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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.




N. B. Where an asterisk, &c. are added to the Numbers, they refer

to Notes at the Bottom of the Pages.

p. 126, t.

185, *.


440, t.


Bondage, what it signifies, (2 Cor.

257, Il-
ABIDE in the same calling, how Born after the flesh, and spirit,
this phrase is to be understood, beautiful expressions, 64, .

out of due time, the apostle
Abolished, how the law of Moses Paul's saying so of himself, ex-

was abolished by Christ, 462, plained,
Accursed, to whom the apostle ul- Brother, why Paul called Timothy
timately applies this, (Gal. i.) SO,

206, *.
32, . By his own power, how to be un-
Adam, all men became mortal by derstood,

120, t.
his sin,

323, By, sometimes signifies, in the time
Adoption, belonged only to the of,

468, 9
jews before Christ's coming,

Aid, how used in the New Testa-

453, * : 473, * CALLING upon Christ, the mean-
Anointed, what it signifies, (2 Cor. ing of that expression, 384, +.

212, *. Clear in this matter, whatit signi-

238, 8:

Covenant of grace and works, how
they differ,

BAPTISM, how it obliges to ho- Covetousness, used for exorbitant
333, lust,

479, 1.
Baptised into one's name, what it Created all things by Jesus Christ,

what that phrase means,470, $.
Benevolence, what it signifies, (1
Cor. vii.)

Boasting, howtaken from the jews

by the gospel,

306, §.
Bodies, why St. Paul requires them DEAD in trespasses and sins,

to be presented to God, 398, *. meaning of that phrase, 455, I.

2 K


84, t.

Deeds of the law, what are meant Fulfilled in us, in what sense to
by them,

303, *.
be understood,

Discerning, what it imports, (1
Cor. xi.)
160, +.


442, t.

EAT and drink unworthily, (1 GATHER together in one all

Cor. xi.) what it signifies, 158,*. things, what is to be understood
Election, what it signifies, (Rom. by this expression,

339, t. Gentiles, several epithets given
Ends of the world, what that ex- them by St. Paul, 317, t.

pression means, 144, I. -how, being converted, they
Endured with long-sufferance, gloried in God,

320, 1
what that expression implies, St. Paul speaks of them in

378, *. the style of we and us, 437, t.
Enemies, how the unbelievingjews Glory of God, (Rom. iii. 23.)
are so called,
394, t. what meant by,

304, t.
Epistles of Paul, causes of their Glory, or boast, how St. Paul did

IV. &c.

259, +.
expositors often put their how the gentile converts did
own sense on them,


316, +: 320, t.
the author's way of study- how God is the father of it,
ing, and method of interpreting

449, +.

God, in what sense it is said God
Esau have I hated, to be taken in is one, (Gal. iii.)
374, 1: Gods many

and Lords many, in
Establishment of the gentile chris- what sense to be understood,
tians, how taken care of by St.

279, t.

Grace how it is said much more to
Every soul, the meaning of it, abound, (Rom. v.)
(Rom. xii.)

405, *.

what it is to be under grace,
Examine, (1 Cor. xi.) how to be

337, I.

159, f. the glory of it appeared pe-
Expedient, (1 what it re- culiarly in the first converts,
118, §.

444, 7: 456, *.



51, t.


133, 1.

317, t.

lates to,



FAITH, what it imports, (1 Cor.

166,*. HABITATION of God, how the
what Paul meant by hear- church is so called,

465, *.
ing of the ephesians' faith, 447,*. Have pleasure in, (Rom. i.) what
Faithful in Christ Jesus, what this it imports,

288, I.
description signifies, 436, +: Heavenly places, (Ephes. i.) how
Flesh, what to be in the flesh to be understood, 440: 450, t.

360, f. Heir of the world, in what sense
Fleshly tables of the heart, the Abraham was so,
apostle'sallusion in that phrase, Him, (1 Cor. xvi.) refers to the
218, I. spiritual man,

96, t.
From faith to faith, that phrase Hoped first in Christ, who they
means wholly of faith, 283, ll. were,

444, +.

312, *.

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