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An Exposition of the Epistles of St. Paul Vol 2

An Exposition of the Epistles of St. Paul Vol 2

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
CONSISTING OF AN INTRODUCTION TO EACH EPISTLE, AN ANALYSIS OF EACH CHAPTER, A PARAPHRASE OF THE SACRED TEXT,

COMMENTARY.

INTERSPERSED WITH MORAL REFLECTIONS.


BY HIS GRACE THE MOST REV. JOHN MacEVILLY, D.D.,
CONSISTING OF AN INTRODUCTION TO EACH EPISTLE, AN ANALYSIS OF EACH CHAPTER, A PARAPHRASE OF THE SACRED TEXT,

COMMENTARY.

INTERSPERSED WITH MORAL REFLECTIONS.


BY HIS GRACE THE MOST REV. JOHN MacEVILLY, D.D.,

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A EXPOSITIO OF THE EPISTLES OF ST. PAUL VOL 2COSISTIG OF A ITRODUCTIO TO EACH EPISTLE, A AALYSIS OF EACH CHAPTER, A PARAPHRASE OF THE SACRED TEXT, COMMETARY. ITERSPERSED WITH MORAL REFLECTIOS. BY HIS GRACE THE MOST REV. JOH MacEVILLY, D.D., "All Scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct injustice. That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work."— 2 Tim. iii. 16, 17. '' Understanding this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is made by private interpretation." — 2 Peter, i. 20. I beliere " that the Holy Apostolic See and the Roman Pontiff have the Primacy over the entire earth, and that the Roman Pontiff is the successor of the Blessed Prince of the Apostles and the true Vicar of Christ and that to Him was given, in the person of the Blessed Peter, by our Lord Jesui Christ, full power of feeding, ruling, and tovernins the Universal Church.''— Council of Florence VOL. II. SIXTH EDITIO, ELARGED. REVISED AD CORRECTED. DUBLI: M. H. GILL & SO, 50 UPPER O'COELL STREET. BEZIGER BROTHERS, EW YORK, CICIATI AD CHICAGO.
 
1898 THE EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIAS 3ntrobuctioiu The history of St. Paul's arrival and preaching at Philippi is recorded at full length in the Acts of the Apostles (xvi. 6-40). When at Troas, he was divinely admonished to pass over to Macedon, to preach the Gospel there. A man of Macedon stood before him in a vision at night, and besought him to pass over to his country and help them. Accordingly, setting sail from Troas, he reached eapolis on the following day accom- panied by Timothy, Silas, and Luke ; and from thence they came to Philippi, so called from Philip, the father of Alexander the Great, by whom it was enlarged and fortified against the incursions of the Thracians. Here, having preached the Gospel with success, both himself and Silas were scourged and cast into prison, upon the doors of which being miraculously thrown open, the gaoler, with all his family, were converted. The Philippians, although very poor, were liberal in aiding the Apostle out of their temporal substance ; they sent him pecuniary aid when at Thessalonica, and they were the only Church that did so. Hearing of the Apostle's imprisonment, they sent Epaphroditus (who, according to some, was their Bishop), to carry relief to him in his necessities. Epaphroditus, falling sick, was brought to the very verge of the grave. Upon his recovery, the Apostle sent this Epistle by him to the Philippians. Its Object was — To thank them for their charity towards him, and to inform them how matters stood with him ; to congratulate them on the patience which they exhibited under affliction, and, at the same time, to encourage them to persevere. He charges them, in a particular maiuier, to distrust the false teachers, whose morals he depicts, and denounces as "dogs," as "enemies of the cross of Christ," tScc. The
 
false teachers in question were the same that he combated in his Epistle to the Galatians — viz., the Judaizantes, or Jewish zealots, whose leading error was that the observances of the Mosaic law should be necessarily united with the Gospel, in order to obtain justification. Its Language, Greek. Its Canonicitv, never questioned in the Church. Time and Place of. — Written by St. Paul in chains, (as is generally supposed), during his first imprisonment, from which he expected to be liberated. He was no', liberated from his second imprisonment. It was written about tlie year 62. THE EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIAS. CHAPTER I Tht Apostle comnmices this Epistle with the usual form of sabitaiioji (i, 2). He next declares his affection for the Fhilippians, which he shozvs, by thanking God for the gift of beneficent generosity^ confer?-ed on them, towards the ministry of the Gospel (3-8) ; and by fervently begging of Him to grafit them an increase of knowledge and charity, and also to enable them to persevere in the performance of good ivorks (8-12). And as the Fhilippians sent Epaphroditus for the purpose of knowing how matters fared with the Apostle in prisott, and also the effect of his imprisonment on the cause of the Gospel, he informs them, that his imprisonment rather served the cause of the Gospel than otherwise ; since it had the effect of making the Gospel more extensively known (13)^ and of inspiring others with greater courage in preaching it (14). And although, in the preaching of it, some might be actuated by unworthy motives, still, he is