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Julian Period, 4775. Vulgar Æra, 62.
ST. PAUL'S LOVE TO THE PHILIPPIANS-CHAP. XIV.
cons, and gives them his apostolical Benediction-He Rome.
1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to
2 Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father,
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
5 For your fellowship in the gospel, from the first day
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ unto the glory and praise of God.
Julian Period, 4775.
§ 2. PHIL. i. 12-20.
Vulgar Era, The Apostle next comforts them with the Assurance that his long Imprisonment has tended to promote the Gospel; being made the Means of causing it to be known in the Emperor's Palace, and all over Rome-That many Christian Brothers gaining confidence by his Success and Firmness, were now emboldened to preach it-Some indeed preach Christ for the Purpose of Division and Envy, asserting him to be the long-predicted King of the Jews, (Acts xvii. 3. 7.) a Doctrine particularly offensive to the Romans, and some from Good-will and Friendship to himself The first preach Christ from Contention, that they might provoke the Roman Magistrates against him, thereby intending to add other Rigours to his Imprisonment; and the other from a sincere Love of the Gospel, well knowing that he was sent to Rome for the purpose of defending it both by his Sufferings and his Preaching— He rejoices in the Advancement of the Gospel, in whatever way it be made known-His confidence that the Knowledge of the Nature of the Gospel will be made the Means of his Deliverance, through their Prayers; and the Spirit of Jesus Christ supplying him with Grace during his Trials, before his Persecutors, according to his earnest Expectation and Hope, that he may not be ashamed fully at this time to declare, as he had ever done, the Truth of the Gospel, that Christ might be still magnified in his Body, through his Spirit, whether by his release or by his death.
12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
18 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;
14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife, and some also of good will.
16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds;
17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
18 What then? notwithstanding every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope,
DEATH PREFERABLE TO LIFE-CHAP. XIV.
Julian Pe- that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all bold- Rome. ness, as always, so now also, Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death.
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$ 3. PHIL. i. 21, to the end.
The Apostle declares that his Life belongs to, or is the Pro-
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire
24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful
25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all, for your furtherance and joy of faith;
26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me, by my coming to you again.
27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ; that, whether I come and see you, or
Julian Pe- else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand Rome. riod, 4775. fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the Vulgar Æra, faith of the gospel;
28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
The Apostle calls on the Philippians by all that was dear to
1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any
Julian Period, 4775. ValgarÆra,
THE CONDESCENSION OF CHRIST-CHAP. XIV.
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the Rome. same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men :
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name :
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
§ 5. PHIL. ii. 12-16.
St. Paul exhorts the Philippians, that although he is not
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed,