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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIMS. CHAPTER I IBE SALUTATION, VS. 1. 2. THANKSGIVING FOR THE BLESSINGS OP R DEMPTION, VS. 3-14. PRATER THAT THE EPIIE8IAN8 MIGHT INCREASE IN 'I'll;: KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF THOSE BLESSINGS, VS. 15- 21. THE SALUTATION. 1. Panl, an apostle of Jesns Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesns, and to the faithful in Ohrist Jesus: 2. grace le to yon, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. COMMENT AET. Y. 1. An apostle of Jesus Christ.The word aposifo is used in three 'senses in the New Testament. 1. In its primary sense of messenger, John 13, 16 (the messenger), he that is sent is not greater than he that sent him. Phil. 2, 25, your messenger. 2 Cor. 8, 23, messengers of the churches. 'ATr6crTOoi kkt)t,wv ; rov- rea-riv, says Chrysostom, i/wo eKicXcnSiv Treffevrey. Theophylact adds /cat %eipoTovr)0evTe;. 2. In the senseof missionaries, men sent by the church to preach the Gospel.In this sense Paul and Barnabas are called apostles, Acts 14, 4.14 ; and probably Andronicus and Junias, Horn. 16, 7. 3. In the sense of plenipotentiaries of Christ; men whom he personally selected and sent forth invested with full authority to teach and rule in his name. In this sense it is always used when " the apostles," " the twelve," or " the apostles of the Lord," are spoken of as a well-known, definite class. They were appointed as witnesses of Christ's miracles, doctrines, resurrection; and therefore it was necessary that they should not only have seen him after his resurrection, but that their knowledge of the Gospel should be immediately from Christ, John 15, 26. Acts 1, 22. 2, 32. 3, 15. 13, 31. 26, 16. 1 Cor. 9, 1. Gal. 1, 12. They were not confined to any one field but had a general jurisdiction over t...
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