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CHAPTER 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 : 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,
PARAPHRASE. 21 Tychicus, a beloved brother, and faithful minister of the
Lord, in the work of the Gospel, shall acquaint you how
matters stand with me, and how I do, and give you a parti22 cular account how all things stand here. I have sent him, on
purpose, to you, that you might know the state of our affairs, 23 and that he might comfort your hearts. Peace be to the bre
thren, and love, with faith, from God the Father, and the 24 Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those that love our
Lord Jesus Christ with sincerity a.
NOTE. 24 • 'Ey & @eapola, “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, superior 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 hè says, Gal. v. 2, “ If ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing." This I submit to the consideration of the judicious reader.
N. B. Where letters are added to the numbers, they refer to Notes
at the bottom of the pages.
page 116, f.
Benevolence, what it signifies,
Bodies, why St. Paul requires
ulti- Bondage, what it signifies, (2 Cor.
293, a. out of due time, the apostle
411,1: 429, r. By his own power, how to be un-
192, b. By, sometimes signifies, in the time
Baptism, how it obliges to holiness,
80, c. of that expression, 348, n.
Clear in this matter, what it signi-
Faith, what it imports, (1 Cor. xii.)
435, c. of the Ephesians' faith, 405, a.
Flesh, what to be in the flesh
apostle's allusion in that phrase,
Fulfilled in us, in what sense to be
Gather together in one all things,
Gentiles, several epithets given
how, being converted, they
St. Paul speaks of them
Jews are so called, 357, r. Glory, or boast, how St. Paul did
4, &c. how the Gentile converts did
287, b: 290, g.
how God is the Father of it,
and Lords many, in
339, m. what sense to be understood,
254, I. to abound, (Rom. v.) 301, e.
peculiarly in the first converts,
402, u: 413, x.
Law, taken for the whole Old
261, x. mand with a penalty annexed,
91, 0. stians are not under it, 306, 0.
402, u. is to be understood, 310, c.
in what sense believers are
dead to it,
how it is weak through the
of the Jews, how said to be
weak and beggarly,
of sin and death, what is
meant by it,
sin in general,
Lord is that spirit, the meaning of
Malico, (1 Cor. xiv.) used in an
Man, the two principles in him,
flesh and spirit, described, 65-6
Manifestation of the sons of God,the
meaning of that phrase, 332, t.
Many, put for all mankind, 295, e.
Men, carnal and spiritual, distin-
93, b, c.
Messiah, how the Jews expected
deliverance from him, 347, k.
Ministration of righteousness, why
the Gospel is so called, 199, i.
Mortal and incorruptible, (1 Cor.