Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.
that the blessing promised to Abraham might come on the Gentiles thro' Jesus Christ; that we by believing might receive the spirit that was promised.
but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, sweetness of disposition, beneficence, faithfulness, meekness, temperance:
but let every one bring his own work to the test, and then he will have matter of glorying in himself alone, and not in another.
by the stony ground is understood such persons as receive indeed the doctrines they hear, with joy: but for want of resolution, believe only occasionally, and desert when the trial comes.
even as David also speaks of the happiness of the man whom God accounted righteous independently of his works,
who has given us access by faith to that degree of favour, we are in, by which we triumph in the hopes of divine glory.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope through the power of the holy spirit.
for I bear them witness, that they have a zeal for God, but not guided by true knowledge.
2 Corinthians 8:3
(I bear them witness) yea, and beyond their power:
the whole will of God. for I can witness for him, that he is ardently concern'd for you, and the christians of Laodicea,