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Julian Pe 3 Let no man deceive you by any means : for that day Corinth.
shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and
be " taken out of the way,” when the barbarous nations made
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is Corinth. riod, 4763. called God, or that is worshipped ; so that he, as God, Valgar
Æra, sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is 52.
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
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 the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
any bull from their spiritual father commanded them to prefer
sovereign, as Christian subjects, to their
The causes which first compelled our ancestors to preserve their liberties and religion by vigilant jealousy of the members of the Church of Rome, exist in their original force--the Papist remains the same-the Protestant alone is changed, and bas become, it is to be feared, too lukewarm and too indifferent. Under the well-meant disguise of universal charity and toleration, he welcomes the enemy to the citadel, with bows and smiles. He feels himself enlightened, and supposes the Papist is equally so. He forgets that infallibility or unchangeableness is the very foundation of the creed of the Romanist, precluding thereby all possibility of reformation. The errors of the Church of Rome are not merely to be attributed to the darkness and superstitions of any particular ago, but are interwoven with the very frame-work of this corrupt religion. Unless the pages of history are written in vain, and the experience of the past is to direct us no longer, the statesmen of a Protestant country are required to preserve to the present generation, and to hand down unimpaired to our posterity, that code of laws which secures to the majority of the people of England-a pure religion, and well defined liberties; and provides also for a succession of rulers who shall maintain the same, so long as it shall please God to continue the power, the splendour, or even the existcncc of the monarchy.
Corinth. riod, 4763. Vulgar Æra,
He rejoices over the Thessalonians, and exhorts them to 52. continue steadfast in the Doctrines in which they had
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath. from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the spirit and belief of the truth ;
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
§ 6. 2 THESS. iii. 1-5.
nions, that the Gospel of God may be glorified as much
1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the
2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men : for all men have not faith.
3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
4 Ånd we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that
ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of
§ 7. 2 THESS. iii. 6. to the end.
those who still continue to live a disorderly and idle
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 bad exhorted some disorderly Christians not to bo un.
Julian Pe- 7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us : for Corinth. ciod, 4763. we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you : Vulgar Æra, 52.
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 our. selves 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 as a brother.
16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
17 The salutation of Paul with mine own hand ", which is the token in every epistle : so I write..
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
ACTs xvii. 12. to part of ver. 18.
13 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship
ruly and slothful. He here enlarges on the subject, and reproves them more sharply, as not having altended to his former admonitions. Some understand by " the tradition which they had received,” the example of St. Paul and his companions. Perhaps he had both these arguments in view; in either case the reading remains the same.
41 This verse appears to corroborate the idea already hipted at in chap. ii. ver. 2. which seems to intimate that the Thessa. lonians had been led to misinterpret St. Paul's Epistle by some spurious writing, as he here teaches them how to distinguish bis genuine Epistles from those which might be forged. Had there been no letters of this description, tokens of authenticity would have been unnecessary.
Julian Pe 14 And when Paul was now about to open his mouth, Corinth. riod, 4763. Gallio said unto the Jews, If it were a matter of wrong, Valgar Æra, 52. 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 matters.
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 **.
18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren.
Return to winter at Nicopolis, from whence he writes
TITUS i. 1-4.
§ 1. St. Paul's Salutation. Jalian Pe 1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Nicopolis. tod, 4761, Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the Valgar&ra, 53.
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 sette 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 !