Luke Chapter 16
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The parable of the unjust steward. (1-12) Christ reproves the hypocrisy of the covetous Pharisees. (13-18) The rich man and Lazarus. (19-31)1-12 Whatever we have, the property of it is God's; we have only the use of it, according to the direction of our great Lord, and for his honour. This steward wasted his lord's goods. And we are all liable to the same charge; we have not made due improvement of what God has trusted us with. The steward cannot deny it; he must make up his accounts, and be gone. This may teach us that death will come, and deprive us of the opportunities we now have. The steward will make friends of his lord's debtors or tenants, by striking off a considerable part of their debt to his lord. The lord referred to in this parable commended not the fraud, but the policy of the steward. In that respect alone is it so noticed. Worldly men, in the choice of their object, are foolish; but in their activity, and perseverance, they are often wiser than believers. The unjust steward is not set before us as an example in cheating his master, or to justify any dishonesty, but to point out the careful ways of worldly men. It would be well if the children of light would learn wisdom from the men of the world, and would as earnestly pursue their better object. The true riches signify spiritual blessings; and if a man spends upon himself, or hoards up what God has trusted to him, as to outward things, what evidence can he have, that he is an heir of God through Christ? The riches of this world are deceitful and uncertain. Let us be convinced that those are truly rich, and very rich, who are rich in faith, and rich toward God, rich in Christ, in the promises; let us then lay up our treasure in heaven, and expect our portion from thence.
13-18 To this parable our Lord added a solemn warning. Ye cannot serve God and the world, so divided are the two interests. When our Lord spoke thus, the covetous Pharisees treated his instructions with contempt. But he warned them, that what they contended for as the law, was a wresting of its meaning: this our Lord showed in a case respecting divorce. There are many covetous sticklers for the forms of godliness, who are the bitterest enemies to its power, and try to set others against the truth.
19-31 Here the spiritual things are represented, in a description of the different state of good and bad, in this world and in the other. We are not told that the rich man got his estate by fraud, or oppression; but Christ shows, that a man may have a great deal of the wealth, pomp, and pleasure of this world, yet perish for ever under God's wrath and curse. The sin of this rich man was his providing for himself only. Here is a godly man, and one that will hereafter be happy for ever, in the depth of adversity and distress. It is often the lot of some of the dearest of God's saints and servants to be greatly afflicted in this world. We are not told that the rich man did him any harm, but we do not find that he had any care for him. Here is the different condition of this godly poor man, and this wicked rich man, at and after death. The rich man in hell lifted up his eyes, being in torment. It is not probable that there are discourses between glorified saints and damned sinners, but this dialogue shows the hopeless misery and fruitless desires, to which condemned spirits are brought. There is a day coming, when those who now hate and despise the people of God, would gladly receive kindness from them. But the damned in hell shall not have the least abatement of their torment. Sinners are now called upon to remember; but they do not, they will not, they find ways to avoid it. As wicked people have good things only in this life, and at death are for ever separated from all good, so godly people have evil things only in this life, and at death they are for ever put from them. In this world, blessed be God, there is no gulf between a state of nature and grace, we may pass from sin to God; but if we die in our sins, there is no coming out. The rich man had five brethren, and would have them stopped in their sinful course; their coming to that place of torment, would make his misery the worse, who had helped to show them the way thither. How many would now desire to recall or to undo what they have written or done! Those who would make the rich man's praying to Abraham justify praying to saints departed, go far to seek for proofs, when the mistake of a damned sinner is all they can find for an example. And surely there is no encouragement to follow the example, when all his prayers were made in vain. A messenger from the dead could say no more than what is said in the Scriptures. The same strength of corruption that breaks through the convictions of the written word, would triumph over a witness from the dead. Let us seek to the law and to the testimony, #Isa 8:19,20|, for that is the sure word of prophecy, upon which we may rest, #2Pe 1:19|. Circumstances in every age show that no terrors, or arguments, can give true repentance without the special grace of God renewing the sinner's heart.
Ntandokazi's Luke Chapter 16 comment on 2/23/2014, 3:59pm...
I thnk u ppl of God 4caring us nd loving us even on social ntwks Am happy tht we can get th bible while we are online on facebook May God bless u all
Laptoper's Luke Chapter 16 comment about verse 13 on 2/10/2014, 10:29pm...
Money is neutral it s only a medium of exchange Mammon is a spirit of greed It s the word term used in the original writings Love of Mammon is the root of all evil
Pat B.'s Luke Chapter 16 comment on 2/08/2014, 11:10pm...
I ve heard people say this is a parable I personally do not believe it is I believe God is giving us a stern warning that hell is real and this is just a small preview of the hell to come in the lake of fire and brimstone The bible says as I live saith the Lord God every knee shall bend and every head shall bow and confess that I am Lord and no man comes unto the Father but by Me Every person controls their own destination you can go up or down It s your choice
Cindy's Luke Chapter 16 comment about verse 12 on 1/30/2014, 5:11am...
Your advancement in God and life greatly depends on your commitment and faithfulness to HIS assignment in your hands.It is require of us to be faithful to our fellow men also,for God use men to test our hearts.
Edna Daniels's Luke Chapter 16 comment on 1/27/2014, 7:19am...
I beleive that we all fall short as to the way we live, so who are we to judge, yet we do! I am a strong beliver that if you have not learned to repent of your sins then you are destinty to live enternal in hell. Learn to Forgive, Learn to Love, Learn to support your Fellowman, and always trust and beleive in God.
Jennifer Perrin's Luke Chapter 16 comment about verse 31 on 1/26/2014, 7:15pm...
I have found myself to be guilty of such a crime towards my sister-in-law and heer husband. They tend to do eveerything the biblle says not to' and I get so mad at them as tho I've not sin before. It would be the same if that woould have happen to me instead of the rich man. We must treat oone another as God treats all of us. I'm no better than them when I pass judgement. May God forgive me.
Betty C. Evans's Luke Chapter 16 comment about verse 9 on 1/04/2014, 3:00pm...
I believe this scripture has a twofold meaning as to who will receive you into their eternal habitation. First of all in every day life calamity times will come, disasters of all kind, fires, floods earth quakes ect. and you don't know who God will send to your aide, and it plainly infers to storing up good works or your treasures in heaven that (GOD/JERSUS will receive you into their everlasting tabernacles.
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