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and I trust you shall acknowledge even to the end. 14. As, allo you have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ' ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus. 15. And in this confidence I was minded to come ullto you before, that you might have a s second * benefit . [Or,grace]: 16. And to pass by you into Macedonia, and " to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judea. 17. When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness ? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea, yea, and nay, nay? 18. But as God is true, our * word [Or, preaching ] toward you, was not yea and nay. 19. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.
20. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him amen, unto the glory of God by us. 21. Now he which stabliheth us with you in Chrift, and hath a anointed us, is God: 22. Who hath also usealed us,and given the (1) earnest of the Spirit in K 3
our 14.9% 2 Cor. 5. 12. We.com. see you, that I may impart unto mend not our felves again unto
you some spiritual Gift, to the end you, but give you occasion to glory you may be established. Rom, 15. on our bebalf, that you may have 29. I am sure that when I come fomewhạt to answer them which s unto you, I shall come in the glory in appearance, and not in Fulness of the Bleling of the Gofpel
of Chrift: * Phil. 2. 16, Holding forth 16. ut i Cor. 16. 5. See on , the Word of Life; that I may re. joice in the Day of Christ, that I 10 f 1 Joh. 2, 20, 27. But have not run in vain, neither la- ye have an Unition from the holy beared in vain. t. Phil.
My One, and ye know all things. The Brethren, dearly beloved and long- anointing which ye have received ed for, my Joy, and Crown. of him, abideth in you: and ye | 1 Thes. 2. 19, 20. What is our 15 need not that any Man teach you : hope, or joy, or Crown of Rejoicing ? But, as the same anointing teacheth are not even ye in the Presence of you of all things. our Lord Jesus Christ, at his com, 22. bt 2 Tim. 2, 19. The Foun,
ъ ing? For ye are our Glory and
dation of God standech sure, having goy. 3 Joh. ver. 4. I have no 20this Seal, The Lord knoweth them greater Joy than to hear that my
thac aré his. t Eph. 1. 13, 14, Children walk in the Truth. | Eph. 4. 30. + 2 Cor. 5. 5. See 15. S T Rom. 1. 11. I long to
on Rom. 8. 16. (1) The Word Earneft, signifies something given in Part, in assurance of baving the whole at the time appointed. Now the holy Spirit is given by Way of Pledge or Earnest to faithful Christians, by which they are affured, that in due time, they shall receive from God that Happiness in his
Cor. 4. 19.
our hearts. 23. Moreover, I call God for a record upon my foul, that to fpare you I came not as yet unto Corinth. 24. Not for that we have
dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy : for * by faith ye
ye 13 stand.
23. See on Rom: 1, 9.
should use harpness, according to + 1 Cor. 4. 21.-Shall I came t !
the Power which the Lord hath
givunto you with a Rod, or in Love, en me to Edification, and not to and in the Spirit of Meekness ? destruction. t 2 Cor. 2. 3. I wrote this same 5. 24. e Mac, 20. 25, 26. -Ye unto you, left when I come, I should know that the Princes of the Genhave sorrow from them of whom tiles exercise Dominion over them, I ovght to rejoice.- 2 Cor. 10. and they that are great exercise 2, I beseech you, that I may not Authority upon them. Bur it be bold when I am present, with 10 shall not be lo among you: but that confidence wherewith I think whosoever will be great among to be bold against some that think you, let him be your Minister. of us, as if we walked according to ti Cor. 3. 5. Who then is Paul, the Flesh. † 2 Cor. 12. 20. I fear and who is Apollos, but Ministers left when I come, I shall not find 15 by whom ye believed -- 2 Cor.
1:4 you such as I would, and that I 5. We preach not our felves, but İhall be found unto you, fuch as ye Christ Jesus the Lord ; and our
; pould not + 2 Cor. 13.2, 10.1
selves your Servants for Jesus sake. told you before, and foretel you as if + 1 Pet. $. 3. Neither as being
were present the fecond time, and 20 Lords over God's heritage, but be being ablent, now I write to them ing Ensamples to the Flock . which heretofore have linned, and f Rom. 11. 20. Because of unto all other, that if I come again, I belief they were broken off, and will not spare. I write these things thou standest by Faith. being absenc, left being present 1.25 Kingdom and Presence, and all those other good Things which he hath promiled. If it be asked, how shall we be affured that we have received this Earnest, and that we are sealed by the holy Spirit ? I answer, The only certain way to know this, is the oringing forth the Fruits of the Spirit in our Lives and Conversations. If this be wanting, all other Rules to judge hereof will be of no use. What these Fruits are, see Gal. s; 22, 23; and the References ser under, and the Places referr'd to. If we love God before and above all other things: if we are free from Envy, and MaJice, and are ready ro forgive and be reconciled to our Enemies; if we sincerely love our Neighbour, and are ready to do him all the Good we can; if we value the favour of God more than all the Riches, Honours, and Pleasures of this World ; if we seriously endeavour to become like unto God, and to resemble him in all his imitable Perfc&tions, hungring and thirft
. ing after Righteousness; if we are resigned to, trüft in, and depend on God, having recourse to him in all our Difficulties, Straits, and wants; by these and such like Fruits of the Spirit, we may conclude that we are sealed with the holy Spirir. See Bilhop Bul's English Works, p. 879. con cerning the 7imony of the Spirit of God in the Faithful,
flifted of many.
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come again to you in heaviness. 2. For if I make you forry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the fame which is made forry by me? 3. And I wrote this fame unto you, left when I came, I should have a sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice, having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. 4. For out of much'affition and anguish of heart, I wrote unto you with many tears; not that you should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you. 5. But if any have e caused grief, he hath not a grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all. 6. Sufficient to luch a man is this * punishment [Or, censure], which was in
So that contrariwise ye ought rather tof forgive him, and comfort him, left perhaps such a one fhould be swallowed up with overmuch forrow. 8. Wherefore I beseech you, that ye would confirm your love towards him. 9. For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be s obedient in all
& things. 10. To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your fakes forgæve I it, * in the person [Or, in the fight] of Christ,
4 3. , † 2 Cor. 12, 21. [1 fear) left my Spirit, with the Power of our when I come again, my God will Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such
me among you, and that I an one unto Satan for the destructi. shall bewail many which have finned on of the Flesh.
i i Tim. 5. already, and have not repented of 20. Them thar fin rebuke before the Uncleannefs, and Fornication, all, that others may fear. and Lasciviousness which they
2. f Gal. 6. 1. Brethren, if a
Man be overtaken in a Fault, ye Of 2 Cor. 8. 22. -But now
which are spiritual, restore such an much more diligent, upon the no one in the Spirit of Meekness; great Confidence I have in you. † Gal. considering thy self, left thou also 5:10. I have confidence in you thro’
9. 5:2 Cor. 7. 15. His inward s. ' r Cor. 5.1. It is report
Affection is more abundant toward ed commonly that there is Fornicatia 15 you, whilft he remembreth the
Obedience of you all, how with fear .: Gal. 4. 19. Y¢ have not
and trembling you received him.
: 2 Cor. 10. 6. Having in a readi. bei Cor. 5. 4, s. In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 39 when your Obedience is fulfilled.
ness to revenge all Disobedience, when ye are se acred togetber, and
on among you. injured me at all.
11. Left - Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 12. Furthermore, when I
came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and all door was opened unto me of the Lord, 13. I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not ' Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia. 14. Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to m triumph in Chrift, and maketh manifeft the n favour of his knowledge by us in every place. 15. For we are unto God a sweet favour of Christ, • in them that are saved, and in them that perifh. 16. P To the one we are the favour of death unto death; and to the other the favour of life unto life: and who is a sufficient for these things? 17. For. we are not as many, which "* corrupt [Or, deal deceit fully with] the word of God : but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the fight of God speak we * in [Or, of] Chrift.
h See on Eph. 6.11, and on 14.
m See on Rom 8 37. 1 Thef 3.5.
# Cant. 1. 3. Because of the 12. i Acts 16. 8. They paf- Savour of thy good Ointments, sing by Mysia, came down to thy Name is as Ointment poured Troas.
5 forth.kti Cor. 16.9. See on Acts 15. of 1 Cor. 1.18. The Preach 14.27.
ing of the Cross is to them thac 13. ' 2 Cor. 7.6, 13, 14. God perish foolishness; but unto us that comfortech those that are cast which are saved, it is the Power down, comforted us by the coming 10 of God. 2 Cor, 4. 3. If our Go. of Titus. - Exceedingly the more spel be hid, it is hid to them that joyed we for the Joy of Titus, be- are loft. 2 Thef. 2. 10. With all cause his Spirit was refreshed by deceivableness of Unrighteousness, you all. -Our boafting which I in them that perish ; because they made before Titus is found a'is received not the Love of the Truth. 2 Cor. 8. 6, 16. Inso. Truth, that they might be saved. much that we desired Titus, that as 16. Pt Joh. 9. 39. Jesus said, he had begun, so he would also fi. For Judgment I am come into nilh in you the same Grace allo. this World : that they which see
Thanks be to God, which put the 20 not might fee ; and that they which same earnest Care into the Heart See might be made blind. ti Pec. of Titus for you. Gal. 2. 3. Nei- 2. 7,8. See on Luk. 2. 34. ther Titus, who was with me, be- 9 † 2 Cor.3.5,6. ing a Greek, was compelled to be 17.
+ See on 2 Cor. 4. 2, circumcised.
or need we,
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as some others, epiftles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you. 2. Ye are our epiftle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
3. For as much as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Chrift, • ministred by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in o tables of stone, but in f fleshly tables of the heart. 4. And such & trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5. Not that we are h fufficient of our felves to think any thing as of our felves: but our i fufficiency is of God. 6. Who also hath made us able k ministers
of 1,8 t 2 Cor. 5. 12. We commend the Words which were in the first not our felves again unto you,' but Tables which thou brakest. give you occasion to'glory on our † Pfal. 40. 8. I delight to do behalf. t 2 Cor. 10. 8, thy Will, O my God: yea, thy Though I should boast somewhat s Law is within my Heart. + Jer 31.
5 more of our Authority, — I should 33. This shall be my Covenant not be ashamed.' We dare not that I will make with the House make our selves of the Number, of Ifrael, After those Days, faith or compare our felves with some the Lord, I will put my Law in that commend themselves.- so their inward Parts, and write it in No.: A&S 18. 27. When he (A::
their Hearts, and will be their God, polos] was difpofed to pass into and they shall be my People, Achaia, the Brethren wrote, exhort- + Ezek. II. 19. I will give them ing the Disciples to receive him.- one Heart,and I will put a new Spirit
2.° 1 Cor. 4. 15. - In Christ 15 within you; and I will take away - Jesus I have begotten you through the story Heart out of their flejb,
Flesh the Gospel. ti Cor. 9 1, 2. Are and will give them an Heart of Flesh,
t you my Work in the Lord. If t Ezek. 36 26. A new Heart also I'be not an Apostle unto others, will I give you, and a new Spirit yer, doubtless I am to you: for the 20 will I put within you, and I will Seal of my Apoftleship are ye in the take away the stone Heart out of
your Flesh, and I will give you an 3.0 : 2 Cor. 8. 20. Avoiding
Heart of Flesh. † Heb. 8. 10. This this, that no Man should blame us is the Covenant that I will make in this Abundance which is admi-25 with the House of Israel after
those Days, faith the Lord, I will + Exod. 24. 12.
The Lord put my Laws into their mind, and said unto Mofes, Come up to me write them in their Hearts : and I into the Mount, and be there, and will be 'to them a God, and they I will give thee Tables of Stone, and 3° shall be to me a People. a Law and Commandments, which I' 4
2 Cor. 2. 14. have written; that thou mayst h † 2 Cor. 2. 16. reach them.'+ Exod. 34. 1. The
† Phil. 2. 13.
See on i Cor. Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee 15. 10. Avo Tables of Stone like unto the first.
6. \; i Cor. 15. 10. By the and I will write upon these Tables
nifred by us.