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CHAPTER VI. 21–24.
21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a be
loved 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 ninister 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.
NOTES. 24 & Ey a podporo," 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 stisl 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 nothing." This I submit to the consideration of the judicious reader.
Ι Ν D Ε Χ.
N. B. Where letters are added to the numbers, they refer to Notes at
the bottom of the pages.
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. page 116, f. 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.) xi.)
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 exJews before Christ's coming, plained,
167, a. 398, h. Brother, why Paul called Timothy Aw, how used in the New Testa- 80,
186, a. ment,
411, 1 : 429, r. By his own power, how to be unAnointed, what it signifies, (2 Cor. derstood,
111, s. i.) 192, b. By, sometimes signifies, in the time
425, i. B.
Baptism, how it obliges to holiness,
302, a. Baptized into one's name, what it Calling upon Christ, the meaning means,
80, c. of that expression, 348, n.
Clear in this matter, what it signi- Faith, what Paul meant by hearing
of the Ephesians' faith, 405, a.
435, c. means,
From faith to faith, that phrase
means wholly of faith, 257, e.
ing of that phrase, 412, t. understood,
145, g. Gather together in one all things,
what is to be understood by that
Gentiles, several epithets given
how, being converted, they
St. Paul speaks of them
in the style of we and us,
131, g. Glory of God, (Rom. iii. 23) what
how the Gentile converts did
287, b: 290, &
is one, (Gal. in.)
33:), m. to abound, (Rom. v.) 301, e.
what it is to be under grace,
254,1. the glory of it appeared
402, u: 413, x.
109, p. Habitation of God, how the church
Have pleasure in, (Rom. i.) what
to be understood,
396 : 408, g.
Heir of the world, in what sense Law, in what respect sincere Chris-
tians are not under it, 306, o.
is to be understood, 310, c.
how it is weak through the
of the Jews, how said to be
in a national sense, 339, m. of sin and death, what is
- remained zealous for the law sin in general,
ibid. Malice, (1 Cor. xiv.) used in an
402, s. flesh and spirit, described, 65-6
382, b. meaning of that phrase, 332, t.
the believing Gentiles, 338, h. Men, carnal and spiritual, distin-
93, b, c.
what of life, (Rom. v.) what the Gospel is so called, 199, i.
298, m. Mortal and incorruptible, (1 Cor.
xv.) how to be understood, 176, o.
Mystery, the meaning of,
Newness of spirit, what meant by
Not named or known, what it sig-
274, k. that the offence might abound,
275, 1. Offended, (Rom. xiv.) what it
(Gal. iii.) the meaning
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