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upright, find cause of rejoicing in the testimony of his own conscience, and not stand upon the opinions of others. VI. 5. For every man shall bear his own burden.
For every man shall be answerable to God, for his own actions, and not for other men's.
VI. 6. Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
Let him, that is taught in the word, by way of just thankfulness and retribution communicate to him, that teacheth him, in all outward good things; returning to him temporal blessings, in lieu of those spiritual, which he receiveth from him.
VI. 7. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Let no man, when he unjustly draws back his hand from the maintenance of God's ministers, pretend excuses: be not deceived; God is not mocked and eluded by our shifts; but what or howsoever a man soweth, in the distribution of these earthly things this way, in the same manner and measure shall he reap from the hands of God.
VI. 8. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
He, that bestoweth these outward good things only upon the pampering of himself, and regards none but his own private pleasure or profit in disposing of them, that man shall be rewarded accordingly: for these carnal respects of his shall end in loss and corruption: but he, that bestows them to holy and spiritual purposes, being therein led and directed by the Spirit of God, shall, by the goodness of that same Spirit, graciously remunerating him, receive eternal life.
VI. 10. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially unto them, who are of the household of faith.
Let us be ready to do good and liberally to distribute these earthly things, to all that have need, but especially to all our fellow-Christians; and, amongst them, yet more particularly to those, that have the oversight of this family of God.
VI. 12. As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
As many as affect glory and popularity, and their own ease and safety, urge unto you a necessity of being circumcised; providing herein for their own quiet and indemnity: lest they should from the Jews suffer persecution, for preaching the full effect of the death or cross of Christ, without the Works of the Law.
VI. 13. For neither they themselves who are circumcised
keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
For neither do these Judaizing Teachers themselves, though they be outwardly circumcised, keep the Law in other things: so as it is plain that they do not urge these matters out of any true zeal to the Law; but only they would draw you in, that they might glory of the circumcision of your flesh, as if they had converted you to their Judaism.
VI. 14. But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Let them glory of what they will, boasting of the validity and use of their fleshly circumcision; but, for me, God forbid that I should glory in any thing, save in the benefit of the Cross and Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom the world is crucified to me, so as it prevails not against me, to carry me away from my holy courses; and I am crucified to the world, so as I affect not the glory and vanity thereof.
VI. 15. For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
For, in Christ Jesus and his acceptation, and in true Christianity, there is neither respect to circumcision and the rest of those legal observations, or to any privileges thereby challenged; nor yet to uncircumcision, or any of that secular learning and wisdom, which is bragged of among the Gentiles: nothing carries it there, but a new creature: he, that is regenerate, is a true servant of Christ, and is accordingly regarded of him.
VI. 16. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
And, as many as walk according to the rule, that I have in this my Epistle commended unto you, seeking Justification only by Christ, without the Works of the Law, peace be unto them and mercy; and not to them only, but to the whole Church of God, every where.
V. 17. From henceforth let no man trouble me : for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
I have given you a true Apostolical decision of the controversy moved amongst you: let no man be further troublesome to me; but rest in this sentence of mine: well may I challenge this at your hands; for I bear in my body the marks of the sufferings, which I have endured for the name of our Lord Jesus.
THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE EPHESIANS.
I. 3. Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Who hath blessed us, not with these outward favours of riches and honour, and such like blessings, which are uncertain and transitory; but with all spiritual blessings, which may fit us for those heavenly places, provided for us, in and by Christ:
I. 4. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Which blessings of his have been bestowed upon us out of that infinite love, whereby he hath chosen us, before the beginnings of the world, to this end and purpose, and with this effect, that we should be holy and blameless, both in our disposition and conversation before him, approving our unfeigned love unto him in all things:
I. 5. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.
Having, by his eternal decree, predestinated and fore-ordained us to be his adopted sons, in and by Jesus Christ; not out of ought that was or should be in us, but according to his own mere mercy, and the good pleasure of his own will;
I. 6. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
All which God hath done for us, for the only praise and glory of his infinite grace and mercy; wherein he hath made us, which were of ourselves justly hateful, to be accepted in his beloved Son Jesus Christ.
I. 7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
In and by whom, we have redemption through his precious blood which was paid as our ransom, and full forgiveness of all our sins, according to the abundance of his mercy to us;
I. 8. Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence.
Wherein he hath been exceeding bountiful unto us, in imparting to us the rich treasures of spiritual wisdom and prudence.
I. 10. That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
That, in the fulness of time, which God in his wise dispen
sation and providence had appointed, he might call and gather together, under one Head, Christ Jesus, all, both angels in heaven and men on earth, which pertain unto him:
I. 11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance. By whom also, and in whom, upon his gracious uniting of us to him, we have obtained a happy and glorious inheritance. I. 12. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
That our glory might be, to the praise and glory of him, who hath thus crowned and glorified us, who first here below believed in Christ.
I. 13, 14. In whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
In whom also, after that ye believed, ye were made sure, and sealed up for his, by that Holy Spirit of his, which he promised to send to all his elect, infallibly witnessing to your spirits, that ye are the sons of God: Which is to us, beforehand, the certain earnest, and pledge of our full inheritance to come, even until that purchased possession of eternal life may be fully accomplished and stated upon us, to the praise of his glory.
I. 18. That ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.
That ye may know what great and wonderful good things ye may and ought to hope for, by virtue of his effectual calling of you; and what the unspeakable and unvaluable riches are of that glorious inheritance, which he hath laid up for his saints.
I. 20, 21. And set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
And exalted him in his human nature, to the participation of his infinite glory and majesty, in the highest heavens; Far above all the most mighty and most glorious Angels of heaven, and whatsoever thing else is or can be named, either in earth or in heaven:
I. 22. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church;
And hath put all things in subjection to him, as Mediator; and hath appointed him to have the disposing of all things, as the Head of the Church;
I. 23. Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Which Church is so to Christ, as the body is to the head, making up the fulness of Christ, who hath of himself full perfection and infinite power and majesty; so as his goodness holds not himself complete without his Church.
II. 1. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
And you hath he by his Spirit quickened, who were in the state of your corrupt nature, dead in your sins and trespasses: having therefore no more power to raise up yourselves, than the dead man hath to raise himself from his grave, now he hath wrought powerfully in you, and hath freed you from those your sins;
II. 2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.
Wherein ye lived in times past, framing yourselves according to the wicked course and trade of the world; and according to the will of him, who is the prince of those wicked spirits, which exercise their power in the air; even that Evil Spirit, which now worketh and ruleth in them, who are wilfully disobedient.
II. 3. Fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Fulfilling the sinful desires of their corrupt nature, both in carnal, and in mental or spiritual sins; both in bodily uncleannesses, and in the errors and exorbitances of the mind; and were naturally such, as could expect nothing from the hands of God, but wrath and damnation; even as other heathens justly may, and are.
II. 5. Hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.)
Having raised Christ, the Head, hath, together with and in him, quickened us his members, by virtue of his Resurrection; and that merely out of his own good will towards us, for by grace, and not by any merits of ours, are we saved. So also
II. 7. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
That not only the present age, but those that are to come also, might see and feel the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness towards the Gentiles also, in calling them home to him through Jesus Christ.
II. 8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
For, out of the mere favour and mercy of God, are ye saved, through Faith in Christ: ye cannot merit any thing, as of yourselves; it is the free gift of God.
II. 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.
This salvation is not of Works, lest any man should find cause of boasting in himself, that he hath earned it at God's hand, and therefore is not beholden to his mercy.