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CHAPTER VI. 21-24.



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. Amen.


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 brethren, 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.


24 a Ev aplaposa, "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 he 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.


ABIDE in the same calling, how this phrase is to be understood, page 116, f. Abolished, how the law of Moses was abolished by Christ, 419, k. Accursed, to whom the apostle ultimately applies this, (Gal. i.) 33, c. Adam, all men became mortal by his sin, 293, a. Adoption, belonged only to the Jews before Christ's coming, 398, h. Av, how used in the New Testament, 411, 1: 429, r. Anointed, what it signifies, (2 Cor. 192, b.



Baptism, how it obliges to holiness, 302, a. Baptized into one's name, what it means, 80, c.

Benevolence, what it (1 Cor. vii.) Boasting, how taken from by the Gospel, Bodies, why St. Paul them to be presented to

signifies, 113, a. the Jews

278, a. requires God, 361, a. Bondage, what it signifies, (2 Cor. xi.) 232, e. Born after the flesh, and spirit, beautiful expressions, 60, d. out of due time, the apostle Paul's saying so of himself explained, 167, a. Brother, why Paul called Timothy 186, a. By his own power, how to be understood, 111, s. By, sometimes signifies, in the time of, 425, i.


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Gather together in one all things,
what is to be understood by that
400, r.
Gentiles, several epithets given
them by St. Paul,
287, e.
how, being converted, they
gloried in God,
290, h.
St. Paul speaks of them
in the style of we and us,

396, b.
Glory of God, (Rom. iii. 23) what
meant by,
275, q.
Glory, or boast, how St. Paul did
234, i.
how the Gentile converts did
287, b: 290, g.
how God is the Father of it,
407, c.
God, in what sense it is said God
is one, (Gal. iii.)
50, c.
Gods many and Lords many, in
what sense to be understood,


122, c.
Grace, how it is said much more
to abound, (Rom. v.) -301, e.
what it is to be under grace,
306, o
the glory of it appeared
peculiarly in the first converts,
402, u: 413, x.

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Heir of the world, in
Abraham was so,
Him, (1 Cor. xvi.) refers

what sense
283, g.
to the
91, o.

spiritual man,
Hoped first in Christ, who they

402, u.



Jacob have I loved, &c. to be taken
in a national sense, 339, m.
Jews, whence they had great au-
thority among the Gentiles, 247

remained zealous for the law
of Moses after they believed, 248
the only distinction between
them and the Gentiles under
the Gospel,
262, y.
Inexcusable, upon


the Jews were so,
Inheritance of God, the Gentiles
on their believing became so,
402, s.
Inns, not used in eastern countries
382, b.
as among us.
Israel, in a spiritual sense, includes
the believing Gentiles, 338, h.
Israelites, in respect of what their
minds were blinded, 200, n.
Justification, how ascribed to our
Saviour's resurrection, 348, 1.
what of life, (Rom. v.) what
it means,
298, m.

Knowledge, (Rom. i.) signifies ac-
260, r.

Law, in what respect sincere Chris-
tians are not under it, 306, o.
how its dominion over a man
is to be understood,
310, c.
in what sense believers are
dead to it,
312, h.
through the
324, k.
of the Jews, how said to be
weak and beggarly,
56, g.
of sin and death, what is
meant by it,
328, f.
Lie, the apostle plainly uses it for
sin in general,
273, f.
Lord is that Spirit, the meaning of
this expression,
201, r.

how it is weak


Malice, (1 Cor. xiv.) used in an
extensive sense,
162, k.
Man, the two principles in him,
flesh and spirit, described, 65-6
Manifestation of the sons of God, the
meaning of that phrase, 332, t.
Many, put for all mankind, 295, e.
Men, carnal and spiritual, distin-
93, b, c.
Messiah, how the Jews expected
deliverance from him, 347, k.
Ministration of righteousness, why
199, i.
the Gospel is so called,
Mortal and incorruptible, (1 Cor.
xv.) how to be understood, 176, o.
385, i.
Mystery, the meaning of,

Newness of spirit, what meant by
314, b.
Not named or known, what it sig-
105, c.


Law, by St. Paul usually called
46, c.
what is meant by being with-
out a law,
265, g:


299, a.
what it

taken for the whole Old Offence, how the law entered,
274, k.
that the offence might
what deeds of the law sig-
275, 1. Offended,
used in Scripture for a com-
One God, (Rom. iii.),
mand with a penalty annexed,
294, c
be understood,
phrase the law
- how the
entered (Rom. v.) is to be un-
299, a.

(Gal. iii.) the
of the expression, but


375, m.
how to
278, d.
50, c.


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