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ning knowing that your Master also is in heaven, neither is there respect of persons with him.

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diness to do good to your bond-slaves, forbearing the roughness even of unnecessary menaces, knowing that even you yourselves have a Master in heaven above, who will call you, as well as them, to an impartial account for your carriage one to another, for he is no respecter of

persons.

SECT. XI.

CHAP. VI. 10-20.

CONTENTS.

HE concludes this epistle, with a general exhortation to them, to stand firm against the temptations of the devil, in the exercise of christian virtues and graces, which he proposes to them, as so many pieces of christian armour fit to arm them cap-a-pee, and preserve them in the conflict.

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10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against princi

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10 Finally, my brethren, go on resolutely in the profession of the gospel, in reliance upon that power, and in the exercise of that strength, which is ready for your sup11 port, in Jesus Christ; Putting on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to resist all the attacks of the 12 devil: For our conflict is not barely with men, but with

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palities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore, take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able

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to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, and

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principalities, and with powers", with the rulers of the darkness, that is in men, in the present constitution of the world, and the spiritual managers of the opposition 13 to the kingdom of God. Wherefore, take unto yourselves the whole armour of God, that you may be able to make resistance in the evil day, when you shall be attacked, and, having acquitted yourselves in every thing 14 as you ought, to stand and keep your ground: Stand

fast, therefore, having your loins girt with truth; and 15 having on the breast-place of righteousness; And your feet shod with a readiness to walk in the way of the gospel of peace, which you have well studied and consi16 dered. Above all taking the shield of faith, wherein

you may receive, and so render ineffectual all the fiery 17 darts of the wicked one, i. e. the devil. Take also the

hopes of salvation for an helmet; and the sword of the 18 spirit, which is the word of God: Praying, at all sea

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12 Principalities and powers" are put here, it is visible, for those revolted angels, which stood in opposition to the kingdom of God.

17 b In this foregoing allegory, St. Paul providing armour for his christian soldier, to arm him at all points, there is no need curiously to explain, wherein the peculiar correspondence between those virtues and those pieces of armour, consisted, it being plain enough, what the apostle means, and wherewith he would have believers be armed for their warfare.

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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.

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sons, with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, attending and watching hereunto, with all perseverance, 19 and supplication, for all the saints; 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, 20 and not been 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.

SECT. XII.

CHAP. VI. 21-24.

EPILOGUS.

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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.

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21 Tychicus, a beloved brother, and faithful minister of the Lord, in the work of the gospel, shall acquaint you how

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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.

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matters stand with me, and how I do, and give you a 22 particular account how all things stand here. I have sent him, on purpose, to you, that you might know the state of our affairs, and that he might comfort your 23 hearts. Peace be to the brethren, and love, with faith, from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those that love our Lord Jesus Christ with sincerity*.

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24 a 'Ev aplapola, "in sincerity," so our translation; the greek word signifies, "in incorruption." St. Paul closes all his epistles, with this benediction, " 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 his 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 submit to the consideration of the judicious reader.

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