1:31 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as
it is meet, because that your faith a groweth exceedingly,
and the charity of every one of you all toward each other
(1) The first part of the epistle, in which he rejoices that
through the grace of God, they have bravely sustained all
the assaults of their enemies. And in this he strengthens
and encourages them, moreover showing with what gifts they
must mainly fight, that is, with faith and charity, which
must daily increase.
(a) That whereas it grew up before, it does also receive
some increase every day more and more.
1:52 [Which is] a manifest token of the righteous judgment of
God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God,
for which ye also suffer:
(2) He shows the source of all true comfort, that is, that in
afflictions which we suffer from the wicked for
righteousness' sake, we may behold as it were in a mirror
the testimony of that judgment to come, the end of which is
most acceptable to us, and most severe to his enemies.
1:63 Seeing [it is] a righteous thing with God to recompense
tribulation to them that trouble you;
(3) A proof: God is just, and therefore he will worthily punish
the unjust, and will do away the miseries of his people.
1:7 And to you who are troubled rest 4 with us, 5 when the
Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty
(4) He strengthens and encourages them also along the way by
this means, that the condition both of this present state
and the state to come, is common to him with them.
(5) A most glorious description of the second coming of Christ,
to be set against all the miseries of the godly, and the
triumphs of the wicked.
1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them 6 that know not
God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
(6) There is no knowledge of God to salvation, without the
Gospel of Christ.
1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be
admired in all them that believe (7 because our testimony
among you was believed) in that day.
(7) They are considered as children of God by the faith which
they have in the Gospel, which is preached to them by the
1:118 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God
would count you worthy of b [this] calling, and fulfil
c all the good pleasure of [his] goodness, and the d
work of faith with power:
(8) Seeing that we have the mark set before us, it remains that
we go to it. And we go to it, by certain degrees of
causes: first by the free love and good pleasure of God, by
virtue of which all other inferior causes work: from there
proceeds the free calling to Christ, and from calling,
faith, upon which follows both the glorifying of Christ in
us and us in Christ.
(b) By "calling" he does not mean the very act of calling,
but that self same thing to which we are called, which
is the glory of that heavenly kingdom.
(c) Which he determined long ago, only upon his gracious
and merciful goodness towards you.
(d) So then, faith is an excellent work of God in us: and
we plainly see here that the apostle leaves nothing to
free will, to make it something which God works
through, as the papists dream.