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The hidden mystery of Chap. ii. the Gentiles being saved.

3 Among whom also we all were without Christ being ahad our conversation in times liens from the commonwealth past in the lusts of our flesh, of Israel,c and strangers from fulfilling the desires of the the covenants of promise, hayflesh and of the mind ; and ing no hope, and without God were by nature the children of in the world : wrath, even as others.

13 But now, in Christ Je. 4 But God, who is rich in sus, ye who sometimes were mercy, for his great love afar off, are made nigh by the wherewith he loved us,

blood of Christ. 5 Even when we were dead 14 For he is our peace, who in sins, hath quickened us hath made both one,d & bath together with Christ; (by broken down the middle wall grace ye are saved ;)b

of partition between us ;e 6 And hath raised us up to

15 Having abolished in his gether, and made us sit togeth- flesh the enmity even the law of er in heavenly places in Christ commandments contained in or

dinances; for to make in himhy That in the ages to come

self of twain one new man, so he might shew the exceeding making peace ; riches of his grace in his kind- 16 And that he might reness toward us, through Christ concile both f unto God in one Jesus.

body g by the cross, having 8 For by grace are ye sav

slain the enmity thereby ; ed through faith; and that 17 And came and preached not of yourselves ; it is the peace to you which were afar gift of God; 9 Not of works, lest any from the Jewish nation.

c Being aliens, &c. Being alienated man should boast.

d Who hath made both Jews & Gen10 For we are his workman- tiles one people of God. ship, created in Christ Jesus e Hath brcken down the middle wall unto good works, which God of partition between Because hath before ordained that we the Jews were separated from all should walk in them.

the nations, and made the people of 11 Wherefore remember, Paul calls the law, the middle wall of

God exclusively, by the law of Moses, that ye being in time past Gen- separation, in allusion to the wall, tiles in the flesh, who are which separated the court of Israel called Uncircumcision by that from the court of the Gentiles: and which is called the Circum- Jesus Christ by his death, having cision in the flesh made by that is, having abolished the law of

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broken down the separating wall;

Moses, hath united both Jews and 12 That at that time ve Gentiles in one church.

6 Through grace or the mere favour f Borb Jews and Gentiles. of God, are we saved.

g In one body, in one church,

hands ;

Exhortations to unity, Ephesians.

and to put on off, and to them that were

5 Which in other ages was nigh.

not made known unto the sons 18 For through him we of men, as it is now revealed both have access by one Spirit unto his holy apostles and unto the Father.

prophets by the Spirit ; 19 Now, therefore, ye are 6 That the Gentiles should no more strangers and foreign- be fellow-heirs, and of the ers, but fellow-citizens with same body, and partakers of the saints, and of the house- his promise in Christ by the hold of God;

Gospel : 20 And are built upon

the To Whereof I was made a foundation of the apostles and minister, according to the gift prophets, Jesus Christ himself of the grace of God given unbeing the chief corner-stone ; to me by the effectual working · 21 In whom all the building, of his power. fitly framed together, groweth 8 Unto me, who am less unto an holy temple in the than the least of all saints, is Lord :

this grace given, that I should 22 In whom ye also are preach among the Gentiles the builded together for an habi- unsearchable riches of Christ; tation of God through the 9 And to make all men see Spirit.

what is the fellowship of the CHAP. III.

mystery, which from the beThe hidden mystery that the ginning of the world hath been

Gentiles should be saved. hid in God, who created all

For this cause I Paul, the things by Jesus Christ : prisoner of Jesus Christ for 10 To the intent that now you Gentiles,

unto the principalities and 2 If ye have heard of the powers in heavenly places dispensation of the grace of might be known by the church God which is given me to you- the manifold wisdom of God, ward :

11 According to the eter3 How that by revelation nal purpose which he purposhe made known unto me the ed in Christ Jesus our Lord ; mystery ;a (as I wrote afore 12 In whom we have bold. in few words,

ness and access with confidence 4 Whereby, when ye read, by the faith of him. ye may understand my knowl 13 Wherefore I desire that edge in the mystery of Christ,) ye faint not at my tribulations

for you, which is your glory. & Mystery of the Gentiles being admitted joint heirs with the Jews of

14 For this cause I bow my the blessings of the Gospel without knees unto the Father of our being obliged to observe the law of Lord Jesus Christ, Moses,

15 Of whom the whole fam

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the new man.

Chap. iv.

He exhorteth to unity. ily in heaven and earth is 2 With all lowliness and named,

meekness, with long-suffering, 16 That he would grant forbearing one another in love; you, according to the riches of

3 Endeavouring to keep the his glory, to be strengthened unity of the Spirit in the bond with might by his Spirit in the of peace.b inner man ;

4 There is one body and one 17 That Christ may dwell Spirit,c even as ye are called in your hearts by faith ; that in one hope of your calling; ye being rooted and grounded 5 One Lord, one faith, one in love,

baptism, 18 May be able to


6 One God and Father of hend, with all saints, what is all, who is above all, and the breadth, and length, and through all, and in you all. depth, and height;

But unto every one of us is 19 And to know the love of given grace, according to the Christ, which passeth know- measure of the gift of Christ. ledge, that ye inight be filled 8 Wherefore he saith, When with all the fulness of God. he ascended up on high, he led

20 Now unto him that is captivity captive, and gave able to do exceeding abundant- gifts unto men. ly above all that we ask or 9 (Now that he ascended, think, according to the power what is it but that he also de that worketh in us,

scended first into the lower 21 Unto him be glory in parts of the earth pe the church by Christ Jesus, 10 He that descended is the throughout all


world same also that ascended up without end. Amen.

far above all heavens, that he CHAP. IV.

might fill all things.) 1 He exhorteth to unity, 24 to

11 And he gave some, aput on the new man, 25 to postles :f and some, prophets; cast off lying, 29 and corrupt communication.

b Carefully endeavour to preserve the I THEREFORE, the pris. should subsist among persons aniAvoid corrupt

unity, harmony, and affection, which oner of the Lord, beseech you, mated by the same spirit. that ye walk worthy of the c There is one body or church, and vucation wherewith ye are there is one Spirit, which animates called,a

that body.

d He led captivity captive; he took 6 Breadth, length, depth, and height captive those wicked spirits, who had of the Christian church, which ex- held mankind in captivity to sin. tends over all the earth.

e Descended, &c. that is, became a That ye would walk worthy of man, was put to death, and buried. the knowledge and belief of the Gos- of He gave or appointed some to be pel, into which ye have been called apostles, &c.

Ephesians. communications. and some, evangelists g; and because of the blindness of some, pastors and teachers ; their heart :

12 For the perfecting of the 19 Who, being past feeling, saints,h for the work of the have given themselves over ministry, for the edifying of unto lasciviousness, to work all the body of Christ :

uneleanness with greediness. 13 Till we all come in the 20 Bút ye have not so learnunity of the faith, and of the ed Christ; knowledge of the Son of God, 21 If so be that ye have unto a perfect man, unto the heard him, & have been taught measure of the stature of the by him, as the truth is in Jesus: fulness of Christ :

22 That ye put off concern14 That we, henceforth, being the former conversation, no more children, tossed to the old man, which is corrupt and fro, and carried about according to the deceitful with every wind of doctrine, lusts; by the sleight of men, and cun- 23 And be renewed in the ning craftiness, whereby they spirit of your mind; lie in wait to deceive ;

24 And that ye put on the 10 But speaking the truth new man, which after God is in love, may grow

up into him created in righteousness and in all things, which is the head, true holiness. even Christ:

25 Wherefore, putting a16 From whom the whole way lying, speak every man body fitly joined together, and truth with his neighbour ; for compacted by that, which ev- we are members one of anery joint supplieth, according other. to the effectual working in the 26 Be ye angry and sin not; measure of every part, maketh let not the sun go increase of the body, unto the your wrath : edifying of itself in love.

27 Neither give place to 17 This I say, therefore, the devil. and testify in the Lord, that 28 Let him that stole, steal ye henceforth walk not as oth- no more ; but rather let him er Gentiles walk in the vanity labour, working with his hands of their mind;

the thing which is good, that 18 Haring the understandhe may have to give to him ing darkened, being alienated that needeth. from the life of God through 29 Let no corrupt commuthe ignorance that is in them, nication proceed out of your

mouth, but that which is good g Evangelists, preachers of the

to the use of edifying, that it Gospel.

may minister grace unto the b For qualifying the saints, &c. hearers.

down upon He exhorteth to love, Chap. v. to flee fornication.

30 And grieve not the holy Be not ye, therefore, parSpirit of God, whereby ye are takers with them. sealed unto the day of re- 8 For ye were sometimes demption.

darkness, but now are ye light 31 Let all bitterness, and in the Lord; walk as children wrath, and anger, and clam- of light; our, and evil speaking, be put 9 (For the fruit of the Spiraway from you,with all malice: it is in all goodness, and righ

32 And be ye kind one to teousness, and truth ;) another, tender-hearted, for- 10 Proving what is acceptgiving one another, even as able unto the Lord. God for Christ's sake hath 11 And have no fellowship forgiven you.

with the unfruitful works of

darkness, but rather reprove CHAP. V.

them. 1 He exhorteth to love, 3 to flee 12 For it is a shame even fornication. 22 The duties to speak of those things, which of wives, 23 and of husbands. are done of them in secret.

BE ye, therefore, followers 13 But all ngs that are of God, as dear children; reproved are made manifest

2 And walk in love, as by the light; for whatsoever Christ also hath loved us, and doth make manifest is light. hath given himself for us, an 14 Wherefore he saith, Aoffering and a sacrifice to God wake, thou that sleepest, and for a sweet-smelling savour. arise from the dead, and Christ

3 But fornication, and all shall give thee light. uncleanness, or covetousness, 15 See then that


walk let it not be once named among circumspectly, not as fools, but you, as becometh saints; as wise,

4 Neither filthiness, nor 16 Redeeming the time, befoolish talking, nor jesting, cause the days are evil. which are not convenient; 17 Wherefore be ye not unbut rather giving of thanks. wise, but understanding what

5 For this ye know, that no the will of the Lord is. whoremonger, nor unclean 18 And be not drunk with person, nor covetous man, who wine, wherein is excess; but is an idolater, hath any in- be filled with the Spirit; heritance in the kingdom of 19 Speaking to yourselves Christ, and of God.

in psalms, and hymns, and 6 Let no man deceive you spiritual songs, singing and with vain words ; for because making melody in your heart of these things comethi the to the Lord; wrath of God upon the chil- 20 Giving thanks always dren of disobedience.

for all things unto God and the

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