Luke Chapter 17
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To avoid offences, To pray for increase of faith, Humility taught.11-19. Ten lepers cleansed. (1-10) Christ's kingdom. (20-37)1-10 It is no abatement of their guilt by whom an offence comes, nor will it lessen their punishment that offences will come. Faith in God's pardoning mercy, will enable us to get over the greatest difficulties in the way of forgiving our brethren. As with God nothing is impossible, so all things are possible to him that can believe. Our Lord showed his disciples their need of deep humility. The Lord has such a property in every creature, as no man can have in another; he cannot be in debt to them for their services, nor do they deserve any return from him.
11-19 A sense of our spiritual leprosy should make us very humble whenever we draw near to Christ. It is enough to refer ourselves to the compassions of Christ, for they fail not. We may look for God to meet us with mercy, when we are found in the way of obedience. Only one of those who were healed returned to give thanks. It becomes us, like him, to be very humble in thanksgivings, as well as in prayers. Christ noticed the one who thus distinguished himself, he was a Samaritan. The others only got the outward cure, he alone got the spiritual blessing.
20-37 The kingdom of God was among the Jews, or rather within some of them. It was a spiritual kingdom, set up in the heart by the power of Divine grace. Observe how it had been with sinners formerly, and in what state the judgments of God, which they had been warned of, found them. Here is shown what a dreadful surprise this destruction will be to the secure and sensual. Thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. When Christ came to destroy the Jewish nation by the Roman armies, that nation was found in such a state of false security as is here spoken of. In like manner, when Jesus Christ shall come to judge the world, sinners will be found altogether regardless; for in like manner the sinners of every age go on securely in their evil ways, and remember not their latter end. But wherever the wicked are, who are marked for eternal ruin, they shall be found by the judgments of God.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
J. L. Gordon's Luke Chapter 17 comment about verse 21 on 5/03/2015, 1:30pm...
Too many words! "The kingdom of God is within " and without, and among , and everywhere---in a way it God IS every particle of matter atom, has no perceptible form, is INEFFABLE---incapable of being expressed in words. I once experienced "IT " as a dissolving ego structure---inner and outer were one as a feeling of complete wholeness oneness with everything---and incredible freedom and lightness, and ultra-happiness. The commonly used word "bliss " doesn 't quite describe the feeling perception I had. The dissolving of ego boundaries within oneself is ineffable, and has left me with perplexing questions with few answers. The Religious have intellectual explanations---too many words---The Psychologists, I think, are nearer to an understanding and explanation of the "within and without " experience of God 's Kingdom i.e.. REALM .
Bozki's Luke Chapter 17 comment on 4/15/2015, 11:48pm...
As a Citizens of the Kingdom of God, We must UNDERSTAND what is the Kingdom of God which Jesus was Preached. The Kingdom of God will not come by observation, but it is within ourself, so we must Understand it deeper by reading HIS word, in Matthew 6 Jesus taught us how to pray, Your Kingdom come Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven, We are busy doing things and hurrying to go to heaven waiting for rapture. but God wants us to do to make Earth just like heaven, that is his Purpose of Making us, to dominate the earth just like God dominating Heaven....God made us in his Image and Likeness in order for us to act on earth just like He act in Heaven......Dont be hurry going to Heaven, Dominate first the Earth..........God Bless
Danice Edge's Luke Chapter 17 comment about verse 21 on 4/08/2015, 3:51pm...
I agree with Roberts comments, that the spirit is in you and when gathered together within our midst among you. Could this be really talking about our spirits and not be anything physical. The Holy Spirit is 'indwelling '......so why ? Is this verse shutting down churches?
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