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23 The grace of our Lord 24 My love be with you all Jesus Christ be with you.

in Christ Jesus. Amen. a Rom.16.20. in contemplation. Perhaps, therefore, the Lord Jesus will soon return to exby inspecting the manners of the East, ecute the tremendous sentence on a we may illustrate the import of this guilty world. How important then to singular passage. The nearest approach ask whether we have that love? Wheto it that I have been able to discover ther we are attached to the Lord Jesus is in the following extract from Mr. in such a manner as to secure his approBruce; and though, perhaps, this does bation? Whether we so love him as to not come up to the full power of the be prepared to hail his coming with apostle's meaning, yet, probably, it joy, and to be received into his evergives the idea which was commonly lasting kingdom.-In the close of the attached to the phrase among the pub- Notes on this epistle, I may ask any lic. Mr. Bruce had been forced by a one who shall read these pages whepretended saint, in Egypt, to take him ther he has this love ?. And I may on board his vessel, as if to carry him press it upon the attention of each one, to a certain place—whereås, Mr. Bruce though I may never see their faces in meant no such thing ; but, having set the flesh, as the great inquiry which is him on shore at some little distance to determine their everlasting destiny. from whence he came,

we slacked our The solemn declaration stands here, vessel down the stream a few yards, that if they do not love the Lord Jesus, filling our sails, and stretching away. they will be, and they ought to be, deOn seeing this, our saint fell into a des- voted to destruction. The Lord Jesus perate passion, cursing, blaspheming, will soon return to make investigation, and stamping with his feet; at every and to judge the world. There will word crying “ Shar Ullah !" i. e. May be no escape ; and no tongue can exGod send, and do justice.!' This ap- press the awful horrors of an ETERNAL pears to be the strongest execration CURSE PRONOUNCED BY THE LIPS OF this passionate Arab could use, i. e. THE Son of God. To punish you adequately is out of 23. The grace, &c. Note, Rom, my power: I remit you to the ven- xvi. 20. geance of God.' Is not this the import 24. In Christ Jesus. Through of anathema maran-atha ?Taylor Christ Jesus; or in connexion with in Calmet. This solemn declaration, your love to him ; i. e. as Christians. or denunciation, the apostle wrote with This is an expression of tender regard his own hand, as the summary of all to them as Christian brethren ; of his that he had said, in order that it might love for the church ; and his earnest be attentively regarded. There is not desire for their welfare. It is in accorda more solemn declaration in the Bible; ance with the usual manner in which there is not a more fearful denuncia- he closes his epistles ; and it is pecution; there is no one that will be more liarly tender, affectionate, and beautiful certainly executed. No matter what here, when we consider the manner in we may have-be it wealth, or beauty, which he had been treated by many of or vigour, or accomplishment, or adorn- the Corinthians; and as following the ing, or the praise and flattery of the solemn declaration in ver. 22. Paul world ; no matter if we are elevated loved them ; loved them intensely, and high in office and in rank; no matter was ever ready to express his affectionif we are honoured by the present age, ate regard for them all

, and his earnest or gain a reputation to be transmitted desire for their salvation. to future times ; yet if we have not love The subscription to the epistle, “Tho to the Saviour, we cannot be saved. first epistle to the Corinthians," &e. We must be devoted to the curse ; and I was evidently written by some other hand than that of Paul, and has no tle to them, since it is evident that claim to be regarded as inspired. Pro- when it was written he was already on bably these subscriptions were added a visit to the churches, and on his way a considerable time after the epistles to Corinth. See Notes on ch. xvi. 10, were first written ; and in some in- | 11; iv. 17. There is not the slightest stances evidently by some person who internal evidence that it was written was not well informed on the subject. from Philippi : but every thing in the See the Note at the end of the Epistle epistle concurs in the supposition that to the Romans. In this instance, the it was sent from Ephesus. See the Insubscription is evidently in its main troduction to the epistle. There is, statement false. The epistle bears in- however, a considerable variety among ternal marks that it was written from the MSS. in regard to the subscripEphesus, though there is every proba- tion; and they are evidently none of bility that it was sent by three of the them of any authority, and as these persons who are here mentioned. It is subscriptions generally mislead the absurd, however, to suppose that Timo- reader of the Bible, it would have been thy was concerned in bearing the epis- better had they been omitted.


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