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as though God did beseech you by us : we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to 24 God.

21 For he hath made him to be d sin for us, who knew no sin ; that we might be made the frighteousness of God in him.

CHAP. VI. 1 That he hath approved himself a faithful minister of Christ, both

by his exhortations, 3 and by integrity of life, 4 and by patient enduring all kinds of affliction and disgraces for the Gospel : 11 of which he speaketh the more boldly amongst them, because his heart is open to them, 13 and he expecteth the like affection from them again, 14 exhorting to flee the society and pollutions of idolaters, as being themselves temples of the living God.

WE then, as a workers together with him, b beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

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c.2 Cor. vi. 1. See on 1 Cor. iii. 9. a Isa. liii. 6, 9, 12 : The LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. He was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Rom. v. 19 : As by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. do. viii. 3: What the law could not do, in that it. was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, Gal. iii. 13: Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. HEB. ix. 28 : Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many.

e John, viii. 46 : Which of you convinceth me of sin ? Heb. vii. 26 : Such an High Priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners. 1 Pet. ii. 22, 24 : Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth : who his own self bare our sins in his

own body on the tree. 1 John, iii. 5; Ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. f See on Rom. i. 17.

CHAP. VI. a See on 1 Cor. iii. 9. b 2 Cor. y. 20.

John, i. 17 : Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Gal. ii. 21 : I do not frustrate the grace of God : for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. do. v. 4:

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2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee : behold, now is the accepted time ; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed :?

4 But in all things f approving 3 ourselves 5 as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tuinults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings ;

6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

Ino occasion of evil. Co. Ma. Cr. 2 that our office be not evil spoken of. Co. 3 behaving. Bi. Gr. commending. chap. iv. 2. A. V.

4 in loss. ings to and fro. A. V. Whosoever of you are justified by the law ; ye are fallen from grace. Tit. ii. 11: The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. Heb. xii. 15: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the

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of God. d Isa. xlix. 8: Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee.

e 1 Cor. ix. 12: If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless, we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the Gospel of Christ. See on Rom. xiv. 13.

See on 2 Cor. iv. 2.

81 Cor. iv. 1: Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ. 2 Cor. iii. 6: Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament. do. xi. 23: Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I

Col.i. 7, 23 : Epaphras—who is for you a faithful minister of Christ. Whereof (the Gospel] I Paul am made a minister. Thes. iii. 2: Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God. 1 Tim. iv. 6: If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ.

See on Acts, ix. 16.

* Of the persecutions and sufferings of the apostles, but chiefly of St. Paul, see the references on Acts, ix. 16: do. xiii. 45: do. xiv. 19: do. xvi. 22: do. xix. 23: Rom. viii. 36, and I Cor. iv. 11.

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7 7 By the word of truth, by the God, by " the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report : as " deceivers, and yet true;

9 As unknown, and oyet well known ; as P dying, and, behold, we live; as "chastened, and not killed;

10 As sorrowful, yet alway" rejoicing; poor, yet 'making many rich ; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

k 2 Cor. iv. 2 : But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. do. vii. 14.

See on 1 Cor. ii. 4.
m See on Rom. xiii. 12.

MAT. xxvii. 63: Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. John, vij. 12, 17: Some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

o] Cor. iv. 9: For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death : for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. 2 Cor. i. 9: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead. do. iv. 2: By manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. do. v. 11: Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men ; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. do. xi. 6 : But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge ; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.

P See on Rom. viii. 36.

9 Ps. cxviii. 18: The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. " See on Acts, v. 41.

Ps. lxxxiv. 11: For the LORD God is a sun and shield : the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

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2 (For he saith, "I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee : behold, now is the accepted time ; behold, now is the day of salvation..)

3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed :2

4 But in all things fapproving 3 ourselves 5 as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

5 In - stripes, in 'imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;

6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

I no occasion of evil. Co. Ma. Cr. 2 lbat our office be not evil spoken of. Co. 3 behaving. Bi. Gr. commending. chap. iv. 2. A. V. 4 in loss. ings to and fro. A. V. Whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Tit. ii. 11: The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. Heb. xii. 15: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the

grace

of God. d Isa. xlix. 8: Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee.

e 1 Cor. ix. 12: If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless, we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the Gospel of Christ. See on Rom. xiv. 13.

fSee on 2 Cor. iv. 2.

& 1 Cor. iv. 1: Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ. 2 Cor. iii. 6: Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament. do. xi. 23: Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more.

Col.i. 7, 23 : Epaphras-who is for you a faithful minister of Christ. Whereof (the Gospel] I Paul am made a minister. Taes. iii. 2: Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God. 1 Tim. iv. 6: If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ.

b See on Acts, ix. 16.

Of the persecutions and sufferings of the apostles, but chiefly of St. Paul, see the references on Acts, ix. 16: do. xiii. 45: do. xiv. 19: do. xvi. 22: do. xix. 23 : Rom. viii. 36, and I Cor. iv. 11.

7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by n the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as " deceivers, and yet true;

9 As unknown, and yet well known ; as P dying, and, behold, we live; as "chastened, and not killed;

10 As sorrowful, yet alway" rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich ; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

k 2 Cor. iv. 2 : But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. do. vii. 14.

See on 1 Cor. ii. 4.
m See on Rom. xiii. 12.

* Mat. xxvii. 63: Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. John, vij. 12, 17: Some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

°1 Cor. iv. 9: For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death : for we made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. 2 Cor. i. 9 : But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead. do. iv. 2 : By manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. do. v. 11: Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men ; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. do. xi. 6 : But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge ; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.

P See on Rom. viii. 36.

9 Ps. cxviii. 18: The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.

See on Acts, v. 41.

Ps. lxxxiv. 11: For the LORD God is a sun and shield : the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

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