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fore, &c., i. e. because God, for Christ's sake, has forgiven your sin verse). St. Paul calls upon them, being beloved children of God, (cf. Matt. v. 48), as manifested in Christ.
namely, to death. Offering and sacrifice seem to refer respectrd's life of obedience, and to His atoning death. The latter word crifice offered by a priest. Here, therefore, Christ is contemplated ring himself as a Victim, entering into the Holy of Holies, even His own Blood. To God does not, as we have just said, refer to, up," but to the "offering and sacrifice." For (i. e. to be, a sweetr (see Gen. viii. 21).
now becomes negative in his exhortations, and tells them what lo.
ng, that is, wicked and profane conversation uttered heedlessly
Men oftentimes think that so long as they refrain from doing talk as they like, and profess infidelity or loose morality by way verbs xxvi. 18, 19). It is this which is forbidden here. ersatility." The Greek word is applied to the acts of those who th dexterous adroitness, like intellectual harlequins, and adapt
flexible pliancy to the humours of persons, and to the circumsions" (Wordsworth). So Ellicott: "The evil urbanity (in ds) of the witty, godless man of the world."
Because it is the seeking of Mammon
I which is idolatry.] 1 (Matt. vi. 24). eritance, &c.] Present tense, signifying that the law by which he world forbids it. The principle holds good for everlasting, il can take part in the joy of God. Evil has in it a principle of but purity and goodness can live. f Christ and God (not "of God" as our version) express a
e that we cannot but see in them a proof of the divinity of some expositors maintain that the construction of the Greek
who is Christ and God." Though this does not seem to be le out, the words as they stand do signify that the Kingdom to God and to Christ; therefore Christ must be equal with
e., probably, both the bad teaching of those Christians who liberty into an excuse for licentiousness 2 Pet. ii. 19; Gal. f heathens, who tolerated and even justified sensuality. mplies that the time is now past (see Rom. vi. 17). Lord, i. e. you have passed into a new state of being,-out of ht; and this light you have by becoming one with the Lord
ren of Light.] Here as everywhere in all St. Paul's writings, > holiness and godliness of life is made to rest upon the fact egenerate by Baptism. He never says (he would contradict r if he did say), "Be holy and that will make you regenerate." You have been born again, therefore live unto God (Rom. vi.
tc.] The connexion is: "Walk as children of light; for that is regeneration, which God commands you to bring forth." In