The Christian rejoices not in iniquity…


“Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”
–1 Cor 13:6

The Christian rejoices not in iniquity…

…neither in his own iniquity, nor in others; but on the contrary, he is grieved for it; he mourns over his own iniquities, the corruption of his heart, the infirmities of his life, his secret sins, which none know about but God and his own soul.

The Christian is greatly troubled at the profaneness and immorality of the men of the world, and the sins of professors cut him to the heart…

…nor does he rejoice in injustice, as the word used here may be rendered, as in any unjust action or injury, that may be done to any, yes, even to an enemy; even as Christ, when Peter, in great zeal for him, drew his sword and cut off the ear of one of the high priest’s servants, who was more busy than the rest in apprehending Christ, and showed more malignancy than others, was so far from rejoicing at it, that he was displeased with Peter for doing it, and was moved with so much compassion to that man, though his enemy, he heal him:

But the Christian rejoices in the truth…

…that is, the Christian rejoices in the truth of the Gospel, and the success of it; yes, such a Christian can do nothing against truth, but only for it. This Christian will do anything for truth and the Gospel, and to obtain it. But, at every chance he gets, the Christian will tell anyone who listens about the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, –with no regard to himself, whatsoever. 

The Christian rejoices greatly when he sees anyone walking in the Gospel, and is in agreement with it.  Yes, you see, the Gospel truth as it stands in opposition to iniquity or unrighteousness signifies an upright, holy, and righteous lifestyle, and this is a lifestyle that is becoming to Christ and the truths about Christ. For the Christian teaches others by his lifestyle, for it is a life that is adorned with Christ. And with Christ, the Christian is now a gracious soul who desires strives to be like his master, and he delights to see Christ in others.
Taken from, “John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible”
Adapted and interpreted into modern English and thought by Michael Pursley

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