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CONTENTS.

LECTURE I.

CHAPTER I. 1-6.-Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all

the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and dea-

cons: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and from the

Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For

your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now: Being confident

of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you, will per-

form it until the day of Jesus Christ.

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LECTURE II.

CHAPTER I. 7-11.-Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all,

because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the

defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.

For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of

Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and

more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that

are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of

Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus

Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

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LECTURE III.

CHAPTER I. 12-18.-But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the

things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance

of the gospel; So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and

in all other places; And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident

by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some

indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will.

The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add afflic-

tion to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the

defence of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether

in pretence or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and

will rejoice.

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LECTURE I.

CHAPTER I. 1—6.

Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

WHEN the Apostle began the composition of this letter to the believers of Philippi, he was under the influence of that most affecting recollection, that he had been the instrument, under Providence, of their conversion "from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God." While St. Paul was at Troas, he beheld in the night, as we are informed in the sixteenth chapter of the Acts, the vision of a man of Macedonia; who, in a supplicating voice, cried, "Come over into Macedonia, and help us." The summons was immediately obeyed; the gospel was proclaimed, in all its grace and fulness, to the inhabitants of that unenlightened region; and among those who, at Philippi, were brought to a knowledge

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