several epithets given
pression means, 144, I. -how, being converted, they
378, *. the style of we and us, 437, t.
316, +: 320, t.
God, in what sense it is said God
and Lords many, in
Grace how it is said much more to
what it is to be under grace,
159, f. the glory of it appeared pe-
444, 7: 456, *.
166,*. HABITATION of God, how the
360, f. Heir of the world, in what sense