The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleRomans 12:11
Not slothful in business…
Meaning not worldly
business, or the affairs of life; though slothfulness in this
respect is scandalous to human nature, and especially in persons
under a profession of religion; men should diligently pursue their
lawful callings for the support of themselves and families, and the
interest of Christ: but spiritual business, the affairs of piety and
religion, the service of God, private and public, to which we should
not be backward, nor slothful in the performance of; such as
preaching, hearing, reading, praying, and other ordinances of God;
yea, we should be ready and forward to every good work, and
particularly, and which may be here greatly designed, ministering to
the poor saints in their necessity; in doing which we show that
kind, tender, affectionate, brotherly love, and give that honour and
respect, at least that part of it, which is relief, required in the
foregoing verse; see (Hebrews 6:10-12) . Remarkable is that saying of R.
``The day is short, and the work great, (Mylue Mylewphw) , "and
workmen slothful", and the reward much, and the master of
the house is urgent.''
Fervent in spirit;
in their own spirits, for the glory of God, the
honour of Christ, and the cause of religion, in imitation of Christ
himself, and as Phinehas and Elijah were; which fervency of spirit
is opposed to that lukewarmness of soul, (Revelation 3:16) , that coldness of
affection, and leaving of the first love, (Revelation 2:4) , so much
complained of, and resented by Christ in his people: or else in the
Spirit of God; for there may be fervency in men's spirits, which
comes not from the Spirit of God, as in the Jews, and particularly
Saul, before his conversion, who had "a zeal of God, but not
according to knowledge", (Romans 10:2) ; but when "the love of God is shed
abroad in the heart" by the Spirit of God, (Romans 5:5) , this will make a
man's spirit fervent in the service of God, for which the apostle
would have these believers concerned. A disciple of the wise men
among the Jews is F14 said to be (xtr) , "fervent", because the law is
as a boiling pot unto him; much more should a disciple of Christ be
fervent, who has the Gospel of Christ, the love of God, and the
grace of the Spirit to inflame his soul with true zeal and fervour.
Serving the Lord;
some copies read, "serving time": the likeness of
the words, (kairov) and (kuriov) , especially in an abbreviation, may
have occasioned this different reading; which should it be followed,
is not to be understood in an ill sense, of temporizing, or
time serving, of men's accommodating themselves, their sentiments
and conduct, according to the times in which they live, in order to
escape reproach and persecution; but of redeeming the time,
improving every season to do good, and taking every opportunity of
serving God. But as the reading our version follows is confirmed by
authentic copies, and by the Syriac, and other Oriental versions, it
is best to adhere to it: by "the Lord" is here meant either God,
Father, Son, and Spirit, who are the alone object of divine service
and religious worship; or the Lord Jesus Christ, who most frequently
goes by the name of Lord in the New Testament; and who is the one
Lord, whose we are and whom we should continually serve, being under
the greatest obligations to him, not only as our Creator, but as our
head, husband, and Redeemer. Very rightly does the apostle premise
fervency in spirit to serving the Lord; for without the Spirit of
God there is no true worshipping and serving of him, and which ought
to be done with fervency as well as with constancy. The Syriac
version renders it, "serve our Lord".
F13 Pirke Abot, c. 2. sect. 15.
F14 T. Bab. Taanith, fol. 4. 1.
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