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degree, and great boldness 16 in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly : · 15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself a in the house of God, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and ground 17 of the truth.
16 And without controversy 18 great is the b mystery of godliness : God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels,
16 liberty to speak. Bi. authority. Ham. 17 stay. A. V. 18 Without doubt. Cr. Bi. Manifestly. Rh. Confessedly. Ham. Whit. Pu. :22 Tim. ii. 1 : Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus..
a Eph. ii. 21, 22: In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord : in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. 2 Tim. ii. 20 : But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth ; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. . ;
• 1 Cor. ii. 7 : But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.
See on John, i. 14.
Mat. ii. 16: And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water : and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. John, i. 32, 33 : And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not : but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. do. xv. 26 : But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. do. xvi. 8, 9: And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they believe not on me. Rom. i. 4: Declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. I Pet. iii. 18 : Being put to death in the flesh, but.quickened by the Spirit. John, v. 6, &c: This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus
back of these and then thiness,
f preached unto the Gentiles, & believed on in the world, received up into glory. Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
e Mat. iv. 11: Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. do. xxviii. 2: The angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. MARK, xvi. 5 : Entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment. Luke, ii. 13: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God. do. xxiv. 4: Behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. JOHN, xx. 12: [Mary] seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Eph. iii. 10: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the Church the manifold wisdom of God. 1 Pet. i. 12: Which things the angels desire to look into.
f Acts, x. 34: Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. do. xiii. 46, 48 : Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. And when the Gentiles heard this they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord. Rom. x. 12, 18: For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek : for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. But I say, Have they not heard ? Yes, verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. Gal. ii. 8 : For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles. Eph. iii. 5, 6, 8: Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit ; that the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers
of his promise in Christ by the Gospel. Unto me, who am - less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I
should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. Col. i. 27, 28 : God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles.-Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom ; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 1 Tim..7.
8 Col. i. 6, 23: Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world ; and bringeth forth fruit, as ič doth also in you, CHAP. IV. 1 He foretelleth that in the latter times there shall be a departure from
the faith : 6 and to the end that Timothy might not fail in doing his duty, he furnisheth him with divers precepts belonging thereto.
NOW the Spirit a speaketh expressly, that in the blatter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and a doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy ;' f having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Through the hypocrisy of false teachers, &c. Pu. since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth. If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the Gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature under heaven. " See on Luke, xxiv. 51.
CHAP. IV. a John, xvi. 13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth : for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak : and he will show you things to come. Jude, 4: For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. See on MAT. xxiv. 5-12.
6 See on Mark, i. 15.
c 2 Tim. iii. 13 : But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 2 Pet. ii. 1: But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. Rev. xvi: 14 : They are the spirits of devils, working miracles. .
d Dan. xi. 35, 37, 38 : Some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end : because it is yet for a time appointed. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers-nor regard any god : for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces : and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. See on 1 Cor. x. 20.
e Mat, vii. 15: Beware of false prophets, which come to.
3 5 Forbidding to marry, "and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created i to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4 For 'every creature of God is good, and you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Rom. xvi. 18: For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. 2 Pet. ii. 3: And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
Eph. iv. 19 : Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness.
8 1 Cor. vii. 28, 36, 38: But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned ; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh : but I spare you. But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry. So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better. Col. ij. 20, 23: Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances ? Heb. xiii. 4: Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
h Rom. xiv. 3, 17: Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth : for God hath received him. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink ; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 1 Cor. viii. 8: But meat commendeth us not to God : for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
iGen. i. 29 : And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed-to you it shall be for meat. do. ix. 3 : Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you ; even a the green herb have I given you all things. Eccles. v. 18: Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he hath taken under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him : for it is his portion.
* Rom. xiv. 6: He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for h giveth God thanks. I Cor. x. 30: Why am I evil spoken for seating] that for which I give thanks ?
"See on MAT. xy. 11.
nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: : 5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
6 If thou put the brethren min remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, "nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.2
7 But "refuse 3 profane and old wives' fables, and Pexercise thyself rather unto godliness.
8 For 4 bodily exercise profiteth little :4 but godliness is profitable unto all things, shaving
2 which thou hast continually followed. Cr. Bi. Gen. 3 avoid. Rh. • for a little time. A. V.
m See on Rom. xv. 15.
Jer. xv. 16: Thy words were found, and I did eat them ; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. 2 TIM. iii. 14, 15: Continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation. 1 Pet. ii. 2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.
• See on 1 Tim. i. 4.
» HEB. v. 14: Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
41 Cor. viii. 8: But meat commendeth us not to God : for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. Col. ii. 23 : Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body ; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. See on MARK, X. 30.
. * Ps. xxxvii. 4: Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. do. Ixxxiv. 11 : For the LORD God is a sun and shield : the LORD will give grace and glory : no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. do. cxii. 2,3 : His seed shall be mighty upon earth : the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house : and his righteousness en