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READINGS

ON

THE NEW TESTA M E N T.

COLOSSIANS AND THESSALONIANS.

BY

THE REV. JOHN CUMMING, D.D. F.R.S.E.

MINISTER OF THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL CHURCH,

CROWN COURT, COVENT GARDEN;
AUTHOR OF “SCRIPTURE READINGS ON SAMUEL,"

“ APOCALYPTIC SKETCHES," ETC.

“Caused the people to understand the reading."-NEHEM. viii. 8.

LONDON:
ARTHUR HALL, VIRTUE & CO, 25, PATERNOSTER ROW'.

SOLD BY J. F. SHAW, SOUTHAMPTON ROW;
PATON & RITCHIE, AND J. MENZIES, EDINBURGH ;

J. ROBERTSON, DUBLIN,

1859.

10.6, 145.

LONDON : PRINTED BY RICHARD CLAY,

BREAD STREET HILL.

INC

SCRIPTURE READINGS.

EXPOSITION TO THE COLOSSIANS.

COLOSSE–GRANDEUR OF THE EPISTLE-TIMOTHY ASSOCIATED WITH

PAUL-MATTER OF THANKSGIVING-BLESSINGS-FITNESS FOR HEAVEN-THE FIRST-BORN LORD-THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH -RECONCILIATION-PAUL'S SUFFERINGS -CHRIST PREACHED.

COLOSSE, the name of the large and populous city of Phrygia to which this inspired letter of St. Paul was addressed, is, as stated in the Acts of the Apostles, in Asia Minor, and belongs to the seven Churches of Asia mentioned in the Apocalypse. It seems that very soon after this Epistle was written, the city was destroyed by an earthquake. In the time of Nero Cæsar it is recorded to have been thus destroyed. The Epistle was written, in common with that to the Philippians and that to the Ephesians, also by St. Paul, whilst a prisoner, confined probably in the Mamertine prison at Rome.

His allusions to his own chains are frequent and unmistakeable. The inference of the authorship is therefore deduced from the body of each of the Epistles. The Epistle to the Colossians and the Ephesians ought to be studied together. There is a massive grandeur

VOL. IX.

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