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But Sect. 17.
That he might prevent bis Enemies from defaming him. 511" 12 But what I do, that nials; for such they undoubtedly were. I will do, that I may cut off what do I in this Respect, I will continue to do, Occasion from them which desire Occasion, that where that I may cut off Occafon from them who greatly 2 Cor
Thing of] which they are so ready to boast, they
know, they have no inward Principle, to bear
that Divine Mission, which animates our Spirits the Apostles of Christ.
to do, or to bear, whatever we meet in the
felves artfully into the Appearance of Apostles of
on for awhile, but which they can with no Con-
they assume them for a Time ; for Satan bimself,
his Suggestions to be of a celestial ard divine
bis Ministers also under his Influence, be trans-
they will find that God, upon whose Judgment
Satan himself is transformed
6) They might be found, Uc.) The Jews had a Maxim among them, “ that it was bet1. ter for their Wisemen to skin dead Beasts for a Living, than to ask a Maintenance from of the Generosity of those whom they taught.” But it plainly appears, that whatever the falfe Apostles might boast upon this Head, there was no Foundation for it. Compare Verle 20. and i Cor. ix. 12.
OW adorable is the Condescension of the blessed Jesus, who
amidst all the exalted Glories of his heavenly Kingdom, is so gra.ciously uniting Souls to himself; espousing them in Bonds of everlasting Love, that they may be for ever near him, and receive the most endearing Communications of his Favour. Much should we all be concerned, that we may have the Honour and Blessings of such an Alliance; that being by Profession folemnly espoused to him, we may in the Day of the Marriage of the Lamh, be presented chaste and spotless. How vigilant thould they be who are entrusted by him, to treat with 'Souls about these Efpoufals! How solicitous, that they may succeed, and may so present them to Chrill!
Still is that crafty Serpent, whose malignant Breath so soon tainted our common Mother, and all our Happiness, by his Subtlety, -labouring to corrupt our Minds from the Simplicity of true Christianity. Let us be incessantly watchful against the artful Deceiveř; remembering, that his
Works and Designs of Darkness may sometimes be vailed, as under the Ver. 14, 15. Robes of an Angel of Light, and his Ministers transformed, as Ministers
of Righteousness. Be therefore sober and vigilant, since your Adversary the Devil adds the Wiliness of the old Serpent, to the Rage and Cruelty of the roaring Lyon, and by both subserves his Purposes of betraying, or devcuring the Souls of Men.
Let us therefore with a godly Jealousy be jealous over each other, and especially over ourselves; and after the Example of the Apostle
' bę peculiarly so, when we are compelled to say any Thing to cur own Advantage.
Let'us endeavour to arm ourselves against every surrouding Danger, by .. a growing Regard to the Writings of this excellent Man, who, tho' rude
in Speech, was so far from being in'any Degree deficient in Christian Knowledge, that he was not behind the very chief of the Apostles. There are those, that preach another Gospel : But can they point out another Jesus, another all-Iufficient Saviour? can they direct as to another Spirit? Let us hold fast the Doctrine we learn from his faithful Pen: Let us follow the Exhortations we receive from his experienced Heart: And be ever ready to imitate him in that resolute Self-denial which he exercised, and that glorious Superiority to every other Interest which he always shewed, where the Interests of Christ and of Souls were concerned. Ŝo sball que cut off Occafiön, from them that seek Occasion against us, and secure a far greater Happiness, in the conscious Reflection of cur own Minds, as well
Ver. 5. Ver. 40
The Apostle again apologizes for this seerning Boasting : 513 as the Expectation of a future Reward, than the greatest Abundance of Sect. 17. this World could have given us, or any present Advantage, to which we could have sacrificed the views of Conscience and Honour.
Farther to assert bis Right as an Apostle, St. Paul comme-
2 CORINTHIANS XI, 16.
2 CORINTHIANS XI. 16. I Say again, Let no Man HAVE said some Things, which may seem Sect. 18.
think, me a Fool; if otherwise, yet as a Fool re
more to the Advantage of my Character, than 4
from his own Lips, or Pen, Tould appear. But
may in my Turn at least boast fome small Matter.
Spirit as I could wish, or so apparently conform-
(a) Foolishly in this Confidence of Boasting.] It seems indeed not very just and natural, to
Nay indeed you bring you into Bondage, if
And reminds them how they had borne with his Adversaries ; Sect. 18. which Account I return to this Subject again with some sensible Regret.
Silence 18 Seeing that many 2 Cor. XI. should be attended with still worse Consequences, glory after the Flesh, I will
I think myself obliged, tho' with strong Reluc-
, since you [rourselves] are so wondrous gladly seeing ye yourselves wise, and in that abundant Wisdom can cherish
that arrogant Temper in others, and second it 20 with your high Applause.
20 For ye suffer if a Man go farther than that, and not only endure to hear
a Man devour you, if a Man your admired Teachers make very indecent En- take of you, if a Man exalt comiums upon themselves, but tamely submit to himself, if a Man smite you
on the Face:
very proper the Apostle should speak thus, the Holy Spirit might by a general, though unpor-ceived, Influence, lead him into this Tract of Thought and Expreffion; and though such Apologies might seem beneath the Dignity of an Apostle's Character, yet that very Condescension is an excellent and most useful Example of Humility to all Christians, and especially to Ministers.
(b) Smite you on the Face.] As one can hardly imagine, that the false Apostles would run all these Lengths, (tho' Dr. Whitby well
. observes, that the high Conceit which the Jews had of their Superiority over the Gentiles, might lead them to great Infolinie of Behaviour) I chose to paraphrase the Words in such a Latitude, as might wave th: Severity oi the most literal Interpretation.
ubo fell greatly short of him in Labours and Sufferings : 515 21 I speak as concerning Do I speak this by Way of Diskoncur, from an Sect. 18. Reproach, as though, we envious Desire to derogate from my Superiors, had been weak: Howbeit, whereinsocver any is bold (I and fo bring them down to my own Level; as if 2 Cor. XI, speak foolishly) I ain bold 'we ourselves were weak in Comparison with them, also.
and therefore have not the Courage to attempt
on their own Terms could match, or even ex-
tures in the Original, with all the Advantage of Abraham? so am I:
which a familiar Acquaintance with that Tongue
of Benjamin, to the Father of the Faithful.
I cannot forbear repeated Apologies for it ; but I