For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,…
It is rough work that polishes. Look at the pebbles on the shore! Far inland, where some arm of the sea thrusts itself deep into the bosom of the land, and expanding into a salt loch, lies girdled by the mountains, sheltered from the storms that agitate the deep, the pebbles on the beach are rough, not beautiful; angular, not rounded. It is where long white lines of breakers roar, and the rattling shingle is rolled about on the strand, that its pebbles are rounded and polished. As in nature, as in the arts, so in grace; it is rough treatment that gives souls as well as stones their lustre; the more the diamond is cut the brighter it sparkles; and in what seems hard dealing, there God has no end in view but to perfect His people's graces.
(T. Guthrie, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,