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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Acts 20:32


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    King James Bible - Acts 20:32

    And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

    World English Bible

    Now, brothers, I entrust you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build up, and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

    Douay-Rheims - Acts 20:32

    And now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, who is able to build up, and to give an inheritance among all the sanctified.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them who are sanctified.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
    2532 CONJ {VAR1: τανυν 3568 ADV-C } {VAR2: τα 3588 T-APN νυν 3568 ADV } παρατιθεμαι 3908 5731 V-PMI-1S υμας 5209 P-2AP αδελφοι 80 N-VPM τω 3588 T-DSM θεω 2316 N-DSM και 2532 CONJ τω 3588 T-DSM λογω 3056 N-DSM της 3588 T-GSF χαριτος 5485 N-GSF αυτου 846 P-GSM τω 3588 T-DSM δυναμενω 1410 5740 V-PNP-DSM εποικοδομησαι 2026 5658 V-AAN και 2532 CONJ δουναι 1325 5629 V-2AAN υμιν 5213 P-2DP κληρονομιαν 2817 N-ASF εν 1722 PREP τοις 3588 T-DPM ηγιασμενοις 37 5772 V-RPP-DPM πασιν 3956 A-DPM

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (32) -
    Ac 14:23,26; 15:40 Ge 50:24 Jer 49:11 Jude 1:24,25

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 20:32

    Y ahora tambin, hermanos, os encomiendo a Dios, y a la Palabra de su gracia, el cual es poderoso para sobreedificar, y daros heredad con todos los santificados.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Acts 20:32

    Verse 32. I commend you to
    God] Instead of tw qew, to GOD, several MSS. have tw kuriw, to the LORD; neither reading makes any difference in the sense.

    And to the word of his grace] The doctrine of salvation by Christ Jesus.

    Which is able to build you up] The foundation is Jesus Christ; God is the great master-builder; the doctrine of his grace, or mercy, points out the order and manner, as well as the extent, &c., of this building. Let us observe the order of these things: The soul of man, which was formerly the habitation of God, is now in a state of ruin. 2. The ruins of this soul must be repaired, that it may again become a habitation of God through the Spirit. 3. Jesus Christ is the only foundation on which this house can be rebuilded. 4. The doctrine of God's grace is the model, or plan, according to which the building can be raised. 5. When re-edified, each is to be a lively temple of the Lord, made inwardly pure and outwardly righteous, and thus prepared for a state of bliss. 6. Being made children of God, by faith in Christ Jesus, and sanctified by his Spirit, they have a right to the heavenly inheritance; for only the children of the family can possess the celestial estate. Thus we find they must be saved by grace, and be made thereby children of God; be sanctified by his Spirit; and, then, being prepared for, they are removed, in due time, into the heavenly inheritance.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 32. And now brethren , etc.] So the apostle calls the elders of the church at Ephesus; though they had not the same gifts, and were not in the same high office as he was, yet he puts himself upon a level with them, as if he and they were fellow elders, as Peter calls himself, ( 1 Peter 5:1) which is an instance of the apostles humility and affection: I commend you to God ; to God the Father; to his grace, to supply all their need; to his wisdom, to direct them in all their affairs; and to his power, to keep them from the sins and corruptions of the times, and from the errors and heresies now broaching, or to be broached. And to the word of his grace : either the Gospel, before called the Gospel of the grace of God, ( Acts 20:24) This is sometimes called the word, the word of faith, of truth, of righteousness, of reconciliation and salvation; and is his word, the word of God, and not of man; it comes from him, is concerning him, and is succeeded by him; and it is the word of his grace, since it publishes his free grace and mercy in Christ Jesus, and declares salvation to, be wholly of the grace of God; to which this church is commended by the apostle as a rule of faith and practice, to attend unto, and abide by, and as a preservative from those errors and heresies which he had observed would spring up among them, and which would be for their instruction, comfort, and establishment: or else the Lord Jesus is intended, who is the eternal and essential word of God; who, as the word, inwardly conceived, is the image of the mind, equal to it, and yet distinct from it, so Christ is the image of the invisible God, equal to him, and yet a distinct person from him; and as the word expressed is the interpreter of the mind, so Christ the word, who was in the beginning with God, and lay in his bosom, has spoke all things from him, declared his mind, and explained his will: besides, he is the word who in the everlasting council and covenant spoke on the behalf of all his people, asked for every blessing for them, and engaged to be the surety of them; and is the word, who, in the beginning of time, spoke all things out of nothing; and now is the advocate, and speaks for the saints in heaven, as well as he has been the word spoken of by all the holy prophets from the beginning of the world: and he may be thought the rather to be designed, since the saints never commend themselves, or others, either in life, or in death, to any but to a divine person; nor is any but a divine person capable of taking the care and charge of the saints, and of making it good; nor will they trust any other; nor are the saints ever said to be committed or commended to the Gospel, but on the other hand, that is said to be committed to them: the written word is committed to the care and keeping of the saints, but not the saints to the care and keeping of that; nor does it appear so agreeable to put the written word upon a level with the divine Being; a commendation of the saints, equally to the written word, as to God himself, seems to be a lessening of the glory of the divine Being, and an ascribing too much to the word, but suits well with Christ the essential word: and who may be called the word of his grace, because the grace of God is greatly displayed in him; and because all fulness of grace dwells in him; and he is the author, donor, and object of all grace, and so a proper person to be commended to; and what follows is very applicable to him: which is able to build you up : in faith and holiness, and on himself, the sure foundation; for though the Gospel is an instrument in the hands of the Spirit of God, in building up saints on their most holy faith, yet Christ is the master builder; it is he that builds the temple, the church, and every particular believer, and must bear the glory. The saints, though they are built on Christ the foundation, against which the gates of hell cannot prevail, and so are safe; yet they stand in need of building up, or of edification; and a church may be said to be built up, or edified, when additions are made unto it of such as shall be saved; and particular members are built up, when additions are made to their grace, or they grow in the exercise of it; when their spiritual strength increases, when their understandings are more enlightened, their judgments better informed, and their memories filled with divine truths and Gospel doctrines; when they are more and more confirmed in the faith of Christ, both as a grace, and as a doctrine; and their wills are brought to a greater resignation to the will of God, as well as their afflictions are set upon things in heaven, and their souls are more seeking after them: and now this is what God is able to do, and does do; for except he builds, in vain do the builders build; he causes all grace to abound; and so does his word, his essential word; he is the author and finisher of faith, and gives both grace and glory, as it follows: and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified : by the inheritance is meant the heavenly glory, which is a free grace gift and not obtained by the works of the law, or the industry of men. It is a distribution by lot, as the land of Canaan was, even by the lot of Gods eternal purpose and decree: it is what belongs to children, to the children of God, and them only; and therefore bears this name, and comes unto them upon, and in consequence of the death of Christ the testator: it is his righteousness which entitles unto it; and it is the grace of God which makes meet for it; and the Spirit of God is the earnest of it: it is an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in the heavens, and is an eternal one; it lies in light, and among the saints there. God is able to give it; it is a gift of his grace, of his sovereign will, which he gives to whom he pleases; it is an inheritance of his preparing and disposing, which he calls unto, makes meet for, and bestows: and Christ, the word of his grace, is able to give it; it is in his hands, not only the promise of it, but that itself; he is in possession of it, and it is in his power to give it; and he does give it to all that the Father has given him, and who are here described from their sanctification; for this is only enjoyed by such, who are set apart by God the Father, whose sins are expiated by the blood of Christ, and to whom he is made sanctification, and who are sanctified by the blessed Spirit. Now though the Gospel, the written word, may be as a map, which shows where this inheritance lies, and which is the way to it; yet it is Christ, the living word, who gives the right unto it, the meetness for it, the earnest of it, and will put into the possession of it.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 28-38 - If the Holy
    Ghost has made ministers overseers of the flock, that is shepherds, they must be true to their trust. Let them consider their Master's concern for the flock committed to their charge. It is the church He has purchased with his own blood. The blood was his as Man yet so close is the union between the Divine and human nature, that it is there called the blood of God, for it was the blood of Him who is God. This put such dignity and worth into it, as to ransom believer from all evil, and purchase all good. Paul spake about their souls with affection and concern. They were full of care what would become of them. Paul directs them to look up to God with faith, and commends the to the word of God's grace, not only as the foundation of their hop and the fountain of their joy, but as the rule of their walking. The most advanced Christians are capable of growing, and will find the wor of grace help their growth. As those cannot be welcome guests to the holy God who are unsanctified; so heaven would be no heaven to them but to all who are born again, and on whom the image of God is renewed it is sure, as almighty power and eternal truth make it so. He recommends himself to them as an example of not caring as to things of the present world; this they would find help forward their comfortabl passage through it. It might seem a hard saying, therefore Paul adds to it a saying of their Master's, which he would have them alway remember; "It is more blessed to give than to receive:" it seems the were words often used to his disciples. The opinion of the children of this world, is contrary to this; they are afraid of giving, unless in hope of getting. Clear gain, is with them the most blessed thing tha can be; but Christ tell us what is more blessed, more excellent. I makes us more like to God, who gives to all, and receives from none and to the Lord Jesus, who went about doing good. This mind was in Christ Jesus, may it be in us also. It is good for friends, when the part, to part with prayer. Those who exhort and pray for one another may have many weeping seasons and painful separations, but they wil meet before the throne of God, to part no more. It was a comfort to all, that the presence of Christ both went with him and stayed with them __________________________________________________________________


    Greek Textus Receptus


    και
    2532 CONJ {VAR1: τανυν 3568 ADV-C } {VAR2: τα 3588 T-APN νυν 3568 ADV } παρατιθεμαι 3908 5731 V-PMI-1S υμας 5209 P-2AP αδελφοι 80 N-VPM τω 3588 T-DSM θεω 2316 N-DSM και 2532 CONJ τω 3588 T-DSM λογω 3056 N-DSM της 3588 T-GSF χαριτος 5485 N-GSF αυτου 846 P-GSM τω 3588 T-DSM δυναμενω 1410 5740 V-PNP-DSM εποικοδομησαι 2026 5658 V-AAN και 2532 CONJ δουναι 1325 5629 V-2AAN υμιν 5213 P-2DP κληρονομιαν 2817 N-ASF εν 1722 PREP τοις 3588 T-DPM ηγιασμενοις 37 5772 V-RPP-DPM πασιν 3956 A-DPM

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    32. I commend. See on
    1 Pet. iv. 19.

    Build you up. A metaphor in constant use by Paul, and preserved in the words edify, edification (Latin, aedes, "a house" and facere, "to make") by which oijkodomew and its kindred words are frequently rendered. In old English the word edify was used in its original sense of build. Thus Wycliffe renders Gen. ii. 22, "The Lord God edified the rib which he took of Adam, into a woman."

    So, too, Spenser:

    "a little wide There was a holy temple edified." Faerie Queene, i., 1, 34.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    20:32 {And now} (kai ta nun). Same phrase as in verses #22,25 save that idou (behold) is wanting and the article ta occurs before nun, accusative of general reference. And as to the present things (or situation) as in #4:29. {I commend} (paratiqemai). Present middle indicative of paratiqemi, old verb to place beside, middle, to deposit with one, to interest as in #1Ti 1:18; 2Ti 2:2. Paul can now only do this , but he does it hopefully. Cf. #1Pe 4:19. {The word of his grace} (twi logwi tes caritos autou). The instrumentality through preaching and the Holy Spirit employed by God. Cf. #Col 4:6; Eph 4:29. {Which is able to build up} (twi dunamenwi oikodomesai). God works through the word of his grace and so it is able to build up (edify); a favorite Pauline word (#1Co 3:10-14; 3:9; 2Co 5:1; Eph 2:20-22; 2Ti 3:15; etc.), and #Jas 1:21. The very words "build" and "inheritance among the sanctified" will occur in #Eph 1:11; 2:30; 3:18 and which some may recall on reading. Cf. #Col 1:12. Stephen in #Ac 7:5 used the word "inheritance" (kleronomian), nowhere else in Acts, but in #Eph 1:14,18; 5:5. In #Eph 1:18 the very expression occurs "his inheritance among the saints " (ten kleronomian autou en tois hagiois).


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