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For it is not any power or ability in yourselves, that can avail ought this way ; but it is God only, who gives you both to will that which is good, and to do the good which ye will, of his mere good will and pleasure.
II. 14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings. Frame yourselves to all peaceable carriage, one towards another ; · and do all things without heart-burnings and quarrels. :: II. 17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. Yea, if, I do not only labour amongst you, but even die for you, it shall be my joy : you have, by your holy and lively faith, of. fered yourselves unto God, as a living and reasonable sacrifice; if I may die for the confirmation of this faith of yours, it shall be that whereof I shall rejoice together with you.
II. 20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For I have no man so heartily affected, both to you and me; who will so carefully mind and tender your estate, as if it were his own.
II. 26 And wus full of heaviness, because that ye hud heard that he had been sick. It much troubled him, to think how much you would be afflicted with the rumour of his sickness.
II. 30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward
Because, for the work of Christ, tbrough his labour in preaching, and the toil of his journey hither for my comfort and tendance, and his watchings and pains-taking in mivistering to my necessities, he was nigh unto death; not regarding his own life, in a zeal to supply your lack of service toward me.
III. 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. Beware of those profane and impure men, which open their un. hallowed mouths against the truth of God: beware of those false teachers, which, under pretence of edifying God's Chorch, pull it down, by their life and erroneous doctrine : beware of the Ju. daizing opposers of the Gospel ; who, while they talk of circumcision, do indeed make a concision and rent in the Church,
III. 3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. For, whatsoever they may pretend, we are indeed of the true and spiritual circumcision, and not they ; we, who worship God inwardly in the soul, and stand not upon an outward cutting of the flesh; we, who place the confidence and joy of our hearts upon Christ Jesus, and not upon these external acts and privileges which concern the outward man.
III. 4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any
other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more. Although I dare boldly say, if these outward privileges were to be stood upon, there is none of them all, who could find more cause of confidence and boasting herein, than I might.
III. 6 Concerning the righteousness of the law, I was blameless. I was so strict and punctual in the observation of the prescriptions of the law, as that no man could tax me for the breach or violation thereof.
III. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. But those things, which, while I was a Jew, I accounted as rare and excellent prerogatives, those now, since that I was converted to Christ, I have made no reckoning of; but have slighted them, as not only worthless, but even rather prejudicial to my better calling.
III. 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness. That I, who was but a lost man in myself, might be found in him, not having, &c.
III. 10, 11 That I may know him, and the power of his resur: rection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death ; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. That I may know him, both in speculation and in practice; and may both know and feel the power of his Resurrection, raising me from the death; and that I may experimentally find, what a comfort and happiness it is, to suffer for him and with him, that thereby I may be made conformable to him in his death ; That so, by this means, I may attain to that eternal life, which follows upon the happy Resurrection of the just ; and, in the mean time, that full measure of mortification and newness of life, which he hath ordained me unto.
III. 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect : but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Not that I have as yet already attained it: let no man misconstrue me, as boasting of my perfection : no; I come as yet short; but I strive and labour towards it, and follow hard, that I may reach it at the last : yet can I not do it, as of myself; it is Christ's laying hold on me, that will and must enable me thus to lay hold on Christ.
III. 13, 14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended : but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. As those, that run in a race, forget how much ground they have already passed, and mind only that part of the way which yet remaineth to the goal ; so do I, in this course of my Christian pro,
fession, never look back to what I have done, but still look for, ward to that which I yet must and ought to do, And thus conscionably labouring, I press forward toward that prize of hea, venly glory, wbich is the blessed issue and fruit of our high call. ing in Christ Jesus,
III. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded : and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Let us therefore, so many of us as are sincere and true hearted to God, and such as do truly strive for this Christian perfection, be thus minded; renouncing all confidence in ourselves, or ought that pertains to us, and seeking for Justification only in Christ; and, if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, as depending upon the Works of the Law, or any other outward helps, God shall, in bis good time, open your eyes to see and acknowledge this truth of his, which he hath revealed unto me,
III. 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. Nevertheless, in the mean time, for so much of the truth of God as we have already obtained the knowledge of, let us therein walk on peaceably and lovingly ; following one and the same rule of the word of God, and conspiring in all Christian unanimity and concord, to do all good offices to God and each other.
III. 18 (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 : For many, even of those that profess themselves to be Christians, of whom I have oft complained and warned you, and now renew my complaint with tears, live inordinately; and so, as that they proclaim themselves to be the secret and real enemies to the Gospel of Christ, and opposers of the power and virtue of his passion.
III. 19 IVhose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) Whose end is destruction of body and soul, who make a god of their ease and pleasure and profit, avoiding all the danger of persecution for maintenance of the truth, and making an advantage of their plausible teaching; who now glory in that, which will at last prove their shame and confusion ; who mind only these transitory and earthly things,
III. 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence &c. As for us, we overlook the earth, and have both our affections and conversation in heaven beforehand; from whence &c.
IV. 2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. I beseech Euodias, and bescech Syntyche, that, being noted for wise and religious matrons, they do not, by their discord, distract and trouble the Church at Philippi; but that they agree peaceably, in their Christian profession,
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IV. 3 And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. And I entreat thee also, who art the faithful husband and yoke. fellow to the one of them, that thou do also yield, to give thy best furtherance to those women, who have taken pains to minister unto me, and have suffered some afflictions also, for the promoting of the Gospel; with Clement, and other my fellowlabourers, whose names are written in the roll of the just and holy men, which are ordained to eternal life.
IV. 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. That now, at the last, you have given good proof of your careful respects to me, which seemed for the time to be intermitted, in that provision, which you sent to me, by the hands of Epaphro. ditus: not that I make question of your care of me, formerly: I know ye wanted not will and desire, to have expressed your love to me; but ye wanted opportunity, till now.
IV. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want : for I have learned, in whatsoever &c. Not that I rejoice so much in regard of the supply of my want ; which I well know how to bear, for I have learned &c.
IV. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Let no man think that I arrogate this power to myself: no; of myself I can do nothing, but in and through Christ, which strengtheneth me, I can do all things.
IV, 17 Not because I desire a gift : but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. Not that I desire a gift : it is all one to me, whether I want or abound; but, in this, I desire that a benefit may accrue unto you, whose beneficence to me is an advantage unto yourselves.
THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
COLOSSIANS. I. 5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel ; For those goodly and glorious things, which your hope assures you to be laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye have heard before, in that most true word of the Gospel;
I. 6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world. Which Gospel is come unto you, being preached amongst you, as it is all the world over.
I. 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing. That ye may behave yourselves so, as may become those, which are honoured by God with so bigh a calling, and ordained by him to so great glory; and so as may be in all things well pleasing unto him.
I. 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. Giving thanks unto God the Father, who hath furnished us with such graces, as whereby we may be fitted to become partakers of that glorious, and everlightsome, and blessed inheritance of his Saints in heaven.
I. 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins : In and by whom, we are freed and bought out from the bondage of sin and Satan, even by the ransom of his most precious blood; in that, by the virtue thereof, and the full satisfaction made thereby unto God, we have forgiveness of sins: · I. 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: Who is unto us that only and perfect means, in and by whom, God, which is by nature invisible, is manifested and revealed to mankind : in the Son, as in a clear and perfect glass, we see the Father: that eternal Son bad bis being of and with the Father, before ever any creature was made :
I. 16 For by him were all things created, &c. And, as he had an eternal being before them, so they had their being in time from him; for by him were all things created, &c.
I. 18 Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence. Who is the first cause of all things, giving a beginning unto them all; and restoring them all again, by the power of his Resurrection, as being the omnipotent raiser of himself from the dead; and he, by whose power all others either have risen, or shall rise.
I. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; For it pleased the Father, that in him should essentially dwell all perfection of grace, of wisdom, of power, of goodness, and mercy ;
I. 20 And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And, having made peace through the satisfaction made by his precious blood, shed upon the cross, by the perfect work of his only mediatorship, to reconcile unto himself all things, that were formerly set at variance with him by sin ; and to set unity betwixt God and men, betwixt angels and men.
I. 21, 22 And you, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in his sight. And, amongst the rest, even you Colossians, that were sometimes in your natural and heathenish condition, not only strangers from God, but even enemies to him, both in respect of the sinful dispa