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TEXT. 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to

quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which

is the word of God : 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and

watching thereunto, with all perseverance and supplication for all

saints, 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open

my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the Gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak

boldly as I ought to speak.


15 righteousness; And your feet shod with a readiness to walk

in the way of the Gospel of peace, which you have well studied 16 and considered. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherein

you may receive, and so render ineffectual all the fiery darts 17 of the wicked one, i. e. the devil. Take also the hopes of

salvation for an helmet; and the sword of the Spirit, which 18 is the word of God b: Praying, at all seasons, with all

prayer and supplication in the Spirit, attending and watching here

unto, with all perseverance, and supplication, for all the 19 saints; And for me, in particular, that I may, with freedom

and plainness of speech, preach the word, to the manifesting and saying open that part of the Gospel that concerns the

calling of the Gentiles, which has hitherto, as a mystery, lain 20 concealed, and not been at all understood. But I, as an am

bassador, am sent to make known to the world, and am now in prison, upon that very account: but let your prayers be, that, in the discharge of this my commission, I may speak plainly and boldly, as an ambassador from God ought to speak.

NOTE. 17 b In this foregoing allegory, St. Paul providing armour for his Christian soldier,

to arm him at all points, there is no need curiously to explain, wherein the peculiar correspondence between those virtues and those pieces of armour consisted, it being plain enough what the apostle means, and wherewith he would have believers be armed for their warfare.


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,


PARAPHRASE. 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,

NOTE. 24 a 'Ey á@lapoio, “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.

page 116, f.


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

113, a.
ABIDE in the same calling, how Boasting, how taken from the Jews
this phrase is to be understood,

by the Gospel, 278, a.

Bodies, why St. Paul requires
Abolished, how the law of Moses them to be presented to God,
was abolished by Christ, 419, k.,

361, a.
Accursed, to whom the apostle ulti- Bondage, what it signifies, (2 Cor.
mately applies this, (Gal. i.) xi.)

232, e.
33, C. Born after the flesh, and spirit,
Adam, all men became mortal by beautiful expressions,
his sin,

293, a. out of due time, the apostle
Adoption, belonged only to the Paul's saying so of himself ex-
Jews before Christ's coming, plained,

167, a.
398, h. Brother, why Paul called Timothy
Alwy, how used in the New Testa- SO,

186, a.

411, 1: 429, r. By his own power, how to be un-
Anointed, what it signifies, (2 Cor. derstood,

111, s.

192, b. By, sometimes signifies, in the time

425, i.

60, d.

Baptism, how it obliges to holiness,

302, a.
Baptized into one's name, what it Calling upon Christ, the meaning

80, c. of that expression,

348, n.
215 *

327, y.

325, g.

145, g.

Clear in this matter, what it signi-

Covenant of


and works, how Faith, what it imports, (1 Cor. xii.)
they differ,
419, k.

150, g.
Covetousness, used for exorbitant what Paul meant by hearing

435, C. of the Ephesians' faith, 405, a.
Created all things by Jesus Christ, Faithful in Christ Jesus, what this
what that phrase means, 426, p. description signifies, 394, b.

Flesh, what to be in the flesh


Fleshly tables of the heart, the

apostle's allusion in that phrase,
Dead in trespasses and sins, mean-

197, c.
ing of that phrase, 412, t. From faith to faith, that phrase
Deeds of the law, what are meant means wholly of faith, 257, e.
by them,

275, 1.

Fulfilled in us, in what sense to be
Discerning, what it imports, (1

Cor. xi.)


Gather together in one all things,
Eat and drink unworthily, (1 what is to be understood by that
Cor. xi.) what it signifies, expression,

400, r.
144, c.

Gentiles, several epithets given
Election, what it signifies, (Rom. them by St. Paul,

287, e.

353, f.

how, being converted, they
Ends of the world, what that ex- gloried in God, 290, h.
pression means,

St. Paul speaks of them
Endured with long-sufferance, in the style of we and us,
what that expression implies,

396, b.
343, y.

Glory of God, (Rom. iii. 23) what
Enemies, how the unbelieving meant by,
Jews are so called, 357, r.

Glory, or boast, how St. Paul did
Epistles of Paul, causes of their


234, i.

4, &c.

how the Gentile converts did
expositors often put their it,

287, b: 290,
own sense on them,


how God is the Father of it,
the author's way of study-

407, c.
ing, and method of interpreting God, in what sense it is said God


is one, (Gal. iii.)
Esau have I hated, to be taken in Gods many and Lords many, in
a national sense,

339, m. what sense to be understood,
Establishment of the Gentile Chri-

122, c.
stians, how taken care of by St. Grace, how it is said much more

254, 1. to abound, (Rom. v.) 301, e.
Every soul, the meaning of it, what it is to be under grace,
(Rom. xiii.)
367, a.

306, o.
Examine, (1 Cor. xi.) how to be the glory of it appeared

144, e.

peculiarly in the first converts,
Expedient, (1 Cor. vi.) what it

402, u: 413, x.
relates to,

131, g.

275, 9;

50, c.

109, p.

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