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Churches in the great cities, yet they were designed, as the in-
Dr. Lardner places the Epistle to the Ephesians at the begin.
Dr. Lardner's second argument is that already noticed, that the apostle does not express an expectation of an early release, as in the Epistle to the Philippians. Mackpight, however, is of opinion, that no inference can be drawn from this circumstance. The apostle, be observes, in his Epistle to the Colossians, makes as little mention of his release as in his Epistle lo the Ephesians. And yet all allow that that Epistle was written and sent with the Epistle to Philemon, in which the apostle expressed the strongest hope of that event. He did not think it necessary, it seems, to mention his enlargement in his letter to the Colossians, because he had ordered Tychicus to inform them of it (Col. iv. 27). All things concerning me, Tychicus will make known to you. For the same reason he may have omitted mentioning his release to the Ephesians, as may be inferred from Eph. vi. 21. Now that ye also may know these things relating to me, and wbat I am doing, Tychicus will make knowo to you all things.
The phraseology here deserves notice, “that ye also may know;" which he thinks implies, that at this time tbe apostle bad ordered Tychicus to make known all things concerning bim to some others; namely, to the Colossians, consequently that the two Epistles were written about the same time; and as Tychicus and Onesimus, to whom the apostle delivered his Epistle to the Colossians and to Philemon, were to take Ephesus in their way, he gave them his letter to the Ephesians likewise, and ordered them, wben they delivered it, to enjoin the Ephesians to send a copy of it to ihe Laodiceans, with directions to send a transcript taken from their copy to the Colossians. Tycbicus, therefore, and Onesimus, taking Ephesus in their way, deliver: ed the apostle's letter to the Church in that city as they were directed ; then proceeded with the letter to the Colossians and to Pbilemon, which, wben they delivered, their commission was at an end.
Such are Dr. Macknight's arguments. It is evident, however, that this mode of reasoning is very inconclusive. I have placed the cpistle therefore at this period, and bavo been guided by the arguments of Dr. Lardner, which have been before consi.
EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS-CHAP. XIV.
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breaks forth into rapturous expressions of Gratitude to
dered, and which is consistent with the order of the sacred
From the frequent use of the word mystery, and from other
(a) Stoch, de Epistolis Apostolorum non deperditis, pp. 101. et seq.
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Praise and Glory of Christ. Vulgar Æra, 61.
i Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus :
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ :
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved ;
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace ;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence :
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself :
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth: even in him,
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will ;
12 That we should be to the praise of liis glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the
§ 2. Eph. i. 15, to the end.
they may be further enlightened in the Knowledge of the
THE GENTILES ELECTED WITH THE JEWS.
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supreme Dignity and Dominion in this World, and that 61.
which is to come All Things are subjected to him, for
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers ;
i7 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him :
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened ; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might,
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all
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Places—thereby declaring the exceeding Riches of his
Mercy and Forgiveness through Christ Jesus-For by
you hath he quickened, who were dead in tres-
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience :
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved :)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus;
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith ; and that not of yourselves ; it is the gift of God :
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Je-
EPH. ï. 11, to the end.
Jew and Gentile, desires the Gentiles to remember that