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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 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.


24 'Ev açtapoía, "in sincerity," so our translation; the Greek word signifies, "in incorruption." St. Paul closes all his epistles with this benediction, 66 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 ulti-
mately 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.
Aiv, how used in the New Testa-
411, 1: 429, r.
Anointed, what it signifies, (2 Cor.

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

Boasting, how taken from the Jews
by the Gospel,
278, a.
Bodies, why St. Paul requires
them to be presented to God,

361, a.
Bondage, what it signifies, (2 Cor.
232, e.
Born after the flesh, and spirit,
beautiful expressions, 60, d.
out of due time, the apostle
Paul's saying so of himself ex-
Brother, why Paul called Timothy

167, a.



192, b.

186, a.
By his own power, how to be un-
111, s.
By, sometimes signifies, in the time
425, i.

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Faith, what it imports, (1 Cor. xii.)
150, g.

what Paul meant by hearing
of the Ephesians' faith, 405, a.
Faithful in Christ Jesus, what this
description signifies, 394, b.
Flesh, what to be in the flesh
327, y.
Fleshly tables of the heart, the
apostle's allusion in that phrase,
197, c.
From faith to faith, that phrase
means wholly of faith, 257, e.
Fulfilled in us, in what sense to be
325, g.

Cor. xi.)


145, g.


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

402, s.

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275, 1.
used in Scripture for a com-
mand with a penalty annexed,

294, c.

how the phrase the law
entered (Rom. v.) is to be un-
299, a.

in what respect sincere Chri-
stians 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.
how it is weak 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.

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
the Gospel is so called, 199, i.
Mortal and incorruptible, (1 Cor.
xv.) how to be understood,
176, o.
Mystery, the meaning of, 385, i.


46, c.

265, g.

Newness of spirit, what meant by
314, r.

what is meant by being with-
out a law,

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