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14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Corinth. riod, 4771. Hermes, and the brethren which are with them. Vulgar Æra,
15 Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister,
St. Paul again admonishes them to avoid Divisions, and
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men.
20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under
§ 56. ROM. xvi. 21, to the end.
The Apostle, in a Postscript, sends the Salutations of se-
21 Timotheus my work-fellow, and Lucius, and Jason,
22 I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Corinth. Lord.
23 Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth
24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, (according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began;
26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith ;)
27 To God only wise, be glory, through Jesus Christ, for ever.
From Macedonia St. Paul proceeds to Troas, where he raises
Eutychus to life.
ACTS XX. 6-12.
6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Troas. unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.
7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.
9 And there sat in the window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.
10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him, said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.
11 When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.
12 And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted 29.
29 One of the objections of the opponents of Christianity may be removed, by considering the account of this miracle at Troas. It has been frequently said that the Evangelists published their Gospels some years after the events they relate had taken place: and if their narratives had been written at the time, or immediately after, their histories would have been more credible. The
13 And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, Assos and there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go on foot.
14 And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene.
15 And we
ACTS XX. part of ver. 15.
sailed thence, and came the next day over Chios.
ACTS XX. part of ver. 15.
From Chios to Samos, and Trogyllium.
15 And the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried Samos and at Trogyllium.
ACTS XX. part of ver. 15, to the end.
From Trogyllium to Miletus; where St. Paul meets, and
15 And the next day we came to Miletus.
proof they require is afforded in this passage, and in the remain-
See for the time of the publication of St. Luke's Gospel, Dr.
Julian Period, 4771. Vulgar Æra, 58.
16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, be- Miletus. cause he would not spend the time in Asia; for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church 30.
30 Two things are observable in this passage. The power or control of one Christian teacher over others, is distinctly mentioned, and the general body of Christians over whom the several presbyters presided in their separate congregations, are called by the collective term "the Church." We infer, therefore, that the power over the Church at Ephesus did not rest with St. Peter, as the universal bishop-and, that several congregations unitedly form one Church, and this Church, as represented by its elders, submitted to the authority and influence of a teacher, who did not hold the pastoral charge over one congregation. Such are the precedents for Church government, given us in Scripture; and as the laws of God or man continue to possess their authority so long as the necessity continues which caused their first enactment-and the necessity of a government over the various societies of Christians in different nations, is still great and evident-I am unable to discover on what account the precedents of Scripture, which are the laws of Christ and his apostles, are to be rejected at present. Some parts of Scripture direct our conduct as individuals; but God is the Lord of kingdoms, societies, and churches, as well as of individuals; and the happiness of communities, as well as of individuals, would as certainly be preserved by their obedience to the laws of our Saviour.
Dr. Hammond was of opinion that the apostles first appointed
The same word is attributed to the captain of an army (1
18 And when they were come to him, he said unto Miletas. riod, 4771. them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, Vulgar Æra, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,
19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befel me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,
21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befal me there :
23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God", which he hath purchased with his own blood.
son, is spoken of God (2 Chron. xiii. 12.); of King Jehoshaphat
31 The Alexandrian manuscripts, and some others, read "the
Instead of which there are several different readings-kupiov,