The Berean Expositor
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The salutation: "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all", or something
equivalent, should be looked for as the Apostle's sign-manual in every epistle. When the
Church at Thessalonica had been deceived by "an epistle as from" Paul, the Apostle
draws attention to the fact that they could always rely upon the authenticity of an epistle
from himself, inasmuch as the Lord would not permit any other writer to use this
particular phrase in closing an epistle.  This, of course, necessitates inspiration:
otherwise there would be nothing to prevent either Peter, innocently, or a deceiver, with
intent, from using identically the same phrase.
"The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I
write. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen" (II Thess. 3: 17, 18).
The reader will find at the end of every one of Paul's epistles this reference to "grace
with you". It is said by many that Paul did not sign the epistle to the Hebrews. This is
certainly true so far as the actual name is concerned, but the authorship is not difficult to
determine if we read the benediction with which the epistle closes.
We have already exceeded the space that this article should occupy and we will
therefore defer until next time any further remarks regarding the close of this great epistle
to the Romans.
#86.  Romans 16: 25 - 27.
The mystery that had been silenced.
pp. 35 - 42
We now come to the closing section of the epistle to the Romans, a section that it is of
the utmost importance to understand, and about which a great deal of discussion has
The genuineness of the doxology has been disputed (1) on the ground that its
position is unsuitable either at the end of chapter 14: 23, where it stands in
190 manuscripts, or at the close of chapter 16:;  (2) on the ground of its "unpauline"
lack of simplicity.  The doxology is unusually elaborate for Paul's epistles, but there is
of course no rule governing such a matter, and the nature of the subject in the case in
point fully accounts for any complexity in its composition. The doxology is found
After 16: 24, in MSS B, C, D, E, Aleph, Syr., Copt., Alth., Vulg., Lat., Fathers.
After 14: 23 by L, most cursive MSS Chrys., Theod., etc.
Both after xiv 23 and 16: 23 by A5, 17, 109 Lat.
Nowhere D, F, G, Marcion.*
[NOTE: * - For explanation of these symbols see Scrivener or Burgon and
Berean Expositor Volume XXI, page 169. They are not important enough
to us here to justify time and space in their elucidation.]