An Explicit Regard

Matthew Henry commenting on Acts 10:34 (regarding Cornelius).

“He never did, nor ever will, reject or refuse an honest Gentile, who, though he has not the privileges and advantages that the Jews have, yet, like Cornelius, fears God, and worships him, and works righteousness, that is, is just and charitable towards all men, who lives up to the light he has, both in a sincere devotion and in a regular conversation. Whatever nation he is of, though ever so far remote from kindred to the seed of Abraham, though ever so despicable, nay, though in ever so ill a name, that shall be no prejudice to him. God judges of men by their hearts, not by their country or parentage; and, wherever he finds an upright man, he will be found an upright God, Psa_18:25. Observe, Fearing God, and working righteousness, must go together; for, as righteousness towards men is a branch of true religion, so religion towards God is a branch of universal righteousness. Godliness and honesty must go together, and neither will excuse for the want of the other. But, where these are predominant, no doubt is to be made of acceptance with God. Not that any man, since the fall, can obtain the favour of God otherwise than through the mediation of Jesus Christ, and by the grace of God in him; but those that have not the knowledge of him, and therefore cannot have an explicit regard to him, may yet receive grace from God for his sake, to fear God and to work righteousness; and wherever God gives grace to do so, as he did to Cornelius, he will, through Christ, accept the work of his own hands” (Matthew Henry; underlining mine).

Regarding the underlined portion. Matthew Henry writes as though Romans 10:1-4 (and a host of related passages) does not exist. Evidently he has an explicit disregard for the many Scriptures that describe God’s desire to glorify Himself in the hearts of His people.

Matthew Henry is ignorant of God’s invincible purpose to glorify Himself among His people by imparting His fear to them; that is, causing them to understand His infinite glory, divine nature, and perfect attributes through the Scriptures. Further, Henry is woefully blind to the truth that God does not give a knowledge of Himself to some of His regenerate people while withholding that knowledge from the rest, for this would mean that God causes some of His regenerate people to attribute their salvation to themselves, which can never be. [Exodus 20:2-6; Psalm 40:3; 50:15; Proverbs 1:7; 2:5; 9:10; Isaiah 29:23; 38:19; 43:1-13,21; 45:20-25; Matthew 13:11-12,16; John 8:32; 16:8-11; 17:3,6-7; Romans 6:17-18; 9:23-26; 10:2-4; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Ephesians 1:17-19; Philippians 3:8; Colossians 1:4-6; 1 John 5:20; [SOURCE]

“The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream. And he who has My Word, let him speak My Word faithfully. What [has] the chaff to [do] with the wheat, says Jehovah? [Is] not My Word thus like fire, says Jehovah, and like a hammer which breaks a rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:28-29)