And if they are to be helped according to the flesh, much less is their salvation to be opposed by imprecating vengeance on them. If you think not the causal particle superfluous, this verse will not be unsuitably connected with the former; for since he wished that our whole study should be employed in investigating the will of God, the next thing to this was, to draw us away from vain curiosity. It is indeed difficult to express how ingenious almost all men are to pretend a love which they really have not, for they not only deceive others, but impose also on themselves, while they persuade themselves that those are not loved amiss by them, whom they not only neglect, but really slight. Or ministry, let us wait on--"be occupied with." But he shows, at the same time, in a striking manner, how prompt we ought to be to receive the commands of God, that we may without delay obey them. Be not wise in your own conceits--This is just the application of the caution against high-mindedness to the estimate we form of our own mental character.

But though this similitude has various parts, it is yet to be chiefly thus applied to our present subject, — that as the members of the same body have distinct offices, and all of them are distinct, for no member possesses all powers, nor does it appropriate to itself the offices of others; so God has distributed various gifts to us, by which diversity he has determined the order which he would have to be observed among us, so that every one is to conduct himself according to the measure of his capacity, and not to thrust himself into what peculiarly belongs to others; nor is any one to seek to have all things himself, but to be content with his lot, and willingly to abstain from usurping the offices of others. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good--What a lofty tone of moral principle and feeling is here inculcated! Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. But if the renovation of our mind is necessary, in order that we may prove what is the will of God, it is hence evident how opposed it is to God. And inasmuch as they do not easily admit the bridle, who are once seized with this wild passion, he lays, as it were, his hand upon us to restrain us, by kindly addressing us as beloved, The precept; then is, — that we are not to revenge nor seek to revenge injuries done to us. serving the Lord--that is, the Lord Jesus (see Ephesians 6:5-8 ). 3. [Erasmus ] was mistaken in the meaning of the verb γεῖν to bless; for he did not perceive that it stands opposed to curses and maledictions: for Paul would have God in both instances to be a witness of our patience, and to see that we not only bridle in our prayers the violence of our wrath, but also show by praying for pardon that we grieve at the lot of our enemies when they willfully ruin themselves.

18. And be ye not conformed to this world--Compare Ephesians 2:2 , Galatians 1:4 , Greek.

There is no canon of interpretation more erroneous than to make words or phrases to bear the same meaning in every place. (1 Corinthians 14:5;), “In part we know and in part we prophesy,” But Paul not only stimulates us to prayer, but expressly requires perseverance; for we have a continual warfare, and new conflicts daily arise, to sustain which, even the strongest are not equal, unless they frequently gather new rigor. This differs but little from what shortly after follows, except that revenge is more than the kind of repaying of which he speaks here; for we render evil for evil sometimes, even when we exact not the requiting of an injury, as when we treat unkindly those who do us no good.

He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier.

Pride is drunken thinking.