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matter of converting and saving mankind, ver. 29.—the whole glory being due to God, ver. 30, 31. In this light, the mean birth and low station of the first preachers of the gospel, together with their want of literature and eloquence, instead of being objections to the gospel, are a strong proof of its divine original.
Ver. 4. On account of the grace of God; that is on account of the Spiritual gifts. For so the grace of God fignifies, Rom. xii. 6. Having gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us. See also Ephef. iv. 7,8. 1 Pet. iv. 10. That grace hath this fignification here, is evi. dent from ver. 5.
Ver 5.-1. With all speech. Ex quo.yti doyy, with all sorts of languages. From chap. xiv. we learn that many of the Gentiles at Corinth, as well as of the Jews, were endowed with the gift of tongues. '
2. And all knowledge. See 1 Cor. xii. 8. note 2. What is here faid concerning the enriching of the Corinthians with all knowledge, is to be understood chiefly of the fpiritual men among the Jewish converts; for most of the Gentile converts at Corinch, were flelly or weak perfons, and babes in Chrif, chap.iii. 1. 3.
Ver. 6. When the testimony of Chrift: the testimony concerning Christ. So the phrase fignifies, 2 Tim. i. 8. See Ef. iv. 24.
Ver. 7. So that ye come behind in no gift. The apostle speaks here, not of individuals, but of the church at Corinth, as having in it fpi. ritual men, who pofseffed all the different fpiritual gifts which com. mon believers could enjoy. Accordingly he asked them, 2 Cor. xii.
13. What is the thing wherein ye have been inferior to other churches ? See 2 Cor. xii. 12, note 3.
Ver. 8.-1. He also will confirm you. "Os, here, is not the relative, but the personal pronoun. For the following verse shews that the person spoken of is God, mentioned ver. 4. I give thanks to my God, &c.
2. Without accusation. The apostle in this, expreffes only his chari. table judgment, not of individuals, but of the body of the Corinthian church. For by no stretch of charity could he hope, that every individual of a church in which there were such great disorders, would be unaccusable at the day of judgment. Scei Theff. ii. 13. note 2.