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Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles

By Calvin, John

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Title: Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles  
Author: Calvin, John
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Language: English
Subject: Religion, Christianity, Literature
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Calvin, J. (n.d.). Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles. Retrieved from http://www.ebooklibrary.org/


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Excerpt
Excerpt: The canonicity of James?s Epistle has been a subject of dispute, though almost universally allowed in the present day. The facts respecting it, according to Basnage, are these, - During the three first centuries it was not extensively known; in the fourth century its authenticity was by some disputed; but in the fifth century it was universally acknowledged as genuine; and it has ever since been so acknowledged, with a very few exceptions. What seems to be a sufficient evidence in its favor is the fact, that it is found as a part of Holy Scripture in the first Syriac Version, which was made early in the second century. The occasion of writing the Epistle appears to have been the abuse made of the doctrine of free grace by professing Christians, - a subject referred to also by Paul in Romans vi., and in his other Epistles. Abounding grace is at one time despised and rejected; at another time it is turned into licentiousness: these are evils which have ever prevailed in the Church. The Pharisee is too proud to receive grace; the Antinomian pretends to receive and magnify grace, that he may gratify the inclinations of his sinful nature. It was against the Antinomian that James wrote his Epistle. According to Lardner and Macknight, the Epistle was addressed to the whole Jewish nation, at home and abroad, believers and unbelievers; according to Grotius and Wall, to the Jews dispersed abroad indiscriminately, believing and unbelieving; according to Michaelis, to the believing Jews, while the unbelieving were not overlooked; but according to Beza and Scott, to the scattered Jews who professed the Christian faith. And this last opinion has the strongest reasons and evidence in its favor. 1 With regard to the First Epistle of Peter, there has never been a doubt respecting its genuineness. This Apostle took a prominent part at first in the cause of Christianity, but of his labors after the council at Jerusalem, in the year 49, recorded in Acts 15, we have no account in Scripture. Mention is indeed made, in Galatians 2:11, of his being afterwards at Antioch. It has been justly concluded from the superscription of this Epistle that he exercised his ministry in those parts which are here mentioned. It was thought by Beza and Grotius that the Epistle was addressed to converted Jews; but by Doddridge, Macknight, and Scott, to Christians in general, both Jews and Gentiles. The latter opinion is the most probable. The arguments assigned by Horne, in his Introduction, in favor of the former opinion, are by no means satisfactory.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents About This Book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. ii Commentary on James, Peter, 1 John, Jude. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 1 Translator's Preface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 2 Calvin's Dedication. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 5 Commentary on First Peter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 11 The Argument. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 11 Chapter 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 12 1 Peter 1:1-2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 12 1 Peter 1:3-5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 14 1 Peter 1:6-9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 17 1 Peter 1:10-12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 20 1 Peter 1:13-16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 24 1 Peter 1:17-22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 27 1 Peter 1:23-25. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 32 Chapter 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 35 1 Peter 2:1-5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 35 1 Peter 2:6-8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 39 1 Peter 2:9-10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 43 1 Peter 2:11-12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 45 1 Peter 2:13-16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 47 1 Peter 2:17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 50 1 Peter 2:18-20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 51 1 Peter 2:21-23. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 52 1 Peter 2:24-25. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 55 Chapter 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 56 1 Peter 3:1-4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 57 1 Peter 3:5-6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 58 1 Peter 3:5-6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 59 1 Peter 3:8-9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 61 1 Peter 3:10-15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 62 1 Peter 3:15-16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 65 1 Peter 3:17-18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 67 1 Peter 3:19-22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 68 Chapter 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 72 1 Peter 4:1-5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 72

 

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