As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to them who are of the household of faith.
I. ILLUSTRATE THE DUTY IN THE TEXT,
1. The duty inculcated is goodness. Now this necessarily supposes that we are renewed in our mind. In our natural state, we cannot do good. We must first be made partakers of Divine goodness before we can diffuse it abroad. The Christian may do good —
(1) By the exhibition of a pious example. Thus to be monitors to those around.
(2) By imparting spiritual instruction.
(3) By our prayers and supplications (See 1 Timothy 2:1).
(4) By imparting of our substance to the poor and necessitous.
2. The extent of the goodness we are to exercise — "To all men."
3. The seasonableness and constancy of our goodness — "As we have opportunity."
4. The preference appointed — "Especially to those who are of the household of faith."
II. ENFORCE THE DUTY IS THE TEXT.
1. The commands of God require it. "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself," etc., (Psalm 37:3; 1 Timothy 6:18).
2. Our resemblance to God requires it. If we are His spiritual offspring, then we must be followers of God as dear children.
3. The example of Christ requires it. "He went about doing good."
4. The Spirit of God within us requires it. "The fruit of the Spirit is... goodness."
5. Our own happiness requires it. It enlarges the mind, expands the heart, elevates to the most heavenly dignities and enjoyments.
6. Our acquittal at the last day requires it (Matthew 25:34, etc.).
1. Does not the subject condemn most of the professed disciples of Christ? How few have their hearts set upon doing good! How few do all the good they can!
2. Let it lead us to a closer acquaintance with the Lord's will, and provoke us to love and good works.
3. A religion without goodness is not of God, and shall not receive a reward at the last day.
(J. Burns, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.