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were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace
CHAP. III. ye are saved ;) and bath raised us
Feb. 26, June 26, Oct. 23. up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ I FOR this cause I Paul, the priJesus: that in the ages to come T soner of Jesus Christ for you he might shew the exceeding riches | Gentiles, if ye have heard of the of his grace in his kindness to- dispensation of the grace of God ward us through Christ Jesus. which is given me to you-ward: For by grace are ye saved through how that by revelation he made faith, and that not of yourselves: | known unto me the mystery; (as it is the gift of God: not of works, I wrote afore in few words, wherelest any man should boast. For by, when ye read, ye may underwe are his workmanship, created stand my knowledge in the mysin Christ Jesus unto good works, tery of Christ) which in other ages which God hath before ordained was not made known unto the that we should walk in them. sons of men, as it is now revealed Wherefore remember, that ye be unto his holy apostles and proing in time past Gentiles in the phets by the Spirit; that the Genflesh, who are called Uncircum tiles should be fellowheirs, and of cision by that which is called the the same body, and partakers of Circumcision in the flesh made by his promise in Christ by the goshands; that at that time ye were pel: whereof I was made a min. without Christ, being aliens from ister, according to the gift of the the commonwealth of Israel, and grace of God given unto me by strangers from the covenants of the effectual working of his power. promise, having no hope, and Unto me, who am less than the without God in the world: but least of all saints, is this grace now in Christ Jesus ye who some given, that I should preach × were far off are made nighmong the Gentiles the unsearchby the blood of Christ. For he is able riches of Christ; and to make our peace, who hath made both all men see what is the fellowship one, and hath broken down the of the mystery, which from the middle wall of partition between beginning of the world hath been us; having abolished in his flesh hid in God, who created all things the enmity, even the law of com- by Jesus Christ: to the intent mandments contained in ordi that now unto the principalities nances; for to make in himself and powers in heavenly places of twain one new man, so making might be known by the church peace; and that he might recon the manifold wisdom of God, accile both unto God in one body by cording to the eternal purpose the cross, having slain the enmity which he purposed in Christ Jesus thereby: and came and preached our Lord: in whom we have boldpeace to you which were afar off, ness and access with confidence and to them that were nigh. For by the faith of him. Wherefore I through him we both have access desire that ye faint not at my triby one Spirit unto the Father. bulations for you, which is your Now therefore ye are no more glory. For this cause I bow my strangers and foreigners, but fel knees unto the Father of our Lord lowcitizens with the saints, and Jesus Christ, of whom the whole of the household of God; and family in heaven and earth is are built upon the foundation of named, that he would grant you, the apostles and prophets, Jesus according to the riches of his Christ himself being the chief glory, to be strengthened with corner stone; in whom all the might by his Spirit in the inner building fitly framed together man; that Christ may dwell in groweth unto an holy temple in your hearts by faith; that ye, the Lord: in whom ye also are being rooted and grounded in builded together for an habitation love, may be able to comprehend of God through the Spirit.
| with all saints what is the breadth,
insel Pest feelingir heartpiger of
and length, and depth, and height; speaking the truth in love, may and to know the love of Christ, grow up into him in all things, which passeth knowledge, that ye which is the head, even Christ might be filled with all the fulness from whom the whole body fitly of God. Now unto him that is joined together and compacted by able to do exceeding abundantly that which every joint supplieth, above all that we ask or think, according to the effectual working according to the power that work in the measure of every part, eth in us, unto him be glory in the maketh increase of the body unto church by Christ Jesus through the edifying of itself in love. out all ages, world without end. Ver. 17. This I say therefore, Amen.
and testify in the Lord, that ye CHAP. IV.
henceforth walk not as other GenFeb. 27, June 27, Oct. 24.
tiles walk, in the vanity of their
mind, having the understanding Ascension-day, Evening, to ver. 17.
darkened, being alienated from T THEREFORE, the prisoner the life of God through the igno1 of the Lord, beseech you that rance that is in them, because of ye walk worthy of the vocation the blindness of their heart: who wherewith ye are called, with all being past feeling have given lowliness and meekness, with long themselves over unto lascivioussuffering, forbearing one another | ness, to work all uncleanness with in love; endeavouring to keep the greediness. But ye have not so unity of the Spirit in the bond of learned Christ; if so be that ye peace. There is one body, and one have heard him, and have been Spirit, even as ye are called in taught by him, as the truth is in one hope of your calling; one Jesus: that ye put off concerning Lord, one faith, one baptism, one the former conversation the old God and Father of all, who is man, which is corrupt according above all, and through all, and to the deceitful lusts; and be rein you all. But unto every one newed in the spirit of your mind; of us is given grace according to and that ye put on the new man, the measure of the gift of Christ. which after God is created in Wherefore he saith, When he as righteousness and true holiness. cended up on high, he led capti | Wherefore putting away lying, vity captive, and gave gifts unto | speak every man truth with his men. (Now that he ascended, neighbour: for we are members what is it but that he also de one of another. Be ye angry, and scended first into the lower parts sin not: let not the sun go down of the earth? He that descended upon your wrath: neither give is the same also that ascended place to the devil. Let him that up far above all heavens, that stole steal no more: but rather he might fill all things.) And he let him labour, working with his gave some, apostles; and some, hands the thing which is good, prophets; and some, evangelists; that he may have to give to him and some, pastors and teachers; that needeth. Let no corrupt comfor the perfecting of the saints, for munication proceed out of your the work of the ministry, for the mouth, but that which is good to edifying of the body of Christ : the use of edifying, that it may till we all come in the unity of minister grace unto the hearers. the faith, and of the knowledge And grieve not the holy Spirit of of the Son of God, unto a perfect God, whereby ye are sealed unto man, unto the measure of the the day of redemption. Let all stature of the fulness of Christ : bitterness, and wrath, and anger, that we henceforth be no more and clamour, and evil speaking, children, tossed to and fro, and be put away from you, with all carried about with every wind of malice: and be ye kind one to doctrine, by the sleight of men, another, tenderhearted, forgiving and cunning craftiness, whereby one another, even as God for they lie in wait to deceive; but I Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Wherefore y Pman trure membera
bananto the Lord own husb. Your
this dren; and God
yourselves one to another in the CHAP. V.
fear of God. Wives, submit yourFeb. 28, June 28, Oct. 25.
selves unto your own husbands,
as unto the Lord. For the husDE ye therefore followers of God, band is the head of the wife,
D as dear children; and walk even as Christ is the head of the in love, as Christ also hath loved church: and he is the saviour of
and hath given himself for us the body. Therefore as the church an offering and a sacrifice to God is subject unto Christ, so let the for a sweetsmelling savour. But wives be to their own husbands in fornication, and all uncleanness, every thing. Husbands, love your or covetousness, let it not be once wives, even as Christ also loved named among you, as becometh the church, and gave himself for saints; neither filthiness, nor fool it; that he might sanctify and ish talking, nor jesting, which are cleanse it with the washing of not convenient : but rather giving water by the word, that he might of thanks. For this ye know, that present it to himself a glorious no whoremonger, nor unclean per- church, not having spot, or wrinson, nor covetous man, who is an kle, or any such thing, but that idolater, hath any inheritance in it should be holy and without the kingdom of Christ and of God. blemish. So ought men to love Let no man deceive you with vain their wives as their own bodies. words: for because of these things He that loveth his wife loveth cometh the wrath of God upon himself. For no man ever yet the children of disobedience. Be hated his own flesh; but nourishnot ye therefore partakers with eth and cherisheth it, even as the them. For ye were sometimes Lord the church: for we are darkness, but now are ye light in members of his body, of his flesh, the Lord: walk as children of and of his bones. For this canse light: (for the fruit of the Spirit shall a man leave his father and is in all goodness and righteous mother, and shall be joined unto ness and truth ;) proving what is his wife, and they two shall be acceptable unto the Lord. And one flesh. This is a great mystery: have no fellowship with the un but I speak concerning Christ and fruitful works of darkness, but the church. Nevertheless let every rather reprove them. For it is a one of you in particular so love shame even to speak of those his wife even as himself; and the things which are done of them in wife see that she reverence her secret. But all things that are re husband. proved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make
CHAP. VÌ. manifest is light. Wherefore he
March 1, June 30, Oct. 28. saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and VHILDREN, obey your parents Christ shall give thee light. See in the Lord: for this is right. then that ye walk circumspectly, Honour thy father and mother; not as fools, but as wise, redeem which is the first commandment ing the time, because the days are with promise; that it may be well evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, with thee, and thou mayest live but understanding what the will long on the earth. And, ye faof the Lord is. And be not drunk thers, provoke not your children with wine, wherein is excess; but to wrath : but bring them up in be filled with the Spirit; speak the nurture and admonition of ing to yourselves in psalms and the Lord. Servants, be obedient hymns and spiritual songs, singing to them that are your masters acand making melody in your heart cording to the flesh, with fear and to the Lord; giving thanks al trembling, in singleness of your ways for all things unto God and heart, as unto Christ; not with the Father in the name of our eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as Lord Jesus Christ; submitting 1 the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart ; with | be able to quench all the fiery good will doing service, as to the darts of the wicked. And take Lord, and not to men: knowing the helmet of salvation, and the that whatsoever good thing any sword of the Spirit, which is the man doeth, the same shall he re word of God: praying always ceive of the Lord, whether he be with all prayer and supplication bond or free. And, ye masters, in the Spirit, and watching theredo the same things unto them, unto with all perseverance and forbearing threatening: knowing supplication for all saints; and that your Master also is in hea for me, that utterance may be ven; neither is there respect of given unto me, that I may open persons with him. Finally, my my mouth boldly, to make known brethren, be strong in the Lord, the mystery of the gospel, for and in the power of his might. which I am an ambassador in Put on the whole armour of God, bonds: that therein I may speak that ye may be able to stand a boldly, as I ought to speak, But gainst the wiles of the devil. For that ye also may know my affairs, we wrestle not against flesh and and how I do, Tychicus, a be blood, but against principalities, loved brother and faithful minagainst powers, against the rulers ister in the Lord, shall make of the darkness of this world, a known to you all things: whom gainst spiritual wickedness in high I have sent unto you for the same places. Wherefore take unto you purpose, that ye might know our the whole armour of God, that affairs, and that he might comfort ye may be able to withstand in your hearts. Peace be to the brethe evil day, and having done all, thren, and love with faith, from to stand. Stand therefore, having God the Father and the Lord Jeyour loins girt about with truth, sus Christ. Grace be with all them and having on the breastplate of that love our Lord Jesus Christ righteousness; and your feet shod | in sincerity. Amen. with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the
Written from Rome unto the Ephe. shield of faith, wherewith ye shall
sians by Tychicus.
atapose, that to you fors; whom
THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
you will perform it until the day
of Jesus Christ: even as it is meet March 2, July 1, Oct. 27.
for me to think this of you all, DAUL and Timotheus, the ser because I have you in my heart; I vants of Jesus Christ, to all inasmuch as both in my bonds, the saints in Christ Jesus which and in the defence and confirmaare at Philippi, with the bishops tion of the gospel, ye all are parand deacons : Grace be unto you, takers of my grace. For God is and peace, from God our Father, my record, how greatly I long and from the Lord Jesus Christ. after you all in the bowels of JeI thank my God upon every re sus Christ. And this I pray, that membrance of you, always in your love may abound yet more every prayer of mine for you all and more in knowledge and in all making request with joy, for your judgment; that ye may approve fellowship in the gospel from the things that are excellent; that ye first day until now; being con- | may be sincere and without offident of this very thing, that he fence till the day of Christ; being which hath begun a good work in filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, 1 versaries: which is to them an unto the glory and praise of God. evident token of perdition, but to But I would ye should under- you of salvation, and that of God stand, brethren, that the things For unto you it is given in the which happened unto me have behalf of Christ, not only to befallen out rather unto the further- lieve on him, but also to suffer ance of the gospel; so that my for his sake; having the same bonds in Christ are manifest in conflict which ye saw in me, and all the palace, and in all other | now hear to be in me. places; and many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by
CHAP. II. my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
March 3, July 2, Oct. 28. Some indeed preach Christ even ITF there be therefore any conof envy and strife, and some also Isolation in Christ, if any comof good will : the one preach fort of love, if any fellowship of Christ of contention, not sin- | the Spirit, if any bowels and mercerely, supposing to add affliction cies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be to my bonds: but the other of likeminded, having the same love, love, knowing that I am set for being of one accord, of one mind. the defence of the gospel. What Let nothing be done through strife then ? notwithstanding, every way, or vainglory; but in lowliness of whether in pretence, or in truth, mind let each esteem other better Christ is preached; and I therein than themselves. Look not every do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. man on his own things, but every For I know that this shall turn man also on the things of others. to my salvation through your Let this mind be in you, which prayer, and the supply of the was also in Christ Jesus: who, Spirit of Jesus Christ, according being in the form of God, thought to my earnest expectation and it not robbery to be equal with my hope, that in nothing I God: but made himself of no reshall be ashamed, but that with putation, and took upon him the all boldness, as always, so now form of a servant, and was made also Christ shall be magnified in in the likeness of men: and being my body, whether it be by life, or found in fashion as a man, he by death. For to me to live is | humbled himself, and became obeChrist, and to die is gain. But if dient unto death, even the death I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of the cross. Wherefore God also of my labour : yet what I shall hath highly exalted him, and giv. choose I wot not. For I am in a en him a name which is above strait betwixt two, having a de every name: that at the name of sire to depart, and to be with Jesus every knee should bow, of Christ; which is far better : ne things in heaven, and things in vertheless to abide in the flesh is earth, and things under the earth; more needful for you. And hay- and that every tongue should coning this confidence, I know that fess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to I shall abide and continue with the glory of God the Father. you all for your furtherance and Wherefore, my beloved, as ye joy of faith; that your rejoicing have always obeyed, not as in may be more abundant in Jesus | my presence only, but now much Christ for me by my coming to more in my absence, work out you again. Only let your con your own salvation with fear and versation be as it becometh the trembling. For it is God which gospel of Christ : that whether I worketh in you both to will and come and see you, or else be ab to do of his good pleasure. Do all sent, I may hear of your affairs, things without murmurings and that ye stand fast in one spirit, disputings: that ye may be blamewith one mind striving together less and harmless, the sons of for the faith of the gospel; and God, without rebuke, in the midst in nothing terrified by your ad- of a crooked and perverse nation,