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CHAPTER VI. 21-24.


TEXT. 21 But that ye 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 : 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,


PARAPHRASE. 21 Tychicus, a beloved brother, and faithful minister of the

Lord, in the work of the Gospel, shall acquaint you how

matters stand with me, and how I do, and give you a parti22 cular account how all things stand here. I have sent him, on

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

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

Lord Jesus Christ with sincerity a.

NOTE. 24 • 'Ey & @eapola, “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 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, superior 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 hè says, Gal. v. 2, “ If ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing." 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.

page 116, f.


Benevolence, what it signifies,
(1 Cor. vii.)

113, a.
Abide in the same calling, how Boasting, how taken from the Jews
this phrase is to be understood, by the Gospel,

278, a.

Bodies, why St. Paul requires
Abolished, how the law of Moses them to be presented to God,
was abolished by Christ, 419, k.

361, a.
Accursed, to whom the apostle

ulti- Bondage, what it signifies, (2 Cor.
mately applies this, (Gal. i.)


232, e.
33, c. Born after the flesh, and spirit,
Adam, all men became mortal by

beautiful expressions,

60, d.
his sin,

293, a. out of due time, the apostle
Adoption, belonged only to the Paul's saying so of himself ex-
Jews before Christ's coming, plained,

167, a.
398, h. Brother, why Paul called Timothy
Aiwy, how used in the New Testa-


186, a.

411,1: 429, r. By his own power, how to be un-
Anointed, what it signifies, (2 Cor. derstood,

111, s.

192, b. By, sometimes signifies, in the time

425, i.

Baptism, how it obliges to holiness,

302, a.
Baptized into one's name, what it Calling upon Christ, the meaning

80, c. of that expression, 348, n.
215 *

327, y.


325, 8.


Clear in this matter, what it signi-

Covenant of
grace and works, how

Faith, what it imports, (1 Cor. xii.)
they differ
419, k.

150, g.
Covetousness, used for exorbitant what Paul meant by hearing

435, c. of the Ephesians' faith, 405, a.
Created all things by Jesus Christ, Faithful in Christ Jesus, what this
what that phrase means, 426, p. description signifies, 394, b.

Flesh, what to be in the flesh

Fleshly tables of the heart, the

apostle's allusion in that phrase,
Dead in trespasses and sins, mean-

ing of that phrase, 412, t. From faith to faith, that phrase
Deeds of the law, what are meant means wholly of faith, 257, e.
by them,

275, 1.

Fulfilled in us, in what sense to be
Discerning, what it imports, (1 understood,
Cor. xi.)


Gather together in one all things,
Eat and drink unworthily, (1 what is to be understood by that
Cor. xi.) what it signifies,


400, r.
144, c.

Gentiles, several epithets given
Election, what it signifies, (Rom. them by St. Paul,

287, e.

how, being converted, they
Ends of the world, what that ex- gloried in God, 290, h.
pression means,

St. Paul speaks of them
Endured with long-sufferance, in the style of we and us,
what that expression implies,

396, b.
343, y. Glory of God, (Rom. iii. 23) what
Enemies, how the unbelieving meant by,

Jews are so called, 357, r. Glory, or boast, how St. Paul did
Epistles of Paul, causes of their it,

234, i.

4, &c. how the Gentile converts did
expositors often put their it,

287, b: 290, g.
own sense on them,

how God is the Father of it,
the author's way of study-

407, c.
ing, and method of interpreting God, in what sense it is said God
13 is one, (Gal. iii.)

50, c.
Esau have I hated, to be taken in Gods many

and Lords many, in
a national sense,

339, m. what sense to be understood,
Establishment of the Gentile Chri-

122, c.
stians, how taken care of by St. Grace, how it is said much more

254, I. to abound, (Rom. v.) 301, e.
Every soul, the meaning of it, what it is to be under grace,
(Rom. xiii.)

306, o.
Examine, (1 Cor. xi.) how to be the glory of it appeared

144, e.

peculiarly in the first converts,
Expedient, (1 Cor. vi.) what it

402, u: 413, x.
relates to,

109, p.

353, f.


275, q.


367, a.


312, h.

56, g.


Law, taken for the whole Old

274, k.
Habitation of God, how the church what deeds of the law sig-
is so called,
422, n. nify,

275, 1.
Have pleasure in, (Rom. i.) what used in Scripture for a com-
it imports,

261, x. mand with a penalty annexed,
Heavenly places, (Ephes. i.) how

294, C.
to be understood, 396: 408, g. how the phrase the law
Heir of the world, in what sense entered (Rom. v.) is to be un-
Abraham was so,


299, a.
Him, (1 Cor. xvi.) refers to the in what respect sincere Chri-
spiritual man,

91, 0. stians are not under it, 306, 0.
Hoped first in Christ, who they how its dominion over a man

402, u. is to be understood, 310, c.

in what sense believers are

dead to it,
Jacob have I loved, &c. to be taken

how it is weak through the
in a national sense, 339, m.


324, k.
Jews, whence they had great au-

of the Jews, how said to be

weak and beggarly,
thority among the Gentiles, 247
remained zealous for the law

of sin and death, what is
of Moses after they believed, 248

meant by it,

328, f.
the only distinction between Lie, the apostle plainly uses it for
them and the Gentiles under

sin in general,

273, f.
the Gospel,

262, y.

Lord is that spirit, the meaning of
Inexcusable, upon what account

this expression,

201, r.
the Jews were so,


Inheritance of God, the Gentiles
on their believing became so,

402, s.

Malico, (1 Cor. xiv.) used in an

extensive sense,
Inns, not used in eastern countries

162, k.

Man, the two principles in him,
as among us,
Israel, in a spiritual sense, includes

flesh and spirit, described, 65-6
the believing Gentiles, 338, h.

Manifestation of the sons of God,the
Israelites, in respect of what their

meaning of that phrase, 332, t.
minds were blinded,

200, n.

Many, put for all mankind, 295, e.
Justification, how ascribed to our

Men, carnal and spiritual, distin-
Saviour's resurrection, 348, 1.


93, b, c.
of life, (Rom. v.)

Messiah, how the Jews expected
what it means,

298, m.

deliverance from him, 347, k.

Ministration of righteousness, why

the Gospel is so called, 199, i.

Mortal and incorruptible, (1 Cor.
Knowledge, (Rom. i.) signifies ac- xv.) how to be understood,
260, r.

176, o.
Mystery, the meaning of, 385, i.
Law, by St. Paul usually called


46, c.
what is meant by being with- Newness of spirit, what meant by
out a law,
265, g. it,

314, r.

382, b.

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