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watching thereunto, with all perseverance, and supplication, for all saints:

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel:

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.


spirit, attending and watching hereunto, with all perseverance, and supplication, for all the saints; 19 And for me, in particular, that I may, with freedom and plainness of speech, preach the word, to the manifesting and laying open that part of the gospel, that concerns the calling of the gentiles, which has hitherto, as a mystery, lain concealed, and not been 20 at all understood. But I, as an ambassador, am sent to make known to the world, and am now in prison, upon that very account: but let your prayers be, that, in the discharge of this my commission, I may speak plainly and boldly, as an ambassador from God ought to speak.


CHAP. VI. 21-24.



21 But that

also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus,


a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things.


21 Tychicus, a beloved brother, and faithful minister of the Lord, in the work of the gospel, shall acquaint


22 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.


you how matters stand with me, and how I do, and give you a particular account how all things stand 22 here. I have sent him, on purpose, to you, that

you might know the state of our affairs, and that he 23 might comfort your hearts. Peace be to the bre

thren, and love, with faith, from God the Father, 24 and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those that love our Lord Jesus Christ with sincerity.


24 * 'Ev aplapola," in sincerity," so our translation; the greek word signifies," 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 this 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 an asterisk, &c. are added to the Numbers, they refer
to Notes at the Bottom of the Pages.


ABIDE in the same calling, how
this phrase is to be understood,
p. 126, t.
Abolished, how the law of Moses
was abolished by Christ, 462, *.
Accursed, to whom the apostle ul-
timately applies this, (Gal. i.)
32, .
Adam, all men became mortal by
his sin,
323, *.
Adoption, belonged only to the
jews before Christ's coming,
440, t.
Air, how used in the New Testa-
453, *: 473, *.
Anointed, what it signifies, (2 Cor.
212, *.



BAPTISM, how it obliges to ho-


Baptised into one's name, what it
84, t.
Benevolence, what it signifies, (1
Cor. vii.)
Boasting, howtaken from the jews
by the gospel,
306, §.
Bodies, why St. Paul requires them
to be presented to God, 398, *.

Bondage, what it signifies, (2 Cor.
257, 1.
Born after the flesh, and spirit,
beautiful expressions, 64, S.

out of due time, the apostle
Paul's saying so of himself, ex-
185, *.
Brother, why Paul called Timothy
By his own power, how to be un-
120, t.
By, sometimes signifies, in the time
468, §



CALLINGupon Christ, the mean-
ing of that expression, 384, t.
Clear in this matter, what it signi-
238, .
Covenant of grace and works, how
they differ,
Covetousness, used for exorbitant
479, +.
Created all things by Jesus Christ,
what that phrase means,470, §.



DEAD in trespasses and sins,
meaning of that phrase, 455, ‡.

2 K

Deeds of the law, what are meant
by them,
303, *.
Discerning, what it imports, (1
Cor. xi.)

160, t.


EAT and drink unworthily, (1
Cor. xi.) what it signifies, 158,*.
Election, what it signifies, (Rom.
339, t.
Ends of the world, what that ex-
pression means,
144, .
Endured with long-sufferance,
what that expression implies,
Enemies, how the unbelievingjews
are so called,
394, t.
Epistles of Paul, causes of their


IV. &c.
expositors often put their
own sense on them,


the author's way of study-
ing, and method of interpreting


Esau have I hated, to be taken in
a national sense,
374, .
Establishment of the gentile chris-
tians, how taken care of by St.
279, t.
Every soul, the meaning of it,
(Rom. xiii.)
405, *.
Examine, (1 Cor. xi.) how to be
159, f.
Expedient, (1 Cor. vi.) what it re-

lates to,




FAITH, what it imports, (1 Cor.
what Paul meant by hear-
ing of the ephesians' faith, 447,*.
Faithful in Christ Jesus, what this
description signifies, 436, +.
Flesh, what to be in the flesh
360, t.
Fleshly tables of the heart, the
apostle's allusion in that phrase,
From faith to faith, that phrase
means wholly of faith, 283, ||-


Fulfilled in us, in what sense to
be understood,



GATHER together in one all
things, what is to be understood
by this expression,
442, t.
Gentiles, several epithets given
them by St. Paul, 317, t.
how, being converted, they
gloried in God,
320, +.
St. Paul speaks of them in
the style of we and us, 437, t.
Glory of God, (Rom. iii. 23.)
what meant by,
304, t.
Glory, or boast, how St. Paul did
259, t.
how the gentile converts did
316, t: 320, t.
how God is the father of it,
449, t.
God, in what sense it is said God
is one, (Gal. iii.)
51, t.
Gods many and Lords many, in
what sense to be understood,
133, .
Grace how it is said much more to
abound, (Rom. v.)
317, t.
what it is to be under grace,
337, .
the glory of it appeared pe-
culiarly in the first converts,
444, †: 456, *.



HABITATION of God, how the

church is so called, 465, *.
Have pleasure in, (Rom. i.) what
it imports,
288, I.
Heavenly places, (Ephes. i.) how
to be understood, 440: 450, t.
Heir of the world, in what sense
Abraham was so,
312, *.
Him, (1 Cor. xvi.) refers to the
spiritual man,
96, t.
Hoped first in Christ, who they
444, t.


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