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THE GREAT APOSTACY PREDICTED-CHAP. XII.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day Corinth. shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
be "taken out of the way," when the barbarous nations made
Julian Pe- 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is Corinth. riod, 4763. called God, or that is worshipped; so that he, as God, Vulgar Era, sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth, that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth, will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not
any bull from their spiritual father commanded them to prefer
The causes which first compelled our ancestors to preserve
Church of Rome are not merely to be attributed to the dark-
Julian Period, 4763. Vulgar Era, 52.
SECOND EPISTLE TO THE THESSALONIANS-CHAP. XII.
§ 5. 2 THESS. ii. 13-17.
He rejoices over the Thessalonians, and exhorts them to
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word or our epistle.
16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
6. 2 THESS. iii. 1-5.
St. Paul desires them to pray for him and his Compa-
1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the
2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable
3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command
5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
§ 7. 2 THESS. iii. 6. to the end.
St. Paul here advises the Thessalonians how to act towards
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our
40 In his First Epistle to the Thessalonians, chap. iv. 11, 12. St. Paul had exhorted some disorderly Christians not to be un
7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for Corinth. we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you :
8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busy bodies.
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him
16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with
St. Paul still at Corinth, is brought before the Judgment
12 And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the
13 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
ruly and slothful. He here enlarges on the subject, and re-
41 This verse appears to corroborate the idea already hinted
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ST. PAUL IS BROUGHT BEFORE GALLIO-CHAP. XII.
14 And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Corinth. Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong, or wicked lewdness, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:
15 But if it be a question of words and names, and of your law, look ye to it; for I will be no judge of such
16 And he drave them from the judgment-seat.
17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment-seat. And Gallio cared for none of those things *2.
18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren.
St. Paul having left Corinth for Crete, is compelled on his
TITUS i. 1-4.
§ 1. St. Paul's Salutation.
1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Nicopolis. riod, 4764. Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the Vulgar Era,
42 From the accounts of Roman authors, Gallio appears to have been a man eminent for his talents and literary attainments; and his character is represented in the most amiable light. His conduct on this occasion deserves a mixture of applause and censure: his liberal turn of mind was evinced in his refusal to punish a man for his religious opinions only, and his willingness to permit the Jews to think as they pleased, and settle their disputes among themselves. We must, however, reprobate the contemptuous indifference with which he treated matters of such stupendous moment. Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, appears to have been favourably disposed to Paul. On this account, perhaps, the Jews incited the Greeks to beat him. Some, however, suppose, that this Sosthenes was one of the most clamorous among the Jews for the punishment of Paul, and that the Greeks, standing round the tribunal, inflicted this punishment on the ringleader, as the most effectual way of quelling the tumult. Gallio was to blame for permitting this violation of the laws immediately under his own eyes.-See Witsius Meletem. Leidens. cap. vii. sect. iv. &c. &c.
43 The Epistle to Titus is placed thus early in the arrangement of the apostolic letters, on the united authority of Dr. Hales and Michaelis. The arguments of these eminent theologians appear to be strengthened by the consideration, that there is no allusion to St. Paul's sufferings or approaching death -to his age or imprisonment: all of which things are frequently mentioned in these Epistles, which we have more decided reason for referring to a late period of the apostle's life. The verbal harmony between this Epistle and that to Timothy, may be accounted for from the circumstance, that they were both written on similar occasions, and for the same purposes.-Compare 1