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takers of that glorious, and everlightsome, and blessed inheritance of his Saints in heaven.
I. 14. In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
In and by whom, we are freed and brought out from the bondage of sin and Satan, even by the ransom of his most precious blood; in that, by the virtue thereof, and the full satisfaction made thereby unto God, we have forgiveness of sins: I. 15. Who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature:
Who is unto us that only and perfect means, in and by whom, God, which is by nature invisible, is manifested and revealed to mankind: in the Son, as in a clear and perfect glass, we see the Father: that eternal Son had his being of and with the Father, before ever any creature was made:
I. 16. For by him were all things created, &c.
And, as he had an eternal being before them, so they had their being in time from him; for by him were all things created, &c.
I. 18. Who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.
Who is the first cause of all things, giving a beginning unto them all; and restoring them all again, by the power of his Resurrection, as being the omnipotent raiser of himself from the dead; and he, by whose power all others either have risen, or shall rise.
I. 19. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
For it pleased the Father, that in him should essentially dwell all perfection of grace, of wisdom, of power, of goodness, and mercy;
I. 20. And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
And, having made peace through the satisfaction made by his precious blood, shed upon the cross, by the perfect work of his only mediatorship, to reconcile unto himself all things, that were formerly set at variance with him by sin; and to set unity betwixt God and men, betwixt angels and men.
I. 21, 22. And you, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in his sight.
And, amongst the rest, even you Colossians, that were sometimes in your natural and heathenish condition, not only strangers from God, but even enemies to him, both in respect of the sinful disposition of your minds and of your wicked works also and trade of sin wherein ye lived; yet now hath he
reconciled, in that true human body of his, by suffering death for you, that he might present you holy, &c.
I. 23. If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
Which mercy of reconciliation and peace ye shall be sure to receive, if ye continue constantly firm in that true faith and Christian hope, which hath been wrought in you by the Gospel; which Gospel ye have had preached unto you; and not to you only hath it been taught, but to all the nations under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
I. 24. Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
Who now rejoice in those persecutions, which I suffer for your sake, yea for Christ's: every Saint of God is a member of Christ's body, and Christ therefore suffers in him: thus it is then with me; my afflictions are Christ's; and I do, in suffering, fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ, in my flesh, for his Church's sake:
I. 25. Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
Of which Church I am made a minister, according the dispensation, which is committed to me of God, for your behoof; that I may fully deliver that errand which I have received, of preaching the Gospel to you, and to the rest of the Gentiles every where;
I. 26. Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Even this mystery of salvation by Christ revealed to the Gentiles, which hath been hid from former ages and from the fore-passed generations of our forefathers; but now is made clearly manifest to his Saints:
I. 27. To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this nystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
To whom God would make known, what is the glorious riches and treasure of this great mystery of the Gospel, for the salvation of the Gentiles, as well as of the chosen people of the Jews; the sum and substance of which mystery and Gospel, is Jesus Christ, in whom only ye have the hope of eternal glory.
II. 1. For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; G g
For I would that that ye knew what great care, and anxiety, and self-conflicts I have within me, for you and for your neighbours of Laodicea; and for all other converts to Christ; which have not seen my face, nor enjoyed my bodily pre
II. 2. That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ ;
That their hearts may be furnished with the rich and full understanding of the Gospel of Christ, and may be settled in the perfect acknowledgement of the great mystery of religion, wherein God is revealed to men, even God the Father and Jesus Christ his Son;
II. 3. In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
In whom alone are laid up all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; so as that without him they cannot be had, and by him they are imparted unto his faithful ones for their sal
II. 6. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
As ye have, therefore, received the true doctrine concerning Christ Jesus the Lord, so do ye persist and persevere
II. 7. Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Ye are living plants; ye must be fast rooted in the soil of Christ: : ye are living stones; ye must be laid fast and firmly mortered upon the foundation of Christ: ye must be strongly stablished in the true faith of Christ, as ye have been taught by your faithful teachers, Archippus and Epaphras; abounding, more and more, in the knowledge and profession thereof, with thankfulness to God, for that light which he hath imparted unto you.
II. 8. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Beware, lest any man make a prey of you, through the false pretence of secular wisdom; as mixing divine things with human, and measuring heavenly mysteries by their natural reason; or, through the vain enforcement of Jewish rites and ceremonies both which kinds of false teachers form their doctrines after the uncertain and mis-devised traditions of men; or after the beggarly rudiments of the world, viz. the ceremonies of the Law, which are now out of date; and not after the truth of Christ.
II. 9. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
For in him the whole Godhead dwelleth essentially, and the Divine Nature is not only united to the soul of Christ, but to the body also; and in him hath God fully revealed himself to the world.
II. 10. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
And ye are, in and by him, filled with all saving grace and divine knowledge; even in him, who is your Head; and not yours only, but the Head of all the heavenly angels, even those mighty and powerful spirits above:
II. 11. In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in the putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.
In whom also ye are spiritually circumcised in your hearts, by that inward circumcision which is made by his Holy Spirit, and not by the hands of men; in that ye have, by his gracious work in you, put off your sinful corruptions, through the virtue of that circumcision, not which Moses but which Christ hath wrought in you.
II. 12. Buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
The effect of which circumcision ye have received; in that ye have received that baptism, which succeeds that other legal Sacrament: ye are therefore circumcised, in that ye are baptized; and ye are in baptism buried together with Christ, in respect of the mortification of your sins, represented by lying under the water; and, in the same baptism, ye rise up with him in newness of life, represented by your rising up out of the water again; through that faith of yours, which is grounded upon the mighty power of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
II. 13. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
And you being once altogether dead in your sins, and in the spiritual uncircumcision of your hearts, hath he quickened, and raised up to a life of grace and new obedience, together with himself, by the power of his Resurrection; having forgiven you all those trespasses, wherein ye formerly lay;
II. 14. Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Blotting out, by his precious blood, that obligatory bond of Mosaical ordinances and ceremonies, which carried in them a secret accusation of our guiltiness; and cancelled it utterly, nailing it to his cross, as void and of none effect;
II. 15. And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
And, having spoiled the principalities and powers of hell, he made a shew openly, leading them, as manacled captives, after him; being exalted upon the triumphant chariot of his Cross.
II. 16. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holiday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Since therefore the Mosaical ceremonies are thus abrogated, let no man judge you, in matter of eating or drinking; or in respect of your solemn annual festivities, of Pasch, Pentecost, Tabernacles; or of your monthly feasts of New Moons; or of your weekly feasts, the Jewish Sabbaths:
II. 17. Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Which observations are only types and shadows of things, which were then to come; but the body and substance, shadowed and figured out by them, is Christ.
II. 18. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly
Let no man beguile you of your prize, which is laid ready at the goal for you, by drawing you aside, under pretences of voluntary humility, to those opinions and practices which are not warrantable; as to worship the Angels, under colour of an awful modesty, in not going first to God, without a mediation; out of a bold curiosity intruding himself into the profession of knowing that, which he hath not seen; and vainly puffed up with a proud conceit of his own skill;
II. 19. And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
And not holding himself to the true knowledge of Christ, who is the only Head of the Church; from whom, all the body of his universal Church, being knit together by the joints and bands of one common Spirit, receiveth due spiritual nourishment, and groweth up and increaseth in the graces of God, till it come to a full stature.
II. 20, 21, 22. Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
Wherefore, if ye have part in Christ's death, by which these Mosaical ordinances are abrogated and abolished, why, as though ye were still of the world and had no interest in Christ,