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Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope, 1 Tim. i. 1. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, 12. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity, ii. 7. Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles, 2 Tim. i. 11. Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness, Tit. i. 1. And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron, Heb. v. 4.

d The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons for ever, to burn incense before the LORD, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name for ever, 1 Chron. xxiii. 13. Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb 1 sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations, Jer. i. 5. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed into Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus, Acts xiii. 2-4.

e For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the Gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, ver. 9. For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth ; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek, 16. That I should be the minister of Jesus

Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the Gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost, xv. 16. And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ, 29. Now to him who is of power to stablish you ac

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cording to my Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, xvi. 25. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned, Mark xvi. 15, 16. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord, Luke ii. 10, 11. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the grace of God, Acts xx. 24. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Eph. i. 13. But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the Gospel, even so we speak ; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts, 1 Thess. ii. 4. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, Brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our Gospel,, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Thess. ii. 13, 14. According to the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust, 1 Tim. i. 11.

VER. 2.

(Ο προεπηγγείλατο διὰ τῶν προφητῶν αὑτοῦ ἐν γραφαῖς ἁγίαις,)

(Which a he had promised afore by his prophets in the Holy Scriptures,)

a Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself, Luke xxiv. 26, 27. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name who

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soever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins, Acts x. 43. And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers, xxvi. 6.

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and truth, John i. 14. But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, Gal. iv. 4. And, without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory, 1 Tim. iii. 16. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world, 1 John iv. 2, 3. For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist, 2 John 7.

b What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God, Rom. iii. 1, 2. Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it, Psal. cxix. 140. But I will shew thee that which is noted in the Scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince, Dan. x. 21. And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 2 Tim. iii. 15, 16. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, 2 Pet.liness, by the resurrection from the dead: i. 20, 21. And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done, Rev. xxii. 6.

VER. 3.

Περὶ τοῦ υἱοῦ αὑτοῦ, (τοῦ γενομένου ἐκ σπέρματος Δαβὶδ κατὰ σάρκα·

Concerning a his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

a See on Matt. xiv. ver. 33. clause 2. b See on Matt. i. ver. 1. clause 2. c Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen, Rom. ix. 5. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel, Gen. iii. 15. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace

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VER. 4.

Τοῦ ὁρισθέντος υἱοῦ Θεοῦ ἐν δυνάμει, κατὰ Πνεῦμα ἁγιωσύνης, ἐξ ἀναστάσεως νεκρῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ τοῦ Κυρίου ἡμῶν·

And declared to be a the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of ho

See on Acts ii. ver. 24. clause 1.
VER. 5.

(Δι' οὗ ἐλάβομεν χάριν καὶ ἀποστολὴν εἰς ὑπακοὴν πίστεως ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, ὑπὲρ τοῦ ὀνόματος αὐτοῦ·

By whom a we have received grace and bapostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, e for his



a For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith, Rom. xii. 3. Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the Góspel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost, xv. 15, 16. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace, John

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ROM. I. 5.

i. 16. But by the grace of God I am what I am and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me, 1 Cor. xv. 10. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life, 2 Cor. iii. 5, 6. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood, Gal. i. 15, 16. (If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto the holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the Gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ, Eph. iii. 2-9. According to the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, 1 Tim. i. 11, 12. b See on ver. 1. clause 3:

For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, Through mighty signs and wonders,

A. D. 60. by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the Gospel of Christ, Rom. xv. 18, 19. But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith, xvi. 26. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the Priests were obedient to the faith, Acts vi. 7. (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds ;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled, 2 Cor. x. 4-6. And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him, Heb. v. 9.

dIs he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, who shall justify the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through faith, Rom. iii. 29, 30. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office, xi. 12, 13. And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy, as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. And again Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the Gospel of God, that the offering

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up of the Gentiles might be accepable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost, xv. 9-13. 16. See also on Matt. xii. ver. 18. clause 5.

e For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts, Mal. i. 11. But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the LORD a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen, 14. Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name, Acts xv. 14. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ, Eph. i. 6. 12. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people; but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy, 1 Pet. ii. 9, 10.

VER. 6.

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love God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose. For whom
he did foreknow, he also did predes-
tinate to be conformed to the image
of his Son, that he might be the first-
born among many brethren. More-
over whom he did predestinate, them
he also called: and whom he called,
them he also justified: and whom he
justified, them he also glorified, Rom.
viii. 28-30. Even us, whom he hath
called, not of the Jews only, but also
of the Gentiles, ix. 24. God is faith-
ful, by whom ye were called unto the
fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our
Lord, 1 Cor. i. 9. I marvel that ye
are so soon removed from him that
called you into the grace of Christ
unto another Gospel, Gal. i. 6. That
ye would walk worthy of God, who
hath called you unto his kingdom and
glory, 1 Thess. ii. 12. Whereunto he
called you by our Gospel, to the ob-
taining of the glory of our Lord Jesus
Christ, 2 Thess. ii. 14. Who hath
saved us, and called us with an holy
calling, not according to our works,
but according to his own purpose and
grace, which was given us in Christ
Jesus before the world began, 2 Tim.
i. 9. Wherefore, holy brethren, par-
takers of the heavenly calling, con-
sider the Apostle and High Priest of
our profession, Christ Jesus, Heb. iii.
1. But ye are a chosen generation, a
royal priesthood, an holy nation, a pe-
culiar people; that ye should shew forth
the praises of him who hath called

Ἐν οἷς ἐστε καὶ ὑμεῖς, κλητοὶ Ἰησοῦ you out of darkness into his marvellous light, 1 Pet. ii. 9. For even hereΧριστοῦ) unto were ye called: because Christ Among whom are ye also the called also suffered for us, leaving us an of Jesus Christ:

a In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will, Eph. i. 11. Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth, Col. i. 6. And you, that were sometime alienated, and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled,

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example, that ye should follow his
But the God of all grace,
steps, 21.
who hath called us unto his eternal
glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye
have suffered a while, make you per-
fect, stablish, strengthen, settle you,
v. 10. Wherefore the rather, breth-
ren, give diligence to make your
calling and election sure: for if ye
do these things, ye shall never fall,
2 Pet. i. 10.

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful, Rev. xvii. 14.

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To all that be in Rome, bbeloved of

God, called to be saints: d Grace to you and peace from God our Father, 8-and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the LORD shall cover him

Πᾶσι τοῖς οὖσιν ἐν Ρώμῃ, ἀγαπητοῖς | all the day long, and he shall dwell Θεοῦ, κλητοῖς ἁγίοις· Χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη between his shoulders, Deut. xxxiii. ἀπὸ Θεοῦ πατρὸς ἡμῶν, καὶ Κυρίου Ἰησοῦ 12. That thy beloved may be deΧριστοῦ. livered; save with thy right hand, into my garden, my sister, my spouse: and hear me, Psal. Ix. 5. I am come I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honey-comb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved, Cant. v. 1. Put on there fore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, Col. iii. 12. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort, 1 Tim. vi. 2.

a And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, Acts xv. 23. Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their's and our's, 1 Cor. i. 2. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia, 2 Cor. i. 1. Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the Bishops and Deacons, Phil. i. 1. To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, Col. i. 2. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting, Jam. i. 1. Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied, 1 Pet. i. 1, 2. Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called, Jude 1.

b As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people and her beloved, which was not beloved, Rom. ix. 25. And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of


Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ, ver. 6. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful, Col. iii. 15. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness, 1 Thess. iv. 7. But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation, 1 Pet. i. 15. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue, 2 Pet. i. 3.

d Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Cor. i. 3. Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Gal. i. 3. Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, Phil. i. 2. Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord, 1 Tim. i. 2. To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour, Tit. i. 4. Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, Philem. 3. Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctifica

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