John Calvin Complete Commentary - Philippians 4:22 - 4:22

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John Calvin Complete Commentary - Philippians 4:22 - 4:22


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22The brethren that are with me salute you In these salutations he names first of all his intimate associates, (260) afterwards all the saints in general, that is, the whole Church at Rome, but chiefly those of the household of Nero — a thing well deserving to be noticed; for it is no common evidence of divine mercy, that the gospel had made its way into that sink of all crimes and iniquities. It is also the more to be admired, in proportion as it is a rare thing for holiness to reign in the courts of sovereigns. The conjecture formed by some, that Seneca is here referred to among others, has no appearance of foundation; for he never gave any evidence, even the smallest, of his being a Christian; nor did he belong to the household of Caesar, but was a senator, and had at one time held the office of praetor. (261)

END OF THE COMMENTARY ON THE EPISTLE TO THE PHILIPPIANS.

(260) “Les compagnons, qui demeuroyent auec luy;” — “ associates who lived with him.”

(261) “ imagine,” says Dr. A. Clarke, “ Seneca, the preceptor of Nero, and the poet Lucan, were converted by St. Paul; and there are still extant, and in a MS. now before me, letters which profess to have passed between Paul and Seneca; but they are worthy of neither. They have been printed in some editions of Seneca’ works.” — Ed.