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3 since ye seek a proof that Christ speaketh in me, who is not weak toward you, but is mighty in you : 4 for, he was crucified through weakness, but liveth through the power of God; and we also are weak in him, but shall live, with him, through the power of God. 5 Make trial of yourselves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves: or, know ye not yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you, unless ye fail in the proof? 6 but I trust that ye will know, that we do not fail in the proof: 7 and we pray to God, that ye do nothing evil; not that we may appear approved, but that ye should do that which is right, though we be accounted as disapproved: 8 for, we can do nothing
against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 For we rejoice, when we are weak but ye are strong: and for this we pray, even your perfection: 10 therefore, I write these things while I am absent, that when I am present I may not use severity, according to the authority which the Lord hath
given me for edification, but c. x. 8.
not for destruction. 11 Finally, brethren, fare
well! Be ye perfect; receive Heb. xiii.22.
exhortation; be of one mind; live in peace; and the God of love, and of peace, will be with you. 12 Salute one another, with an holy kiss: 13 all the saints salute you. 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all!
The Second Epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi.
EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE
PAUL. an apostle, (not from men, nor by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father who raised him from the dead;) 2 and all the brethren who are with me, to the churches of Galatia; 3 grace and peace be to you, from God the Father; and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world; 4 according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever! Amen! 5 I wonder that ye have so soon withdrawn yourselves, from him who called you into the grace of Christ, to another gospel: 6 which, indeed, is not another gospel; only there are some who trouble you, and wish to pervert the gospel of Christ. 7 But if we, or an angel
from heaven, preach to you any other gospel than that which we preached to you, let him be accursed : 8 as we said before, so I now say again, If any one preach to you any other gospel than that which ye received from us, let him be accursed. 9 For, do I now strive to gain men, or God; or do I seek to please men 2 for, if I still pleased men, I should not be a servant of Christ. 10 But I certify to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me, was not preached after man; 11 for I neither received it from, nor was taught it by, man; but, by a revelation of Jesus Christ : 12 for, ye have heard of my former course in the Jewish religion, that I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it beyond measure; 13 and surpassed many of my equals in years, of my own nation, in the Jewish religion; being zealous to excess for the traditions of my fathers. 14 But, when it pleased him who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I should preach him among the Gentiles; 15 I did not, immediately, communicate with flesh and blood; nor did I return to Jerusalem, to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and came back again to Damascus. 16 Then, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Kephas, and I continued with him fifteen days; 17 but I saw no other of the apostles, except James, the Lord's brother: 18 and in what I write to you, behold, before God, I lie not. 19 Then, I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia : 20 and I was unknown, in person, to the churches of Judea that are in Christ; 21 but they had only heard, That he who formerly persecuted us, now preacheth the faith which he before destroyed: 22 and they glorified God
Acts, xxvi, 16, 17.
c. ii. 2.
Acts, ix. 21.
laid before them all, the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles; and severally to those who were chiefly esteemed, that I might not run, or have run, in vain. 3 But, neither was Titus, who was with me and who was a Greek, circumcised as of necessity, but only on account of the false brethren that had creptin; 4 who insinuated themselves, to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage : 5 to whom we gave way for the moment, not by submission, but that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. 6 And, as to those who were reputed something, whatever they were maketh no difference to me, (God accepteth not the person of man); for, they who were so reputed, contributed nothing to me: 7 but, on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed to me, as that of the circumcision was to Peter; 8 (for he who wrought in Peter for the apostleship of Z
Rom. iii. 20, 28, 29.
the circumcision, wrought also in me for the Gentiles:) 9 and when they knew the grace that was given to me, James, Kephas, and John, who were esteemed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; agreeing, that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcision; 10 only exhorting us to be mindful of the poor, which I was also forward to do. 11 But, when Kephas came to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for, before certain persons came from James, he eat with the Gentiles: 12 but, when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision: 13 and the other Jews, also, dissembled with him ; so that even Barnabas was carried away by their dissimulation: 14 but, when I saw that they walked not strait according to the truth of the gospel, I said to Kephas, before them all; 15 If thou, who art a Jew, livest as the Gentiles, and not as the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as the Jews? 16 We, who are by nature Jewish sinners, and not sinners of the Gentiles; and who know that a man is not justified by a law of works, but by faith in Christ Jesus,
17 even we have believed in Acts, xv. 11. Jesus Christ, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by a law of works: for, by a law of works, no flesh will be justified. 18 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, even we ourselves are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin 2 God forbid! 19 yet, if I build up again the things I have demolished, I render myself a transgressor: 20 for, by renouncing the law, I died to the law, that I might live to God ; I am crucified with Christ : 21 nevertheless, I live: yet not I alone, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in God, and in Christ who loved me, and gave himself for me. 22 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for, if justifica- c. iii. 22. tion could have been by a law, truly Christ hath died in vain.
CHAPTER III. SENSELESS Galatians !
who hath fascinated you, c. i. 6.
to whose eyes Jesus Christ is fore-written, crucified ? 24, 25.
2 this only I would learn Acts, iii is from you, Received ye the Spirit by a law of works, or Rom.x is, by faith in hearing 2 - >
3 are ye so senseless, that having begun in the Spirit, ye now end in the flesh?
4 have ye suffered so many things in vain? if indeed it be in vain. 5 Doth he, then, who ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, do this by a law of works, or by faith in hearing 2 6 even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for justification. 7 Know, therefore, that they only who are of faith, are children of Abraham : 8 and the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles through faith, declared beforehand to Abraham the glad tidings, “ In “ thee shall all the Gentiles “ be blessed :” 9 so that they who are of faith, are blessed with faithful Abraham. 10 For, all who pertain to a law of works, are under the curse : for it is written, “ Cursed is every one that “ continueth not in all the “ things which are written “ in the book of the law, to “ do them : ” 11 but, that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God, is evident: for, “The “just shall live by his faith:” 12 and the law is not by faith, but, “ He who doeth
being made a curse for us;
(for it is written, “ Cursed is Deut. xxi. 23.
every one that hangeth on “ a tree;”) 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles, through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith in him. 15 Brethren, (I speak according to the custom of men), No one annulleth, or addeth even to a man's covenant, when it hath been confirmed : 16 now, the promises were expressed, to “Abraham and “to his seed:” he saith not, And to seeds, as to many; but as to one, “And to thy Seed,” which is Christ: 17 and this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot annul the covenant before confirmed by God, so as to render the promise of no effect: 18 for, if the inheritance were from the law, it would be no more by promise; but, God gave it to Abraham by promise. 19 Wherefore, then, was the law It was added, on account of the transgressions, until the Seed to whom the promise was made should come; and was disposed by angels in the hand of a mediator:
“ them, shall live by them.” 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, by
*::: vii. - - n 33. 20 but, the mediator is not of one only, but God is only one.