If the one who is walking in the Spirit is supporting the local Christian community, how was that community supposed to use the support?
“Doing good” might refer to doing things that were considered a civic virtue in the community. In a Jewish context “doing good” might refer to giving to the poor, protecting the widow and orphan, even burying the dead. Since the theme of giving money is prominent in this chapter, it is possible Paul’s command here was applied to a community fund which was collected and distributed to those in need. How did the early church distribute funds?
Paul warns his readers not to become weary in doing these acts of goodness. The phrase appears in 2 Thessalonians 3:13. The word Paul uses here (ἐγκακέω) sometimes refers to discouragement, or losing heart, perhaps even afraid. The final phrase uses another verb (ἐκλύω) which refers to being exhausted…
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