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TEXT. 29 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. Amen.
PARAPHRASE. matters stand with me, and how I do, and give you a 22 particular account how all things stand here. I have
sent him, on purpose, to you, that you might know the
state of our affairs, and that he might comfort your 23 hearts. Peace be to the brethren, and love, with faith,
from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 94 Grace be with all those that love our Lord Jesus Christ with sincerity:
NOTE. 24 = 'Ex eplapola, “ in sincerity," so our translation; the greek word sig. nifies, “ 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, superiour 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 he says, Gal. v. 2, “ If ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you no" thing." 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.
p. 126, f.
Bondage, what it signifies, (2 Cor.
out of due time, the apostle
323, a. By, sometimes signifies, in the time
453, 1: 473, r. CALLING upon Christ, the mean-
Clear in this matter, what it signi-
Covenant of grace and works, how
what that phrase means, 470, p.
to be presented to God, 398, a. meaning of that phrase, 455, t.
Deeds of the law, what are meant Fulfilled in us, in what sense to
303, 1. be understood,
GATHER together in one all
Cor.xi.) what it signifies, 158, c. by this expression, 442, r.
how, being converted, they
gloried in God,
378, y. Glory of God, (Rom. iii. 23.)
394, t. Glory, or boast, how St. Paul did
IV, &c. how the gentile converts did
316, b: 320, g.
how God is the father of it,
XII. is one, (Gal. iii.) 51, C.
a national sense, 374, m. what sense to be understood,
abound, (Rom. v.) 317, e.
159, e. culiarly in the first converts,
444, u: 456, x.
FAITH, what it imports, (1 Cor. HABITATION of God, how the
church is so called, 465, n.
description signifies, 436, b. to be understood, 440: 450, g.
360, y. Abraham was so,
what it means,
I and J.
Law, in what sense believers aro
remained zealous for the law - of sin and death, what is
289, y. Lye, the apostle plainly uses it for
422, b. MALICE, (1 Cor. xiv.) used in an
minds were blinded, 221, Manifestation of the sons of God,
99, b, c.
Messiah, how the jews expected
deliverance from him, 383, k.
Ministration of righteousness, why
the gospel is so called, 220, 1.
xv.) how to be understood,
Mystery, the meaning of, 426, i.