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ST. PAUL'S EPISTLE TO THE PHILIPPIANS.'
PAUL, and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ, to all the holy through Christ Jesus, that are at Philippi, with their *superintend
2 ants and 'deacons: Favour be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God always upon The «po«, every remembrance of you, in every tit cxprci- praver 0f mine for y0U aji . niak
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muck and lng suc" prayer with joy for your j°/. kind contribution to the gospel,
5 under the same confidence from
6 the first day "until now, that each of you who hath begun a good work will go on to finish it until
1 the day of Jesus Christ; as it is but just for me to entertain this opinion of you all, because ye all have me in your heart, and shared with me in this ministry, both during these bonds of mine, and during mi/ defence and confirmation
S of the gospel; for God is my witness, how I long for you all with the tender affections of jesus Christ;
9 with tliis praver also, that your love may abound yet more and more,
10 with knowledge, and all understanding, to distinguish the thiijgs
11 which are excellent, so as to be sincere and without offence until
1 This epistle was written from Rome to the Christians of Philippi, a city oi Macedonia, some time before the end of A.D. 6'2. The design of it was to thank the Philippuns for the supply they had sent him; to comfort them unde.' the concern they had expressed for his imprisonment; to check a pany spirit that had crept in among them; and to promote, on the contrary, an entire union and harmony of affection; to guard them aga'nst being seduced from the purity of the Christian faith, by Judaising teachers; to support them under the trials with which
the day of Christ; being filled with CHA?, the fruit of righteousness, through l Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Now I know that my present 19 imprisonment will end in my deli- Sptib verance through your prayers, and ^cecTM' a supply of the 4 spirit of Jesus bis reta Christ according to my earnest ex- frontons pectation and hope, that I 6hall disgrace myself in no respect; but 20 with all freedom of speech now, as at all other times, Christ will be honoured in my body, whether by life or by death. For me indeed 21 to live is to be employed in preaching Christ, and to die is gain. But if this life in the flesh be to me 22 a fruitful employment in his gospel, what I should choose in this case, I cannot say. For I am in 23 a strait between these two things, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ (which would be far better), and yet to continue in this 2+ life is more needful on your account. Indeed I know this with a 25 full assurance, that I shall continue in this life, and continue with you all for your satisfaction, and the furtherance of your faith, that your 26 glorifying in Christ Jesus may
they struggled; and, above all, to inspire them with a zealous concern to adorn their holy profession, by the most eminent Christian attainments.
* Those ministers who superintended and instructed the church. ,
3 Those who had the management of the collections for the poor,
4 Or a true Christian spirit, particularly fortitude and firmness, which the apostle had great occasion for, in bis defence before Nero.
abound through ' me, by my presence with you again.
Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ; that if I come, 1 may see, or if absent, may hear of you, that ye continue striving together with one mind and one soul, unterrified by all opposers, for the spreading of that faith of the gospel, which is to them a * proof of destruction, but to you of salvation. For this kindness hath God vouchsafed to you with respect to Christ, not only to believe in him, but even to suffer for him, enduring the same conflict which ye have seen in me, and now hear to be in me.
Therefore, if encouragement in Christ, if the consolation of love, if a spiritual union, if affection and compassion have any power, fill ye up my joy by having the same dispositions, the same love, the same soul, the same mind. Let there be no quarrel or vainglory; but with all humility give the preference to one another. Let each consider not their own concerns only, but the concerns of others also. Let the same disposition be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, speaking and working miracles in his name, did not esteem it a prey to be like God, but made himself of no account, faking the form of a servant, by stooping to the lowest offices of servitude, and resembling the commonest of men; and when found in the figure and condition of an ordinary roan, he humbled him
self still further, and became obe- CI5^P, dient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God on his 9 part hath very highly exalted him, and bestowed on him a name which is above every name, that by the 10 name of Jesus every knee should bow, or all opposite authority be put down, of beings in 3heaven and on 4earth, and4under the earth, H and every tongue confess Jesus Christ to be Lord to the glory of God the Father.
Wherefore, my beloved bre- 12 thren! as ye always obeyed me ani) f f«ldr with great fear of giving 'offence, t"'^"^n"s not only when I was present, but each other, much more now in my absence; promote the welfare of each other, for God is working in you, by the 13 help and advantages, which you enjoy both to be willing, and to perform. Do all things with good- 14 will, without murmuring and disputing, that ye may lae blameless 15 and uncorrupt, spotless children of God, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation; among whom shine ye forth as lights in the world, holding out the doctrine of 16 life; that I may boast of you in the day of Christ, as not having run my race in vain, nor laboured in vain. Yea, even if I be cpour- 17 ed out upon the sacrifice and offering of your faith, I will rejoice,, and rejoice with you all. In the 13 same manner do ye rejoice, and rejoke with me.
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things unto you is not troublesome to me, and is safe for vou. I count all things but loss in respect of the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whose sake I have suffered the loss of all worldly thingsj and count them but refuse that I might gain Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that through faith in Christ which is from God, so as to know Christ, and the efficacy of his resurrection, with a participation of his sufferings, by conforming myself to his death, if I may by any means arrive at a complete resurrection from dead works. Not That I have already attained this or already finished my race; but am still pursuing, if I may after all lay hold 'on that for which I also was laid hold on by Christ Jesus.
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1 When I shall bestow on you more spiritual gifts, and confirm you in the faith.
• None can have faith in the gospel without believing that those who oppose it and perish in their vices, must be punished.
1 The Jews who were under an heavenly dispensation.
4 The Gentiles, or all other living per..
sons besides the Jews.
6 Those who, though now dead, shall hereafter be raised to life aeain.
6 This way of speaking refers to the custom both of Jews and Heathens, ot" pouring wine on the victim which was about to be sacrificed.
thing it to be postponed to the religion of Christ,
and perpetual advances made to perfection.
Good examples to be followed and bad ones shunned.
Brethren, I do not reckon myself to have laid hold upon it; but this / rfo("forgetting what is behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before, I press toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly calling of God by Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are men in understanding, ihink thus; and if in any thing ye think otherwise, God wilHreveaY even this unto you. However as far as we have reached, let us walk by the same rule.
Be ye together imitators of me, brethren, and observe those who who walk after the pattern which ye have in us. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is the ruin of others, whose God is their appetite, whose glory is in their shame, whose mind is on earthly things. But we are citizens of heaven, whence we look for a deliverer, our
1 That reward for which Christ designed me at my conversion.
* By his prophets or appointed teachers. 'Referring to the destruction of Jerusa
Lord Jesus Christ, who will change Chap. this lowly body of ours into the form of his glorious body, according 21 to the efficacy by which he is able even to make all things subject to himself. Wherefore, my brethren, CHAP, beloved and greatly desired, my joy and crown, thus stand firmly in the Lord, my beloved.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again 4 I say, rejoice. Let your reason- Exboru. ableness be known unto all men.'"*"0 1 he Lord is 3 near. Be anxious portanuc. about nothing, but in every thing ties, by prayer and supplication, with 6 thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And may 7 that peace whicli exceedeth all comprehension, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever 8 things are true, whatsoever things are venerable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever "things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, and if there be any other thing which is virtuous, and if there be any other thing which is praise-worthy, think on these things. The things which ye both 9 learned, and received, and heard, and saw in me,, those practise: and the God of peace will be with you.
I have learned in whatsoever 11 state I am, therewith to be content. I know what it is to be brought 12 low, and I know zchat it is to abound. At all times and in all conditions I am instructed both to be full, and to be hungry, both to abound and to want. I can bear 13 all things through * him, who strengtheneth me. Now unto our 20 God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. The favour of 23 our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
4 Christ, whose example, precepts, promises, and spiritual gifts, animated the apostle to overcome every difficulty.
ST. PAUL'S EPISTLE TO THE COLOSSIANS.'
an apostle of Jesus by a divine appointment, and Timothy our brother, to the holy and faithful brethren
2 in Christ at Colosse: favour be unto you, and peace from God our Father.
3 We give thanks concerning you, he apo?. t0 tne God and Father of our Lord od for Jesus Christ (having heard of your circon- faith in Christ Jesus, and your ision; love towards all the saints) on ac
5 count of that hope, which is laid up for you in heaven; of which hope ye have heard before in the true doctrine of the gospel which
6 hath appeared among you, as it hath also in great part of the world, and beareth fruit (here as it doth among you also from the day of your hearing and acknowledging the genuine kindness of God.
For this cause we cease not praying in your behalf, since the day we heard it, and requesting that ye may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that ye 10 may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to please him in all things, being fruitful in every d-work, and increasing in the of God; being endued with all strength unto all pa
1 Colosse was a considerable city of Phrygia in the Lesser Asia, not far from Laodecea, where a Christian church had been founded by Epaphras, or Epaphroditus, the companion of Paul. The apostle wrote this epistle to the Coloss a is in the same year as he did those to the Ephesians and Philipuians, under the same circumstances, and from the same place; with a design to confirm by his own authority the doctrine which Epaphras had taught. 1 his epistle is so like that to the Ephesians, both in language
tienceand long-suffering, with glad- CHAP. ness: giving thanks unto the Father for thinking us worthy of the 12 share we have in the lot of the saints in light, for delivering us 13 from the power of darkness, and removing us into the kingdom of his beloved son, by whom we have deliverance, even the forgiveness 14 of our sins.
That beloved son whois an image 15 of the invisible God, a first-born of Christ is the whole new "creation, for in him |h' n^ were created anew all the things in creation, the 3heavens, and upon the, 4earth, the things 3 visible and the things invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or governments, or powers, all these things were created through him and for him. And 17 he is above all the things of the new creation, and all these things subsist by him, and he is the head 18 of the body, the church, the firstborn from the dead, so as to be first in all things. For it hath 19 pleased the Father that in him all 'fulness should dwell, and to reconcile all things to himself, by 20 making men at peace with him through Christ whose blood was shed on the cross; through a crucified Christ I say, whether the things on earth or the things in heaven.
and matter, that the one will greatly illuttrate the other.
• That state in which things were put by the gospel is frequently called a creation. See Ephes. ii. 10, iv. 24. 2 Cor. v. 17. Gal. vi. 15.
6 The living.
6 The dead.
7 Every thing necessary for the formation and preservation oj' his church,
CHAP. _And yon that were formerly
1 • aliens, and enemies in your minds
•nd the by wicked works, hath he now re
Siv.ournf concjlecl throucrh your faith, in
those who . o .J •, *
obey his on obedience to him who suffered gospel. the cruel death of his fleshly body,
22 that he might present you holy, and spotless, and blameless before
23 him, if ye continue grounded and stedfast in your faith, and not moved away from the hope of that gospel, which ye have heard, and which hath been preached to Jews and Gentiles vcrv extensively, of which I Paul have been made a minister.
CHAP. As ye have therefore received
Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in
Pcrsevfr, bin,: looted and built up in him,
mended"°1" and established in the faith; and
g as ye were taught, abounding
therein with thanksgiving.
CHAP. Since ye have been 'raised up
with Christ, seek those things which
and spiri- are above, where Christ sitteth
tual^mmd, at the 'ht hand of God get
your minds oli the things above, not on the things upon the earth;
3 for ye have died to the things of this world, and your a lite is laid up in store with Christ
4 in God; so that when Christ our life shall appear, we also shall ap
5 pear in glory. Let your members, therefore, be dead to these earthly things, fornication, uncleanness, impure passion, wicked lusts, and inordinate desire, which is idolatry;
6 for because of these things the punishment of God cometh on the
7 sons of disobedience, amongst whom ye once lived, and walked in these practices.
S But now lay aside all these things, with a «- anger, wrath, malice, evil,speakofevc'y"1 mS, an^ filthy conversation, from thing un- your mouth. Lie not one to anoworthy of ther, since ve have put oft' the old tian.r''" man Wltn n■s (lceds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed
1 Raised to a new and better course of life, at, he was fiom the tomb.
in knowledge after the image of Chap. Christ who created him; where there is neither Gentile nor Jew, 11 circumcision, nor uncircumcision, barbarian nor Scythian, slave, nor free-man: but Christ is every thing and that among all.
Clothe yourselves, therefore, as 13 chosen saints, and beloved sons of V"TM" God, with afTections of pity, kind-^j' ness, humility of mind, meekness, forbearance; bearing with each other, and forgiving each other freely: if any one have a complaint against another, even as Christ freely forgave you, do ye also freely forgive. But over all these virtues, 14 put on love, which is the bond of • perfection, and let the peace of Christ preside in your hearts; to 15 which ye have been also called in one body; and be thankful. Let 16 the doctrine of Christ dwell in you richly, with all wisdom, whilst ye teach and admonish yourselves with psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in yourheartto the Lord. And whatever ll ye say, or do, do all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks unto God the Father through him.
Wives, submit yourselves to your 13 husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. &*/^ Husbands love your wives, and be ^^5 not bitter toward them. Children, obey your parents in all things, for ofciiita this is well,pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your ehil- andP dren, lest they be discouraged. Servants, obey your worldly mas-of '0T,J|* ters in all things; not with eye-22 service, as men-pleasers, but with singleness of heart, in the fear of God; and whatever ye do, do it 23 from the soul as for the Lord, and not for men only, knowing that 24 from the Lord ye will receive the inheritance of sons for your reward, for ye serve Christ as your Lord. But he that doeth wrong will be 25
Your future life and happiness.