Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
I. VARY WIDELY.
II. DO NOT AFFECT THE NATURE BUT THE MORAL QUALITY OF AN ACTION.
III. DETERMINE NOT THE RESULT BUT THE REWARD.
(J. Lyth, D. D.)The text suggests —
I. DIVERSE DEVELOPEMENT OF HUMAN DISPOSITION.
II. THE POSSIBILITY OF DOING A GOOD DEED THROUGH A BAD MOTIVE.
III. THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF ENTIRELY CONCEALING MOTIVES.
IV. THE ACTION OF SELF-SEEKERS TURNED INTO THE GOOD MAN'S SOURCE OF JOY.
V. MAN IS NEVER SO DIABOLIZED AS WHEN MAKING A GOOD CAUSE THE MEANS OF GRIEVING AND TORMENTING THE CHURCH.
VI. THE MERE FACT THAT A MAN PREACHES CHRIST IS NOT A PROOF OF HIS PERSONAL SALVATION: and if this can be affirmed of preaching, how much more may it be affirmed of learning.
(J. Parker, D. D.)
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