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Of the liberty of Galatians. the Gospel, &c. bond-woman and her son ;h for fect unto you, whosoever of the son of the bond-woman you are justified by the law; shall not be heir with the son ye are fallen from grace. of the free woman.

. 5 For we through the Spirit 31 So then, brethren, we are wait for the hope of righteousnot children of the bond-wo- ness by faith. man, but of the free.

6 For in Jesus Christ nei.

ther circumcision availeth any CHAP. V.

thing, nor uncircumcision; 1 He moveth them to stand in but faith, which worketh by

their liberty, 3 and not to love. observe circumcision, 13 but way Ye did run well ; who rather love. 19 The works did hinder you, that ye should of the flesh, 22 and fruits not obey the truth? of the Spirit.

8 This persuasionc cometh ŠTANĐ fast, therefore, in not of him that calleth you. the liberty a wherewith Christ9 A little leaven leaveneth hath made us free, and be not the whole lump.d entangled again with the yoke 10 I have confidence in you of bondage.b

through the Lord, that ye will 2 Behold, I Paul say unto be none otherwise minded; you, That if ye be cireumcis- but he that troubleth you shall ed, Christ shall profit you no- bear his judgment, whosoever thing.

he be. 3 For I testify again to ev- 11 And I, brethren, if I yet ery man that is circumcised, preach circumcision, why do that he is a debtor to do the I vet suffer persecution ? then whole law.

is the offence of the cross 4 Christ is become of no ef- ceased.

12 I would they were even rah, whose children were by promise, cut off,e which trouble you. not slaves, but free-born, represents 13 For, brethren, ye have the Gospel dispensation, the Jerusa- been called unto liberty; only lem from above, whose children we

use not liberty for an occasion all are, who believe, & are free from the bondage of the ceremonial law.

to the flesh, but by love serve 6 Cast out the bond-woman and ber one another son, that is, let the covenant of the 14 For all the law is fulfilllaw with its enslaving rites, be abalished, and the more mild, free and This persuasion you entertain, gracious dispensation of the Gospel concerning the law and its efficacy to every where prevail.

salvation, &c. a Liberty, freedom from the law of d A little leaven, that is, the errors Moses

of one teacher are sufficient to cor6 Yeke of bondage, the ceremonial rupt the whole church. law.

& Cut off, excommunicated.

Paul exhorteth

Chap. vi. •

to mildness. ed in one word, f even in this, have crucified the flesh, with thou shalt love thy neighbour the affections and lusts. as thyself.

25 If we live in the Spirit, 15 But if ye bite and devour let us also walk in the Spirit. one another, take heed that ye 26 Let us not be desirous of be not consumed one of an- vain-glory, provoking one an. other.

other, enyying one another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not

CHAP. VI.. fulfil the lust of the flesh. He willeth them to deal mild

17 For the flesh lusteth a ly with a brother that has gainst the Spirit, & the Spirit s lipped, 2 and to bear one against the flesh; and these another's burdens ; 6 to be are contrary the one to the liberal to their teachers, 9 other; so that ye cannot do and not to be weary of wellthe things that ye would.

doing. 18 But if ye be led of the BRETHREN, if a man be - Spirit, ye are not under the overtaken in a fault, ye which law.

are spiritual restore such an 19 Now, the works of the one in the spirit of meekness; flesh are manifest, which are considering thyself, lest thou these; Adultery, fornication, also be tempted. uncleanness, lasciviousness, 2 Bear ye one another's bur

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, ha- dens and so fulfil the law of tred, variance, emulations, Christ. wrath, strife, seditions, here- 3 For if a man think himsies,

self to be something, when 21 Envyings, murders, he is nothing, he deceiveth drunkenness, revellings, and himself. such like; of the which I tell 4 But let every man prove you before, as I have also told his own work, and then shall you in time past, that they he have rejoicing in himself which do such things shall not alone, and not in another. ipherit the kingdom of God. 5 For every man shall bear

22 But the fruit of the Spi- his own burden. rit is love, joy, peace, long- 6 Let him that is taught in suffering, gentleness, goodness, the word, communicate unto faith,

him that teacheth in all good 23 Meekness, temperance; things. . against such there is no law. The Be pot deceived ; God is 24 And they that are Christ's not mocked; for whatsoever a

man soweth, that shall he also of In one word, by obeying one reap. precept.

8 For he that soweth to his

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Well-doing recommended. Galatians. Of the cross of Christ. flesh, shall of the flesh reap have you circumcised, that corruption ; but he that soweth they may glory in your flesh. to the Spirit, shall of the Spi- 14 But God forbid that I rit reap life everlasting. should glory, save in the cross

9 And let us not be weary of our Lord Jesus Christ, by in well-doing; for in due sea- whom the world is crucified son we shall reap, if we faint unto me, and I unto the world. not.

15 For in Christ Jesus nei10 As we have, therefore, ther circumcision availeth any opportunity, let us do good thing, nor uncircumcision, but unto all men, especially unto a new creature. them, who are of the house. 16 And as many as walk hold of faith.

according to this rule, peace 11 Ye see how large a let- be on them, and mercy, and ter I have written unto you upon the Israel of God. with mine own hand.

17 From henceforth let no 12 As many as desire to man trouble me; for I bear in make a fair shew in the flesh, my body the marks of the Lord they constrain you to be cir- Jesus. cumcised; only lest they should 18 Brethren, the grace of suffer persecution for the cross our Lord Jesus Christ be with of Christ.

your spirit. Amen. 13 For neither they themgelves, who are circumcised q Unto the Galatians, writkeep the law; but desire to ten from Rome.

PREFATORY REMARKS

TO THE EPISI'LE OF PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS.

EPHESUS was the metropolis of Asia Minor. It was celebrated for its commerce and riches, and for the magnificent temple of the goddess Diana. The inhabitants were a dissolute and idolatrous people, and extremely addicted to magic and divination.

St. Paul first visited this city on his journey from Corinth to Jerusalem, A. D. 53, and preached in the synagogue of the Jews with some prospect of success ; but he was at that time unable to continue there, being in haste to go to Jerusalem to keep the feast of Pentecost. He however soon returned and spent three years in preaching the Gospel, first in the synagogue, then in the school of one Tyrannus, and in other places

Of election,

Chap. i.

and adoption. of public resort. Paul therefore having spent so much time and labour in establishing the church at Ephesus, that he might not be wanting in concern for its safety and prosperity, wrote this Epistle while a prisoner at Rome, about A. D. 60 or 61, to secure it against the erroneous doctrines and practices, which the false teachers were endeavouring to introduce into it.

It has been remarked concerning this Epistle, that it contains a more complete system of precepts, respecting the temper which Christians ought to possess, and the duties which they owe to themselves and to each other, than is to be found in any other of Paul's Epistles.

1 THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO .

THE EPHESIANS.

CHAP. I.

made us accepted in the be1 Of Election, 5 and adoption, loved.

11 which is the foundation of way In whom we have redempman's salvation.

tion through his blood, the forDAUL, an apostle of Jesus giveness of sins, according to

I Christ by the will of God, the riches of his grace ; to the saints which are at 8 Wherein he hath abound... Ephesus, and to the faithful ed toward us in all wisdom and in Christ Jesus :

prudence ; 2 Grace be to you, & peace, 9 Having made known infrom God our Father and from to us the mystery of his will,a the Lord Jesus Christ.

according to his good pleasure 3 Blessed be the God and which he hath purposed in Father of our Lord Jesus himself : Christ, who hath blessed us 10 That in the dispensation with all spiritual blessings in of the fulness of times he might heavenly places in Christ: gather together in one all

4 According as he hath things in Christ, both which chosen us in him before the are in heaven and which are foundation of the world, that on earth; even in him : we should be holy and with 11 In whom also we have out blame before him in love: obtained an inheritance, being · 5 Having predestinated us predestinated according to the unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, ac

a The mystery of bis will here

means the salvation of the Gentiles cording to the good pleasure

through faith without obedience to of his will,

the law of Moses. It sometimes 6 To the praise of the glo- means the whole doctrine of the ry of his grace, wherein he hath Gospel.

We are created Ephesians. for good works. purpose of him who worketh standing being enlightened ; all things after the counsel of that ye may know what is the his own will:

hope of his calling, and what 12 That we should be to the riches of the glory of his to the praise of his glory, who inheritance in the saints, first trusted in Christ.

19 And what is the exceed13 In whom ye also trusted, ing greatness of his power to after that ye heard the word us-ward who believe, accordof truth, the Gospel of your ing to the working of his mighsalvation : in whom also after ty power, that ye believed, ye were seal. 20 Which he wrought in ed with that holy Spirit of Christ, when he raised him promise,b

from the dead and set him at 14 Which is the earnest of his own right hand in the heavour inheritance c until the re- enly places, demption of the purchased 21 Far above all principalpossession, unto the praise of ity, and power, and might, and his glory.

dominion, and every name 15 Wherefore I also, after that is named, not only in this I heard of your faith in the world, but also in that which is Lord Jesus, and love unto all to come: the saints,

22 And hath put all things 16 Cease not to give thanks under his feet, and gave him for you, making mention of to be the head over all things you in my prayers;

to the church, 17 That the God of our 23 Which is his body, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father fulness of him that filleth all of glory, may give unto you in all. the spirit of wisdom and reve.

CHAP. II. lation in the knowledge of him: 1 What we were by nature, 5 18 The eyes of your under and what we are by grace:

10 we are created for good 6 Ye were sealed, &c. In allusion

works. to the custom of merchants, marking

AND you hath he quickened, their parcels of merchandize with seals, to distinguish them from the

who were dead in trespasses goods of others, Christ is said to have and sins ; sealed or marked the Gentiles as the 2 Wherein, in time past, ye children of God, by bestowing on walked according to the course them the gifts of the Spirit.

of this world, according to the o Which is the earnest, &c. Earnest prince of the power of the air, is a small part of the price of a thing, given as evidence, that the bargain

the spirit that now worketh in is concluded, & as a pledge, that the

edge, that the the children of disobedience: whole price will be paid at the time a The prince of the power of the air, agreed on.

the chief of evil spirits.

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