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you according to my Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

26 But now is ‘made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, niade known

17 from former ages. Whit. that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thes, iji. 13: To the end he

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hearts unblameable in holiness before God. 2 Thes. ii. 17: Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. do. ii. 3 : The Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 1 Pet. v. 10: The God of all gracemake you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

d See on Rom. ii. 16.

e 1 Cor. ii. 7, 10: We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit

. Eph. i. 9: Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself. do. iii. 3,4,5,9: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery--whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto the holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. To make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God. Col. i. 26, 27 : The mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints : to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 2 Tim. i. 9, 10: Who hath saved us-according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began ; but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Rom. iii. 25: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation. 2 Tim. i. 10: The words under ver. 25. Tit. i. 2, 3: In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; but hath in due times manifested his word through preaching. 1 Pet. i. 20 : Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. Rev. xiii. 8: The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

to 5 all nations for the obedience of faith :

27 To i God only wise, bek glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

Written to the Romans from Corinthus, and sent by Phebe servant of the church at

Cenchrea. 8 Mat. xxviii. 19: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

h Rom. i. 5: do, xv. 18. See on Acts, vi. 7.

iJob, xii, 13 : With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding. Jer. x. 12: He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion, 1 Tim. i. 17: Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen." JUDE, 25: To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.

* i Chr. xxix. 11: Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty : for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine ; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Rom. xi. 36 : For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. GAL. i. 4,5: God and our Father : to whom be glory for ever and ever. Eph. iii. 21 : Unto him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Phi. iv. 20: Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. 1 Tim. vi. 16: Whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. 2 Tim. iv. 18: The Lord sball deliver me from every evil work--to whom be glory for ever and ever.

HEB. xiii. 20, 21 : The God of peace-to whom be glory for ever and ever.

1 Pet. iv, 11 : That God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. do. v. 11: To him be glory for ever and

2 Pet. iii. 18: Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Rev. i. 6: And hath made us kings and Priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. do. iv. 11: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for. thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. do. v. 13 : Every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth-heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

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FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE

Corinthians.

St. PAUL visited Corinth about the end of A.D. 51, or in the beginning of A. D. 52, (Acts, xviii. 1.) He lodged with Aquila and his wife Priscilla, who, as well as himself, made tent: and thus he obtained a livelihood by his labour, without being burdensome to any one. He preached in the Jewish synagogues, and converted some. From Corinth he wrote his two Epistles to the Thessalonians. Observing that the Jews of Corinth, instead of being benefited by his instructions, opposed him with the utmost impiety, he shook his raiment, and said, “Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean; from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles." He went, therefore, and lodged with Justus, surnamed Titus, a Gentile, but one who feared God; and many of the Gentiles afterwards embraced the faith.

St. Paul left Corinth A. D. 53 or 54, and went to Jerusalem. From Ephesus he wrote his first Epistle to the Corinthians, in the beginning of A. D. 56.

It appears that the Church at Corinth became divided by factious leaders, who disputed the apostle's authority; there were lawsuits among some of the members; one person was guilty of incest, and their assemblies were very disorderly. The principal design of the apostle in this epistle was to cor, rect these errors among the people, and to support his own authority, dignity, and credit, with the sound part of the Church; to vindicate himself from the calumnies of the opposite party, to lessen the credit of the chief and leading men in it by intimating their defects and failings, and showing how little cause they had of glorying, or being glorified in. By thus withdrawing the party from the admiration and esteem of their leaders he hoped to break their faction; and, putting an end to the division, re-unite them with the uncorrupted part of the Church, that they might all unanimously submit to the authority of his divine mission, and with one accord receive and keep the doctrines and directions which he had delivered to them. The apostle also answers some questions which the Corinthians had proposed to him, and resolves some doubts.

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This letter produced in the Corinthians abundant sorrow, great vigilance against the vices reproved, and a very beneficial dread of the displeasure of God. They repaired the scandal given, and expressed abundant zeal against the crime committed (2 Cor. vii. 9, 10, 11).

CHAP. I. 1 After his salutation and thanksgiving, 10 he exhorteth them to

unity, and 12 reproveth their dissensions : 18 God destroyeth the wisdom of the wise, 21 by the foolishness of preaching, and 26 call. eth not the wise, mighty, and noble, but 27, 28 the foolish, weak, and men of no account.

A. D. 59. PAUL, & called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ b through the will of God, and · Sosthenes our brother,

2 Unto the Church of God which is at d Corinth, e to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,' with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ h our Lord, both their's and our's :

called and holy. We.

CHAP. I. a Rom.i. 1: Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the Gospel of God.

b 2 Cor. i. 1: Eph. i. 1: Col. i. 1 : 2 Tim. i. 1: In these places the words are, Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God.

c Acts, xviii. 17: The Greeks took Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and beat him.

d Acts, xviii. 1, &c: After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth, &c.

e John, xvii. 19: And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 'Acts, xv.9: And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Jude, 1: To them that are sanctified by God the Father. Mil Per. i. 15: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. See on Rom. i. 7.

& See on Acts, vii, 59. h 1 Cor. viii. 6: To 'us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and 'we' in him ; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Rom. 11. 22: Even the righteousness of God which is by

3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

4 I'thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace 2 of God which is given you by: Jesus Christ;

5 That“ in every thing ye areó enriched by him, m in all utterance, and in all knowledge ;

6 Even as the " testimony of Christ was confirmed ' in " you :

7 So that ye come behind in no gift ; ° waiting for the coming "1 of our Lord Jesus Christ :

2 favour. Co. 3 in. Han. For. Ham. 5 have been. Ham. Olearning. Ham. speech. Pu. By the which things. Cr. @preaching. Co. 9 established. Ham. 10 among. Dod. Ham. il Gr. revelation. COL. iii. 4. A. V. faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe : for there is no difference. do. x. 12 : For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek : for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

k 2 Cor. i. 2: Eph. 1: 2: 1 Pet. i. 2. See on Rom. i. 7. I See on Rom. i. 8. m 1 Cor. xii. 8: To one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom ; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit. 2 Cor. viii. 7 : Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace

also. 1 Cor. ii. 1: Declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 Taes. i. 10 : Our testimony among you was believed. 1 Tum. ii. 6: Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 2 Tim.i. 8: Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord. 1 John, v. 10: He that believeth not God bath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. Rev.i. 2,9: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ. I John-was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. do. vi. 9: 1 saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain-for the s testimony which they held. do. xi. 17: The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make. war with the remnant of her seed, which-have the testimony of Jesus Christ. do. xix. 10: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus : worship God : for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. 1.Barü. 20: Our conversation is in heaven; from whence

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