New Living Translation
Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it?
King James Bible
Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
Darby Bible Translation
Have ye suffered so many things in vain, if indeed also in vain?
World English Bible
Did you suffer so many things in vain, if it is indeed in vain?
Young's Literal Translation
so many things did ye suffer in vain! if, indeed, even in vain.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:4 Have ye suffered - Both from the zealous Jews and from the heathens. So many things - For adhering to the gospel. In vain - So as to lose all the blessings which ye might have obtained, by enduring to the end. If it be yet in vain - As if he had said, I hope better things, even that ye will endure to the end.
LibraryThe Work of the Holy Spirit
This evening, however, I shall run away from my text somewhat. Having just in a few words endeavored to explain the meaning of the whole sentence, I intend only this evening to dwell upon the doctrine which incidentally the apostle teaches us. He teaches us that we begin in the Spirit--"Having begun in the Spirit" I have already illustrated the whole text sufficiently for our understanding if God the Holy Spirit shall enlighten us; and I shall now, I say, confine myself to the thought that Christians …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858
The Curse Removed
Ephesians ii. 8
The Critical Reconstruction of the History of the Apostolic Age.
However, if righteous people turn from their righteous behavior and start doing sinful things and act like other sinners, should they be allowed to live? No, of course not! All their righteous acts will be forgotten, and they will die for their sins.
1 Corinthians 15:2
It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you--unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.
How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?
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