Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
for I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, in order to establish you:
I call Christ, and the holy spirit to witness with my conscience, that I speak the truth without guile, when I say,
Brethren, my hearty desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they may be saved.
and I know that when I do come, I shall come charged with the blessings of Christ.
2 Corinthians 6:1
Invested then with such a commission, I beseech you let not the offers of divine favour be made to you in vain.
my dear children, how am I in pain, till Christ be formed in you?
for God is my witness, that I love you with a christian tenderness.
however I thought it necessary to send you Epaphroditus my brother, my collegue in the ministry, and my fellow-soldier, whom you had sent to supply my wants:
he it is that we preach, exhorting, and instructing men in every part of divine knowledge, that they may all be perfectly acquainted with the doctrine of Christ Jesus.
have cordially reliev'd me. Epaphras a servant of Christ, and your countryman, salutes you, who is always very earnest in his prayers, that you may be perfectly acquainted with, and constantly observe,
Confide in your guides, and be respectful: that they who are vigilant, as being accountable for your souls, may discharge themselves with cheerfulness, and not with anxiety, which would be to your prejudice.
save what the holy spirit in every city declares, "that bonds and afflictions wait for me."
2 Corinthians 12:15
I shall be glad to sacrifice myself and all I have for your service, even tho' it should happen that the more I love you, the less I should be beloved.
and if my blood should serve as a libation to ratify your faith, I should rejoice and congratulate with you all thereupon;
1 John 3:16
this is the proof of the divine love, Christ expos'd his life for us: and we ought to expose our lives for the brethren.
where a certain centurion had a servant whom he greatly valued, lying sick and ready to die.
for there is no one that is so dear to me as he, and no one will more sincerely interest himself in your concerns.
which you heard was offer'd to you, by the instructions of Epaphras, our dear fellow-servant, who is to you a faithful minister of Christ:
Paul a prisoner for Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow-labourer,