THE MORAL MAN
In this chapter Paul painted a picture of the deplorable condition of the heathen. The Apostle knew however, that there would be a whole class of men who would say "amen" to what he had said about the heathen. These were the self-righteous moralists. So Paul expands his argument to show that all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men includes the moralist as well as the debauched heathen. The moralist is inexcusable when he judges the heathen for sin but is blind to his own sin.
Perhaps the moral man did not commit adultery, but did he lust?
Maybe the moral man did not steal, but did he covet?
Perchance the moral man did not commit murder, but did he hate? [p. 1401 oc]
DEATH TO A GOOD MAN:
I have done the work of my day and generation. Do thou in like manner do the work of thy day and generation. The comfort and cheerfulness of Paul, in the prospect of his approaching departure. Might encourage Timothy.
Here the apostle looks forward upon his death approaching; and he looks upon it now as near at hand. With what pleasure he speaks of dying. Death to a good man is his release from the imprisonment of this world and his departure to the enjoyment of another world. He does not cease to be, but is only removed FROM ONE WORLD TO ANOTHER. He did not fear death, because he had the testimony of his conscience [I have kept the faith].
Towards the end of our days to be able to speak in this manner, what comfort, unspeakable comfort, will it afford! Hallelujah. 1 Corn. Will continue.