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sistent with the history, that the epistle was written ; and every note of place in the epistle agrees with this supposition. “ If, " after the manner of men, I have fought “ with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth “it me, if the dead rise not? (xv. 32). I allow that the apostle might say this, whereever he was; but it was more natural and more to the purpose to say it, if he was at Ephesus at the time, and in the midst of those conflicts to which the expression relates. "The churches of Asia salute you" (xvi. 19). Asia, throughout the Acts of the Apostles and the epistles of St. Paul, does not mean the whole of Asia Minor or Anatolia, nor even the whole of the proconsular Afia, but a district in the anterior part of that country, called Lydian. Asia, divided from the rest, much as Portugal is from Spain, and of which district Ephesus was the Capital.—“ Aquila and Priscilla salute you?' (xvi. 19). Aquila and Priscilla were at Ephesus during the period within which this epistle was written (Acts xviii. 18. 26)." I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost" (xvi. 8). This, I apprehend, is in terms al
most afferting that he was at Ephesus at the time of writing the epistle.—“A great and effectual door is opened unto me” (xvi. 9). How well this declaration corresponded with the state of things at Ephesus, and the progress of the Gospel in these parts, we learn from the reflection with which the historian . concludes the account of certain transactions which passed there: “So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed” (Acts xix. 20); as well as from the complaint of Demetrius, " that not only at Ephesus, but also through“ out all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and “ turned away much people” (xix. 26)." And there are many adversaries,” says the epistle, xvi. 9. Look into the history of this period,
56 when divers were hardened " and believed not, but spake evil of that
way before the multitude, he departed “ from them, and separated the disciples.” The conformity therefore upon this head of comparison, is circumstantial and perfect. If any one think that this is a conformity so obvious, that any forger of tolerable caution and fagacity, would have taken care to preserve it, I must desire such a one to read
the epistle for himself; and, when he has done so, to declare, whether he has disco. vered one mark of art or design ; whether the notes of time and place appear to him to be inserted with any reference to each other, with
view of their being com: pared with each other, or for the purpose of establishing a visible agreement with the history, in respect of them.
Chap. iv. ver. 17-19.
“For this cause “ I have sent unto you Timotheus, who is my
beloved son and faithful in the Lord, “who shall bring you into remembrance " of my ways which be in Christ, as I 6 teach every
where in every church. Now “ some are puffed up, as though I would “not come unto you; but I will come “ unto you shortly, if the Lord will.”
With this I compare Acts xix. 21, 22: “ After these things were ended, Paul pur
posed in the spirit, when he had passed “ through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to “ Jerusalem; saying, after I have been there,
" I must
" I must also fee Rome : fo he sent unto " Macedonia two of them that ministered “ unto him, Timotheus and Erastus.”
Though it be not faid, it appears I think with sufficient certainty, I mean from the history, independently of the epistle, that Timothy was sent upon this occafion into Achaia, of which Corinth was the capital city, as well as into Macedonia ; for the sending of Timothy and Erastus is, in the passage where it is mentioned, plainly connected with St. Paul's own journey; he sent them before him. As he therefore purposed to go into Achaia himself, it is highly probable that they were to go thither also. Nevertheless they are said only to have been sent into Macedonia, because Macedonia was in truth the country to which they went immediately from Ephesus; being directed, as we suppose, to proceed afterwards from thence into Achaia. If this be so, the narrative agrees with the epistle; and the agreement is attended with
appearance of design. One thing at least concerning it is certain : thať if this passage of St. Paul's history had been taken from his letter, it
would have sent Timothy to Corinth by name, or expressly however into Achaia.
But there is another circumstance in these two passages much less obvious, in which an agreement holds, without any room for suspicion that it was produced by design. We have observed that the sending of Timothy into the peninsula of Greece was · connected in the narrative with St. Paul's
own journey thither; it is stated as the effect of the same resolution. Paul purposed to go into Macedonia ; " so he sent two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Eraftus.” Now in the epistle also you remark that, when the apostle mentions his having sent Timothy unto them, in the very next sentence he speaks of his own visit : “ for this cause have I “ sent unto you Timotheus, who is my be“ loved son, &c. Now some are puffed up, as “ though I would not come to you; but I “ will come to you shortly, if God will.” Timothy's journey we see is mentioned in the history, and in the epistle, in close connection with St. Paul's own. Here is the same order of thought and intention ; yet