These words are a seasonable exhortation to all the ministers of the gospel.
1. To take heed that they glory not in themselves, or in any services or performances of their own. As it is the highest act of grace to make our boast of God all the day long, so it is the highest act of corruption, to make a boast of any thing we either have or do, though but for a moment.
Alas! what have we, that we have not received? Or what do we, wherein we have not been divinely assisted? And if so, why should we glory? Verily, when man is most bent and set upon these gloryings, God delights to check him therein, and spit upon his glorying; and so jealous is God of his glory, that he seldom suffers a proud minister, that assumes and arrogates to himself, to be either serviceable or successful in his work.
2. These words are an exhortation to all the ministers of the gospel, as not to glory in themselves, so to glory in the Lord; that is,
1. To glory in the work of the Lord, that we promote his kingdom, his honour and interest in the world.
2. To glory in the help of the Lord: the Lord is a master in covenant with us, and that a covenant of grace, in which every command hath a promise annexed to it, a promise both of assistance and acceptance.
3. To glory in the reward of the Lord, expected by us, and secured to us, by purchase and promise, the private Christian's labours shall not be in vain in the Lord, much less his faithful ministers, who have borne the burden and heat of the day; let them then glory in the Lord, and not in themselves, seeing all the good that is in them, and their actions, comes from him, and their recompence of reward is secured by him.