The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible2 Corinthians 4:13
We having the same Spirit of faith…
By faith here is
meant, not the doctrine, but the grace of faith; a believing in the
doctrines of the Gospel, and in the person of Christ; an exercise of
that grace upon the death and resurrection of Christ; and
particularly a looking by faith in full expectation of the saints'
resurrection from the dead, and eternal glory, together with a
reliance on the power, faithfulness, and promises of God to support
under the afflictions of this life. Now of this faith the Spirit of
God is the author; this is not of ourselves, of our own power, it is
the free gift of God, and a valuable gift it is; it is of the
operation of God, and the produce of his almighty power; and of this
the Spirit of God, in conversion, is the powerful operator: hence he
is here called the "Spirit of faith". So the "third" number in the
Cabalistic tree of the Jews, the intelligence sanctifying, which
answers to the third person in our doctrine of the Trinity, is
``(Nmwa hnwma) and (hnwmah ba) , "the artificer of faith", and
"the author or parent of faith", because from its power
Which is the "same" in all saints; the Spirit is the same in one as
in another, and so is the faith which he is the author of; see
(2 Peter 1:1) . Faith is the same in all the saints that have been from
the beginning of the world, under the Old and New Testament
dispensations; it was the same in all the churches in the apostle's
time, in Rome as at Ephesus, in Ephesus as at Rome, and in
Thessalonica as at Rome and Ephesus, and so in all the other churches;
though it may be, the apostle may chiefly design the sameness of
faith, and of the Spirit, in him and his fellow ministers, and in
these Corinthians, though death was working in the one, and life in
the other; which appeared in their free and bold ministration of the
word, notwithstanding all they met with on account of it, in imitation
and encouraged by the example of David,
according as it is written,
(Psalms 116:10) .
I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and
where there is true faith, and the true Spirit of
faith, there will be a speaking of, for, and in the name of Christ,
as there ought to be: for as "with the heart man believeth unto
righteousness, so with the mouth confession is made unto salvation".
This is true of believers in common, sooner or later, at one time or
another; but more especially of the ministers of the word, who have
a firm and well grounded belief in the doctrines of the Gospel, and
person of Christ; and therefore speak freely, and without any doubt
and hesitation about these things, boldly, and without the fear of
men, and sincerely and faithfully, as in the sight of God: hence
they make Christ the main subject of their ministry, because they
believe in him, and nothing can stop their mouths from speaking of
him; faith, and a spirit of faith, fit for public work and service,
and give freedom and boldness in the ministration of the Gospel, and
are a great support under persecution for the sake of it.
F24 Sepher Jetzirah, Semit 3. p. 6.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Corinthians 4:13". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=2co&chapter=004&verse=013>. 1999.