A commentary, critical and explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments Volume 2

9781236213686: A commentary, critical and explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments Volume 2
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 Excerpt: ... way (Numbers 4). St. Paul, as a tentmakcr, uses an image taken from his trade (Acta 18.8). dissolved--a mild word for death, in the case of believers, we have--in assured prospect of possession, as certain as if It were In our hands, laid up "in the heavens " for us. The tense Is present (cf. John 8. 38; 8. 47, "hath "). a building of God--rather "from God." A solid building, not a temporary tabernacle or tent. "Our" body stands in contrast to "from God." For though our present body be also from God, yet it is not fresh and perfect from His hands, as our resurrection body shall be. not made with hands--contrasted with houses erected by man's hands (1 Corinthians 15. 44-49). So Christ's body Is designated, as contrasted with the tabernacle reared by Moses (Mark 14. 58; Hebrews 9. 11). This "house" can only be the resurrection body, In contrast to the "earthly house of the tabernacle," our present body. The Intermediate state is not directly taken Into account. A comma should separate "eternal," and " In the heavens." a. For In this--Greek, "For also in this;" "herein" (ch. 8. 10). Alford takes it, "in this" tabernacle. Verse 4, which seems parallel, favours this. But the parallelism is sufficiently exact by making " in this we groan" refer generally to what was Just said (v. 1), viz., that we cannot obtain our "house In the heavens" except our "earthly tabernacle" be first dissolved by death. "We groan" (Romans 8. 23) under the body's weaknesses now and liability to death,, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon--translate, "earnestly longing to have ourselves clothed upon," Ac, viz., by bei...

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