But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
we are handed over
it might be made conspicuous
For all things [are] for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
it might be abundant
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory;
Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing [is] God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
We then, [as] workers together [with him,] beseech [you] also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
I speak not [this] to condemn [you:] for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with [you. ]
to die together
For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without [were] fightings, within [were] fears.
Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.
How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and [take upon us] the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.
For [I mean] not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
But by an equality, [that] now at this time your abundance [may be a supply] for their want, that their abundance also may be [a supply] for your want: that there may be equality:
And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which [I have] in you.
Whether [any do enquire] of Titus, [he is] my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren [be enquired of, they are] the messengers of the churches, [and] the glory of Christ.
Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.
For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as [a matter of] bounty, and not as [of] covetousness.
I was of the opinion
they might go before
being expounded beforehand
And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things,] may abound to every good work:
you might abound
(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
it has been written
Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for [your] food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
he may supply generously
Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection into the gospel of Christ, and for [your] liberal distribution unto them, and unto all [men; ]
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence [am] base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
But we will not boast of things without [our] measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
For we stretch not ourselves beyond [our measure,] as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in [preaching] the gospel of Christ:
Not boasting of things without [our] measure, [that is,] of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,
to those of others
to be enlarged
To preach the gospel in the [regions] beyond you, [and] not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
But though [I be] rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.
being made conspicuous
As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.
For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour [you,] if a man take [of you,] if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.
he purposefully makes into working class
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but [now] I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me [to be,] or [that] he heareth of me.
he will accredit
I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare:
to previously erroneous
Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.
For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.
he was put on public display
of limitless potential
of limitless potential
Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.
To whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
you are being transposed
Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with [me] also.
taking close along
And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
he worked internally
And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we [should go] unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.
But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
having been condemned
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
he is made just
we were made just
he will be made just
Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
he was considered
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
And this I say, [that] the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
we were made just
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
being expressed allegorically
I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
to being "loved"
Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
having been enlightened
And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
of limitless potential
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;
In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
you are built together
If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to youward:
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
to be firmly held
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
they handed over
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.