1. (Romans 10:5-11) The difference between the righteousness of the law, and the righteousness of faith. A pleasing countenance in acts of mercy is a great relief and comfort to the miserable; when they see it is not done grudgingly and unwillingly, but with pleasant looks and gentle words, and all possible indications of readiness and alacrity. The promise is (Jn. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary online free at StudyLight.org for sermon, Bible study, and Sunday school preparation. We must take heed of this, and labour after that knowledge which tends to sobriety, to the rectifying of the heart and the reforming of the life. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, that our souls are held in life; and the greatest mercy of all is that Christ hath made not his body only, but his soul, an offering for sin, that he gave himself for us and gives himself to us. Since so many commentators believe that pride is the father of all sins, it is surprising that "pride" appears only 49 times in Scripture and only three times in the New Testament. It is good (Mic. Read Romans commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). The mind must be renewed for him. 3:14, Let them learn, proistasthai—to go before in good works. There is a relative holiness in every sacrifice, as dedicated to God. But this seems to be meant of the business of serving the Lord, our Father’s business, Lu. See an instance of this sober modest care in the exercise of the greatest spiritual gifts, 2 Co. 10:13-15. Another may not be as well-equipped to do a particular job because He has given other gifts for him to fulfill his function. But the particular work belonging to each of these might be, and it should seem was, divided and allotted by common consent and agreement, that it might be done the more effectually, because that which is every body’s work is nobody’s work, and he despatches his business best that is vir unius negotii—a man of one business. It is to approve things that are excellent (Phil. The great end we should all labour after is to be accepted of the Lord (2 Co. 5:9), to have him well-pleased with our persons and performances. Martin G. Collins (11-14) Commentary on Romans 13:1-7 He gives these diverse gifts so we can cooperate for the well-being of the body, not compete to its destruction. The free grace of God is the spring and original of all the gifts that are given to men. See Neh. (5.) These and the like are the fruits of a sober opinion of ourselves. The office of the eye is to see, the office of the hand is to work, etc. Now there are two particular works which he that prophesieth hath to mind-teaching and exhorting, proper enough to be done by the same person at the same time, and when he does the one let him mind that, when he does the other let him do that too as well as he can. Slothful servants will be reckoned with us wicked servants. 1:9; Jn. 6:20), to engage our bodies in the duties of immediate worship, and in a diligent attendance to our particular callings, and be willing to suffer for God with our bodies, when we are called to it. Many are sooner wrought upon if they be accosted kindly, are more easily led than driven. The duty pressed-to present our bodies a living sacrifice, alluding to the sacrifices under the law, which were presented or set before God at the altar, ready to be offered to him. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 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