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The fruit and manner I. Corinthians. of our resurrection. that he is excepted, which did eth it me if the dead rise not? put all things under him. let us eat and drink ; for to

28 And when all things morrow we die. shall be subdued unto him, 33 Be not deceived; evil then shall the Son also him- communications corrupt good. self be subject unto him, that manners. put all things under him, that 34 Awake to righteousness, God may be all in all.

and sin not ; for some have not 29 Eise what shall they do the knowledge of God; I speak which are baptized for the this to your shame. dead,c if the dead rise not at 33 But some man will say, all ? why are they then bap- How are the dead raised up? tized for the dead?

and with what body do they 30 And why stand we in

come ? jeopardy every houred

36 Thou fool, that which 31 ! protest by your rejoie- thou sowest is not quickened, ing which I have in Christ except it die. Jesus our Lord, I die daily.e 37 And that which thou

32 If after the manner of sowest, thou sowest not that men I have fought with beasts body, that shalt be, but bare at Ephesus,f what advantag- grain, g it may chance of

wheat, or of some other grain: - Being baptized for the dead, it is supposed may signify, immersed in,

38 But God giveth it a body or exposed to, sufferings, & to death, as it hath pleased him, and to for believing and testifying the res- every seed his own body. ursection of the dead. Our Lord calls 39 All flesh is not the same his sufferings and death, a baptism, flesh; but there is one kind of see Luke xii. 5o. and Matt. XX. 23. flesh of men, another flesh of The apostle's reasoning here seems to be this; What benefit can they ever

beasts, another of fishes, and receive, who are baptized for the dead, another of birds. or who suffer death, for believing 40 There are also celestial and testifying the resurrection of the bodies, and bodies terrestrial; dead, if there be no resurrection, af- but the glory of the celestialis ter which they may be rewarded ?

one, and the glory of the terd Jeopardy, danger. Why do we

restrial is another. expose ourselves to death every hour by preaching this doctrine ?

41 There is one glory of the e By my boasting concerning you, for your faith in Christ Jesus, I am ther acquitted, or reserved for anin danger of death daily.

other trial, as the nature of the off Fought with beasts, &c. Un- fence might be. It is probable that der the Roman emperors one mode Paul here alludes to a contest of this of punishing condemned criminals, kind, in which he had been obliged was, to expose them to fight for their lives with ferocious wild beasts. If g Bare grain, naked, without stalk, they killed the beast, they were ei- blade, or ear.

to engage.

Our victory
Chap. xv.

over death. sun, and another glory of the 49 And as we have borne moon, and another glory of the the image of the earthy, we stars; for one star differeth shall also bear the image of from another star in glory. the heavenly:

42 So also is the resurrec- 50 Now this I say, brethtion of the dead; it is sown in ren, that flesh aud blood canCorruption, it is raised in in- not inherit the kingdom of corruption :

God; neither doth corruption 43 It is sown in dishonour, inherit incorruption. it is raised in glory; it is sown

51 Behold, I shew you a in weakness, it is raised in mystery ; We shall not all power:

sleep, kc but we shall all be 44 It is sown a natural changed, body, it is raised a spiritual 52 In a moment, in the body. There is a natural body, twinkling of an eye, at the and there is a spiritual body. last trump; (for the trumpet

45 And so it is written,h shall sound ;) and the dead The first man Adam was made shall be raised incorruptible, a living soul, the last Adami and we shall be changed. was made a quickening spirit.

53 For this corruptible 46 Howbeit, that was not must put on incorruption, and first which is spiritual, but this mortal must put on inthat which is natural; and af- mortality. terward that which is spiritual.

54 So when this corrupti47 The first man is of the ble shall have put on incorearth, earthy; the second man ruption, and this mortal shall is the Lord from heaven. have put on immortality, then

48 As is the earthy, such shall be brought to pass the are they also that are earthy; saying that is written, | Death and as is the heavenly, such is swallowed up in victory. are they also that are heaven- 55 O death! where is thy

sting? O grave! where is thy

victory ? m b It is written Gen. ii. .

i Christ is called the last Adam, beGause believers receive their sanctifi

& We, the righteous, shall not all die ; ed, spiritual nature, & their immor. but such of us, as shall be alive at the tal bodies from him, as mankind have coming of Christ, shall be changed; derived their corrupt nature, & mortal

that is, our earthy, corruptible body bodies from the first Adam.

shall be changed into a spiritual, inAs the earthy man Adam was

corruptible body. after the fall, such also earthy men,

I That is written, Isa. xxv. 8. the wicked, shall be at the resurrec- m Here the apostle, in joyful antion; and as the heavenly man Christ ticipation of the release of the righJesus is at present, such also heavenly teous from the power of death and men, the righteous, shall be, the grave, triumphantly exclaims,


Exhortations to charity. I. Corinthians. Timothy commended.

56 The sting of death is when I shall pass through sin; and the strength of sin Macedonia ; (for I do pass is the law.

through Macedonia ;) 57 But thanks be to God 6 And it may be that I will which giveth us the victory, abide, yea, and winter with through our Lord Jesus Christ. you, that ye may bring me on

58 Therefore, my beloved my journey whithersoever I brethren, be ye steadfast, un- go. moveable, always abounding

Cry For I will not see you in the work of the Lord; for- now by the way; but I trust asmuch as ye know that your to tarry a while with you,

if labour is not in vain in the the Lord permit. Lord.

8 But I will tarry at Ephe

sus until Pentecost.a CHAP. XVI.

9 For a great door and ef1 The brethren's wants must fectual is opened unto me, and

be relieved. 10 Timothy com- there are many adversaries. mended. 19 Friendly admoni- 10 Now, if Timotheus tions, and salutations.

come, see that he may be with NOW, concerning the col- you without fear; for he wor. lection for the saints, as I have keth the work of the Lord, as given order to the churches of I also do. Galatia, even so do ye.

11 Let no man, therefore, 2 Upon the first day of the despise him; but conduct him week let every one of you lay forth in peace, that he may by him in store, as God hath come unto me; for I look for prospered him, that there be him with the brethren. no gatherings when I come. 12 As touching our broth3 And, when I

come, er Apollos, I greatly desired whomsoever ye


approve him to come unto you with the by your letters, them will I brethren ; but his will was not send to bring your liberality at all to come at this time, but unto Jerusalem.

he will come when he shall 4 And if it be meet that I have convenient time. go also, they shall go with me. 13 Watch stand fast in 5 Now I will come unto you, the faith, quit you like men,

be strong Where now, O Death! is thy sting, 14 Let all your things be with which thou killedst the saints ? done with charity.b Christ has wrested it from thee; and where, O Grave! who so long

15 I beseech you, brethren, hast held them captive, is now thy a Pentecost was an annual feast of victory, since they all, by the captain the Jews, in commemoration of give of their salvation, are rescued from ing the law on mount Sinai. thy dominion ?

b Charity, love.



Chap. xvi. and admonitions. (ye know the house of Ste

20 All the brethren greet e phanas, that it is the first you. Greet ye one another fruits of Achaia, and that they with an holy kiss. have addicted themselves to 21 The salutation of me the ministry of the saints,)c Paul with mine own hand.

16 That ye submit your- 22 If any man love not the selves unto such, and to every Lord Jesus Christ, let him be one that helpeth, with us, and Anathema, Maran-atha. f laboureth.

23 The


our Lord 17 I am glad of the coming Jesus Christ be with you. of Stephanas, and Fortuna- 24 My love be with you all tus, and Achaicus; for that in Christ Jesus. Amen. which was lacking on your part, they have supplied.

The first epistle to the 18 For they have refreshed

Corinthians was written my spirit and yours; there

from Philippi, hy Stefore acknowledge ye them that

phanas, and Fortunatus, are such.

and Achaicus, and Timo19 The churche of sia

theus. salute d you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in

f Anathema signifies a thing dethe Lord, with the church that

voted to destruction ;-Maran-atha is in their house.

signifies, The Lord comes. He, who

loveth not the Lord Jesus Christ, Have addicted, &c. Have devoted will be accursed at his coming; or themselves to assisting the saints, and the words may here signify, let him to preaching the Gospel.

be forever excommunicated or sepade Salute, greet ; to wish peace, rated from your communion and som health, and prosperity.




Paul in his first Epistle xvi. 5, had promised to visit the Corinthians ; but as he had in that letter given orders for the correction of certain abuses, and for the punishment of a notorious offender, he thought best to defer his visit longer, thản he at first intended, that, before he appeared in person, he might know the state of the church, and what regard they paid to his letter. But Titus not returning so soon, as was expected, and Paul anxious for his safety, set out to meet him. He first went to Troas, but not finding him there, he proceeded to Mac

The church

II. Corinthians. comforted, &c. edonia, where after tarrying a few days Titus arrived. Much encouraged by the favourable account which he gave of the Corinthians, Paul wrote this second Epistle about A. D. 57, within a year after writing the first, to confirm the sincere in their attaehment to him, and separate the rest from the false teacher, who had led them astray.

In order to understand this Epistle, we must recolleet, there were two parties in the Corinthian church, one of which Paul commends for its fidelity and obedience; the other he sharply reproves for its irregularity, and for the suspicion it endeavoured to excite respecting his apostleship.

In this Epistle the apostle recounts his saffering for the sake of the Gospel

apologizes for deferring his visit-requests a liberal contribution for the poor brethren in Judea-assures the Corinthians, that he had laboured to teach them, not from ambitious motives, but with the single desire of promoting their best good—vindicates himself from the aspersions of those, who had presumed to question his authority as an apostle and exhorts to unity, peace, and perfection. I THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE,




be able to comfort them which 1 The apostle encourageth them are in any trouble, by the

against troubles, 12 sheweth comfort wherewith we the sincerity of his preaching selves are comforted of God. 15 and excuseth his not com- 5 For as the sufferings of ing to them.

Christ abound in us, so our AUL, an apostle of Jesus consolation also aboundeth by

Christ by the will of God, Christ. and Timothy our brother, unto 6 And whether we be af. the church of God which is at flicted, it is for


consolaCorinth, with all the saints tion and salvation, which is which are in all Achaia : effectual in the enduring of the

2 Grace be to you, and peace same sufferings which we also from God our Father, and suffer

r; or whether we be from the Lord Jesus Christ. comforted, it is for your con3 Blessed be God, even the

solation and salvation. Father of our Lord Jesus hry And our hope of you

is Christ, the Father of mercies steadfast, knowing that as ye and the God of all comfort; are partakers of the sufferings, 4 Who comforteth us in all


be also of the conour tribulation, that we may solation.

so shall

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